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Sarah Stephen In the days after former Guantanamo Bay detainee Mamdouh Habib's interview with Channel Nine's 60 Minutes program aired on February 15, the Howard government and the heads of ASIO and the federal police were feeding every conceivable
Kerryn Williams A detainee in South Australia's Baxter detention centre has released a statement detailing the extent of abuse suffered by wrongly detained Australian citizen Cornelia Rau. The detainee, who shared the Red One (R-1) compound with
John Percy Laurie Aarons, general secretary of the Communist Party of Australia in the crucial years 1965-76, died earlier this month at the age of 88. The Aarons family played an important role in the CPA: Laurie's grandparents were members, his
Trent Hawkins& Fred Fuentes While students get ready for the start of the university year, federal education minister Brendan Nelson is already planning his next wave of attacks on higher education. Last December, the Australian newspaper
Doug Lorimer In the January 16 New Yorker magazine, investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reported that the Pentagon has begun updating its plans for an invasion of Iran. Hersh reported that, "Strategists at the headquarters of the US Central
Rohan Pearce On February 10, municipal elections were held in Saudi Arabia's capital Riyadh and its surrounds. The vote, the first since limited municipal elections in 1964, is to be followed by similar ballots in the south-western and eastern
Environmental pressures "More than 200 scientists employed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service say they have been directed to alter official findings to lessen protections for plants and animals, a survey released Wednesday says... More than half

SYDNEY — Sydney University lecturer Ed Aspinall gave a moving presentation about Aceh's devastation and recovery after the December 26 tsunami to a Green Left Weekly forum on February 16. Aspinall recently returned from Aceh, where he assisted

The February 8 Danish elections have left the country polarised. The ruling conservative Liberal Party retained government, despite losing four seats. Its coalition partner, the Conservatives, picked up two seats as did the anti-immigration far-right
Prostitution I welcome Ema C's call (Write On, GLW #615) for progressive groups to campaign to remove all forms of coercion from the sex industry and show solidarity with sex-workers' struggles. Sexual violence must never be tolerated. Sex workers,
'Women should decide, not politicians, the church, or the media. Repeal all anti-abortion laws!' was the theme of a February 18 picket on the steps of King George Square. The action was organised by the Socialist Alliance and endorsed by the
Naomi Klein "The Iraqi people gave America the biggest 'thank you' in the best way we could have hoped for." Reading this election analysis from Betsy Hart, a columnist for the Scripps Howard News Service, I found myself thinking about my late
ADELAIDE — On February 12, several hundred refugee supporters rallied outside the electorate office of federal immigration minister Amanda Vanstone to protest the wrongful detention of Australian resident Cornelia Rau. The rally heard speakers
BY NICOLE COLSON CHICAGO — The most popular crime shows on TV these days don't take place in a police station or courtroom. They take place in a lab — with scientists, not cops, as their heroes. Now in its fifth season, CBS's CSI: Crime Scene
Sue Bolton A Newspoll survey of 1200 people conducted for the Health Services Union of Australia has found that 53.2% of those surveyed opposed the federal Coalition government's plans to restrict unions' right of entry to workplaces. The poll was
Stuart Munckton Ernesto "Che" Guevara was murdered on October 9, 1967 — shot in the head by a Bolivian soldier in the presence of the CIA. When the world's powerful cheered the brutal murder of the anti-imperialist and revolutionary socialist

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