Issue 281

News

By Bill Mason BRISBANE — This is "a great day for Australia in terms of civil rights", visiting US former Black Panther Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin told a media conference here on July 11, after his release from jail. Earlier that day, the
Arts hit again at NTU By Bernie Brian DARWIN — The Northern Territory University administration sacked, 11 staff members of the arts faculty on the final day of exams, when very few students were on campus. As a result of the cuts, the
By Justin Randell MELBOURNE "Fight the system" was the theme of the 26th national conference of the socialist youth organisation Resistance, held here July 4-6. Two hundred and eighty delegates and observers attended the conference, many for the
By Liam Hazell CANBERRA — Some 1500 people rallied outside the National Press Club on July 8 to protest against Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party. The protesters outnumbered Hanson supporters by 10 to one. At the rally, organised by the
Anti-nuke protests By Jennifer Thompson Aboriginal traditional owners protested at the gates of the Orebody No. 3 of Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu in the NT on July 8. On the same day, the first anniversary of the International Court of
The next anti-One Nation protest: GEELONG, Victoria Hanson will be speaking on Friday, July 18, 5pm at South Barwon Civic Centre in Geelong. To book a seat on buses from Melbourne, phone (03) 9329 1277.
Australians for Native Title launched By Rob Graham ADELAIDE — Around 300 people attended the launch of Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation on July 10. After rock band Coloured Stone opened proceedings, the audience heard
Australia ordered to release Adams documents Immigration minister Philip Ruddock must release documents used to refuse Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams' entry to Australia, a court ruled on July 1. Federal Court Judge Doug Drummond ruled that
By Susan Price DANDENONG — Some 3000-5000 people rallied outside the Dandenong launch of Pauline Hanson's One Nation party on July 7. The rally was the largest in Victoria since One Nation began establishing branches in the state. Despite
East Timor supporters at NT Expo By Sally Mitchell DARWIN — Members of Australians for a Free East Timor (AFFET) and local Timorese held a protest stall at the Northern Territory Trade Expo, June 27-29. NT Expo, opened by trade minister
Limited reprieve for Day of Mourning site By Chris Martin SYDNEY — Activists campaigning to save the historic "Day of Mourning and Protest" site in Elizabeth Street staged a spirited overnight vigil and demonstration here on July 9 and
Campaign Against Racism continues mobilisation By Susan Price MELBOURNE — Despite attempts by the media to undermine anti-racist organisations, 50 people attended a Campaign Against Racism meeting on July 10 to organise a rally at the
Postgraduates split from student association By Alex Bainbridge NEWCASTLE — Newcastle University Council voted on June 27 to allow the formation of a Postgraduate Students Association (NUPSA) separate from the student association, NUSA.
Richmond protest against One Nation By Natasha Simons RICHMOND — Some 60 people gathered outside the Richmond RSL on July 2 to protest against a meeting of Pauline Hanson supporters looking to set up a branch of One Nation in the
School cleaners strike for jobs By Tony Iltis HOBART — Most of Tasmania's 300 government schools were closed for a week after cleaning and maintenance staff went on strike on July 7. The dispute started when the government announced that
East Timorese picket consulate By Bridget Riggs MELBOURNE A picket was maintained at the Indonesian consulate from June 27 to July 4 to protest against the murder on June 25 of East Timorese resistance leader David Alex by the Indonesian
NUS National Education Conference By Ray Fulcher BRISBANE — More than 100 people attended the NUS National Education Conference here July 5-6. The conference was organised around seminars featuring talks on aspects of the attack on higher
Strike defends union rights By Jonathan Strauss SYDNEY — Workers at O'Briens Metal Products in Caringbah struck on July 3 in defence of their right to organise after the union delegate, co-delegate and one other union militant were
Rally for a woman's right to choose By Ruth Ratcliffe BRISBANE — A rally here on July 8 protested against the de-funding of Children by Choice, a counselling and referral service, and Queensland health minister Mike Horan's threats to
Protest US moves on Palestine By Jennifer Thompson SYDNEY — The Committee for Safeguarding Jerusalem had its first public action here on July 11, with a hundred-strong protest in front of the US consulate. The demonstrators — members of

