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Some interesting films on US television, October 31-November 6

By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 31 October 1998

Workers struggles around the world

By , 31 October 1998

Stalinist parties in India pledge to support Congress power bid

By Deepal Jayasekera, 31 October 1998

Owners cancel first month of NBA basketball

By Larry Roberts, 31 October 1998

US holds key evidence against Pinochet

By Bill Vann, 31 October 1998

Sixty-two dead in Sweden's worst fire in modern times

By Richard Tyler, 31 October 1998

Sweden's worst fire in modern times killed at least 62 people and injured over 190 others.

AIDS devastation in Africa

By David Walsh, 31 October 1998

Ford announces temporary plant closures

By Shannon Jones, 31 October 1998

International school examines the century’s central problems of history, politics and culture 

By the, 31 October 1998

The International Summer School held in early January by the International Committee of the Fourth International and the Socialist Equality Party of Australia represented a milestone in the revival of classical Marxism. Entitled "Marxism and the Fundamental Problems of the Twentieth Century," the school, held in Sydney from January 3 to 10, was the first such international symposium organized by the world Trotskyist movement.

UAW agrees to axing of Dayton brake plant jobs

By Shannon Jones, 30 October 1998

Former CP leader D'Alema becomes prime minister of Italy

By Peter Schwarz, 30 October 1998

For the first time, a former Italian Communist Party functionary has become prime minister.

General strikes in Bangladesh demand government's resignation

By Liz Mantell, 30 October 1998

Student protests call for Indonesian president to resign

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 1998

Vail, Colorado arson attack: The reactionary implications of "eco-terrorism"

By David Walsh, 30 October 1998

US election notes

By , 30 October 1998

A widening gulf in jobs and income

By Mike Head, 29 October 1998

What happened to the impeachment drive?

By Barry Grey, 29 October 1998

What road forward for Arab and Jewish workers in the Middle East?

By Chris Marsden, 29 October 1998

The interim agreement reached at Wye Plantation, Maryland between Israel and the Palestinian Authority is an attempt to salvage the 1993 Oslo peace process.

UK High Court rules in favour of Pinochet

By our correspondent, 29 October 1998

Britain's High Court in London upheld former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet's claim to enjoy diplomatic immunity. The decision reflects the desire of wide layers of the British establishment to see Pinochet allowed home.

What's behind the APEC furor?

By Keith Jones, 29 October 1998

Huge military mobilisation to block Indonesian protests

By Peter Symonds, 29 October 1998

Mounting political instability in Australia

By Linda Tenenbaum, 28 October 1998

Germany's red-green coalition: Vague promises and calls for sacrifice from all

By Ulrich Rippert, 28 October 1998

Sharp clashes between police and demonstrators in Malaysia

By John Roberts, 28 October 1998

Further criminalization of the poor in the US - Working class couple charged for the accidental deaths of their children

By Paul Scherrer, 28 October 1998

Pinochet's arrest provokes political turmoil in Chile

By Mauricio Saavedra, 28 October 1998

Deteriorating health care in New Zealand

By a correspondent, 28 October 1998

British authorities use new technology to increase state surveillance

By Simon Wheelan, 28 October 1998

The Starr-Tripp connection: Evidence mounts that independent counsel orchestrated frame-up of Clinton

By Shannon Jones, 27 October 1998

Australian government seeks new cover-up on Timor deaths

By Mike Head, 27 October 1998

Police brutality in America

By Kate Randall, 27 October 1998

A collection of rarely displayed images

By Richard Phillips, 27 October 1998

BMW/Rover to axe thousands of auto jobs at Longbridge, England

By Robert Stevens, 27 October 1998

Banks, not hedge funds, at centre of world financial crisis

By Nick Beams, 27 October 1998

Death toll from Nigerian pipline explosion may reach 1,000

By Helen Halyard, 27 October 1998

The murder of Dr. Slepian

By Martin McLaughlin and David Walsh, 27 October 1998

High Court bid to free Pinochet begins

By our reporter, 27 October 1998

A bid by lawyers representing General Pinochet to block the extradition of the former dictator began in the High Court in London on Monday.

Some interesting films on US television, October 24-30

By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 24 October 1998

The critical reception in Germany of Vadim Rogovin's 1937

By Wolfgang Zimmermann, 24 October 1998

In the spring of 1998 the Arbeiterpresse Verlag published 1937--Year of Terror by Vadim Z. Rogovin. It is the fourth volume of a six-volume history of the socialist opposition to Stalinism within the Soviet Union. Last month Rogovin, who was working on a seventh volume, died of cancer in Moscow.

