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By Martin McLaughlin, 30 June 1999
Last week Forbes magazine published its annual list of 200 of the world's wealthiest people, a collection of billionaires whose combined assets topped $1 trillion. As it did last year, the magazine begged pardon for being unable to list every billionaire on the planet, since these now number 465. The full list, it explained, was available on its web site. Forbes noted that the soaring American stock market and a financial rebound in Asia and Latin America produced the latest surge in the holdings of the world's richest, which rose from $879 billion in 1998.
By Mike Ingram, 30 June 1999
Following revelations in a Belfast court last week that a man charged with the 1989 murder of Pat Finucane was an Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) agent, an article has appeared in the Sunday Tribune that claims to give the full story. Finucane, a civil rights lawyer, was shot in his north Belfast home by Ulster Defence Association (UDA) gunmen, acting on information from a British army intelligence agent.
By Perla Astudillo, 30 June 1999
A recent scientific investigation has identified a huge cloud of atmospheric pollution covering some 10 million square kilometres of the Indian Ocean—an area approximately the size of the United States. The unusual haze was discovered as part of the Indian Ocean Experiment (INDOEX), which is investigating how pollutants are carried through the atmosphere over the Indian Ocean.
By Guy Leblanc, 30 June 1999
In defiance of severe anti-strike laws, 47,500 nurses affiliated with the Quebec Nurses Federation (FIIQ) are undertaking a general strike, now in its fourth day. The government has threatened to reconvene the National Assembly at the end of the week to pass a special law to force the nurses back to work. It has also called for some of the provisions of anti-union Bill 160 to be implemented. For each day on strike, nurses would be docked two days of wages; the automatic union dues check-off would be suspended for 12 weeks; and every union involved would be fined $125,000, totaling at least $14 million thus far.
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By Steve Dean, 30 June 1999
Coal miners sacked at Oakdale, near Sydney, over three weeks ago are still no closer to receiving any redundancy or entitlement money, despite staging a protest in the national capital, Canberra, on June 24. The 150 miners lost their jobs when the mine was closed due to low world coal prices and a $34 million debt. They are owed $6.3 million in accrued long service, holiday pay, sick leave, severance and redundancy payments.
By the Editorial Board, 30 June 1999
The death sentence handed down Tuesday by a Turkish court against Abdullah Ocalan, the chairman of the Kurdish Workers Party (PKK), is an attack on the Kurdish people that must be emphatically condemned and opposed by working people and all those who seek to defend democratic rights.
By , 30 June 1999
The following is the first part of an extensive interview with the well-known Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage, whose work Pavuru Valalu (Walls Within) was reviewed on the World Socialist Web Siteearlier this year:
By David Walsh, 29 June 1999
An article that appeared in the New York Times Friday sheds additional light on the character of the Kosovo Liberation Army, the group that the US and NATO have made their partners in their military occupation of the Yugoslav province.
By Perla Astudillo and Margaret Rees, 29 June 1999
Widespread strikes and demonstrations of teachers, tutors, parents, health workers, pensioners and police erupted earlier this month in the northern Argentinian province of Corrientes, creating a sharp governmental crisis. Public sector workers have not been paid for over two months or received their December salary bonus, as the provincial government is bankrupt. Provision of social services has also been suspended.
By Julie Hyland, 29 June 1999
The British Labour Party's disastrous showing in the European Parliament elections two weeks ago has provoked turmoil among party and government officials.
By the Editorial Board, 29 June 1999
It has not taken long for the horrific implications of the US-led war in the Balkans to manifest themselves. Each day brings new reports of killings, rapes, arson attacks and incidents of looting carried out against Serbs and Gypsies in Kosovo, spearheaded by the Kosovo Liberation Army. The attacks have assumed such a scale that even the US media cannot ignore them.
By David Walsh, 29 June 1999
The Whitney Museum in New York is offering a two-part exhibit this year on American art of the twentieth century. The first installment is presently at the museum through August 22; the second will run from September 26 until January 23 next year.
