Ambitious goal "We have set ourselves the goal, which we consider attainable, of shifting from the current nose-dive to a gentle fall and then stabilisation by the end of the year." — Yegor Gaidar, Russian deputy prime minister. Spaceman
By Julian Mellor Situated on the banks of the Salween River, the Thai frontier village called Tha Ta Fang had an air of lawlessness about it. Men sitting in the waterside cafe eyed us suspiciously, a couple of rifles rested against the wall
By Harry Perlich Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer has caused a minor controversy. It contains a series of brutal murders depicted with a powerful degree of realism, though not unusually graphic. They are undoubtedly gruesome, though not
By Boris Ikhlov PERM — In Magnitogorsk on February 25 the funeral took place of Vladimir Vitalevich Lebedev, one of the main activists of the political association "Worker". Lebedev was driving a Moskvich car and was absolutely sober when he
By Peter Boyle Now that the Adelaide News has folded, every capital city in Australia except Sydney and Melbourne has only one local daily newspaper. In Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Darwin, the only daily paper is owned by Rupert Murdoch's
A pioneer of 'World Jazz' By Norm Dixon The outstanding success of the recent WOMAD festival in Adelaide was just the latest manifestation of the growing popularity of what has become known as World Music. In the early '80s, the World
WorkSafe expertise There's a new chairperson at WorkSafe Australia (the National Occupational Health and Safety Commission). He is business executive Richard Warburton. A recent issue of the commission's weekly staff bulletin provided a
By Peter Boyle Immigration minister Gerry Hand bluntly dismissed the hunger strike by 56 Chinese refugees detained at Port Hedland in an interview on Channel 10 on March 23. "If I was to intervene now", said Hand, "I may as well get the rules,
Single-sex classes By Rose McCann The NSW Department of Education's recent announcement that it will increase the number of single-sex maths and science classes for female students in public schools raises several issues. Certainly there
ANC youth leader framed By Norm Dixon Rapu Molekane, secretary general of the African National Congress Youth League, has been arrested for alleged possession of arms. The ANCYL says Molekane has been framed by police and demanded his
Obituary em = By Geoff Francis Who's gonna mourn for this rich man? Who'll miss this millionaire? The papers are full of their obituaries, But who's gonna shed any tears? So the rich man has died, This famous millionaire, Who carved out
By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — A more repressive mood, encouraged by sections of the media seeking to promote a moral backlash, is developing in Australia today, journalist and communications lecturer Wendy Bacon told a public meeting here on
'Ban now, ask later' By Jamie Parker After a few days of media hype and outrage about Arena's article on shoplifting, I suppose I shouldn't be amazed by the reaction. The mainstream media latch on, and anyone with the slightest interest has
Forum discusses censorship By Tyrion Perkins BRISBANE — "Students, Sex, and Censorship" was the title of a public meeting held at the Resistance Centre on April 4. High school student Andrew Strachan spoke about the lack of
Action updates ADELAIDE — About 200 people celebrated 500 years of indigenous and popular resistance in the Americas at Rymill Park on March 29. Speakers included Claudia Radattz from the 500 Years Committee, Sybil Wakefield from the ANC
Building union clerks on strike By Jenny O'Donnell SYDNEY — Thirty clerical union staff employed by the Building Workers Industrial Union and the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association have been on strike since March 30 over the


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