The recent announcement by Indonesia’s president, BJ Habibie, that the
people of strife-torn East Timor could "have their freedom" caused a
stir amongst the world’s political commentators. What were the motives?
Was it genuine or, as many speculate, ’designed to fail’?
Against the background of economic catastrophe in Asia, the workers of
South Korea are engaged in a life and death struggle. They have shown
that organised and determined action can force even the most powerful
governments to back down on their attempts to make workers bear the
brunt of the crisis.
The dramatic events of May 1998 in Indonesia have had, and will continue
to have, enormous repercussions in Asia and throughout the world. They
constitute a revolution begun. The removal from power of the longest
ruling despot in Asia by a mass movement in itself was a revolutionary
Working people across the world were relieved that war was averted in
the Gulf in February. Tens of thousands of Iraqi people, perhaps more,
would have been killed if US-led imperialism had launched its promised
murderous attack. This would have added to the already intense suffering
of the Iraqi people caused by...
Over the last few months, all over Europe, from France to Greece,
Belgium to Italy, Germany to Spain, there have been mass protests
against unemployment and cuts, and struggles for improved living
The clashes and deaths in Kosovo have put on the agenda the possibility
of war breaking out in the Balkans for the fourth time this decade.
Already over 100,000 have been killed in the three previous wars, with
nearly a million and a half people "ethnically cleansed" and forced into
exile. Before this...