Government crisis in Spain over Pinochet arrest

By Vicky Short, 24 October 1998

The Spanish government has been plunged into a political and judicial crisis following the arrest of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Prime Minister Aznar expressed the hope that his government would not have to take a decision on Pinochet's extradition to Spain to be prosecuted for genocide and torture of Spanish nationals.

A reply to article on "Rethinking McCarthyism"

By , 24 October 1998

Colombian union leader assassinated as national strike intensifies

By Cory Johnson, 24 October 1998

New York prison administers medicine for profit

By Bill Vann, 24 October 1998

One of the nation

Statement issued by the Fourth International on September 18, 1973

By , 24 October 1998

The arrest of General Augusto Pinochet, a quarter of a century after the coup that brought his military-fascist dictatorship to power, has revived critical political and historical issues.

Britain's Labour government reveals its compassion for Pinochet

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 1998

The head of the Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. George Carey, has called for former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet to be released. This has been seized on by Labour's Home Secretary Jack Straw to hint at a possible overturn of Spain's extradition request.

US group sues over new attempt at Internet censorship

By David Walsh, 24 October 1998

A coalition of civil liberties groups has challenged a new federal law that would restrict access to the Internet in the supposed interest of combating material "harmful to minors."

Republican candidate arrested for murdering opponent

By Martin McLaughlin, 24 October 1998

The Republican candidate for state senate in an east-central Tennessee district was arrested October 23 on charges that he murdered his Democratic opponent four days earlier. Byron Looper, 34, was arrested without incident as he returned to his home in Cookeville early Friday morning.

Scottish Socialist Party fosters nationalist divisions

By Chris Marsden, 24 October 1998

A new Scottish Socialist Party has been proclaimed by Scottish Militant Labour, despite the opposition of their English comrades in the Socialist Party, and the Committee for a Workers International, which represents their co-thinkers around the world. It will encompass a variety of different political trends on the left, united only by their espousal of Scottish separatism and a vague commitment to reformist policies.

Sri Lanka: Tamils protest against delay in excavating mass graves in Jaffna

By K. Ratnayake, 24 October 1998

Workers struggles around the world -- 24 October 1998

By , 24 October 1998

The Pinochet coup and the death of Charles Horman

By Barry Grey, 23 October 1998

Signs of economic slowdown mount in US

By Shannon Jones, 23 October 1998

Signs of an economic slowdown are mounting in the US with rising layoffs and unemployment claims.

National Health Service cuts lead to hundreds of baby deaths in Britain

By Liz Smith, 23 October 1998

A new report has revealed that hundreds of babies die every year in Britain's maternity hospitals due to errors of judgement by poorly trained doctors and midwives. Clinical errors contribute to two-thirds of all deaths in healthy babies.

Mass demonstrations by French high school students

By our reporter, 23 October 1998

Readers comment about article on the Starr investigation and the New York Times

By , 23 October 1998

Reader comments on anti-gay lynching in Wyoming

By , 23 October 1998

US judge rules The Tin Drum is not child pornography

By David Walsh, 23 October 1998

Homelessness and hunger in Ontario

By Lee Parsons, 23 October 1998

Former British PM Thatcher calls for Pinochet's release

By our correspondent, 23 October 1998

Ex-Conservative prime minister Baroness Thatcher has written to the Times newspaper demanding that former dictator Augusto Pinochet to be allowed to return to Chile. She describes the general, who presided over the execution of thousands of his left-wing opponents, in glowing terms.

Canada: Chretien government resists calls for increased social spending

By Keith Jones, 22 October 1998

Crisis mounts over Pinochet arrest

By our reporter, 22 October 1998

Death squad inquiry continues to shake Spanish social democrats

By Vicky Short, 22 October 1998

In Spain, a four-year criminal investigation into death squads used to kill alleged Basque separatists continues to shake the social democrats.

Video reveals prison bashing in Australia

By Mauricio Saavedra, 22 October 1998

Kenyan teachers strike betrayed

By Terry Cook, 22 October 1998

New book documents US complicity in drug running

By Martin McLaughlin, 22 October 1998

Grand jury exonerates Houston cops in murder of Mexican immigrant

By Shannon Jones, 22 October 1998

The Wall Street Journal defends Pinochet

By Jerry White, 22 October 1998

Hubble telescope captures glimpse of early universe

By K. Reed, 22 October 1998

Damning documents in Sydney water contamination scandal

By Carol Divjak, 21 October 1998

Can Henry Kissinger be extradited?

