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
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
$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. Part
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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