By , 29 June 1999
Protests in Ecuador oppose austerity
By Barry Mason, 29 June 1999
AIDS is now the number one killer disease worldwide, ahead of malaria and tuberculosis. In 1998, four million people in sub-Saharan Africa became infected with HIV, joining approximately 34 million people affected worldwide. Since 1981 approximately 47 million people have contracted HIV, of which 14 million have died.
By Mike Head, 29 June 1999
At least nine people died and 60 were wounded in an eight-hour assault last Thursday and Friday, when Israeli war planes struck two power stations near Beirut, blew up a telephone communication facility in the capital, destroyed two bridges linking Beirut with the south, and bombed a four-storey building in the Bekaa Valley town of Baalbeck.
By Peter Symonds, 29 June 1999
The Papua New Guinea government of Prime Minister Bill Skate is on the point of collapse after the People's Democratic Movement (PDM), the largest party in the ruling coalition, joined the opposition on Monday. PDM leader Mekere Morauta, pointed to the country's currency collapse and other economic troubles, saying that people “have lost confidence in this government and its ability to take the country out of the problems we are facing”.
By Mike Head, 28 June 1999
Widespread military-organised violence has caused the United Nations to delay its proposed ballot on East Timorese secession from Indonesia from August 8 to August 21. Tensions between the UN and the Habibie regime in Jakarta have, moreover, thrown the entire balloting process into doubt, with Habibie declaring that he will not allow any further postponement.
By Ellen Blake, 28 June 1999
One of Australia's biggest share offers, the $16 billion sell-off of the second slice of Telstra, the semi-privatised telecommunications giant, could take place as early as next month. After more than a year of political crisis over the issue, the Howard government finally pushed the legislation through the Senate last week with the help of two “independent” Senators, Brian Harradine and Mal Colston.
By Keith Jones, 28 June 1999
India and Pakistan have moved closed to all-out war, following the apparent failure of a US effort to broker an end to fighting between Indian troops and Pakistani-backed forces in the Kargil-Dass-Batalik region of Indian-held Kashmir.
By Nick Beams, 26 June 1999
Testimony delivered by US Federal Reserve Board chairman Alan Greenspan to the Joint Economic Committee of Congress earlier this month at least clarified one short-term issue—interest rates appear certain to rise at the end of the month. But as far as the long-term questions hanging over the US economy are concerned, the Greenspan and the Fed acknowledge that they really have no idea.
By Gerard Naville, 26 June 1999
The fundamentalist Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) and its armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army (AIS), this month offered to call off their military struggle against the Algerian government. In return, President Bouteflika offered an amnesty for members of the AIS who gave up their weapons, as well as releasing 4,000 political prisoners.
By Max Rodenberg, 26 June 1999
Seldom have the pollsters tried so hard to turn an election result on its head, as in the aftermath of the German elections for the European Parliament. Seldom has this task proved so difficult, which is not hard to understand since the results were so unequivocal.
By , 26 June 1999
Indonesian police attack Surabaya protest
By Mike Ingram, 26 June 1999
Allegations of Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) collusion with loyalist gunmen were given further weight Thursday, when a man arrested for the murder of civil rights lawyer Pat Finucane claimed to have been working as an RUC informer at the time of the killing.
By our correspondent, 26 June 1999
The World Socialist Web Site won the right to send its own correspondent to the scene of the excavation of mass graves of victims of Sri Lankan military butchery under the Peoples Alliance regime of President Chandrika Kumaratunga. Priyadarshana Maddawatta of the WSWS was one among 40 journalists taken to Jaffna on Wednesday, June 16 by an air force plane. The trip was organised by the Sri Lankan Department of Information. This is an eyewitness account by Maddawatta.
By Will Marshall, 26 June 1999
Supported by parents, teachers began strike action on June 6 at Blackburn High School, in the Australian state of Victoria, after the school council voted to become part of the state Liberal government's "Self Governing Schools" (SGS) program.
