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Sarah Stephen, Sydney Staff at the University of New South Wales face an unprecedented attack in the wake of vice-chancellor Fred Hilmer's pursuit of his vision for UNSW as one of the "top three" universities in Australia. Before the ink was even
It's official! Creation of Israel not part of 'freedom agenda' "You know, I've heard this theory about everything was just fine until we arrived, and kind of we're going to stir up the hornet's nest theory. It just doesn't hold water, as far as I'm
Voices I would like to truly congratulate Angela Budai and Vivienne Porzsolt from Jews Against the Occupation their letter (GLW #679). Quotes such as, "We place an equal value on Palestinian, Israeli and Lebanese lives and regard any loss of life as
Doug Lorimer On August 24, British troops in south-eastern Maysan province abandoned their base, which, Reuters reported had been under "almost nightly attack". The base has been a target for frequent mortar and rocket barrages since being set up in
Michael Bull John Cummins, whom many consider the greatest trade union leader of our time, died after a year-long battle with cancer on August 29. Cummo, as he was known, was either the most loved, or the most feared, of all union leaders. He
Linda Seaborn, Hobart On August 26, Victoria's Supreme Court rejected Tasmanian timber company Gunns Ltd's third statement of claim, in which it detailed its case against 20 people and called for $6.9 million in compensation. In December 2004,
Sue Bolton, Melbourne The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) — originally established to protect consumers from shonky trade practices — has now been enlisted in the Howard government's drive to destroy trade unions as
Kim White, Sydney Last minute legal action in the Federal Magistrate's Court on August 29 resulted in an interim injunction to prevent a Bangladeshi man from being deported to India the next day. The deportation order was the immigration
Peter Gellert, Mexico City A massive civic movement in the southern state of Oaxaca has placed what was a local conflict onto the centre stage of Mexican political life. In May, Local 22 of the National Teachers Union — which in Oaxaca has a
In this comment piece, Raul Bassi, an Argentine-born member of the Socialist Alliance, argues that Venezuela's admission to full membership of Mercosur — the "Common Market of the South" set up in 1991 between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and
Roberto Jorquera Workers at BHP's Escondida copper mine in northern Chile voted on August 31 to end their strike and accept a deal for a 5% pay rise and bonuses of some US$17,000. More than 2000 workers had been on strike since August 7. Chile
Justin Tutty, Darwin Members of the Northern Territory's No Waste Alliance (NWA) attended the annual Country Liberal Party conference on August 27, urging the party to disendorse federal CLP MPs intent on turning the territory into a nuclear
MELBOURNE — On August 30, a picket line was held at CSR Sugar in the western suburb of Yarraville by Union Solidarity in support of sacked occupational health and safety representative Craig Marshall. A member of the Australian Manufacturing
Jim McIlroy& Coral Wynter, Caracas As part of the revolutionary Bolivarian government's program of building popular involvement in decision-making, the First Social Parliament of the Streets was held on August 26 in the grounds of the Federal
On August 28, three people accused of participating in a March 16 demonstration appeared before the Jayapura district court. When they were transported back to the prison, they were met by dozens of police officers, who severely beat 20-year-old
Kep Enderby Alfred Dreyfus was imprisoned on the remote, infamous Devil's Island for five years before, following 12 years of public protestation, his conviction was eventually overturned. David Hicks has been imprisoned on the United States

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