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Bali bombings: Who are the real terrorists?

Since the Bali bombing, which mainly killed young Australian holidaymakers, Australia has been drawn even more directly into the “war against terror". But the media refuse look at the role of the west in installing the Suharto regime in Indonesia which was responsible for terror on a much greater scale than the Bali bombing. Read more...

Argentina: general strike to get rid of the all!

Argentina is going through its worst ever economic crisis – and the working class is bearing the brunt of it. The economy has shrunk by a fifth, while inflation is running at 40 per cent. The real value of wages has slumped 70 per cent this year and 450,000 jobs have been lost. Read more...

How trade union leaders saved the day for Duhalde

On 19/20 December last year Argentina erupted after two years of economic, social and political crisis. Deepening recession after 1998 saw the country gradually engulfed by road blockades by the unemployed (piqueteros), eight general strikes, local uprisings, plus significant gains for the left in the November elections. Read more...

Famine in Malawi: who is responsible?

Famine is stalking Africa. Fourteen million people face starvation if food does not reach them within the next few months.

In Zambia, more than two million people need emergency food aid. A combination of crop destruction by white farmers and President Mugabe’s political terror have left five million people in Zimbabwe desperately needing food. The people of Ethiopia are in the midst of a famine far greater than the one in the mid-1980s that led Bob Geldof to launch Live Aid. Read more...

Florence ESF: left-wing speakers attract biggest applause at Florence forum

In Florence on 8 November at a packed European Social Forum meeting in a huge hall in the Fortezza da Basso more than 5,000 people listened to speakers on the theme of “parties and the movement". This was certainly the most interesting of the large scale “conferences” of the forum. Read more...

Florence ESF: mass anti-war march in Italy follows historic conference of the left

Sometimes facts do speak for themselves. The biggest ever demonstration in Florence, the largest anti-war protest to date. At least half a million from all over Italy - possibly many more – poured out of trains and coaches into the city centre on Saturday afternoon to join the 35,000 who had been locked in the embrace of the Fortezza de Basso for three days at the European Social Forum – itself a unique political dialogue of the European anti-capitalist and anti-globalisation left. Read more...

Florence ESF: Revolution's declaration on the war against Iraq

The socialist youth movement, Revolution, agreed this declaration at a meeting in London in October. It asking that the conference of social movements in Florence discuss and adopt it. We appeal to all those people who agree with it to sign it. Read more...

IMF puts the screws on Argentina

In May, President Duhalde’s new economics minister, Roberto Lavagna (the sixth Argentine economics minister in 14 months) promised to sign a deal with the IMF by June. Not long after, a phone conversation with the IMF’s number two, Anne Krueger, put paid to his optimism. Since December when Argentina defaulted on its $140 billion government debt, the IMF has been blocking access to loans until the Government fulfils its conditions. Read more...

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