The second round of local elections affecting 25% of Italy’s electorate
confirmed a big electoral swing against the Berlusconi forces after a
year of his belligerent right wing government. Even in the North, the
center-left ‘Olive Tree’ has gained the leadership of local councils and
Over the last few days, sectarian conflict has increased in various
parts of Belfast. Both sides have blamed each other for starting the
recent trouble. But what is the real cause of the outbreak of sectarian
clashes? What can working class communities do to stop sectarian
attacks? How can decent public housing for all...
"The latest is that yesterday, three youth, including children aged
16,12,and 8 were killed in the heaviest shelling in Nakyaal sector,
where the prime minister of Pakistani Occupied Kashmir is holed up
unable to move because of the shelling!
An anti-war demonstration of hundreds organised by socialist and left
activists in the Jammu and Kashmir National Awami Party (NAP) and
National Student Federation (NSF) was attacked by members of the
reactionary Islamic Hizb-Ul Mujahadeen today in Kotli, Azad (Pakistani)
Kashmir. Kotli has been shelled by the Indian...
THIS WEEKEND’S Golden Jubilee celebrations survived a crisis -
Buckingham Palace started burning down. After the public were evacuated
and firefighters efficiently got the blaze under control, TV
commentators asked the question on everyone’s lips: "Has anything
expensive got scorched?"
Some ’lasting good’ will come out of the war against Afghanistan,
promised Tony Blair last year. But promises given by capitalist
politicians are usually written in sand, especially the kind made in
The first-round success of far-right leader, Jean-Marie le Pen, in the
French presidential elections shocked the world. Hardly discussed,
however, were the votes for the Trotskyist parties. Socialism Today
interviews Alex Rouillard, organiser for Gauche Révolutionnaire (CWI
section in France), on the election and...
In a whole series of elections in Europe, far-right parties have made
significant gains. The recent votes for Le Pen in France and the Pim
Fortuyn List in the Netherlands have rocked the establishment parties
and provoked mass anger and opposition. LYNN WALSH looks into the nature
of this development.
THE RECENT Dutch elections were nothing short of an earthquake,
expressing frustration and disappointment with the Dutch Labour Party
(PvdA). The winners were the Christian Democratic Party, which was in
government from 1918-94 (longer than the Communist Party of the Soviet
Union, as the joke goes) and the List Pim...
The world is nearer to nuclear war than at any time since the Cuban
missile crisis in 1962. The United States and the Soviet Union came
close to a nuclear exchange, when Khrushchev based nuclear-armed
missiles on Cuba. Fortunately, US imperialism and the Soviet bureaucracy
negotiated their way out of the crisis, despite...