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By Sally Low PRAGUE - "If you go into the countryside in the West, perhaps you can drink water from the streams, but in our country it is all poisoned." Like so many Czechs and Slovaks, my friend Jana despairs over the environment in her country

 

Cuba condemns occupation of Iraq

HAVANA — The Cuban foreign ministry on April 24 strongly condemned the military occupation of parts of northern Iraq by the United States and its allies.

The statement said the occupation was being carried out under "the pretext" of creating a safe haven for Iraq's Kurdish population, and it demanded respect for the civil rights of the Iraqi population.

By Sally Low BRATISLAVA — Romanian Securitate secret police are still active in his country, President Petre Roman admitted in Washington on April 16.The Securitate were the backbone of the former Ceausescu Communist Party regime. Released to
By Norm Dixon Jean Eparo, a member of the PNG activist group Melanesian Solidarity (Melsol), on her way to attend the "Students, Science, Sustainability" conference at the Australian National University over the April 25-26 weekend, spoke to Green
WASHINGTON — Greenpeace's campaign against waste exports has revealed that two more New Jersey companies have shipped highly toxic mercury wastes abroad, this time for burial in the rolling farmlands of Spain. From 1986 to 1987, Cosan Chemical
By Max Lane Indonesia's pro-democracy forces seem to be growing more confident as the 1992 elections near. The Suharto regime, with a discontented officer corps on one side and more confident grassroots protests on the other, is less able to
By Peter Annear PRAGUE — The Socialist Party government of Slobodan Milosevic in Serbia bowed on April 17 to textile and metal workers' demands for wages they had not received for several months and a guaranteed minimum monthly wage of 3000
Two Soviet rocket scientists have warned that the solid fuel rocket boosters used on the US space shuttle release 187 tons of ozone-destroying chlorine molecules into the atmosphere with every launch. Valery Burdakov, co-designer of the Russian
By Sue Medlock Seven hundred children died in a single measles outbreak in Nicaragua this year. The worst outbreak of this disease in years was primarily due to the fact that many children had not been vaccinated. The immunisation program had
By Peter Boyle Reporting back on April 19 after a two-week visit to Kuwait, an Amnesty International fact-finding team said scores of people had been killed, hundreds arbitrarily arrested and many brutally tortured by Kuwaiti armed forces and
By Jacqui Kavanagh As the African National Congress' May 9 deadline for meaningful action by the government approaches, the negotiations process in South Africa is under greater strain than ever before. The deadline was contained in an open
By Conn M. Hallinan While most of the US media were transfixed by the Gulf War, the Bush administration quietly carried out a violation of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. On January 28, the US fired from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific
Three members of the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM — Gerakan Aceh Merdeka) have been indicted by the East Aceh District Court for alleged participation in armed struggle against the Indonesian military. They are accused of murdering members of
By Adam Novak PRAGUE — The second all-Czechoslovak meeting of Left Grouping, an informal network of left and Communist Party groups and platforms, took place in the Slovak capital Bratislava on April 13. There was a striking contrast between
By Adam Novak PRAGUE — The far-right Republican Party held a 4000-strong march through Prague on Saturday, April 13, the culmination of a national week of action. Their supporters — skinheads, workers facing redundancy, political prisoners
By Frank Noakes Four Catholics in northern Ireland were murdered by British loyalist death squads in the space of six days in late March. Three of the victims were from the Drumbeg estate at Lurgan/Craigavon in Northern Armagh. The three were

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