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During the recent coalition negotiations between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), one of the demands made by the FDP — and agreed to by the conservative parties — was that
By Tracy Sorensen PRAGUE — Before the invasion of Kuwait, Iraqi dissidents had for years tried to persuade world leaders and public opinion to end military assistance for the Iraqi regime. They were mostly ignored. Now, says Iraqi dissident and
2>ALEXANDER BUZGALIN is a lecturer in economics at Moscow State University and a central figure in the Marxist Platform tendency of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. At the CPSU's 28th Congress he was elected to the Central Committee. He was
By Tom Jordan At a press conference held in Jerusalem on February 6, a petition was presented which called for an immediate cease-fire and a negotiated end to the Gulf War. It was signed by 126 Israeli peace activist and public figures. A number of
BY MURRAY SMITH PARIS — More than 600,000 people marched here on May 25 — 1 million across France — in an impressive show of working-class opposition to the French government's attack on pension rights. The demonstration was the latest in a
BY DOUG LORIMER "Iran should be on notice that attempts to remake Iraq in Iran's image will be aggressively put down", US war secretary Donald Rumsfeld declared on May 27. Rumsfeld's comment was part of a steadily mounting campaign to make Iran the
BY SOPHIE HURNDALL The following speech was delivered at a Palestine solidarity rally in London's Trafalgar Square on May 17. Tom Hurndall is an activist with the International Solidarity Movement. I have been asked to speak at this rally as the
The Bolivarian Circles, with 2.2 million members, are the backbone of the democratic revolution unfolding in Venezuela. After the attempted US-backed coup against Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez on April 11, 2002, the Bolivarian Circles helped
BY EVA CHENG Up to 50 million workers across India took part in a one-day general strike on May 21. Demands included a halt to the central government's privatisation program, an end to job cuts, a halt to the implementation of anti-labour laws, a
BY ROHAN PEARCE On May 14, the US Army's Lieutenant-General David McKiernan announced that the almost daily attacks on the US-led occupation forces in Iraq were not being carried out by mere criminals after all, but by "regime elements". McKiernan

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