By Peter Symonds, 26 June 1999
The Group of Eight (G-8) major powers turned up the pressure on North Korea last Sunday with a sharp warning in their final communiqué that they were “deeply concerned” over the country's missile flight tests and alleged missile proliferation. The statement said the group would “examine further individual and collective means of addressing the problem” and enforcing its Missile Technology Control Regime.
By Martin McLaughlin, 26 June 1999
The US State Department announced Thursday that the American government would pay a reward of up to $5 million for assistance in arresting Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic and other Serb leaders in Yugoslavia and Bosnia.
By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 26 June 1999
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By Chris Marsden, 25 June 1999
Even as NATO military officials and politicians, visiting Kosovo on Wednesday, pointed to evidence of Albanian graves as vindication of the NATO war, a reign of terror against the Serbian population in the province was escalating.
By C. Knause, 25 June 1999
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By Steve Dean, 25 June 1999
Details are continuing to emerge from Thailand of a growing scandal and cover-up involving the US and Thai military, environmental agencies and the Thai government, concerning US chemical weapons testing in Thailand in 1964-65.
By David North, 25 June 1999
The following letter by David North, the chairman of the WSWS Editorial Board, replies to a message sent by P. Harris, a supporter of the Balkan war. Mr. Harris's letter can be read in full by clicking here (http://www.wsws.org/articles/1999/jun1999/harr-j25.shtml)
By Bill Vann, 25 June 1999
Five years after the inauguration of Operation Gatekeeper the number of undocumented immigrants arrested while trying to cross the US-Mexican border has been cut by only 1 percent, while the death toll for immigrant workers attempting to cross the heavily guarded frontier has increased six-fold.
By Brian Smith, 25 June 1999
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By Mike Head, 25 June 1999
New South Wales, the most populous state of Australia, has been run by a Labor Party administration since 1995. One set of statistics in its latest Budget, handed down on Tuesday, says much about Premier Bob Carr's government and the future shape of society.
By John Andrews, 25 June 1999
In three reactionary decisions announced at the completion of its 1998-1999 term, a bitterly divided Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled five to four that state governments are immune from individual lawsuits for violations of federal laws. In doing so, the Court elevated archaic concepts of sovereign immunity dating back to feudal privileges into absolute rules of Constitutional law that can only be changed by amending the Constitution or by future Supreme Court decisions.
By Keith Morgan, 24 June 1999
Philippine President Joseph Estrada, popularly known as “Erap” (Buddy), came to power last year in a populist campaign. He presented himself as a “friend of the poor”. In May, however, he rejected outright union demands for an increase to the minimum wage—a decision that will condemn many workers to hardship and poverty.
By Peter Symonds, 24 June 1999
Nearly two years ago, the devaluation of the Thai baht on July 2, 1997 sparked an economic collapse throughout Asia. Currencies, share and property values plummetted, creating a spate of bankruptcies. The international financial press is now pointing to the first tentative signs of economic growth in former Asian “tigers” like South Korea as evidence that the worst of the crisis is over.
By Kate Randall, 24 June 1999
On June 17 the US House of Representatives passed a juvenile crime bill which strips young people in America of many of their rights as children in the justice system, and further erodes the distinction between adults and juveniles under the law. The vote was 287-139, with 80 Democrats voting for the bill.
By David Walsh, 24 June 1999
A judge ordered two 14-year-old boys to stand trial as adults Tuesday in Port Huron, Michigan, 60 miles northeast of Detroit, on charges that could bring them automatic sentences of life in prison without parole. The teenagers are accused, along with two 13-year-olds, of plotting to murder fellow students at Holland Woods Middle School.
By K. Ratnayake, 24 June 1999
The government of Prime Minister Shiek Hasina Wajed in Bangladesh has unleashed a massive military-police crackdown against guerrilla groups and the rural poor. Repression on this scale has not taken place since the end of military rule in 1990.
By Mike Ingram, 24 June 1999
A BBC Panorama documentary, broadcast June 21, reinforced allegations that the Royal Ulster Constabulary (RUC) has colluded in the murders of Irish defence lawyers Pat Finucane and Rosemary Nelson.
