BY EVA CHENG Chinese vice-premier Qian Qichen paid a rushed and urgent visit to Washington, DC, on April 18-24, deeply concerned that US President George W. Bush's next two major foreign policy decisions may turn out unfavourably for the People's
BY FELICITY MARTIN & GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — M1 is steadily gaining support amongst major Victorian trade unions, with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and the M1 Alliance agreeing to combine forces for an "Anti-Corporate Unity March" on May
BY JULIA HALDANE BRISBANE — Women are the invisible victims of wars over diminishing resources, Susan Price, women's liberation coordinator for the Democratic Socialist Party, told an audience of 50 people at a post-International Women's Day
Balzac: A BiographyBy Graham RobbPicador, 2000521pp., $20.78 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON For Honore de Balzac, a self-proclaimed defender of "throne and altar", to have had all his works placed on the Index of Prohibited Books by the Pope in 1864
BY MICHAEL KARADJIS The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has turned to the Yugoslav regime of Vojislav Kostunica to help enforce stability in the south Balkans region. In late January, British and French troops fought pitched battles
BY ROHAN PEARCE The socialist youth organisation Resistance has thrown its weight behind the newly launched Socialist Alliance. Resistance activists have begun signing up members to the alliance on campuses, at their schools and workplaces, and on
BY NOREEN NAVIN SYDNEY — In November Prime Minister John Howard's Coalition government sparked public outrage when it introduced the State Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Bill 2000. The bill was designed to allocate the bulk
Like putting profits before social needs? "If we're going to give each other [trade] preferences, we have to have fundamental common values." — Marc Lortie, personal representative of Canadian PM Jean Chretien to the Summit of the Americas being
BY IGGY KIM SEOUL — At its sixth congress on March 24-25, South Korea's Power of the Working Class continued its advance towards creating a revolutionary working-class party. While it will continue as a preparatory group until its seventh
BY BEN COLLINS MELBOURNE — 27-year-old Palestinian asylum seeker Mohammed Dawood has spent the last eight months in solitary confinement, first at the Woomera Immigration Detention Centre and then at the centre in Maribyrnong, in Melbourne's


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