Issue 47

News

Cuba campaign launched in Melbourne By Roberto Jorquera MELBOURNE — The Australia Cuba Friendship Society initiated a meeting here on March 5 to discuss the solidarity with Cuba campaign in the coming year. The public forum, attended by 50
By Bill Hannon ADELAIDE — Premier John Bannon's minority ALP government may be forced to an early election by the resignation from the party of one MP and the threatened resignation of another. Labor emerged from the last state election
WOLLONGONG — The second annual Swim for Guatemala was held on February 29. More than 170 swimmers raised over $6000 for aid projects in Guatemala. The event is sponsored jointly by the Committee in Solidarity with Latin America and the Caribbean
70% worse off under GST By Peter Boyle Around 70% of waged and salaried households and 60% of self-employed and farm households would be worse off under the Liberal Party's "Fightback!" package, according to federal Treasury and Finance
By Pat Brewer SYDNEY — A split among NSW Greens has occurred with the application by two former secretaries of the Green Alliance's State Registration Committee, Dave Nerlich and Paul Fitzgerald, to change the registered officer of the NSW
By Liam Mitchell ADELAIDE — "Employment growth is unlikely until the end of 1992 and into 1993", SA United Trades and Labor Council (UTLC) assistant secretary Chris White told a crowd of 200 at the Social Justice and Economy conference here
Liquor workers fight wage cuts By Roberto Jorquera MELBOURNE — Two thousand liquor trades workers took a tough stand on penalty rates and loadings at a March 5 stop-work meeting. "The membership voted unanimously to authorise our officials
The Cuba Solidarity Campaign national conference will be held in Melbourne on May 9-10, a week earlier than previously planned. The conference dates have been changed to allow representatives from Cuban organisations to attend and address the
Campaign to save D'Entrecasteaux park By Miles Hitchcock PERTH — Project Sandcastle — the campaign to prevent exploration of D'Entrecasteaux National Park for mineral sands — has begun in earnest. In January WA environment minister Bob
Aboriginal singer refused service at Melbourne bar By Rjurik Davidson MELBOURNE — Staff at the Catani Bar in St Kilda on the night of March 4 refused entry to the lead singer of the Aboriginal band Yothu Yindi. Mandawuy Yunupingu said that
New magazine launched Story and photograph by Norm Dixon SYDNEY — One hundred people squeezed into the back bar of Sydney's Paragon Hotel for the launch of the monthly Modern Times, the newest addition to Australia's alternative media, on
By Nick Everett SYDNEY — The federal government's decision to stop funding Student Initiatives in Community Health (SICH) and the NSW Family Planning Association's Making Sense of Sex Project is a big blow to the fight against AIDS, said
By Angela Matheson Photographs by Lisa Iley SYDNEY — A record crowd of up to 40 000 people jammed the route along Oxford Street in inner city Darlinghurst on the night of February 29to watch the 1992 Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. The
By Kath Gelber SYDNEY — Photocopies of the Fact and Fantasy File were enthusiastically received at Sydney Girls High school on March 6. Distributed by the radical youth organisation Resistance, the diaries were welcomed by a large crowd of
Thousands of women around the country celebrated International Women's Day on March 7-8. About 5000 marched in Sydney, reports Tracy Sorensen. Themes included the right to choose abortion, opposition to the closure of Royal Women's Hospital,
By Nick Everett SYDNEY — The January 27 police raid on the University of Technology Student Representative Council and Breakout, the printer of its student handbook, was politically motivated, said speakers at a March 3 public meeting. The

