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RONALD MOFOKENG is a worker at PG Glass in Johannesburg, a leader of the Chemical Workers Industrial Union, the treasurer of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) and a member of the African National Congress and the South African
By Tom Jordan Although it has been largely ignored by the commercial media, there are hundreds, perhaps thousands, of military resisters of the US and European armies who refused to participate in the Gulf War. According to the National Campaign
Persistent and often militant grassroots protests have re-emerged in Indonesia in the last 18 months. These protests have occurred in almost all provinces of the country and have involved peasants and workers as well as students. The emergence of
By Craig Cormick An independent US medical team has found that 170,000 Iraqi children may die this year from the delayed effects of the Gulf War. A study team from Harvard University, which toured Iraq in April and May, found that malnutrition

"Solidarity has always been the umbrella that sheltered this government from the rain, but now we have closed the umbrella." In Wroclaw, the poster of a folded red and white umbrella advertised a two-hour strike as part of Solidarity's May 22 national day of protest.

By Andrew Katelaris The use of trees from virgin forest in the production of paper is a phenomenon of the latter part of this century only, though paper itself has been an integral part of human civilisation for thousands of years. Common
By Norm Dixon Jim Beatson, a freelance journalist who writes regularly for Time and the UK Guardian, recently returned from a three-week stay in embattled Bougainville. Beatson reports that an uneasy calm prevails after the PNG government's
By Peter Annear PRAGUE — A hardening political differentiation among Czechoslovakia's parliamentary parties has turned the popular coalition that emerged in November 1989 and won elections the following June into a thing of the past. "Civic
Comment by Col Hesse The postwar two-party system in Australia is undeniably facing its greatest challenge. Acknowledging evidence that there could be anywhere between 10% and 30% of the electorate looking outside the two main parties, NSW trade
By Norm Dixon Riot police on May 31 opened fire on striking gold miners picketing the remote Porgera gold mine in PNG's Enga province. Seven miners were wounded by shotgun pellets. The potentially deadly incident was covered up by the
Development problems in Thailand By Stuart Wax Environmental consequences of development in Thailand were the topic of a Community Aid Abroad forum in Sydney on May 29. In 1988-9, the Thai economy grew by 10%. The country is looking to become
A senior Soviet economist and leader of the left wing of the Social Democratic Party, Galina Rakitskaya is also playing an important role in developing the movement for popular self-management in the USSR. She was interviewed in Moscow for Green Left
By Norm Dixon Large and militant demonstrations by university students, which rapidly gained broad popular support, have forced the PNG government to defer huge pay increases for national and provincial politicians and senior public servants.
By Zhang Kai HONG KONG — On the eve of the 15th anniversary of the April 5 Tienanmen uprising and the second anniversary of Democracy Movement '89, the overseas edition of People's Daily failed to censor a poem with an embedded phrase: "Li Peng,
By Keith Locke AUCKLAND — New Zealand foreign minister Doug McKinnon has been visiting London and Washington trying to "bridge the impasse" between New Zealand's anti-nuclear law and British and US reluctance to disclose the presence of nuclear
In the ongoing conflict over the future of US military bases in the Philippines, the focus is usually on the clash between US strategic interests and Filipino nationalism. But there is another side to the issue, the social costs to the Filipino

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