By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — Jeff Usher is widely regarded as this city's best jazz pianist. In jazz circles he's the cat with the cool fingers. Musicians purse their lips, hum and nod with respect. It isn't hard to see why. His first

By Kevin Healy A week in which Victoria's minister for industrial confrontation, Neil Poke — he stuffs everything up — justified the beaut new increased fees granted to lawyers and insurance company doctors who sacrifice their time to help

By Peter Boyle Whoever planted the bomb that killed Rajiv Gandhi, be, this act of terror grows out of a seedbed of violent communalism that has come to dominate Indian political life. Since independence in 1947, Indian politics have been

By Jake Jagoff The clash between logging companies and the traditional landowners of Madang Province in Papua New Guinea escalated considerably starting on May 16, when the Gogol-Naru and North Coast landowners resumed blockades of Jant's

Mates. Five champions of the Labor right talking with Fia Cumming Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1991. 344 pp, $29.95 Reviewed by Steve Painter Keating, Richardson, Carr, Brereton and McLeay, five key figures in the NSW and federal Labor Party during

By Steve Painter World population has more than doubled since 1950, and the 1990s will be humanity's most prolific decade ever as we race towards 10 or maybe 14 billion by the end of next century, depending on the success or failure of population

War crimes and humbug By Fan Yew Teng The 12 European Community states agreed last month to seek a war crimes trial of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein for attacking other states, using chemical weapons against civilians and engineering genocide

By Dennis Bartels Suppose that the worst-case predictions about global warming come true, and that prolonged drought and rapid inundation of coastal farmland and cities begin within the next 10 years. Draconian measures, such as large-scale

The maiming of Rodney King, a black man ferociously beaten by a group of white police officers who pulled his car over in Los Angeles, has focussed attention on the problem of racism and brutality among America's police. This incident would

By Pat Brewer A leader of the democratic left in Hungary will speak at the Socialist Scholars Conference in Melbourne, July 18-21. Historian and Sovietologist Tamas Krausz, a leader of Left Alternative, will discuss the political and economic


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