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Will Cuba inevitably go the way of Russia and Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989, with the return of a virulent capitalism? This question is prompted by the recent illness of Fidel Castro, reportedly suffering from intestinal problems, and his temporary handing over power to his brother Raúl Castro in August. PETER TAAFFE analyses the situation.
THE 17 September regional elections in the states of Berlin and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern dramatically illustrated the increasing unpopularity of all the governing parties. They showed the possibilities of building a fighting, left opposition clearly campaigning against the cuts. But they were also another warning of how neo-fascists can exploit the absence of any left alternative. ROBERT BECHERT reports.
THIS SUMMER the trade and industry minister, Alistair Darling, presented a review of UK energy needs. He argued that climate change and the need to provide secure cleaner energy were the big challenges we faced. One of the review’s key proposals though was to promote the long-term use of coal and gas to generate Britain’s energy needs, in the report’s words, "maximising exploitation of North Sea (oil and gas) reserves… and securing the long-term future of coal generation". PETE DICKENSON reports.
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Silent on class
The Suez fiasco
The Black Panther Party
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the civil servants' union PCS
The PCS has led important struggles against government attacks on workers pay and conditions
Lucy Redler, WASG regional executive committee and SAV (Socialist Alternative - CWI, Germany).
Leading anti-cuts campaigner in Berlin
Tommy Sheridan MSP, leader of the newly formed Solidarity - the Scottish Socialist Movement.
Tommy recently defeated Murdoch's News Of The World in a famous court case.