By Max Lane Democracy activists defy Suharto Budiman Sujatmiko, president of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) and 13 other PRD prisoners held in Jakarta have refused to sign the reports on their interrogation. This is the first time political
Indonesia: the land of a million political prisoners By James Balowski Political trials have become regular events in Indonesia. Thousands of the regime's opponents — communists, radical nationalists, students, Muslims and labour activists
The Silicon TongueBy Beryl FletcherSpinifex Press, 1996$16.95Reviewed by Patricia Brien New Zealand author Beryl Fletcher's The Silicon Tongue is the story of four generations of women separated by circumstance and united by technology. It starts in
The Howard government's budget has set Australia on the road towards a "two-tier" health system: one tier for the wealthy, and another for the rest. In the United States, where such a system is in place, the human cost is appalling. A recent
Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Thursday, 7pm. Access News — Melbourne community TV, Channel 31,
Liberals and the Democrats By Barry Sheppard The "liberals" had their day at the Democratic Party convention — they were allowed to speak in respectful disagreement with President Bill Clinton, while using their influence to exhort those
Cuts of $314 million to public hospitals and $2.6 billion to Medicare over the next four years ensure that the public health system will be a lot sicker as a result of the August 20 budget. Combined with the Coalition's subsidies to the private
By Reihana Mohideen and Sonny Melencio The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit will be held in the Philippines in November, at Subic Bay, once an infamous US military base and symbol of US domination of the country. Since the push
By Con Costa Changes to health care in the recent budget include the usual attacks on the sick and weak — more pressure on bulk billing, prescription costs to go up for all and attacks on dental care for health care card holders. Coalition health
Michael Lapsley, Priest and Partisan: A South African journeyBy Michael WorsnipOcean Press, 1996. 167 pp., $19.95Reviewed by Marina Cameron This book, about the life of prominent ANC activist and Anglican priest Michael Lapsley, provides some
The State in Question: Transformations of the Australian StateEdited by Paul JamesAllen and Unwin, 1996, $24.95Reviewed by James Goodman The Howard government has just announced a profound withdrawal of the state from Australian society. Federal
SARAH LANTZ is the National Union of Students national womens officer. This is an abridged version of a talk she presented to the 1996 Network of Women Students Australia Conference in Perth. Originally, I was asked to discuss the draconian attacks
Over the weekend of August 23-25, protests were held calling for an end to Australia's de jure recognition of the Indonesian annexation of East Timor. Actions in Darwin, Newcastle and Hamilton were reported in the last issue of Green Left Weekly. In
'Violence was directed by police' By Nikki Ulasowski WOLLONGONG — Since the rally in Canberra on August 19, there have been many accusations about who caused the violence outside Parliament House. Paul Matters, secretary of the South Coast
By Iggy Kim HOBART — The University of Tasmania is currently plastered with posters of candidates for the Student Representative Council elections. Faced with a range of election tickets appealing for votes with slogans such as "make a
The role of the establishment press in reporting the August 19 rally in Canberra was a gross display of sensationalism. Not happy to leave it at the level of distorting the news, the Sydney Morning Herald has turned its hand to doing the police's


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