Issue 518

Australia

BY KIM BULLIMORE SYDNEY — Despite attempts by police to prevent it, an anti-war action in Bankstown's Old Town Plaza on November 16 attracted 80 people. Initiated by the Socialist Alliance and the Canterbury-Bankstown Anti-War Group, the
BY ANNE O’CASEY MELBOURNE — Arun Pradhan, the Socialist Alliance candidate for Melbourne district in the November 30 Victorian elections, has called for mass civil disobedience to stop the controversial Commonwealth Games village planned
BY SUE BULL MELBOURNE — "Building rank-and-file unionism" was the topic of discussion at the first public meeting of the Trade Union Solidarity Committee, which was held on November 19 at Trades Hall. The committee was set up by the Socialist
BY DALE MILLS SYDNEY — Police will be able to stop and search people without warrants after the NSW ALP cabinet approved new “anti-terror” laws in November. The laws are now being rushed through state parliament. Among other things, NSW
BY PAUL BENEDEK SYDNEY — "We are a mass movement, we need to look like one" is the idea behind a broadly supported initiative to hold a National People's Refugee Summit in early 2003. The proposed summit, tentatively scheduled for February 1-2
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — A concerted campaign for several months by residents and Erskineville Housing Estate tenants forced the NSW state government on November 19 to reject a housing department redevelopment proposal which would have adversely
BY PAUL OBOOHOV CANBERRA — The Members First rank and file group in the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) is challenging the ALP-aligned Progressive Caucus in elections for department-based section and local region positions in the ACT,
BY KAREN FLETCHER MELBOURNE — Community lawyer Amanda George, well-known for years of work against private prisons in Australia, is standing as an independent candidate in the Victorian election. She is opposing the Labor minister for police and
BY JON LAND Pressure is mounting against the federal government's moves to deport 1600-1800 East Timorese asylum seekers, some of whom have been seeking refugee status for up to 10 years. At least 84 may be forced to leave by the end of
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BY LUKE SMITH ADELAIDE — Around 100 people gathered at the Queens Theatre on November 17 for a refugees' rights forum. The event, part of the Feast Festival 2002, focused on the plight of refugees fleeing persecution because of their sexuality.
Anti-war forum discusses movement building HOBART — A Socialist Alliance-initiated meeting on November 20 provided a forum for people to discuss the best way to oppose war on Iraq. Participants were addressed by federal Labor MP Harry Quick,
MELBOURNE — Speak-outs against a possible war on Iraq were held in three Melbourne suburbs on November 23. The Footscray protest heard from Socialist Alliance candidate for Footscray Justine Kamprad, Shirley Winton from the Western Suburbs
BY RUTH RATCLIFFE DARWIN — “I'm here because I don't like injustice, and I don't like being ashamed of my country”, declared Jack, one of the 250 people who attended a public meeting in support of the East Timorese asylum seekers on
Around 1500 Ku-ring-gai residents were drawn together on November 17 to stand against inappropriate over-development of their municipality, particularly the increasing density of housing. The rally, promoted by Friends of Lindfield, kicked off with folk songs before a variety of speakers took the podium.

Speakers highlighted the inadequate representation that they felt local council members are providing, and voiced their concerns about corruption in the council.

World

BY JEFF SHANTZ TORONTO — Greenpeace door canvassers are used to pounding the pavements. Every evening, they walk kilometres to spread the Greenpeace message of environmental care. However, the organisations' canvass workers never expected
Following weeks of massive demonstrations, El Salvador's National Assembly voted on November 14 to ratify a decree that prohibits the privatisation in any form of the national health care system (known as the Salvadoran Social Security Institute,
BY JOHN PILGER "What passing bells for these who die as cattle?", asked the great WWI poet Wilfred Owen. His famous line might have been written for those who perish in today's secret wars and terrorist outrages. Owen's generation never used the
BY PATRICK BOND JOHANNESBURG — On November 8, James Kilgore, the last fugitive member of the 1970s US terrorist group, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), was arrested in Cape Town. He was known in South Africa as John Pape, the respected left
BY DOUG LORIMER HONG KONG — Seventy pro-democracy protesters staged a rally outside in the Chater Garden Square next to the local Legislative Council building on November 17, defying a police warning that the gathering was illegal
BY JIM GREEN The largest shipment of high-level nuclear waste between France and Germany — 1300 tonnes of it — was trained and trucked from La Hague in France to Wendland in northern Germany. on November 11-14. The waste was taken to a
BY MICHAEL KARADJIS "Politics has never seen such a widespread liquidation operation", declared the Turkish daily Sabah following the crushing victory of the "Islamist" Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Turkey's November 3 general election.
BY STEPHEN BENNETTS FLORENCE — “Non ho mai visto Firenze cosi bella. Che bello vederla cosi piena di gente; di solito ci sono solo le bancarelle d'oro e le cartoline. E che palle!” (“I've never seen Florence looking so beautiful. How
BY JEREMY BRADLEY The Middle East is in the grip of severe drought. Israel's farmers are so highly dependant on irrigation that they require more than half of the 1.55 billion cubic metres of water that is used annually within Israel's

Editorial

NSW Premier Bob Carr's enthusiasm for vilifying protesters, police patrols with sniffer dogs and cooperating with Australia's secret police service is not an aberration for the ALP. Federal Labor is also bending over backwards to increase police

Culture

Episodes directed by Samira Makhmalbaf, Claude Lelouch, Ken Loach, Sean Penn, Denis Tanovic, Mira Nair, Shohei Imamura, Amos Gitai, Youssef Chahine, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Idrissa Ouedrago Now showing at the Nova and Cinema Europa,
SYDNEY — On November 11, a book was launched in the outer Sydney suburb of Blacktown. It coincided with the 17th anniversary of the killing by police of 16-year-old Angelo Tsakos. The book, A Mother's Story, details the agony of those 17 years
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — In the United States, actor Susan Sarandon and other high-profile artists and performers are speaking out against the planned US-led war on Iraq. In Australia too, members of the arts and cultural communities are supporting
REVIEW BY ELIZABETH SCHULTE War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn't Want You to KnowWilliam Rivers Pitt interviews Scott RitterAllen and Unwin, 200278 pages, $9.95. A former marine and a member of the Republican Party who voted for George W Bush,
Telling Lies About Hitler: the Holocaust, History and the David Irving TrialBy Richard EvansVerso, 2002326 pages, $37 (pb) REVIEW BY PHIL SHANNON If a self-styled "geographic revisionist" should ever step up to a witness box to sue the Royal
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Just Another Little Murder: A Brother's Pursuit of JusticeBy Phil ClearyAllen and Unwin, 2002$29.95 REVIEW BY ERIN CAMERON The murder of Vicki Cleary in 1987 shook her family to the core, but what was to devastate them even more was the outcome