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Over the last few weeks it has been confirmed by the government-initiated commission of inquiry that AWN Ltd, Australia's wheat export monopoly, paid $300 million in bribes to the government of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein between 1999 and 2003 to
Stuart Martin, Melbourne The workers at Colrain's Derrimut site who have been fighting the imposition of individual contracts (AWAs) won on December 19, despite the company's use of scabs, physical intimidation and the police to attempt to break
Last month, during a visit to Cuba by East Timorese Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri, Cuban President Fidel Castro announced that Cuba is prepared to send up to 300 doctors to East Timor, in addition to the 65 currently working there. This year, more
Dale Mills Protesters and Japanese whaling vessels clashed on January 15 when a grenade-tipped harpoon was fired near Greenpeace activists off Mawson Coast, part of the Australian Antarctic Territory. Japan insists on pursuing its policy of
Their names sink down in the nation's history.SIEV X. The strange name of a shameful story.353 children and adults gently sought out our compassion,We could hear them from behind the fencesWhile we saw their souls float away.They are asleep.
Doug Lorimer The final outcome of Iraq's December 15 parliamentary election was announced by the country's electoral commission on January 20. The United Iraqi Alliance, the coalition of Shiite religious parties that dominates the current
Stuart Munckton On January 12, as part of Venezuela's commitment to provide cheap heating fuel to the US poor, an agreement was signed with Maine state governor John Baldacci to provide heating oil at a 40% discount to low-income residents in
Michael Shaik The collapse of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has caused a storm of controversy around the world as opinion-makers on left and right have vied with one another to define his life, his career and his "legacy". On January 7, the
On January 17, more than 200 rank-and-file workers demonstrated at the Human Resource Ministry in Putrajaya, forcing the deputy minister to meet with a delegation of protesters. The protest was led by the Coalition of Factory Workers and Trade Unions
Rohan Pearce As the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq approaches, the imperial ambitions of the Bush junior White House are running smack-bang into the reality of what seems to be a militarily unwinnable counterinsurgency war. The reserves
On January 19, at least 100 political leaders and movement activists were arrested or house-detained following early morning raids by King Gyanendra's autocratic army, which seized power in a February 2005 coup. The arrests took place on the eve of a
War criminal Could John Howard please explain how "sedition laws" might compare to the international law of "inciting a war of aggression". Clearly, if truth is a defence, the attack on Iraq will always be illegal and Howard will always be a war
A United Nations report leaked to the Australian and reported in its January 19 edition found that under Indonesia's brutal occupation of East Timor between 1975 and 1999 some 183,000 East Timorese people were killed. Public beheadings, genital
Premier Morris IemmaNSW government I write to comment on the new public disorder powers, and to inform you and your police that I consider them to be bad laws. I do not wish myself or any member of my family to ever be physically touched by
The following statement was issued by the socialist youth organisation Resistance on December 13 in response to the racist attacks in Cronulla on December 11. In response to the weekend's events in Cronulla, PM John Howard has attempted to deny the
Jon Lamb On January 12, Australia and East Timor signed a deal establishing a 50-50 split of royalties from the lucrative Greater Sunrise gas field in the Timor Sea. The Certain Maritime Arrangements in the Timor Sea (CMATS) rules out East

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