MELBOURNE — Thousands of people marched on June 4 to mark World Environment Day and call on the state Labor government to protect Victoria's old-growth forests. The world's largest "tree hug" took place when a 70-metre-long banner, representing the
Alison Dellit, Canberra On June 7, the ACT Labor government announced the closure of 39 schools (and the loss of 160 teaching jobs), the cutting of another 500 public service jobs and severe cuts to superannuation for the remaining workers, two new
GEELONG — A protest outside the local mail centre on June 9 coincided with Australia Post's first transfer of Geelong mail to Dandenong to be sorted by machine, placing local jobs at risk. Speakers at the protest included federal Labor MP Gavin
On May 3, Bolivian President Evo Morales issued the following statement in response to a declaration by Bolivia's key business federations attacking his government's policies. Yesterday, Bolivians were able to read in the newspapers a declaration
A nuke in every car? "A review will help establish whether uranium enrichment or nuclear power plants are viable options for Australia ... If nothing else, the high petrol prices of the past few months show that we are approaching a crisis in oil
SYDNEY — Residents of Marrickville in Sydney's inner west have formed a climate change campaign group, one of many local groups forming in Sydney suburbs, including Bondi, Maroubra and Newtown. Sixteen people attended the Marrickville Climate
Leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, a collective security organisation formed in 2001 by China, Russia and four former Soviet Central Asian republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) have welcomed Iran's decision to
Phil Bradley It would be no surprise to most that the Howard government is continuing its ideological attack on the public TAFE system, including through the so-called Skilling Australia's Workforce Act and the May 9 federal budget. With billions
An annual survey of trade union rights violations published on June 7 by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions found that 115 trade unionists were murdered in 2005 for defending workers' rights, more than 1600 were violently assaulted,
Doug Lorimer On June 7, a US air strike killed Abu Musab al Zarqawi, the Jordanian-born leader of the Jamaat al Tawhid wal Jihad group, often referred to as "Al Qaeda in Iraq". The June 8 London Times noted that Zarqawi was "a totemic figure",
A USA Today/Gallup poll, conducted on May 22-24, showed the Iraq war remains the top concern for US voters. Respondents were asked "What issue do you think should be the top priority for the president and Congress to deal with?" Forty-two percent
On May 29, Britain's National Association of Teachers and Further and Higher Education voted to support an academic boycott of Israel's higher education institutions. NATFHE, which represents more than 67,000 educators, also passed a motion
Jim Green Labor's resources spokesperson Martin Ferguson is leading the charge for the ALP to drop its opposition to new uranium mines. This is despite the fact that a recent Newspoll found that 78% of ALP voters, and 53% of Coalition voters,
New Orleans Jazz and Heritage FestivalNew Orleans, LouisianaApril 28-30 and May 5-7 REVIEW BY BILL NEVINS AND PRISCILLA BACA Y CANDALARIA It was a long-delayed, emotion-charged journey for Johnny James this late April day, and he welcomed a chat
Fiona Roberts, Melbourne On June 5, 180 people attended a debate on uranium mining at the Northcote Town Hall organised by the Socialist Alliance. The speakers were Martin Ferguson, Labor MP for the federal seat of Batman; Dr Jim Green, the
The following is a response to questions posed by the US-based People's Weekly World editorial board to Fathi M. El Fadl, a leader of the Sudanese Communist Party, about the current situation in Sudan and in particular Darfur. Founded in 1946, the


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