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East Timorese criticise UN role By Jon Land United Nations officials have come under heavy criticism from leaders of the National Council of Timorese Resistance (CNRT). In a move to reduce tension between CNRT and the United Nations
West Papuans plan independence protest Thousands of pro-independence West Papuans held a "birthday celebration" for leader Theys Eluay in the Sentani subdistrict of the capital, Jayapura, on November 12. Local residents say that between 3000 and
Newcastle art attack NEWCASTLE — Artists for East Timor and Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor commemorated the 1991 Dili massacre by launching an "art attack" on the city square, Wheeler Place on November 12. Thirty people,
By Bridget Riggs DILI — The people of East Timor face an enormous job to reconstruct their country, devastated after the Indonesian army (TNI) and its militias launched their post-ballot scorched-earth policy. Travelling through Dili and some
Zimbabwe workers force health spending up By Norm Dixon The Zimbabwean government bowed to public pressure on November 17 and agreed to raise per capita health spending by more than 100%. State medical staff pay will be boosted by 50%. Health
Government betrays East Timor refugees By Margaret Allum The federal minister for immigration, Philip Ruddock, announced on November 19 that the government has dropped its appeal against the Federal Court's September 1998 decision in the test
By Natalie Zirngast Proposed changes to immigration policy on asylum seekers, currently being championed by federal Coalition immigration minister Philip Ruddock, hark back to the racism of the white Australia policy. The white Australia policy
Westmead nurses strike By Lucy Honey SYDNEY — Around 150 nurses from Westmead Hospital in Sydney's west protested against bed closures and service cutbacks at a rally in Parramatta Mall on November 19. The rally was part of a two-hour strike
WA prostitution bill punishes the victim By Julianne Green PERTH — Last week, Western Australia's police minister, Kevin Prince, released the final draft of legislation to massively increase the regulation of the sex industry. The Prostitution
Friends of the Earth meet in Ecuador Leanne McLean and Cam Walker have recently returned from the Friends of the Earth (FoE) International annual meeting, held in Quito, Ecuador. Having admitted three new members — from Colombia, Cameroun and
South American armies sniff a chance for power By Jorge Jorquera QUITO, Ecuador — On November 18, the 23rd session of the Conference of American Armies (CEA) concluded in La Paz, Bolivia. At an impromptu media conference following the Session,
Keep up the good work I'm not embarrassed. And I don't see why anyone should be. That the prime minister himself should implore company management to go easy on their income is, quite frankly, un-Australian. And we know what being Australian
NSW health crisis highlighted in the Illawarra By Marg Perrott WOLLONGONG — The crisis in the NSW health system was addressed at a meeting here on November 17 called by "nurses caring for the health of the Illawarra". One hundred and twenty
Further threat to native title in WA By Sean Martin-Iverson PERTH — Premier Richard Court has proposed a new state-based native title system which will further restrict the common law land rights of Aborigines. The changes would replace native
Gales natural and human Voyage of the Pacific PeacemakerBy Win OliveSelf-published, 1999299 pp., $25 Review by Bill Ethell In 1978 Win Olive was invited by three friends to camp beside the East Alligator River in the Northern Territory. After
By Nick Soudakoff Since the January 1, 1994, Chiapas uprising, the Zapatistas have been a major factor in Mexican politics and an inspiration for struggles in Latin America and around the world. Their example has been used by many, including

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