Issue 342

Australia

Activists to discuss nuclear issues By Trish Corcoran MELBOURNE — Friends of the Earth (FoE) will be hosting a "Nuclear Free Australia" forum here on December 5 and 6. The forum has been called to bring together organisations and activists to
NSW Jabiluka Action Groups meet By Justin Randell PEARL BEACH — Activists from Jabiluka Action Groups across NSW met on November 21 to discuss the way forward for the campaign to stop the Jabiluka uranium mine. Around 20 activists attended,
By Ruth Ratcliffe BRISBANE — A day of action to protest against the Jabiluka uranium mine was held on November 21. Around 200 protesters gathered in Queen's Park for a rally addressed by Dave Perry from the Maritime Union of Australia and Pat
NTU faculty amalgamation angers indigenous students NTU faculty amalgamation angers indigenous students By Bernie Brian DARWIN — A proposal to amalgamate the nine faculties at the Northern Territory University into four has angered students
One Nation gets a free ride in Newcastle By Stephen O'Brien NEWCASTLE — With 77% of the vote in the November 21 Newcastle by-election counted, the ALP has 27,244 votes, (47.7%), One Nation 9577 (16.77%), Greens 5481 (9.6%) and the Democrats
By Dailan Pugh NSW Premier Bob Carr claims that his decision to protect 375,000 hectares of public forests, as an outcome of the upper north-east and lower north-east comprehensive regional assessments, is a great one for the forests. Conservation
Victory for Werribee anti-dump campaign By Susan Price MELBOURNE The campaign against the Werribee toxic waste dump has won a major victory. CSR, the company that wanted to build the dump, has been forced to sell the land which was the proposed
By Jim McIlroy On November 19, stop-work meetings of Centrelink staff around the country voted overwhelmingly to walk out in protest at plans to cut 5000 jobs. Centrelink is the federal government's major welfare service delivery agency. Members of
Radiation leak in Kakadu Uranium mining operations are directly threatening the long-term integrity of Kakadu National Park, the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) said on November 19. The statement followed news of a radioactive spill which
Memorial for journalists killed in invasion of East Timor Memorial for journalists killed in invasion of East Timor By Craig Cormick CANBERRA — Despite 23 years having passed, the deaths of the six Australian-based journalists killed in the
Indonesian consulate picketed SYDNEY — Supporters of the struggle for democracy in Indonesia picketed the Indonesian consulate in Maroubra on November 18. Protest organisers from Action in Solidarity with Indonesia and East Timor (ASIET) and
CPSU members vote with their feet against Telstra agreement By Leo Wellin "Is she with Telstra or the union?", was the innocent whisper during a workplace meeting at which the Community and Public Service Union (CPSU) telecommunications section
By Nick Fredman LISMORE — Tree felling in the Beury State Forest, 100 kilometres north-west of here, has been disrupted by blockades set up on November 16 by the North East Forest Alliance (NEFA). This is in response to the NSW Labor government's
Defend the Espy! By Chris Spindler MELBOURNE — More than 1000 people demonstrated outside the historic Esplanade Hotel in the suburb of St Kilda on November 15 to oppose a proposed 38-storey shopping and hotel development on the site. The
Ships of shame The International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) Australia won A$156,000 in back pay for exploited Asian crew on board two vessels in Australian ports during the first three days of its "Asia Pacific flag of convenience"
Liberal amendments revive anti-abortion bill Liberal amendments revive anti-abortion bill By Amanda Lawrence CANBERRA — Just as the campaign to defeat ACT independent MLA Paul Osborne's anti-abortion bill looked to be gaining ground, proposed
Outrage over WA gay bashing PERTH — Four days after the largest ever Gay and Lesbian Pride march here [on October 31], two gay men were bashed and tortured in the outer southern suburb of Waikiki. The men were in their home when a man broke into
One consequence of increasing hot air, which rarely rates a mention amongst the reports on droughts and tempests, is the unseasonably early arrival of hordes of roly-poly men in red and white suits at shopping centres all across the globe. Attracted

