International News

By Laszlo Andor and Peter Annear BUDAPEST — Hungarians' originally high expectations about the transition to a Western-style market economy have, in the last few months, started to recede. While the old regime and its political elite have gone,

By Ian Powell WELLINGTON - New Zealand's largest protest for a decade stunned the National Party government on April 4. Around 100,000 people participated in nationwide demonstrations which were part of the Council of Trade Unions' April 3-9 week

By Alison Murray February 1991: Asep Suryaman has been told his execution is imminent. Cipinang Prison is a civilian jail in East Jakarta. "Ordinary prisoners are held there, 18-20 men to a cell, and in a separate wing the political prisoners are

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — It was one of the tensest days Muscovites had experienced in some time. The immediate cause of the strained atmosphere was a decision by the liberal majority in the Moscow City Soviet to call a mass demonstration to

By Judy Addison and Jeannie Rae Indonesian workers have taken advantage of increased political instability, as jockeying for power increases in the government and military, to form a new, independent, trade union. The organisers are also keen to

By Andrew Nette Crispin Beltran, chairperson of the May 1 Movement (KMU) of the Philippines, has been jailed on two fabricated charges — one a matter outstanding for 20 years — and leaders of the movement fear that the government of Corazon

By David Robie AUCKLAND — Tonga's hasty legal juggling act to grant citizenship to more than 400 foreigners has done little to quell unrest in the South Pacific kingdom over the passport scandal. Although commoner parliamentarian and

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Opinion polling has come to the USSR. The polls are not always well designed or professionally executed, and it pays to check who has commissioned them. But the better ones are authoritative and provide intriguing data

By Norm Dixon The Botswanan government has suspended the dredging of the Okavango River delta in response to mounting local and international opposition. The announcement has brought a temporary halt to a giant scheme that would severely damage

By Will Firth BERLIN — In the former German Democratic Republic, 787,000 people were registered as unemployed in February. This took the rapidly rising unemployment rate to 8.9%, compared with a stable 7.0% in west Germany. The situation will

By Norm Dixon Production at the Australian-owned Vatukoula gold mine on Fiji's north-west coast remains at a virtual standstill as 900 determined miners continue their strike. Anger on the mass picket lines has reached boiling point following

US waste incinerator fails test The State of Arkansas Department of Pollution Control and Ecology announced on April 2 that a controversial mobile incinerator at a chemical waste site had failed in testing and would not be permitted to burn dioxin

Farmers seize US base By Mark Delmege PERTH — One hundred angry wheat farmers from northern wheat belt towns attacked a NASA facility at Yarragadee, about 100 km South of Geraldton, on April 7. Protesting against US wheat subsidies, the

US victimising Gulf War opponents Twenty-one US Marine Corp reservists who refused to take part in the Gulf War are being subject to all forms of maltreatment while in detention, according to the news service of the Paris-based organisation

By Richard Ingram New studies in the United Kingdom and in the United States have found alarming confirmation of increased leukaemia caused by exposure to levels of nuclear radiation previously considered safe. Two studies were published in the

By David Kattenburg After municipal and legislative elections in El Salvador in which the governing Arena party captured close to a majority of seats in the National Assembly, charges of fraud continue to fly. The left-wing Democratic Convergence

By Paul Fauvet MAPUTO, Mozambique — The only agreement between the Mozambican government and the South African-backed Mozambique National Resistance (Renamo or MNR) seems close to collapse as rebels announced in mid-March that they were reneging

Ozone layer vanishing at increased rate The ozone layer in the northern hemisphere is being depleted twice as fast as previously believed, the US Environmental Protection Agency said on April 4. New data from NASA showed that ozone had thinned by

EMLYN JONES participated in the "Pilgrimage to the Philippines" organised by the Philippines-Australia Ecumenical Church Conference in January. Printed here are excerpts from her diary of the period. Wednesday, January 9 I sat next to a

US company targets Chile's rainforest A US development company Washington has made bids on 750,000 acres (300,000 hectares in the heart of southern Chile's old-growth-forested fjords. Horton-Davis Enterprises, a relatively small company, has

