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By Debra Wirth Women of Sand and Myrrh By Hanan al-Shaykh Translated by Catherine Cobham Allen & Unwin. 280pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Debra Wirth Four women, whose lives cross at different stages and places, are the narrators of this book.

Quotas What's an issue you can canvas in 30 seconds that will arouse passions and fears and not much thought? US Republican President George Bush and his advisers, with an eye on the 1992 presidential race, have found their cause: Democrat

By Ron Skinner SYDNEY — Six exiles from Somalia ended a 13-day hunger strike on June 21, after two of the men were granted temporary refugee status. About 34 other asylum-seekers from the strife-torn northern African nation are being held at

By Marit Hegge BRISBANE — On Sunday, June 16, the Queensland Green Network met to discuss the formation of the new national Green Party. Nearly 500 notices were sent throughout the state, and about 40 persons attended the meeting, with

By Ben Kiernan The Lebanonisation of Cambodia The Cambodian war seems never ending. The remnants of three previous Cambodian regimes have combined forces to oppose the current one, Hun Sen's State of Cambodia. Its main opponents are Pol Pot's

Workers at Vista Paper Products, in the outer Sydney suburb of Emu Plains, continue to maintain their picket 17 weeks after management sacked 70 workers for refusing to work longer hours for less pay and to give up the right to negotiate through

By Steve Painter SYDNEY — About 150 people attended a June 19 meeting in support of 17 Aborigines charged with riotous assembly over clashes with the NSW Police Tactical Response Group (TRG) in Brewarrina on August 15, 1987. The meeting was

SYDNEY — 100 people picketed the NSW headquarters of the ALP here on June 20 to express their opposition to uranium mining. Requests were made for members of caucus, five of whom were in the building, to address the meeting on how they would vote

Nuclear power plan for Java Indonesia has selected a unit of Japan's second-largest power company to carry out a feasibility study on a proposed nuclear power project in northern Java, according to news reports. The reports quoted Indonesian

By Maurice Sibelle and Karen Fletcher BRISBANE — At a meeting of the Queensland Green Network on June 16, members of the Rainbow Alliance, supported by members of the Australian Democrats and the New Left Party, split the green political

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