World

Call for Aceh investigation The US-based human rights monitoring group Asia Watch has called for a full investigation into alleged human rights abuses in the Indonesian territory of Aceh. The Indonesian military has adopted a shoot-to-kill
By Colin Stoneman and Joe Hanlon Zimbabwe faces economic crisis after being tricked into introducing structural adjustment by donors who are withholding aid in an effort to force still further changes. Donors are squeezing Zimbabwe because
US hard line on carbon dioxide NEW YORK — A stronger US position on curbing carbon dioxide emissions is unlikely to occur in time for the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), a high-ranking official from the US Department of
By Boris Kagarlitsky MOSCOW — More than six months have passed since members and supporters of Russia's leading left groups — the Socialist Party, the Confederation of Anarcho-Syndicalists and a section of the former Communist Party's
By Irina Glushchenko MOSCOW — The period since "democratic" politicians took control of the Moscow city government has been a Saturnalia of official criminality and embezzlement to rival anything in Weimar Germany or ancient Rome.
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — When Russian President Boris Yeltsin liberalised prices at New Year, did he know that the result would be to consign large sections of the population not just to malnutrition, but to actual starvation? This is
The following message was sent by Cuban President FIDEL CASTRO to a January 25 Peace for Cuba Rally in New York. The text comes from NY Transfer News Service via Pegasus. Dear comrades and friends, brothers and sisters, Under the present
By Jack Colhoun WASHINGTON — Representative Robert Torricelli sounded a clarion call for an escalated confrontation between the United States and Cuba when he introduced his Cuba Democracy Act Feb. 5. Flanked by Jorge Mas Canosa, head of
By Norm Dixon A senior Filipino church leader, Bishop Gaudencio Rosales of Malaybalay diocese in Bukidnon, Mindanao, has called for a complete ban on logging in the Philippines. Describing the situation in the country as "critical", he has
By Kim Ives In the five months since the coup that overthrew Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Washington has convinced few with its strained declarations of support for the return to office of the anti-imperialist priest. Now,
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Deputies to the Moscow Soviet on February 26 petitioned for an emergency sitting of their assembly to consider a motion condemning the city government for its handling of the February 23 opposition demonstration.
By Tom Jordan and Tracy Sorensen Rapidly rising prices, property restitution laws with bizarre results, neo-fascist second world war military leaders rehabilitated: Bulgaria, is solidifying its move to the right. A picture of the country
By Norm Dixon The Suharto regime in Indonesia has announced that several Timorese detained in the aftermath of the November 12 massacre in Dili are to stand trial for subversion in coming weeks. While some of these survivors of the massacre

Culture

Healing the planet: Strategies for resolving the environmental crisis By Paul and Anne Ehrlich. New York: Addison-Wesley, 1991. $US29.95 Reviewed by Craig Brittain Paul Ehrlich's The Population Bomb, a best-seller first published in 1968, got
Ask for the Captain Written by Ljiljana Ortolja Directed by David Baird Performed by Handspan Theatre Victoria Arts Centre Reviewed by Peter Boyle With a brave mix of puppetry, mime and acting, Handspan Theatre has tried to give some
The Clatter of Wooden Clogs The Clatter of Wooden Clogs By Hugh O'Sullivan Published by the Australian Young Christian Workers Movement. $13 Reviewed by John Jegorow The title is deceptive. "What's a worker worth?" and "Tomorrow is
October Surprise: America's Hostages in Iran and the Election of Ronald Reagan By Gary Sick Times Books, Random House, 1991. 278 pp. US$23 Reviewed by Mark Delmege In 1980, the Reagan-Bush campaign team conspired with Israel and Iran against
Facts and figures on industrial relations Industrial Relations at Work: The Australian Workplace Industrial Relations Survey Published by the Commonwealth Department of Industrial Relations Australian Government Publishing Service, 1991. 366
Cannibalism just for laughs Delicatessen Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro Screenplay by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Marc Caro and Gilles Adrien Starring Julie Clapet, Dominique Pinon and Jean-Claude Dreyfuss Reviewed by Ulrike Erhardt

Editorial

Editorial: North Korea and the US elections In the New World Order, it seems, world peace is hostage to the domestic needs of various factions in US politics. The latest war threat arises from George Bush's unpopularity in early contests to