A popular joke in Hungary has it that the former communist Socialist Workers Party (HSWP) government needed 40 years to lose moral support of the people; for the Hungarian Democratic Forum, one year was enough. The HDF-led government is shifting

By Steve Painter "Maggie Thatcher has used the word 'war' quite often in relation to the north of Ireland, but there is not a declared war. IRA and other paramilitary prisoners are not treated as soldiers but as criminals. But then the British

Emir's nephew on drug charge The nephew of the emir of Kuwait has been arrested in Cairo on charges of trafficking in heroin. Talal Nasser al Sabah was arrested as he allegedly tried to sell two pounds of heroin to an undercover policeman. The

DMITRY SOLONNIKOV is an editor of the Leningrad youth journal Noyaya Gazeta (New Newspaper) and a member of the Coordinating Council of the Federation of Socialist Youth of the USSR. He was interviewed for Green Left by RENFREY CLARKE. What are

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — The steady world in which the ordinary people of Mala Strana (Prague's "Lesser Town") "lived for 40 years has all of a sudden been transformed into something uncertain, something that has lost its contours and its

By David Robie AUCKLAND — Thousands of New Zealanders have taken to the streets recently as unpopular labour and social welfare reforms by the government draw a bitter backlash. The country's century-old industrial relations system is due to be

A massive dam planned for China's Yangtze River has been placed on the Ten Year Plan and passed by the Seventh Session of the Thirteenth Conference of the Communist Party. The Three Gorges Dam, which will be the largest ever built, had been the

The US government's pretext for the invasion of Panama in December 1989 was the alleged involvement in drug trafficking of Panamanian President Manuel Noriega. That pretext is now becoming seriously unstuck with revelations that Noriega's

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — A grim picture of the performance of the Czechoslovak economy during 1990 is painted by the Report of the Federal Statistical Office on Economic and Social Development, released in March. The report says defensively that

Chamorro connection A former Nicaraguan contra leader accused two government ministers of drug trafficking on April 13. The ex-contra claims that development minister Brooklyn Rivera and fisheries minister Javier Morales have been helping the

Guatemalan unionist tortured Otto Ivan Rodriguez, former general secretary of STINDE, the electrical utility workers' union in Guatemala, was captured by security forces on April 5. He has been visited by Guatemala's human rights ombudsman who,

The world's largest expanse of uncut forest — the northern forest of the Soviet Union — could be subject to new logging pressures as the Soviet Union invites foreign investment and joint ventures with European, Japanese, Korean, and North

By Norm Dixon The Papua New Guinea government has torn up the peace accord it signed with Bougainville leaders in Honiara in January and launched an invasion of the northern part of the island. Three hundred PNG Defence Force troops have now been

NEW YORK — "Media reports on the destruction of Iraq caused by US and allied bombing do not begin to describe the cruel reality that these bombings have imposed on the people." This is the assessment of eyewitness investigators from the Commission

By Frank Noakes Four Catholics in northern Ireland were murdered by British loyalist death squads in the space of six days in late March. Three of the victims were from the Drumbeg estate at Lurgan/Craigavon in Northern Armagh. The three were

By Adam Novak PRAGUE — The far-right Republican Party held a 4000-strong march through Prague on Saturday, April 13, the culmination of a national week of action. Their supporters — skinheads, workers facing redundancy, political prisoners

By Adam Novak PRAGUE — The second all-Czechoslovak meeting of Left Grouping, an informal network of left and Communist Party groups and platforms, took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava on April 13. There was a striking contrast between

Three members of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM — Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) have been indicted by the East Aceh District Court for alleged participation in armed struggle against the Indonesian military. They are accused of murdering members of

By Conn M. Hallinan While most of the US media were transfixed by the Gulf War, the Bush administration quietly carried out a violation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. On January 28, the US fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific

By Jacqui Kavanagh As the African National Congress' May 9 deadline for meaningful action by the government approaches, the negotiations process in South Africa is under greater strain than ever before. The deadline was contained in an open

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