A month since Sharon’s Likud party scored an election victory, and after
long negotiations, the 75-year-old Prime Minister has managed to form a
rightwing government based on a coalition of 68 out of 120 Members of
Knesset (Parliament). But this does not guarantee any lasting stability.
As the stormy events of the...
The opposition to the US war plans has increased in Chile in the past
weeks. This has undoubtedly been in part because of Chile’s presence on
the UN Security Council. The International Women’s Day march became an
anti-war demonstration. 5,000 participated compared with 1,500 on the
The youth section of the social democratic nation trade union federation
(ABVV) has called a national school student and higher education student
strike on Friday 21 March. The appeal has received the support of the
national anti-war coalition.
While local union branches start to get involved in the anti-war
campaign in Sweden, the national leadership of LO (trade union
federation) is falling way behind. Three big branches of Seko
(Communications Workers’ Union) have carried a resolution demanding
their national union to organise a 24-hour strike on Day...
Those who search for an alternative list during parliamentary elections
on18 May, in Belgium, might consider the Resist list. As its name
implies, the list stands for resistance against war, discrimination and
exploitation. Still the list remains limited to a coalition of the
Stalinist PTB and the (Arab) nationalist AEL...
Russian president Putin almost gloated on the TV after the attack on the
twin towers in New York. He claimed that the US would now understand
what the Russian state’s ‘war against terror’ in Chechnya is really
about. But a year and a half later Putin is struggling to maintain
Russia’s balance in...
The closer war approaches the more intense Bush and Blair’s propaganda
becomes. Bush, in his press conference last week, spoke as if the USA
was under imminent threat of attack from Iraq that necessitated
immediate pre-emptive measures.
A call for work stoppages throughout Europe to protest against the war
at midday on Friday 14 March was made by the European Trade Union
Congress at a meeting of its Executive last week (6 and 7 March). An
ETUC press statement of 10 March talks of the "conviction so largely
shared by European citizens" that...
THOUSANDS OF people on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC, the Line
that divides Pakistani Occupied and Indian Occupied Kashmir) in Kashmir,
different cities in Pakistan and Europe, recently celebrated the 19th
anniversary of a radical nationalist leader, Maqbool Butt - the
THE FIRST phase of the US-led war against Iraq has started. American and
British warplanes have stepped up their bombing of Iraqi defences in the
’no-fly zones’, targeting surface-to-surface missile batteries.
"ON FEBRUARY 12th, incredulous but enthralled, Bolivians watched live
broadcasts of the army and the police turning their guns on each other.
What ensued was perhaps the worst period of civil disorder the country
has seen since its ’popular revolution’ of 1952." (The Economist, 22
THE HUGE parliamentary revolt last week against Blair’s war plans was
all the more remarkable given that the Tory party officially lined up
behind Blair and the payroll vote of Labour ministers and parliamentary
secretaries - Blair’s Human Shield - were obliged to vote for the