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Strikers fight over pay, pensions and tuition fees


BUSINESS GROUND to a halt in Benin, West Africa, on Tuesday of last week as the country’s main trade unions began a three-day strike to demand higher pay for government employees.

Secret police ‘invited’ me in for interrogation


FROM 11 to 14 October the Nigerian working class showed its potential to lead the rest of the oppressed and exploited in the fight to win a better world.

Bank workers in the frontline of new strike wave


A strike wave is under way in Brazil, reflecting growing discontent with President Lula’s Workers Party government elected in January 2003. An ongoing strike by bank workers, and action by other powerful groups, suggests the resurgence of working class struggles after years of quiet.

Britain joins the new ‘scramble for Africa’


THE MAIN proposal to come out of Blair’s trip was not debt relief or money to combat famine and AIDS.

Who can end the agony of Africa?


TO HEAR British chancellor Gordon Brown and European leaders speak you would think that Africa’s debt crisis is almost over.

Diamonds stained by blood of the Bushmen


THOUSANDS OF Bushmen have been removed from the lands where they have lived for many generations and taken to resettlement camps.

Imprisoned for refusing to join the slaughter


For three days I have been held in the court prisons of Corinth.

Trade unionists and turtles—united at last


PARK WARDENS on the tiny Galapagos islands have won an environmental victory after two weeks of strikes.

A new unity forged on the Dutch streets


ONE OF the largest demonstrations in Dutch history took place last Saturday as 300,000 people, mainly trade unionists, marched against attacks on pensions and workers’ rights.

Pressure on Bush’s other ‘deputy sheriff’


AUSTRALIA’S Tory prime minister, John Howard, is one of George W Bush’s staunchest backers.

US and UN troops stand by while the poor suffer


OVER 1,000 people have died in Haiti as a result of floods and landslides in the wake of Hurricane Jeanne. Tens of thousands more are now at risk as epidemics threaten the country.

The crisis nobody wants to talk about


FIGURES WERE released last week detailing coming mass slaughter and social destruction in South Africa.

Strike against the diamond empire


DIAMOND MINE workers in Botswana, southern Africa, have been fighting a bitter battle over wages which has seen mass dismissals, forced evictions—and great solidarity.

The West has bled Sudan dry


Without understanding the role and impact of capitalism and superpower intervention in Africa, the responses evoked by horrors such as that unfolding in Darfur, western Sudan, will often be mistaken.

Venezuelan referendum: ‘The people want to deepen their revolution’


Venezuela’s recall referendum took place on Sunday 15 August. Some 58 percent of people voted no when asked if Chavez should go.

I’m sorry, you haven’t a Clwyd


BLAIR’S specially appointed apologist for the war on Iraq found herself in an tight spot on Radio 4’s Today programme on Monday of this week.

Caught between a rock and a very hard place


YASSER Arafat’s Palestinian Authority was thrown into crisis last weekend.

Mood against government shown in left vote


THE ELECTIONS across Europe showed the same phenomenon-people punishing the government, whether it was centre right or centre left. In France the opposition Socialist Party took 30 percent of the vote as the right wing governing party of president Jacques Chirac slumped to 16.8 percent.

Disaster in Darfur


A catastrophe is unfolding in western Sudan Charlie Kimber explains why

200,000 Say no to Bush in Rome


The US president's attempts to use the D-Day anniversary to win support for his war went badly wrong as protesters took to the streets of Rome and Paris

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