BY BARBARA WHELAN PERTH — After months of campaigning by students and staff at Murdoch University here, including a nine-day occupation in May, the university's Senate has backed off from plans to cut courses, imposed in a management drive to
SYRIA: Baath Party renounces socialist agenda The ruling Syrian Baath Party held its ninth convention on June 17 to appoint Hafez al-Assad's oldest surviving son, Bashar, as its new general secretary, thus paving the way for his official election
INDONESIA: Activists demand an end to corruption On July 20, huge banners, which dwarfed the activists who daringly scaled the walls of Indonesia's parliament building in Jakarta to hang them, announced the demands of the People's Democratic Party
At least one protester was killed, more than 100 were injured and 57 were arrested when Indonesian security forces attacked an 800-strong protest in South Sumatra on July 20. The detainees were beaten in jail. The action was organised by the National
Theatre, money and privilege The Great GatsbyNew Theatre, Newtown, SydneyJuly 15-September 2 REVIEW BY BRENDAN DOYLE The Sydney theatre establishment functions as a sort of club. If you're a member, you get the public funding. Hence Barrie Kosky
Union activists around Australia have decided to launch Unionists Against Corporate Tyranny (UACT) to unite and mobilise worker activists in a campaign against the global system that institutionalises massive wealth for the tiny few and inequality
Actively Radical TV — Sydney community television's progressive current affairs producers tackle the hard issues from the activist's point of view. CTS Sydney (UHF 31), every Sunday, 9-11pm. Ph 9565 5522. Access News — Melbourne community TV,
The following is abridged from an interview with Cuba's President FIDEL CASTRO conducted in January by former UNESCO director general Frederico Mayor Zaragoza. The full text of the interview was published last month in Cuba's Granma newspaper.
BHP plans to sack 800 workers BY ANDY GIANNIOTIS WOLLONGONG — Australia's fifth largest multinational company, BHP, has announced plans to contract out up to 800 maintenance jobs at its Port Kembla steelworks. The decision has been condemned by
Who the EFIC are you? BY JAMES ARVANITAKIS "You see, before we advance monies to a company, we always insist on any funds being covered by [Britain's export credit agency] ... We can't lose. After 90 days, if the Iraqis haven't coughed up, the
PHILIPPINES: Protesters disrupt Congress MANILA — Five members of the Philippines Socialist Party of Labour (SPP) were detained on July 18 in the Batasan (parliament) hall. The SPP members interrupted a special session of Congress called to pass
The male pill There won't be a feminist in Australia who was surprised by the general disinterest in the announcement by British researchers on July 17 that a 100% effective male contraceptive pill will probably be available within five years.
Asylum seekers threaten hunger strike BY DANIEL OOI SYDNEY — Infuriated by the conditions under which they're held and new repressive measures imposed by the department of immigration, asylum seekers at the Villawood Detention Centre here have
Secondary students won't be intimidated BY JODY BETZIEN MELBOURNE — Over the last week, the establishment media have threatened young people with police repression if they attend the September 11 blockade of the World Economic Forum (WEF)
Greed "The blame mostly lies with a greedy Australian electorate." — Right-wing think tank Access Economics lamenting the reduced federal budget surplus because "the punters demanded that 'everyone be no worse off'" after the introduction of a
EAST TIMOR: Unanswered questions on transition As East Timor moves towards full independence under the jurisdiction of the United Nations Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET), the obligations and conduct of the UN, international aid


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