Issue 527

Australia

BY
AMY MCDONNELL
ADELAIDE — “Young people need to be leading the anti-war movement.
Tens of thousands of Australian students were involved in stopping the
war in Vietnam, and we can stop the war in Iraq”, said University of Adelaide
student

BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE
HOBART — The state Labor government of Premier Jim Bacon decided on February 3 to introduce new laws to allow the $30 million Meander Dam project to go ahead. Previously, the Resource Management and Planning Appeals Tribunal

BY
TIM GOODEN
GEELONG — Answering a call from the Victorian branch of the Construction,
Forestry, Mining and Energy Union for shop stewards to fly banners of peace
on construction sites, members have found that even a peace symbol needs
to

BY SHANE HOPKINSON
MACKAY, north Queensland — A week after moving to Mackay from Rockhampton, where I had been involved in anti-war organising, I received a phone call asking if any Mackay actions were planned. A quick phone call to the local

BY SUE BOLTON
MELBOURNE — Armed federal police and immigration officers carried out a Rambo-style raid on an inner-city building site on February 20.
The police and immigration officers stormed the Bayview building site in Port Melbourne at

BY JODY BETZIEN
MELBOURNE — On February 16, 800 people packed into St Michaels Uniting Church for a forum organised by Women for a Humane Refugee Policy.
Federal Labor MP Carmen Lawrence told the forum that the Howard government's treatment of

BY IGGY KIM
SYDNEY — The Indonesian government's decision to divide West Papua into three provinces is a further attack by Jakarta on the Papuan people's right to self-determination, West Papua Institute for Human Rights supervisor John Rumbiak

AMEC workers victory
MELBOURNE — Workers employed by AMEC, the company contracted to install new generators at the Carrum Downs water treatment plant, are back at work. They won the reinstatement of eight workers, including the Australian

Wollongong’s peace train and IWD plans
BY MARG PERROTT
WOLLONGONG — After the 5000-strong February 8 anti-war rally here, a
large crowd was expected to travel from Wollongong to Sydney on February
16. Although originally NOWAR had

Women say 'It’s not our war’
BY ELISA TRUNZO
SYDNEY — I told my friend I'd meet her at Hyde Park at 12.30pm for the
Women for Peace rally. “See you there”, I said. “Can't imagine there'll
be much of a turnout in this miserable weather.”

BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS
CANBERRA — The ACT Network Opposing War on February 18 issued its own call for all anti-war and peace groups, community organisations, trade unions, student and youth groups and political organisations opposed to a war on

BY PAUL OBOOHOV
CANBERRA — Seventy police, 30 in riot gear, raided the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at 6am on February 19. They dismantled a recently erected A-frame tin goonji.
Most of those sleeping on-site at the time of the raid were women and

BY MARGARET GLEESON
SYDNEY — On February 19, 100 people met in Leichhardt Town Hall to discuss the topic "How we can stop the war on Iraq".
Organised by Green Left Weekly, the meeting was addressed by by anti-war Labor MP Harry Quick, who told

BY ALEX BAINBRIDGE
HOBART — The Unions Tasmania Council, the peak union body in the state, issued a statement from its meeting on February 13 opposing a unilateral US war on Iraq.
However, the statement supports UN calls on Iraq to "surrender

1000 protest in Daylesford
BY MARG MURPHY
DAYLESFORD, Victoria — Inspired by the February 14 massive mobilisation in Melbourne, around 1000 residents took over the main street on February 22 to say "no to war". The arriving crowd was greeted by

World

BY
PHIL HEARSE
According to Labour MPs, British Prime Minister Tony Blair has only
a few weeks to turn around the dreadful political mess in which his support
for US President George Bush's looming attack on Iraq has landed him. Blair

BY
GERALD LENOIR
PARIS — Despite intense pressure from the US government, French President
Jacques Chirac continues to maintain that France will veto a United Nations
Security Council resolution authorising a war in Iraq. On February 15,
I

BY
HELENA SHEEHAN
DUBLIN — Among the millions marching on February 15, there were more
than 100,000 on the streets of Dublin. That was the official number being
cited not only by enthusiastic activists, but by hostile newspapers and
a

BY
IGGY KIM
& EVA CHENG
As in the rest of the world, there were anti-war protests across
Asia on February 14-16. The largest protest was in Tokyo, with 25,000 people
marching on February 14.
In Thailand, 15,000 protested in two cities

