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Workers’ struggles shake the dictator


AN ALLIANCE of two major unions, and support from the mid-level leaders of major political parties, has come together to increase the power of workers fighting against privatisation.

War on the Acehnese continues under the cover of tsunami disaster


ON CHRISTMAS Day, the Indonesian military announced that it had killed 18 Acehnese guerillas. It was a paltry accomplishment by its own brutal standards. In the time since martial law was imposed on Aceh in May 2003, the army has admitted to having killed 3,216 Acehnese. Amnesty International reports a litany of atrocities in the same period—torture, extra-judicial killings, "rape and other forms of sexual violence".

Cairo calling activists


THE AGENDA for the third Cairo Conference, which takes place from 24-27 March in the Egyptian capital, has just been finalised. The International Campaign Against US Aggression has organised the conference against war and globalisation. The aim of the third Cairo Conference is to encourage much wider participation.

Free trade means rags for us, riches for them


THIRD WORLD countries are often told that free trade will bring them prosperity. But in Mauritius—a small African island state just east of Madagascar—we know this claim is a myth.

Anti-general strikes against key Bush ally


General Musharraf has refused to step down as head of the Pakistani military. His decision has embarrassed the mainstream parties who have repeatedly failed to launch a movement to remove the general since his 1999 coup—and have instead sought to share power with the military.

Fighting for their jobs against British bosses


WORKERS AT the Filtrona factory in Switzerland—owned by the British-based company Bunzl—are engaged in a bitter fight to save their factory from closure.

State clampdown on the ‘Saudi Spring’


A few days before last week’s attack by armed militants on the US consulate in the port city of Jeddah, a scuffle was taking place outside a courthouse in the capital, Riyadh. 

Help free Matthews Ndlovu


MATTHEWS NDLOVU, a South African activist fighting against privatisation, has been sentenced to two years in jail for "malicious damage to property".

Energy workers in their thousands take to the streets against privatisation


TWO PROTESTS in Pakistan have shown growing opposition to the privatisation policies of General Musharraf’s military regime.

Egypt: signs of new fightback


"EVERY TIME a worker from the factory dies, it is always from cancer—lung cancer, bone cancer, or leukemia,"says Shaban Khaled.

'We will burn this city down'


"You can almost smell fear in the air. Al-Arish and Sheikh Zoayyed are ghost towns. Police officers warn citizens, ‘This city has to be put to rights’."

‘Coca-Cola is stealing our water and our land’


INDIA IS the scene of a major battle between the Coca-Cola corporation and farmers who live in the areas that surround their bottling plants.

Protesters give Bush a massive ‘unwelcome’


THE MOVEMENT only had two weeks notice. The Canadian government thought there wouldn’t be time for anti-war protesters to mobilise—they were wrong.

Oil workers demand right to share profits they make


THE BANNER on the main gate of the National Refinery at Karachi, the largest oil refinery in Pakistan, read, "For the past 41 years, who has been producing profits at National Refinery? We have. So who should be the owner of National Refinery? Us."

Working like oxen, but fighting like tigers


Every hour 15 Chinese workers are killed in industrial accidents. More than 120 million "peasant workers" who have migrated into the cities are "getting up earlier than roosters, and working harder than oxen, but eating less than pigs eat".

Workers gunned down for going on strike in Philippines


THE KILLING of 14 people on a picket line at a sugar plantation in the Philippines has shocked the country. The family of former president Cory Aquino, who own the plantation, have been implicated in the killings.

Egypt: Poisoned by their bosses and then denied their pay


WORKERS EMPLOYED by the Egyptian-Spanish Company for Asbestos Products in Cairo began a sit-in at the company on Saturday 20 November.

Chileans have many reasons to hate Bush


FIFTY THOUSAND demonstrators greeted George Bush on his arrival in Santiago, Chile, for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit meeting of 21 Pacific Rim nations.

Ripping the mask of respectability from Fini


GIANFRANCO FINI has been appointed as the new Italian foreign minister. Fini leads the "post-fascist" Alleanza Nazionale—the reincarnation of the old fascist party the MSI.

The black majority still live in poverty under the ANC


THE SOUTH African government’s actions over the telecom industry have focused all the feeling about how only an elite has benefited in the post-apartheid economy.

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