collapse of the former Yugoslavia
had led to a swathe of privatisations, cuts in social spending and a systematic
dismantling of all the gains of the past. But one event back on November
revealed that below the surface a new situation is brewing. Suddenly in
reaction to worsening conditions, the imposition and increase in fees and so on,
the students in one Faculty occupied the university building in an exemplary
We have received this article from the President
of the Workers' Communist Party of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although we may not
agree with every point in it, it gives a very good idea of the totally negative
effects of the break up of the former Yugoslavia on the living conditions of
workers on both sides of the divide. But there are signs that the class
struggle is simmering below the surface.
The break-up of the former Yugoslav Federation led to an unmitigated disaster for the workers of all the republics that emerged from the debris. This article shows how the Croatian economy entered a long period of depression, with very high levels of unemployment. Now a certain stabilisation has been achieved but only at the cost of accumulating a huge foreign debt.
We are making available to our readers this platform. It
shows that after all the reactionary bloodletting and criminal break-up of the
the idea that socialism is possible is not dead.
The recent referendum in Montenegro
produced a majority for separation from Serbia, but this small country
remains seriously divided. In reality there is no “independence”, but a small
nation prey to the whims of imperialism.
In the morning hours of
Saturday, March 11, Slobodan Milosevic, was found dead in his prison
cell at the Hague. With his death, the bourgeois media began once
again to dig through the recent history of the Balkans in an attempt
to make sense of the break-up of former Yugoslavia. But what was the
role played by Milosevic, and what is the feeling over his death in