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The United Nations has called again for the resumption of (direct or indirect) negotiations between the Moroccan Government and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Saguia al Hamra and Rio de Oro (Polisario), with the aim of achieving a solution to the conflict around the region of Western Sahara.
The Japanese Government has acknowledged that the accident at Fukushima was“Level 7”, but only after the local elections were over. As for the international nuclear authorities, they claim that the Japanese crisis has nothing to do with that of Chernobyl, 25 years ago. Political calculations prevail once again over the rights of citizens to information, protection and democracy.
The Mahinda regime claims that the economy is expanding at a rate of 8%. In the context of economies world over struggling to keep even 1 % expansion, Lankan performance is considered to be a miracle. Recent IMF reports claim that they are highly impressed by the performance of Mahinda regime. They have pledged to support the regime continuously. However the plantation workers, who are mostly Tamil, live with a daily wage less than 400 rupees. This has affected the minimum wage of all agricultural workers throughout the country. Even wages of fishers and other rural workers are affected by this minimum wage.For the entire period of Mahinda regime, the wages of urban proletariat did not increase to compensate for the increase of cost of living.
Marx at the Margins: On Nationalism, Ethnicity and Non-Western Societies By: Kevin B. Anderson Chicago, The Chicago University Press, 2010, 319 pages, $66 (hard cover); $22.50 (paperback). Reviewed by Michael Löwy
We are happy to see that this May Day has become a day to challenge the Oppression of Mahinda state. Many strong trade unions have come together to challenge the chauvinist pro global capitalist government. Government is implementing IMF dictates.
TEPCO had explained that ‘nuclear accidents such as Chernobyl would never happen here because Japanese nuclear technologies are excellent’ said Ryota Sono, 29 years old, a radical peace activist and member of the Precarious Workers General Union. Ryota has initiated protest actions against the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima caused by huge earthquake and Tsunami on March 11. His initiatives have gained big sympathies particularly among the younger generation. Kenji Kunitomi interviewed Ryota Sono on April 23th in Tokyo.
During the first phase of the world economic crisis (2007-2009), the governments of the countries most affected by the crisis, starting with the United States, have taken strong measures, drawing upon lessons of the first months following the Wall Street crash in October 1929. Back then, the lack of State intervention to support both the financial system and demand led to very grave consequences in terms of recession and bankruptcy, then to political and social radicalisation.
The explosion of the economic crisis, the financial crisis and the food crisis in 2007-2008 showed just how interdependent the economies of the world are. These issues remain crucial today so we republish this article by Eric Toussaint written in November 2008.
Bouteflika has announced a small step backwards on his authoritarian course. The formidable mobilizations of students and youth, the massive strikes, the revolts of those in precarious employment and the unemployed, our struggles have forced Bouteflika to promise to reconsider his undemocratic policy and perhaps reverse the monarchical drift of state institutions.