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BY DAVID BACON
SAN FRANCISCO — Bonita, the word for beautiful in Spanish, is not a bad description for the nearly flawless bananas available from fruit and vegetable markets across the United States. It is also the name printed on stickers

REVIEW BY KATRINA CHANNELLS& JIM MCILROY
Bend It Like BeckhamDirected by Gurinder ChadhaStarring Parminder Nagra and Keira KnightleyScreening at major cinemas
This film is excellent because it encourages young women to play soccer! It is a

BY SARAH STEPHEN
Twelve-year-old Montazar Baktiyari and 14-year-old Alamdar Baktiyari have put faces to the horrifying reality of children in detention. After asylum seekers have been dehumanised as "illegals" and "queue-jumpers" for so long, the

BY DALE T. McKINLEY
JOHANNESBURG — "SACP in clash with ANC" and "ANC warned not to follow path of ZANU-PF" were some of the headlines that have graced the pages of South African newspapers following the latest political spat between the ruling

BY NORM DIXON
According to a report published in the July 27 New Scientist, US defence contractors are developing a laser weapon for fighter aircraft that may be powerful enough to blind people on the ground, even if they are relatively far from

BY KATE CLUGSTON
BATHURST — On July 30, Charles Sturt University (CSU) students protesting the proposed cutbacks to the Communications school will have taken action for 50 continuous days. The "Out of Order" campaign has now held the second

GLW celebrates
BRISBANE — More than 100 people attended the Green Left Weekly 500th issue celebration dinner at the Ukranian Hall on July 20, which raised $1500 to help GLW keep producing.
Congratulations to GLW were given by: Sam Watson,

BY NORM DIXON
A bitter strike by the 120,000-strong South African Municipal Workers Union (SAMWU) has ended in victory. The strikers returned to work on July 22.
SAMWU members had endured sustained police violence and state repression. One worker

Regan (USA); Peter Stone (Africa); Penny Tweedie (Australia, East Timor, Bangladesh); Anastasia Vrachnos (Indonesia); and Paul Weinberg (Africa), 21 Publishing Ltd ">
Reporting the World: John Pilger's great eyewitness photographers
Capturing

BY ROHAN PEARCE
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should reverse its newly announced policy of promoting the voluntary repatriation of refugees to Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on July 23.
The

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