Gold Warriors: America's Secret Recovery of Yamashita's GoldBy Sterling and Peggy SeagraveVerso, 2003332 pages, $49.95 (hb)
In June 1945, with US tanks less than 30 kilometres away, General Yamashita, head of the Japanese

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"The Coalition Provisional Authority and the Iraqi Governing Council have made great strides in the security, economic stability and growth, and democratisation of Iraq." — US Secretary of State Colin Powell, in testimony to the

SylviaDirected by Christine JeffsWritten by John BrownlowWith Gwyneth Paltrow and Daniel CraigNow showing nationally.
If Sylvia Plath was a death-glorifying, dull, domesticated homeworker whose suicide epitomised her life,

David Glanz
The unambiguously good news from the January 16-21 World Social Forum in Mumbai, India, is that the global movement against capitalist globalisation is not just alive and well, but extending deeper into civil society.
The immediate

The electoral fortunes of the ALP seem to have turned around since its national conference.
Recent polls have the two major parties level, and the Liberals behind on a two-party preferred basis.
The intelligence justifying the Iraq war is being

Jenny Long, Sydney
As Sydney enters its third week of massive disruption to commuter rail services — with up to 121 daily commuter services having been cancelled — some astonishing facts have been emerging from this remarkable dispute.
One is

The United States has continued to remind the world that it will be handing over power to the Iraqis after June 30, 2004. The US Coalition Provisional Authority will hand over power to some form of Iraqi government from this date. What form

Chris Latham, Perth
Metropolitan train drivers voted on February 13 to strike as part of their campaign for a new enterprise agreement. The Industrial Relations Commission (IRC) later that day ordered the workers to return to work. However, most

The February 12 announcement by Prime Minister John Howard that a Coalition party room meeting had approved a reduction in federal parliamentarians' superannuation to 9% (from 69.1%) would have gladdened most hearts.
Howard was pleased because he

Far from HeavenWritten and directed by Todd HaynesWith Julianne Moore, Dennis Quaid and Dennis HaysbertWarner Home Video
For anybody growing up in an affluent small town or suburbia during the 1950s, Far from Heaven will


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