The many hundreds of thousands of Italian protesters were joined by tens
of thousands of foreign participants in the European Social Forum
assembly and by others, like the French CGT union, who came to Italy
especially for this demonstration.
Never in living memory has a sitting president strengthened his party’s
position in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in mid-term
elections. This is in spite of the deepening economic recession.
The elections in September 2002 took place during a period of big
changes in Sweden. The third government of Göran Persson, the Social
Democratic party leader, will act in a completly different situation
than in 1998-2002.
What elected Lula was the rejection of neoliberalism, but the PT
(Workers Party) will not be able to meet the expectations of the masses
unless there is a real break with the policies of Cardoso and the IMF.
When the National Party, traditionally the main capitalist party in New
Zealand, was defeated at the polls in November 1999 workers breathed a
collective sigh of relief. After fifteen years of neo-liberal ’reforms’
the new Labour-led government was elected promising to oppose any
further moves to...
In Naples, as everywhere else in Italy on 18 October, the general strike
called by the Cgil trade union federation got support from a wide range
of other organisations like Cobas, Sin.Cobas, the unemployed movement,
the ’No Globals’, students and others.
26 October saw one of the largest anti-war demonstrations in Washington
DC since the Vietnam War. The Demonstration was organised by ANSWER, a
coalition developed by the ’Workers World’ organisation. The coalition
started after the attacks on the World Trade Centre, one year ago.
President Putin’s ’war against terror’ has brought the very terror to
Moscow itself. Last week, a group of 50 heavily armed Chechens drove
through Moscow in two minibuses and seized a theatre in the middle of a
popular musical show. 7-800 people in the theatre were held as hostages.