Issue 465


BY ARUN PRADHAN WOOMERA — "Today's brutal crackdown is the reality of Australia's bipartisan approach to refugees. This hell hole cost $25 million to develop, and is one of the most isolated prisons in the world", Kathy Newnam told Green Left
Anti-war plans underway ADELAIDE — Resistance called a public meeting on September 15 to plan anti-war and racism campaigns. The meeting decided to organise a set of publicity stalls in Rundle Mall and to campaign outside high schools to rally
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — Two hundred people attended a September 18 public forum entitled "Who's to blame: Middle Eastern people or US foreign policy?". The forum was initiated by the Socialist Alliance. "Being victims of Israel's terror
BY SUE BOLTON MELBOURNE — Thousands of Ansett workers and supporters demonstrated at major airports throughout Australia on September 21. By continuing to demonstrate, as well as turning up ready to work their shifts, the workers are refusing to
BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — Two hundred people packed the Gaelic Club for a hastily called meeting on September 20 and unanimously endorsed the formation of a Network Opposing War and Racism (NOWAR) committed to stopping the US war drive and
BY SARAH PEART MELBOURNE — "Say no to war! Say no to racism!" will be the theme of the first day of a three-day blockade of the Commonwealth Business Forum (CBF). Starting at 7am on October 3, the blockade will be addressed by refugee rights
BY MATT RICH MELBOURNE — Australian students have begun to organise protests and anti-war and racism coalitions around the country. On September 19, 200 students attended a speak-out in La Trobe University's Agora condemning the US-led military
Jorge Jorquera, the Socialist Alliance candidate for the federal seat of Gellibrand, led a hunger strike from September 21 to 22 outside Maribyrnong detention centre. The protest finished when Jorquera and supporters were attacked with a car.
BY TIM STEWART & MIKE BYRNE BRISBANE — Spurred on by the threat of US military strikes, the CHOGM Action Network (CAN) has decided to add the slogans "No to war!" and "No to racism!" to the October 6 march on the Commonwealth Heads of Government
BY VIV MILEY & SARAH STEPHEN On the weekend of September 22-23, more than 300 asylum seekers had been sitting in boats off Ashmore Reef and the Cocos Islands for days — some for close to two weeks — and the government has yet to announce their
Rally for refugee rights BRISBANE — More than 150 people marched to the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs after a refugees' rights rally in Suncorp Metway Park on September 22. The rally opposed Liberal/Labor bipartisan
BY JOHN PERCY Former political prisoner and militant union leader Dita Sari will head the People's Democratic Party of Indonesia's delegation to the second Asia-Pacific International Solidarity Conference, the party has announced. Sari, the
Adelaide: Coalition Against War and Racism. Thursday September 27, 6.30pm, Trades Hall, South Terrace. Ph 8231 6982. Canberra: Community peace forum. Wednesday September 26, 7.30pm, Griffin Centre, Bunda Street, Civic. Ph 6247 2424. Hobart:
BY CHRIS LATHAM PERTH — Anti-racists and refugee rights advocates have rebuffed police threats and special branch investigations following a counter-demonstration they staged against a September 16 rally by a group called Citizens Against Illegal
UNITED STATES threats to launch a war in the Middle East in retaliation for the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington have prompted an outpouring of anti-war sentiments across the country, with peace vigils and protests taking place and
@box text intr = The Green Left Weekly staff will be taking a break next week to attend the Resistance conference and the CBF protests in Melbourne. The next GLW will be published on October 10.
BY ALISON DELLIT On September 17, the Australian Senate passed a motion invoking the ANZUS treaty and endorsing the government's decision to "support within Australia's capabilities United States-led action against those responsible [for the


BY SARAH STEPHEN Trade union leaders in Britain have called on the Labour government to abolish asylum detention centres and to scrap the voucher system of benefits for refugees in Britain, according to a September 11 ABC report. Trades Union
BY BORIS KAGARLITSKY MOSCOW — The September 11 terrorist acts in the US shifted all other news onto the back burner, including the results of the September 9 presidential election in Belarus. But for leftists in eastern Europe, what is happening
BY AZIZ CHOUDRY Leaders of Pacific island states met August 16-18 at the 32nd Pacific Island Forum on the island of Nauru to discuss the creation of a regional free-trade area. Facing imminent depletion of the high quality phosphate reserves on
BY NORM DIXON The Zimbabwe government has unexpectedly agreed to prevent further occupations of predominantly white-owned commercial farms, reinstitute a "fair, just and sustainable" land redistribution and to restore the "rule of law". In return,
BY BEN CASHDAN& DENNIS BRUTUS DURBAN — Whereas Bill Clinton entertained us with his exploits, throwing apologies around liberally afterwards, George Bush junior seems to prefer pre-climactic withdrawal. We are referring of course to the US
We inform the entire progressive community of a milestone in the unification of the revolutionary forces in the country. The Partido ng Manggagawang Pilipino (PMP) and the Sosyalistang Partido ng Paggawa (SPP) announce their merger through a
BY AHMAD NIMER RAMALLAH — On the night of September 15 at around 4am, I was jolted out of bed by the sound of helicopters hovering over the city. This sound in itself has become rather ubiquitous over the last few months, usually signalling an
BY EVA CHENG Until the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, most mainstream commentators were reluctant to admit that the world was confronting a synchronised new recession. Their tone universally changed after that day: they


A History of BombingBy Sven LindqvistGranta Books, 2001224 pages $39.95 (hb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON When the first bomb was dropped from the air on November 1, 1911, the pattern for the subsequent history of aerial bombing was set. A European
Bruce Franklin, Vietnam and Other American Fantasies, University of Massachusetts Press, BILL NEVINS, Vietnam War, culture, history"> H. Bruce Franklin: from loyal liberal to radical dissident Vietnam and Other American FantasiesBy H. Bruce
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BRISBANE — Queensland's DJs, musicians, street performers and rappers have joined the long list of community groups that will be protesting at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in October They will protest in their own funky style on