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Drug reaction epidemic in the US

By Debra Watson, 30 April 1998

UMWA officials named in assault

By Paul Scherrer, 30 April 1998

Charges have been filed against three high-ranking officials of the United Mine Workers of America for their role in an April 1 assault on a group of dissident miners protesting the policies of the UMWA leadership.

A reader requests articles on science and the struggle against mysticism

By , 30 April 1998

Economic package provokes rifts in Hashimoto government

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 1998

Japanese Prime Minister Ryotaro Hashimoto last Friday belatedly announced details of a 16.6 trillion yen ($US120 billion) economic stimulus package.

Economic package provokes rifts in Hashimoto government

By Peter Symonds, 30 April 1998

Japanese Prime Minister Ryotaro Hashimoto last Friday belatedly announced details of a 16.6 trillion yen ($US120 billion) economic stimulus package. The plan was initially foreshadowed in March, under pressure from Washington, European governments and the International Monetary Fund.

An exercise in hypocrisy and political amnesia

By Vann Bill, 29 April 1998

In a display of hypocrisy remarkable even by the standards of imperialist politicians, Clinton spoke of the

General Motors British subsidiary sets the treadmill at a higher tempo

By Tony Hyland, 29 April 1998

Autoworkers at Vauxhall, the British subsidiary of General Motors, have accepted by a three-to-one margin a new three-year contract that maintains low pay while demanding higher productivity.

Who is responsible for the genocide in Rwanda?

By Therese LeClerc, 29 April 1998

Those who lost their lives, and the millions more who were forced to flee their homes in the course of the catastrophe, were victims of an ongoing struggle between French and American imperialism, which has produced further human tragedies in Zaire and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and threatens countless others throughout Africa.

Dissension on Cuba

By Bill Vann, 29 April 1998

While Fidel Castro was not invited to the Santiago summit, because Washington vetoed his presence, the issue of Cuba was never far from the agenda.

Why are the fascists gaining influence?

By Wolfgang Weber, 28 April 1998

Jospin's main role is to create for the bourgeoisie the necessary breathing space and the requisite political conditions to prepare a radically different form of government.

Euro to bring far-reaching changes

By Nick Beams, 28 April 1998

The lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, voted overwhelmingly at the weekend to approve the replacement of the deutsche mark by the euro, the currency of 11 European nations that will come into effect January 1 next year.

Indonesian student protests defy Suharto's repression

By Peter Symonds, 28 April 1998

Student protests and rallies against the Indonesian military regime are continuing virtually daily across the country.

Some interesting films on US television, 25 April - 1 May 1998

By David Walsh, 25 April 1998

Suggestions for film viewing on basic cable channels

Vorbereitung auf Regierungsbeteiligung der Rechtsradikalen

By , 25 April 1998

»Je mehr sich die Dinge ändern, desto mehr bleiben sie sich gleich«, sagt der Volksmund. Das gilt auch umgekehrt. Mitunter finden wichtige politische Veränderungen fast unbemerkt, im Verborgenen, hinter einer Fassade scheinbarer Stabilität und Kontinuität statt. So ist das gegenwärtig in Österreich. Am vergangenen Sonntag wurde dort der bisherige Bundespräsident für weitere sechs Jahre gewählt.

On the death of Pol Pot

By , 25 April 1998

The real meaning of the MUA's "victory"

By the SEP of Australia, 25 April 1998

Whatever the final outcome of the complex legal manoeuvres in the Federal and High Courts, the so-called "victory" proclaimed by the Maritime Union of Australia is a gross betrayal of waterfront workers and workers around the country who have backed their struggle against the Patrick's mass sackings.

Preparing to bring the neo-fascists into government

By Ulrich Rippert, 25 April 1998

The reelected Bundespresident's job is to lay the basis for incorporating the right-wing radical Joerg Haider and his Austrian Liberal Party into the government.

British-Irish agreement enshrines sectarian divisions

By the Editorial Board, 25 April 1998

An objective analysis of the agreement reached on April 10 between the British and Irish governments on the future of northern Ireland demonstrates that this so-called peace plan does not embody the interests of Irish workers, Catholic or Protestant, north or south of the border.

