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By David Bacon IRVINE, California — At the end of August, the gate into the Friction auto brake plant in Irvine swung shut for the last time. Its 110 workers moved on. It's not unknown for factories in the United States to close as their
The following is abridged from an analysis of the September 27 German federal election results written last week by Germany's Party of Democratic Socialism. After 16 years, the era of Chancellor Helmut Kohl has come to an end in Germany. The
By Francesca Davis In 1995, the environment movement had the Keating Labor government on the run when it mobilised thousands of people around the country to demand an end to woodchipping in Australia's native forests. The potential existed to
By Norm Dixon As South Africans awoke on September 22 and tuned their radios to the morning news, they could be forgiven for thinking they had entered a time-warp. The acting president, they heard, had ordered a force of 600-800 South African
By Arun Pradhan Several weeks ago, surfers visiting Australian political parties' web sites might have been surprised to see the Liberals' site defaced and full of links to pornography sites. As well as severely embarrassing the Labor Party
By Adam Hanieh RAMALLAH — On September 10, the Israeli government announced it had killed two Palestinians in a shoot-out near the West Bank town of Hebron. The next day it revealed that the two dead men were Adel and Imad Awadallah, two Hamas
Union rally condemns Coalition By Ben Courtice MELBOURNE — About 12,000 people rallied here on September 30 in protest against the federal Coalition government's industrial relations laws. The protest was called by the Victorian Trades Hall
By Peter Robson BRISBANE — Speaking to a full lecture theatre at the University of Queensland, Amien Rais, chairperson of the Partai Amanat Nasional (National Mandate Party of Indonesia), declared himself a candidate for president in
By Ben Reid and Chris Spindler MELBOURNE — The September 25 explosion at the Longford gas processing plant near Sale left two workers dead and millions of Victorians without gas. Hundreds of thousands of workers have been stood down. While the
Chris Rock By Brandon Astor Jones [T]he liveliest effusions of wit and humour are conveyed to the world in the best chosen language — Jane Austen 1775-1817 (From Northanger Abbey, 1818, chapter 5.) I find myself in agreement with the late
By Kim Bullimore CANBERRA — ACT Jabiluka Action Group and members of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy held a colourful and vocal picket outside the National Press Club luncheon on September 30. Kim Beazley was addressing the luncheon. About 20
Arguments for socialism: Unemployment A grotesque number of workers — 1 billion — are unemployed or underemployed worldwide, according to a new report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). This one statistic reveals absolutely that