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Cutting Edge: Africa, America’s New Oil Target — As world oil reserves decline, the US and other world powers are competing for African oil. SBS, Monday, June 4, 1.30pm.
The May 23 advocate (lawyers) solidarity conference decided to build more public support for the advocate’s movement for an independent judiciary and an end to the military dictatorship. The movement erupted after Supreme Court chief justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry was suspended on March 9. The conference vowed to bring more and more people to future demonstrations and rallies.
The Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation’s eight-year effort to seek justice for one of its party activists who was kidnapped in 1999 in the north-east Bihar state concluded on May 8 when the alleged culprit — MP Mohammad Shahabuddin — was sentenced to life imprisonment. Chhote Lal Gupta, the victim, is officially presumed dead.
Foul! The Secret World of FIFA: Bribes, Vote Rigging and Ticket Scandals
By Andrew Jennings
HarperSport, 2006
386 pages, $32.95 (pb)
MELBOURNE — Smells Like Sulphur is an exhibition of political art that is being billed as ‘a tribute to Venezuela and the art of telling Bush to piss off’. It will feature paintings by western suburbs artist Van Thanh Rudd, including works from his ‘Carriers Project’, which involves carrying political artwork for display on the streets and in public spaces around Melbourne. The exhibition will also feature photography of Venezuela’s unfolding revolution by Roberto Jorquera. The exhibition will run from May 23-June 9 at the Trocadero Art Space in Footscray. On June 2, Venezuelan charge d’affaires Nelson Davila will be special guest at a special opening night with live music from The Conch and Nicolas Jorquera. The Trocadero Art Space is open 11am to 6pm, Wednesdays to Saturdays.
The May 15 death of right-wing evangelist and Moral Majority founder Reverend Jerry Falwell has provided an opportunity for many people to comment on the influence of the Christian right on American politics and culture. Falwell relentlessly attacked Hollywood, blaming it for the decline of “traditional values”.

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