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UNITED STATES: Rules changed to allow Guantanamo Bay executions The US Army has changed rules governing where military executions can take place, clearing the way for possible executions of detainees in the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay.

Selena Black, Melbourne The Northern Anti-Nuclear Alliance (NANA) has launched a campaign in the Batman electorate against Labor MP Martin Ferguson's support for increasing uranium mining in Australia. According to a January 25 Friends of the
Sarah Stephen One of the passengers aboard the outrigger canoe that landed on Cape York peninsula on January 18 was a five-year-old child. Reminiscent of so many stories of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, the boy's parents, high-profile West
Grant Morgan, Auckland The Workers Charter is launching a national newspaper in mid-February. Its editor will be John Minto, one of the best-known radical leftists in the country. John was a central organiser of the huge 1981 demonstrations against
Green Left Weekly's Walter Yoia from Resistance and Cameron Durnsford from the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network spoke to participants at the World Social Forum — held in Caracas on January 24-29 — about their impressions of the gathering.
Sarah Stephen Among the 43 West Papuan asylum seekers who were transferred to Christmas Island on January 18 are four family groups. They are living in community detention, under close guard. A family of West Timorese asylum seekers is living in
Brokeback MountainDirected by Ang LeeStarring Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, Michelle WilliamsScreening nationally REVIEW BY JOHN BRANSGROVE In his 1984 book The Celluloid Closet, Vito Russo presented a critique of the way
A Scottish Socialist Party statement on January 26 reported that Labour joined with the Tories and Liberal Democrats to vote down an SSP bill to abolish Scottish National Health Service prescription charges. The vote was lost 77 to 44, despite the
Australians protested around the country last week in solidarity with the 43 West Papuan refugees who have been detained by the federal government on Christmas Island. The protesters called on the government to immediately release the asylum seekers
Jim McIlroy & Chris Kerr, Caracas Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez proclaimed "socialism or death" in finishing his rousing speech to a rally of around 10,000 people at the Polihedro Stadium on January 27. The rally was a feature of the Latin
The Socialist Alliance calls on the federal Coalition government and the ALP opposition to learn the lesson of East Timor in relation to West Papua. Alliance spokesperson Pip Hinman said: "Last week's arrival on Cape York of 43 West Papuan asylum
Eva Cheng Despite police repression thwarting a January 20 protest against the king's autocratic rule, a defiant demonstration of 10,000-50,000 people burst onto the streets of Nepal's capital Kathmandu on January 21. This was followed by more mass