Fred Fuentes In some of the biggest university student demonstrations seen during the last decade, thousands of students downed pens and poured into the streets on April 28 to protest the federal government's attacks on student unions. Called by
Jon Lamb Three days of negotiations over the disputed maritime boundary between East Timor and Australia concluded in Dili on April 29. Australian foreign minister Alexander Downer announced that in exchange for East Timor's agreement to defer
Hollywood and the Holocaust — Examines Hollywood's complex — and sometimes contradictory — responses to the horrors of Nazi Germany. SBS, Friday, May 6, 7.30pm. Get Up Stand Up: Say it Loud — Investigates the rich history of politics in
Sarah Stephen On April 26, 50 East Timorese asylum seekers were hand delivered letters rejecting their applications for refugee status in Australia, and given 28 days to leave the country. The immigration department (DIMIA) is offering individuals
Gag Rule: On the Suppression of Dissent and the Stifling of DemocracyBy Lewis H. LaphamThe Penguin Press, 2004178 pages, US$19.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON When the US went to war against Iraq, a majority of people in the US opposed the
Twenty people attended a vigil and BBQ outside Melbourne's Maribyrnong detention centre on April 23. The vigil, organised by the Australian Democrats, was addressed by Democrats Senator Lyn Allison, Margarita Windisch from the Socialist Alliance
Michael Karadjis Thirty years ago, the Vietnamese people carried out a world-historic defeat of US imperialism, under the banner of constructing a new, socially just, society. Yet today, rising capitalism, corruption and a growing rich-poor gap are
David Bacon, Honduras When the Honduran Congress took up ratification of the Central American Free Trade Agreement last year, more than 1000 demonstrators filled the streets of Tegucigalpa, angrily denouncing the proposal. Congress ratified CAFTA
Alex Bainbridge, Hobart On April 17, 1000 people rallied at the Southport Lagoon Conservation Area, south of Hobart, to protest against logging at Recherche Bay, the site of French landings in 1792 and 1793 that have tremendous historical
Sarah Stephen, Sydney On April 22, Sereana Naikelekele and her three young children were released from Villawood detention centre on a bridging visa, after spending almost three years behind razor wire. The Federal Court had decided a week
Kathy Newnam, Darwin As the case against the NT government and three prison officers for the murder of Douglas Scott in Berrimah prison on July 5, 1985, draws to a close, the depth of the cover-up surrounding his death has been exposed. The case,
A Scottish miner was walking home one night with a bunch of pheasants he had illegally poached from the estate of a local landowner, when the landowner appeared and demanded that the miner hand over the pheasants. "Why should I hand them over to
Trisha Reimers Concern is mounting over changes to state education legislation that have been labeled "unfair and unworkable", and teachers at one high school in Victoria have vowed to strike over the forced resignation of a colleague. The
Vannessa Hearman, Melbourne As talks between East Timor and Australia re-commenced in Dili, the Timor Sea Justice Campaign (TSJC) was notified on April 27 that its latest television commercials were again refused broadcast by TV stations. The ads,
Rohan Pearce The New York-based Human Rights Watch has called for the US government to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the role US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld and former CIA head George Tenet played in the torture of detainees
For Australia, as for many nations, World War I remains the most costly conflict ever in terms of deaths and casualties. From a population of fewer than five million, 300,000 men enlisted, of which more than 60,000 were killed and 156,000 were


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