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
Three million demonstrators marched through Rome on March 23 to protest new labour laws which will make it easier for employers to sack workers. The protest, the biggest ever held in Italy, was organised by the CGIL trade union federation.From Green
BY ALISON DELLIT In the biggest show of solidarity with asylum seekers yet seen in Australia, more than 45,000 people attended Palm Sunday marches around the country on March 24, calling for freedom and justice for refugees. More than
BY A. SATTAR "The rise of fundamentalism in Pakistan is a vote of no-confidence of the working people in capitalist and feudal parties. It is the failure of these parties in power, which has given rise to religious fanaticism", argues Farooq Tariq,
BY JACKIE LYNCH MELBOURNE — Electrical Trades Union state secretary Dean Mighell received enthusiastic applause for his decision to leave the ALP at a mass meeting of some 800 ETU members on March 20. In a passionate and fiery speech,
A Pacific islands network which monitors globalisation in the Pacific is calling on Pacific island leaders to think before they ratify trade agreements and those who have ratified to withdraw from them. Pacific Network for Globalisation
BY LAUREN CARROLL-HARRIS   If you believed everything that you read in the corporate media then you would think that all young people are apathetic and that Australian youth are the most apathetic in the world. This is what two recent
BY JIM McILROY BRISBANE — "If you want to replace the World Bank, World Trade Organisation and International Monetary Fund, you need to create massive movements that are powerful, conscious and raise the social costs for the ruling class",
Museworthy: The Fragment Called Wisdom There is a cracked stoneIt is wiseThere is a broken stickIt is wiseThere is water, forever formless always formedIt is wiseIt is unwiseto shake the whole from its sack of piecesThe head looks around at its
BY GRIFF FOLEY The Western media portray Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe as the worst African dictator since Idi Amin. Mugabe is certainly tyrannical, but he is no freak or accident. Mugabe's regime is a product of the politics of Zimbabwean
ALP trickle will become a flood The response of rank-and-file unionists to Victorian Electrical Trades Union leader Dean Mighell's resignation from the Labor Party was predictable: “Good on yer mate, it's about time!” They don't want
BY CHRIS LATHAM PERTH — The prospects for peace and a united Ireland had been enhanced by the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, Mitchell McLaughlin, national chairperson of the Irish republican party Sinn Fein, told a February 28 public meeting.
BY TIM GOODEN GEELONG — What could only be described as a David and Goliath battle looks likely to end in a fall for giant energy corporation AES. On March 15, AES announced it was not proceeding with the construction of a gas-and-kerosene
BY EDWARD JOHNSTONE MELBOURNE — The Socialist Alliance received 1608 votes in the six wards it contested in Moreland and Darebin council elections held in March. In the city of Moreland, candidate for Merri ward Judy McVey received 374 votes,
BY SUE BOLTON At a joint media conference on March 17, Electrical Trades Union Victorian secretary Dean Mighell and United Firefighters Union Victorian secretary Peter Marshall announced that they were quitting the Labor Party. It is not
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


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