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Greg Adamson On August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on the historic Japanese city of Hiroshima. While this was a military triumph for the United States, for scientists, including Albert Einstein, it was a tragedy. A new weapon of immense
Annolies Truman, Perth The 107 Perth construction workers who have received writs from the secretive Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) will have their first federal court appearance in Perth on August 29. The Construction,
Suiting Themselves, How Corporations are Driving the Global AgendaBy Sharon BederEarthscan, London258 pages, $55.50available in Australia from <http://www.dadirect.com.au> Escaping the Matrix, How We the People Can change the WorldBy
On July 23, defence minister Brendan Nelson announced that Canberra is willing to contribute armed Australian soldiers to a "robust" (meaning armed and prepared to carry out combat operations) international "peacekeeping" force to "stablise" Lebanon.
Max Lane, Jakarta On July 23, 1500 people attended a rally at the National Library of Indonesia to publicly launch a new political party — the Preparatory Committee of the National Liberation Party of Unity (KP-Papernas) — for the 2009
On July 25, an Irish court acquitted five protesters, including Ciaran O'Reilly from Brisbane, of damaging a US war plane at Shannon airport to protest against the Iraq war. All are pacifists from the Catholic Worker Movement, and used hammers and an
Close relationship "I've reminded the prime minister ... over the past months that it was not always a given that the United States and America would have a close relationship." — Emperor George Bush II, June 29, at a joint White House press
Stalingrad — Anti-war drama made to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the pivotal WWII battle, Germany's worst defeat and the beginning of the end. SBS, Friday, August 4, 12.05am. Message Stick: Faith Thomas — Faith Thomas was the first
On July 24, 20,000 people rallied to mark President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's annual State of the Nation address to the Philippines Congress. Arroyo has survived a deep political crisis that resulted from revelations of widespread cheating during the
JindabyneDirected by Ray LawrenceScreenplay by Beatrix ChristianWith Laura Linney and Gabriel ByrneShowing at major cinemas REVIEW BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS Four men go on a weekend fishing trip into the high-country of the Snowy Mountains. It's an
Liam Mitchell, Sydney On July 24, a lunchtime solidarity meeting with a member of the Western Australian branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) who is facing a heavy fine for taking strike action was held on the
Nick Fredman "Religion is the opium of the people." One of Karl Marx's best-known quotes seems to be saying that religion is a wholly negative phenomenon that prevents people from seeing the world as it is and changing it for the better. In this