International Viewpoint’s article for May 2009 are now available in PDF format for download. We apologise for the delay in producing PDFs over the summer. We’re now catching up!
On Sunday May 17, 2009 the Sri Lankan army stated that it had evacuated all remaining civilians trapped in the area of its offensive against the Tamil Tigers. The Tamil separatists who had taken refuge on a strip of land of around 1km² have for their part admitted their military defeat and laid down their arms.
Britain’s New Labour, initiated in the 1990s to break decisively with the ‘old Labour’ of Keynesianism and the welfare state, is in its death agony. It is sure now that Gordon Brown’s party will lose the next election disastrously, possibly with its lowest share of the vote since the 1920s. A recent poll put Labour on 16%, alongside the UK Independence Party; others hover around 22%.
We have suffered for many years from the pressure of aggressive capitalism: working people set against each other, the loss of benefits gained over generations, such as employment rights, wage levels and the rights of Trades Unions.
This is a formal appeal by the Labor Relief Campaign to help in the fight against Taliban and military operations. The purpose is to provide immediate help to some of the more than 1.5 million internally displaced people from the Malakand Division of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) in Pakistan.
On Sunday 7th May the weapons of the Tamil Eeelam Tigers were silenced and they heard of the death of their leader Vilupillai Prabhakaran. This was the end of a brutal and merciless military offensive by the chauvinistic nationalist Sinhalese government led by Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Despite a certain erosion of support, the Berlusconi government has established a fairly stable base. As the European elections approach, the main centre-left parties cleave to useless ’moderation’.
The health emergency brought about by the flu epidemic has important political and social repercussions, in addition to consequences for public health, that need to be explained in the midst of the confusion and distrust that the contradictory governmental versions generate. It is also necessary to open the way to scientific information, truth and political criticism.
Since the fall of ’Communism’ Eastern Europe has been presented as a capitalist success story. The credit crunch and capitalist recession is dramatically revealing how hollow this claim is.