BY JON LAND Three activists from the Acehnese Democratic Peoples Resistance Front were detained by police in Banda Aceh on July 11 during a protest against the United States-based company ExxonMobil. The three activists — Kautsar, chairperson
BY SEAN HEALY While their press secretaries will no doubt come up with a headline-grabbing figure to spin it otherwise, the leaders of the world's eight largest industrialised economies are preparing to ignore worldwide calls to "drop the debt" at
Smart tags Microsoft Corporation is currently in the process of rolling out a huge new product range with names like Hailstorm and Windows XP. Meanwhile, we are being told by top Microsoft officer Steve Ballmer that because it is free, Linux, an
BY EWAN SAUNDERS BRISBANE — Plans are well underway for a mass people's march and convergence on the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October after more than 30 anti-corporate, environmental, indigenous and social justice activists
BY FEDERICO FUENTES Student activists at Melbourne University are determined to defend fellow students who face disciplinary action, even expulsion, over their part in an April 5 protest against university privatisation - and have appealed for
Asylum seekers The vilification of asylum seekers as "queue jumpers" continues. How hypocritical is it that this epithet comes from people who have never queued. Most Australians either had the good fortune to simply be born here, or had access to
BY MELANIE SJOBERG "Balaclava-clad hoons", "busted-up offices", "terrorised staff", "union officials arrested" — these are the lurid makings of a corporate media scare campaign against the leaders of the militant Victorian branch of the
BY SEAN HEALY @box text intr = In order to qualify for what debt relief is on offer, poor countries must jump through many hoops. Qualify as "IDA": In order to qualify for debt relief, a Third World country must first be deemed eligible for
Founding conference approaches Socialist Alliance will hold a founding national conference in Melbourne on August 4-5. The conference will adopt a platform and constitution for the alliance, and discuss the coming federal elections. Vigorous
BY JEREMY SMITH The campaign by the National Tertiary Education Union to defend sacked University of Wollongong academic Ted Steele went to the Federal Court on July 5. The union claims the dismissal breaches the university's enterprise agreement;
BY NORM DIXON JOHANNESBURG — A political publicity stunt by the Pan Africanist Congress has snowballed into a major confrontation between homeless and land hungry people and the African National Congress government. The failure of the ANC to
"For those who've come across the seas, we've boundless plains to share." — From Advance Australia Fair. It's an irony that despite the refrain of the Australian national anthem, many people express alarm and fear about an immigration policy
How To Take An Exam... And Remake The WorldBy Bertell OllmanBlack Rose Books, 2001191 pp, US$19.99 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON How's this for the dream exam! There is one paper consisting of just 10 true/false questions. You know the correct
BY MICHAEL KARADJIS In a case of breathtaking hypocrisy, a court controlled by the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation has put on trial for war crimes the former leader of a country against which NATO itself committed war crimes. No US or other
"Woman hurt in sex attack — Don't walk in city alone at night", "Intruder sat on naked woman", "Woman jogger brutally bashed" — just a few examples of the lurid accounts of violence against women featured almost every day in the only widely and
Fallout: Hedley Marston and the British Bomb Tests in AustraliaBy Roger CrossWakefield Press, 2001187 pages, $24.95 (pb) REVIEW BY JIM GREEN Fallout recounts the story of the cabal of British and Australian politicians, bureaucrats and scientists


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