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First steps towards a radical alternative in South Africa


More than 70 trade union, campaigning, socialist, religious and civic groups came together recently to form a coalition to challenge the ANC government’s economic policies.

Jacob Zuma — a very unlikely hero


The deputy president of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, was sacked in June after his financial adviser Schabir Shaik was found guilty of corruption. The case has become a huge issue, with many in the trade union movement demanding that the charges be dropped.

Paris fires expose plight of migrants


"There were no alarms. The building was old and dilapidated. We just heard ‘Fire! Fire,’ and we had to go down."

Sans Papiers fear another tragedy


The fire was a deep tragedy, but one that could have been avoided.

Hugo Chavez under fire from US right


Venezuela’s president Hugo Chavez was in the spotlight again last week following an extraordinary call for his assassination by Pat Robertson, one of the US’s most prominent right wing Christian fundamentalist preachers.

The rise of the new German left


"The left is back. The pact between WASG and PDS under the leadership of Gregor Gysi and Oskar Lafontaine has the potential to change the balance of forces in the political system forever." The editorial of the conservative newspaper Welt am Sonntag on the formation of a new political party tells of the sea change in German politics.

Hugo Chavez sparks debate on socialism


Over 20,000 young people, the vast majority from Latin America, attended the recent World Festival for Youth and Students in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas.

Two visions at the heart of the Bolivarian revolution


In the seven years since he was first elected to Venezuela’s presidency, Hugo Chavez’s government has faced three direct challenges.

The US mood swings against Iraq war


You can really see that the tide of opinion in the US has been turning against the Iraq war over the last few months.

An activist in Niger analyses the crisis


Famine has gripped all regions of Niger. There are nearly four million people on the edge of starvation across the country.

Cindy Sheehan shows Bush is now losing in Iraq and at home


For the past week Cindy Sheehan has camped outside George Bush’s ranch in Texas demanding the opportunity to ask him why her son Casey was sent to die in an illegal and immoral war.

What’s behind the Gaza pullout?


To great international fanfare, Israel this week began its pull-out from the Gaza Strip.

Neo-liberalism is central to Japanese election


Hundreds of activists and rank and file trade unionists in front of the MPs' Chamber near Japanese Parliament cheered and applauded when they heard the announcement "Vote for Post Privatisation Bill, 108. Vote against, 125". It was on 8 August, in between the memorial days of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

South African miners strike forces concessions


South African miners strike forces concessions

Doctors speak out over Iraq


Doctors for Iraq, a group set up to oppose the war, is warning of an urgent health and humanitarian crisis unfolding as the US launches new attacks on the towns of Haditha, Rawa, Parwana and Heet in the west of Iraq.

South African workers in key battles for justice


OUR MEMBERS have come out 100 percent countrywide in support of the battle. All the main mine companies—AngloGold, Gold Fields, Harmony, South Deep—are stopped.

Echoes of apartheid repression in South African municipal workers strike


Around 180,000 municipal (council) workers are also on indefinite strike.

Iraq: peaceful protesters shot down, but still deeper problems for the US


The US-led occupation of Iraq lurched further into the quagmire last week as the coalition body count crossed the 2,000 mark.

How the G8 helped bring famine to Niger


The current food crisis in Niger is the clearest indictment of the "deal for Africa" agreed by the G8 last month. The deal continues to push the very neo-liberal reforms that are responsible for the unfolding disaster.

Warmer tropical oceans fuel the risk of drought in Africa


A paper in Science magazine in November 2003 showed that rainfall in the Niger region is driven by temperatures in the nearby south Atlantic and Indian oceans.

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