By Ulrich Rippert, 24 June 1999
Churchill once said that in war the truth is so precious it has to be surrounded with a bodyguard of lies. In Germany over the last two months one clearly saw the fabrication of such a bodyguard.
By , 24 June 1999
Irish Ferry staff strike to protest new contract
By J. Robbins, 23 June 1999
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By Martin McLaughlin, 23 June 1999
In the first case to reach the highest US tribunal since the passage in 1994 of the Federal Death Penalty Act, the Supreme Court upheld a death sentence in a federal criminal case despite ample evidence of judicial error in instructing the jury. The decision was by a 5-4 margin, with the five most conservative justices supporting an opinion written by Clarence Thomas.
By Vicky Short, 23 June 1999
The results of elections to the European Parliament have considerably altered the political landscape in Spain, where they went against the general trend in the rest of Europe. Turnout was up by 5 percent as compared with 1994, from 59.14 percent to 64.34 percent. The Social Democrats increased their support, while the right wing lost some. The moderate nationalists lost ground, while the more radical separatist movements gained.
By , 23 June 1999
To the editor:
By our correspondent, 23 June 1999
Around 50 people were injured and 16 arrests were made in violent clashes between police and demonstrators in London on June 18. Between 6,000 and 10,000 protestors, under an umbrella movement of anarchist and environmental groups called J18, assembled in the City of London, the capital's financial district. The demonstration, dubbed the “Carnival against Capitalism”, was timed to coincide with the G8 summit and had been heavily promoted by a dedicated web site. Protests also took place in 40 other countries.
By Paul Scherrer, 23 June 1999
5.2 million young children in the US, nearly one out of every four children under six years old, are growing up in families whose income falls below the federal poverty line, according to a report issued by the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) last week. The report found that poverty among young children has declined from the all-time high of 6.4 million children in 1993, but still remains 50 percent higher than the average two decades ago. Overall the young child poverty rate (YCPR) is 22 percent.
By Barry Grey, 23 June 1999
In considering US policy in the Balkans, it is at times difficult to determine the dividing line between great power scheming, deliberate falsification and sheer ignorance. A case in point is Clinton's speech Monday in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana.
By Simon Wheelan, 23 June 1999
British Steel and Dutch rival Koninklijke Hoogovens have announced a $2.7 billion merger, forming the world's third largest steel producer. British Steel will represent 61.7 percent and Hoogovens 38.3 percent of the merged group, which will initially be called BSKH. The new company is to be Europe's biggest steel company. Its headquarters will be in London and shares will be listed on the New York, Amsterdam and London stock exchanges, with a market capitalisation of $4.7 billion and notch up sales worth $15.1 billion.
By the Editorial Board, 23 June 1999
Imagine that Tuesday's edition of the New York Times, a newspaper which has spearheaded the media propaganda campaign in support of the US-NATO war against Yugoslavia, carried an editorial written along the lines of the following excerpts:
By Mike Head, 23 June 1999
According to front-page reports in two Australian newspapers, a former East Timorese militia commander has accused the Indonesian Information Minister, Lieutenant-General Yunus Yosfiah, of personally participating in the murder of five Australian-based newsmen in the leadup to the 1975 invasion of East Timor.
By Steve James, 22 June 1999
The Scottish parliament has confirmed its intent to champion the drive of big business for global investment at the expense of the working class. On June 17, Scotland's First Minister Donald Dewar announced eight bills to be discussed during the present parliamentary term. Measures include a "toll tax" on drivers using the busy M8 motorway, new measures to discipline teachers, an "anti-corruption" bill directed against local government, and an all-embracing finance act to maintain pressure on all areas of public spending.
