International News

By John Hallam THANNIRPALLI, Tamil Nadu — My wife Mishka Jambor and I attended the World Conference of Religions held in the town of Cochin in Kerala, South India, October 1-6. At that meeting, more than 350 representatives of the Hindu,

By Emlyn Jones More destruction was caused by tropical storm Thelma in the central Philippines than has been caused in the past by much bigger storms. Worst affected was he town of Ormoc on the island of Leyte, where thousands of bodies were left

By Satendra Prasad SUVA — Police have begun another round of repression against civil rights activists campaigning against Fiji's racist 1990 constitution. Members of the Fiji Youth and Students League (FYSL) and several trade unionists went

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The savage free-market "reforms" of Russian President Boris Yeltsin are certain to encounter large-scale, organised worker resistance. This was clear by the afternoon of November 7, following the largest and angriest

Philippines logging companies, together with sections of the military, are suspected of involvement in the murder of an environmental activist, Father Nery Lito Satur. Father Satur, a parish priest from Valencia in Mindanao, was killed on October

By Helen Jarvis This week our friend Kamal Bamadhaj became the seventh foreigner to die in the war in East Timor. Five journalists were killed in October 1975 by advancing Indonesian troops, and a sixth, Roger East, was murdered, together with

By Sally Low and Peter Annear WROCLAW — Solidarity of Labour leader Karol Modzelewski spent nine years in prison under the former Polish regime. In the 1960s he, along with Jacek Kuron, authored a famous open letter to the regime. Commenting

Rebuilding Zimbabwe By Camilo Jorquera In Zimbabwe, a unique human process is taking place though the Organisation of Rural Associations for Progress (ORAP), a village-based movement which seeks a return to indigenous values and structures to

By Peter Annear and Sally Low PLZEN, West Bohemia — Most people know this Czechoslovakian town by its German name, Pilsen, famous as the producer of one of world's finest lagers: Pilsner Urquell. It was, in fact, already a thriving burgher town

In Warsaw, Professor TADEUSZ IWINSKI, a member of the Central Executive Committee and International Secretary of Social Democracy of the Republic of Poland, spoke with PETER ANNEAR. Are you pleased with your vote in the election? We regard our

By Sally Low and Peter Annear PRAGUE — Czechoslovakia's lustrace or political screening law came into effect on November 5. Even if the constitutional court, which has not yet been established, rules that the law should be amended or annulled,

By Max Lane All indications to date are that the Suharto regime is not going to bow to international pressure in any substantial manner following worldwide outcry after the November 12 massacre in Dili, East Timor. While the regime has

Japanese whalers condemned SYDNEY — Greenpeace here has condemned the recent departure of Japan's whaling fleet for Antarctica. In a November 19 statement, campaigner Peter Gill criticised the Japanese government for disguising its whaling as

By Reihana Mohideen According to a recently published New Zealand National Business Review Insight poll, the Alliance of third parties, of which the NewLabour Party is a leading component, leads the National Party government in voter popularity.

By Jill Hickson and Camilo Jorquera On November 15, the FMLN of El Salvador declared a unilateral truce as a sign of good will in its negotiations with the Cristiani government. The negotiations, held in Mexico under the auspices of the United

ALFREDO FERREIRA, Fretilin representative in Australia, spoke to REIHANA MOHIDEEN of Green Left on November 22. Following are his comments on recent events in East Timor. After the massacre of November 12, the Indonesian army, together with the

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — As Russian President Boris Yeltsin prepares to implement his harsh free-market "reform" program, a major split in his support coalition has cast doubt on the readiness of other "democrats" to pay the political price of

By Peter Annear and Sally Low KOSICE, East Slovakia — Across a flat plain not too far from the Soviet border, a rail line disappears over the horizon into the Ukraine. Its sole purpose is to carry iron ore into the Vychodoslovenske Zeleziarne

By Norm Dixon In the days following the Dili massacre reports from East Timor point to an escalation of repression and a reign of terror launched by the Indonesian military in the territory. The most horrific report indicates that at least 80

By Peter Gellert MEXICO CITY — Despite 500 years of pressure and persecution designed to destroy them as ethnic entities, there are currently almost 45 million Indians on the American continent, grouped into 7500 distinct cultures. These

NEW YORK — Cuba has accused the United States of mounting a campaign of "intimidation, threats and pressure" against the international community to prevent a United Nations vote on Washington's economic blockade against it. In August, Cuba

NEW YORK — Libya has denied any involvement in the 1988 bombing of a Pan Am aircraft which killed 270 people, disclaiming charges made against it on November 14 by the United States and Britain which raised the possibility of armed retaliation.

