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Sixty-six per cent of Venezuelans intend to vote for Hugo Chavez in the December 3 presidential elections, according to a poll conducted by the US organisation North American Opinion Research Inc, released on February 16. Opposition candidate Julio
Alex Bainbridge, Sydney While rich celebrities and politicians gathered at the Opera House on February 17 for the state-organised glamourisation of the life of Australia's richest person, around 40 people protested outside. The protesters pointed
PERTH — On February 12, a protest against threats to sections of Kalamunda Hospital drew hundreds of residents to Stirk Park in Kalamunda. The WA Labor government has announced the closure of obstetrics and paediatrics at Kalamunda, although
Sue Bull, Ballarat In the first action of its kind, the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) has launched a class action on behalf of 700 academics and general staff at the University of Ballarat claiming that their employment contracts are
Federico Fuentes It seems a strange way to fight a war against terrorism but the US government currently has five Cuban men imprisoned for "espionage" when they were gathering information on terrorists. The men's case is currently before the
MELBOURNE — Environmental groups have accused the waste disposal company Cleanaway of polluting the Moonee Ponds Creek and vowed to fight plans to extend the life of the Tullamarine landfill. The Friends of Steele Creek claim that the landfill
Hands off Venezuela and Venezuela Solidarity Campaign supporters gathered outside the Venezuelan consulate in London on February 15 to express solidarity with the Venezuelan revolution and to oppose the attacks made on Venezuela by Prime Minister
Dale Mills Receiving almost no corporate media coverage, a Senate committee recommended on January 31 the passage of a bill that will make it easier for the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to police and shoot civilians. The powers go well beyond
Pip Hinman PM John Howard has announced that Australian troops in the southern Iraqi province of Al-Muthanna will not be pulled out in May, as previously mooted. Howard was quoted by the February 13 Australian as saying he was "not going to be part
In a February 9-12 USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll, 56% of US residents surveyed described themselves as opponents of the Iraq war, compared to only 40% who said they were supporters. Fifty-five per cent believe the US invasion of Iraq was a mistake. In
SYDNEY — On February 15, the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network (Aftinet) held a meeting to report back on the World Trade Organisation's December 13-18 summit in Hong Kong. Aftinet spokesperson Jemma Bailey described the summit as a
MELBOURNE — Two dozen people attended an emergency action called by the Socialist Alliance on the steps of Parliament House here on February 14 to support removing control of RU486 from the federal health minister and returning it to the
Green Left Weekly has been informed that our website, <http://www.greenleft.org.au>, has won a Hitwise Online Performance Award for the most popular website in Australia in 2005 in the "lifestyle and politics" category. The Hitwise awards,
Green Left Weekly $250,000 Fighting Fund: Talking about serious money ... Peter Boyle "The Federal Treasurer, Peter Costello, says the late businessman Kerry Packer deserves the tax-payer funded state memorial service being held at the Sydney
DARWIN — Four-hundred workers at the Wickham Point Natural Gas Plant walked off the job on February 10 over concerns that emergency sirens were not loud enough to be heard above the din of machinery. The workers, members of the Australian Workers
Natalie Zirngast In a victory for women's right to choose not only abortion, but also the method of a termination, the bill to remove responsibility for the abortion drug RU486 from the federal health minister and return it to the Therapeutic Goods

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