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Secret files Following revelations in the Age last year about the keeping of secret police files on community and political organisations and activists, I submitted a Freedom of Information request for my file as I had been named in the Age
By Kim Moody US Teamsters' leader Ron Carey became a threat to big business. He not only presided over a profound transformation of a major union situated at the heart of the economy, he took on the United Parcel Service, won, and set an aggressive
Comment by Sean Healy The national conference of the National Union of Students (NUS), held December 8-12, showed clearly the distance NUS still has to travel before it can really claim to be "the national voice of students" that effectively
New elite triumphs at ANC conference By Oupa Lehulere The 50th conference of the African National Congress, held in December in the North West Province capital of Mafikeng, has been hailed as a "changing of the guard" in the movement that
Profits take priority over planet By Norm Dixon In early December, the rulers of the richest capitalist countries had the opportunity to set aside their self-interest and economic rivalry and agree to cuts in greenhouse gas emissions large
No compromise On January 22, 25 years ago, abortion was made legal in the United States. On the anniversary of that important victory, feminists must confront the grim fact that, since then, the struggle for women's reproductive rights has
By Norm Dixon The jailing of 23 national executive members of the left-wing Basque pro-independence party, Herri Batasuna (HB, People's Unity), has provoked widespread demonstrations in the Basque country. There have also been a spate of armed
By Maung Maung Than When Burma's ruling State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC) changed its name last year to State Peace and Development Council (SPDC), some regarded it as a coup against the old guard; some even hoped for a return of
By Maurice Sibelle MELBOURNE — While most people in the community were preparing for the Christmas break, the Victorian minister for vocational education, Phil Honeywood, announced the greatest shake-up of Victoria's TAFE system in 20 years.
South Korean workers fight jobs threat By Eva Cheng Seizing on the current economic crisis, South Korean bosses succeeded in pushing through the National Assembly on January 12 a new labour law that further erodes working conditions and makes
Ted Bull, 1914-1997 Ted Bull, 1914-1997 Veteran communist and trade union activist Ted Bull died on December 11, aged 83. More than 500 people packed into the auditorium of Trades Hall on December 22 to honour Ted's memory and to celebrate
One of Brisbane's best-known left movement identities, Bob Leach, died in Sydney on Christmas eve. Several hundred people gathered in St Mary's Church in Brisbane's West End on December 31 for a moving funeral meeting for Bob. The audience included