Russian child-care falls on hard times By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — Alarmed by growing popular protests, the Russian government on February 3 moved to abolish taxes on the provision of food in schools and child-care centres. But for
Cuba's security council term ends By Héctor Igarza UNITED NATIONS — For both friends and foes, the Security Council will not be the same this year. Cuba completed its term as member of that body on December 31. Evaluating its two
By Craig Cormick Shortly after nominations closed for the Philippines presidential election on February 7, there were eight contenders left. Electoral authorities eliminated another 70 as "nuisance" candidates. A further 18 candidates nominated
By Norm Dixon Black education in South Africa is a state of collapse. Massive underfunding, desperate overcrowding, woeful facilities, a complete lack of textbooks, seriously underqualified teachers and government indifference have resulted in
By Norm Dixon Criminal charges were laid against Fiji Trade Union Congress (FTUC) general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry on February 7 under the provisions of repressive labour laws that came into force on October 31. Chaudhry was charged with
By Peter Annear SACRAMENTO — Ron Daniels is not yet a household name in the United States, but he has an impressive track record in the social, black and political movements. Now he is working towards independent presidential nomination
By Brian Costner A leak of radioactive water from an aged nuclear weapons plant has delayed the reactor's restart and piqued local concerns about the plant's safety. The leak was discovered on December 24, 11 days after the Department of
Tune into Radio Free Bougainville Help break the blockade of the Bougainville. Radio Free Bougainville, the voice the interim government of Bougainville, broadcasts daily between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on shortwave radio frequency 3.880 megahertz.
By Peter Annear SACRAMENTO — Exhilarating, challenging and touched by tension and trepidation were some of the phrases used here to describe the first conference of the California Green Party following its official registration as a state
Czech bus drivers strike over budget cuts By Peter Annear PRAGUE — Members of the Independent Public Road Transport Union held a successful one-day strike on February 10 against proposed budget cuts by the government of the Czech Republic.