International News

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — A sea change may be occurring in popular sentiments among the national groups locked into Yugoslavia's low-intensity civil war. British journalist Laura Silber recently visited the village of Ivanovci in the central

By Stephen Robson The National Assembly of Vietnam in the first week of August elected Vo Van Kiet prime minister. Kiet takes over the position from Do Muoi, elected general secretary of the Communist Party at the Seventh National Congress at the

By Patrick Campbell One of the dirty tricks pulled by the British Special Forces and the loyalist Ulster Defence Association in 1974 will come back to haunt both organisations early next year, when a documentary on the North is aired on television

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — When the 35 member governments of the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) met here on August 8-9 to draft an appeal for a cease-fire in the bloody conflict in Yugoslavia, they must have suspected

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — The Hungarian Democratic Forum (MDF) government has opened a serious attack on the country's new trade unions, which have grown in strength since last October's taxi and transport workers' blockade. Parliament passed

Cholera expected to kill 4000 in Panama PANAMA CITY — The local representative of the Pan-American Health Organisation, Oscar Falla, said on August 7 that 4000 Panamanians may be killed by the cholera epidemic which is sweeping parts of Latin

Profits in pollution Pork bellies, soybeans, wheat futures — and now sulphur dioxide allowances. The Chicago Board of Trade voted on July 16 to add sulphur dioxide emission allowances to the list of commodities in which it trades. Under 1990

By Sally Low Control over women, no matter what social order we live in, is an important pillar of that order. If all the hundred or so women at the conference of the European Forum of Socialist Feminists in June agreed on anything, perhaps it was

Fire at Mexican pesticide plant Mexican environmentalists need international support for their effort to have an ecological disaster investigated by the country's Human Rights Commission. On May 3, fiery explosions engulfed a pesticide

NPA leader captured MANILA — Philippine police on August 5 captured the top official of the New People's Army at a suburban hospital. He was apparently seeking treatment. Romulo Kintanar was captured with his wife, Gloria Jopson, at the Makati

By Norm Dixon Revelations that the South African government has secretly directed millions of rands to the Inkatha organisation, responsible for the deaths of thousands in murderous attacks in black townships, has put the de Klerk regime on the

By Stephen Shalom US and Philippine negotiators have announced a new military bases agreement under which the United States will withdraw from Clark Air Base by September 1992 but retain Subic Naval Base for at least 10 more years. Though

By Norm Dixon Only days after the worldwide condemnation of the apartheid regime's collusion with Inkatha, the South African security forces were again found to be actively aiding Inkatha violence, according to a report that appeared in the

By Steve Painter New Zealand's NewLabour Party claims the recent budget of the National Party government pushed the country's economy from recession to depression by cutting demand without "putting in place balancing measures to promote

Zarana Papic While their experiences and opinions differed in many ways some of the themes commonly expressed by women from Eastern Europe at the June conference of the European Forum of Socialist Feminists in Norwich, England were contained in

A Harvard University medical team has confirmed findings of an earlier United Nations delegation to Iraq. The Harvard team, which visited 11 Iraqi cities recently, says it expects around 170,000 deaths of children under five as a direct result of war

By Frank Gollan JAKARTA — A major industrial dispute and trouble with a visiting Dutch parliamentary delegation gave the Indonesian government more than its usual share of problems in the week of the 46th anniversary of independence. The

Interview by Andrew Nette Significant realignments are taking place among the left in the Philippines, long since the centre of the largest and most active popular struggle in the Asia Pacific. Since its establishment in the late '60s, the

Gulf War casualties continue WASHINGTON — Eighty-seven per cent of civilian deaths caused by the Gulf War have occurred since the war ended, according to casualty estimates released by Greenpeace on July 23. Greenpeace also estimates that

Turkish troops invade northern Iraq The Turkish government has said it will set up a buffer zone in northern Iraq. Prime Minister Mesut Yilmaz says the area might not be permanently occupied by Turkish troops, but would be regularly patrolled.