US labor roundup

By , 25 April 1998

Officials at Northwest Airlines are blaming the high incidence of flight delays during the past week on an unauthorized work slowdown by pilots and mechanics. The airline is threatening "aggressive" retaliation against those taking part. Since April 15 cancellations have been running at a rate well over the normal average of 20 per day. On Wednesday 106 flights were cancelled.

Proposition 226--the issues before workers

By the Editorial Board, 24 April 1998

On June 2 Californians will vote on a ballot initiative that would require union members to sign an annual authorization before any portion of their dues money could be spent for political purposes. Unions would be compelled to reduce dues for those who refused to sign the authorization.

A Marxist analysis of the Asian meltdown

By our reporter, 24 April 1998

More than 350 students, academics and workers attended lectures on the Asian economic meltdown and the global economic crisis of capitalism, delivered by Nick Beams, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Austrlia, over the past month.

Patrick's methods not new

By a correspondent, 23 April 1998

In replacing its workforce with contract labour supplied by body-hire companies, Patrick's Stevedores is extending a precedent established over the past five years--and with the assistance of the Labor and trade union leadership.

Privatisation to proceed despite blackout

By Peter Symonds, 23 April 1998

Life in the central business district of New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, is only beginning to get back to normal after the collapse of its electricity supply at the end of February.

Second immigrant executed in US

By Martin McLaughlin, 23 April 1998

For the second time in two weeks an American state rejected international protests and carried out the execution of an immigrant prisoner. Jose Roberto Villafuerte, 45, a citizen of Honduras, was put to death in Arizona April 22.

How the ACTU stopped action by oil workers

By Terry Cook, 23 April 1998

Fresh information has come to hand revealing that at a top-level meeting on April 3, Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) leaders furiously denounced and threatened oil union representatives for announcing that their members had decided to strike if waterside workers were sacked.

South Korean workers protest mass retrenchments

By Peter Symonds, 22 April 1998

Strikes and protests have erupted in South Korea over the last week against a continuing wave of corporate restructuring and retrenchments. The industrial unrest is the most extensive since former opposition leader Kim Dae Jung was installed as president in February.

When will the US bubble burst?

By Nick Beams, 22 April 1998

All of the press statements and public pronouncements centred on the need for new guidelines for the international banking system following the Asian meltdown, and the demand for "financial restructuring" in Japan. But another crisis hung over the meetings of the treasury and bank officials of the major capitalist powers in Washington last week. There are now growing signs that the third major financial crisis of the 1990s--following Mexico 1994-95 and East Asia 1997-98--will take the form of a Wall Street sharemarket collapse.

Washington's internal battles and the crisis of the old political order

By the Editorial Board, 21 April 1998

As recent events have made clear, whatever its ebbs and flows, the political warfare in Washington grinds on with little prospect of ending. Notwithstanding the polls showing widespread public disgust with independent counsel Kenneth Starr's probe of Clinton's sexual activities, and an Arkansas judge's dismissal of the Paula Jones lawsuit, both Starr and Jones were back in the limelight last week, proclaiming they would continue their attacks on the Clinton White House.

A moralizing view of a labor frame-up

By Shannon Jones, 21 April 1998

Book Review: Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets Off a Struggle for the Soul of America, by J. Anthony Lukas, New York, Simon & Schuster, 875 pages, $32.50

Workers join wharf pickets

By Mike Head, 21 April 1998

Thousands of workers have taken part in large pickets on the Australian waterfront over the past few days, preventing Patrick's Stevedores from moving several thousand containers unloaded by scab labour.

"Why do the unions keep talking about more productivity?"

By Terry Cook, 21 April 1998

Despite the fact that the trade unions have blocked all calls for strike action to back the sacked Australian waterside workers, thousands of workers, housewives and youth have joined picket lines in the major ports.

The death of Pol Pot

By Peter Symonds and Martin McLaughlin, 18 April 1998

The Khmer Rouge dictatorship in Cambodia was the product of the combined influence of Stalinism and American imperialism.

Some interesting films on US television, 18-24 April, 1998

By David Walsh, 18 April 1998

Suggesting viewing on basic cable channels

"The poor are treated like enemies"

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 1998

Iris DeMent: Songwriter steeped in the heritage of American country and traditional music

By Richard Phillips, 18 April 1998

DeMent has been described by Merle Haggard as 'the greatest singer I have ever heard.'

