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Unions plan struggle to defend wages By Boris Kravchenko and Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Defying heavy government pressure, Russia's main union body went ahead on September 28 with a conference that had been intended to map out a campaign of
Socialists announce candidates By Liam Mitchell ADELAIDE — The Democratic Socialists have announced two candidates for the next South Australian elections. A major point in their platform will be greater democracy and the involvement of
Academic defends group named as cult By Michael Collins How free should academics be to lend the authority of their positions to doctrines which have not been subject to academic evaluation? The question arises in regard to the group Kenja,
How Australia won the Olympics By John Tomlinson At 4.20 a.m. on September 24, the secretary of the International Olympic Committee announced that Australia had won the right to host the year 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. It can now be
Compensation sought for wrongful jailing By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Kelvin Condren, who was jailed for seven years for murder, despite confessions by another man that he committed the crime, is claiming more than $1 million in compensation
The war against the majority This statement was issued by the "North-South Dialogue" sponsored by the World Federation of Democratic Youth in New Delhi, September 22-23. Although the cold war between the USA and the USSR may have finished,
Cuban doctor speaks By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Cuba's unique and revolutionary health care system has faced the challenge of the recent polyneuropathy epidemic — affecting the eyesight of many citizens — by mobilising the country's
By Bergen O'Brien SYDNEY — "When I paint I am free. My heart bonds with my mind which gives me an eye so keen and a hand so steady — paints a true statement of beauty so totally free", writes Bud Lansdale, an Aboriginal artist, from Long Bay
Adelaide rally against racism By Col Smith ADELAIDE — As a response to the racist backlash against the High Court decision on native title, a new alliance called People Against Racism (PAR) held a rally on October 1 outside the offices of
ADELAIDE — Around 80 people gathered on the steps of Parliament House on October 2 to protest against Indonesia's occupation of East Timor and demand the release of resistance leader Xanana Gusmao. The demonstration was part of a weekend of
By Claudette Begin A woman's right to choose when, if and how to have children is at the core of the women's movement. And yet increasingly, as concern grows about the scarcity of resources and the poverty here in the US and in Third World
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — A group of Russian academics and political activists has called for the formation of a new bloc of democratic opposition to the regime of President Boris Yeltsin. A statement released by the group begins by
By Vannessa Hearman Melbourne — A leaked government report, which was suppressed by both Labor and Liberal state governments, declares Mobil's Williamstown facilities and its controversial expansion plans unsafe. The report, released on
Plot to assassinate ANC youth leader By Norm Dixon South African police have uncovered a plot by white right-wingers to murder the president of the African National Congress Youth League, Peter Mokaba. The police, however, have refused to
By Max Lane Several Philippine left groups are holding exploratory talks aimed at assessing the possibility of establishing an ongoing united front formation. The talks, which began on September 28, involve the components of Peoples Challenge,
Ethan Frome Directed by John Madden At the Kino, Melbourne, from late October Reviewed by Peter Boyle Forbidden passion seems to be a sexy topic among independent and art house cinemas these days — or perhaps it always was. John

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