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Jo Williams, Melbourne On April 6, members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) at meetings on two separate campuses of the Victoria University of Technology (VUT) decided to go ahead with a planned 48-hour strike, scheduled for April
Roberto Jorquera, an activist from the Venezuelan Solidarity Network in Australia, is in Caracas to help prepare for the solidarity brigade the network is organising from July 25-August 15, and to report on the unfolding revolution there. Regular
The Harvard Corporation, the university's highest governing body, announced on April 4 that it would sell its shares in PetroChina, because the company is "too closely tied to genocide in Sudan". The decision was greeted with jubilation by black-clad
Max Lane Around 200 East Timorese protesters were attacked on April 9 by police, including special branch paramilitary forces. The protesters had gathered at the Santa Cruz cemetery, the site of a 1991 protest where participants were massacred by
From March 31-April 30, the US-Mexico border in Arizona will be flooded with dangerous, armed idiots, as an estimated 2000 volunteers join the "Minutemen Project", which describes itself as "Americans doing the job Congress won't". The volunteers
Ewa Jasiewicz is a human-rights activist and journalist from London who lived in US-occupied Iraq from June 2003 to February 2004. For much of her time there, she lived in Basra, working closely with a crucial union for workers in the oil industry.
Limerick City Council is considering a motion to declare Limerick city the world's first Caterpillar-free zone. In 2003, a Caterpillar bulldozer ran over human rights activist Rachel Corrie as she attempted to stop a house being demolished in Gaza,
I saw the pricks pricking balloonsI saw them seizing kitesthey were protecting ignorance for the sake of all uptights.They all wore coppers' uniformsthey all had coppers' minds,barely a brain cell between them,these are John Howard's times.When
Message Stick: Koori Court — "Broken Bones" is a gritty tale of social realism, portraying both the negative and positive aspects of Indigenous family culture. ABC, Friday, April 15, 6pm. Get Up Stand Up: We Shall Overcome — Identifies the
Roberto Jorquera, an activist from the Venezuelan Solidarity Network in Australia, is in Caracas to help prepare for the solidarity brigade the network is organising from July 25-August 15, and to report on the unfolding revolution there. Regular
On April 2, hundreds of people across Britain joined protests organised by asylum seekers facing deportation from that country. Actions were held in Glasgow, London, Nottingham, Oxford, Canterbury and Manchester, where more than 700 marched. Three
Israelis believe Palestinians should leave In an April 4 poll of Israelis carried out by the Madar Palestinian Centre for Israel Studies, 42% agreed that the Israeli state should encourage Palestinians with Israeli citizenship to leave the country,
SYDNEY — The NSW branch of the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union (CEPU) is challenging an attempt of one of its officials to seek compensation in the Industrial Relations Commission (IRC). CEPU NSW branch vice-president Peter Jones
Terry Costello& Sue Bolton, Melbourne The Community and Public Sector Union's national leadership has responded to the new political environment of increased attacks on unions by battening down the hatches and reinforcing the bunker. At its
On March 19, 14 people were arrested for "public violence" after 750 people from the Kennedy Road Informal Settlement in Claire Estate blockaded a major road with burning tyres for four hours. On March 21, 1200 people marched to the local police
Tim Anderson The federal government, backed by mining company-funded "think tanks", has a new agenda for Aboriginal land rights: privatise them. And privatisation here, as elsewhere, means that the sharks will move in. In February, Indigenous

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