By Martin McLaughlin, 21 October 1998

If Augusto Pinochet deserves detention, trial and punishment for mass murder, then what about his American controllers--Henry Kissinger, then-CIA director Richard Helms and other US government officials who inspired, directed and supported the 1973 military coup in Chile?

Pentagon issues warning over anti-Clinton statements by military personnel

By Shannon Jones, 21 October 1998

Canadian students protest university fee hikes and budget cuts

By a reporter, 21 October 1998

Thousands of university and college students joined demonstrations and other actions last week to protest tuition fee hikes, spiraling student debt loads, a massive reduction in state-funding for post-secondary education, and the growing corporate presence in university administration.

The Greens' fall from grace

By Ulrich Rippert and Justus Leicht, 21 October 1998

Who is responsible for the oil explosion in Nigeria?

By Jerry White, 21 October 1998

Several hundred bodies, charred beyond recognition, were buried in a mass grave in southern Nigeria Monday after the explosion this weekend that killed at least 500 villagers.

Pinochet arrest sparks diplomatic crisis

By our reporter, 21 October 1998

Acting on a warrant originating in Spain, British police arrested General Augusto Pinochet at the London Clinic last Friday night, shortly after he underwent an emergency back operation. His arrest has sparked a diplomatic crisis embroiling Britain, Spain, Chile and America.

Surrey Council puts state school out to private tender

By Liz Smith, 21 October 1998

Conservative controlled Surrey County Council took the unprecedented step last week of putting a state school out to private tender. Kings Manor Comprehensive in Guildford will be the first privately run state Secondary (11-16) school in Britain. It presently has just 400 pupils on a site designed for 900. The falling school roll is directly related to competition between neighbouring schools, which have better academic results.

Australian waterfront workers object to new conditions

By Terry Cook, 21 October 1998

After Matthew Shepard's killing: which way forward to defend democratic rights?

By David Walsh, 21 October 1998

New Zealand court approves fire service job cuts

By a correspondent, 20 October 1998

BSE detected in beef passed for human consumption

By Trevor Johnson, 20 October 1998

Concrete proof has emerged that meat from animals infected with

Readers comment on WSWS coverage of Starr investigation

By , 20 October 1998

Murderous conditions in Sri Lankan free trade zones

By our correspondent, 20 October 1998

Oxfam report details human cost of IMF programs

By Nick Beams, 20 October 1998

Touch of Evil: that ticking noise in our heads

By David Walsh, 20 October 1998

Orson Welles directed the filming of Touch of Evil, his seventh feature, in early 1957. He got the assignment from Universal Studios in part due to the urging of the film's leading actor, Charlton Heston. It was Welles's first Hollywood film in a decade, and his only one of the 1950s.

British Museum exhibit provokes controversy over Celtic history

By Ann Talbot, 20 October 1998

The British Museum's three new galleries devoted to late Bronze Age Europe, Celtic Europe and Roman Britain have provoked a controversy over the very existence of the Celts, which raises fundamental questions of history and archaeology.

The Holbrooke-Milosevic agreement on Kosovo

By Bill Vann, 20 October 1998

Workers struggles around the world: 17 October 1998

By , 17 October 1998

Mega fever in Bali

By our correspondent, 17 October 1998

Montana Republican tells candidates' forum: "Clinton should be shot"

By Jerry White, 17 October 1998

Some interesting films on US television: October 17-October 23

By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 17 October 1998

Mass strikes in Colombia hit austerity demands

By Cory Johnson, 17 October 1998

Budget agreement maintains right-wing consensus

By Martin McLaughlin, 17 October 1998

US cited for widespread human rights abuses

By Kate Randall, 17 October 1998

The development of the radical right-wing parties in Germany

By Ulrich Rippert, 17 October 1998

A painter and his hell

By Elaine Gorton, 17 October 1998

New wave of layoffs in US

By Shannon Jones, 17 October 1998

Questions on globalization and Aboriginal rights

By , 16 October 1998

William Finnegan's Cold New World: Grim conditions facing young people in 1990s America

By Esther Galen, 16 October 1998

Why is the New York Times supporting Kenneth Starr?

By Barry Grey, 16 October 1998

US Supreme Court lets anti-gay measure stand

By David Walsh, 16 October 1998