The Sixth World Social Forum will be held in Caracas on January 24-29, and is expected to involve some 100,000 participants in more than 2000 events. Themes include "Power, politics and the fight for social emancipation" and "Imperial strategies and
Roberto Jorquera The National Assembly (AN) elections held on December 4 marked another significant step forward in Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution led by socialist president Hugo Chavez. Pro-Chavez candidates won all 167 seats, receiving nearly
Lisa Macdonald, Sydney Delegates to the Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP) Congress adopted a resolution which commits the DSP to continuing to find the ways of uniting the left in campaigns to defend working people. The DSP and the Socialist
Sue Bolton, Melbourne After a vigorous debate, delegates to the Democratic Socialist Perspective's 22nd Congress on January 5-8 reaffirmed the DSP's commitment to building the Socialist Alliance as a new party project. This followed an extensive
Justin Tutty, Darwin The Radioactive Waste Management Act was passed by federal parliament on December 8 after debate was postponed to allow 20 days for an inquiry into the legislation. The inquiry was uncommonly brief — it failed to visit the
Ian Jamieson, Fremantle In an Australia-wide precedent, waterside workers in Fremantle have won the right to insist on safety standards on ships bearing asbestos. During the Christmas break, wharfies employed by Patricks came across suspicious
Indigenous resistance to previous terror laws Nicole Watson When Captain Arthur Phillip unloaded his cargo in Sydney Cove on that fateful day in 1788, Indigenous people became the victims of a number of legal fictions. The first was terra
Dave Riley Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer ran out of petrol and reluctantly died of kidney failure on Boxing Day. He was 68. When I look back at a life such as his I am reminded that we are all victims of the slings and arrows of outrageous
Kim Bullimore, Melbourne Thousands of Indigenous Australians and their supporters are expected to converge here on March 15, the first day of the Commonwealth Games. The protest, organised by the Black GST, will highlight the on-going racism and
Lisa Macdonald, Sydney Two years ago, Redfern teenager TJ Hickey was killed while being chased by police. A year later, a corrupt police brief (a large amount of evidence was not included) was presented to the NSW coroner, John Abernethy, for his


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