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Asia-Pacific

East Timor: working class unity – not military intervention

This Saturday a planned meeting initiated by prime minister Mari Alkatiri, that was suppose to solve the current political turmoil in East Timor through the election of new political leaders, could not be held due to mass protests on the streets outside the Fretilin party headquarter. Tanks from the “international forces”, that is the imperialist UN army installed in East Timor, were finally used to block the entrance as furious masses of protesters tried to get in. In the end, only 20 of the expected 81 members of the party showed up for the meeting, and Mari Alkatari wasn´t one of them. Read more...

Australia: all out against Howard’s law

Workers in Australia will be coming out in their hundreds of thousands on 28 June to fight against anti-union laws that are crippling effective trade unionism and giving bosses the legal right to intimidate workers. Read more...

East Timor: Another success for “nation building”?

The small island of East Timor, which is sandwiched between Australia and Indonesia, is in chaos. The army has fallen apart, the police have fled, there are armed gangs roaming the streets attacking civilians, a 100,000 people have fled their homes in a population of just one million. Read more...

China and International Perspectives

The purpose of this paper is to provide information and explanation to support the section on China in the international perspectives draft. Much of the discussion about China and its impact on the global economy necessarily involves reference to various series of statistics and these raise important questions about methodology and reliability of those statistics. For the sake of presentation, I have tried to clarify issues surrounding the use of statistics in an appendix but this should not be taken to mean that they are peripheral to the main subject matter. Read more...

Thailand: Neither Thaksin or the military

Six months of mass mobilisations have paralysed Thai politics. Another inconclusive election was held on 22 April, the second in the month, after Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra stepped down from office earlier in the month. Read more...

Heatwave: Australia burns while polluters profit

It’s been a week of bushfire in the southern states of Australia, with locals and firefighters suffering under the conditions. Read more...

The contradictions of China

At first I thought the difficulty we had trying to get into the carriage on the Shanghai metro was just more evidence of what a cosmopolitan, 21st century “world-city” Shanghai had become, rather like the traffic jams we had already fought our way through. It was only after we finally got in that the real picture became clear. Read more...

Australia: race riots rock Sydney suburbs

It should come as no surprise to anyone that there have been several nights of violence on along the eastern beaches train line of suburban Sydney. Read more...

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