Homophobia: has anything changed? By Pip Hinman At the first organised street protest in defence of gay and lesbian rights 20 years ago, the police arrested 53 people. At this year's mardi gras in Sydney on February 28, the NSW police force is an
By Norm Dixon The United States is moving inexorably towards another bloodbath in Iraq. Disregarding overwhelming worldwide opposition and hampering proposals for peaceful compromise, Washington seems determined to launch a massive, unilateral air
On February 16, members of the Maritime Union of Australia ended their 18-day strike at Webb Dock, Port Melbourne, following an Australian Industrial Relations Commission order to return to work. At the same meeting, it was decided to launch a
Justice for women On March 7, thousands of women in Australia, and many more around the world, will march to celebrate International Women's Day. Many of these women will be marching for the first time. Some will have marched regularly for
Hong Kong democracy activist fined By Eva Cheng Veteran pro-democracy activist Leung Kwok-Hung was fined by a Hong Kong magistrate on February 17 and given a "good behaviour" order for six months for protesting last July 16 against the
Anti-war anger in the heartland By Barry Sheppard "One, two, three four! We don't want your racist war!", was the shout that greeted US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as she took the podium to defend Washington's policy before what was
How far can Mardi Gras take us? By Tom Flanagan With half a million people in the streets of Sydney watching a celebration of lesbian and gay pride, a Mardi Gras visitor from Mars might presume that Australian society in 1998 is relaxed and
Mt Vickery mine to close By Alison Dellit NEWCASTLE — On February 17, Rio Tinto announced the closure of the Mt Vickery coal mine, outside Gunnedah. The company claimed the closure is due to a fall in the price of coal. Despite huge coal
Ambassadors for peace PEACE ACTIVIST Dean Jeffries took part in an international peace camp with activists from 15 countries on the border between Saudi Arabia and Iraq in early 1991. He is coordinating a new initiative for a brigade of
By Sue Bolton KATHMANDU — The deep level of mass support for the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) was reflected by the size of the opening rally for its sixth congress on January 25. More than 100,000 gathered in Nepalgunj, in
Waterfront performance Chris Corrigan wants his company, Patrick Stevedores, to make a profit. If Mr Corrigan's performance, in relation to Dubai and Webb Dock, Melbourne, are his standard level of executive excellence, then what other explanation
Sexuality in the suburbs Ma Vie En RoseStarring Georges Du FresneDirected by Alain BerlinerScreening nationally from February 19 Review by Tamie Meem and Conrad Barrett Ludo just wants to grow up, get married and live in a big pink house with her
By David Smith SYDNEY — Hunter Valley residents who read the front page article "200 new jobs in power move" in the February 6 Newcastle Herald may have thought that a much needed jobs boost for the region had occurred. The article concerns
By Dave Riley While all attention is focused on Sinn Féin's battle to remain in the northern Ireland peace talks, one vital factor is being overlooked. No progress is being made. Only one item has been on the agenda: Sinn Féin's
Hollow decision for Mount Thorley miners By Alison Dellit NEWCASTLE — The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has vowed to maintain pickets at Rio Tinto's Mount Thorley mine following a favourable, but toothless, decision in the
Protests demand 'No more blood for oil!' More than 1000 people marched from Defence Plaza to the US consulate in Sydney on February 21 to protest against the US plans to bomb Iraq. The protesters demanded that the US get out of the gulf, that the


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