Sarah Stephen, Sydney The Howard government's decision some months back to release families and many asylum seekers from long-term detention represented a significant win for the refugee-rights movement. But the harsh refugee policy remains, and
Stuart Munckton While the land reform process and expropriation of idle factories led by the government of socialist President Hugo Chavez has captured the most media attention, a series of other measures are being put in place that give the
Cuban Missile Crisis Declassified — Tells the story of the 13 days in which the world stood on the brink of nuclear war, beginning on October 14, 1962. SBS, Saturday, October 15, 7.30pm. Message Stick: Terry Janke — Stories presented from the
On September 28, Tariq Khan, a sociology student who served four years in the US Air Force, was beaten and brutalised by right-wing students and campus police for staging a peaceful protest at a military recruitment table at George Mason University
Clinton Fernandes The destruction of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), 40 years ago following the seizure of power by pro-US military officers headed by General Suharto was a decisive event in the history of South-East Asia in the second half
An interim legislative committee in Indiana is considering a bill to prohibit gay men, lesbians and single people from using medical science to help them have a child. Assisted reproduction is defined in the bill as causing pregnancy through means
A growing list of groups and individuals around the world have signed a petition calling on the United Nations secretary-general to initiate a review of the role of the UN in West Papua's 1969 "Act of Free Choice". An alternative to a democratic
James Balowski, Jakarta On October 1, under pressure from the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono announced massive cuts to fuel subsidies. The average cost of domestic fuel rose by
WANGARATTA — A panel of unionists discussed their concerns about the federal government's proposed changes to industrial relations laws at a meeting on October 5 chaired by NSW North East and Border Trades and Labor Council (NEBTLC) secretary Steve
The article "Police drop investigation into murder of 13 Arab citizens" in GLW #644 incorrectly stated: "In the first week of the demonstrations, some 100 peaceful demonstrators and 13 Palestinians with Israeli citizenship were killed in Umm el Fahm,
On October 4, at least one million workers joined a general strike across France in opposition to stagnant wages and privatisation. Strikers demanded an end to the implementation of labour laws, passed over the northern summer, which allow companies
Shane Bentley The biggest protests in the history of New Zealand took place in 1991. The focus of this anger was the plan to introduce anti-union laws as harsh as any in the Western world. Hundreds of thousands of New Zealand workers took to the
Alison Thorne, Melbourne Craig Hall lives with a diagnosed mental illness and receives a Disability Support Pension. He's smart, hard-working and keen to get part-time work. Although his work experience is scant, he's qualified in food
Alex Bainbridge, Hobart Commercial media, politicians and business commentators are describing as a "rail crisis" the September 27 announcement by Pacific National Tasmania that it will cease freight rail services between Hobart and Burnie unless
Elizabeth Schulte& Eric Ruder, Chicago From all 50 states and all walks of life, they poured into the US capital on September 24. On buses and trains and planes, in cars and vans, they made their way to Washington, DC, to take a stand against the
Alex Bainbridge, Hobart The federal government will allow logging to occur at Recherche Bay, despite including the area on the National Heritage List on October 6. Recherche Bay was the site of two French landings in 1792-93, notable for the


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