Arthur Miller, the American playwright, died on 9 February, aged 89,
having battled with cancer, pneumonia and a heart condition.
The tsunami disaster highlighted the dangers of coastal communities
being inundated due to cyclones, floods and extreme weather events.
Despite the biblical scale of floods and destruction, the death along
the Indian Ocean coastline was no ‘Act of God’.
The situation in France is dominated by the offensive of the bosses and
the lack of a real workers’ party.
There is an ongoing impasse in the peace process.
After achieving our target of membership for 2003 we set a target for
2004 which we are well on the way to reaching.
Since the last IEC our main national campaign was around the European
and regional elections that were held simultaneously in June.
Compared with the high tide of open class struggle in 2003, 2004 has
seen more limited strike actions, protests or, at most, rallies.
Contradictory factors have determined the way in which the CWI in the
CIS (ex-Soviet Union) has developed over the last year.
Report from the Socialist Alternative , the cwi in the USA, presented to
the 2004 meeting of the International Executive Committee (IEC) of the
cwi, held in Belgium 14 - 20 November.
The work of our Democratic Socialist Movement has taken place against
the background of significant changes in political consciousness
produced by a rapid class polarisation.