SPP founding congress By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — The founding congress of the Sosyalistang Partido ng Paggawa (Socialist Party of Labour — SPP) was held on June 18-20. The congress opened with a rally and march, throughout which the SPP
By Lynda Hansen BRISBANE — Brisbane's Committee in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean (CISLAC) will celebrate 20 years of solidarity with the Latin American people's struggle for justice on Saturday, July 24, with a big Latin Dance
By Jon Land The United Nations Assistance Mission in East Timor (UNAMET) is in a severe crisis. Faced with enormous security and logistical problems, UNAMET has been unable to ensure the conditions necessary for a fair and free ballot —
Palestinian woman speaks By Penny Gillard MELBOURNE — On July 7, Hanan Ashrawi, formerly a Palestinian national authority minister for higher education, spoke at the World Trade Centre on a number of issues facing the Palestinian national
Deary me. What with our majestical PM overseas doing his every bit for the land of Oz and business as usual this side of John Laws latest opinion (copyrighted) on whatever you care to mention, we who have survived thus far can sit awhile, take our
'Let those who persecute be ashamed!' MEXICO — The following is an abridged version of a statement issued by the Zapatista Army of National Liberation's (EZLN) Subcomandante Marcos on the eve of Mexico City's 21st Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and
By Marta Russell Disabled one day, next day you're not — that appears to be the outcome of a recent US Supreme Court ruling which has all but defined away "disabled". The judges decided to deny a group of disabled workers access to the US federal
Solidarity with Cuba SYDNEY — A very successful concert on July 8, organised by the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union's Peter Davey and Kelly Livingstone, raised money for APHEDA's Cuban Children's Fund. The high energy
By Maria Voukelatos Last week, the United Nations released a report stating that global inequalities in income and living standards had widened to grotesque proportions, with the richest 20% of the world own 86% of the world's gross domestic
Dita Sari is free! By Sam King JAKARTA — After spending almost three years in jail for her "crime" of organising Indonesian workers to struggle for their rights, Dita Sari was released from the Tangerang women's prison, on the outskirts of
By Lisa Lines and Stuart Munckton On the morning of July 5, Dita Sari, Indonesia's longest serving female political prisoner and a leading member of the People's Democratic Party (PRD), was released from prison. Dita, who was jailed for organising
By Rachel Evans In Queensland, a 14 year-old woman (she cannot be named because she is under the "protection" of the Department of Family Services) who was diagnosed last year with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) was later placed in state custody
By Zanny Begg SYDNEY — During the Students and Sustainability Conference, held at Hawkesbury campus of the University of Western Sydney, July 12-16, there was debate over the decision by some men to form a "pro-feminist" men-only space at the
IMF calling the shots in Indonesia By James Balowski An article in the June 24 Far Eastern Economic Review stated: “Ask the average Indonesian who he'd like as his next president and he'll tell you Megawati Sukarnoputri. Ask him why,
At least one too many Henry Lawsons Henry Lawson: A LifeBy Colin RoderickAngus & Robertson, 1999. 447 pp., $35 (pb) Review by Phil Shannon Until his great rival, A. B. "Banjo" Paterson, deposed him when it went plastic, Henry Lawson adorned
By John Meehan DUBLIN — On July 15, the British government triggered a gadget (the D'Hondt mechanism) for electing a devolved Stormont government in Belfast — and the Irish "peace process" sank into farce that would not have not been out of


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