The first time I heard the name of Musab al-Zarqawi was on 5 February 2003 when the then US secretary of state Colin Powell singled him out as the link between Al Qaida and Saddam Hussein.
Over 2,000 people took to the streets of the Irish capital, Dublin, last Saturday to celebrate the release of five Rossport men who had been jailed for 94 days because their government has become a mouthpiece for the oil and gas companies.
French special forces stormed a Corsican ferry last week. Corsican trade unionists had seized control of the ship in protest at the privatisation of the SNCM ferry company.
Almost four years after the "liberation" of Afghanistan, the country’s interior minister has resigned. The reason he cited was the continued control exercised by "local leaders" — warlords who fought in Afghanistan’s long civil war — across much of the country.
Up to 5,000 Egyptian activists defied police to march through the centre of Cairo on Wednesday of last week. The demonstration was called by the Kifaya (Enough) movement to protest against the inauguration of president Hosni Mubarak.
Protests are taking place in Iraq in the run up to a referendum on the new constitution, set to take place on 15 October.
A growing number of rank and file members of Brazil’s ruling Workers Party rejected the rightward drift of the Lula government and the party leadership in internal elections held on Sunday 18 September.
Protesters gathered last week outside the De Beers diamond shop in London in solidarity with the Kalahari Bushmen in Botswana, southern Africa.
Peru’s government, led by president Alejandro Toledo, is facing a rising tide of strikes.
Hundreds of thousands of people protested in Washington last Saturday showing that the movement against the Iraq war is growing in strength across the US.
One of the European countries that receives high numbers of asylum seekers is Italy. It is now common for unscrupulous boat owners to throw their human cargo overboard with horrific consequences.
President Gayoom is the longest serving dictator in Asia having ruled the state for 27 years.
Eleven years and nine months have elapsed since the fateful New Year’s Day 1994 when the Zapatista Army of National Liberation (EZLN) conquered San Cristobal de las Casas, the capital of the Mexican state of Chiapas.
The United Nations (UN) summit in New York last week utterly failed the world’s poorest people. Leaders have dashed hopes and squandered opportunities — and empty promises cost lives.
There were some glimmers of progress, but overall the tone of this summit has been bleak and depressing.
I know many people were uplifted by the agreement at the UN summit of a "Responsibility to Protect" citizens against genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.
To understand what is happening in Venezuela you have to go back to 1989 when there was a rebellion which became known as the Caracazo.
The last Israeli troops left during the night. As dawn broke small crowds of Palestinians began to filter in. They were wandering among the ruins with a mixture of curiosity, excitement and relief.
Thousands of activists defied riot police to march through the Egyptian capital of Cairo last Saturday chanting "Mubarak is a thief" after a presidential election marred by fraud and intimidation.
The background to this whole debate is the history of colonial and apartheid era land dispossession. In 1996 white people still owned and controlled over 80 percent of farm land, despite being only 11 percent of the population.