Indonesian MP jailed By James Balowski Yet another opposition figure has been jailed for speaking out against the Suharto dictatorship. On July 21, Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) legislator Aberson Marle Sihaloho, who is a close aide to
Brazilian Indians threaten energy towers By Barry Healy According to a statement from the Indianist Missionary Council, the Pankararu Indians in the Brazilian state of Pernambuco are ready to burn down power transmission towers if actions
By Helen Cunningham and Marina Cameron Immigration minister Philip Ruddock cancelled the visa of US Black Panther activist Lorenzo Kom'Boa Ervin on July 25. Ervin was arrested in Brisbane and held in solitary confinement earlier this month after
'Don't privatise electricity' By Alex Bainbridge NEWCASTLE — One hundred people heard Victorian Trades Hall Council secretary Leigh Hubbard address an open meeting of the Newcastle Trades Hall on July 24. He argued that the privatisation
On July 22, a meeting of the 412 striking miners at the Hunter Valley No. 1 colliery voted to return to work on the union leadership's recommendation. The miners had been on strike since June 10. The company, Coal and Allied — a subsidiary of Rio
Toxic PVC fire in Canada HAMILTON, ONTARIO — A Greenpeace team began sampling for dioxin around Hamilton and its vicinity on July 12 as firefighters assessed the clean-up required following a fire at a PVC plastic (vinyl) plant located in the
Fighting racism: lessons from France By Sam Wainwright Last August 23, police smashed down the doors of the Saint Bernard Church in Paris. Using handcuffs and chloroform, they dragged out the illegal immigrants sheltering inside and
The following is excerpted from a speech by Sinn Féin president GERRY ADAMS on the eve of the republican cease-fire announcement. The British government damaged itself badly in the eyes of many who expected better of it when the Orange march
The Mortimer report @box text intro = "Spend $21 billion on new jobs, Howard told", was the way the July 24 Australian headlined the Mortimer report on industry assistance. This reflects the Murdoch philosophy of journalism: if you have to
By Sujatha Fernandes The 1995 Million Man March, initiated by black nationalist leader Louis Farrakhan, which promoted the need for black men to take responsibility for their lives and families, left many, including black leader Angela Davis,
LINKS: International journal of socialist renewalNo 8, July-October, 1997Published by New Course Publications144 pp., $6.50 Review by Adam Maclean Now in its eighth issue, the Marxist journal Links has emerged as a sounding board for a broad
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — Tram, train and bus workers employed by the Public Transport Corporation will hold a 24-hour strike from midnight on July 28. The action will protest against the state government's persistent refusal to grant a
Push for Tasmanian Hydro sale By Tony Iltis HOBART — The Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Trust Bank of Tasmania have released a report supporting plans by the state government to privatise all or part of the Hydro
By Bronwen Beechey MELBOURNE — In a city where arts festivals seem to run continuously, a bit of controversy helps to ensure that yours won't go unnoticed. The 5th Melbourne Uni Arts Festival, MUDfest (July 30-August 17), is in this enviable
Last week was momentous for Green Left Weekly. For the next six weeks, passers-by and visitors to the Green Left production centre in Abercrombie Street in Sydney will encounter scaffolding, building supplies, paint tins and general hubbub as
Cuts to unemployment benefits, called Newstart Allowance, took effect from July 1. Those in share accommodation receive only two-thirds of the maximum rate for rent assistance; for many people this means a cut in income of as much as $32 a week — a


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