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The Coalition government presents itself as the champion of families. Its election manifesto stated: "Strong families are the bedrock of society. A supportive family is the greatest source of emotional stability and social development anyone
The Chequebook and the Cruise-Missile: Conversations with Arundhati RoyBy David BarsamianHarper Perennial, 2004178 pages, $22.95 (tpb) Review by Lachlan Malloch Arundhati Roy is usually introduced as "the Indian writer who won the 1997 Booker
Sue Bolton The ALP is preparing a further shift to the right, at the same time as trade unions are working out how to deal with the re-elected Coalition government's impending assault on them. As part of preparing Labor shift further to the
Norm Dixon In recent weeks, scientists have released two separate findings that indicate the consequences of global warming due to the emission of "greenhouse gases" — primarily carbon dioxide (CO2) from the industrial burning of fossil fuels —
Kim Bullimore, Israel Angie Zelter, a well-known non-violent peace and human rights activist from Britain, is currently being held by the Israeli authorities in a cell at Ben Gurion airport, Israel. Zelter, a founding member of the Trident
Bin Laden in the Suburbs: Criminalising the Arab Other Scott Poynting, Greg Noble, Paul Tabar, and Jock CollinsSydney Institute of Criminology, 2004352 pages, $45, (pb) Bin Laden in the Suburbs argues that we are witnessing the emergence of the
Sarah Stephen &Roberto Jorquera, Sydney Labor's newly appointed shadow immigration minister, Laurie Ferguson, told the October 28 Melbourne Age that he was a "bit sick of being lectured to by people". He claimed that refugee advocates were "usually
Stuart Munckton "Caracas is a place where people have woken up. Revolution is part of everyday vocabulary", wrote Heiko Khoo, an activist from the international solidarity campaign Hands Off Venezuela in a July article on the In Defence of Marxism
On the Box Message Stick: Thancoupie — Profiles Australia's most famous Indigenous potter renowned for creating stunning spherical forms with Indigenous designs. ABC, Friday November 5, 6pm. Transamazonian Highway — Includes footage of the
Kathy Newnam, Darwin Support for the One Mile Dam Aboriginal community, just outside Darwin's CBD, has been growing since the launch of the Kumbutjil Association in early 2004. But this support has not been matched by action from the NT
Dear fellow trade unionists and social activists, On October 2, the national council of my union, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), joined other unions in protesting the jailing of former Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU)
Brian Stephens, Harare A delegation of 13 unionists from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was deported from Zimbabwe under armed escort on October 26. The delegation was investigating the situation in the lead up to national
Nicole Hilder, Wollongong Refusing to be intimidated by the September 19 fire-bombing of the Sandon Point Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the "Sandonistas" — Save Sandon Point activists — continue to take on the NSW government, Wollongong Council and
Doug Lorimer US commanders have indicated they will launch an all-out assault on the rebel Iraqi city of Fallujah shortly after the November 2 US presidential election. In preparation for this assault, on October 26 the US military tightened its
I spent fifteen years in a single cellThe cold could be predicted, food not soMy body languished, my spirit fed well. I shivered with the ghosts of those who fellTwo tiny holes let in a concrete glowI spent fifteen years in a single cell. My
Kim Bullimore, West Bank Munira Amer's house was once surrounded by green fields, gardens and an agricultural nursery full of olive and decorative trees, grapevines and flowers, which her husband Hani took care of. Now the land around Munira and

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