PRAGUE — The 15,000-strong demonstrators who took action against the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting, held here from September 26-27, defied the claim of the September edition of Newsweek that the protesters would be
BY SHANE BENTLEY SYDNEY — Two hundred people chanting "Refugees yes, racism no; Detention centres have got to go!" marched through the streets of Parramatta, in Sydney's western suburbs, on September 23. The rally was organised by the Refugee
The Central Intelligence Agency admitted for the first time on September 20 that a high-ranking Nazi general placed his spy ring at the disposal of the US government during the early days of the Cold War. A press release by the US National Archives
Campesino coca growers (cocaleros), public school teachers and other labour sectors in Bolivia joined together during the week of September 18 to press their demands with a coordinated series of strikes, protests and roadblocks that had the country
It was the movement which finally toppled the dictator Suharto in 1998 which made Romawaty Sinaga realise that workers and students had to unite to achieve any lasting fundamental change. IN that year, she left her position as an assistant lecturer
PHNOM PENH — The ancestor holiday (Ph'chum Benn) is coming near, and with it, the former Khmer Rouge leaders, Ieng Sary and Ieng Thirith, and their associate, Long Norin, will likely be visiting the Svay Por Pe monastery in Phnom Penh, which they
BY JON SINGER The Australia Institute released a report on September 25 that shows nearly half of the federal government's $2.3 billion private health insurance rebate went to the top third of income earners, while the bottom third received just
BY ANDREW HALL CANBERRA — Opponents of the federal government's harsh new welfare "reforms" rallied here on September 29, rally organiser Julie Vojneski from the Social Justice Action Group fiercely condemning Prime Minister John Howard and
BY JOHN NEBAUER ADELAIDE — The federal Coalition's industrial policies were the main target of workers' anger at the annual Labour Day march and rally, organised by the United Trades and Labor Council here on September 29. UTLC assistant
A question “Democracies cannot dispense with hypocrisy any more than dictatorships can with cynicism” — Georges Bernanos, 1888-1948. Before I begin, let me make it perfectly clear that I am not attacking anyone's sexual
Louder than a BombVarious artistsCompiled by Chuck DRhino records BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS This year is the 21st anniversary of the "birth" of rap as a commercial music. In 1979, "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang was the first rap song to
Nothing can highlight more the failure of the Indonesian government to rein in the pro-Jakarta militias operating in West Timor than the sham weapons handover that began on September 22. The first three-day "persuasive" phase of the handover has been
BY AARON BENEDEK SYDNEY — "Evictions are increasing, Olympic rents are going through the roof, and there is a chronic housing shortage", according to Gavin Sullivan, a Sydney Housing Action Collective (SHAC) spokesperson. But this hasn't stopped
BRAZIL: Land reform activist murdered Sandoval Alves de Lima, a land reform activist and one of the leaders of a group of landless families occupying an estate in northeastern Brazil, has been shot dead by a gunman closely linked to the
BY SIMON BUTLER The New Zealand government has announced that an amnesty will be granted to up to 8000 immigrants living in the country without a visa. The Australian government has responded by attacking the decision, claiming that it amounts to
BY TIM STEWART & SUE BOLAND BRISBANE — While the Transport Workers Union was restricted from officially endorsing the blockades of oil refineries here and in Melbourne for fear of legal action, the union's national president and Queensland state


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