WOLLONGONG— Fifty people, many from the local Aboriginal community, turned out to a public meeting called “Break the nuclear chain” on April 22.
At the centre of the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago over April 17-19, was the only country from the hemisphere not present — Cuba.
Four hundred Tamils and their supporters gathered in Melbourne on April 23 for an emergency protest. It was organised in response to the Sri Lankan government’s latest brutal military escalation in the north of the island.
On April 10, Fijian President declared a state of emergency and suspended the constitution. Elections, scheduled for this year, have been delayed for five years.
SYDNEY— University of Sydney members of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) have voted overwhelmingly for strike action in pursuit of a decent agreement with the university’s administration.
“Quarry Vision: Coal, Climate Change and the end of the Resources Boom”
By Guy Pearse
Quarterly Essay, Issue 33
Black Inc, 2009
129 pages, $16.95
Blacktown ALP NSW MP Paul Gibson has openly urged Premier Nathan Rees to make public transport free.
Australian property developers are pushing the Indigenous people of Vanuatu, the Ni-Van, off their land.
CAIRNS— Residents of the Indigenous community at Yarrabah held a public meeting on April 22 to discuss the Rudd government’s proposal to scrap the Community Development Employment Program (CDEP) on July 1.
Telstra has once again started to sack staff. The communications union fears up to 2000 workers will be “let go” by mid-year. This makes a total of close to 12,000 job losses over the four years since CEO Sol Trujillo took the helm.
Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent
By Eduardo Galeano
25th anniversary edition, Monthly Review Press, 1997
317 pages, $40 (pb)
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A bulk carrier with the name Ipanema arrived at Port Fremantle, Western Australia, on April 15. The ship carried phosphates from occupied Western Sahara, in violation of international law.