By Chris Marsden, 22 June 1999
A determined push is being made by Europe to dominate the Balkans in the aftermath of the war. Yesterday the Blair government organised a second meeting to encourage and organise bids by British construction firms and consultants for the rebuilding of Kosovo, worth an estimated £3 billion. Contracts for the entire Balkan region are estimated to be worth £30 billion. The pattern is being repeated throughout Europe. To the same end in Germany, the Schröder government is setting up a task force involving ministries and private firms. An industry executive told the Guardian, "Germans are traditionally the biggest trading partners with ex-Yugoslavia and the Balkans as a whole and, last year, trade amounted to DM25.8 billion. This region needs the reconstruction of its entire infrastructure, energy, transport, telecoms. In all these branches German industry is internationally competitive and we think we are in a position to deliver."
By Peter Symonds, 22 June 1999
The final count in the Indonesian national election is not due until July 8. And the wheeling and dealing between the major parties to determine who will be the next president and form the next government will only be concluded when the vote in the Peoples Consultative Assembly (MPR) is taken in November. But the basic economic policies of the government, whatever its final makeup, have already been determined by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as part of its $45 billion financial aid package to Indonesia.
By , 22 June 1999
Guyana strikes continue
By , 22 June 1999
To the editor:
By Nick Beams, 22 June 1999
The headlines proclaimed billions of dollars of debt relief for the world's poorest countries as a result of the decisions taken by the major industrial countries at their annual G7 summit, held in Cologne over the weekend.
By our reporter, 22 June 1999
A public meeting opposing the US-NATO war against Yugoslavia and drawing its political implications was held in Sydney on June 20. Entitled “Socialist principles and the war in the Balkans,” the meeting was called by the Socialist Equality Party, the Australian section of the International Committee of the Fourth International. About 100 people participated, including students and young workers, some from the Balkans.
By Trevor Johnson, 22 June 1999
President Charles Taylor has said that foreign troops sent into Liberia during the eight-year civil war are to leave later this month. The occupying force, known as ECOMOG and comprising mainly Nigerian troops, is due to evacuate on July 26, the one hundred fifty-second anniversary of Liberia's independence. Taylor made the announcement on June 7, after returning from a trip to other African countries including Nigeria. He said that ECOMOG's departure would coincide with the symbolic burning of weapons seized from the various conflicting factions at the end of the civil war. The arms consist of tens of thousands of assault rifles, artillery pieces and millions of bullets.
By , 22 June 1999
The author of the following letter, Julie Hiatt Steele, was the target of a politically-motivated prosecution by Kenneth Starr. During the right-wing impeachment drive, Steele was placed under immense pressure to corroborate the claims of a former friend, Kathleen Willey, who alleged that she had been sexually assaulted by Bill Clinton in 1993. When Steele refused, she was charged with obstruction of justice and making false statements, offenses which carried a potential penalty of 35 years imprisonment. The case ended in a mistrial in May 1999.
By Bill Vann, 21 June 1999
On June 18, less than three days after accepting the post of director general of Brazil's national police force, Joao Batista Campelo was forced to resign over mounting charges that he was a torturer under the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985.
By Regina Lohr and Mike Head, 21 June 1999
In the wake of the economic breakdown in Asia has come a sharp increase in the number of refugees arriving illegally by boat in Australia this year. More than 700 have undertaken perilous voyages and endured terrible conditions on unseaworthy vessels. By the end of the year, the total will almost certainly surpass the previous record of over 1,000 in 1994-95.
By Richard Tyler, 19 June 1999
The European Union is poised to take legal action against the Belgian government for its handling of the dioxin poisoning affair. EU Farm Commissioner Franz Fischler said the case went beyond Belgium's failure to provide a timely warning to other EU states about the potential hazard from dioxin-contaminated animal feeds and food products.
By Jerry White, 19 June 1999
The giant cereal maker Kellogg announced Thursday that it was considering closing part of its giant Battle Creek, Michigan plant and eliminating 700 of the 1,100 jobs there as part of a plan to save between $35 million and $45 million a year. Kellogg, which has 14,500 employees worldwide, said it would determine the exact number of layoffs at the plant after a meeting with the workers union, the American Federation of Grain Millers Local 3-G.
By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 19 June 1999
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By Julie Hyland, 19 June 1999
Lieutenant-General Sir Michael Jackson is the British K-For commander in Kosovo. This is a position of strategic importance for the UK government. The commanding officer is expected to be someone tried and tested who is held in high regard by the establishment. What are Jackson's qualifications for this position?
