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The commemoration of the forced integration of West Papua (formerly known as Irian Jaya, now Papua) with Indonesia on May 1 was marked by peaceful protests by pro-independence supporters across West Papua's major towns. The demonstrations condemned
BY ERIC RUDER CHICAGO — A pro-Palestinian student group at the University of California-Berkeley has won its free speech fight against the administration's attempts to silence it. After an outpouring of support — both on campus and around the
BY JON LAND On the eve of East Timor's independence on May 20, the crucial issue of the Timor Gap has still to be fully resolved. East Timor may lose billions of dollars in oil and gas royalties if the Australian government and the large
Blaming the victim I "As Israeli forces pursued militants, civilians continued getting in the way and dying as a result." — New York Times report, April 21. Blaming the victim II "The trouble is that we are facing a Palestinian leadership
The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), a network of more than 200 non-government organisations, has attacked Israel's refusal to allow United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan's fact-finding mission to the ravaged West Bank refugee camp of
BY LISA MACDONALD ARMIDALE — A May 8 public meeting discussed how to galvanise public support for ending the federal government's brutal asylum-seeker policy. The 50-strong meeting was titled "Refugees: what is to be done". Organised by the
Palestine solidarity protest planned WOLLONGONG — At a May 11 meeting, Palestinian solidarity activists decided to call a protest on May 25 to help free Palestine. The rally will begin at 10.30 am outside Fred Moore House in Lowden Square and
Embrace the ChaosOzomatliInterscope Records REVIEWED BY MARGARET ALLUM& CHUCK STEMKE Ozomatli's new album, Embrace the Chaos, has a different feel to the Los Angeles-based band's self-titled debut album. But it is still full of the joy of life
MALAYSIA: May Day gathering terrorised by police KUALA LUMPUR — What was to be a peaceful gathering of progressive workers and social justice activists on May 1 at Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC Twin Towers) turned into mayhem when
Astonishing! I am becomea communist, a leftie, a red-ragger, revolutionary surely not! Che, that handsomehero on the wall is one ofthose — not me?Yet I want a socialism that's funa green onewith no national flag. No more false grim imagesof
BY ROSA ZULU HARARE — More 6000 workers gathered for the May 1 rally in the Gwanzura stadium here enthusiastically supported socialist MP Munyaradzi Gwisai's criticism of the participation of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in
A federal judge in Houston in April ruled that, under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, it is legal for an executive from a US company to bribe a foreign official to reduce the company's tax burden or customs duties in another country. The case