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Sarah Stephen Aladdin Sisalem, a 25-year-old Palestinian born in Kuwait, has spent the last four years in search of a country that could offer him freedom from persecution. On May 31, he finally found it, as he flew into Melbourne with a visa in
Alex Tighe Too bad if you happen to be employed in a small business that decides to cut costs by making you redundant. Even worse luck if you have worked there for several years. The Coalition government has displayed its aggressive anti-worker
Katie Cherrington, Newcastle Rank-and-file members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) are uniting across the country against the May 5 decision by the union's National Management Committee (NMC) to close the Hunter region organising
Alison Dellit Colombian oil workers have returned to work after a victorious 37-day strike against the privatisation of the state-run oil company Ecopetrol. Colombia's government has been progressively privatising Ecopetrol through a restructure
Dr Marg Perrott The federal government's attack on confidential medical access for those under 16 is yet another example of the government's right-wing ideological offensive against people in need and the population in general. On December 5 last
Steven Katsineris The US wants to upgrade its half-century intelligence presence on Cyprus into a fully fledged army base when the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides agree on reunification, according to a report by Iason Athanasiadis in the March 6
Seeds of Deception: Exposing industry and government lies about the safety of the genetically engineered foods you're eatingBy Jeffery M. SmithScribe Publications, 2004292 pages, $30 (pb) REVIEWED BY PHIL SHANNON Dr Arpad Pusztai wasn't expecting
Dianne Hiles, Sydney The Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) undertook an inquiry during 2002 into children in immigration detention. On May 13, the report, "A Last Resort?", and its recommendations were tabled, very quietly, in
Roberto Jorquera Venezuela's National Electoral Council (CNE) announced on June 4 that opponents of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez had managed to collect enough valid signatures to demand a recall referendum for the presidency. Martin Sanchez
Rohan Pearce On June 1, PM John Howard finally admitted that Australian soldiers had known that US soldiers were torturing Iraqi prisoners. Up until then, his government had insisted that Australian officials had found out about illegal US
Dark Dreams: Australian refugee stories by young writers aged 11-20 yearsEdited by Sonja Dechian, Heather Millar and Eva SallisWakefield Press, 2004$19.95 (pb) REVIEW BY SARAH STEPHEN Dark Dreams is a fascinating anthology of essays, interviews
Tony Iltis, Melbourne On May 29, Preston Markets management called the police to a Socialist Alliance campaign stall. Since 1999, the stall has been held regularly on Saturdays at the markets. Activists at the stall were leafleting for the June
Paul Oboohov, Canberra The ACT Labor government, with the support of the Liberal MLAs, rammed a bill through the ACT Legislative Assembly on May 25 to make the Gungahlin Drive extension immune from planning and environmental legislation. The
Kamala Emanuel On May 27, Prime Minister John Howard announced his plan to amend the Family Law Act to exclude same-sex couples from the definition of marriage and to ban them from adopting children from overseas. As a sweetener, the legislation
During the past 20 years, our life at work has become more stressful, unsafe and unrewarding. Some of us are taking home more money, but often the price is double shifts, enforced overtime and less time for family and leisure. Others are working two
REVIEW BY DAVE RILEY TroyDirected by Wolfgang PetersenWith Brad Pitt and Eric BanaScreenplay by David Bewioff For an uncomfortably long time into this movie I thought I had done my dough. I don't like investing risk money into my entertainments

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