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BY DOUG LORIMER On June 16, a US federal judge in Philadelphia overturned the conviction of Jim Sabzali, the first Canadian citizen to be found guilty of violating the US trade embargo against Cuba. Sabzali had faced the prospect of spending the
Brazil Luke Fomiatti's letter (Write On, GLW #544) is not informed, but is based on wishful thinking. Fomiatti seems to know little of what is going on in Brazil and even less about the way in which the Lula regime is being received by the left
BY GRAHAM WILLIAMS MELBOURNE — More than 700 workers mobilised on July 3 at Footscray's Whitten Oval, as part of a campaign to win a new enterprise bargaining agreement across the Victorian manufacturing industry. This round of pattern
BY CHRIS LATHAM In the lead-up to PM John Howard's announcement that Australia would send troops to the Solomon Islands, the mainstream media was filled with the lurid descriptions of violent criminal gangs terrorising the Solomons' population, and
BY BILL NEVINS NEW MEXICO — Slam Poet/Freedom Fighter Pat "Velvet Hammer" Payne led her sisters to triumph in mid-June at Taos, as women poets swept all Taos Poetry Circus competitions held this year. Payne defeated hard-battling Nuyorican
BY PAUL BENEDEK SYDNEY — Six police officers prevented film reviewer Margaret Pomeranz, journalist David Marr and others from playing a DVD of the US film Ken Park to a packed out Balmain Town Hall audience of 400 adults on July 3. Ken Park was
Two events in Sydney on July 11 will provide an opportunity to offer solidarity to peace and democracy activists in Asia. At 4.30pm, at the Sydney Town Hall steps, there will be a solidarity protest with Aceh, demanding Indonesian troops withdraw
52nd Melbourne International Film FestivalJuly 23 to August 10Forum Theatre, cnr Flinders and Russell streetsSingle ticket sales open July 11<http://www.melbournefilmfestival.com.au> PREVIEW BY ANNE O'CASEY More than 400 films born of a
BY VANNESSA HEARMAN MELBOURNE — Filipino parliamentarian Satur Ocampo from the Bayan Muna (People's First) party described the US war on the Philippines at a public meeting held at Trades Hall on June 30. Ocampo is one of three Bayan Muna
Sensitive I "Australia is not a neo-colonial power and we are sensitive to the regional concerns about our role." — Foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer, June 26, justifying the deployment of 1500 Australian troops to the Solomon Islands

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