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A timeless portrait of the anti-colonial struggle in Algeria

By Richard Phillips, 29 May 2004

A fully restored version of The Battle of Algiers (1965) is currently screening in selected North American cinemas, with international releases and a DVD to follow later this year. Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo from a script by Pontecorvo and Franco Solinas, the award-winning black-and-white film is a seminal work and probably one of the most powerful films about colonial occupation, and resistance to it, ever made.

Canadian elections: campaign hype cannot mask popular disaffection

By Keith Jones, 29 May 2004

Ending months of hesitation and speculation, Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin has called a federal election for Monday, June 28.

New Indian ministry to continue right-wing policies

By Deepal Jayasekera, 29 May 2004

The composition of the Indian council of ministers, sworn into office last Saturday, provides further confirmation that the Congress Party-led coalition government will maintain essentially the same right-wing policies at home and abroad as its predecessor.

Soldier beaten at Guantanamo in interrogation training

By Patrick Martin, 29 May 2004

In an incident that confirms the routine torture and brutalization of prisoners in the US detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, a former soldier there has revealed that he was savagely beaten and suffered brain damage when he posed as a prisoner as part of a training exercise.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

29 May 2004

Indian slate workers on strike for more than a month

Workers Struggles: Europe & Africa

29 May 2004

French energy workers strike to oppose privatisations

Ashcroft, Mueller press conference: sowing panic to prepare a provocation

By Barry Grey, 28 May 2004

The ostensible purpose of the extraordinary press conference held Wednesday by Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller was to alert the American people to the danger of an imminent terrorist attack. But neither of the two officials could cite a single piece of evidence to substantiate their claim that such an attack was in the offing, or even explain why they had called the press conference in the first place.

German resident incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for two-and-a-half years

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 May 2004

It was November or December 2001. Murat Kurnaz was dragged out of a bus in Pakistan by Pakistani security forces. He would have been unable to understand why—he speaks neither Arabic nor English. Kurnaz parents are Turkish citizens, currently residing in Bremen, Germany. Murat Kurnaz, now 23, was born in Germany—and is a legal resident alien of that country—but is a Turkish citizen.

Guantanamo prisoners “locked up in a world of shadows”

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 28 May 2004

Almost two-and-a-half years ago, Murat Kurnaz was arrested in Pakistan by American security forces and transported to Guantanamo Bay in Cuba. (See “German resident incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay for two-and-a-half years”) Since then, he has been held in this American enclave without any charges being made against him. Murat, a Turkish citizen, was born in Germany and is a legal resident alien of that country. Two years ago, his correspondence with his parents in Germany ceased, and with it any contact with the outside world. Only the security forces have access to him.

New York City: Immigrant worker killed in construction collapse

By Jamie Chapman, 28 May 2004

A laborer, Angel Segovia, fell nearly 40 feet to his death on the morning of May 20 when a third-story balcony roof he was working on collapsed suddenly. Two other workers at the luxury condominium jobsite in Brooklyn, New York, were injured, one of them critically.