The European elections of 10 June gave the heaviest defeat suffered by any government since the establishment of bourgeois parliamentary democracy, 30 years ago.

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 organisations,...

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.

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