Kiraz Janicke, Sydney On September 1, 60 people packed out the conference room at Sydney University's Darlington Centre to hear Tammam Sulaiman, Syria's ambassador to Australia, speak on "War in the Middle East — A Syrian Perspective". The forum
At an August 28 press conference in Jakarta, activists expressed disappointment over a recent decision by the governments of Indonesia and East Timor to extend the mission of the Truth and Friendship Commission (KKP). They also called for the KKP to
Bittersweet SixteenBlack 47<http://www.gadflyrecords.com> REVIEW BY BILL NEVINS Larry Kirwan's never been a quiet immigrant. Since his green suede Irish boots hit American ground some 30 years ago, the man's been rocking and screaming his
Claims by left-leaning presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of massive fraud in the July 2 election have been rejected by Mexico's electoral court. The original results had Lopez Obrador losing by just 0.58% to right-wing candidate
Born Jewish: A Childhood in Occupied EuropeBy Marcel LiebmanVerso, 2005181 pages, $39.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON The Belgian brothers, Marcel, Henri, Leon and Jean-Claude Liebman, sustained by "the patriotism of official ceremonies and school
MELBOURNE — Five years after the rescue of 433 refugees by the Norwegian freighter the MV Tampa, 600 people formed a "human installation" on the footbridge over the Yarra River on August 26. The protest was organised by Victoria's Refugee Action
Frank Hardy: Politics, Literature, LifeBy Jenny HockingLothian Books, 2005310 pages, $39.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON It took 40 police and the Tactical Response Group to arrest Frank Hardy in 1986 at a Writers-in-the-Park event at the Harold
Peter Boyle As this column is written, the tally of civilian casualties from the war on Iraq is estimated by Iraq Body Count (<http://www.iraqbodycount.net>) at between 41,041 and 45,613 — and rising fast. This is a war that the
Michaela Stubbs, Melbourne On August 30, anti-nuclear campaigners staged protest actions at the offices of engineering company Parsons Brinckerhoff as part of a national day of protest against the federal government's plan to set up a nuclear waste
Justine Kamprad, Geelong On August 28, the 13 workers employed by Williamstown Sheet Metal Pty Ltd, in the south-west Melbourne suburb of Laverton North, took their first ever industrial action. The workers voted unanimously to refuse the company's
We — video documentary featuring Arundhati RoyCreated & distributed on the internet anonymouslyDownload free at <http://www.weroy.org> or order a DVD for a small donationDVD version produced by Joe Alamo, New York REVIEW BY LACHLAN
MELBOURNE — A national anti-nuclear symposium will be held at the Victorian State Library on September 15 and at the Victorian Trades Hall Council the next day. It is being organised by the Beyond Nuclear Initiative, a collaborative project between
VENEZUELA: Chavez calls for Israeli leaders to face trial On August 24, several thousand people gathered on the Calvary Steps in the Caracas suburb of El Silencio to hear speakers call for justice for the Lebanese and Palestinian peoples, and to
Widely respected Indigenous activist Sam Watson is contesting the Queensland state election on September 9 for the Socialist Alliance, standing against Premier Peter Beattie in the seat of Brisbane Central. Following are some of the statements of
SYDNEY — Acting NSW prisons commissioner Ian McLean misled parliament when he claimed that the women prisoners of the Emu Plains minimum security prison initiated reductions to their visiting hours, Brett Collins of Justice Action claimed on
Aaron Benedek, Sydney Around 60 people attended a "What's the Future of the Block?" forum organised by the student union at Sydney University on August 29. The forum was addressed by Peter Valilis from the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) and Geoff


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