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Forum: Sri Lanka bans 'talk of peace' BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS CANBERRA — Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga has “banned talk of peace and for the first time in Sri Lankan history if you criticise the president, laws are used
Asbestos scare in Parramatta BY OWEN RICHARDS SYDNEY — The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has banned construction work on the old David Jones site in Parramatta here after discovering asbestos. CFMEU state secretary Andrew
DILI — This city has been rocked by snap public transport stoppages since June 2 in response to a rise in the price of fuel. Small minibuses, “mikrolets”, that provide cheap public transport around Dili, and private taxis have all taken part,
On June 13, the general strike that began a week earlier forced the Nigerian federal government to all but reverse fuel price increases it had announced earlier. On June 1, the government of President Olusegun Obasanjo had announced a surprise
Western Mining present eviction notice to Arabunna BY JOHN NEBAUER ADELAIDE — Western Mining Corporation has handed an eviction notice to Arabunna traditional landowners camped near Lake Eyre in protest at the company's uranium mining
New DSP branch warms up for Olympic protests BY DANIEL JARDINE SYDNEY — Given mainstream media hype seeking to convince Sydneysiders that the Olympics would be a golden time for everyone, a forum on “Why the Olympics won't benefit
HANOVER, Germany — Scientists have found evidence that genes used to modify crops can jump the species barrier and cause bacteria and even fungi to mutate. One aim of Expo 2000 in Hanover last month was to popularise GM (genetic
Nike admits guilt BY BRIAN TUPP MELBOURNE — Unionists and anti-outwork campaigners have described as a victory an admission by clothing and footwear giant Nike, in Melbourne's Federal Court on June 6, that it had failed to comply with the
LAHORE — The leader of Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) and Labour Unity Rawalpindi, Bashir Botter, who was arrested on May 26, has been released on bail. However, the charges against him — organising “illegal” strikes and demonstrations,
BY LISA MACDONALD In her article replying to Margaret Allum's "and ain't i a woman" column on biological parenthood (GLW #405), Helen Riley (GLW #408) makes some sweeping claims which demand a reply. Of greatest concern is that Riley's basic
And pigs might fly It was crisis day in the parliament The house was hushed and still. A member rose with a question “Are we doomed to go downhill?” “I am confident of an upturn”, The PM made reply. “If workers pay is held at bay,
Teachers strike, plan more action BY ALEX ROBINSON BRISBANE — Queensland's teachers struck for 24 hours on June 14 in support of demands by the Queensland Teachers Union for an 8% per year pay rise, decreased class sizes and more resources for