Issue 531

News

BY LISA MACDONALD SYDNEY — On the eve of the March 22 NSW election, both Labor Premier Bob Carr and Liberal Party leader John Brogden pleaded with voters not to make the war on Iraq a state election issue. However, the rapid growth of the
Blockies for peace BY KAMALA EMANUEL LAUNCESTON — When the war started, like many others, I just had to protest. I joined around 100 other furious people on the side of one of Launceston's busiest roads, calling on motorists to honk for peace.
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — Protestors at the emergency rally on March 20 didn't miss an opportunity to tell NSW Premier Bob Carr what they thought of his tame-cat position on the Iraq war when they spotted his limousine stuck in traffic near
BY ALISON DELLIT As the bombs rained down on Baghdad, the Socialist Alliance stepped up its campaign against the war. The alliance is proposing a four-point plan to undermine Australian participation in the war effort and to throw out the
BY ALISON DELLIT Protesters in many cities reacted to the events of March 18 — the announcement by PM John Howard that Australian troops had been committed to a war against Iraq, and US President George Bush's designed-to-fail ultimatum to Saddam
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS & ANTHONY BENBOW Militant unionists in Melbourne and Perth have offered a lead to others by walking off the job to protest the war at union-organised rallies following the beginning of the war. In Perth,
BY ALISON DELLIT Just three hours after Washington announced the beginning of its war against Iraq, Australians had flooded onto the streets in protests marked by deep anger and determination. Green Left Weekly has received reports from 25
BY GILLIAN DAVY MELBOURNE — Applications for refugee status by some 1700 East Timorese people, who have been living in Australia for up to a decade, are being systematically rejected by the Refugee Review Tribunal. Unless the federal government
BY ALISON DELLIT After a week of emergency anti-war actions, tens of thousands of Australians continued to protest on the March 22-23 weekend. Protests in eight cities mobilised around 120,000 people. This included a whopping 30,000 on
BY AMY MCDONELL ADELAIDE — On March 5, Adelaide's Kurdish community protested plans by Turkey to join the US in invading and occupying Northern Iraq (South Kurdistan). More than 100 people gathered at Victoria Square for a march to state
BY LEIGH HUGHES The official beginning of the US-led war on Iraq was the catalyst for the abandonment of classrooms and the closure of several schools on March 20, as hundreds of students walked out in protest. In the following days, not only did
BY MICHAEL DE WALL SYDNEY — Just two days before Prime Minister John Howard officially backed the US ultimatum to Saddam Hussein, residents of western Sydney were among thousands of hopeful protesters gathering at anti-war rallies on March
BY JIM MCILROY BRISBANE — “There are now two superpowers in the world — the imperial mafia [in Washington] and the anti-war and global justice movements worldwide”, William Blum, US author, journalist and radical commentator and former US

World

BY RAHUL MAHAJAN The US government claims that the war against Iraq is necessary in order to uphold international law. Yet, Iraq is threatening no country with aggression and its violations of UN Security Council resolutions are technical,
Prior to the war against Iraq, Americans heard very little from the corporate media about the most basic fact of war: people will be killed and civilian infrastructure will be destroyed, with devastating consequences long after the fighting stops.
BY RACHEL CORRIE [The following are excerpts from an email to Rachel Corrie's family on February 7.] I have been in Palestine for two weeks and one hour now, and I still have very few words to describe what I see... I don't know if many of the
RAFAH, Gaza Strip — On March 16, Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old US volunteer with the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), was murdered by the Israeli occupation army. Wearing a fluorescent orange jacket, Corrie was standing in the path
BY NATASHA IZATT & NORM DIXON LONDON — Protest action swept Britain on March 20, in response to the launch of the US-British war of conquest against Iraq. Tens of thousands of school students spearheaded the militant demonstrations,
NEW YORK CITY — More than 250,000 people marched through the streets of New York City on March 22. The demonstration was so big that as the first contingents arrived at the rallying point, people were still leaving the start point 38 blocks
BY DOUG LORIMER In a final public relations ploy before ordering a blitzkrieg-style invasion of Iraq on March 19, US President George Bush issued a prime-time ultimatum on March 17: "Saddam Hussein and his sons must leave Iraq within 48 hours.
BY JEFF SHANTZ TORONTO — Sizeable demonstrations against the US attack on Iraq were held in cities across Canada on March 20. At least 5000 people in Toronto faced off with riot cops, mounted police and attack dogs. More than 400 took to the

Culture

Brother By Liam Gerner Order at <http://www.freshtrackproductions.com.au> REVIEW BY JO ELLIS ADELAIDE — Liam Gerner wrote his first song at the age of 12. Since then, 19-year-old Gerner has developed into an accomplished
BY JACKIE ESMONDE "I've always been a huge fan of horror movies. And I saw so many horror movies where there was that blonde girl who would always get herself killed. I started feeling bad for her. I thought, it's time she had a chance to 'take
NEW MEXICO, USA — On March 17, the day of US President George Bush's televised announcement of the imminent US military attack on Iraq, Green Left Weekly writer Bill Nevins was suspended from his teaching job at Rio Rancho New Mexico public
WOLLONGONG — As the US, Britain and Australia attack Iraq, the band Inside Out have rallied for peace. They are a few of the voices that Prime Minister John Howard refers to as the "unconvinced mob". "A Song of Peace", written by music teacher
MELBOURNE — A benefit production of Eve Ensler's groundbreaking, award-winning play, The Vagina Monologues — hailed as funny, poignant, intelligent and courageous — will dive into the mystery, humour, pain, power, wisdom, outrage and excitement

