By Julian Mellor Situated on the banks of the Salween River, the Thai frontier village called Tha Ta Fang had an air of lawlessness about it. Men sitting in the waterside cafe eyed us suspiciously, a couple of rifles rested against the wall
By John Ross It didn't take long for popular support for Russia's economic shock therapy to start evaporating. On January 18, little more than two weeks after the reforms had been introduced, Muscovites were asked if the Yeltsin government's
By Winfried Wolf Growth having fallen for three successive quarters, it was announced on February 18 that Germany was officially in recession. The hope had been that Germany could play a role of locomotive and bring the recession to an end
By Steve Painter Libya has condemned United Nations sanctions, imposed by the Security Council against the small north African state last week, as a violation of international law. A Libyan statement says the decision violates the
US prisoners brutalised By Steve Painter Prisoners in the US state of Montana were stripped naked for four days after an alleged riot at the state prison last September, says the American Civil Liberties Union. Authorities sent in a SWAT
By Peter Annear PRAGUE — The murder of a Romany man late last year — he was thrown from a window by a group of marauding racists — tragically focussed attention on the problems faced by the Romany national minority, commonly referred to
PNG investigating timber companies According to Clement Miria, writing in Papua New Guinea's pidgin newspaper Wantok, as many as 40 timber companies which are operating in the country without environmental plans will lose their operating
By John R. Hallam Opposition to nuclear power in India is growing and starting to move far beyond the circles of an educated elite. The operating record of Indian nuclear power plants ranges from uninspiring to downright terrifying, with
Whoops! Computers are supposed to make life easier, but a mix-up of files last week resulted in us reprinting an old article by John Hallam on ALP uranium policy. Our apologies to John and to any readers who were misled. On this page is the
By Sally Low and Peter Annear PRAGUE — "I don't want to speculate, but I think you have to ask who is going to profit", Vaclav Bervida, foreign editor of Rude Pravo, commented on the March 16 arrest and imprisonment for four days of that


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