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By Max Lane In the last week at least 20 people have either been jailed, detained or interrogated in connection with the circulation of a calendar in Central Java. The calendar, in the form of a wall poster, illustrates the struggles of peasant
Thai arrests Fifteen university students in Bangkok have been arrested for defying the new military junta by organising a public rally. Also under arrest is Bundit Thammatrirat, a respected labour researcher. Sukhon Khaekprayoon, a researcher for
By Asples Madang (People of Madang) For the past 17 years, JANT Pty Ltd has paid the landowners of the Gogol-Naru in Papua New Guinea's Madang province only K1.18 per cubic metre (K1.00=US1.05) for premium timber — hardwoods that can easily

By Peter Boyle In mid-February, while the oil war raged in the Middle East, the US government was blocking progress on an international treaty to address the urgent problem of global warming. After the oil war had come to a bloody end (of sorts),

By Sally Low A large majority of voters in Estonia and Latvia cast ballots in favour of independence on March 3. Voter turnout was 82.8% in Estonia and 87.56% in Latvia. In both republics, over 64% voted yes to questions that, as in Lithuania on

By Norm Dixon and Tom Jordan Nine hundred mine workers at the Vatukoula gold mine on Fiji's west coast are on strike to gain recognition of their union from both the company and the government.

Sixteen environmentalists from the island of Palawan in the Philippines have been arrested and charged with subversion. They are members of Haribon-Palawan, a well-known and respected organisation which is cosponsoring with Friends of the Earth an
By Tracy Sorensen PRAGUE — The view over Prague formerly enjoyed by a gigantic statue of Stalin is justly famous — all Gothic church spires, patchwork roofs and stone bridges crisscrossing the Vltava River. Unfortunately, on most days it's
By Stephen Robson LONDON — More than 80 Iraqis are being held in prisons or army prisoner of war camps, without charges being laid, and facing possible deportation. Home secretary Kenneth Baker gave the orders to imprison and then deport 88
By Tracy Sorensen PRAGUE — Czechoslovakia's ruling Civic Forum formally split into two camps on February 24, ending a long period of wrangling between more free-market oriented forces and those advocating a measured, state-controlled transition

The balance of scientific opinion has swung unequivocally behind the view that industrial activities in the last century have been accelerating the greenhouse effect. What once was a radical theory — that a number of gases were

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13 — Residents of the small town of Kettleman City today brought a major civil rights suit over the siting of a toxic waste incinerator in their low-income, Latino community in Kings County. The suit marks the first time
A new international organisation was formed at a February meeting in the Netherlands of representatives of peoples and nations not represented at the United Nations because their countries are occupied, colonised or forcibly integrated in bigger
By Rob Miller If you believe the "mainstream" media, the Palestine Liberation Organisation has irretrievably blotted its copybook by supporting Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, while a peace-loving Israel exercised admirable restraint by not retaliating
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — In a number of sessions since mid-November, the parliament of the Russian Republic has intensively debated the "land question". Citing constant shortages of most food, right-wing liberal deputies have been calling for
In this concluding part of their interview with Steve Painter and Jim Percy, Soviet Socialist Party members Boris Kagarlitsky, Alexander Popov and Vladimir Kondratov discuss Boris Yeltsin's challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership, and the

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