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An Unwinnable War Against Drugs: The Politics of Decriminalisation By Terry Carney, Les Drew, John Mathews, Stephen Mugford and Alex Wodak Pluto Press. 73 pp. $6.95 Reviewed by Barry Healy As the cost of the "drug war" is counted up in the number

Police racism exposed By Leon Harrison PERTH — Police in WA, Queensland and NSW have been severely criticised in a report on violence against young Aborigines. Interviews with youths held in detention revealed 88% claimed to have been

By Ian Bolas The day after Kuwait's "liberation", the Australian press ran lurid stories of alleged atrocities committed by Iraqi troops during the occupation. The same papers also ran photos of the aftermath of the slaughter of retreating civilians

Middle East coalition established By Sue Bull SYDNEY — Despite media rumours that the peace movement has packed up shop due to the US victory in the Gulf War, a new group here — Middle East Action Coalition — has called for a picket on

Land of the free "The average [US] black boy is more likely to go to prison than to university. His life expectancy is falling and he is seven more times as likely to be murdered as a white boy. In parts of the country, a black man between the ages

By Maurice Sibelle Brisbane Environmental Youth Alliance, after the very successful EYA national conference in Melbourne, has decided to take up the main campaign of the conference, resource security legislation. At its last meeting on Friday,

By Tracy Sorensen In her 1983 biography of Bob Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget noted a word of warning Hawke had given Gough Whitlam during the famous "It's Time" campaign that swept Labor to government in 1972: "Murdoch had barracked hard for Whitlam

By Kerry Parnell SYDNEY — The fundamental cause of world environmental destruction, according to environmental activist Georgina Abrahams, is heteropatriarchy. She says that the key to a green future lies in phasing out masculine values on both a

By Peter Boyle Nobody could accuse the ACTU leadership of strategic genius. They locked themselves into the Labor government's rigged wages system right through the boom of the '80s, systematically opposing any attempt to pursue claims outside the

Gladstone strike threatened By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A major row is brewing over the dismissal without warning of 90 workers at Comalco's Boyne Island aluminium smelter near Gladstone. Preparations for the use of scabs to keep the plant going

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