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On her recent visit to Australia, Nidia Diaz of the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front spoke to Green Left about the course of peace negotiations in El Salvador. What has been the outcome of the latest talks? The extreme right wing

Like many people in the former German Democratic Republic, HANNA BEHREND cannot find an appropriate term for the "events of 1989". An academic and feminist who has lived and worked in East Berlin for over 20 years, she says it "was a time when we

Czechoslovakia's oldest party Established 130 years ago, in 1878, the Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party sees itself as part of the 19th century tradition of European Social Democracy and as the oldest party still active in Czechoslovak

Now a member of the unified Bundestag (all-German parliament), THOMAS KLEIN was elected to the east German Volkskammer in March 1990 on the ticket of Vereinigte Linke (United Left), of which he was a founder. While working in the economics section of

WASHINGTON, D.C. — US oil companies, seeking petroleum exploration rights in a region of the Ecuadorian Amazon considered a jewel of biodiversity, are running into legal opposition under US law. The Corporación de Defensa de la Vida

By Tom Jordan On June 17, long-time peace activists Michael Randall and Pat Pottle will be tried for helping famous double agent George Blake escape from a British prison in 1966. Randall and Pottle admit they did it but insist that they committed

By Keith Locke AUCKLAND — New Zealand foreign minister Doug McKinnon has been visiting London and Washington trying to "bridge the impasse" between New Zealand's anti-nuclear law and British and US reluctance to disclose the presence of nuclear

By Norm Dixon Large and militant demonstrations by university students, which rapidly gained broad popular support, have forced the PNG government to defer huge pay increases for national and provincial politicians and senior public servants.

Development problems in Thailand By Stuart Wax Environmental consequences of development in Thailand were the topic of a Community Aid Abroad forum in Sydney on May 29. In 1988-9, the Thai economy grew by 10%. The country is looking to become

Comment by Col Hesse The postwar two-party system in Australia is undeniably facing its greatest challenge. Acknowledging evidence that there could be anywhere between 10% and 30% of the electorate looking outside the two main parties, NSW trade

By Peter Annear PRAGUE — A hardening political differentiation among Czechoslovakia's parliamentary parties has turned the popular coalition that emerged in November 1989 and won elections the following June into a thing of the past. "Civic

By Norm Dixon Jim Beatson, a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Time and the UK Guardian, recently returned from a three-week stay in embattled Bougainville. Beatson reports that an uneasy calm prevails after the PNG government's

By Andrew Katelaris The use of trees from virgin forest in the production of paper is a phenomenon of the latter part of this century only, though paper itself has been an integral part of human civilisation for thousands of years. Common

By Sally Low in Wroclaw and Warsaw "Solidarity has always been the umbrella that sheltered this government from the rain, but now we have closed the umbrella." In Wroclaw, the poster of a folded red and white umbrella advertised a two-hour strike

By Craig Cormick An independent US medical team has found that 170,000 Iraqi children may die this year from the delayed effects of the Gulf War. A study team from Harvard University, which toured Iraq in April and May, found that malnutrition

Persistent and often militant grassroots protests have re-emerged in Indonesia in the last 18 months. These protests have occurred in almost all provinces of the country and have involved peasants and workers as well as students. The emergence of

By Tom Jordan Although it has been largely ignored by the commercial media, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of military resisters of the US and European armies who refused to participate in the Gulf War. According to the National Campaign

RONALD MOFOKENG is a worker at PG Glass in Johannesburg, a leader of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union, the treasurer of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and a member of the African National Congress and the South African

By Satendra Prasad SUVA — The "interim" Fiji government led by Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara has promulgated a "Protection of the National Economy" decree aimed at crushing both a boycott of the sugarcane harvest by farmers and the 14-week-long strike

French nuclear test condemned AUCKLAND The French government conducted a nuclear test on May 30 at Fangataufa. Estimated at 110 kilotons, it was one of the largest underground tests ever conducted at the Pacific test site. Greenpeace nuclear test

