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BY ALISON DELLIT SYDNEY — Around 350 people attended the Sydney Social Forum, held at the city campus of the University of Technology Sydney, on October 24-26. The forum was launched with a plenary, titled "Is the American empire unstoppable?",
BY ROHAN PEARCE "The more successful we are on the ground, the more these killers will react", US President George Bush commented after the coordinated detonation of car bombs at four different targets in Baghdad on October 27. "The more progress
BY PAULA ABOOD & ALISSAR GAZAL "I've always maintained that [we women] have a more fair approach to the truth and to the integrity of other human beings, because we serve life and peace" — Hanan Ashrawi on ABC Radio, October 22, 2003. "Ashrawi
BY ALAN MAASS CHICAGO — "The thing that was really heartening was that under the most difficult conditions that you can imagine, workers were not waiting one minute before they started organising themselves", reported labour journalist David
BY KERRYN WILLIAMS CANBERRA — Parliament House was beset by protesters again on October 27. The 100 Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) members chanted "What do we want? Aussie jobs!" while marching up the hill to join a 250-strong
BY ALISON THORNE Members First, a grouping within the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) that is working for a fighting union, has launched a campaign to win the right to use email for union organising, free from management interference or
Australia's First SocialistsBy Jim McIlroyResistance Books 2003, $5.95Available at Resistance bookshops (addresses page 2) or order at <http://www.resistancebooks.com> REVIEW BY JOHN NEBAUER Radical politics in Australia did not begin
BY ADELE OLIVERI ROME — On October 24, more than 10 million workers stopped work and more than 1 million took to the streets across Italy in a four-hour general strike. Called by the country's three main union federations, the strike was in
Israel's "defence" ministry announced new plans on October 24 for the route of "apartheid wall" that would eventually cut off the Jordan River Valley from the West Bank, which would mean annexing the main food basket for Palestinians. A senior
BY RUTH RATCLIFFE DARWIN — On October 31, members of the Darwin Homebirth Group rallied to demand the provision of homebirth midwife services as part of the Northern Territory public hospital system. In July, NT health minister Jane Aagaard
BY PAUL BENEDEK SYDNEY — Former nuclear physicist and social justice campaigner Dr Vandana Shiva was the guest presenter for a forum at Sydney University on October 20, entitled "Beyond Corporate Globalisation, towards Earth Democracy". Shiva,
BY CATHERINE COOK WEST BANK — In Jayyous, a village of 3000 inhabitants in the northern West Bank, Najah Shamasneh cradles her granddaughter in her lap and listens to her husband Yusuf tell of the loss of their agricultural land. The Shamasneh
BY MARCUS GREVILLE LONDON — On October 29, at a crammed public meeting called by the Stop the War Coalition, the call was made for the creation of a new united party to challenge the British Labour Party in the 2004 London Assembly and European
Ariel Guides is a leader of the Freedom From Hunger Coalition, which organises 22,000 sugar workers, as well as small farmers, on the island of Negros in the Philippines. He is also a leader of the socialist trade union centre Solidarity of
Web of Deceit: Britain's Real Role in the WorldBy Mark CurtisVintage, 2003512 pages, $24.95 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON "We must at all costs maintain control of this oil", Britain's foreign secretary wrote to the US secretary of state in 1956.
BY PAUL BENEDEK SYDNEY — More than 10,000 unionists, mostly members of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), marched from the Sydney Town Hall to NSW parliament on October 27 to demand tough industrial manslaughter laws to

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