By Martin McLaughlin, 19 June 1999
Despite the avalanche of publicity about alleged Chinese spying at US nuclear weapons laboratories, federal officials have concluded that the scientist who has been the principal target of the allegations, Wen Ho Lee, cannot be prosecuted for espionage and may not have committed any criminal offense.
By Kate Randall, 19 June 1999
Stanley Faulder, a 61-year-old native of Jasper, Alberta, was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas on Thursday. His final appeal to the US Supreme Court was rejected 75 minutes before he was put to death. Faulder became the first Canadian executed in the US since 1952.
By , 19 June 1999
Since I see movies so infrequently, I thought I could give you a capsule review of one I just saw— Notting Hill. I saw it due to a misconception. I thought it was about life in this gritty neighborhood in London—something I would have found interesting. It is instead a kind of Cinderella story where the prince (the Julia Roberts character) comes from her castle in Beverly Hills and takes the suffering son from the dirt (the Hugh Grant character) and transforms him into royalty.
By , 19 June 1999
Indonesian police arrest 500 workers
By Elisa Brehm, 19 June 1999
“I woke up a short time later to very intense shocking pain running through my body. This electrical current was so intense that I thought that I was actually dying. I had not been causing any trouble, I was belly chained, shackled, seat belted in, and there was a fence between the officers and me, so there was absolutely no reason for them to be using this device on me... I think they shocked me a second time while I was still in the van. When we arrived, I was unloaded from the van and taken to a holding cell.... Once I was in the cell, several officers came into the cell and again I was shocked by the stun belt. This electrical blast knocked me to the floor, and I could hear the officers laughing and making jokes.”—testimony of an inmate as he was transported in a prison van to a mental health unit
US auto contract talks open: UAW ready to collaborate as Big Three auto makers prepare massive job cuts
By Jerry White, 18 June 1999
Negotiations between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three auto companies began June 14 for new labor agreements covering 405,000 UAW members at General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler plants in the US. The current contracts expire September 14.
By Linda Tenenbaum, 18 June 1999
The Kennett government in the Australian state of Victoria has gone to extraordinary—albeit unsuccessful—lengths to prevent sacked school teacher, Geraldine Rawson, from having her day in court. Rawson's legal action will bring under public scrutiny, for the first time, the methods used by the Victorian Department of Education to intimidate, charge and dismiss scores of teachers throughout the state over the past five years.
By Helmut Arens, 18 June 1999
In a press statement on May 26, Robert Hendry, the head of the board of directors for General Motors Germany, announced that the new Opel plant to be located in Rüsselsheim, Germany, would cost 820 million DM and employ 4,000 fewer workers and white-collar employees than the existing plant.
By Jean Shaoul, 18 June 1999
For the last two weeks, Ethiopian and Eritrean troops have been engaged in some of the bloodiest fighting of the year-long border war between the two neighbouring countries. Eritrea claims to have killed, wounded or captured 18,000 Ethiopians, while Ethiopia has spoken of 8,000 Eritreans being "put out of action" as they fight for control of high ground in the Horn of Africa.
By Chris Marsden, 18 June 1999
On June 14, a Spanish weekly paper published an article detailing how American NATO commanders ordered attacks on civilian targets. The piece in Articulo 20 (Article 20 is the provision in the Spanish constitution guaranteeing freedom of speech) is based on an interview with Captain Adolfo Luis Martin de la Hoz, a NATO pilot from Spain. The article was translated by Jelena Karovic and circulated by the Network for Peace in the Balkans (BalkanPeaceNetwork@listbot.com).
By Mike Head, 18 June 1999
It hasn't taken long for the authorities in Australia to display their true feelings toward the Kosovar refugees. Having originally been loathe to accept any, the Howard government eventually agreed two months ago to temporarily house 4,000 in far-flung military camps. When the first planeloads landed, Prime Minister John Howard and Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock made long and pompous speeches of welcome.
