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Tanzania on Election-Eve-People Want Change

People Want Change TANZANIA is gripped by election fever. It is the first multi-party election since 1962, and Dares Salaam, its capital, is responding in its own peculiar and varied ways.

New World Order and West s War on Population

War on Population Amrit Wilson What years of 'family planning' have shown is that people are unwilling to accept these policies till they themselves have control over their lives. When this happens

SRI LANKA-A Political Life

the growing conflicts between financial debt speculation and real economic productive investment, through the already conflicting monetary, fiscal, exchange rate, trade, security and other policies. Therefore; another (again more severe?) recession threatens also to spark another (also more acute?) crisis within the crisis. More of the same muddling through is likely to become impossible. Any possibility of reimposition of the old American dominance (or an alternative Japanese new dominance) in a multilateral world economic and financial system or its coordinated management by the G7, G5 or G3 is improbable in such a recession. (A US bomb and Japanese yen based Pacific basin political economic consortium is possible but rather unlikely, and one in eluding Europe even less likely.) The most likely possible alternative resolution will therefore be increasingly neo-mercantilist regionalisation of the world economy into American dollar, Japanese yen and SRI LANKA A Political Life Amrit Wilson ON Thursday September 21, Rajani Thiranagama was shot dead while on her way home from the University of Jaffna. Her murder sent a deep shock of sorrow and anger through a city where killings and disappearances are every day occurrences. People knew that she had been killed for what she stood for and for the work she had been doing in the last few years.

Revolution and the Foreign Hand in Tanzania

in Tanzania Amrit Wilson As Tanzania prepares to mark the 25th anniversary of its formation through the union of mainland Tanganyika and the islands of Zanzibar and Pemba, there is an atmosphere of tension rather than celebration.

US Atrocities in Grenada

speeches may well be an affirmation of ber confidence in the leadership of Hiteswar Saikia and her reluctance to make Buy overture to the agitationists which might appear as being made over the Saikia administration's heads. But such restraint cannot entirely be reassuring for the Chief Minister either. For, while the Prime Minister is satisfied with the Chief Minister's performance, what has not been endorsed il his own indispensabi- lity in Assam. At some point, the Prime Minister will have to reopen the Assam issue; and then, it may well become necessary for her to abandon Hiteswar Saikia and look for a more acceptable leader who might negotiate with the agitation leaders. Hiteswar Saikia, despite all the claims being made, has not yet been able to establish such links, though there are others in the Congress(I) legislature party, and even in the cabinet, who have such links. This probably explains why the Chief Minister scrupulously kept out every other cabinet member and even other local leader from the limelight and ensured that; next to the Prime Minister, he would be the most important dignitary during her visit to the State.

BRITAIN- Victory for the Bradford 12

Victory for the Bradford 12 Amrit Wilson ON June 16, after a six week trial, a mixed jury in Leeds Crown Court acquitted 12 young Asians

BRITAIN-Trials in Bradford Whose Conspiracy

September 19, 1981 BRITAIN Trials in Bradford: Whose Conspiracy?
Amrit Wilson "THE court system in this country is increasingly becoming a powerful instrument of repression. It is being used to crush the struggle for liberation of oppressed people and not only to crush the conscious revolutionary but to break the rebellious spirit of Black people... And I think that one of the best methods of radicalising an individual today is to have him spend a day in court witnessing the way we are unceasingly railroaded into jails and prisons, Now even the facade of democracy is beginning to fall. Therefore we cannot expect justice from a impressive judicial system and I am sure that an exclusively legalistic approach to my defence would be fatal. So what we have to do is talk about placing the courts themselves on trial." Thus Angela Davis, describing America in 1971; but it might as well have been Britain in 1981. Here too as in, say, Los Angeles of the mid 1960s, intensifying police brutality has led to 'uprisings' in the black community which have been crushed with unprecedented paramilitary violence by the police. In Brixton whole streets have been smashed up in police searches. In Liverpool CS gas bullets have been tired directly at people and young men have been crushed to death by deliberate charges from police vehicles. The 'uprisings' have demonstrated that the black population is the most revolutionary section of the British working class and, in recognition of this as it were, the State has launched a new attack on the black communities (again in striking analogy with the US in the 1960s). To try and silence black political activists they are being charged with conspiracy and imprisoned possibly for life.

SRI LANKA-State Terrorism

Amrit Wilson ON the night of May 31, the police and army of Sri Lanka launched a reign of terror on the Tamil city of Jaffna, The state forces carried out both random and politically specific murders, destroyed Tamil political and cultural centres and burnt and looted large parts of the city.

BRITAIN-Brixton Burns

from public funds by the Smith regime. But during the Muzorewa regime these schools were transferred into private hands with their board of governors having the powers to decide on admissions as well as appointments. The teachers in these schools are all white and the pupils too are in the main white, with the symbolic presence of a few black children. Government's moves to take over the schools have raised the cry that this would be a violation of the Bill of Rights which was accepted as part of the Lancaster House agreement. A compromise is yet to be worked out.

UNITED KINGDOM- Immigration Policy Repatriation Is the Aim

Immigration Policy: Repatriation Is the Aim Amrit Wilson ON April 1 the British government's White Paper on Immigration will officially become law. But in fact the rules it contains can be, and are already being enforced. A parliamentary debate on December 5, 1979 passed the White Paper with only a few minor amendments, and any further parliamentary discussion now will merely confirm it. A new level of racism has been introduced into British legislation. It has been done not through the backdoor but with the deliberate self- righteousness of official policy.

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