By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The first thing that struck Dr Yelena Shomina about Anzhero-Sudzhensk was that the snow was black. A geographer, she was in the Kuzbass region — Western Siberia's "Ruhr Valley" — early in December to attend a
By Anna McCormack BRISBANE — Fifteen months after the election of the first state Labor government in 33 years, women's abortion rights are still outlawed, termination of pregnancy being the only medical procedure controlled by the Criminal
By Sally Low SYDNEY — From Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14 women from all round Australia will gather here to attend a National Lesbian Conference at the University of Technology. Clare Gallagher from the organising committee hopes that up to a
Born in Fiji, Asha Ramzan is a qualified clinical nurse educator. She has worked at the Newcastle Working Women's Centre running a counselling service for women. Active in the women's movement for many years, Asha is currently involved in the
By Angela Matheson SYDNEY — A world first for women is taking place in an electric purple office in the inner city suburb of Glebe. The Women's Economic Think Tank, or WETTANK, has been set up by a group of women with expertise in economics to
Leningrad Cowboys Go America Directed by Aki Kaurismaki Academy Twin, Sydney Reviewed by Kim Spurway This is a quirky, offbeat comedy that may not appeal to everyone. It is the story of the Leningrad Cowboys, a Finnish band trying to break into
By Debra Wirth I remember being at a Palm Sunday march in Perth in the early 1980s and coming across a group of very brightly clad women who were chanting and banging tambourines. As we were marching, a male cop on a motorbike came alongside and
One side effect of Australian involvement in the Gulf War hasbeen the vicious attacks on the independence of the ABC. ABC chairperson Bob Somervaille's February 27 announcement of plans for anexternal panel to review complaints against the national
By Janine Prince and Philippa Stanford BRISBANE — Women on campus here are fighting to maintain services and rights that are under attack. The women's rights area at the University of Queensland is threatened by a student executive that has
Message of support [The following message was sent to the Green Left launch in Melbourne on March 2.] Like most political activists, I have long lamented the lack of a good, solid left-based publication here in Australia tackling the important
By Helen Jarvis While the world's attention was focussed on the carnage in the Middle East, on February 23 the Thai government was overthrown by the country's military forces. Many outside Thailand reacted with something of a yawn, saying
By Catherine Brown PERTH — "Equity, Equality and Participation" was the theme of the inaugural Trades and Labor Council annual conference. Held days, February 15-16, the conference was a new and welcome concept for a union movement lacking any
By Reihana Mohideen In The Hidden Face of Eve, Egyptian feminist writer Nawal El Saadawi cautions Western women against contrasting their situation with that of women in the Arab world and acquiring a "feeling of superior humanity, a glow of
By Angela Matheson SYDNEY — Jane Mitchell is an escapologist. She earns her living escaping from a laundry sack tied securely with 15 metres of rope by volunteers. "To be tied in a dirty smelly laundry sack is hell on earth", she said after
Protests slam Gulf 'allies' By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — Popular opposition to the US-led war against Iraq was expressed in a rally and march here on Sunday, February 19, sponsored by the Gulf Action Coalition. Feature speaker at a rally in the
Carpenters union leadership in doubt By Michael Bull MELBOURNE — The leadership of the Victorian branch of the Association of Carpenters and Joiners has been changed twice in the last few weeks following revelations that large sums of money have


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