By Eva Cheng China and the US have locked horns repeatedly over trade issues in recent years, from the most favoured nation (MFN) benefits to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) membership and from trade balances to intellectual
Women marched in their thousands across Australia on Saturday, March 11, for International Women's Day. In Sydney, Amanda Mitchell reports that more than 3000 women marched to Circular Quay, where they heard speakers on the theme "Women Around
By Jorge Sotirios Tasmania's innovative IHOS Opera returns to Sydney with its much acclaimed production of To Traverse Water. Like its piece of three years ago, Days and Nights with Christ, which dealt with schizophrenia, this production engages
Melbourne's Queer Film and Video Festival By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — Last year's Melbourne Queer Film and Video Festival provided audiences with the first opportunity to see Armistead Maupin's brilliant Tales of the City series, and

Two years after "Gaza first" comes "Jenin first." Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin staged a public relations coup [in mid-February] when he offered to immediately transfer authority in Jenin to the Palestinian National Authority.

Liberals threaten SA hospital lockout By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — The state Liberal government has threatened to lock out workers who refuse to carry out full duties from Sunday, March 11. Cleaners and orderlies have maintained bans for
Reflections on a debate by Roger Clarke Doug Lorimer (GLW #175) takes me to task for saying that "if the ALP were a capitalist party, there would be no reason for socialists to work inside the ALP". He suggests that I should therefore oppose
Not short enough "People's memories are amazingly short." — Mari-Ann Kelam, a spokesperson for Estonia's coalition government, which received only 5% of the vote in March 5 elections. The pro-capitalist coalition had presided over a big increase
Palestinians oppose talks while settlements continue The Centre for Palestine Research Studies in Nablus conducted its 15th public opinion poll February 2-4, interviewing a total of 1089 Palestinians 18 years or older; 669 interviewees were from
East Timor campaign picks up pace By Nick Fredman SYDNEY — The campaign in solidarity with East Timor continued this week with a public meeting and a lively picket against the presence of Indonesian troops in Australia. A meeting
Cruising through Essence By Brandon Astor Jones Many readers have written to me asking why I write in Australian publications. The answer is because most Americans, especially editors and publishers, are not interested in hearing what goes
The campaign against the staging of the 1996 Grand Prix in Melbourne's Albert Park is gathering momentum. A demonstration of 20,000 people against the Kennett government on February 10 was led by the Save Albert Park group. As the construction works
Stoppages planned against SA education cuts By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — The South Australian Institute of Teachers is planning a series of rolling stoppages on March 14, 16, 21 and 23. The demands are prevention of further cuts to
Smooth market functioning So "rogue trader" Nick Leeson blew $2 billion punting the wrong way on the Nikkei 225 index. So the Mexican peso has almost halved in value against the US dollar in three months. So last week the once mighty greenback
Forum discusses censorship By Kathy O'Driscoll SYDNEY — In response to a move by the chief censor to ban a film from the recent Mardi Gras Film Festival, festival organisers Queer Screen held a forum on censorship and the media on
More action on racetrack By Jeremy Smith MELBOURNE — Seven hundred people braved the heat on March 4 to protest against construction of the Grand Prix racetrack at Albert Park. A fortnight earlier, 1000 protesters had stopped work on the


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