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Blacklisted US film director Abraham Polonsky dead at 88

By David Walsh, 30 October 1999

Abraham Polonsky, the American screenwriter and director whose film career was destroyed by the anticommunist witch-hunts of the early 1950s, died at his home Tuesday in Beverly Hills. Polonsky would have been 89 on December 10.

Britain's rail union calls off national conductors strike

By Paul Stuart, 30 October 1999

The Rail Maritime Transport Workers Union (RMT) called off a national one-day strike due Friday. In a national ballot of 6,000 conductors, 86 percent had voted in favour of strike action against the decision by the 25 Train Operating Companies (TOCs) to remove the safety role of conductors during train failures.

Ghana's Ashanti Goldfields going for a song

By Trevor Johnson, 30 October 1999

The Ghana-based company, Ashanti Goldfields, is being sought by a rush of potential buyers looking to purchase gold mines at rock-bottom prices. Ashanti owns some of the most productive gold mines in Africa—altogether worth over $2 billion at current prices. Besides the giant Obuasi mine in Ghana, existing and potential operations dot the continent—in Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Niger, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Eritrea. Ashanti's Geita deposit in Tanzania has been described as "Africa's new El Dorado".

New York City forces homeless to work or face eviction from shelters

By Andrea Peters, 30 October 1999

New York City's Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced plans earlier this week to implement a work requirement policy for those seeking refuge in the city's homeless shelters. Beginning in 45 to 60 days, the homeless will be required to work for their nightly beds. Refusal to participate in the city's workfare program will result in eviction from the shelter. For parents, failure to work can result in the removal of their children and placement in foster care. Individuals who do participate in the work program, if fired from their assigned positions, will also be thrown onto the street.

Pakistan's military regime to implement IMF dictates

By Keith Jones, 30 October 1999

Pakistan's new military government has signaled its readiness to implement economic policy changes demanded by the IMF and foreign investors—changes previous governments failed to implement for fear of igniting popular unrest or because of opposition from sections of Pakistani's landowning and business elite.

Some interesting films on US television, October 30-November 5

By Marty Jonas (MJ) and David Walsh (DW), 30 October 1999

Video pick of the week—find it in your video store

The new Indonesian cabinet: a precarious government of "national unity"

By Peter Symonds, 30 October 1999

The Indonesian cabinet, announced on Tuesday and formally sworn in yesterday, has been generally hailed in the international media as a “break from the past,” ushering in a new period of democracy led by newly-installed President Abdurrahman Wahid and Vice-President Megawati Sukarnoputri.

Trade war over beef between Britain and France

By Chris Marsden, 30 October 1999

Economic tensions between Britain and France have grown throughout this month to the point of provoking an all-out trade war.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 October 1999

Chinese workers perish in fire

British appeal court quashes conviction after hearing of police torture

By Julie Hyland, 29 October 1999

The Court of Appeal quashed a man's conviction for manslaughter and robbery on Tuesday, after hearing that police had tortured him into confessing the crime.