Months after the Dutch general elections, which saw dramatic gains for
the populist right wing Lijst Pim Fortuyn (LPF), a new coalition
government has finally been formed. The administration’s proposed
policies are clearly to the right and in reality are a continuation of
the previous ‘Purple’...
Last week, the New Zealand Labour Party finalised negotiations with two
minor parties allowing it to form the 47th parliament. With the Greens
giving Labour leader Helen Clark no guarantee of support for the next
three years, the party signed a deal with the morally conservative,
right wing United Future Party...
A new, positive development in the struggle for a genuine multi-party
democracy in the country took place on Friday, 26th July, 2002, when the
Court of Appeal, sitting in Abuja, declared as unconstitutional,
illegal, null and void the guidelines used by the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in the last...
Farewell OAU. Welcome the AU! With enormous fanfair, pomp and pageantry,
the African Union (AU), the new continental body being established by
African states, was launched in Durban, South Africa, on 15th July,
2002. The AU is replacing the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the
regional group formed by the...
THOUSANDS OF council workers, health and education workers joined the 17
July strike throughout Northern Ireland, picketing council offices,
education and health boards, leisure centres and police stations.
With a chant of ’Genoa Libera’ 150,000 youth and young workers marched
through the streets of Genova on Saturday. They marched to commemorate
the year since the G8 summit which saw a police riot and the murder of a
young protestor Carlo Giuliani, shot by the Carabinieri. Called by the
Cosatu’s announcement yesterday that it has lifted the suspension on the
anti-privatisation programme and will be calling a two-day general
strike on the 1st and 2nd October, is a direct
result of the impact of the Samwu strike. In effect Samwu has smashed
its fist through the paper...
There has been a big stepping up of repression against the Workers
Movement of Kazakhstan, a major working-class organisation. Criminal
charges have been lodged against four members of its executive Saken and
Ramil Dzhunosov, Ramil Mengazov and Sergei Popov.