Issue 158


Editorial: Bosnia: give peace a chance For over two years, the war in Bosnia has dragged on, killing an estimated 200,000 people, the majority of them the victims of Bosnian Serb aggression. In this time the besieged Bosnian government has had


By Sue Bull Interest in the ALP's Hobart annual conference September 26-29 will centre largely on the privatisation debate — the selling off of publicly owned assets to big business. But many people are left wondering what the debate is about.
Wollombi to host folk festival The Newcastle and Hunter Valley Folk Club will hold its fourth annual Folk Festival at Wollombi September 9-11. Starting on Friday night at 8, the festival will run through to Sunday afternoon. Spokesperson
ADELAIDE — The South Australian government's Police Complaints Authority recorded 1133 complaints in the past financial year, an increase of almost 30% on the 1992-93 total. The most common complaints were demeanour, use of physical measures,
Green Left has become a cultural institution over the three and a half years since it began publishing. The scale of the paper's achievements was brought home fully to the 240 people who attended the annual Green Left Weekly dinner in Sydney on
Wollongong Uni protests WOLLONGONG — Wollongong University students are to hold a day of action on September 7 to protest against the federal government decision that allows universities to charge full up-front fees for students undertaking
[As we go to press, negotiations are continuing in an effort to free three Western hostages being held in Cambodia by the forces of the Khmer Rouge. Despite a peace agreement signed in October 1991, Cambodia remains at war. How this situation came
How should the student left respond to the escalation of attacks on university student rights and education? Sydney University Resistance activist MARINA CARMAN argues that the focus must be mobilising and organising an increasing number of students
By Allen Myers How can workers "cooperate" with an employer whose response to an industrial hazard is "You've got to die sometime"? Over the last two years, workers at the A.E. Staley plant in midwestern Decatur, Illinois, have learned that
By Ana Kailis BRISBANE — On September 1, a picket was held here as part of the National Forest Day of Action. Organised by the Wilderness Society, it marked the beginning of a campaign calling on the federal government immediately to place a
By Robyn Marshall In the August 21 national elections in Mexico, Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon, presidential candidate of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), won the ballot with 50% of the vote. The conservative National Action
By Tim E. Stewart DARWIN — Defence minister Robert Ray is due here following the end of "Pitch Black" — dusk and dawn military exercises operating out of Darwin airport. Ray finally agreed to an invitation-only meeting with the Noise
By Adam Harrison ADELAIDE — "To describe this budget as socially irresponsible is like comparing it to turning up to a posh party without a tie. This budget rips the guts out of social justice", Claire McCarty, president of the South
By Karen Wald HAVANA — I was (once again) amazed at Amnesty International's naivete reflected in its posting "Human Rights At Risk" regarding recent events in Cuba. One wonders whether the people at Amnesty International who send out
By Allen Myers CLEVELAND — Nearly 200 members and guests of the US socialist organisation Solidarity attended a week-long school and convention here August 15-21. Participants came from across the United States and from Mexico, Canada, the
By Sally Thompson and Alex Bainbridge MELBOURNE — In what has been described as "a great victory for civil rights", charges against the Austudy Five were dropped on September 1 after less than three hours in court and a two and a half year
No Exit By Jean-Paul Sartre Directed by Paul Wishart Seneca Productions Polygot Theatre, 27A Cromwell Road, South Yarra, until September 10. Bookings (03) 686 6755 Reviewed by Daniel Board Seneca Productions' performance of Jean-Paul
The French Revolution By George Rude Phoenix, 1994. 224 pp., $24.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon "The great appear great to us merely because we are on our knees. Let us rise!" So proclaimed the revolutionary journalist Camille Desmoulins
By Norm Dixon JOHANNESBURG — Support for a "social accord" between the government, unions and business has come from intellectual circles close to the South African trade union movement. At the same time, establishment figures have continued
Young people in crisis By Julia Perkins The federal government's May 4 white paper emphasises the need for a skilled work force. This means, practically, a focus on increased school retention rates, retraining of long-term unemployed and
Melbourne march By Jim Elliott and Rachel Evans MELBOURNE — Three hundred angry students attended the fifth anti-voluntary student unionism demonstration on August 31. The Student Unionism Network (SUN) organised the rally and general
Looking out: Learning & teaching By Brandon Astor Jones The Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Center (GDCC) is a prison situated about 50 miles south of Atlanta, the city and regional site of the 1996 Olympic Games. More than 1700 men
By Catherine Brown Only hours before the Irish Republican Army announced an "unconditional and open-ended cease-fire" on August 31, to take effect the following day, pro-British loyalist death squads declared that such an initiative would lead
Point Blank Nailbomb Roadrunner Records Reviewed by Kest Courtice Well, doesn't the name say it all? Nearly an hour of intense industrial grindcore pandemonium, played by none other than Max Cavalera (Sepultura) and Alex Newport (Fudge
Every silver lining has its cloud "... today's historic ceasefire [in northern Ireland] ... could bring a new form of trouble to the province — economic slump." — Financial Review, September 1. That settles it "For the last 15 years,
Famous poet visits By Denis Kevans Famous Japanese poet Taka Iwami visited Australia recently. Her two closest friends are Idi Maruku and Atoshi Maruku, who were the painters of the world-awakening Panels of Hiroshima. Atoshi and Idi
Sam Wainwright In early August, Bangladeshi feminist writer Taslima Nasreen, condemned to death by Islamic fundamentalists, arrived in Sweden where she is now sheltering. Nasreen invoked the wrath of the fundamentalists with the publication in
Mother! The Frank Zappa Story By Michael Gray Plexus, 1994. 256 pp., $35 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon When Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer in December 1993, aged just 53, the world of cultural dissent lost one of its pioneering
