By Angela Matheson Happy Days By Samuel Beckett Director Simon Phillips Designer Mary Moore With Ruth Cracknell and Allan Penney Sydney Theatre Company Wharf Theatre Reviewed by Angela Matheson Buried to the waist in sand, Ruth
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Boris Yeltsin will have almost unlimited powers under new government structures recently approved by the Congress of People's Deputies of the Russian Federation. As president, Yeltsin is both head of state and head
By Renfrey Clarke What is it called when the leading opposition candidate in an election is excluded from the ballot, despite the express wishes of the legislature? In the Soviet Union today, you might well find it called "democracy" — to
By Norm Dixon The claim that Iraq was developing a nuclear weapons capability and ballistic missile technology was one of the major justifications for the US-led war in the Gulf. Yet it has been revealed that the US government turned a blind eye
By Peter Annear The unexpected collapse of Communist regimes across Eastern Europe in 1989 is a continuing subject of analysis and debate among politicians of all hues. From Prague, PETER ANNEAR reports in the first of a series. In the early
By Steve Painter Senator Jo Vallentine has suggested cancellation of the proposed August 3-4 national meeting to discuss formation of a green party. The suggestion is contained in a June 17 letter to green groups and individuals. Green Left
By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — The dominant Socialist Left faction in the Victorian Labor Party seems irrevocably split in the wake of the June 15-16 state ALP conference. Two days before the conference, an SL general meeting expelled five people
The heritage of Stonewall By Michael Schembri The night of June 27, 1969, could have been just like any other in a gay bar in Greenwich Village, New York City. Except that it wasn't. Judy Garland had just died. Soon after the news spread, the
By Steve Painter Fading Loyalties. The Australian Labor Party and the working class By Andrew Scott Pluto Press. 1991. 74 pp. $6.95 Reviewed by Steve Painter Andrew Scott makes a useful contribution to discussion of the Labor Party, starting
ALP national conference Rather than the slick media event we've become used to in the past decade, this year's ALP national conference is shaping up as a three-ring circus. While the big business media push their campaign for Paul Keating to lead
By Norm Dixon Chemical weapons transported from Germany to Johnston Atoll in the South Pacific last year are to be kept in reserve and will be the last to be destroyed. This was revealed by the New Zealand branch of Scientists Against Nuclear
By Steven Rose I research on animals. I study the intimate chemical and electrical processes that are the brain's mechanisms for storing information, for learning and memory. To discover those mechanisms, I analyse the cellular changes that occur
By Tom Flanagan HOBART — Churchgoers leaving St Mary's Cathedral on June 16 were confronted by a banner declaring "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone". Gay and lesbian rights activists handed out stones and leaflets protesting
The recent outbreak of a cholera epidemic in Peru made world news because that disease had been unknown there for 100 years. Left-wing Senator Hugo Blanco blames the economic policies of President Alberto Fujimori. "Cholera is an epidemic from the
By Jean Batou Contrary to common belief, there are today more men in the world than women. But this is not due to natural causes. While 105-106 boys are born for every 100 girls, this is more than compensated for by the higher death rate among men
Loose cannons Tar "Listen, when you cough up a big guba here, you're coughing up tar. When you've got big chunks of that, you don't have to worry too much." — A US colonel and medical administrator explaining that the pollution from Kuwait's


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