By K. ten Broke Anarchists, in the opinion of Anatoly Lukyanov, president of the Supreme Soviet, are one of the few political forces to be taken seriously in the USSR. That was certainly not meant as a compliment for the various anarchist

By Bernadette Moloney Vietnam is cautiously removing administrative controls over its economy. BERNADETTE MOLONEY describes impressions of a recent visit. TG682 from Bangkok to Hanoi was full of former refugees from Canada and the US returning

'Apartheid still practised' The council of the International Amateur Athletic Federation has refused to allow South Africa's return to international competition, saying that apartheid is still rampant in sport in South Africa. The meeting was

By Ian Bolas LONDON — Three thousand people marched here on August 10 to mark the 20th anniversary of internment without trial in Northern Ireland. The march also commemorated the deaths 10 years ago of Bobby Sands and nine other Irish

By Helen Jarvis "The war is over, over", Prince Sihanouk told reporters. "Yes, it's over", said Prime Minister Hun Sen. These words were featured in all the coverage of the latest meeting of Cambodia's Supreme National Council, held in Pattaya,

Peace activists jailed By Fardod Roshanbin BRISBANE — Australian Plowshares activists Ciaron O'Reilly and Moana Cavander-Cole have been jailed for a year in the US on charges of sabotaging a B-52 bomber at Griffiss air base last January. They

Nuclear plant to reopen Greenpeace and other environmentalists are staging protests in the US state of Colorado against plans to reopen the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory. The plant has been closed since November 1989 because of numerous leaks

By Sean Magill A recent letter from Belfast to Australian Aid for Ireland reveals something of the entrenched bigotry and sectarianism of Unionist politicians. Written by Mairtin O'Muilleior, a Sinn Fein councillor, it describes Sinn Fein

Visiting NZ greenly Visiting NZ greenly Members and supporters of New Zealand's Green party (The Greens of Aotearoa/New Zealand) is offering a home hosting service for greens visiting New Zealand. A booklet listing green homes throughout New

By Andrey Nikovor The Ukrainian parliament declared independence on August 24 with 346 deputies in favour and only one opposed. The declaration, signed by the President Leonid Krawchuk, is subject to a referendum to be held on December 1. The

By Vannessa Hearman and Tony Iltis The Indonesian Front for the Defence of Human Rights (INFIGHT) was formed in 1989 "to make a more democratic society in Indonesia, a society more respectful to basic human rights, especially basic community

By Norm Dixon Anti-African National Congress vigilantes and Inkatha fighters engaged in vicious attacks against township residents may have been the beneficiaries of 40 tonnes of grenades, shotguns, rifles and ammunition illegally shipped from the

By Norm Dixon The African National Congress has condemned constitutional arrangements proposed by South Africa's President F.W. de Klerk. It calls them a "recipe for disaster" and a ruse to "retain the accumulated privileges of apartheid". De

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Russian Federation President Boris Yeltsin moved on August 28 to strip the Moscow City Soviet of most of its authority. Taking advantage of the "democratic" euphoria following the collapse of the August 19-21 coup,

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Since the August coup and the dissolution of the Communist Party, trade union and left activists in the Russian Federation have accelerated their efforts to build a new, democratic mass party fighting for the rights of

US blocks waste controls GENEVA — The United States has strongly resisted attempts by some Third World and European countries to strengthen international safeguards against the movement and dumping of hazardous wastes. In a carefully worded

By Norm Dixon The South African government was involved in a plot to assassinate a leader of the African National Congress as part of a coup in the "independent" Transkei bantustan. The target was Chris Hani, a senior member of the ANC's national

Governor bans rallies in Timor The Indonesian governor of East Timor has banned demonstrations during a scheduled visit by Portuguese parliamentarians later this year. "Demonstrators will face the Indonesian armed forces", Mario Carrascalao

By Sally Low Bill Kelty and Laurie Carmichael are often hailed as the brains behind the ALP-ACTU Prices and Incomes Accord but a short overview of the evolution of trade union and left politics in Italy since the late 1970s suggests at least one

Interview By Renfrey Clarke An economist and specialist on the problems of women in the workplace, ANASTASIYA POSADSKAYA is head of the Gender Studies Centre within one of the institutes of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. She was interviewed in

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