Taking pictures in the twentieth century

By David Walsh, 17 April 1998

It is impossible to look at Strand's rigorous, unsentimental, modernist photos from 1916 or so without recognizing, first and foremost, the striking changes that had taken place in American society and mentality since the turn of the century.

Layoffs, profit downturn raise recession threat

By Shannon Jones, 16 April 1998

The past week has seen a new surge in job-cutting announcements by US corporations, amid signs of an overall slowing down of the economy.

US execution proceeds despite world condemnation

By Martin McLaughlin, 16 April 1998

Defying a decision of the World Court and other international protests, the state of Virginia carried out the execution of Angel Francisco Breard, a 31-year-old immigrant and citizen of Paraguay, on April 14.

Confronting the mounting global financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 16 April 1998

When the finance ministers and leading economic officials of the 22 major capitalist countries gather at the Willard Hotel in Washington this Thursday, they will have more on their agenda than the immediate financial crisis in Asia.

"Rogue states" and UN inspections

By , 15 April 1998

A comment on a UN investigation of the death penalty in the US

Reader asks about conditions of life for female workers in Asia

By , 15 April 1998

Peter Symonds replies for the World Socialist Web Site, citing the conditions that he observed when he reported on the Thailand Toy Factory Fire in 1993.

The Microsoft case

By James Brookfield, 15 April 1998

At stake in these legal battles is control over not only the $250 billion software market, but the related information technology field which is already worth $1 trillion annually.

A revealing interview

By Comment by Peter Symonds, 15 April 1998

A recent interview given by Budiman Sujatmiko, jailed leader of the People's Democratic Party in Indonesia, has underscored the warnings made by the SEP over the past 18 months about the PRD's role in seeking to politically subordinate workers and students to allegedly

New computer chip expected to lower prices

By James Brookfield, 15 April 1998

Last week's announcement of a new integrated computer chip by National Semiconductor may mean that computers will soon sell for less than $500.

A Look at Andy Warhol

By Lee Parsons, 15 April 1998

Warhol has had a significant influence on several generations of artists and on fashion trends and commercial art production since the 1950s. The question inevitably arises: what enduring value, if any, does his work possess?

Readers consider the causes of the Jonesboro tragedy

By , 15 April 1998

Two readers consider the causes of the Jonesboro tragedy

Readers exchange opinions with David Walsh on Titanic

By , 15 April 1998

We still get letters...

Letter from reader on 30 years since King assassination

By , 14 April 1998

Comments on the recent WSWS article on Martin Luther King

Suharto agrees to IMF dictates

By Peter Symonds, 14 April 1998

The removal of government price subsidies on food, medicine, fertiliser, animal feed, fuel and other basic items has been delayed, but just until October. Subsidies then will remain only for rice and soybeans.

Part 3: The Clinton scandals

By Martin McLaughlin, 14 April 1998

The following is the concluding article in a three-part series contrasting the Watergate and Iran-Contra affairs of the 1970s and 1980s to the current political scandals in Washington. The first two parts were posted on March 21 and April 4.

Calm before the storm?

By Terry Cook, 14 April 1998

Figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing the lowest level of strike activity in 85 years are a reflection of the far-reaching crisis of perspective and organisation in the labor movement.

Irish deal concluded

By Chris Talbot, 11 April 1998

After continuing throughout the night, the so-called peace talks for new political arrangements in Northern Ireland were concluded on Friday, April 10. The final agreement will be signed by the British and Irish governments and all of the unionist and nationalist political parties that have taken part in the present round of negotiations, begun last summer by the British Labour Party government of Prime Minister Tony Blair.

The waterfront war: why is only one side fighting?

By the Socialist Equality Party (Australia), 11 April 1998

The following statement has been issued as a leaflet by the Socialist Equality Party in Australia. Just three days after the Howard government and Patrick's, one of Australia's largest waterfront employers, sacked over 2,000 dock workers, scab contractors are already loading and unloading ships at many of the company's 17 terminals.

Prison deaths soar in Australia

By Margaret Rees, 11 April 1998

Since 1980 the number of prison deaths per year has risen by 150 percent.

Political and historical issues underlying the Irish "peace" talks - An exchange of letters

By , 11 April 1998

Letters deal with important questions concerning not only current developments, but also the attitude of Marxism toward Irish nationalism and republicanism.

