Issue 174

News

By Pip Hinman There were angry scenes outside Parliament House last week, as some 4000 timber workers — assisted by their employers — made their demands very publicly. By contrast, the environmental movement has yet to make its presence
By Jennifer Thompson Department of Employment, Education and Training officers struck for 24 hours on February 1 for the necessary staff to carry out additional duties associated with the government's 1994 white paper on unemployment. The
Union takes anti-woodchipping stand The construction division of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) has distanced itself from the recent activities of the union's forestry division in the woodchip debate. Martin
Pro-woodchipping rally By Anthony Brown PERTH — Some 1500 people, mostly timber workers and families from the state's south-west, attended a rally in the city centre on January 30. The rally, organised by the pro-woodchipping Forest
Ten thousand rally against woodchipping By Kim Linden MELBOURNE — In what has been described as the biggest mobilisation in defence of the environment since the Franklin Dam campaign, 10,000 people rallied on January 29 against the
Public tenants union fights privatisation By Dave Mizon MELBOURNE — Late last month the Kennett government defunded the Public Tenants Union (PTU) by putting the funding traditionally available to it up for tender. The bulk of the
Film banned SYDNEY — For the first time in over a decade, the Censorship Board has banned a film from a film festival. The Spanish film, In a Glass Cage, deals with the themes of fascism, masculinity and physical abuse and was to be screened
Actions to save forests Following a series of actions in January to oppose the chipping and export of old-growth forests, further protests are planned for February. These include a rally in Newcastle on February 18, in Sydney on February 19
Brisbane protest By Kathy Newnam Brisbane — Some 200 people attended a speak-out against woodchipping on February 3 in the Queen St Mall. The action, called by Resistance, demanded that the government protect all old growth forests by
Workcover changes a threat to workers By Melanie Sjoberg ADELAIDE — More than 400 angry workers and community members crammed into the Irish Hall on February 1, hoping that state industrial relations minister Graham Ingerson would allay
By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — South Australian teachers are gearing up for a confrontation with the Liberal state government over enterprise bargaining. The government has launched a campaign of misinformation in an attempt to get teachers to

World

By Peter Rosset with Shea Cunningham* Times are hard in Cuba. The collapse of the socialist bloc has led to an estimated 85% drop in total external economic relations — that is exports, imports and foreign aid. The US trade embargo has been
By Max Lane In the Netherlands on January 23, the government of Portugal began action in the International Court of Justice against Australia for signing the Timor Gap Treaty with Indonesia. United Nations resolutions still recognise Portugal as
By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — When Russian President Boris Yeltsin in late December refused to sign this country's first-ever AIDS legislation into effect, the broad response among health workers and human rights activists was one of relief.
Indonesian terrorism The National Council of Maubere Resistance (CNRM) reports that Indonesians from Java on January 25 stabbed to death Atai, an East Timorese of Chinese ancestry, in Bairro Pite. It was not immediately known whether the killers
MARINA CARMAN was in South Africa in December to attend the national conference of the African National Congress. While there, she obtained this interview with three prominent left activists: JEREMY CRONIN, a member of the Political Bureau of the
By Jennifer Thompson A report in late January from the liberal Turkish Daily News unveiled the latest in the Kurdish struggle for independence: a Kurdish-language satellite TV station, broadcasting from Britain. According to the report, the
US court win for bigots In Boston, a gay, lesbian and bi-sexual group, GLIB, has been prevented by a court ruling from taking part in the St Patrick's Day parade through the city. The US District Court ruled in January that the South Boston
By Tom Griffiths HAVANA — "You are probably wondering who the foreign minister is ... well I'm it". With these words, Roberto Robaina opened a discussion with a group of some 40 Australians on January 20, the day after the departure of Gareth
By Boris Kagarlitsky MOSCOW — On January 21 and 22, the Third Congress of the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF) was held here. No sensations were expected, and none occurred. Nevertheless, the congress was an important landmark
By Michal Schwartz Recurrent Palestinian attacks on Israeli soldiers stationed at the military checkpoint near Netzarim in the northern Gaza Strip have raised the question of whether or not the settlement should be evacuated. The killing of
By Max Lane Renato Constantino Jr, president of the progressive federation of mass organisations Sanlakas and convener of the Asia Pacific Coalition on East Timor (APCET), has appealed to the pro-democracy movement internationally to support a
While he was in Sydney, internationally renowned author NOAM CHOMSKY was interviewed by the alternative media. Last week we featured his comments on the Middle East. In the same interview, Anna Pha of the Guardian asked whether, in the light of the

Culture

Giap's role in the Vietnamese revolution Giap: The victor in Vietnam By Peter Macdonald Warner Books, 1994. $14.95 (pb) Reviewed by Stephen Robson Written by a brigadier, the book concentrates on a military assessment of Vietnam's
Heavenly Creatures Directed by Peter Jackson Written by Frances Walsh and Peter Jackson Starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet Produced by Wingnut Films Reviewed by Jenny Long Based on the true story made famous as one of New
Under My Skin: Volume One of My Autobiography, to 1949 By Doris Lessing Harper Collins, 1994. 419 pp., $39.95 (hb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon To read Doris Lessing is to struggle between being unable to put the book down and wanting to
Dundunbanza! Sierra Maestra World Circuit through Larrikin Entertainment Reviewed by Norm Dixon As the Adelaide WOMAD (World of Music and Dance) festival approaches, world music enthusiasts are licking their lips at the prospect of some of
The Mardi Gras Film Festival February 16-26 Academy Twin Cinema, Paddington, Sydney Previewed by Philippa Marsden The month-long Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras festival, which culminates in a huge night-time parade and party, is now a
By Lisa Renfrey Penny Arcade's Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore! was welcomed back in Sydney on February 4 by a packed and enthusiastic audience. Written during the 1990 US arts censorship crisis to "stick it up the National Endowment for the

Editorial

Editorial: Another slap in the face Last year, Prime Minister Keating labelled strident supporters of cuts to the budget deficit as "deficit daleks". This year, following the large increase in the balance of payments deficit, Treasurer Ralph