In recent months, US imperialism, together with landlords, business
organisations, corrupt trade union leaders and the Catholic Church, have
stepped up their combined efforts to topple the radical nationalist,
populist regime of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a former
In the midst of Venezuela’s worst economic crisis for decades, severe
flooding killed thousands of people and brought air and sea ports to a
standstill. Tony Saunois evaluates the effects of the disaster against
the political backdrop of the election 14 months ago of the radical
president, Hugo Chávez.
The run up to the Swedish referendum on the euro, 14 September, is
coinciding with a crisis for the major economies within the currency
union. This Spring can see a show down over the EMU’s ’stability and
growth pact’. Germany has been ordered to come up with a plan within
four months, by 21 May, in...
Monday’s (27 January) general elections in Israel saw Ariel Sharon’s
Likud party double its vote to 37 seats. The Labour Party (which is the
traditional party of the Israeli capitalists) plunged to an all time low
of 19 seats. Turnout was 68.5%, the lowest for an election to the
Knesset in Israeli history.
The Dutch general election results (22 January) were a bitter
disappointment for many members and supporters of the Socialist Party, a
broad Left party, which had been tipped to make a historic electoral
breakthrough. Instead of winning up to twenty four seats, as some polls
had predicted, the SP failed to even increase...
The second elections to the Scottish Parliament take place on May 1st
2003. May Day is the traditional day of celebration and commemoration
for the international workers and socialist movement. But the first four
years of life of the Scottish Parliament have been more of a homage to
neo-liberal capitalism with...
Last December’s negotiations between the existing EU members and the
candidate countries for enlargement drew to a close at the Copenhagen
summit. The 10 countries invited to join in May 2004 are Cyprus, the
Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland,
Slovakia and Slovenia. The newcomers...
On 19 January 10,000 people demonstrated in a national anti-war
demonstration in Brussels. The collaboration of the Belgian government,
by allowing US troops and military transports to use the Antwerp
harbour, and the international aspect of the demonstrations (the huge
international demonstrations of the 18 January...
ON 14 January an estimated 70,000 Turkish Cypriots - one-quarter of the
northern Cypriot population - marched through divided Nicosia in support
of a United Nations (UN) plan to re-unify the divided island.