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.
The World Social Forum is a meeting place for all kinds of organisations
that fight against neo-liberalism, including environmentalists, trade
unionists, and others who wants to go further and seek an alternative,
"another world", according to André Ferrari from the Brazilian section
of CWI, Revolutionary...
MATTHEW RICHARDSON from Lincoln reports how, led by a fire tender and
carrying a coffin to symbolise the demise of the fire service, 200
firefighters and supporters marched through the centre of Lincoln.
In January the Scottish Executive attempted to put an amendment - the
abolition of Section 19 - through parliament which would have made it
easier to to close fire stations in Scotland. It would have given the
powers to close firestations to local Fire Chiefs and Fire Authorities,
rather than the Scottish Parlaiment as...
"It was the only genuinely anti-war amendment. Both the SNP and the
Liberal-Democrat amendments would have given the sanction to the UN
Security Council to go to war. The Security Council is dominated by the
five big powers and is itself dominated by the interests of the biggest
power- the US. I think that they...
On 18 January, the growing anti-war movement in the US took another
important step forward when a crowd estimated at over 200,000 braved the
cold and marched on the Naval Yard in Washington DC. The protest was
very diverse with large numbers of high school and college students but
also many veterans of the 60s antiwar...
Canada’s 40-year old system of socialised medicine is under threat.
Powerful private corporations have lobbied heavily for entry into what
they see as an untapped, lucrative market. Ontario’s conservative
government has been hungrily looking for ways to dismantle the system,
in spite of polls showing...
On the 20 February, Saken Zhanusov and Rustem Zhanusov were sentenced to
3 years in Kazakhstan’s notorious prisons. Their comrade Ramil Mingazov,
for reasons of health, was ordered to pay a large fine.
Members and supporters of the Socialist Party (Australian section of the
CWI) joined with the Victorian Peace Network to hold a protest outside
the outside the Army Recruiting Office in Bourke St, Melbourne on 17
"This movement today, not Tony Blair, is speaking for the British
people," declared Aslef member Andrew Murray, opening the Stop the War
national conference. 800 activists came from local coalitions, political
parties, trade unions and peace groups, along with some new young people
getting active for the first...