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BY BILL MASON BRISBANE — Queensland nurses have rejected a pay and conditions deal proposed by the Australian Industrial Relations Commission. On July 19, the Queensland Nurses Union (QNU) walked out of conciliation talks with the state Labor
BY DARREN JIGGINS HOBART — The Socialist Alliance has achieved the highest socialist vote ever in a Tasmanian state election. With 80% of the vote counted from the July 20 Tasmanian elections, the alliance received 663 votes. The final total will
BY SUE BOLTON The Federal Court will decide on July 22 or 23 whether to overturn the suspension of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union’s Victorian secretary Craig Johnston. Johnston was stood down by the AMWU national office on
PERTH — [This is an abridged version of a speech by Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) WA secretary KEVIN REYNOLDS to a Socialist Alliance-organised trade union seminar in Perth on July 6.] The Royal Commission into the
The United States is the most powerful and important backer of the state of Israel. A common explanation for this support is that the "Israel lobby" within the US exercises huge influence over Washington. There is a powerful network of Zionist
BY ANDREW HALL & PAUL OBOOHOV CANBERRA — Rank-and-file ACT activists in the Community and Public Sector Union grouped around Members First, have issued a call to all CPSU members who want to rebuild a democratic, broad campaigning approach to
BY JIMMY LANGMAN  On June 30, Bolivians went to the polls to choose their next president and elect a new congress. No candidate gained the “50% plus one” margin required for outright victory. Bolivia's congress will decide in early
BY MUMIA ABU-JAMAL "Somoza may be a son of a bitch, but he's our son of a bitch!" — US President Franklin D. Roosevelt on Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza. There is something surreal about George W. Bush crowing to the world on May 20 about
BY ROHAN PEARCE When Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, in a July 17 speech to mark the 34 years of rule by his Baath party, attacked "evil tyrants and oppressors" — referring to US-backed Iraqi opposition forces, primarily former Iraqi military
BY MARELYS VALENCIA During a tour of Cuba, Ralph Nader, Green Party US presidential candidate in 2000, on July 9 stated that he was opposed his government's economic blockade of Cuba, which he said doesn't give Cubans "a chance to breathe".
BY BEN COURTICE MELBOURNE — “Why is the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national office attacking the Victorian branch?”, AMWU state secretary Craig Johnston asked a stop-work rally on July 17. Addressing around 5000 of his union's
VARADERO, Cuba — "The most beautiful land the human eye has beheld" was how Christopher Columbus described Cuba when he "discovered" it on behalf of the Spanish royals in October 1492. Despite several hundred years of Spanish colonisation and US