Issue 4

Australia

By Angela Matheson

SYDNEY — Australia's first Aboriginal high school, Pemulwuy Koori College, was officially opened on February 27. The landmark occasion was celebrated by a crowd of over 500 people cheered and embraced as the Aboriginal flag was raised...

World

By Sally Low

A large majority of voters in Estonia and Latvia cast ballots in favour of independence on March 3. Voter turnout was 82.8% in Estonia and 87.56% in Latvia. In both republics, over 64% voted yes to questions that, as in Lithuania on February 9, linked...

By Norm Dixon and Tom Jordan

Nine hundred mine workers at the Vatukoula gold mine on Fiji's west coast are on strike to gain recognition of their union from both the company and the government. They walked out on February 27. Vatukoula is owned by an Australian company...

Sixteen environmentalists from the island of Palawan in the Philippines have been arrested and charged with subversion. They are members of Haribon-Palawan, a well-known and respected organisation which is cosponsoring with Friends of the Earth an ethno-environmental project in Palawan.

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In this concluding part of their interview with Steve Painter and Jim Percy, Soviet Socialist Party members Boris Kagarlitsky, Alexander Popov and Vladimir Kondratov discuss Boris Yeltsin's challenge to Mikhail Gorbachev's leadership, and the increasing national unrest which is threatening the...

By Tracy Sorensen

PRAGUE — The view over Prague formerly enjoyed by a gigantic statue of Stalin is justly famous — all Gothic church spires, patchwork roofs and stone bridges crisscrossing the Vltava River. Unfortunately, on most days it's difficult to...

By Peter Boyle

In mid-February, while the oil war raged in the Middle East, the US government was blocking progress on an international treaty to address the urgent problem of global warming. After the oil war had come to a bloody end (of sorts), the...

By Stephen Robson

LONDON — More than 80 Iraqis are being held in prisons or army prisoner of war camps, without charges being laid, and facing possible deportation.

Home secretary Kenneth Baker gave the orders to imprison and then deport 88...

By Tracy Sorensen

PRAGUE — Czechoslovakia's ruling Civic Forum formally split into two camps on February 24, ending a long period of wrangling between more free-market oriented forces and those advocating a measured, state-controlled transition to a capitalist economy...

SAN FRANCISCO, February 13 — Residents of the small town of Kettleman City today brought a major civil rights suit over the siting of a toxic waste incinerator in their low-income, Latino community in Kings County.

The suit marks the first time that civil rights law has...

A new international organisation was formed at a February meeting in the Netherlands of representatives of peoples and nations not represented at the United Nations because their countries are occupied, colonised or forcibly integrated in bigger states. It calls itself the Unrepresented Nations...

By Peter Boyle

The balance of scientific opinion has swung unequivocally behind the view that industrial activities in the last century have been accelerating the greenhouse effect. What once was a radical theory — that a number of gases were building up in the...

By Rob Miller

If you believe the "mainstream" media, the Palestine Liberation Organisation has irretrievably blotted its copybook by supporting Iraq's invasion of Kuwait, while a peace-loving Israel exercised admirable restraint by not retaliating against Iraqi missile...

By Renfrey Clarke

MOSCOW — In a number of sessions since mid-November, the parliament of the Russian Republic has intensively debated the "land question". Citing constant shortages of most food, right-wing liberal deputies have been calling for the...

Culture

The Beauty Myth

By Naomi Wolf

Chatto and Windus (London). 1990. 276 pp. Hardback $29.95

Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg

"The qualities that a given period calls beautiful in women are merely symbols of the female behaviour that period considers...

People Like Us

One Extra Company

Choreographer: Kai Tai Chan

Director: Peter Kingston

Musical Director: Mara Kiek

Design: Tim Kobin

Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre. March 4-16

Reviewed by Angela Matheson

Kai Tai...

An Encounter With Fidel

By Gianni Minà

Ocean Press. 1991. $21.95.

Reviewed by Alex Bainbridge

In the last year, Cuba has received a lot of attention as popular revolutions swept through Eastern Europe. The media turned their eyes to Cuba to...

The Royal Commission into the Australian Economy

By John Clarke and Ross Stevenson

Director and Designer: Bruce Petty

Belvoir Theatre, Sydney

Reviewed by Angela Matheson

The monster that is the economy looms above the royal...

Alice

Written and directed by Woody Allen

Starring Mia Farrow

Alice is a whimsical comic fantasy about a very rich New Yorker who finds her life and her relationships unfulfilling, her frustrations manifesting themselves in a back ache....

Hamlet

Directed by Franco Zeffirelli

With Mel Gibson as Hamlet, Glenn Close as Gertrude

Reviewed by Chris Canute

As Shakespeare's longest and best known play, Hamlet is a daunting proposition for directors, actors and audience...

By Rod Webb

When he was a boy, Amir Naderi was too chubby to be the exact model for Amiro, the hero of his film The Runner, but he has a great sense of poetic licence.

"This is the cinema, and I can intervene in a lot...