Issue 198

News

Women's Party launched in Brisbane By Bill Mason BRISBANE — A new party, the Australian Women's Party, was launched here on August 11. AWP secretary Jenny Hughey, a former president of Queensland Labor Women, said equal
CEPU elections in WA By Michael Bramwell PERTH — A group of left unionists is campaigning for election in the WA electrical division of the CEPU (Communications, Electrical and Plumbing Union). Vince George, Owen Wood and Ken
Mt Isa enterprise deal By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Workers at the MIM Mt Isa mine voted overwhelmingly to accept a new enterprise deal on August 10, ending a nine-month dispute which involved strikes, bans and a major lockout.
By Sean Healy MELBOURNE — The La Trobe University administration has upped the stakes in long-running negotiations over funding between the administration and the La Trobe University Student Representative Council. In a letter dated
Mining memorial unveiled By Liam Mitchell WOLLONGONG — A memorial to pay tribute to the courage, struggle and sacrifice by coalminers in the Illawarra region was unveiled by the NSW Premier Bob Carr on July 28, outside the
Workers win settlement at Steel-Line Doors By Bill Mason BRISBANE — Seventeen Spanish-speaking workers at the Steel-Line Doors plant here have won a record settlement totalling a reported $120,000, after a hearing presided
Residents oppose freeway proposal By Sue Bolton MELBOURNE — According to Transurban, the company that will build and run this city's mega-freeway project, we are about to get a "sculptured northern gateway" on the expanded
By Lisa Macdonald The results of a survey conducted by the NSW branch of People for Nuclear Disarmament, released last week, reveal that only 36 of the 221 federal politicians oppose nuclear weapons. All federal politicians were

World

By Norm Dixon The Papua New Guinea government has foreshadowed legislation that will not only impose an inadequate settlement on tens of thousands of people demanding compensation for the massive environmental damage caused by the
Women's rights violated in Middle East By Kim Linden Only weeks before the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, women in the Middle East are paying a heavy price for speaking out for their rights,
By Norm Dixon SYDNEY — David Alley is a quietly spoken church minister from a parish just outside Auckland in New Zealand. To look at him, you would never guess that he could ever pose a threat to the "national security" of any country.
Harbury sues CIA US lawyer Jennifer Harbury filed suit on July 31 against the US Central Intelligence Agency for failing to respond to her repeated requests for information about her husband, guerilla leader Efrain Bamaca Velasquez,
By James Balowski The Magsaysay Foundation in Manila on August 7 issued a statement strongly defending its decision to give its 1995 literary award for Pramoedya Ananta Toer, one of Indonesia's foremost authors. The award had been
Stay of execution for Mumia Abu-Jamal "I think it is absolutely clear that without the international support coming from all quarters — trade unionists, civil libertarians, authors, writers and students — it would not have been
BORIS KAGARLITSKY, the internationally known writer on Russia and socialist activist, visited Australia at Easter, speaking at the Campaigning for Democratic Socialism conferences. He then visited South Africa before returning to Moscow. The
By Jane Slaughter On October 1, the 3 million member German metalworkers' union, IG Metall, will achieve the goal it set back in 1977 — the 35-hour week at 40 hours' pay. A strike in 1984 resulted in the first cut, to 38.5 hours, and
EDDY JOKOVICH is the editor of VolteFace, a new monthly journal focusing on international politics, and particularly the Balkans. He returned recently from a visit to Macedonia and Croatia. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's JENNIFER THOMPSON about the

Culture

All That Grief: Migrant Recollections of Greek Resistance to Fascism 1941-1949 Compiled by Allan and Wendy Scarfe Hale & Iremonger, 1994. 256 pp., $29.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon The stories of 12 Greek migrants to
Links: International Journal of Socialist Renewal Issue Number 5 Reviewed by Kath Gelber Positive assessments of prospects for Cuba are sometimes hard to find, even in progressive publications. The US embargo, combined with the
The Will to Violence: The Politics of Personal Behaviour By Susanne Kappeler Published in 1995 by Spinifex Press, 288 pp., $24.95 (pb) Reviewed by Kath Gelber The Will to Violence presents a powerful and one-sided critique
The Destruction of Yugoslavia: Tracing the Break-up 1980-92 By Branka Magas Verso, 1993. 359 pp. Reviewed by Rob Graham "The year 1992, scheduled to be a milestone on the road to European unity, saw Sarajevo and other
The Big Picture: Sugar Slaves ABC TV, Wednesday, August 23, 9.30pm Reviewed by Norm Dixon The sugar industry in Australia generates around $2 billion a year, and Australia recently surpassed Cuba as the world's largest exporter
Carcrash Directed by David Caesar Chauvel Cinema, Sydney, from August 17 Reviewed by Kath Gelber People "drive the way they would like to live their lives", claims this new documentary by David Caesar. They substitute for
Football Ltd: The Inside Story of the AFL By Garry Linnell Ironbark, 1995. 393 pp., $17.95 (pb) Reviewed by Phil Shannon Ah, footy! The pleasure of sinking your boot into the perfect torp, or gasping at the silky skills of a
Soundtrack, minus the film The Secret of Roan Inish Music by Mason Daring Distributed by Larrikin Entertainment Reviewed by Bernie Brian I'm not sure whether it is an advantage or a disadvantage not to have seen a
Student Independent High school student magazine against nukes Published by Brisbane Resistance Reviewed by Zanny Begg One of the most noticeable features of the campaign which erupted in the wake of Chirac's announcement

Editorial

@edit = Croatia has the right to independence within its recognised borders — outlined in the 1974 constitution of the Yugoslav federation. From that standpoint, there can be no objection to the reclaiming of "Krajina" by the Croatian army.