By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The first thing that struck Dr Yelena Shomina about Anzhero-Sudzhensk was that the snow was black. A geographer, she was in the Kuzbass region — Western Siberia's "Ruhr Valley" — early in December to attend a

By Pip Hinman Women's problems in Nicaragua stem largely from the country's poverty. Fifty years of military dictatorship ensured that the majority of women were excluded from all aspects of public life. While the Sandinista government encouraged

In this second part of an interview with Steve Painter and Jim Percy, Soviet Socialist Party member Boris Kagarlitsky discusses the role of democratic issues and demands in Soviet politics today. Jim Percy: How do you use the terms right and left

By Norm Dixon Bougainville has been devastated by the PNG government's economic blockade, according to a controversial report on SBS's Dateline current affairs program on February 18. The program created an uproar because it was compiled by a

The Bush administration is "reviewing" its aid to Jordan following a February 6 speech by King Hussein. The speech is reprinted here abridged. Subheads have been added. Brother citizens, brother Arabs, brother Muslims, you who uphold your faith

By Norm Dixon There is an alarming lack of action from the PNG government to implement the Honiara Declaration, according to Moses Havini, representative in Australia for the Bougainville interim government. Havini issued a statement on his return

BORIS KAGARLITSKY, ALEXANDER POPOV AND VLADIMIR KONDRATOV are members of the Socialist Party of the Soviet Union, an organisation of about 300 members, formed in July 1990. The group has 11 elected members in the 475-member Moscow Soviet.

VIRGINIA, USA February 14 — The first session of negotiations on a global climate convention was a "diplomatic disaster", according to an international Greenpeace delegation attending the 10-day meeting in Chantilly, Virginia. The negotiations were

George Bush's call for the people (and military) of Iraq to rise up against Saddam Hussein probably would have been poorly received. According to SULEIMAN SALEAM, a Palestinian who was in Jordan in December and January, Hussein's popularity has

By Michael Karadjis ATHENS — A wave of high school occupations forced the government late last month to withdraw education legislation and promise to discuss its proposals with students piece by piece. The seven-week occupation of 2000 high


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