BY LINDA A. MALONE The concept of universal jurisdiction in international law is undergoing a historic test in Belgium. On November 28, a Belgian court will decide whether Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon can be tried for his alleged role in the
BY MELANIE EVANS Under Attack, Fighting Back: Women And Welfare in the United StatesBy Mimi AbramovitzMonthly Review PressUS$15 The words, "Welfare is like a traffic accident. It can happen to anybody", were uttered by Johnnie Tilman, an
SAN FRANCISCO — A new stage of world politics began October 7 with the US bombing of Afghanistan. President George Bush's war on terrorism will not be limited to Afghanistan but will be a permanent war to eradicate all individuals, groups and
John Howard's One Nation Party "A lot of people are actually saying that I'm John Howard's adviser because he's picking up a lot of the policies and issues that I have raised and spoken about over the years". — Pauline Hanson, October 14.
BY EDWARD HERMAN During the Cold War the United States supported a string of terror states, from the immediate post-World War II backing given Thailand dictator Phibun Songkhram, "the first pro-Axis dictator to regain power after the war", to its
BY SEAN HEALY SYDNEY — Metalworkers from around the world will march through Sydney's central business district on November 13 to "stop corporate globalisation", in one of the first such demonstrations by unionists in Australia. One thousand
and ain't i a woman?: The Body Shop fakes it Sexist advertising really makes me want to pick up a spray can. Sexist advertising by a company that promotes itself as progressive and urges customers to "achieve self esteem" and "protect human
BY TOM FLANAGAN SYDNEY — Thousands of NSW nurses converged on the Sydney Town Hall for a stop-work meeting on October 18. The town hall meeting, filled to overflowing, was broadcast by Skychannel to similar meetings around the state. The NSW
BY MAX LANE JAKARTA — The most right-wing elements among politically organised Islam have sought to use the US "war on terrorism" to seize the political initiative in the world's most populous Muslim nation. At the same time, Megawati
BY JAGGI SINGH & GRAEME BACQUE The Ontario Common Front's autumn campaign of economic disruption got off to a flying start in Toronto early on October 16 as a series of "snake marches" paralysed human and vehicular traffic into Toronto's financial
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — In May 1998, Akin Birdal was severely wounded in an assassination attempt. A year later he was sentenced to 10 months in the Ankara central prison — all because he has dared to speak out against human rights abuses
BY ALISON DELLIT The October 12 release of the federal Coalition's industrial relations policy, "Choice and reward in a changing workplace", signalled the beginning of another round of attacks on workers' wages, conditions and industrial power.
BY DANIEL JARDINE SYDNEY — Eighty people turned up to the Gaelic Club on October 19 for a Politics in the Pub discussion on the November 10 election. Greens senate candidate John Key told the meeting that the Greens face particular problems in
BY OWEN RICHARDS & ANDREA MYLES SYDNEY — In a protest unlike any before in this western Sydney suburb, 300 people marched defiantly through the streets of Auburn on October 20 under the banners "Stop the war!" and "Refugees are welcome!". The
Adelaide: Students Together Opposing War And Racism (STOPWAR) meets every Wednesday, 4pm, Level 5, Union Building, Adelaide Uni. Phone (08) 8231 6982 for more information. Brisbane: Highschoolers Agitating to End War and Racism (HATEWAR) meets
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