The race for the leadership of the Scottish National Party took a
dramatic twist recently when on the day nominations closed former SNP
leader Alex Salmond announced he was standing for party convener.
Rapid economic development over 20 years led some commentators to claim
China could deliver sustained global growth. But it has started to
falter, and risks becoming a destabilising factor in the world. And the
dramatic growth has created vast inequalities within this vast country.
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