Issue 1

Australia

By Peter Boyle

Environmentalists have cautiously welcomed the draft report of the Resource Assessment Commission into the effects of the proposed gold-platinum-palladium mine at Coronation Hill in Kakadu national park.

While the report, released on February 8,...

SYDNEY — Ten thousand boisterous protesters marched in bad weather on February 10 in a spirited demonstration organised by the Network for Peace in the Middle East. The march ended at the Domain with a rally chaired by journalist Jane Singleton, who is the federal vice-president...

SYDNEY — The New South Wales ALP machine ("Sussex Street") and local members Peter Baldwin (federal) and John Murray (state) have been led a very merry dance here in recent days by the party's Haberfield Branch.

The fracas has been caused by the branch's decision, made...

By Dave Mizon

MELBOURNE — As part of the settlement to the Hoechst dispute, a Health and Safety Review Committee was set up to investigate the problem of DCB (dichlorobenzene) contamination. The committee was made up of an independent consultant...

By Robin Osborne

Many Sydneysiders remain sceptical about how the NSW Water Board is handling the city's sewage disposal dilemma, with concerns focussing on just how clean the ocean will be after hundreds of millions of dollars have been spent on improving the treatment...

By Helen Jarvis

SYDNEY — On January 25, Donna Burns died tragically, just three days before she was to leave for Cambodia on assignment for the trade union aid organisation APHEDA for which she worked as Asia Pacific project officer.

Many...

By Angela Matheson

Australia's social welfare system doesn't work. Long queues and deteriorating service for people on welfare, coupled with industrial action amongst overloaded Social Security staff, indicate the breakdown in social welfare.

Workers at the...

By Karen Fletcher

BRISBANE — A historic alliance of conservationists, left parties, resident group activists and Australian Democrats has condemned the Liberal City Council's decision to place a massive land-fill dump in Rochedale, a residential suburb...

Young green campers plot to save planet

By Patricia Corcoran

SYDNEY — While military recruiting centres report an increase in unemployed young people seeking a career in the services and Dick Smith and Tandy are trying to interest young people...

By Peter Boyle

The Australian government is deliberately misrepresenting the Palestine Liberation Organisation's position on the conflict in the Arab-Persian Gulf, according to Ali Kazak, the PLO representative in Australia and ambassador to Vanuatu...

Most of the marches and rallies in International Women's Day will express opposition to the war in the Middle East.

In Sydney, writes Margaret Mayhew, IWD promises to be the most angry and militant in years. Bush's war in the Gulf and the attendant rise...

By David Mizon

MELBOURNE — Of 74 maintenance and boiler house workers who struck for three months last year over health and safety issues and in support of their sacked shop steward, only 29 remained when maintenance workers at Hoechst's Altona plant...

World

2>ALEXANDER BUZGALIN is a lecturer in economics at Moscow State University and a central figure in the Marxist Platform tendency of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. At the CPSU's 28th Congress he was elected to the Central Committee. He was interviewed for Green Left Weekly by...

East German students on the march

By Kath Gelber

BERLIN — "Westies and Easties interpret the Federal Republic of Germany in different ways; the point however is to change it." This banner paraphrasing Marx decorated the foyer of the Humboldt University in...

Law No. 33/81 of the Cuban National Assembly of People's Power states: "... State agencies, businesses and their affiliates, farm cooperatives, political, social and mass organisations, and citizens themselves must develop a culture concerning the natural environment, and should take measures to...

By Peter Boyle

"We don't support Saddam Hussein, and we are against his occupation of Kuwait, but we are also against the bombing of Baghdad and other cities and towns in Iraq because innocent children, women and men are being killed", Abu Salam, a representative of the...

HELEN JARVIS spent 10 days in Cambodia in December, her third visit to that country. She describes the changes that had taken place since her last visit three years earlier, and an interview with the deputy foreign minister about the prospects for peace.

At a superficial level, much has...

During the recent coalition negotiations between the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), Christian Social Union (CSU) and the Free Democratic Party (FDP), one of the demands made by the FDP — and agreed to by the conservative parties — was that Paragraph 175 in the West German penal code be...

By Tom Jordan

At a press conference held in Jerusalem on February 6, a petition was presented which called for an immediate cease-fire and a negotiated end to the Gulf War. It was signed by 126 Israeli peace activist and public figures. A number of the signatories also...

War fever is having a direct impact on Arabs throughout the Western world. In Britain, "national security" provisions have been activated which allow for the detaining and deportation of resident Arabs.

More than 170 people, many of them opponents of Saddam Hussein, have been rounded up...

By Tracy Sorensen

PRAGUE — The news that war had broken out met with an instant response right through Europe.

In Berlin in the early hours of the morning on January 17, hundreds of high school students ran through the streets shouting: "Wake...

By Tracy Sorensen

PRAGUE — Before the invasion of Kuwait, Iraqi dissidents had for years tried to persuade world leaders and public opinion to end military assistance for the Iraqi regime. They were mostly ignored.

Now, says Iraqi dissident and journalist Abdul...

By Sally Low

Three out of four Lithuanian voters on February 9-10 answered "Yes" to a referendum asking "Do you support the idea that Lithuania is an independent, democratic republic?"

The vote for independence can only have been increased by the Soviet military'...

By Will Firth

BERLIN — Forty years of divergent development have produced two very different social systems in Germany. The words "East" and "West" are still used widely because, although there is now only one state, major differences in psychology and...

Editorial

Bob Hawke, watching cricket in Perth on February 2, decided to perform a major foreign policy somersault and campaign to have international sanctions against the South Africa's white-minority regime phased out. Labor has now openly joined forces with the US and British governments and the...

Culture

Coming soon

Rory McLeod is back in Australia and is touring with Kev Carmody. A coming issue of Green Left will have an interview with Rory on folk music, politics and cultural dissent.

Rory and Kev will be playing at Groome Park Hotel...

Farewell Perestroika: A Soviet Chronicle

By Boris Kagarlitsky

Verso. 1990. $29.95.

Reviewed by Sally Low

That the reform process in the Soviet Union is currently under threat can be read in just about any Western newspaper you choose to pick up. News of economic...

Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit

Directed by Beeban Kidron

Based on the novel by Jeanette Winterson

Academy Twin Cinemas

1991 National Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

Reviewed by Stephanie Miller

Oranges is the witty, optimistic, sometimes sad...

Amongst Equals

By Tom Zubrycki

available on illegal video throughout Australia

Reviewed by Barry Healy

Tom Zubrycki has produced a revealing work about the Australian trade union movement. But it reveals more in what is passed over and in the ACTU's ham-fisted attempt...