"It's not fair. That's how I feel. That a person in America could go to the doctor, get a prescription, take Effexor, and all of a sudden be unable to quit." These comments were posted on March 23 by "Sean9" on the message boards of the British Social Audit website.

Alex Miller On June 10, Scottish voters will go to the polls to elect seven new members of the European Parliament. The Scottish Socialist Party (SSP), which has six members in the Scottish Parliament, launched its MEP election campaign on May 17.
Daya Varma& Vinod Mubayi May 13, 2004, will be remembered as a memorable day in the history of independent India. Belying the predictions of media "experts", pre-election polls, exit polls and commentators of all shades, the voters of India threw
Happy memories "In our subjective memory communism is a land of happiness: we had more money, security, friends, time and even a sense of purpose." — Comment by Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, May 25, on the results of an opinion survey revealing
Jim McIlroy, Brisbane "We sailors who go to sea are all 'boat people'", the captain of the Eureka, one of two yachts making up the Flotillas of Hope, told a crowd of around 250 people on May 23. The send-off was held on the banks of the Brisbane
Eva Cheng In the May 13 Indian parliamentary elections, the Hindu chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian Peoples Party) won 138 seats — 42 less than in the previous election in 1999 — in the 545-member lower house of India's
Super Size Me: A Film of Epic PortionsWritten, directed by and starring Morgan SpurlockScreening nationally at Dendy cinemas REVIEWED BY LACHLAN MALLOCH It's hardly novel to say that McDonald's food lacks nutrition and eating it can be bad for
Kathleen Scott, Sydney More than 500 local community groups, activists, councillors and state members of parliament marched along the City West Link on May 23 to protest the planned M4 East tunnel options. The protest was organised by the
Alex Tighe, Adelaide Months of rumour and doubt over the future of two Mitsubishi car plants in Adelaide have been put to rest with an announcement by the parent company Daimler-Chrysler that the Lonsdale plant will be closed down in 18 months.
In the wake of the still unfolding Abu Ghraib prisoner torture scandal, a voter backlash against Australia's participation in the US-led invasion and occupation of Iraq appears to be burying the Coalition government's re-election prospects. An AC
Doug Lorimer On June 30, the US-British Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) that currently rules Iraq will hand over governance of the country to a new US embassy headed by John Negroponte. This embassy will be staffed by 1200 US officials and
Global warming: The world is skating on thin ice Norm Dixon Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, The Day After Tomorrow, has triggered the release of vast amounts of hot air from
Otways Whatever did the premier of Victoria mean by saying at the last Victorian election that he was saving the Otways? The latest draft Otways plan says the Geelong and Warrnambool water catchments in the Otways forest will continue to be
Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the WorldBy Greg CritserAllen Lane, London, 2003232 pages, $29.95 (pb) REVIEW BY ALEX MILLER In a gruesome passage in chapter 10 of the first volume of Capital, Marx wrote of the "incredible
Nick Markin Most shoppers probably know two things about Aldi supermarkets — they are from Germany and they promise "everyday low prices". Few people have any idea of the secretive anti-union empire that lurks behind the Aldi name. From running
CARACAS — According to Venezuelan vice-president Jose Vicente Rangel, 130 individuals have been detained after a group of 70 Colombian paramilitary on May 9. Several dozen people have been presented before military judges, including 13 men captured


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