Strike will continue, say miners By Norm Dixon Fiji Mine Workers Union general secretary Kanekini Navuso has vowed that the Emperor gold mine strike will continue despite the government's anti-strike decree. He told the press: "This decree is

In the ongoing conflict over the future of US military bases in the Philippines, the focus is usually on the clash between US strategic interests and Filipino nationalism. But there is another side to the issue, the social costs to the Filipino

By Zhang Kai HONG KONG — On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the April 5 Tienanmen uprising and the second anniversary of Democracy Movement '89, the overseas edition of People's Daily failed to censor a poem with an embedded phrase: "Li Peng,

A senior Soviet economist and leader of the left wing of the Social Democratic Party, Galina Rakitskaya is also playing an important role in developing the movement for popular self-management in the USSR. She was interviewed in Moscow for Green Left

By Norm Dixon Riot police on May 31 opened fire on striking gold miners picketing the remote Porgera gold mine in PNG's Enga province. Seven miners were wounded by shotgun pellets. The potentially deadly incident was covered up by the

By Andrew Nette Who benefits from US bases in the Philippines? Not ordinary Filipinos. In the second of two articles, ANDREW NETTE reports on a visit to Olongapo, near the Subic Bay naval base. Fishing, which used to be the main source of

During the Trades and Labour Council Indian Ocean Region Conference held in Perth on May 17, Saut Aritonang, general secretary of Indonesia's recently formed free trade union, Serikat Buruh Merdeka (Setiakawan) spoke to Green Left. Shortly after his

Interview by Jim Percy and Renfrey Clarke A senior Soviet economist and leader of the left wing of the Social Democratic Party, Galina Rakitskaya is also playing an important role in developing the movement for people's self-management in the

By Pat Brewer A spokesperson from the growing movement for democracy will be one of the international guest speakers at next month's Socialist Scholars Conference, being held in Melbourne. Indro Cahyono is involved in both the labour movement

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The flat was bright and spacious. The location, however, was not what I'd wanted: far from the centre of Moscow on a relatively ill-served train line. But even in this unpopular locale, the monthly rent I recalled she

Gertrude Shope, newly elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) Women's League (WL) "grew up in the struggle". In the '50s she was secretary of the Federation of Transvaal Women. In 1966, she left the country, on the advice of the ANC,

'Terrorism' from chlorine company STOCKHOLM, — A leaked "crisis management plan" confirms the concern of chlorine manufacturers and users over decreasing market demand and increasing environmental pressure. The plan, prepared for the Clorox

On February 27, the last day of the Gulf War, soldiers arrived at the Ramallah (West Bank) clinic of 48-year old urological surgeon Dr Mamdouh Al-Aker and took him off; he was not even given time to leave some urgent instructions regarding the

By Sally Low Poland's first free parliamentary elections are due in October. The outcome will be strongly affected by the way the present government and particularly President Lech Walesa react to growing dissatisfaction with their attempts to

By Slavina Novak and Adam Novak PRAGUE — There were a number of serious injuries when a peaceful demonstration here was attacked by young rightists. This followed an attack by police on a similar protest. Several weeks ago, two anarchist

Nuclear power plan for Java Indonesia has selected a unit of Japan's second-largest power company to carry out a feasibility study on a proposed nuclear power project in northern Java, according to news reports. The reports quoted Indonesian

By Sally Low Not only the world's Jewish community were appalled by the pope's declaration in Poland in early June that abortion should be equated with the Nazi Holocaust. Repeated opinion polls have shown at least 60% of John Paul's compatriots,

Three United States GIs who resisted the Gulf War are facing the death penalty at the hands of military courts. Of some 2500 GIs who resisted participation in operation Desert Storm, Erik Larsen, Kevin Sparrock and Corporal Tahan Jones have been

By Norm Dixon The claim that Iraq was developing a nuclear weapons capability and ballistic missile technology was one of the major justifications for the US-led war in the Gulf. Yet it has been revealed that the US government turned a blind eye

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Boris Yeltsin will have almost unlimited powers under new government structures recently approved by the Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation. As president, Yeltsin is both head of state and head

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