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Albert Glotzer dead at 90

By Fred Mazelis, 2 March 1999

Albert Glotzer, a founder of the Trotskyist movement in the US who was the reporter at the historic hearings of the Dewey Commission in Mexico in 1937, died on February 18 at the age of 90. He was the last survivor among the major American participants in the struggles of the Left Opposition and the Fourth International in the 1930s.

Internet crackdown in China

By James Conachy, 2 March 1999

In the first week of February, the Chinese regime announced the formation of a new state authority. With the Orwellian title of the "State Information Security Appraisal and Identification Management Committee", the body will focus on strengthening the computer firewalls set up to regulate Internet activity within China, protecting government and commercial websites from hackers, and developing new techniques to identify and monitor Internet users and their activities.

New Zealand prime minister storms out of parliament over tourism scandal

By a correspondent, 2 March 1999

It is not often that a prime minister is denied the right to make a personal statement to parliament. Yet that is exactly what took place last Tuesday when New Zealand Prime Minister Jenny Shipley sought leave to explain her role in a rapidly unfolding scandal involving the country's Tourism Board. Rebuffed by the Labor Party leaders who wanted the opportunity to question her, she stormed out of the building and made her "explanation" to the assembled media and startled passers-by.

One in five young Britons suffer mental health problems

By Liz Smith, 2 March 1999

Bright Futures, a three-year programme of work commissioned by the Mental Health Foundation has published its report, The Big Picture. It constitutes the most comprehensive inquiry into the mental health and emotional development of children and young people in Britain this century. The programme has taken over 1,000 pieces of written evidence from relevant professionals and the oral testimony of health and education professionals, service providers, academics, parents and children.

The Apple opens in the US

By David Walsh and Joanne Laurier, 2 March 1999

The extraordinary Iranian film, The Apple, has opened in New York City. We reprint below a comment on the film, written as part of coverage of the 23rd Toronto International Film Festival in October 1998.

The contradictions of surging US growth

By Nick Beams, 2 March 1999

The release of figures by the US Commerce Department showing that economic growth reached an annual rate of 6.1 percent in the final quarter of 1998--up from the initial estimate of 5.6 percent--seems to signify that the American economy is continuing to shrug off the effects of global financial turmoil and is indeed powering ahead.

The Deutsche Bank, Auschwitz and German business's compensation fund

By Marianne Arens, 2 March 1999

Following his return from New York two weeks ago German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and 12 representatives of prominent German businesses and banks announced the creation of a foundation for the compensation of Nazi-time forced labourers. The "joint declaration" has been supported up to now by Allianz, BASF, Bayer, BMW, DaimlerChrysler, Deutsche Bank, Degussa-Hüls, Dresdner Bank, Friedrich-Krupp, Krupp-Hoesch, Hoechst, Siemens and Volkswagen. More companies are sure to follow.

Workers Struggles: The Americas

2 March 1999

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature by e-mailing information to

Britain: Macpherson report fingers witnesses in Stephen Lawrence murder

By Julie Hyland, 27 February 1999

Within hours of its publication, Lord Macpherson's report on the inquiry into the police investigation of the racist murder of black teenager Stephen Lawrence in 1993, had to be withdrawn. The Home Office was forced to retrieve the appendix section of the report, after it was published with the names and addresses of those who had provided information to the police during the search for Stephen's killers.

Funeral procession honours young Kurds slain at Israeli embassy

By Stefan Steinberg, 27 February 1999

Ten thousand Kurds from all over Germany marched through Berlin on Wednesday in memory of the three young Kurds who were shot down by security men at the Israeli Consulate in Berlin one week ago. In driving snow the procession, led by two cars bearing the bodies of the victims, wound its way through the streets of West Berlin. The demonstration was disciplined and peaceful. Turkish and German working people and youth also joined the march, which was escorted by nearly 4,000 police. Numerous police video teams filmed all of those taking part in the demonstration.