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...
Mass privatisations started in 1994 and it took them four years to
privatise allmost all main industries, oil and gas. More than 300 mines
were taken over by transnational corporations from the West, more than
90 per cent of the natural resources, most metal factories etc.
The FIAT workers’ battle has taken on a European dimension. A two hour
European strike of FIAT group workers has been called for 16/12, against
the programme of group `restructuring’, already underway.
Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, was a city of protests last weekend.
The reason for this was that Denmark was the holder of the EU presidency
and all the European Union leaders were in town. The actual EU summit
though was held in a Conference Center protected by barbed wire and
guarded by the biggest police force...
Following the defeat of the coup in April the CWI warned: "…it is now
essential that the working class and oppressed in Venezuela seize the
initiative and take the necessary steps to overthrow capitalism and
establish a democratic workers’ government with a revolutionary
socialist programme. If this is...