Officials from the ministries of agriculture, foreign affairs and the environment of approximately 150 countries will gather for a major conference on plant genetic resources in Leipzig, Germany, in June 1996. The intergovernmental conference,
By Jennifer Thompson Turkey's most famous author, Yashar Kemal, went to trial in a State Security Court on May 5, charged with "disseminating separatism" under Article 8 of Turkey's Anti-Terror Law. The basis for this charge was the views Kemal
The 14th general conference of the Organisation to Ban Nuclear Weapons in Latin America and the Caribbean, held in Vina del Mar, Chile, for the first time with the participation of the 33 nations of the subcontinent, pledged to help strengthen the
The swagman cometh By Dave Riley Maybe you are fed up with the city and its teeming peoples. Their ways and means, as getting and lending and spending, lay waste your inner world and are too much for you. The car is noisy and toxic, while
Kurdish parliament meets in Europe The following is from a statement released by the Parliament of Kurdistan in Exile. On April 12, 1995, in the Netherlands, the Parliament of Kurdistan in Exile held its inaugural meeting. The act proved to
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — News of a vast gas leak and explosion on April 27 in the Komi Republic, 1500 kilometres north-east of the Russian capital, has again focused attention on the catastrophic state of Russia's oil and gas pipeline
By Eva Cheng Changes to workers' superannuation announced in the federal budget last week amount to a new tax levied on lower income workers and foreshadow the eventual abolition of the age pension. Under the scheme, workers will pay 1%, 2%
The relationship the Labor Party has to the social movements has always been a contentious one. Here, PIP HINMAN from the Democratic Socialist Party argues that the ALP, despite its rhetoric, is no friend of either the labour or other social
By Richard Horsey French and US oil companies face allegations that slave labour is being used on a massive scale to build a gas pipeline from Burma to Thailand. The project is a joint venture between French company Total, US company Unocal and
Students protest with a tent university By Emma Webb ADELAIDE — Students have established a "tent university" outside the ALP state office following the No Fees National Day of Action rally on May 3. The tent university —
By Eva Cheng Rumours are circulating in Beijing that Deng Xiaoping's second son, Deng Zhifang, has been questioned about alleged economic crimes. The reports follow the shock arrests recently of high officials and business associates close to
The Rhythm of Time There's an inner thing in every man, Do you know this thing my friend? It has withstood the blows of a million years, And will do so to the end. It was born when time did not exist, And it grew up out of life,
Large May Day march in WA By Rjurik Davidson PERTH — The May Day march and rally, held in Fremantle on May 7, was the biggest in recent years. Almost 5000 people participated. The theme of the day was "Back to Basics" unionism,
By Lisa Macdonald On May 29, the Senate will debate the federal government's Racial Hatred Bill 1994 (RHB). According to the attorney general, Michael Lavarch, in his second reading speech to the House of Representatives, the bill "fills a gap
By Reihana Mohideen Results from the first stage of counting indicate that four out of the seven congressional candidates supported by SANLAKAS, a federation of progressive mass organisations, and the Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment
By Andrew Watson BRISBANE — Some 200 building workers, members of other unions and supporters of the locked-out Mt Isa mineworkers picketed the headquarters of Mount Isa Mines Ltd in Ann Street here on May 12. Members of the Construction,


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