Despair, hope, life

By David Walsh, 11 April 1998

Film review: Taste of Cherry, written and directed by Abbas Kiarostami

Some interesting films on US television, 11-17 April 1998

By David Walsh, 11 April 1998

Suggestions for film viewing on basic cable channels.

What is Japan's "Big Bang" financial deregulation?

By Mike Head, 10 April 1998

Japan's long promised start to financial deregulation, dubbed the "Big Bang," began inauspiciously on April 1. As signs of a deep recession grew, the yen slid against the US dollar to near its lowest level in five years, and the stock market plunged, boosting the hidden losses of the country's major banks and finance houses.

Documents prove British state organised murders in Northern Ireland

By Chris Talbot, 10 April 1998

Leaked Military Intelligence documents give conclusive evidence that the Ulster Defence Association (UDA), a paramilitary group in the north of Ireland which supports union with Britain, carried out assassinations under the direct control of the British army.

Tony Blair's "shape of things to come"

By Jean Shaoul, 10 April 1998

The Labour government of Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced it will dismantle the system of comprehensive social insurance upon which more than one third of the population of Britain depends. The system of universal social insurance, designed by Beveridge in the early 1940s to alleviate poverty and want, was introduced by the postwar Labour government. Exactly 50 years later, New Labour proposes to turn back toward the Dickensian days of poor laws and work houses.

Dissident miners attacked at United Mine Workers rally

By the Editorial Board, 9 April 1998

Dissident local officers and rank-and-file coal miners were brutally attacked April 1 by supporters of the United Mine Workers of America leadership at a union rally in southwestern Pennsylvania. The incident took place at the UMWA's annual Mitchell Day celebration in Bentleyville, just south of Pittsburgh, attended by some 250 union officials and miners.

Mass sackings on Australian waterfront

By Terry Cook and Mike Head, 9 April 1998

An army of uniformed security guards, accompanied by attack dogs, simultaneously moved onto 17 docks around the country, ordering employees to cease work and leave the sites immediately.

Workers rally in Sydney and Melbourne

By , 9 April 1998

In Sydney more than 4,500 construction workers, public servants and metal workers marched to Patrick's Stevedoring terminal at Darling Harbour.

Clinton launches big business assault on retiree pensions

By Shannon Jones, 9 April 1998

Clinton's town meeting on Social Security, held Tuesday in Kansas City, marked the beginning of a public relations campaign to confuse and manipulate public opinion in favor of far-reaching attacks on the Social Security system, presented in the guise of "reform."

How the unions paved the way for Patrick's attack

By our reporter, 9 April 1998

The Australian Council of Trade Unions and the Maritime Union of Australia have paved the way for today's assault on waterside workers, both in the long-term and the short-term.

Four readers reply

By , 8 April 1998

The WSWS has received a number of letters regarding its 20 March 1998 article titled "High schools or holding pens? The attack on education and the threat to democratic rights." In the most recent letter, posted as the first below, a Philadelphia teacher referred to a recent story in the Los Angeles Times about the increasing frequency of angry outbursts by parents directed at teachers and staff in the public school system.

Pay soars 38 percent for US corporate chiefs

By Martin McLaughlin, 8 April 1998

The average total compensation of top American CEOs rose 37.8 percent in 1997 to a staggering $8.7 million, according to a study conducted by the New York Times. This comes on top of increases of 54 percent in 1996 and 30 percent in 1995, resulting in a cumulative increase of 270 percent over the past three years. Over the same period the real wages of American workers declined.

Poverty in Australia: some indicators

By , 8 April 1998

The poverty rate among the

Crackdown on Indonesian students

By Peter Symonds, 8 April 1998

The disappearance of a further 10 student activists in the central Javan city of Yogyakarta is the latest sign of a growing campaign of repression aimed at intimidating students and suppressing protests against the Suharto regime.

Caterpillar worker writes to WSWS

By , 8 April 1998

A worker's evaluation of the WSWS coverage

Social deprivation in Sheffield

By Simon Wheelan, 8 April 1998

In the week that The Full Monty won its Oscar, the European Union designated South Yorkshire as one of the continent's most deprived regions.

Poverty and inequality worsen in Australia

By Mike Head, 8 April 1998

A new impoverished layer has begun to emerge, the

Japan's economic crisis deepens

By Mike Head, 7 April 1998

The world's second largest economy is in clear danger of descending into an uncontrolled deflationary spiral of falling prices, profits, consumption and investment.

