In a report released on September 5, the Senlis Council, an international policy think tank with offices in Kabul, London, Paris and Brussels, said that Taliban forces fighting the US-led occupation of Afghanistan have regained control over the southern parts of the country.
The following is abridged from a talk presented to the Beyond Nuclear Initiative (BNI) symposium in Melbourne, September 15-16.
Claire English, a former National Union of Students queer officer, attended the August 3-13 Queeruption convergence in Tel Aviv. Below is her account of some of her experiences.
Willem (Wim) Zonggonau died in Royal North Shore Hospital, Sydney, on October 2 after suffering what is believed to be a massive cardiovascular event. He was 64 years old.
Poets for PalestineDeadline for submissions November 10, 2006Email <><Poets4Palestine@gmail.com> or mail to P.O. Box 255 New York, NY 10013, USA
Around 150 urban settlers from 20 settlements in Perak, Selangor and Kuala Lumpur gathered on October 2 at the housing ministry to mark World Habitat Day and demand the ministry cease issuing eviction notices against them. Many of the settlements are threatened with forcible eviction by developers and local authorities without any fair compensation or alternative housing. Eventually the ministry’s director agreed to arrange an appointment between a protest delegation and the housing minister. Photos from <><http://parti-sosialis.org>.
Climate change Lachlan Malloch reviewed Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth in GLW #683, concluding: "The film's suggestion of individual and largely apolitical actions, mute what could have been a clarion call for radical global change." Citizens
The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of AustraliaBy Henry ReynoldsUNSW Press, 2006245 pages, $29.95 (pb)
Thailand’s September 19 “tanks and flowers” coup quickly turned nasty, as a military junta imposed media censorship, banned political gatherings of more than five people and prohibited the formation of political parties.
Trade union activists from around Australia will gather in Geelong, Victoria, on October 28 to discuss ways forward in the campaign against the Howard government’s many assaults on workers and union rights.
Vietnam Symphony — In 1965, as the Vietnam War intensified, Vietnamese music students and teachers built an entire campus underground, creating a maze of hidden tunnels, connecting an auditorium and classrooms. SBS, Thursday, October 13, 8.30pm. Message Stick: Wave Hill Concert — A major two part commemoration and celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 1966 Wave Hill Walk Off featuring prominent Aboriginal bands who performed during the three day event. ABC, Friday, October 14, 6pm. Cuban Missile Crisis Declassified — Presents a compilation of authentic historic images, eyewitness accounts from the United States, USSR, Cuba, Germany and the Vatican. SBS, Saturday, October 15, 7.30pm. Ordinary People — Follows One Nation candidate Colene Hughes through two election campaigns in Ipswich as her belief in the party is sorely tested and her idealistic fervour slowly turns to disillusionment. ABC, Monday, October 16, 2.25am. The Dark Side of Democracy — Drawing on more than 40 interviews and thousands of documents, the documentary provides a step-by-step examination of what happened inside the councils of war in the US. SBS, Tuesday, October 17, 8:30pm. How Vietnam Was Lost — In October 1967, in a jungle in Vietnam, a National Liberation Front ambush nearly wiped out a US battalion, prompting some in power to question whether they could win this war. SBS, Tuesday, October 17, 10pm. The Price Of Victory — Chronicles a three-month period in Baghdad seen from the perspective of US soldiers from the 27th Field Artillery Regiment. SBS, Wednesday October 18, 2pm.
On September 24, a Swiss referendum overwhelmingly validated two anti-immigration laws. The laws received 68% support.