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 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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

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

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 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


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 —

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

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

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

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.


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.

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,

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

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

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

[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

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 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 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 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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Point Blank
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

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

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,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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