World

Figures of fury The extent of the civil unrest in the Six Counties can be garnered from the following statistics, accumulated over 72 hours from 6pm, July 5 to 6pm, July 8, published in the Irish Times. Attacks on security forces —
By Dave Riley On the afternoon of July 6, after a kind of martial law was imposed on the nationalist Garvaghy Road area of Portadown, County Armagh, a Protestant Orange Order parade marched silently through the rubble and debris left by the
MALIK MIAH is a member of the US socialist organisation Solidarity and of the International Association of Machinists who visited Indonesia at the time of the recent elections as part of a Global Exchange delegation. He was interviewed for Green Left
PRD activists tortured By James Balowski On June 26, SiaR magazine reported that two People's Democratic Party (PRD) activists, Coen Husein Pontoh and Mohammad Sholeh, had been tortured following the June 11 riot at the Medaeng prison in
By Barry Sheppard One of America's longest-standing political prisoners was finally released on US$25,000 bail on June 10, when a judge found that his conviction on a murder charge was seriously tainted. The frame-up of Geronimo Pratt was part
Ecuadoran villagers occupy mining installations By Cam Walker Installations of the Japanese mining company Bishimetals and the Ecuadoran state mining institution CODIGEM were peacefully occupied on May 12 by 50 people from seven local
By Malik Miah SAN FRANCISCO — "We found Nike to be in the forefront of a global economy", said Andrew Young, former civil rights leader, mayor of Atlanta and US United Nations ambassador, in his "independent" report on Nike's global sportswear
By Bobby Lee Daniels REIDSVILLE, GEORGIA — The trend to privatise state-run prisons, which is resulting in legal slavery, began in the south-eastern US state of Georgia four years ago. At that time, the Georgia legislature decided that
The Democratic Republic of Congo's new health minister is JEAN BAPTISTE SONDJI, a leader of the Front Patriotique (Patriotic Front, PF), the main radical left party in the Kinshasa-based opposition. Unlike the rest of the Kinshasa opposition, the PF
By Sharon Pereira Rumours have been circulating for several months of a split in the Manila-Rizal Regional Party Committee (MRRPC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines. The split between the underground and legal leaderships of the party
By Boris Kagarlitsky MOSCOW — When Russian voters in December 1995 gave Communists and other opponents of the government a majority in the State Duma, there seemed every reason to expect that if President Boris Yeltsin were re-elected in

Culture

Recently Green Left Weekly's SANDRA WALLACE caught up with JUSTO DIAZ of Papalote, one of Sydneys best known and most diverse Latin American bands. Question: When and how did the band start? The band began in 1979, but was known as Papalote
Chamber Theatre, in two parts: Dissident, Goes Without Saying and With Nina It's DifferentBy Michel VinaverPublic Works Theatre CompanyThe Lookout Theatre, SydneyBookings 9331 6351 Review by Brendan Doyle This double bill by contemporary French
Act OneAdapted by Don Mackay from Moss Hart's autobiographyDirected by Chris CanuteUntil August 2Ensemble Theatre, SydneyBookings 9929 0644 Review by Mark Stoyich I've never read the autobiography of Broadway playwright Moss Hart, but
Atomic Australia: 1944-1990By Alice CawteNew South Wales University Press, 1992. 170 pp., $29.95 Australia's Uranium Opportunities: How Her Scientists and Engineers Tried to Bring Her into the Nuclear Age but were Stymied by PoliticsBy Keith
Cuba at the crossroadsBy Fidel CastroOcean Press, 1996. 179 pp., $21.95 Review by Roberto Jorquera Cuba at the crossroads is a collection of speeches by Fidel Castro between November 1994 and April 1996. They open up the entire history of the
The Washington ClubByPeter CorrisSydney: Bantam, 1997. 254 pp., $12.95 (pb)The Fourth EstateBy Jeffrey Archer London: Harper Collins, 1996. 551 pp., $14.95 (pb) Review by Tony Smith Supposedly, power causes conflict, and conflict produces the
Unwinding blues Music Makin' MamaAnn RabsonAlligator Records through Festival Review by Melanie Sjoberg I had reached the end of a particularly difficult week at work and a night of serious Green Left Weekly selling. I then wallowed in the
Global Warning - Socialism and the EnvironmentBy Martin Cock and Bill HopwoodLondon: Militant Publications, 1996. £6.95 Review by Shane Bentley A welcome exception to the dearth of environmental analysis from the European left is Global

Editorial

Editorial: A dishonest response A dishonest response @box text intro = Prime Minister John Howard, speaking on Thursday Island on July 9, responded to criticism of his government's record on race issues by thumping the nationalist tub. "...