Issue 131

Australia

Ocean dumping slammed By Stephen Bull HOBART — About 100 people gathered outside federal Labor minister Duncan Kerr's office at lunchtime on February 11 to protest the against latest exemption granted to Pasminco Metals-EZ, which allows
By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Aboriginal organisations have slammed Queensland Premier Wayne Goss's decision to order the rewriting of a draft year 5 social studies source book. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Consultative
Youth graffiti BRISBANE — A Resistance "Graffiti for Youth Rights" action was held in the city mall on Friday, February 4. The stall and banner graffiti took up issues such as the Liberal candidate for lord mayor's proposed youth curfew in the
Stoned Week planned By Freya Pinney BRISBANE — The focus of the University of Queensland's O-Week and Recovery Week in 1994 is the decriminalisation of marijuana. This will culminated in the organisation of a Stoned Week, including a
By Chris Spindler ADELAIDE — When state parliament convened on February 9, it started to bring home the dramatic changes the new Liberal government intends to make in favour of employers, at the expense of the public and workers. Along
Protests over Bougainville Around 30 protesters picketed the AMP building, home of the mining giant CRA, in Brisbane on February 10. The protest, organised by the Bougainville Freedom Movement as part of a national day of action, aimed to
Protesters confront Indonesian minister By Cameron Price MELBOURNE — A picket was organised outside the World Congress Centre on February 8 by Environmental Youth Alliance, the Indonesian solidarity group Aksi and Resistance to highlight
Goss picket at UQ By Freya Pinney BRISBANE — Due to a decline in the effectiveness of the ALP club at the University of Queensland, Premier Wayne Goss will be visiting the St Lucia campus on Wednesday, February 16, as part of a recruiting

World

By Pip Hinman and Peter Boyle In the face of escalating protests, the Ramos government of the Philippines was forced to suspend an unpopular oil price rise on February 7. This followed a week of militant protests and the formation of the
By Frank Enright "The role of sport in our country has become a priority because it is the first phase of unifying the youth in our country. We see sport as the beginning to implement all of our policies, through the youth and other organs in
By Lamoin Werlein-Jan The December 20, 1989 US invasion of Panama was not about Manuel Noriega's involvement with the drug trade, protecting US lives or restoring democracy. These were only the excuses used to justify Washington's gross
Settlements threaten Middle East peace On December 20, three countries voted against the UN General Assembly resolution which expressed support for the Middle East peace process and called for a final settlement under which Israel would withdraw
By Kate Shannon As the Bosnians in Sarajevo bury their dead from the recent massacre by Serb gunners, NATO has called on the Bosnian army within the besieged city to lay down its heavy weapons along with the Serbs surrounding the city. Both
By Jane Dillendorf MOSCOW — According to statistics issued by the Russian Federal Employment Service at the end of January, there are now only 835,000 jobless people in the country — barely 1% of the work force. However, statistics can
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — How democratic is a country in which a person who reveals breaches of an international agreement can be put on trial in a closed court, under secret laws and in violation of the constitution? That is the question
Luciana Castelina, a leader of the Italian Party of Communist Refoundation (PRC) and a member of the European parliament, spoke with Green Left Weekly's Kate Shannon about the coming national elections. Castelina will be a speaker at the
Boycott over whaling By Lynda Hansen Greenpeace Australia is urging a boycott of Norwegian products because of the Norwegian government's defiance of an international moratorium on whaling established in 1986. In recent months
NZ Alliance wins union backing By Frank Enright The Alliance, after a strong showing in New Zealand's November general election, is beginning to win union backing previously reserved for the conservative Labour Party. A round of talks with

Editorial

Multicultural Australia The January 29 by-election in the safe Labor seat of Werriwa, vacated by John Kerin, witnessed the emergence of the latest front group of the xenophobic extreme-right. That Australians Against Further Immigration did

Culture

Cuba — Talking About Revolution: Conversations with Juan Antonio Blanco By Medea Benjamin Ocean Press, 1993. 105 pp. $14.95 Reviewed by Jill Hickson Described as a reformist, a hard-liner, a radical, an idealist, a pragmatist and a
Art in Australia Imagine SBS TV Fridays at 7.30 p.m. (7 Adelaide) beginning February 18 Reviewed by Jill Hickson Sponsored by the Australia Council of the Arts, this new series on Australian art and culture will combine a range of
My Mother Said By Xenos Distributed through Larrikin Entertainment Reviewed by Ian Jamieson The release of their second CD marks Xenos as a formidable band in traditional folk circles. Xenos — the name is a Greek word meaning "foreign
SYDNEY — Songs of Protest, Songs of Struggle is a benefit concert for Green Left Weekly and Actively Radical TV. It will be held on Saturday, February 19, from 8 p.m. at Burland Community Hall, King Street, Newtown. Following are brief
Blowpipes and Window Frames Dateline, SBS TV Saturday, February 19, 7 p.m. (6.30 Adelaide) Researched and produced by Matthew Carney Reviewed by Jill Hickson This film, on the devastation in Sarawak caused by the logging of the
Adelaide Fringe/Festival During the next few weeks Adelaide will be inundated with a variety of cultural forms. Listed here are only a few of many highlights. Aboriginal and Islander Music Festival — Warumpi Band, Mixed Relations, Seven
The Mardi Gras Film Event Feb 25 to March 3, at the AFI Cinema, Paddington Presented by Queer Screen in association with Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras Previewed by Kath Tucker The Mardi Gras Film Event, being organised in conjunction