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In some countries, the severe crisis of capitalism has resulted in a realignment of respective governments with the imperialist powers — and the adoption of different forms of cut backs that affect the living conditions of the majority.
On the same day — March 12 — that PM Kevin Rudd was talking turkey (or literally: wheat) with Iraq’s puppet prime minister, Nouri al Maliki, Muntadhar al Zaidi, who became famous after throwing shoes at US President George Bush, was sentenced to three years’ jail.
An Iraqi court sentenced journalist Muntadar al-Zaidi to three years in prison on March 12.
Except for a two-year blip from 1996 to 1998, the Australian Labor Party has ruled Queensland for the past 20 years. Following 32 years of successive conservative coalition governments, Labor was elected in a landslide in 1989.
The Iraqi workers movement is again beginning to organise, despite contending with the difficult conditions of occupation and war, and in defiance of harassment and arrests by the US military.
Write On: Letters to the editor What paper are you reading? Allen Myers's letter (GLW #786) said: "It would be nice to see a socialist analysis of the economic crisis in GLW." I'm not sure what newspaper he thinks he has been reading, but it
Peter Marshall is the national secretary of the United Firefighters Union of Australia, which represents 13,000 firefighters working across the country. In the wake of the recent bushfire crisis in Victoria, he spoke with Green Left Weekly’s Katherine Bradstreet on the current debates surrounding the connection between bushfires, climate change, and the environmental movement.
The economic outlook for working people is becoming even bleaker.
The US based Center for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR) recently released a report in February detailing the amazing improvements in economic and social indicators in Venezuela during the 10 years of Hugo Chavez’s revolutionary administration.
NSW police have entered an out-of-court settlement with anti-war activist Paddy Gibson after he sued them for wrongful arrest during the APEC protests in Sydney in September 2007.
On March 3, thousands rallied outside the headquarters of the Association of Mexican Banks (AMB), in the centre of Mexico City, to denounce speculation, bank fees and the national government´s response to the economic crisis.
More than 300,000 people poured into the streets of San Salvador on March 7, for the closing rally of the campaign for Mauricio Funes, the left-wing Farabundo Marti National Liberation’s (FMLN) presidential candidate for the March 15 elections.
After 8000 km on the road with 100 vehicles and 500 volunteers, the passage of the Viva Palestina convoy into Gaza City brought out thousands of jubilant Palestinians to celebrate the latest breakthrough against Israeli oppression.
The killing of two British soldiers and a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) officer by Irish republicans opposed to the peace process have threatened to destabilise the political situation in the six counties in the north of Ireland still claimed by Britain.
This article is abridged from accounts by Farooq Tariq, a leader of the Labour Party Pakistan, posted at http://www.links.org.au. An LPP representative will be attending the World at a Crossroads conference in Sydney, April 10-12. Visit http://www.worldatacrossroads.org.
The glory of being “the other”. The pride and punishment of not being “like them …” Not being white, being Indian and being half cast … That is the harsh but ultimately glorious destiny of the Bolivian.

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