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Venezuela: a society undergoing a radical transformation

To understand what is happening in Venezuela you have to go back to 1989 when there was a rebellion which became known as the Caracazo.

Three amazing days of freedom in Gaza

The last Israeli troops left during the night. As dawn broke small crowds of Palestinians began to filter in. They were wandering among the ruins with a mixture of curiosity, excitement and relief.

March against election fraud in Egypt

Thousands of activists defied riot police to march through the Egyptian capital of Cairo last Saturday chanting "Mubarak is a thief" after a presidential election marred by fraud and intimidation.

Land still in hands of the few in South Africa

The background to this whole debate is the history of colonial and apartheid era land dispossession. In 1996 white people still owned and controlled over 80 percent of farm land, despite being only 11 percent of the population.

University strike challenges Lula

University professors and staff in Brazil have begun a national strike for salary increases to match inflation and for free, public and high quality education.

World Social Forum: three crucial gatherings

The next World Social Forum (WSF) will take place simultaneously in three cities — Caracas in Venezuela, Karachi in Pakistan and Bamako in Mali. It is set to take place from 25-29 January 2006.

German establishment closes ranks against the left

Ever Since its launch in July, Linkspartei has been picking up significant support across the German working class. This has predictably led to a concerted smear campaign against Oskar Lafontaine, the party’s best known leader.

Building workers win first legal strike in Gulf state

Some 600 construction workers in the Gulf state of Qatar were celebrating last week after they won the first legal strike in the country’s history.

Turkish novelist faces charges for mentioning genocide

Turkey’s most acclaimed novelist, Orhan Pamuk, faces a possible three years in jail after being charged last week with "publicly denigrating Turkish identity".

How the US occupation is murdering the truth

Waleed Khaled was shot by US troops last week while working for Reuters TV. In response US army spokesman General Rick Lynch claimed that the US soldiers "took appropriate measures".

Debt ‘relief’ deal will mean privatisation and attacks on workers’ conditions

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is about to unleash an economic nightmare on Iraq, warn debt campaigners Jubilee Iraq.

Debate grows on French left

When Dominique de Villepin was appointed prime minister of France following the vote against the European Union (EU) constitution in the referendum in May, he promised his first 100 days in office would give confidence back to the French.

Egypt won’t accept sham democracy

A wave of protests is sweeping Egypt ahead of the presidential elections on Wednesday of next week, as the opposition Kifaya (Enough) movement is calling for a boycott of the poll.

Growing resistance in the Nile Delta region

The peasants in the Nile Delta village of Meet Shahala rose in rebellion after attempts by the old landlords to drive them off their land.

First steps towards a radical alternative in South Africa

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.

Jacob Zuma — a very unlikely hero

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.

Paris fires expose plight of migrants

"There were no alarms. The building was old and dilapidated. We just heard ‘Fire! Fire,’ and we had to go down."

Sans Papiers fear another tragedy

The fire was a deep tragedy, but one that could have been avoided.

Hugo Chavez under fire from US right

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 rise of the new German left

"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.

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