A document made public last Tuesday by a British student group ’Campaign
against Sanctions on Iraq’ revealed that as many as 500,000 people in
Iraq could suffer injuries and require medical treatment if the United
States and its allies launch a war. The group obtained a confidential
The Steel and Engineering Workers’ Union of Nigeria (SEWUN) picketed the
Nexans’ Kabelmetal factory in Lagos on Friday 10 January 2003 to demand
the reinstatement of Rufus Olusesan, a member of the Democratic
Socialist Movement, who was sacked unjustly by the company management in
There were delegates representing many different sectors including
women, students, youth, farmers, fisher folk, tribal rights activists,
daliths (’untouchables’) and trade unionists. Peace/ anti-nuclear and
environmental activists were also present. The Left parties also present
included the Communist Party...
The recent decision by the New Zealand government to offer covert
military support for a US-led assault on Iraq has provided the final
confirmation of what many people in this country have known for a long
time - that the Labour Party, far from being a party that represents
ordinary workers’ interests, has become...
Towards the end of December 2002, CWI comrades in the CIS heard that the
case of well known worker activists in Karaganda, Kazakhstan facing
serious court charges (see
previous reports) is coming to a conclusion. The final hearing was
postponed and begins on 6 January 2003.
Only two months after the swearing in of the Red-Green government, that
had been re-elected to office only by the narrowest of margins,
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) threatened his resignation. Speaking
to the Executive of his Social Democratic Party on December 10, he said:
"Anyone who thinks they can do...
The registration of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and twenty-one
other political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) represents a major victory for the Nigerian working people in
their struggle for democratic rights and decent living conditions.
Though hardly any of the political observers predicted a defeat for the
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), very few foresaw the huge victory that the
protagonists of Hindu chauvinism managed to secure in the Gujarat
elections of December, 2002, through their hate campaign against
Muslims. The BJP increased its strength in...
"The peace process is the most important issue in Sri Lanka today. The
war shows the incapability of the capitalist class to develop society.
It is extremely weak and dependent on reactionary elements to stay in
power and win elections", explains Siritunga Jayasuriya from the CWI
section United Socialist Party...