By John Smith HAVANA — The devastating economic effects of the collapse of the Soviet Union and east European socialist camp on Cuba and the subsequent "special period" of economic readjustment have been well documented, inspiring
By David Hayward There is a real scandal brewing in Victoria, but you won't hear about it in the major media outlets. It involves the Kennett government and the state's finances. This scandal has touched the lives of all
The shame of it all By Brandon Astor Jones "Who cares if the bullet that killed the police officer was of a different caliber than Jamal's gun? So what if an NABJ luminary is snuffed out without a fair trial? The NABJ has more
By Vivienne Porzsolt Why has Helen Garner's book, The First Stone, been so applauded by so many with so few feminist credentials? Why was the right-wing Sydney Institute so eager to give her a platform? Why has the debate been shifted from
On the box Actively Radical TV — Community television's progressive current affairs program tackles the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Friday, 10.30pm. Movie Matinee: Rosa Luxemburg
Ferguson installed amid ALP factional deals By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — The factional brawls over the ALP national executive's decision to install ACTU president Martin Ferguson in the federal seat of Batman have highlighted,
By Michael Garay The "Soviet threat", which provided the US justification for the transformation of the Pacific into an "American Lake" has ended. The Pentagon, however, intends to remain. "It is ironic that at the very zenith
Stop Chinese nuclear tests The testing of a nuclear bomb by the Chinese government on August 17 is a stupid and reactionary step, one which is dangerous to the people of China and of the whole world. While aggressive imperialist
By Wendy Robertson "It is young people who will bear the brunt of the effects of nuclear testing, environmental destruction and economic irrationalism. We want to fight back. School authorities and governments should realise that, not only
By Frank Gollan SYDNEY — Plans by the Public Sector Union Group of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) to restructure massively are floundering. The plans are designed to centralise financial and other controls of the group,
Residents protest against freeway By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — About 70 people protested on August 12 against Premier Jeff Kennett's City Link mega-freeway project, which will link the eastern and the Tullamarine freeways. The
By Dave Wright While the movement against French nuclear testing in the Pacific continues to grow in Australia, the people of Tahiti, who are most directly affected, have staged large demonstrations opposing the resumption of testing at
All Men Are Liars Hoyts Cinemas Reviewed by Kath Gelber and Lou Stanley You can't help but wonder why the producers have put so much marketing money into such a mediocre film. The exit from the preview screening we attended was
Blokes August 16-19, 22-26 One Plus One August 31-September 2, 13-16 When I was A Girl I used to Scream and Shout September 6-9, 19-23 Junction Theatre in conjunction with Ambush, Not So Straight Theatre and Living
By Sean Healy MELBOURNE — La Trobe University administration has backed down in a fight with the Students' Representative Council over the SRC's funding. After a student general meeting on August 15 of 300 students, the largest at La
SA government introduces controversial skills test By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — On August 16 the Liberal state government will introduce a basic skills test to assess the standard of primary school students in years three and


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