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BY JON LAND The start of the formal election campaign period for East Timor's new Constituent Assembly began on July 15. Some 16 political parties and a number of independent candidates are contesting 88 seats in the election set for August 30,
BY RACHEL EVANS MELBOURNE — Following the July 16 fatal shooting of Steven Rogers, a security guard at the Fertility Control Clinic, pro-choice activists around the country mobilised to defend the right of women to safe, accessible abortion.
Democracy and RevolutionV.I. LeninResistance Books, 2001222 pages, $18.95 REVIEW BY JONATHAN STRAUSS Resistance Books' Democracy and Revolution represents a new effort by this publisher. Previous additions to its Resistance Marxist Library
BY STUART ROSS The Ulster Defense Association (UDA) — also known as the Ulster Freedom Fighters (UFF) — has announced that it will be withdrawing its support for the Good Friday Agreement. "We can no longer remain silent in our criticism of
BY ARUN PRADHAN MELBOURNE — Maribyrnong City Councillor Sara Coward has added her support to a planned community rally which will call for the closure of the Maribyrnong Immigration Detention Centre. The rally, scheduled for Footscray on July
BY MAX LANE There are now more political prisoners in Indonesia than there were during the last 12 months of General Suharto's 32-year rule. There are at least seven leaders of the West Papua independence movement in jail, some now on trial for
Anti-Howard protest SYDNEY — One hundred protesters converged on Prime Minister John Howard's electoral office at Gladesville on July 19 to protest his government's attacks on workers, students, pensioners and the unemployed. Organised by
BY EVA CHENG A February 7 pay deal, signed by plantation owners and the yellow union, the National Union of Plantation Workers, has proven to be a farce and a sell-out, the Plantation Workers Support Committee declared on July 19. The deal was
BY JODY BETZIEN MELBOURNE — Having arrived at his St Kilda press conference more than an hour late, Michael Franti was quick to break with the convention and respectability of the expensive surrounds of the Astor Hotel. Sitting on the back of
By Stephen Marks Workers at a maquiladora (foreign-owned assembly plant) in Nicaragua's Las Mercedes Free Trade Zone have defeated an attempt to break their union after a year-long struggle. On May 10, as the result of a court order, the

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