Children exploited in tobacco industry Child workers in the tobacco industry in Jember, a province in north Java, are forming their own organisation to protect their rights and improve their working conditions. The organisation, Paguyuban

By Norm Dixon The brutal massacre of Timorese mourners in Dili on November 12 has led to protests in the Indonesian capital. Those involving the Timorese community and human rights activists have been met with repression. However, protests have

Arab feminist group banned By Susan Mackie The international Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA), based in Egypt, has been outlawed by the Egyptian government, according to the November 7 Human Rights Co-ordinator newsletter. The

RUBEN ZAMORA is a leader of the Democratic Convergence and member of the National Assembly in El Salvador. He was interviewed by DANIEL KNOTT on October 29 in San Salvador. There has been a lot of work put in over a long period of time on the

Excerpts from November 21 and 25 US State Department press briefings: Q: Do you have any news from the Indonesia commission of inquiry into the massacre in East Timor? Ms Tutweiler: I don't have any new news. Once again, as we have all — I

By Norm Dixon In the face of widespread calls for tougher action against the Indonesian regime over the Dili massacre and the continued illegal occupation of the East Timor, the Australian government refuses to do anything that may disrupt the

By Norm Dixon Demonstrators in the Papua New Guinea capital, Port Moresby, have accused the Australian and PNG government's of turning a blind eye to the recent massacre in Dili and the denial of the East Timorese people's right to

GENEVA — A major world trade union body has accused South Korea and Thailand of widespread suppression of workers' rights. The International Metalworkers' Federation (IMWF) has called on the United Nations' International Labour Organisation (ILO)

By Will Firth BERLIN — The huge stone statue of Lenin no longer dominates the "United Nations Square" in Berlin's inner east. It has been removed despite the efforts of the deceased Soviet sculptor's family lawyer and groups of locals who wanted

By Stephen Robson "Although we have achievements such as the increase of food production, the reduction of inflation, the expansion of foreign economic relations including foreign trade and investment, big problems are still there", Do Duc Dinh

The following letter was sent by Croatian President Franjo Tudjman on November 21 to various heads of government, including Bob Hawke, George Bush, Francois Mitterrand, John Major and Mikhail Gorbachev. The translation is by the Croatian Ministry of

Dr WALDON BELLO, executive Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy in the United States, is a Filipino-American who has written widely on Third World debt, militarisation and economic policy, with a special focus on South East Asia.

By Satendra Prasad SUVA — Fiji's interim regime promulgated three decrees in the first week of November which, according to the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC), "are aimed at crushing the trade union movements in the country". Decrees 42,

The following open letter was written by ANICA RADOVIC-OSTOJIC to the principal commander of the Serbian-dominated "Yugoslav federal army", General Veljko Kadijevic. It was published in the October 4 issue of the Croatian newspaper Slobodna

Following are major excerpts from a statement on the Dili massacre adopted by representatives of University Student Senates throughout Java. Indonesian students who are members of the Communications Forum of Student Senates throughout Java used

By Peter Annear MOSCOW — Mayor Gavriil Popov did not relish the choice of a new KGB chief for Moscow by the city's elected government, the Moscow Soviet, so he ignored its decision and, without any legal authority, appointed his own nominee, a

By Reihana Mohideen According to a December 6 New Zealand National Business Review poll, the alternative parties Alliance led by the NewLabour Party is now ahead of both the old Labour Party and the conservative National Party in the polls. The

By Peter Annear MOSCOW — "As economic laws operate, it is very difficult to work out what laws are governing the defence of labour" under the new "democratic" system, says Mikhail Nagaitsev, vice-president of the Moscow Federation of Trade

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