Around 1,000 people gathered on 17 September at The Hague in the
Netherlands to protest against the plans by the new coalition government
(which includes the populist right wing Pim Fortuyn List) and to also
protest against US war plans for Iraq.
Members of Rättvisepartiet Socialisterna (RS), the Swedish section of
the Committee for a Workers’ International, are celebrating spectacular
gains in the general election held on 15 September 2002. In the two most
populous cities in northern Sweden, RS now has five city councillors (up
from two in 1998).
LAST FEBRUARY, 70,000 people went to the World Social Forum (WSF) in
Porto Alegre, Brazil. It was set up in opposition to the World Economic
Forum of government ministers that took place at the same time. On 7-10
November 2002, a similar counter-summit, the European Social Forum (ESF)
is to take place in Florence, Italy.
At a special court hearing last Friday, a criminal court judge in
Karaganda, Kazakhstan, suddenly decided that there were "no legal
grounds" for holding workers’ leader, Saken Zhanusev, on remand (i.e. in
prison) until his trial, which could be months away.
The New Zealand general elections in July 2002 saw many unprecedented
changes in voting patterns. The Labour Party was, with a small rise in
support, able to remain in power by forming a new coalition government.
Their partners this time include the populist right wing United Future
Party (UFP). Abstention rates reached...
A THOUSAND people polled by The History Channel named the attack on the
World Trade Center and the Pentagon a year ago on 11 September as "the
most memorable event in world history". This is clearly an exaggeration.
WILL THE United States go to war against Iraq? Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld
appear determined to bring about a ‘regime change’ through a pre-emptive
strike. They undoubtedly have the military power to destroy Saddam’s
regime. But the consequences would be horrendous for the people of Iraq
and the whole...
The last day of the Earth Summit completed the humiliation of the ANC
government in what it had hoped would be its finest hour. ‘Civil
society’ delegates walked out in disgust, Colin Powell was shouted down
(when he attacked Zimbabwean president Mugabe), and despite the arrests
of activists for...
ANC government harassment and sabotage cannot stop 30,000 marching. On
Saturday 31 August, anti-globalisation activists were joined by
thousands of workers, the unemployed and landless, who marched from the
poor township of Alexandra outside Johannesburg to the Earth Summit
being held in the exclusive, rich suburb of...