As early as August, Australian troops will be deployed to Papua New
Guinea (PNG). It represents the latest advance by Australia as an infant
imperialist power. As foreign minister Alexander Downer said, “It is one
of the most important single developments in Australian foreign policy
in recent years.”
This year marks the 200th anniversary of the Haitian revolution, when
the black masses abolished slavery and won national independence. Their
deeds were an inspiration to the masses of the Caribbean and the working
people of Europe.
Laila: There has been one governing party in power for 25 years, the
‘National Democratic Party’, the part of President Mubarak. Elections
are held but they are very corrupt. The government says it wants to make
changes and to be more ‘democratic’. It invited human rights
Only occasionally do Africa’s hidden wars make the front pages, as with
the recent coverage of the refugee crisis in Darfur in western Sudan.
Yet the Sudanese conflict has been raging for years with virtually no
mention in the Western press.