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.
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.
"There were no alarms. The building was old and dilapidated. We just heard ‘Fire! Fire,’ and we had to go down."
The fire was a deep tragedy, but one that could have been avoided.
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 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.
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.
In the seven years since he was first elected to Venezuela’s presidency, Hugo Chavez’s government has faced three direct challenges.
You can really see that the tide of opinion in the US has been turning against the Iraq war over the last few months.
Famine has gripped all regions of Niger. There are nearly four million people on the edge of starvation across the country.
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.
To great international fanfare, Israel this week began its pull-out from the Gaza Strip.
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
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.
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.
Around 180,000 municipal (council) workers are also on indefinite strike.
The US-led occupation of Iraq lurched further into the quagmire last week as the coalition body count crossed the 2,000 mark.
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.
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.