The Keening
We are the women and childrenOf the men that mined for goldHeavy are we with sorrowHeavy as heart can holdGalled are we with injusticeSick to the soul of loss — Husbands and sons and brothersSlain for the yellow dross!
We are the

By Shane Bentley
NEWCASTLE — The November 21 Newcastle by-election was more memorable than most. Things started out quietly enough while I was handing out in Cooks Hill for the Democratic Socialist candidate, Geoff Payne. Then the politicians

By Anna Weekes
JOHANNESBURG — The British Labour government has become involved in the privatisation of South African water. Just weeks before a water privatisation contract with British transnational Biwater was to be sealed, British trade and

Cuba updates
Hurricane relief
While the developed countries failed to provide adequate assistance to hurricane-devastated Nicaragua and Honduras, Cuba has more than obliged.
Cuba sent medical brigades to Nicaragua, made up of general

Around the country, Resistance members are helping to kick off organising meetings for next year's International Women's Day marches, rallies and festivals. International Women's Day is the biggest, most radical annual feminist event in Australia.

Castro: the making of a Marxist
Review by Neville Spencer
The Making of a Revolutionary. My Early YearsBy Fidel Castro — Edited by Deborah Shnookal and Pedro Álvaro TabíoOcean Press, 1998141 pp., $19.95 (pb) In the capitalist

An inspiring tale from Australia's radical past
Green Bans, Red Union: Environmental Activism and the NSW Builders Labourers' FederationBy Meredith Burgmann and Verity BurgmannUNSW Press, 1998. 352 pp. $29.95 (pb) Review by Phil Shannon
When the

By Julia Perkins
ROSEBERY — A $10,000 Arts Council grant has been awarded to the "Rosebery Miners and Axemen's Bush and Blarney Festival" for a community theatre project based on Marie E.J. Pitt's poem "The Keening". Pitt, who lived in Rosebery

Malaysians demonstrate for democracy
SYDNEY — Supporters of democracy in Malaysia held a picket outside the Malaysian Airlines office here on November 28. The demonstration was organised by the newly formed Malaysians for Democracy.

What's 'new' in Labor's policy debate?
By Sue Boland
An internal Labor Party debate became public when the federal member for Werriwa, Mark Latham, made several bitter criticisms of ALP policies immediately after Labor's October election defeat.


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