By Tuntuni Bhattacharyya MELBOURNE — More than 20,000 women attended the sixth International Feminist Book Fair and concurrent literary festival, held July 27-31. Three days of discussions, panel seminars, readings and storytelling made for a
That's History — The Last Big Dig — Historian Grace Karskens and a team of archaeologists have begun a major dig in Sydney's historic Rocks area. As each layer of the past is unearthed, the team hopes to evaluate the impact of the industrial
Right to Lifer By Elena Garcia You make me so angry! You claim to want to help. "Any stressed mother can come to me" you say. "Respect all life!" But where is your respect for mine? To you, a speck of my cells is more
Cease-fire proposed on Bougainville By Jon Land Talks involving PNG's new prime minister, Julius Chan, and Sam Kauona, leader of the Bougainville Revolutionary Army, have strengthened the prospects for peace on Bougainville. Negotiations
Melbourne delegates set rally By Chris Slee MELBOURNE — A meeting of 400 shop stewards voted on August 28 to support a Trades Hall Council community and union rally against privatisation on September 14, as part of a national day of
Jim Green WOLLONGONG — 150 local residents attended a Rock Pool Rally at Wombarra beach in the northern suburbs on Sunday, August 28. There was unanimous opposition to City Rail's plans to deal with the region's stormwater problems by building
By Lisa Macdonald SYDNEY — More than 200 people gathered at Sydney University on August 27 to participate in an "Environment in Crisis Conference" convened by the Nature Conservation Council (NCC) of NSW. The conference brought together
Original poetry is returning to Green Left Weekly. This announcement will be greeted with delight by the many contributors who have sent their poems into us over the last three and a half years. The paper's Cultural Dissent pages will
by Tom Kelly Delegates to the ALP national conference later this month are being lobbied intensely on uranium mining policy by both pro- and anti-mining forces. The fact that the conference decision could well end Labor's existing three mines
By Maurice Sibelle BRISBANE — A combined union delegates meeting on August 30 endorsed a motion authorising Brisbane's anti-privatisation committee to call an action in support of a national week of action on privatisation. The meeting,
Barristers' 'self-regulation' On 31 August the NSW Bar Council admitted in the Supreme Court that it acted illegally in dismissing complaints against a Senior Crown Prosecutor, Mark Tedeschi. These complaints will now be reviewed by Legal
ADELAIDE — Nearly 50 supporters braved rain to attend the Men Against Sexual Assault (MASA) rally at Parliament House on September 3. The rally heard from speakers including poet Geoff Goodfellow, who recited a poem linking the frustrating violence
Bougainville support By Michael Unger ADELAIDE — The Bougainville Action Group (BAG) celebrated the anniversary of Bougainville's 1975 declaration of independence on September 1 with a stall outside the Commonwealth Building in Currie
By Russel Norman The eighth General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), signed earlier this year, promises to deliver more on free trade than any of its predecessors. Within its 20,000 pages are agreements reducing restrictions on trade in
Lenin Rests By Walter Jones Lenin is our captain Carve his name with pride Chiselled deep into a wall By the many who have died. Wake up! Wake up Vlad! You are too long dead Your tomb is now a stock exchange And Yeltsin is
Timorese guerillas stand firm By Jon Land Claims by the Indonesian military that it is scaling down operations in East Timor and that the armed wing of the East Timorese resistance, FALINTIL (Armed Forces for the National Liberation of East
By Jennifer Thompson The August 29 signing of an agreement between the Palestine Liberation Organisation and Israel on education, health, taxation, social welfare and other issues is another step in the peace process. This agreement was preceded
Bosnian women refugees in Australia The International Women's Development Agency in Sydney will be hosting a meeting organised to allow Bosnian women survivors of the war to speak about their experiences in escaping their country and their life
[The following statement was released by Amnesty International.] Amnesty International is concerned for the human rights of peaceful government opponents and human rights activists in Cuba following violent clashes between pro-government
Indonesian human rights lawyer to tour A prominent Indonesian human rights lawyer and activist, Dr Buyung Nasution, is to tour Australia September 9-20. Nasution is chair of the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (LBH), the most significant
By Sarah Stephen CANBERRA — For the last four weeks, students at the Australian National University (ANU) have been organising a campaign against what appears to be a "litmus test" for the introduction of up-front fees in universities
Make it rare Geffen Rarities Vol.1 Various artists Geffen Records Reviewed By Jon Land Make mine rare, please, says the press release. Geffen Rarities Vol.1 is an interesting assortment of tracks by alternative bands from the US
By Juan Antonio Blanco In the last few days, in relation to the repeated incidents with terrorists, kidnappings of ships with hostages — old people and children among them — heading to Florida, a situation of particular tension between the
Rainbows By Brandon Astor Jones Let our colours blend. Soon, without delay. For each other we must fend; Let our colours blend. In hate many hearts tear and rend; Avariciousness does not pay. Let our colours blend. Soon —
By Amelia McFarlane Question: Where can the highest concentration of red algae in the world be found? Answer: the Port Adelaide River. This algae is a natural part of the ecosystem of the river. However, pollution levels have caused it to
When R.J. Hawke did Woodstock By Dave Riley There he was on stage, gigging away after Jimmy Hendrix. What a festival! Three days, man. When Bobby Hawke fronts the band I tell you, you are in for some classic riffs. Mister Seventy-Four Per
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — When a country stops renewing its industry and infrastructure, production does not simply wind down in uneventful fashion. Owners and managers who cannot afford to replace worn-out machinery often cannot afford to
Buklod Kababaihang Filipina Next performance Friday, September 16, 7.30pm Lion Theatre, Lion Arts Centre, cnr North Terrace & Morphett St, Adelaide $15/$10 concession Phone 345 3510 for bookings Reviewed by Chris Spindler In a moving