Issue 110


Call to 'ground Garuda'

By Chris Spindler

ADELAIDE — On August 6 the Campaign for an Independent East Timor (CIET) held a protest vigil outside Garuda airlines highlighting the gross human rights violations of the Indonesian

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Rallies commemorate Hiroshima Day

By Pip Hinman

Nearly 50 years after the atomic bomb was dropped on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki, peace activists in Brisbane, Hobart and Sydney rallied to remember those who died and to demand an end to the

By Greg Adamson

CANBERRA — A fake Public Service Union (PSU) campaign over job security has focussed attention on dubious dealings in the ACT branch of the Labor Party.

The PSU executive cried foul in the employment of former Trades and

By Max Lane

The first meeting between representatives of the Bougainville Interim Government and the BRA with the North Solomons Peace Negotiating and Monitoring Committee (NSPNMC) concluded in Honiara on July 30.

The committee includes

By Peter Boyle

An historic meeting of about 500 Aboriginal organisations and communities from around Australia met in Eva Valley in the Northern Territory between August 3-5 to work out a united response to the Mabo case. It firmly rejected

Paying for enterprise bargaining

By Ray Fulcher

MELBOURNE — A document circulated to DSS managers on July 19 advises them of the amount of salary dollars and ASL (Actual Staffing Level, i.e., jobs) they will be losing in order to pay

By Maurice Sibelle

BRISBANE — Over ten thousand teachers rallied across Queensland on August 5 to protest the cutbacks to the education budget by the state government. The 4000-strong meeting at Brisbane's Festival Hall, plus some 50 other

By Michael Tardif

Labor promised a "business as usual" education policy at the last federal election, and if current proposed cutbacks are any indication, they intend to remain true to their record. Having already destroyed free education,

300 XXXX brewery workers face the sack

By Bill Mason

BRISBANE — In a drastic rationalisation of its XXXX brewing operation, Castlemaine Perkins Ltd, owned by Lion Nathan, is pushing through a plan to retrench 300 workers.



By Shush Mula and Shlomo Tsazanah

JERUSALEM — In the centre of the city, children between the ages of 8 and 14 are working in a child slave market. It's the Mahane Yehuda market. The children, residents of East Jerusalem, work there every

By Will Firth

BERLIN — This city is one of seven in the running to host the 27th Olympic Games. In the last several years Berlin's Senat (local government) and a number of corporations have made major investments in support of the city's

By Larry Douglas

On July 26, 1993 the San Francisco Labor Council voted to oppose the US blockade of Cuba and endorsed the US Cuba Friendship Caravan which is delivering supplies to Cuba.

The council, which represents trade unions

By Karen Lee Wald

HAVANA — Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega renewed his calls for a sharp turn in Nicaraguan President Violeta Chamorro's economic policies and the establishment of a "government of national unity", in light of the recent

Henry Thiagaraj gave the following speech at the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in June.

It is in achieving the supreme goal of "all human rights for all" that we bring to the attention of this august body the plight of the 250

By Sean Malloy

Palestinian academic, Dr Ilham Abu Ghazaleh, toured Australia recently for the United Church, speaking on a range of issues relating to the occupation of Gaza and the West Bank by Israel. A linguistics professor at Jerusalem's

By Sara Ford

KUWAIT — The first word any Westerner ever picks up in Kuwait is "Inshalah". Its literal meaning is "with God's will or help". But having heard it most often when coupled with unfruitful requests for supplies, assistance,

July 31 marked the 72nd anniversary of the South African Communist Party. After it had been outlawed for 40 years, 50,000 people attended the public launch of the SACP as a legal party, outside Soweto in July 1990. Since then its membership has

By Nilotpal Basu

A massive popular struggle is rocking Nepal. The struggle is reviving the memories of the huge people's movement for the restoration of democracy in 1990-91.

But the political forces that fought the struggle for

Police state powers in PNG

Continued from page 32.
Giving police more repressive powers will not solve the "law and order problem", Brunton added. "The police have very little credibility in PNG because they illegally raid villages, they

By Hugh Williamson

Japan's economic boom of the late 1980s has run into trouble. Workers are the first to bear the burden — lower wages, higher unemployment, worsening working conditions, and so on.

Wage increases agreed to late March


The ugly logic of enterprise bargaining

It appears that the Keating government is about to strike a new deal with the ACTU to allow enterprise bargains to be stitched together without unions. At present the Industrial Relations Commission can


These hands
Neil Murray
Aurora Records through Festival
Reviewed by Ignatius Kim

It must be firm evidence of the anarchic nature of the market oriented recording industry when a singer-composer like Neil Murray has difficulty obtaining

Pocket-sized legal advice

Activists Rights Handbook
By the Activist's Defence Network
Reviewed by Karen Fredericks

Most of the time a political action committee needs a lawyer like Madonna needs more publicity. The presence of a

Face to face with Fidel Castro
Interview with Tomás Borge
Ocean Press, 181pp. $19.95
Reviewed by Sean Malloy

Why do so many people interview Fidel Castro? Beatriz Pagés, Gianni Min, Frei Betto, Tomás Borge, Maria

Cutting Edge: The Colour of Gold
SBS Television
Screening Tuesday August 17, 7.30 p.m. (7 p.m. in Adelaide)
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

"We dig out the gold but we have never seen it with our own eyes. So if you tell us about the glitter of

Jazzmatazz Volume 1
Chrysalis Records through EMI
Reviewed by John-Paul Nassif

Jazzmatazz, an experimental fusion of hip-hop and live jazz, is one of the first full-fledged attempts to fuse rap and jazz. It is hosted and compiled

Connections: The Spirit of Crazy Horse
Thursday, August 19, 8.30 p.m. (8.00 Adelaide)
Reviewed by Ignatius Kim

To understand a people, one must understand their origins, says a Lakota activist interviewed in this moving