Scotland's new socialist party ALAN McCOMBES is editor of Scottish Socialist Voice and an executive committee member of the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP). He spoke to Green Left Weekly about Scottish politics and the formation of the SSP.
New patents for terminator seeds The Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) has announced that it has uncovered 36 new patents describing a wide range of techniques that can be used for genetic sterilisation of plants and seeds. The
DEDE OETOMO is coordinator of Gaya Nusantara, a national gay rights group in Indonesia. He is currently visiting Australia and will address the Indonesian Solidarity Dinner at the Resistance Centre in Sydney on February 19 (details below). Last
Critical new evidence in Mumia Abu-Jamal case By Jeff Mackler SAN FRANCISCO — Speaking at a January 23 national leadership conference in New York City, held to prepare the April 24 mass demonstrations demanding a new trial for Mumia Abu-Jamal,
By Peter Montague A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association in April 1998 estimated that adverse reactions to prescription drugs kill about 106,000 people in the USA each year — roughly three times as many as are killed by
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — For the head of administration in the Bykovsky region of Volgograd province on January 28, there could be no doubt that local teachers were angry at having been denied their pay since August. The teachers barricaded him
By Norm Dixon Nigerian newspapers reported on February 1 that as many as 19 young people opposed to the operations of western oil companies in the Niger River delta, in Nigeria's south, were killed by federal troops in the preceding days. Troops
Sri Lankan elections 'a fraud' The January 25 Wayamba provincial elections in Sri Lanka have been condemned as a "fraud beyond all imagination orchestrated by the PA [People's Alliance] government". Speaking on the day of the poll, the New Left
By Ken Cotterill In 1996, Chiquita Brands' CEO Carl Lindner donated $US500,000 to US President Bill Clinton's re-election campaign. Now he wants some return. Lindner's gripe is that several Caribbean states in the Windward Island group — Grenada,
By Eva Cheng COLOGNE — The Social Democratic Party's (SPD) September victory, coming to government in alliance with the Greens, ended 16 years of rule of the conservative Christian Democratic Party and raised hopes that it might turn its back on
Crisis-hit Russians look to the stars By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — Suddenly, the Russian capital has been overrun by rabbits. You can find them in the markets, on the newsstands and in the toyshops. The reason? In Chinese astrology, 1999 is
By Barry Sheppard US politics must seem quite odd to people in other countries. The Democratic president of the United States is put on trial in the Senate by the Republicans for trying to cover up his affair with a young White House intern. In