By Sean Malloy

Islamic fundamentalism is the West's new bogy. Over the last two years the Western media have cultivated a fear of Islam, portraying devout Muslims as masked gunmen who threaten to take power in several Middle Eastern

New SACP leader elected

South African Communist Party deputy general secretary Charles Nqakula has been elected general secretary to replace the assassinated Chris Hani. Nqakula, a former journalist, was a close confidant of Hani. He said he

By Norm Dixon

Charges against Bougainville human rights campaigner Rosemarie Gillespie have been dropped after the uproar following her arrest for possession of "restricted substances" — prescription drugs destined for Bougainville. The

$8 wage claim floundering

By Max Lane

SYDNEY — A week after its announcement, the push
for an $8 wage claim by a group of unions from the right wing of the NSW Trades and Labour Council is already faltering.

The group had

Unemployment 'solutions'

One third of the official 1 million unemployed, or 371,000 people, are now classified as long-term unemployed. Prime Minister Paul Keating's announcement of a new committee to look at "policy options" for responding

Right wing feared Hani would be president

By Norm Dixon

South African Communist Party general secretary Chris Hani, assassinated on April 10, was targeted because the right wing believed he was Nelson Mandela's most likely successor,

PNG 'terrorism' law draws protest

By David Robie

PORT MORESBY — Papua New Guinea's harsh new Internal Security Act has been attacked as the "most disturbing" law passed by the country's parliament since independence in 1975.


By Andrew Watson

PERTH — Angry workers under attack from the Court Liberal-National government have forced the WA Trades and Labor Council to call a 24-hour strike for June 17, the opening day of the WA parliament.

About 1000

By John Hallam

Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, Movement Against Uranium Mining, the Sutherland Environment Centre, the Lucas Heights Study Group and the Sutherland Shire Council are opposed to a new nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights.

By Bernie Brian

They have been together for 41 years, have released 27 albums since 1964 and have played with everybody from the Rolling Stones to the pope. (It may disappoint Rolling Stones followers to know that the pope attracted over 1


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