Peace vigil gathers support MELBOURNE — Peace activists have set up a permanent vigil on the lawns outside the State Library, in the heart of the central business district, to provide a continuous forum for the growing opposition to the
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
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 SARAH STEPHEN This federal election reeks of a punitive, vicious and even racist campaign against refugees — but there is at least one breath of fresh air. While scarcely able to match the anti-refugee noise of Liberal and Labor, the Socialist
BY KATHY NEWNAM Prime Minister John Howard has spent a lot of time on the campaign trail in the last few weeks scaremongering about the supposed "terrorist threat" in Australia. What hypocrisy! Howard and his mates in government are this country's
BY ALLEN JENNINGS MELBOURNE — Latin American solidarity activists have agreed to establish a Colombian Solidarity Collective after hearing first-hand tales about the impact of the US-imposed Plan Colombia by two visiting human rights advocates.
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 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 NICOLE COLSON CHICAGO — George Bush says that he wants to bomb Afghanistan in the name of "freedom and democracy". His father said the same thing when he went to war against Iraq in the 1991 Persian Gulf War. But at every step of the way —
BY SUE JOHNSON George Bush and Tony Blair's war on terrorism is totally hypocritical. The Bush administration is quite happy to throw more than US$40 billion at the war effort, meanwhile back in the US, 44 million people live below the poverty
BY RUSSELL PICKERING SYDNEY — The jaws of Newtown's Friday night dinner crowd dropped on October 19 as a noisy 200-strong community march blocked heavy city traffic as it proceeded up and then down King Street. Organised by the Grayndler branch
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.