One after-effect of the World Trade Centre attack has been an increase
in racism and racist attacks. One Afghan taxi driver, who came to
Britain to escape persecution in Afghanistan, was paralysed from the
neck down after being kicked and beaten by three men in Twickenham, who
taunted him about events in America.
The situation outside the Holy Cross primary school has developed into
an ugly stand-off as community leaders talk about trying to settle the
conflict. At root, this conflict is about redefining boundaries between
Catholic and Protestant areas, which is further polarising the
The mid-May Italian election victory of Silvio Berlusconi’s right wing
House of Liberty alliance grabbed the headlines. Some commentators, like
the Wall Street Journal, hoped that the defeat of the Olive Tree
centre-left government, along with having Bush II sitting in the White
House, marked a further step...
It has been the biggest working class mobilization of the last decades.
It shook every single town in Greece and not only Athens. It caused a
complete paralysis of everything and everywhere. There have been many
general strikes in Greece during the last decade. Certainly over twenty
in all. But not one of them can be...
In the Czech Republic, political competition has made television into an
unscrupulous battleground for ambitious bureaucrats, reflecting a
government led by rival parties, the rightist ODS and the leftist CSSD,
who each want so badly to govern that they have forged an unlikely
The European Union (EU) summit in Nice was supposed to be one of the
most important conferences in Europe’s history. But the marathon summit
ended in a messy deal of scaled down ambitions couched in the language
of success. The summit and the discussions beforehand show increasing
political divergences inside the...
Socialist Party T.D. Joe Higgins was suspended from the Dail today until
the next session in 2001 because he protested against a ruling of the
Ceann Comhairle that only the Leaders of Fine Gael and the Labour Party
could argue against the Taoiseach’s proposals for Dáil business.
The war in Chechnya, ruthlessly conducted by Russia’s new capitalist
rulers, has been a human, economic and environmental catastrophe.
Thousands of civilians are being massacred. There are over 260,000
refugees in Ingushetia alone. Thousands of young Russian conscripts are
reported dead or ‘missing’....