National Textiles workers still waiting for money By Alison Dellit NEWCASTLE — In a significant victory for working people, Prime Minister John Howard announced on February 8 that cabinet had approved $4 million to pay the sacked National
Mbeki warns South African unions By Norm Dixon South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki used his annual "state of the nation" address to the joint sitting of national parliament on February 4 to warn trade unions that the African National Congress
By Kurt Lhotzky VIENNA — The general elections in October brought a dramatic change to traditional politics in Austria. Support for the Social Democrats (SPOe), who polled 38.1% of the vote in 1995, dropped to 33.15%. The conservative bourgeois
By Gilberto Firmat ATLANTA — More than one month after the Clinton administration announced that it would send Elian Gonzalez back to his father in Cuba, it has not lifted one finger to put this into practice. The six-year-old boy found adrift on
'No menstruation tax!' By Kamala Emanuel HOBART — Seventy people, predominantly women, demonstrated outside the office of Liberal senator Eric Abetz on February 11 to protest plans for the GST to be levied on sanitary products, such as tampons
By Jonathan Singer Coalminers at the five BHP coalmines in the Illawarra region of NSW struck for a second consecutive day on February 9, claiming that BHP management harassed workers and their families during their first strike day. Construction,
By Simon Tayler and Eva Boland CANBERRA — In March, the NSW Labor government plans to sign the regional forest agreement (RFA) it put forward last year for the Eden management area. Eden has very little old-growth forest remaining, and the RFA
CIA defeated with 72 hours By Roberto Jorquera The Bay of Pigs and the CIABy Juan Carlos RodriguezOcean Press, Melbourne, 1999212pp., $24.95 In the early hours of April 17, 1961 the "Cuban Revolutionary Council" released a statement,
By Rohan Gaiswinkler and Peter Johnston DARWIN — In a tragic event which puts the Northern Territory's mandatory sentencing laws under the national and international spotlight, a 15-year-old Aboriginal boy committed suicide here on February 10,
Notice The last issue of Resistance magazine reported that the National Union of Students' national education committee decided at its February 3 meeting to call a national day of action for public education on April 5. What was not reported is
By Marg Perrott WOLLONGONG — The Port Kembla Copper (PKC) smelter started operating here secretly on February 4. Local residents began smelling sulphur fumes at 3pm. Some people began coughing, others had difficulty breathing. At a public meeting
Mexico: the poor fight for their university By David Bacon MEXICO CITY — Around 100,000 people marched through Mexico's capital on February 9, clamouring for the release from prison of the strikers who had shut down the National Autonomous
By Federico Fuentes and Marina Carman The latest craze in Sydney seems to be Cuban music. For two weeks in January, the Bacardi Festival attracted tens of thousands of people to Darling Harbour. Many trendy clubs have regular Cuban theme nights.
ACI reneges on agreement By Chris Slee MELBOURNE — Management at the ACI glass mould manufacturing plant has reneged on concessions made in negotiations with the union. Members of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union have been locked out
Viva East Timor! Liberdade Viva East TimorVarious artistsMushroom Records Review by Mark Abberton In 1975, Paul Stewart's brother was killed in East Timor, along with four other Australian journalists. His inspiration for helping to coordinate a
Cuba's struggle for emigres' rights By Gilberto Firmat The case of Elian Gonzalez has put the spotlight on US-Cuba immigration disputes and the United States' 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act, Cold War legislation which grants all Cubans (except


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