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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.

US workers call for troops out of Iraq


The AFL-CIO union federation in the US, which represents millions of US workers, last week sent out a strong message against George Bush. Delegates to its convention voted to call for an end to the occupation of Iraq and the quick return of US troops.

What’s behind the divisions in the AFL-CIO union federation?


The decision of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Teamsters unions to disaffiliate from the AFL-CIO federation last week has created a huge debate inside the trade union movement in the US.

A tangled web of loyalties and distrust


The US has been a close ally of Pakistan, although there have been periods when the US has imposed sanctions on Pakistan or distanced itself from its ally.

Angry end to Zambian miners' strike


A BITTER strike in Zambia’s copper mines ended last week with some concessions by managers, but with many workers angry that their union leaders had sold them short.

Portugal's pensions battle is under way


A PUBLIC sector general strike took place in Portugal on 15 July. The strike followed a large demonstration in July, and strikes by teachers, nurses and other groups of workers.

Australians on the offensive to stop anti-union laws


More than 300,000 workers protested in towns and cities across Australia recently against proposed anti-union laws.

The South African revolt against poverty


Around 200,000 South African local government workers struck for a day on Tuesday over pay.

The cost of China’s booming economy


At least 22 miners died and 60 others were missing after a gas explosion ripped through a coal mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang region on Monday.

Indian students face police assault


University authorities unleashed police and troops to smash up student protests in Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), India, last month.

Afghanistan shattered by imperialism


Seventeen villagers were killed in a "precision" US bombing raid on Friday of last week. Not in Iraq, but in Afghanistan — a country that was "liberated" over three and half years ago.

Iraqi hospitals in the firing line


Iraqi doctors say they have been harassed, beaten, threatened and sometimes even attacked by US and US-backed Iraqi forces during recent military adventures in al-Qa’im and Haditha.

US occupation under pressure


The US-led occupation of Iraq lurched further into crisis this week as defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld was forced to admit that resistance in the country might last for years.

Eyewitness to the Zimbabwean war on the poor which has torn apart the lives of so many


THE government’s "clean up" campaign has left over a million people displaced, refugees in their own country. Around 300,000 kids have dropped out of school as a result of the displacements.

Divisions at heart of South Africa’s rulers


THABO MBEKI, the president of South Africa, fired deputy president Jacob Zuma, the country’s second most powerful politician, last week.

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