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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
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
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
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 ROBYN MARSHALL BRISBANE — In the Brisbane City Gallery of the Town Hall is a remarkable collection of photographs, selected by radical Australian journalist John Pilger. The photographs that are included in Reporting the World are a
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
BY SARAH STEPHEN At the end of March 2001, an estimated 450,000 New Zealand citizens — 2.3% of the Australian population — were visiting or living in Australia. Under various arrangements since the 1920s, there has been a free flow of people
BY NICK SOUDAKOFF The US government has requested an additional 300 troops be allowed to perform "civic duties" on the Philippines island of Basilian as part of the Balikatan 02-1 war games nominally aimed at destroying the Abu Sayyaf kidnap group.
[The following is an excerpt from a statement issued by the Socialist Alliance in Melbourne on March 20.] Dean Mighell is 100% correct to say that the ALP has turned its back on the working class. One of the first acts of the Bracks
and ain't i a woman: US army harasses lesbians Last year, women were twice as likely to be dismissed from the US army for being lesbians than men were for being gay, according to a report released on March 15 by the Servicemembers Legal
BY ROHAN PEARCE The United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Financing for Development — held in Monterrey, Mexico, on March 18-22 — produced a great deal of hot air, but little for the world's 1.2 billion people who live on less
BY KERRYN WILLIAMS CANBERRA — “I used to be an activist, where I was very flexible and could criticise everything, but now I'm representing East Timor”, East Timor's deputy minster for foreign affairs and cooperation Fernando de
BY FAROOQ TARIQ LAHORE — The national committee of the Labour Party Pakistan, meeting March 16-17, decided that the party should help form a united socialist electoral alliance in Pakistan. Left-wing political parties, trade unions and social
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — At its March 19 meeting the central Melbourne Refugee Action Collective (RAC-Vic) endorsed the idea of a national day of action for refugee rights for Sunday June 2. While not discussing details of the action, RAC

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