By Martin Iltis and Russel Pickering
Indonesian solidarity campaigners in Canberra, Wollongong and Sydney heard Robbie Hartono from the Indonesian People's Democratic Party (PRD) speak at public meetings between February 11-15. The meetings were

By Norm Dixon
Swaziland police have arrested trade union and opposition leaders in an attempt to intimidate the Swaziland Federation of Trade Unions (SFTU) into calling off an indefinite general strike which began on February 3. Police opened fire

Starved soulStarved soul
By Brandon Astor
"George Washington Carver, it is said, used to get up and go out into the woods every day just before sun-up and sit on his favorite tree stump. While there, during his daily meditations, he would

Picket calls for end to war on Bougainville
By Jo Brown
SYDNEY — More than 20 people staged a picket on February 13 outside the Papua New Guinean consulate to protest against the ongoing war on Bougainville. The picket also demanded the removal

Doublethink from Clinton and Greenspan
By Barry Sheppard
Every year, the president gives a "state of the union" address to Congress. It is held in the House of Representatives. The House members enter first, and then stand to applaud the

How to create real jobs
Howard's youth work-for-the-dole scheme won't make a dent in the 30% youth unemployment rate. But that is not its real purpose, which is to whip up public hysteria about "dole bludgers" once again.
The blatant politics of

Circular Quay protest rally
SYDNEY — A February 14 rally to oppose the development of East Circular Quay drew 2000 people to the steps of the Opera House. The rally called for the demolition of a building currently under construction at Circular

Downer a downer on human rights?
Amnesty international is concerned by the Australian government's reluctance to agree to a human rights clause in a trade agreement with the European Union. Almost 100 counties have already agreed to the clause

By Hec Kavanagh
PORT LINCOLN — Queued up waiting to get into the Yothu Yindi concert at Centennial Oval on January 23 there were so many cops around you might have expected a convoy of uranium trucks to come roaring down New West Road headed for

Edna Ryan
Edna Ryan, feminist social reformer, political activist and author passed away in Canberra in the early hours of Monday morning, February 10.
Edna was born in 1904, the 10th of 12 children in the working class Sydney suburb of Pyrmont.


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