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Technology access I found Sean Healy's "No technofix for Third World poor" (GLW #460) a valuable description of the relationship between technology and society, but in error in its discussion of the internet. The internet is the first globally
BY NORM DIXON The Congress of South African Trade Unions has confirmed that its 1.8 million members will strike on August 29 and 30 to protest against the African National Congress government's privatisation program. Not only has COSATU slammed
BY LESLIE RICHMOND ADELAIDE — Readying for a state election, the South Australian Liberal Party has launched a populist new "tough on drugs" campaign, which law reform advocates warn will turn back the clock on legal attitudes to drug use.
Since the August 6 publication of a Daily Telegraph "special investigation" into "ethnic crime gangs", racist hysteria has been given considerable space in most sections of the Sydney corporate media. When on August 7, a young white woman was raped,
BY MARK WAKEHAM & KIRSTEN BLAIR DARWIN — Natural gas is currently being depicted as a clean source of energy, which will help to wean the industrialised world away from its dependence on oil and coal and play a key role in Australia's response to
Munyaradzi Gwisai, the Zimbabwe ISO's charismatic young MP, told Green Left Weekly that new possibilities have opened up for the left internationally. The collapse of the Stalinist movement, which discredited socialists in the eyes of the working
BY JAMES CRAFTY MELBOURNE — Tensions flared outside a private meeting addressed by former Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in St Kilda on August 12, when 150 supporters of Palestinian self-determination were confronted by Zionists on the
BY MARK BROWN The city of Glasgow has been shocked by the racist murder of Kurdish asylum seeker Firsat Yildiz in the Sighthill area on August 4. A refugee from the vicious repression of the Turkish state, 22-year-old Firsat was walking home with
Tafadzwa Choto, ISO Zimbabwe's national coordinator, urged activists protesting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane in October not to be taken in by Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe's "anti-imperialist" rhetoric. "Mugabe talks
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — Thousands of people amassed outside the ALP state conference on August 11, calling for an end to logging in old-growth forests. Tasmania currently accounts for more than two-thirds of Australia's total woodchip
Picket against sweatshop labour ADELAIDE — Resistance activists picketed clothing store Supr‚ in Rundle Mall on August 17. The protesters demanded that the clothing retailer sign the Homeworkers Code of Practice. The code guarantees signatories'
BY SARAH STEPHEN The Personal Status Court in North Cairo has dismissed a lawsuit brought against Egyptian feminist and writer Nawal el-Saadawi. Nabih Al Wahsh, an Islamic lawyer, attempted to have 70-year-old Saadawi forcibly divorced from her
They don't sleep at night New US research has answered the age-old question, how do right-wingers sleep at night? Answer: Badly. Dr Kelly Bulkeley found that right-wing Californian university students had more nightmares, more dreams about
BY LEIGH HUGHES CANBERRA — Hunger strikers chained themselves to the fence of the Indonesian embassy on August 16 to highlight the fact that Indonesia currently has more political prisoners than when the dictator Suharto fell in 1998. An effigy
BY BORIS KAGARLITSKY MOSCOW — The battle in Genoa was not only the key event in the summer of 2001, but also marked a watershed for the anti-corporate movement. From the outset, the G8 summit in Genoa was doomed to become nothing more than a
Drowning in abundance As the US economy balances on the edge of recession, information technology companies are suffering from their success. This is a peculiar aspect of capitalism as an economic system, pointed out by 19th century socialist

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