The annual Palm Sunday peace rally took place in Brisbane on March 28, sponsored by the Rally for Peace and Nuclear Disarmament. The main themes of the rally were: Nuclear-free Australia; oppose climate change; no to uranium weapons; and safe havens for refugees.
April 16 will be the seventh anniversary of the Venezuelan government’s health care program, Mission Barrio Adentro, which has used Cuban doctors to bring free health care to millions of the poor.
When the US and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001, they brought a president with them — Hamid Karzai. Unlike some powerful (and brutal) warlords in his government, Karzai has no private army. But like the warlords, he is loathed by the people. Even in the capital, Kabul, Karzai cannot venture out without a large contingent of US bodyguards. Soldiers from the US/NATO occupation force guard his palace.
Telstra workers, who are covered by the Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union, rallied outside Telstra headquarters in Perth on April 6. The action was part of a 15-month dispute between the company and the union members. Telstra is offering a pay rise for a non-union enterprise agreement. The wage increase would not extend to an agreement negotiated by the CEPU on behalf of its members.
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Once again the Thai non-government organisations have sided with the military-installed royalist government against the demands of hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy “Red Shirts”.
Burma Campaign Australia said on March 30 that Burma political prisoner Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, the National League for Democracy (NLD), will not register in the forthcoming national election in Burma.
Ignatius Mahendra Kusumawardhana is the international relations officer for Indonesia’s Working People’s Association (PRP). In 2003, Mahendra was imprisoned for two years for “insulting the government” of then-president Megawati Sukarnoputri. In recent months, the PRP has initiated a number of joint statements from left groups across the Asia-Pacific region on common struggles.
Palestine solidarity activists protested outside a Max Brenner outlet in Newtown on March 31 and April 8 to alert customers and passers-by about the Israeli company's support for war crimes against Palestinians.
Three Tamil men in Victoria have been given suspended sentences after pleading guilty to charges of providing money or resources to a group on the United Nations list of proscribed “terrorist” organisations.