Issue 490

Australia

BY GRANT COLEMAN
WOLLONGONG — Three-hundred people chanted "Free, Free Palestine" and "Shame, Shame USA" outside Wesley Church in the Wollongong mall in a "Vigil for a free Palestine" on April 27. It was the first pro-Palestine protest here since

BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE
HOBART — The May 1 blockade of the Forestry Tasmania building coincides with the beginning of the Resource, Planning and Development Commission (RPDC) hearing to consider an appeal against the development proposal for the

BY SARAH STEPHEN
Federal immigration minister Philip Ruddock was no doubt looking forward to a pleasant speaking engagement at the April 22 Commonwealth Lawyers' Association function in London.
A little awed by the illustrious status of the

BY LISA MACDONALD
SYDNEY — A public seminar being organised by the Socialist Alliance, to be held on May 11 in Parramatta Town Hall, will present militant trade unionists with an opportunity to discuss key political issues confronting workers and

BY SUE BOLTON
SYDNEY — In the election for national secretary of the food and confectionary division of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU), workers have the opportunity to vote in favour of militant unionism.
Assistant state

BY LISA MACDONALD
SYDNEY — Those are "the real queues", Julie McCrossin told the capacity crowd inside Sydney Town Hall on April 21, referring to the hundreds of refugee-rights supporters outside who'd been unable to get tickets for the

BY KAMALA EMANUEL
HOBART — Insurance industry costs are threatening the delivery of home-birthing services across Tasmania.
The Australian Nursing Federation ordinarily pays insurance fees for nurses as part of their membership fees. In early

BY JESS MELVIN
MELBOURNE — Three-hundred and fifty people, most of them young, took to the streets on April 27, demanding Israel get out of Palestine.
"Palestine will be free — because there will never be a day in which we stop raising our

Caltex workers strike for new agreement
BRISBANE — On April 23, around 80 maintenance workers employed by sub-contractors at the Caltex oil refinery on the mouth of the Brisbane river, voted to continue their strike.
The Australian

BY STUART MUNCKTON
CANBERRA — "I hope the staff inside have their pen and paper out because they have been seriously misinformed if they think that it is safe for Hazara refugees to return to Afghanistan", Refugee Action Collective (RAC) activist

BY JENNY LONG
SYDNEY — Speakers at a public meeting, held in Punchbowl in Sydney's south-west on April 23, described how the election of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in early 2001 brought a change in Israel's policy toward the Palestinian

BY JUSTINE KAMPRAD
MELBOURNE — At its conference on April 22-23, the Victorian branch of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) mapped out ambitious industrial goals, condemned an internal investigation into the state branch, and

BY Paul Glenning
ROCKHAMPTON — Meatworkers at Rockhampton's Consolidated Meat Group plant decided to return to work on April 27, after accepting an offer from CMG management that will reduce their weekly pay by up to $300 per week. The 1450

BY MATT RICH
MELBOURNE — Refugee-rights protesters will hit the streets again on June 23, following a decision of the Refugee Action Collective-Victoria (RAC-Vic) to endorse a rally at 1pm that day outside the State Library in the city, around

World

BY AMNON HOLTZMANN
TEL AVIV — Many Israelis criticise the Oslo accords, arguing that they brought us the exploding buses. The facts tell a different story.
The Oslo accords were announced publicly on August 31, 1993. The first Palestinian

BY NORM DIXON
The United States remains determined to launch a massive military attack to topple Iraq's President Saddam Hussein, even in the face of the explosion of popular anger in Middle Eastern countries triggered by Israel's state terrorism

BY DICK NICHOLS
France's Lionel Jospin wasn't the worst prime minister as far as capitalist politicians go. His government introduced the 35-hour work week (which produced a clear rise in employment), he resisted the attempts of the European Union

BY AHMAD NIMER
RAMALLAH — Despite widespread reports in the mainstream media that Israeli troops have withdrawn from Palestinian cities (excluding the area around Yasser Arafat's compound and Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity), the Israeli

BY DICK NICHOLS
[At its fifth congress, held April 4-7, Italy's 90,000-member Party of Communist Refoundation (PRC) endorsed a radical left turn. This is the second part of two articles on the congress. The first part appeared in last week's Green

BY DICK NICHOLS
MILAN — Question: How can you tell when a general strike really is a general strike and not just the most organised parts of the working class taking a day off? Answer: When it's like the April 16 Italian general strike against

BY ALISON DELLIT
"The idea that the United States is just one big pool of reactionary politics is false — there is resistance to President George Bush, and we want to extend that", Ahmed Shawki, a leader of the US International Socialist

BY MIKE LEON
WASHINGTON — On September 11 an al-Qaeda-led terrorist network struck at the heart of US financial and political centres, killing thousands, troubling a shaky economy, and for many, destroying the notion that the US is immune from

Editorial

Fighting for global justice after M1
The 2001 May 1(M1) blockades of Australia’s stock exchanges rallied
support for the cancellation of Third World debt and the abolition of institutions
such the World Bank and the International

General

Green Left Weekly requires copies of Tribune, which was
the weekly newspaper of the now-dissolved Communist Party of Australia,
for its research library.

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Culture

All My SonsWritten by Arthur MillerDirected by Adam CookWith Max Cullen, Marta Dusseldorp, Lynette Curran, Paul Gleeson, Glenn HazeldineAt the Playhouse, Sydney Opera HouseUntil May 11Bookings (02) 9929 0644
REVIEW BY IGGY KIM
US playwright

Museworthy: Leaving the Window
"He would be guilty of murderif at the time the deceased left the windowhe had an intent to kill heror cause her grievous bodily harmor had acted with reckless indifference to human life."
Only a quarter of the

The Holocaust Industry: Reflections on the Exploitation of Jewish SufferingBy Norman G. FinkelsteinVerso, 2001182 pages, $29.95 (pb)
BY PHIL SHANNON
One of the great ironies (if that isn't too kind a word for it) of the Middle East conflict is

Behind the wiredreams expirestrangled andcongealed in themire of choked livesand hopes and dreams.
Behind the wiredead dreams walkseeking releasefrom all carein the drowning seaof racism's bile.
Behind the wirethe innocents shuffle,sad refuge

BY DENIS OLSEN
BRISBANE — Campaigners for freedom for refugees will soon have a new tool. The Carnival of the Oppressed, a street theatre collective, is working on a new play which will be touring the footpaths shortly. Utilising masks and