Liberia descends into chaos

Rebel forces broke the cease-fire in the West African nation of Liberia and began bombarding the capital city of Monrovia again this week. Fighting between rebels, many backed by neighboring Cote d’Ivoire and Guinea, and the Liberian army entered the center of the city, marking the greatest threat yet to the government’s hold on power.

Vietnams socialist market economy

Vietnam shifted to a socialist market economy in 1986 after failing to meet economic output targets of its five-year plans. Similar problems began to appear in the mid-1970s in the USSR and European socialist countries.

Cuban doctors to treat Venezuelas poor

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez announced that almost 1,000 Cuban doctors will begin to arrive this week to work in severely under-serviced and impoverished areas of the country. Venezuelan medics have refused to work in these areas.

Britain not quite a parallel media universe

Opinion The people of Britain and the United States are living in parallel, yet substantively different, media universes. Bonds of language and overlaps of mass culture are obvious. But a visit to London quickly illuminates the reality that mainstream journalism is much less narrow here than in America.

Communist parties pledge Cuba solidarity

Communist and workers’ parties from over 50 countries meeting in Athens, Greece, June 19-20, called for vigorous campaigns in solidarity “with the Cuban people and its heroic struggle for the defense of national independence and sovereignty the socialist system of Cuba and the achievements of the Cuban people.” The parties noted the new level of imperialist hostility towards the socialist nation.

Iraq quagmire echoes Vietnam

Talk of a U.S. quagmire in Iraq is mounting as attacks on U.S. and British soldiers ratchet upward. A harrowing report in the London Evening Standard June 15 gives a graphic picture of traumatized American soldiers trapped in a Vietnam-like war among a hostile population.