Mounting excitement gripped Mexico in early March as the 15-day "Zapatour" by 23 Zapatista (EZLN) comandantes and subcomandante Marcos made its way from Chiapas towards Mexico City. The EZLN followed, in the last leg of their trip, the historic route taken by the legendary Emiliano Zapata and the revolutionary...

The Palestinian masses perceive the election of the new Israeli Prime Minister, Arik Sharon, as a vote for war. This perception is shared by large sections of the working class and rural poor in the Arab and wider Muslim world. This feeling will resonate amongst workers and youth in the West and the populations of the...

A corrupt and inept president - Joseph ’Erap’ Estrada of the Philippines - has been removed from power by a mass movement on the streets. This comes just months after the overthrow of Milosevic in Serbia and a year after the revolutionary events of Ecuador. Once again it has been demonstrated that action -...

In the Czech Republic, political competition has made television into an unscrupulous battleground for ambitious bureaucrats, reflecting a government led by rival parties, the rightist ODS and the leftist CSSD, who each want so badly to govern that they have forged an unlikely "opposition agreement."

Gentlemen of the press, this press conference is organised by  the Democratic Socialist Movement (DSM) to draw the attention of the general public and the working masses in particular to some recent dangerous and ominous developments in the country. We consider it absolutely important to address these issues not...

The European Union (EU) summit in Nice was supposed to be one of the most important conferences in Europe’s history. But the marathon summit ended in a messy deal of scaled down ambitions couched in the language of success. The summit and the discussions beforehand show increasing political divergences inside the...

Socialist Party T.D. Joe Higgins was suspended from the Dail today until the next session in 2001 because he protested against a ruling of the Ceann Comhairle that only the Leaders of Fine Gael and the Labour Party could argue against the Taoiseach’s proposals for Dáil business.

At the end of the second round of the Brazilian municipal elections the result is clear: the defeat of Cardoso’s allies and the growth of the PT. Try as they may, the bourgeois commentators attempt to whitewash the defeat of the government’s allies cannot hide the huge growth of the opposition in the state...

The situation in the Middle East, apparently relatively calm on the surface a few weeks ago has degenerated into a cauldron of bloody conflict. The Israeli regime has responded to the new Palestinian uprising in a brutal manner, deploying helicopter gunships on bombing raids against the Palestinian Authority area,...

The recapture of the strategic Elephant Pass by the Tamil Tigers inflicted a severe blow to the Sri Lankan army. President Chandrika Kumaratunga has declared a state of emergency, suspending democratic rights and demanding yet more sacrifices from working people. Will the Indian state intervene? At this crucial juncture...

Peter Taaffe, International Secretariat of the CWI and general secretary of the Socialist Party (CWI England & Wales)

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