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Great Andean revolt confronts neo-liberals


The long drawn out crisis in the Andean countries of Latin America developed rapidly in the early months of 2005, producing extraordinary popular mobilisations.

New defeats for the right in Uruguay


Elections for governors and councillors took place across Uruguay, South America, on 8 May. Right wing parties were crushed in almost half of the districts of the country.

Killings in Uzbekistan reveal Bush's hypocrisy


George Bush’s government smears its opponents as "supporters of tyranny". Yet recent events in the central Asian republic of Uzbekistan have exposed how the US government backs one of the world’s most repressive regimes.

Discontent grows in Aceh and in Indonesia


Six months after his election, the cracks are well and truly appearing in the promises and policies of Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

A new party in Germany that will ‘draw a line in the sand’


A new left wing party is contesting the regional elections in North Rhine and Westphalia in Germany this Sunday.

General strike against occupation in Iraqi city of Ramadi


Iraqis in the city of Ramadi and neighbouring towns held a general strike last weekend in a protest against a blockade by US troops. The strike was called as US troops mounted a major offensive on villages and towns along the Euphrates river up to the border with Syria.

An explosion of anger in Afghanistan — after decades of civil war and political betrayal


Last week there were demonstrations in several cities in Afghanistan. The immediate cause was a report that US interrogators at Guantanamo Bay had defiled a Qur’an by putting it down a toilet.

Egyptian police blockade key strike


We live in a big prison. How else could you explain why state security forces prevented a solidarity delegation going to visit 400 striking weavers at the state-owned Esco company?

Mass protests push armed groups to the margins in Egypt


Bomb and gun attacks in Cairo at the end of April prompted warnings of a new Islamist offensive against tourists in Egypt. But this is unlikely to materialise. The political climate is changing fast — and not in favour of targeting tourists.

Anger across US at Bush plan to slash social security


President George Bush is facing increasing hostility at home to his proposals to kill off the US’s social security programme, which provides state retirement and disability benefits to some 44 million Americans.

May day in Venezuela


Hundreds of thousands of supporters of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela’s left wing president, marched through Caracas, the capital, on May Day in support of plans to introduce worker management across state run industries. Workers in Alcasa, the state aluminium company, have already started organising production themselves and electing their shop directors. "It is impossible for us to achieve our goals with capitalism, nor is it possible to find an intermediate path," Chavez told the crowds.

Ecuador — ‘It’s much easier to create an uprising if you’re united’


On 8 December, Gutierrez annulled the supreme court in Ecuador. He didn’t give any reason, or quote any law—he just abolished it because it was too independent. From that date the people started to organise themselves, holding assemblies and taking to the streets in massive numbers.

Portuguese Left Bloc


"Create conflict where necessary, communicate with all those suffering exploitation and oppression," was the message from Francesco Louca, one of eight members of the Portuguese Left Bloc (Bloco de Esquerda) elected to parliament in February.

Joy as stolen objects are returned to Africa


An extraordinary event has taken place in one of Africa’s most significant historic sites.

How British imperialism looted Ethiopia in 1868


The pillage of Magdala is well documented in contemporary British accounts.

Revolt in Togo after dictator’s son claims election win


The presidential election in Togo, west Africa, has unleashed protests, strikes and riots. At least 20 people have been killed in the fighting.

Nichi Vendola — Listening to the people


Recent regional elections in Italy saw successes for the left. In Puglia the winner was Nichi Vendola, a gay communist and member of Rifondazione Comunista. Here he explains how he won and looks at the choice in Britain.

What lies behind the anti-Japanese protests in China?


China has witnessed three weekends of anti-Japanese protests. Small protests began at the start of April. Then on Saturday 9 April thousands of protesters, mainly university students, marched through the capital Beijing and smashed windows at the Japanese embassy.

The US’s power game intensifies the tension between China and Japan


Japan has been a key element in US global policy since the US occupied the country after the Second World War. The Japanese and US ruling classes want to see greater Japanese military power.

Saddam’s man Wafiq al-Samarrai has a new job


The US has appointed one of Saddam Hussein’s most feared generals as "a special security adviser" to the new Iraqi government. Wafiq al-Samarrai was head of General Military Intelligence during the uprisings in the Shia south and Kurdish north following the end of the 1991 Gulf War.

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