By Jerry White, 18 June 1999
At a press conference June 14 inaugurating the UAW-Big Three auto talks union President Stephen Yokich refused to reveal what union officials knew of workers' complaints about safety violations at Ford's Rouge complex power plant. On February 1 a boiler at the Dearborn, Michigan facility exploded causing the deaths of six workers.
By Nick Beams, 18 June 1999
A degree of anxiety surrounds US and global financial markets in the lead-up to the next policy meeting of the US Federal Reserve Board scheduled for June 29-30.
By Barry Grey, 18 June 1999
How reliable are the press accounts of Serb atrocities in Kosovo? Consider the following item published June 17 by the Boston Globe: “Kosovo Albanian who was believed dead is alive and well, British official says.”
By the Editorial Board, 18 June 1999
As NATO forces extend their reach throughout Kosovo, the American and British media are seeking to bludgeon public opinion and justify the war against Yugoslavia after the fact. At the center of this propaganda effort is a series of reports on alleged mass grave sites found by NATO soldiers and Kosovo Liberation Army guerrillas.
By Steve James, 17 June 1999
The European elections gave further evidence that official politics in Denmark is dominated by xenophobia and polarised between pro and anti European Union positions. Protest against declining living standards is trapped behind the "anti-EU" campaigns of the right and left. Less than 50 percent of those eligible to vote did so, and those that did elected 6 (out of 16) candidates for recently formed, or transformed, anti-EU parties.
By Keith Jones, 17 June 1999
Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated sharply, with both countries mobilizing troops along their common border outside of the disputed Kashmir region and political and military leaders openly talking of a fourth Indo-Pakistani war.
By David Walsh, 17 June 1999
In violation of international law, the state of Virginia was scheduled Wednesday to put to death a man who was only seventeen years old at the time of his alleged crime. Douglas Christopher Thomas was convicted of murdering his girlfriend's parents in 1990.
By Ann Talbot, 17 June 1999
" ... the conflict of truth versus truth hid, in reality, a struggle between two forms of propaganda."—French Intellectuals and the Great War 1914-1920 , PhD thesis by Jamie Shea
By Kate Randall, 17 June 1999
The A & E cable television network is airing a five-part series entitled "Justice Denied" as part of its "American Justice" program, hosted by Bill Kurtis. The series investigates wrongfully accused and convicted individuals in the American judicial system.
By , 17 June 1999
Unofficial action at Land Rover, England
By Peter Schwarz, 17 June 1999
In London on the eve of the European Elections German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his British counterpart Tony Blair, both leaders of their respective social democratic parties, presented a joint paper with the title “The Way Forward for Europe's Social Democrats”.
By Larry Roberts, 17 June 1999
In early June Trinidad and Tobago carried out an unprecedented nine executions in the space of four days, culminating in the hanging of three convicted murderers June 7. With hundreds of people on death row in the English-speaking Caribbean nations, it is feared that a major new wave of executions has begun.
By , 17 June 1999
To the Editor:
By Peter Symonds, 17 June 1999
Tensions between the two Koreas rose on Tuesday after South Korean naval vessels sank a North Korean torpedo boat and badly damaged several other ships during a clash in disputed waters to the west of the peninsula.
By Mark Rothschild, 17 June 1999
The following comment was sent by Mark Rothschild of Los Angeles.
"New Art for a New Era: Malevich's Vision of the Russian Avant-Garde" At the Barbican Centre, London
By Paul Bond, 16 June 1999
The Russian Revolution of 1917 released a burst of creative artistic effort in Russia and internationally. Visitors to London currently have a chance to see both how this manifested itself and how it was ultimately strangled, in a wide-ranging series of events at the Barbican — under the collective title ‘St Petersburg: Romance and Revolution'.
By Nick Beams, 16 June 1999
The following is the third in a series of exchanges between Nick Beams, the national secretary of the Socialist Equality Party in Australia and WSWS editorial board member, and Stan R. The earlier exchanges are linked at the conclusion of the present correspondence.