According to a March 3 Radio New Zealand International report, a series of demonstrations calling for a referendum on Papuan self-determination took place on the same day in several main towns in Indonesian-occupied West Papua.
The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) organised a community rally outside the Sombreros Mexican restaurant in the beachside suburb of Cronulla on March 7. The rally was to protest the sacking of chef Basilo Reyes for taking time off to have a cancer removed.
Journalist and documentary filmmaker spoke at a public forum on March 7. Attended by 200 people, the forum was hosted by Pilger’s high-school friend, actor Jack Thompson, at his pub in the Blue Mountains town of Katoomba
On March 1, Students Against the Pulp Mill met to discuss the next steps in the campaign against Gunns Ltd’s planned $2 billion Tamar Valley pulp mill.
Below is a March 4 statement released by Hugo Blanco, a veteran revolutionary and campesino (peasant) leader. He is currently the director of the magazine Lucha Indigena. This statement was translated by Philip Stuart Cournoyer, and is reprinted from international socialist e-journal Links, http://links.org.au.
Mr Sin: The Abe Saffron Dossier
By Tony Reeves
Allen and Unwin, 2007
296 pages, $24.95
The way US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Haiti and Venezuela in its 2008 World Report reveals an underlying assumption that the US and its allies have the right to overthrow democratic governments.
The Siege — Details how Nestor Cerpa and the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement took over 400 people hostage at the Japanese ambassador's residence in Lima, Peru in 1996. SBS, Friday, March 14, 8.30pm. Science: Total Isolation — A weapon of
Live From Occupied Palestine
Exhibition by Kim Bullimore
CLASS bookshop
360 Victoria St, North Melbourne
Info 0430 397 074
US chief of staff operations director General Carter Ham told a February 25 press briefing that the Pentagon plans to keep its occupation force in Iraq at 140,000 troops after the end of the 30,000-strong US troop “surge” in July.
Below is a statement released by the National Liberation Party of Unity (Papernas).
@intro2 =Below is a February 29 statement by the International Trade Union Confederation, which represents 168 million workers in 155 countries and territories and has 311 national affiliates. Visit <http://www.ituc-csi.org>.
“We defend our sovereignty, and support the Ecuadorian people against imperialism, and for peace”, Aida Guitierrez told Green Left Weekly at a protest outside the Colombian Consul in Merida on March 6.
On March 4 and 5, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a brief visit to Israel, ostensibly to advance a “peace process” between Israel and the Palestinians, launched in the US resort of Annapolis last November.
More than 200 US military veterans and active-duty troops from Iraq and Afghanistan will participate in a four-day event in Washington, to shed light on the atrocities committed by US occupation forces.
When is a private company not a private company? Answer: when it’s wholly owned by the British government and forms part of Britain’s overseas aid program.


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