BY IGGY KIM
The Indonesian government has again violated the December 10 Cessation of Hostilities Agreement (COHA). The agreement was supposed to bring an end to violence in Aceh.
Indonesian authorities have arrested Acehnese civil rights

On February 15, around 50 people gathered at McMurdo Station, Antarctica,
to participate the in global day of peace demonstrations. Meanwhile, reports
Paolo Calisse, Amundsen-Scott Station, “We organised a rally here at the
South Pole,

BY
PATRICK QUINN
CHICAGO — On February 15, close to 10,000 Chicagoans participated
in a spirited march and demonstration opposing the impending US war against
Iraq. Given the brutally cold weather, the size of the march was all the
more

BY
STEPHEN BENNETTS
ROME — At least 2 million people (organisers estimate 3 million)
from all over Italy converged on Rome on February 15, one of the largest
peace rallies held in the world on that day.
An entire section of the historic

BY VICTOR GROSSMAN
BERLIN — Like those around the globe, the anti-war protest here on February 15 was colossal. The planning committee, facing unending problems, difficulties and occasional disagreements, hoped against hope to have 100,000

BY GRANT BROOKES
AUCKLAND — More than 20,000 people marched against war on Iraq on February 15 in more than 20 cities and towns around New Zealand. Jewish people and Arabs, black and white, Muslims, Christians and those with no religious belief

BY DEBRA PAYNE
LONDON — Many people on the February 15 London anti-war march peace march hadn't been on a march before. But I had and let me tell you it was terrific.
I was on one of 25 buses that left Nottingham for London, along with 300

BY
ALEX CHIS
SAN FRANCISCO — Sunday February 16 was the largest anti-war
protest in this city's history, with the march organisers estimating that
250,000 people took part. Even the police department said about 200,000
marched — double that

BY EVA CHENG
Despite mass protests last December, the Hong Kong government is pressing ahead with plans to pass a draconian new law which will seriously curb freedom of speech and association.
In September — using the pretext of combating

By Ahmed Ben Bella, George Galloway & John Rees
At least 13 Egyptian activists against the war on Iraq have been arrested. Ten remain in custody; 11 of the 13 arrested have been tortured.
We have received a plea for solidarity from a broad range

BY ROHAN PEARCE
"There will not be a safe place in Baghdad", an unnamed Pentagon official told the US news network CBS on January 24."You're sitting in Baghdad and all of a sudden you're the general and 30 of you at division headquarters have been

BY DANI BARLEY
CHICAGO — Under the slogan, "Books not bombs", students across the United States are gearing up for what may be one of the most important days of youth activism against the looming US war against Iraq. The March 5 national student

BY DOUG LORIMER
In the wake of the February 14-16 international weekend of anti-war demonstrations — in which up to 12 million people participated — leaders of the 15 European Union countries held an emergency summit on February 17 to cobble

BY
ED GEORGE
LEON — The February 15 anti-war mobilisations were huge all over
the world; in the Spanish state they were truly enormous. If one tots up
the 1.5 million who marched in Madrid with the 1 million plus in Barcelona,
and then add

BY TARIQ ALI
The emergence of a mass anti-war movement shows a complete distrust of official politics. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the London Financial Times crowed that it would finish off the anti-capitalist movement. No such luck, gents.

BY JEFF SHANTZ
TORONTO — February 15 marked the Canadian anti-war movement's impressive growth. In Toronto, Canada's largest city, between 30,000 and 50,000 people braved bitter cold and icy winds to assert their unconditional opposition to war

Editorial

Help us get the word out!
Last weekend one million people marched against Australia joining the US
war against the Iraqi people. An unprecedented movement has taken over
the stage of Australian politics.
If it can keep its resolve

Culture

BY JO ELLIS
ADELAIDE — A group of local writers organised an anti-war poetry reading after the massive rally on February 16. Entitled Bang/Whimper, the event was held at an appropriately named venue, the Worldsend Hotel.
It featured 10 writers

SYDNEY — A cappella
ensemble Ecopella will launches its first CD, An Organism Called Earth,
on March 1 at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre.
Founded in 1998, the Sydney-based Ecopella was the first Australian
choir to focus its repertoire on

BY NICOLA DZIADKIEWICZ
MELBOURNE — Colour My World is an art exhibition being held to support asylum seekers who are without work rights, Medicare or social security benefits.
Hundreds of displaced and distressed people, who have been granted a

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