World

By Robyn Marshall Doctors in Peru performed about 110,000 sterilisations last year, plus 10,000 vasectomies, as part of a government birth control campaign. The number of women sterilised was more than three times the number in 1996. Since 1961,
By Lynette Dumble KUALA LUMPUR — On the eve of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum here, two courageous women, feminist activist Irene Fernandez and eye surgeon Wan Azizah Ismail, occupied centre stage at the Asia Pacific People's
Worldwide protests demand asylum for Ocalan By Norm Dixon A Rome court on November 20 ordered the release on bail of Abdullah Ocalan, general secretary of the left-wing pro-independence Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), while his appeal for
Kurds in Sydney support PKK leader By Rupen Savoulian SYDNEY — Activists with the Australian Kurdish Association here reject Turkish government charges that Abdullah Ocalan, the leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), is a "terrorist".
By Barry Sheppard Ballots for the government-run elections for president of the Teamsters union were mailed out in early November to the union's 1.4 million members. The two major candidates are millionaire lawyer James Hoffa, Jr, and Tom Leedham,
Indonesia: 'The radicalisation will spread' Following the mass protests in Jakarta November 10-14, Green Left Weekly's MAX LANE spoke to MA'RUF, a leader of the People's Democratic Party (PRD) who has been monitoring developments. Question: What
By Jon Land There are grave fears for the well-being of several East Timorese youths missing after Indonesian soldiers ransacked the villages of Turin and Taitudak in the Alas subdistrict on November 15. Eyewitnesses said that four youths in
Kurds begin hunger strike By Kim Bullimore CANBERRA — On November 18, members of the Australian Kurdish community began an indefinite hunger strike on the lawns of Parliament House in protest at the arrest of Kurdish independence leader
Second national strike stops Zimbabwe Zimbabwe's workers on November 18 again brought the country to a standstill with the second of their weekly national strikes. The strike, called by the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, was held to protest
By Reihana Mohideen MANILA — The Asian economic crisis has had a massive impact on the production, availability and accessibility of basic food products, leading to serious food shortages in south-east Asia. In the Philippines, formerly an
By Eva Cheng The US government's push to open up Asian markets was dealt an embarrassing blow at the summit of the 21-member Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Kuala Lumpur, which closed on November 18. Meeting for the sixth time — and
By Jeffrey Mackler SAN FRANCISCO — On November 7, a militant demonstration of 2500 people here broadened the support for a new trial and for freedom for US political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, whose appeal against his frame-up conviction on a
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — The setting could have been Germany in the 1930s. Over a period of about a month, a well-known parliamentary deputy claimed that "Yids" were responsible for the country's economic problems; vowed before media reporters

Editorial

Howard: who's pulling the strings? When US President Bill Clinton called on the Australian government to back a US military strike against Iraq, Prime Minister John Howard enthusiastically agreed. In 1991, Labor's Bob Hawke was just as

Resistance!

A national survey conducted by NUS has revealed that (surprise!) universities are charging students an increasing level of fees. The survey revealed that students are being charged for course materials, reading lists, workbooks and assignment
SYDNEY — On November 14, a demonstration was held here to remember the East Timorese killed in the Dili massacre of 1991. RYAN LIDDELL spoke to a few of the demonstrators about why they attended. LANCE GOWLAND: East Timor is the closest nation to
By Adam Baker The final edition of Gravity, the magazine put out by the Griffith University Student Representative Council, has outraged many students by including a lift-out centerfold featuring a naked woman with the words "Gravity Reveals All".
Resistance's EMMA MURPHY spoke to ALEX TILMAN, a member of the Timorese National Youth Resistance (RNJT) in Melbourne about the struggle for self-determination in East Timor. Question: What is the RNJT? RNJT is a Melbourne-based coalition of East
By Amanda Lawrence On November 18, a motion was put to the ACT Liberal Party policy convention by members of the Young Liberals, calling on the ACT government to legislate "for Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) in the tertiary institutions under ACT
The events of the last two weeks have demonstrated the determination of the Indonesian people to achieve "reformasi total" — a total democratisation of Indonesian society. The massive demonstrations, of more than a million people on some days, were
1996 July 27 — Suharto cracks down on a protest at the headquarters of the Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI) after Megawati Sukarnoputri was deposed as PDI leader by the military. Riots break out and the regime blames the People's Democratic
By Sean Healy The first issue of Resistance inspired many Resistance members — new and old — to get out into the streets. In Melbourne, we sold more copies than we've sold all year — a record 260+. Other branches also had significant
PERTH — On Wednesday November 18, Resistance members were invited to speak at John Curtin Senior High in Fremantle by a social studies teacher who loves Resistance. More than 35 students watched video footage of Resistance's high school walkouts
By Wendy Robertson In recent months, Resistance's national resources have been stretched to the limit as we have organised one of the largest campaigns in our history, the high school anti-racism walkouts. Obviously, we don't have wealthy backers.
A proposed gold mine at Timbarra plateau has been the subject of controversy for some months. Environmentalists complain that the method of gold extraction involves the use of highly destructive chemicals such as cyanide which, if released into the

Culture

Life on the PicketVideo released by CFMEU, Vickery Lodge6 McAndrew St, Gunnedah 2380Phone (02) 6742 0821 to order Review by Alex Bainbridge Vickery was a small coalmine near Gunnedah in NSW. It employed only around 50 workers, but it was on and
Saving Private RyanDirected by Steven SpielbergWith Tom Hanks and Matt DamonScreening everywhere Review by Graham Matthews Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan is an extremely impressive film. It's meant to be. From the very first frames, you get
Uncommon People: Resistance, Rebellion and JazzBy Eric HobsbawmWeidenfeld & Nicolson, 1998360 pp., $49.95 (hb) Review by Phil Shannon "Common" people, "ordinary" people, the "average" man and woman — these labels are not just neutral
Aboriginal programming at radio 3CR There has been over a decade of Koori programming at Melbourne's community radio 3CR, with Not Another Koori Show (Mondays, 2-4pm) and the Koori Survival Show (Tuesdays, 9-11am). Lisa Bellear, Destiny Deacon,
Good fun and home truths Only Heaven KnowsBy Alex HardingDirected by Peter NettellNew Theatre, NewtownFriday-Sunday until December 19Bookings 9873-3575 Review by Helen Jarvis Sydney forms the setting and the subject of this musical play. Not just