BY STEVE DAY ADELAIDE — On March 8, San Francisco-based group Spearhead treated punters to a very special performance that will stick in the minds of many for a while to come. The charismatic Michael Franti hosted an evening of hip hop, funk,
BY SARAH STEPHEN On March 21, federal Labor and Coalition MPs delivered another blow to the rights of refugees. With Labor's assistance, the government's Migration (Transitional Movement) Bill was ensured speedy passage through the House of
BY NORM DIXON In the aftermath of the rigged March 9-10 presidential election, Zimbabwe's trade unions and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) have failed to lead serious mass mobilisations to block the return of the authoritarian
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — A March 19 Socialist Alliance application to be registered as a political party in Tasmania has been accepted by the Tasmanian Electoral Office (TEO). Notifications were printed in Tasmania's three daily papers on
Eighty people attended at refugee-rights protest in Leichhardt on March 21 organised by Free the Refugees campaign. Photo by Jonathan Strauss. From Green Left Weekly, March 27, 2002. Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.
BY PETER BOYLE SYDNEY — A week out from the start of the Second Asia-Pacific International Solidarity Conference, the phones were running hot in the Sydney office used by the young voluntary conference organising team headed by Iggy Kim. There
SYDNEY — A key episode of Australian trade union and working-class history, the great strikes of the 1890s, will be brought to life when New Theatre stages Reedy River. 2002 is the New Theatre's 70th anniversary year. In an attempt to offset
BY KATE WILSON Refugees, often fleeing war, poverty or government repression, risk their lives getting to Australia. They are then locked up in detention centres for months, sometimes years, in totally inhumane conditions. Australia
BY AHMAD NIMER RAMALLAH — Israel's invasion of Palestinian towns and refugee camps over the last two weeks was accompanied by the largest military manoeuvres since the June 1967 war, in which Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip. During
Rally for Palestine I BRISBANE — A speakout against Israel's terror against the Palestinian people was held on the steps of King George Square on March 22. Organised by the M1 Alliance, the action drew attention to the Palestinian people's
Bob Crow, newly elected general secretary of the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers, RMT"> ENGLAND: Socialist Alliance holds trade union conference LONDON — The first trade union conference organised by the Socialist
BY KEEANGA-YAMAHTTA TAYLOR ATLANTA — Jamil Abdullah al Amin, the former 1960s Black Power leader, then known as H. Rap Brown, was found guilty on March 9 of shooting one Atlanta cop to death and injuring another. Prosecutors are seeking the death
GEELONG — On March 23 the Geelong branch of the Democratic Socialist Party unveiled its new shopfront and opening hours. The bookshop is open Monday to Wednesday from 4-6pm, Thursdays noon to 6pm, Fridays 5-7pm and Saturdays 9.30am to 12.30pm. The
BY LINDA WALDRON& NATALIE ZIRNGAST MELBOURNE — Workers at Flair Menswear Preston, manufacturers of Hugo Boss fashions, held a victory barbecue on the morning of March 18, after a two-week picket. A planned solidarity sausage sizzle at the
BY MAX LANE Almost every day, details of the murder of Acehnese civilians by Indonesian military forces are reported by democratic and human rights organisations and international news agencies. At least 300 killings have been reported since
BY SUZIE AMBROSE DARWIN — The prediction of the March 7 NT News editorial — "No votes for ratbags" — was disproved in the March 16 elections for Lord Mayor of Darwin. Socialist Alliance candidate Ruth Ratcliffe received 1057 votes after


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