By Norm Dixon Ignoring worldwide calls for an investigation independent of the Indonesian government, President Suharto on November 17 decreed the establishment of a commission of inquiry made up entirely of Indonesians linked to either the

By Kevin Healy A week when I was converted from sceptic to true believer. Rather naively, i always believed that if you taxed a family of six dependent, say on the dole, at the same level as you taxed, say, Lord Kerry of Waterhouse or Lord Rupert

ALFREDO FERREIRA, Fretilin representative in Australia, spoke to REIHANA MOHIDEEN of Green Left on November 22. Following are his comments on recent events in East Timor. After the massacre of November 12, the Indonesian army, together with the

Arab feminist group banned By Susan Mackie The international Arab Women's Solidarity Association (AWSA), based in Egypt, has been outlawed by the Egyptian government, according to the November 7 Human Rights Co-ordinator newsletter. The

NEW YORK — Cuba has accused the United States of mounting a campaign of "intimidation, threats and pressure" against the international community to prevent a United Nations vote on Washington's economic blockade against it. In August, Cuba

Vigil for Palestine By Jenny Long SYDNEY — The Palestine Human Rights Campaign and Women in Black will hold a vigil on December 1 to mark the anniversary of the Intifada, the Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West

Upstart "The Newstart program will basically force the unemployed to work for the dole", says James Basle, an activist in the Sydney Unemployed Workers Union. "In essence, the government will be subsidising the private sector with public money,

By Deborah Singerman SYDNEY — School is supposed to provide the best days of our lives, but for many gay and lesbian students, school days are a nightmare spent hiding their sexuality and identity. For gay and lesbian teachers too, socialising

By Scott MacWilliam The need to rewrite the history of the last 10 years is becoming ever more urgent for sections of the Australian trade union movement. The need increasingly is being expressed in printed versions of "What's Wrong with the

By Norm Dixon The brutal massacre of Timorese mourners in Dili on November 12 has led to protests in the Indonesian capital. Those involving the Timorese community and human rights activists have been met with repression. However, protests have


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