Workers jeer PNG PM over budget By Norm Dixon On November 24 in Port Moresby, 2000 angry trade unionists jeered Papua New Guinea's prime minister, Bill Skate, when he appeared to accept a petition from protest organisers. The workers, mobilised
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The setting could have been Germany in the 1930s. Over a period of about a month, a well-known parliamentary deputy claimed that "Yids" were responsible for the country's economic problems; vowed before media reporters
By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — The Asian economic crisis has had a massive impact on the production, availability and accessibility of basic food products, leading to serious food shortages in south-east Asia. In the Philippines, formerly an
By Robyn Marshall Doctors in Peru performed about 110,000 sterilisations last year, plus 10,000 vasectomies, as part of a government birth control campaign. The number of women sterilised was more than three times the number in 1996. Since 1961,
By Lynette Dumble KUALA LUMPUR — On the eve of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum here, two courageous women, feminist activist Irene Fernandez and eye surgeon Wan Azizah Ismail, occupied centre stage at the Asia Pacific People's
Indonesia: 'The radicalisation will spread' Following the mass protests in Jakarta November 10-14, Green Left Weekly's MAX LANE spoke to MA'RUF, a leader of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) who has been monitoring developments. Question: What
Kurds in Sydney support PKK leader By Rupen Savoulian SYDNEY — Activists with the Australian Kurdish Association here reject Turkish government charges that Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is a "terrorist".
Second national strike stops Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's workers on November 18 again brought the country to a standstill with the second of their weekly national strikes. The strike, called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, was held to protest
By Barry Sheppard Ballots for the government-run elections for president of the Teamsters union were mailed out in early November to the union's 1.4 million members. The two major candidates are millionaire lawyer James Hoffa, Jr, and Tom Leedham,
By Eva Cheng The US government's push to open up Asian markets was dealt an embarrassing blow at the summit of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Kuala Lumpur, which closed on November 18. Meeting for the sixth time — and
Kurds begin hunger strike By Kim Bullimore CANBERRA — On November 18, members of the Australian Kurdish community began an indefinite hunger strike on the lawns of Parliament House in protest at the arrest of Kurdish independence leader
By Jeffrey Mackler SAN FRANCISCO — On November 7, a militant demonstration of 2500 people here broadened the support for a new trial and for freedom for US political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose appeal against his frame-up conviction on a