The near-meltdown of a nuclear reactor at Three Mile Island in the US in 1979 remains a major warning of the danger of nuclear power generation. What makes an industrial accident involving a nuclear power plant so much more dangerous

EUROPEAN UNION: Complicity with US torture slammed Human rights group Amnesty International has released a report on the role of European Union nations in the US program of "renditions". The report, published on June 14, documents EU complicity
Sue Bolton Spotlight became a lightning rod for mass discontent with the Howard government's anti-worker laws when one of its Coffs Habour employees, Annette Harris, went public about the pressure put on her to sign an individual contract. If
Stuart Munckton Venezuela's push to join the United Nations Security Council has triggered a new conflict between the government of socialist President Hugo Chavez and Washington, which is desperately manoeuvring to stop this from occurring.
Emma Clancy On July 8-10, young activists from around Australia will be attending the national conference of the socialist youth organisation Resistance, at Glebe Town Hall in Sydney. Green Left Weekly spoke to Resistance members about being an
Sarah Knopp, a member of the Green Party and the International Socialist Organization, won 17.2% of the vote in the June 6 election for California's superintendent for public instruction. The result is believed to be a Green Party record for a
SYDNEY — Congratulations to the winners of the first Sydney Green Left Weekly raffle of 2006, which was drawn at GLW's Club Che Latin fiesta on June 17. First prize went to K. Baker of Caringbah, who won $400 worth of books, CDs and DVDs. Second
The following abridged letter from Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary of Congress of South African Trade Unions, was handed to the Australian High Commissioner on June 13. Workers' interests in Australia are being increasingly undermined. The
Shane Bentley The weeks of street demonstrations and strike days that forced the French government to withdraw the First Employment Contract laws in April occurred 70 years after another historic event — the wave of strikes and factory
Protests calling for an end to Burma's military dictatorship were held in more than 25 countries around the world on June 19, marking the 61st birthday of Aung San Suu Kyi. Suu Kyi, the leader of Burma's National League For Democracy, is under house
Colin Mitchell, Melbourne On June 14, 13 men who were arrested in sensationalised raids in Melbourne in November and March appeared in court and were charged with belonging to an unnamed terrorist organisation and donating money to that
Nick Everett East Timor's current political crisis began when a group of soldiers from the country's west — which grew from 140 to 591 — signed a petition claiming discrimination inside the 1300-strong East Timorese Defence Force (FDTL). In
Coral Wynter & Jim McIlroy, Caracas The June 20 Diario Vea reported that more than 4000 campesinos (peasants) marched in the town of Guasdualito, in Apure state, near the border with Colombia. The protesters alleged that right-wing paramilitaries
CANBERRA — A delegation from the Northern Territory visited federal politicians in Canberra on June 21-22 to express their opposition to a proposed radioactive waste dump mooted for the NT. The delegation consisted of Mt Everard traditional
Pablo Stefanoni, La Paz Only a few days out from the July 2 constituent assembly elections and referendum on regional autonomy, the focus of Bolivia's electoral campaign was not any of the candidates — most of them practically unknown to voters
Alice Tinning & David King, Melbourne The Howard government's $55 million "Protected by Law" advertising campaign has been a dismal failure. Some 6 million booklets explaining the virtues of the individual contract have not even seen the light of


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