BY DICK NICHOLS BARCELONA — The organisers said 500,000, the press said 350,000 and the police said 250,000. The organisers expected around 50,000 people to turn up at the protest; up to 8% of the population of Catalonia came. Not even the most
Racist cops I finished brushing the paste on yet another Resistance "No War" poster, we rounded the corner and saw two police striding quickly, straight at us. "Cops" someone muttered as we all instinctively about faced and walked back round the
Terror laws in parliament On March 22, the federal government introduced the final bill of its "anti-terrorism" package into parliament. It proposes to give ASIO the right to detain people for 48 hours without access to legal advice, and with
We also decide who's a 'democratic nation' "With respect to democratic nations that are friends of ours, we only go where we are invited." — US Secretary of State Colin Powell, March 21. Too bad for everyone who's not "Not only will we win
BY CHRIS FLOYD The rule of law is dead. Even as a fiction, a dream of human betterment — of "civilization", to use that word we hear so often on the lips of warlords and terrorists these days — the idea of law has been discarded, trashed: just
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — "Justice, yes! Occupation, no! Israeli troops have got to go!" and "Free, free Palestine!". These words echoed down the main streets of central Sydney on March 24, as more than 400 protesters marched from Sydney Town
Blindfold and Alone: British Military Executions in the Great WarBy Cathryn Corns &John Hughes-WilsonCassell & Co, 2001543 pages, $59.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON "I think an example is necessary in the interests of discipline", wrote
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


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