In the wake of the Left Bloc’s 6.3% vote and 8 MPs won in the national elections, Francisco Louca - the central spokesperson of the Bloc - talked to the French revolutionary paper Rouge.
Thomas Eisler looks at the advances for the Danish Red-Green Alliance, and interviews new MP Jørgen Arbo-Bæhr .
The long prison sentences passed on Simon Mann and Nick DuToit, leaders of a failed coup attempt against the regime of President Teoboro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, highlight the role of mercenaries in this oil rich state.
The World Social Forum (WSF) in Porto Alegre represented a significant step forward. It still expresses the offensive frame of mind that has characterised it since the beginning, in 2001, even though the bourgeoisie is still dealing severe blows against the workers’ and peoples’ movements.
At a time when the Cold War political division of Europe has ended, European governments are presenting the European Union Constitution as the way forward. But what direction is the EU going in with this Constitution?
For fifteen years or so, beginning in the late eighties in the southern city of Porto Alegre, there was a radical experiment in direct democracy which involved thousands of citizens in improving the conditions under which they lived. This experiment was called the Participatory Budget (PB).
The civil war in Ivory Coast has led to the de facto partition of the country, between the rebellion of the New Forces (FN) and the National Armed Forces of Ivory Coast (FANCI), loyal to President Laurent Gbagbo. It entered a new phase at the beginning of November 2004, when the French army destroyed the FANCI’s air force.
The years 2000-2001 marked a significant economic turning point, undermining the hopes placed in the generalization of the benefits of the hi-tech “new economy” and the “irrational exuberance” of the financial markets. Certainly, the United States authorities have succeeded in minimizing the breadth of the recession, but they have only done so at the cost of new disequilibria, while Europe is sinking once again into a depressed economic conjuncture.
Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez questioned by Madrid intellectuals
On February 20 Portugal goes to the polls. Since the middle of last year, the right-wing Portuguese government has been in crisis - a crisis which led to the resignation and flight of its prime minister Durao Barroso. The Right tried to hold on with a new premier, but faced with popular indignation, the president was compelled to call elections. How is the militant left approaching this event?
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