Australian Workers Inquiry answers government challenge

By Mike Head, 7 April 1998

Following a challenge by a state government agency, the Workers Inquiry into the leukaemia and cancer crisis in the Australian steel city of Wollongong has issued comprehensive new figures confirming a close relationship between cancer and industrial pollution.

Coup threat in Paraguay

By Bill Vann, 7 April 1998

The United States Embassy, whose massive complex dominates the center of Asuncion, is playing a substantial role in the complex political machinations in the capital.

A letter from a Saginaw auto worker

By , 7 April 1998

An appreciation of the World Socialist Web Site

Some interesting films on US television

By David Walsh, 4 April 1998

David Walsh recommends films for US television viewers

The crisis in Washington: what history tells us

By Martin McLaughlin, 4 April 1998

The following is the second article in a three-part series outlining the most important political crises in the US of the 1970s and 1980s, the Watergate and Iran-Contra affairs, and the profound abuses of presidential power which they involved. The first article, on Watergate, was posted Saturday, March 21. The final article, which contrasts these earlier scandals with the political offensive against the Clinton administration spearheaded by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, appeared on April 14.

Thirty years since the assassination of Martin Luther King

By Helen Halyard, 4 April 1998

Thirty years ago, on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. died after being shot by an assassin in Memphis, Tennessee.

The dismissal of the Paula Jones suit : What it says about the Clinton sex scandal

By the Editorial Board, 4 April 1998

In throwing out Paula Jones's sexual harassment suit against Bill Clinton, Judge Susan Webber Wright simply confirmed what objective and informed observers have known all along--that the entire case was a contrived amalgam without any legal merit.

Student protests grow in Indonesia

By Peter Symonds, 4 April 1998

Student protests against the Suharto regime have spread to universities, colleges and educational institutions across Indonesia.

Australian government plans telephone company sell-off

By Terry Cook, 3 April 1998

The conservative Howard government is planning to sell off Australia's major telecommunications company to private owners.

Reader appreciates WSWS review of The Apostle

By , 3 April 1998

Korean unemployment doubles in six weeks

By Peter Symonds, 3 April 1998

Unemployment has jumped by a million in South Korea in only six weeks, as IMF austerity policies are carried out.

Korean unemployment doubles in six weeks

By Peter Symonds, 3 April 1998

Unemployment levels are soaring in South Korea, as the newly installed Kim Dae Jung government, backed by the trade unions, implements the International Monetary Fund's economic restructuring program.

Nurses strike in New York City

By Allan Whyte, 3 April 1998

Six hundred nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association struck the Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn March 31. The contract expired December 31, 1997, but the strike was called only after hospital administrators broke off all negotiations last week, according to union spokespersons. Management was ready with a scab work force brought in from the United States Nursing Corporation, located in Denver , Colorado.

More questions than answers

By Wolfgang Weber, 2 April 1998

Demonstrations took place March 28 throughout France to protest against the neo-fascist Front National of Jean-Marie Le Pen.

A reader asks: are white-collar workers a part of the working class

By , 2 April 1998

The WSWS replies: yes...

Sweatshop abuses in US island territory

By Shannon Jones, 2 April 1998

Immigrant workers and federal investigators described horrific abuses and conditions of virtual slavery in testimony before a US Senate committee hearing March 31 on the treatment of workers in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands. CNMI is a Western Pacific territory administered by the United States.

Book and film review: L.A. Confidential - A novelist and a filmmaker discover corruption everywhere

By David Walsh, 2 April 1998

A book and a film that look with a jaundiced, if superficial eye at Los Angeles in the 1950s.

A comment on Yeltsin's sacking of cabinet

By , 2 April 1998

The reader reviews the international economic context of the firings.

Readers respond to The Aesthetic Component of Socialism

By , 1 April 1998

A reader replies to a lecture on Marxism and art criticism

House defeats campaign finance bill

By Martin McLaughlin, 1 April 1998

A series of House votes Monday put an end to proposed legislation to place restrictions on the flood of corporate cash into the Democratic and Republican parties.

Indonesian detainees fight mass deportations

By Margaret Rees, 1 April 1998

Protests and riots have left eight dead at detention camps in Malaysia for Indonesian immigrant workers.