General

BY RAY FULCHER MELBOURNE — Shortly after the bombing of Iraq began people started to gather at the State Library to protest against the start of the war. The protesters, organised by the Victorian Peace Network, heard from a range of speakers
BY GRANT COLEMAN WOLLONGONG — On March 20, 250 local high school, TAFE and university students joined an emergency student walkout in response to the beginning of the war on Iraq. The walkout was called by Wollongong Books not Bombs just two days
BY MATT EGAN In Lismore, with two hours notice, five hundred people rallied against the attack on Baghdad on March 20. Sister Margaret Mazzer began the event by singing a prayer for peace. Rally chairperson Tom Flanagan observed that if the
BY EMMA MURPHY ADELAIDE — On hearing US President George Bush's declaration of imminent war on March 18, 500 people flocked to Parliament House at 5pm. The spontaneous crowd was passionate, loud, and articulate in its outright rejection of the
BY SUSAN AUSTIN On March 20, 200 people attended a protest and march the local navy base, where a mock "die-in" was held. This was very powerful, and organised by local group Peace by Peace. On the following day, at lunchtime, there was a rally in
BY MICHAEL DE WALL SYDNEY — On March 16, 200 attended an anti-war rally in Mt Druitt organised by the Western Sydney Peace Group (WSPG). The protest was remarkable for the social, cultural and political diversity of those present. WSPG Tim
Two thousand people gathered in Garema Place at lunch time for the second major emergency protest against the war on Iraq. Many workers took early lunch breaks to reach the protest, and students left schools and universities to attend. Many
BY MARCEL CAMERON Hearing news that war had begun, more than 10,000 people jammed into Brisbane's King George Square in a 5pm emergency rally called by the Queensland Peace Network on March 20. At first the mood was sombre and reflective, but this
BY LEIGH HUGHES ADELAIDE — The first strike in the US-led war on Iraq was the catalyst for the abandonment of classrooms and the closure of several schools across Adelaide on March 20, as hundreds of students walked out in protest. Students
As soon as the war began on March 20, more than one hundred people gathered spontaneously in Civic for a speakout, led by Resistance activist Erin Killion. This included many public servants, and over 20 high school students who immediately left
BY NIKKI ULASOWSKI PERTH — On March 19, 2000 people attended an emergency anti-war protest called on four hours notice. Anti-war sympathisers employed by the Perth City Council organised access to electrical power for the protest, and a
BY KAREN FLETCHER 30,000 people shut down the centre of Melbourne three hours after the first cruise missiles were launched on Baghdad on Thursday. Victorian Peace Network (VPN) volunteers told Green Left Weekly that many of the peace
About 40 people gathered outside Federal MP Jackie Kelly's office in Penrith from 5pm the day war started. With signs that read "Disarm the USA, and Israel" and "No Blood for Oil", the peace vigil heard speakers from the Greens, the Socialist
BY TUONG VI PHAM The Vietnamese government condemned the US-British attack on Iraq in a statement released on March 20. It stated: "The action constitutes a gross violation of the fundamental principles of international law, including the United
BY MARG PERROTT WOLLONGONG — On March 21, 450 people turned out for an anti-war rally in the city mall. Speakers included, Michael Organ (Greens MP for Cunningham), Jennie George (Labor MP, Throsby), Terry Fox (ex-Catholic priest and activist for
BY MARCEL CAMERON Hearing news that war had begun, more than 10,000 people jammed into Brisbane's King George Square in a 5pm emergency rally called by the Queensland Peace Network on March 20. At first the mood was sombre and reflective, but this
BY SHANE HOPKINSON About 300 attended a protest in Mackay on March 22, and listened to a range of speakers from the community including Laurie Horgan (secretary of the Mackay Branch of QCTU) and Tim Mulherin the state labour member, Green
BY DANI BARLEY DETROIT — As word of the commencement of mis-named Operation Iraqi Freedom spread across the world, activists in the belly of the beast also took to the streets to voice their intense opposition to what they labelled an "unjust and
Those in the US, British and Australian governments and their mainstream media toadies who hoped the anti-war movement in the US and around the world would collapse following the launch of Washington's barbaric blitzkrieg against Iraq would be
BY ANTHONY BENBOW PERTH — Within hours of Bush's declaration of war on March 18, people in Perth were protesting in their thousands. Protests continued throughout the week, culminating in a massive rally and march through central Perth on March
BY MARCE CAMERON For the second time in two days, up to 10,000 people marched through the streets of Brisbane on March 22. The noon rally at King George Square drew a crowd of 5000 but people kept pouring in from all sides of the square even as the
BY KAMALA EMANUEL LAUNCESTON — A defiant 300-400 people rallied and marched in Launceston on March 22 against war on Iraq, despite media attempts to portray protesting now the war has begun as futile. United Nations Association President Margaret