Doug Lorimer "I call on all religious and political powers that pushed towards the elections and took part in them to issue an official statement calling for a timetable for the withdrawal of the occupation forces from Iraq", Moqtada al Sadr, the
Selena Black, Sydney On February 11, hundreds of building workers were sacked in Sydney and Queensland by the collapsed company Walter Construction Group. Walter went into receivership on February 1 and many more of its 1000 employees are likely
Barry Healy A new and extensive investigation into Haiti's human rights situation has found that conditions in the country have sharply deteriorated since the elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, was snatched from the country by US forces in
On January 20, more than 10,000 secondary students from 18 schools in Quito took to the streets, demanding access to concession fares and student cards. Organised by the Federation of Secondary Students of Ecuador, the students have declared their
The following is abridged from a call issued by a group of Melbourne activists, who can be reached at <wajpp@yahoo.com>. In March, Israeli president Moshe Katsav will tour Australia. We are calling upon all concerned with the systematic
During Easter, refugee-rights activists will converge on the Baxter Immigration Detention Centre near Port Augusta, South Australia, to protest against the ongoing human rights abuses of asylum seekers. Green Left Weekly's Virginia Brown spoke to
BRISBANE — A Socialist Alliance forum on February 8 screened videos on the history and current stage of the Acehnese national liberation movement, and heard two speakers recount stories of recent upheavals and past conflict. Coral Wynter
BRISBANE — The new wave of struggle for Aboriginal rights in Australia that began in the 1960s was launched by the Freedom Ride led by Charlie Perkins in February 1965, Murri activist Sam Watson told a solidarity night at the Jagera Centre,
SYDNEY — On February 12, exactly 40 years after the legendary 1965 Freedom Ride, 200 supporters farewelled the Freedom Ride 2005 bus as it departed from Sydney University to follow the original route. After a welcome to Gadigal Land of the Eora
On February 9, the French National Assembly passed a bill to significantly weaken the 35-hour work week won in 1998. The bill, passed four days after 300,000 people marched to defend the 35-hour work week, will now go to the Senate, where it is
Within his first 100 days in power, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono broke his election promise not to increase the price of petrol, kerosene and natural gas. Yudhoyono announced in early February that oil prices would increase this
Stuart Munckton In an editorial on January 14 attacking the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the Washington Post wrote, "Mr. Chavez has pushed through a new law that allows the government to fine or shut down private media for