BY JIM McILROY& ROBYN MARSHALL LIMA — Thousands of workers marched through the streets here, and in other Peruvian cities, on June 3 to protest against the declaration of a state of emergency by the government of President Alejandro Toledo, and
BY PETER BAKER & ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — The Bacon Labor government released its state budget on May 22. Treasurer David Crean described it as "about sharing rewards" and the May 23 Mercury lauded Crean as "com[ing] close to being a hero in
BY IGGY KIM Four out of six high-profile political prisoners, held under Malaysia's draconian Internal Security Act, were released on June 1 after the government decided not to renew their ISA detention orders. The other two are awaiting the
CANBERRA — On June 3, 80 people marched from Parliament House to the Burmese embassy to protest against the recent crackdown against opposition forces in Burma. Protesters called for the release of detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi and
COMMENT BY SOL SALBE Green Left Weekly is partisan on the issue of Palestine and Israel. Like some others on the Jewish left, I regard this as redressing the balance of media coverage on this issue. My own background as a child of two Holocaust
BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE HOBART — The Tasmanian Law Reform Institute (TLRI) released a report on May 28 recommending that adoption by same-sex couples be legalised. The report strongly argues that adoption should be an option for same-sex couples
BY SEAN HEALY When they met over steaks and beer at the US president's Texas ranch, the discussion between John Howard and George Bush turned quickly to the Australian government's "reward" for participating in the Iraq war. And this, we are
BY MURRAY SMITH PARIS — Millions of French workers participated in a huge one-day general strike on June 3 in an attempt to defeat the government's attacks on pension rights. There were also massive street demonstrations across the country.
BY ROHAN PEARCE On May 30, US President George Bush told Polish television that the US military had found Iraq's "weapons of mass destruction" (WMD). Well, sort of. Remember the three (some media outlets have inaccurately reported two) trailers the
BY DALE MILLS The Australian government has shown that it cares as little about the civil rights of Australians abroad as it does for the civil rights of Australians at home. Australian citizen Jack Thomas has been held in detention in Pakistan
REVIEW BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE Matrix ReloadedWritten and directed by Larry and Andy WachowskiWith Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence FishburneAt cinemas every-bloody-where Zanny Begg's review of the first Matrix movie (Green Left Weekly #364,
BY DOUG LORIMER This year's annual meeting of the heads of the Group of Eight (G8) countries — the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Britain, Italy, Canada and Russia — glossed over the deepening economic problems confronting the world
North Korea and nuclear weapons Justin Tutty (Write On, GLW #539) disagrees with my statement that "we should defend North Korea's right to develop whatever weapons it feels it needs to defend itself against the very real threat it faces" (GLW
BY EMMA CLANCY Protest actions were held in a number of capital cities last week to oppose the Howard government's drive to deregulate and privatise higher education. On June 4, 50 people attended a rally at the University of Wollongong. A
Silver lining "Longer term, the SARS scare will be the biggest boost to sales of life insurance and related products that I can think of." — Maurice Greenberg, chief executive of insurer AIG, quoted in the May 26 International Herald Tribune.
BY RAY HAYES DARWIN — On June 5, five members of the Network Against Prohibition (NAP) were given jail sentences of between 16 and 21 months for "deliberately disrupting the Legislative Assembly" last year. The maximum penalty for this "crime" is


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