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Asian economies: from boom to bust

The collapse of the Thai currency last summer unleashed a chain of banking and company failures throughout South East Asia. Keith Harvey assesses the likely effect on the world economy in 1998 and the impact on the Asian class struggle. Read more...

Trade unions in Central Europe: fighting the market

In the old Stalinist states trade unions were a prison house for the workers they claimed to represent. Lesley Day charts the changes capitalist restoration has made. Read more...

Hungary: capitalism triumphs

In 1989 the Hungarian Socialist Workers Party voted to dissolve itself and relinquish its monopoly of power. Eight years and two governments later many of the old Stalinist bureaucrats at that conference are at the helm of state as the country reintroduces capitalism. Keith Harvey maps out the country’s tortured journey back into the hands of imperialism Read more...

No support for rival warlords

Last month the latest stage in the continuing battle for influence among the big western powers in Africa unfolded in Congo-Brazzaville.

The interests of French imperialism had been damaged by events in Rwanda and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. But in Congo-Brazzaville French imperialism saw its loyal agent, General Denis Sassou-Nguesso, sweep to power after a four-month civil war. Read more...

Workers and students rock Moi

In July battles raged for a week at Nairobi University. Police, armed with tear gas and plastic bullets, fought pro-democracy students. As the demonstrations grew, the students were joined by young workers, unemployed and even middle class businessmen and women. Towns and cities throughout Kenya were soon witnessing similar scenes. Read more...

Two million workers strike in China

A wave of strikes and demonstrations has rocked China since the beginning of the year. In July, in the province of Sichuan, the struggle reached a new peak. According to reports monitored in Hong Kong, over 100,000 workers were involved in the protests, which began in late June in response to the closure of three state-owned textile plants in the city of Mianyang. Read more...

SWP: what kind of programme?

Jeremy Dewar on the dilemma facing the Socialist Workers Party Read more...

Congress and the birth of India

14 August marks the fiftieth anniversary of India’s independence. Richard Brenner examines how the British Raj met its end, not through some enlightened decision to “give India self-government” but through the actions of the mass movement against foreign rule, led by the Indian National Congress and its foremost representatives, Mahatma Ghandi and Jawaharlal Nehru. Read more...

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