UN condemns US embargo on Cuba again For the fourth year in a row, the UN General Assembly voted on November 2 in favour of a resolution to condemn the US embargo on Cuba. Only the US, Israel and Uzbekistan voted against the resolution. One
By Carole Ruthchild SYDNEY — Explanations for the phenomenon of gay-bashing tend to focus on individual psychology; that bashers are motivated by a fear and hatred of gays, possibly because they themselves are afraid that they are homosexual and
BALI, Indonesia — On November 8, an international ecumenical delegation was expelled from East Timor. The delegation, which included Namibian MP Daniel Botha, Brian Brown of Freedom House, Australian Aboriginal poet Lionel Fogerty, Australian
During a debate on pornography on SBS TV on October 5, Sydney academic Helen Pringle argued for sexuality vilification legislation to combat pornography. Pringle took great pains to differentiate between "erotica" and "pornography". The latter, she
By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — On November 9, Grand Prix visitors were confronted by a group of School Services Officers (SSOs) determined to raise awareness about the state Liberal government's attacks on their jobs. Members of the Public Service
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — There was sufficient evidence for a jury to convict six police officers of depriving three Aboriginal youths of their liberty, John Gerard QC, representing the Aboriginal Legal Service told the Queensland Supreme Court on
By Norm Dixon More details have emerged about how the apartheid state collaborated with Chief Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi's Inkatha Freedom Party to murder its opponents. Former defence minister General Magnus Malan and 10 former security officers
By Chris Spindler SYDNEY — Members of the CFMEU working at the Prince Alfred Hospital site have had their pay stolen. As a result there is an "all day, every day picket" at the site and a black ban on any further work until the workers get paid.
The Australian government has informed PNG-based officials of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that it is cutting funds to the main camp for refugees who have fled Indonesian-controlled West Papua. Australian officials are
By Anthony Brown BRISBANE — After fours years of intense political lobbying conservationists have achieved what is being described as one of Queensland's greatest environmental victories. In late October the Queensland and federal governments
By Katie Hepworth On November 6 the first full-length edition of Student Underground was sent out to schools all over NSW. The newspaper was produced by the Secondary Student Anti-Nuclear Network (SSAN) and joins a large number of student papers that
US to resume nuclear weapons' tests By Eva Cheng On October 27, the US government announced plans to carry out six underground tests of nuclear materials, including plutonium, over the next two years. The tests could modernise and upgrade what is
By Allen Jennings TABUBIL, Papua New Guinea — "This is the single biggest mining devastation of the environment in the world ... and is being defended by outrageous laws cooked up by an authoritarian government", said Ralph Nader, US consumer
By Jennifer Thompson The proclamations by governments and the media of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin as a courageous "peacemaker" are not surprising given his Nobel peace prize, shared with his replacement, Israeli Foreign Minister
By Sujatha Fernandes SYDNEY — Hip hop originates from the alienation and frustration of young, black people in the US who are the victims of the racist system in which they are forced to fight vicious cycles of violence and poverty, with no control
By Neville Spencer The Committees In Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean (CISLAC) held its annual national consultation in Adelaide on November 4 and 5. The Latin American continent, previously dominated by military regimes, is now


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