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NTEU delays strike action at UQ By Robyn Marshall BRISBANE — The University of Queensland branch of the National Tertiary Education Industry Union voted on February 8 to delay a 48-hour strike for a pay increase. A few hours before the meeting
Whistle-blower versus big capital Review by Tyrion Perkins The InsiderDirected by Michael MannStarring Al Pacino and Russell Crowe The Insider exposes the lengths that big business will go to stop the people knowing how much harm it does to make
On February 5, an anti-war demonstration took place in Moscow's Pushkin Square. The demonstration was called by a number of Russian anarchist and ecologist groups, including the Anarchist Anti-war Movement, the Dikobraz group, the ecologist movement
The water here By Brandon Astor Jones "Penology ... has become torture and foolishness, a waste of money and a cause of crime ... a blotting out of sight and a heightening of social anxiety." — Paul Goodman This will be the first in a
Crushing 'the lungs of western Sydney' By Alistair Dickinson SYDNEY — Development of the 1535-hectare Australian Defence Industries (ADI) site at St Marys in Sydney's outer west now appears imminent. The developer, Comm Land (formerly called
Writings of a Chinese dissident The Courage to Stand Aloneby Wei Jingsheng — Penguin Books, 1998288 pp. Review by Chris Slee Wei Jingsheng spent nearly two decades in prison for campaigning for democratic rights in China. He was imprisoned from
The cost of fashion The face of a young woman, wearing what looks like woven plastic wrapped around her body, peers from the magazine lift-out promoting the Melbourne Fashion Festival, on this month. The festival has been greeted with much
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 Eva Cheng The Communist Party of India-Marxist Leninist (Liberation) (CPI-ML) emerged in the late 1960s from the peasant revolts in the Naxalbari region of West Bengal (known as the Naxalite movement). At first, the party relied heavily on armed
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 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
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 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

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