Sarah Stephen, Sydney The Refugee Action Coalition held a protest outside the immigration department's offices on February 10 to call for an end to mandatory detention in light of the Cornelia Rau scandal. RAC activist Ian Rintoul condemned the
Sarah Stephen Asylum seekers in Australian detention centres and the refugee-rights movement have for years tried to convey the awful human cost of the mandatory detention system. But it took the horrific experience of Cornelia Rau, a mentally ill
Max Lane The March 24 public meeting that will set the Third Asia Pacific International Solidarity Conference (APISC 2005) in motion will not feature a panel of speakers from Asia or the Pacific island countries. A single speaker — former US
[The following statement by detainees at the Baxter detention centre in South Australia was issued on February 8.] The public inquiry into the happenings of the unlawful detention of Cornelia Rau should not be short-sighted but expanded into an
Trevor Ngwane, Johannesburg The World Social Forum is coming to Africa in 2007. This is great news. But how exactly will the coming of the WSF to Africa in 2007 advance the struggle against neoliberalism and capitalist domination? This is an
MELBOURNE — On February 10, Jack Thomas, who is facing charges under "anti-terrorism" laws, appealed the decision not to grant him bail. Under the "anti-terrorism" laws, suspects may not be granted bail unless there are exceptional mitigating
An estimated 200 million people died as a result of war during the 20th century, including: World War I (1914-18): 15 million World War II (1937-45): 55 million Korean War (1950-53): 2.8 million Vietnam War (1960-75): 3.5 million Gulf War
Che Guevara Chris Slee's review of Mike Gonzalez's book Che Guevara and the Cuban Revolution (GLW #614), while challenging the author's anti-Che biases and cliches, unfortunately introduces a few of his own. Che did not intend to "initiate a
On February 5, National Guard General Felipe Rodriguez was arrested in Venezuela. Rodriguez was charged by state prosecutor Danilo Anderson, since murdered, with being involved in bombing the Spanish and Colombian embassies two years ago and for his
Mike Stark, Chicago In 1999, I was driving Ossie Davis around Washington, D.C., during a visit he made to participate in a delegation to the White House in support of Pennsylvania death row prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Drawing on his Georgia roots,
James Vassilopoulos, Melbourne Eighty members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) employed at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology decided on February 8 to continue work bans in pursuit of a new enterprise bargaining agreement.
Getting Away with Genocide? Elusive Justice and the Khmer Rouge TribunalBy Tom Fawthrop and Helen JarvisUNSW Press, Sydney, 2005320 pages, $39.95 (pb) REVIEW BY TONY ILTIS Commentators of the Gerard Henderson variety accuse the "left" of having