Issue 500

Australia

UN award for Tampa seafarers
Wilhelmsen Line and the crew of the MV Tampa have jointly won a $100,000 award from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for rescue on the high seas.
The Tampa's crew and owner were given the award for

BY REBECCA MECKELBURG
BRISBANE — The bitter industrial dispute in May over the use of underpaid, non-unionised labour on the CSL Yarra was reignited when the re-flagged ship, now called the Stadacona, returned to Australian waters.
The Maritime

BY REBECCA MECKELBURG & MARCEL CAMERON
BRISBANE — Despite the state ALP government's attempts to undermine the Queensland Nurses Union's (QNU) stop-work rally at Parliament House on July 12, more than 3000 angry public and private sector nurses

BY EMMA CLANCY
PERTH — Murdoch University hosted the 2002 Students and Sustainability Conference, held July 7-13. The conference was attended by around 500 students, there to learn about and discuss environmental and human rights campaigns.

SYDNEY — More than 40 people gathered in Parramatta Mall on July 9 to protest against the public executions that have taken place recently in Iran and the failure of the UN to condemn human rights abuses there.
Speakers also condemned the

BY KATHY NEWNAM
NEWCASTLE — A solemn 80-strong protest in Civic Park on July 12 was the culmination of a week-long vigil in solidarity with hunger strikers in the Woomera detention centre.
Dave McKay, who is visiting Newcastle from the Refugee

BY LISA MACDONALD

SYDNEY — At the beginning of August, the nine branches of Socialist
Alliance in NSW will begin to pre-select candidates for the March 2003
NSW election.

A state conference at the University of Technology, Sydney, on

BY NOREEN NAVIN
SYDNEY — The tenacity and determination of teachers, students and other members of the local community has forced the overturning of former NSW education minister John Aquilina's decision to close Dulwich and Marrickville high

BY PIP HINMAN
SYDNEY — The federal government's "Pacific solution" is likely to be become the "Christmas Island solution" when a 1200-bed detention centre is finished there in March 2003, Anne Coombs, from Rural Australians for Refugees (RAR),

BY KATHY FAIRFAX
SYDNEY — Husaini Hasan, chairperson of the Government Council of
the Free Acheh Movement (MPGAM), told a meeting on July 11 that his people's
struggle for a referendum would not be realised without international solidarity.

BY STACEY BRENNAN & EWAN SAUNDERS
BRISBANE — The National Union of Students (NUS) National Education Conference, held July 5-7, was attended by 400 students. An endorsement of the campus refugee sanctuary campaign as "an idea worthy of further

BY GILLIAN DAVY
MELBOURNE — On July 10, news broke that RMIT University has joined private prison operator Group 4 Falck to tender for the delivery of "educational and recreational sporting activities" to asylum seekers in Australian detention

World

BY MAX LANE
JAKARTA — Sukarno, the first president of Indonesia, was 27 years old when he became chairperson of the Indonesian National Party in the 1920s. Mohammed Hatta was a similar age when he took over the leadership of the nationalist

BY DAVID BACON
IMMOKALEE — If a small union of Florida farmworkers has its way, the nasal voice of the famous Chihuahua will be saying, "No quiero Taco Bell" (I don't want Taco Bell) on college campuses across the United States.
For almost a

LONDON — Human rights activists on July 9 began 24-hour vigil outside Australia House in protest at human rights abuses at the Woomera refugee detention centre. Four hunger strikers positioned themselves in front of the building. The protest was

BY NORM DIXON
The national strike by the more than 110,000 members of the South African Municipal Workers Union entered its second week on July 9. In the face of mass arrests, police violence and a slander campaign by the capitalist media, South

BY EVA CHENG
Even before news of the latest corporate scams exploded in late June, the London-based Economist on May 18 published a 20-page defence of capitalism. The article began with the claim that "the capitalist system has proved surprisingly

BY NORM DIXON
Residents in Mandela Park, Khayelitsha (near Cape Town), rebelled on July 8 in response to a raid by police and municipal officials. Community anger boiled over when a council sheriff attempted to repossess an elderly pensioner's

BY TODD CHRETIEN
The killing of two demonstrators by police on June 26 has sent political shock waves through Argentina. The murders took place in an industrial suburb of Buenos Aires, where activists of the militant unemployed movement — known

PARIS — An estimated 500,000 people took part in the June 29 Pride March here. Calling for "Egalite!" (equality), lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender contingents paraded from Montparnasse to Bastille Square. Photo by Jonathan Strauss.From Green

BY ROHAN PEARCE
The ruling classes of the USA, Britain and Australia are finalising their plans for the next war against Iraq. Leaked Pentagon documents reported in the July 4 New York Times propose that Iraq be attacked from the north, south and

This message of condolence and solidarity was sent to the Worker Communist Parties of Iran and Iraq following the death of Mansoor Hekmat.
Dear comrades, the members of the Democratic Socialist Party of Australia extend our sincere condolences to

Editorial

When the first issue of Green Left Weekly appeared, US President George Bush senior's war on Iraq was raging; 500 issues later, President George Bush junior is planning another massive invasion of sanction-crippled Iraq, as imperial wars rage in

Culture

REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the Truth about Globalisation, Corporate Cons and High Finance FraudstersBy Greg PalastPluto Press, 2002211 pages, $59.95 (hb)
Ultra-right millionaire and

Fond Memories of Cuba A documentary by David BradburyScreening at Valhalla Cinema, Sydney. Opens at the Schonell Cinema, Brisbane, July 18; Nova Cinema, Melbourne, July 25; and the Electric Shadows Cinema, Canberra, late July.
REVIEW BY KIM

Museworthy: Afton Blommor (Evening Flower) for Par Lagerkvist
You asked our questionsWhen we could not have asked themBecause we did not know what would fulfil usBecause we did not know what to askThat you were forgotten is rightThat what you

From the Bush crusade to foreign aid,Iraqi sanctions to the world's arms trade;from the threat of globalisationto social welfare in this nationyou tore through the tissue of lies500 issues they despise.
Street sellers in the rain,it was worth the

Hell Stirs in HeavenBy Anita Caratelliself-published, Melbourne, 2001$25, order at <acspecials@yahoo.com>
REVIEWED BY CHRIS SLEE
Most Australians are only vaguely aware of the Torres Straits islands. Most have heard of Eddie Mabo, the

REVIEW BY SARAH STEPHEN

Take Care of My Cat
Directed by Jeong Jae-eun
Starring Bae Doo-na, Lee Yo-won, Ok Ji-young, Lee Eun-sil, Lee Eun-ju
Distributed by Cinema Service Co, email <rachel@cinemaservice.com>
Screened at the 49th Sydney

REVIEW BY TYRION PERKINS

In
the Spirit of Wandering Teachers: the Cuban Literacy Campaign, 1961
Edited by Alexandra Keeble
Ocean Press, Melbourne, 2001
$24.95

In the Spirit of Wandering Teachers is a poster-size
book that