Issue 532

Australia

BY WILL WILLIAMS
WOLLONGONG — Participants in a 300-strong anti-war march and rally voted unanimously to support the students' strike planned for April 2. Many pledged to travel to Sydney to defend the right to protest against the war.
Although

By John Percy
Visits to Green Left Weekly's web site continue to surge. In March, individual visits are now more than 70% above the level in February and still rising. In the third week of March, there were 7825 visits per day (with 36,470 hits and

BY
ANGELA LUVERA
CANBERRA — In the largest peace protest yet in Canberra, 20,000 people
converged on the lawns outside federal parliament on March 23 and 24. Although
most were from Canberra, protesters arrived from 22 cities and towns

BY KAMALA EMANUEL
BURNIE — Matt Hardy began a week-long hunger strike on March 26, to protest the war, and call for Australian troops to be brought home. Hardy say's he's on hunger strike because it's a way to protest that's "in people's faces".

BY BILL MASON
BRISBANE — Queensland Teachers Union president Julie-Ann McCullough has slammed Labor Premier Peter Beattie's government after the Queensland Industrial Relations Commission (QIRC) ordered the QTU to end its campaign of rolling

BY OSCAR JUKES
DARWIN — Two-hundred people attended a March 23 public forum to discuss the federal government's plans to deport 84 East Timorese refugees living in the Northern Territory.
Organised by the East Timor Action Network, the forum

BY
JIM GREEN
ADELAIDE — The South Australian parliament has legislated to ban
the construction of a national radioactive waste dump in the state. The
legislation, passed by the upper house in a special sitting to debate the
bill on March

BY BEN COURTICE
MELBOURNE — Victorian Peace Network organisers estimate between 35,000 and 40,000 people attended the March 29 protest against war. The rally stretched for more than three city blocks, led by protesters waving Palestinian and

BY PIP HINMAN
SYDNEY — To enormous applause, journalist and filmmaker John Pilger made an impassioned call for people to support the Sydney high-school student anti-war protesters who have been pilloried by the corporate media.
Addressing 1000

BY SUE BULL
GEELONG — At lunchtime on March 25, 400 workers walked off the job to oppose the war on Iraq. They gathered outside Geelong Trades Hall to hear speakers from many unions condemn the US-led slaughter.
Andrea Maksimovic from the

BY DAVE
ANDREWS
FREMANTLE — As the quadrennial elections for all full-time position
in the Maritime Union of Australia looms, a serious challenge to the incumbents
has emerged from the ranks of the union.
The MUA Rank and File team is

BY ALISON DELLIT
A Greens proposal to hold a Senate inquiry examining the legality of the Iraq war and looking into ways to ensure wars cannot be embarked upon without parliamentary approval was defeated in the Senate on March 27.
The commitment

World

BY ALLEN MYERS
PHNOM PENH — Cambodian government and United Nations negotiators on March 17 concluded their discussions by initialling a text on cooperation in conducting trials of former leaders of the Khmer Rouge (KR), the brutal regime

A lack of skepticism toward official US sources has led prominent US corporate news networks into making embarrassing errors in their coverage of the US invasion of Iraq, particularly in relation to US claims that proof had been found that Iraq

BY
MARTIN ILTIS
LONDON — On March 22, up to 500,000 people demonstrated in central
London against the US-British-Australian invasion of Iraq. Among those
hundreds of thousands of concerned people were a vocal contingent of Australians

BY FAROOQ TARIQ
LAHORE — The revolutionary socialists of the Labour Party Pakistan held their second congress here on March 22-23. LPP delegates agreed to increase their efforts to build the anti-war movement and recognised the need to take up

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BY BRAVE BEAR
ONTARIO — The US-led invasion of Iraq has raised huge questions and created deep confusion within both the population and the political and economic elite in Canada. The government of Prime Minister Jean Chretien has repeatedly

Examining recently released government and corporate sources, researchers at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) have uncovered new evidence that oil has long been the driving concern behind US-Iraqi relations.
In the 1980s, key figures

ROME — As well as the Colosseum, pizza and designer fashions, Italy is increasingly noticed for its massive demonstrations against war and neoliberal globalisation. On February 15, 2.5 million people mobilised in Rome against the war on Iraq. On

BY ELISABETH KEAN
As part of its response to the Palestinian intifada, the Israeli government's policy is to contain and control the Palestinian population in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip. Part of that policy is to construct impenetrable

BY ROHAN PEARCE
The US-led invasion of Iraq has enraged people throughout the Arab nations, jeopardising regimes allied to the US. On March 21, a wave of angry mobilisations swept the Middle East and north Africa.
Defying a ban on protests,

BY DOUG LORIMER
While presenting its invasion of Iraq as having the broad international support, Washington has waged a concerted diplomatic campaign to block the convening of an emergency session of the 191 member countries of the UN General

BY JOHN PILGER
LONDON, March 26 — Today is a day of shame for the British military as it declares the Iraqi city of Basra, with a stricken population of 600,000, a "military target".
You will not read or hear those words in the establishment

BY STAN GOFF
This hasn't been an easy time for US President George Bush and his killer clowns. It hasn't been an easy time for a lot of so-called liberals either. An anti-war movement has come onto the scene, and not just any anti-war movement.

JOHANNESBURG — On
March 23, 1000 anti-war campaigners gathered near Wanderers Stadium, the
venue for the one-day cricket World Cup final between Australia and India.
The anti-war protesters condemned the Australian government's participation

BY TUONG VI PHAM
HANOI — 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

BY EVA CHENG
Capitalists have been guaranteed new room to expand their interests by the National People's Congress (NPC) — China's parliament — during its annual session in Beijing on March 5-18. The assurances came amid hollow statements by

BY DOUG LORIMER
As the US-British-Australian military invaders struggle to crush the resistance of the Iraqi people, a behind-the-scenes diplomatic battle has begun between Washington and London over the anticipated spoils of war.
"We didn't take

BY NORM DIXON
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

Editorial

The anti-war movement in Australia — which is one of the aggressor countries in the US-led invasion of Iraq — has a moral duty to escalate its campaign now, before more innocent Iraqi lives are sacrificed in this war. That needs no argument.

General

BY PETER ROBSON
NEWCASTLE — Despite Newcastle police calling high school principals and warning them of violent protest, the Newcastle March 26 student strike against the war attracted over 350 students, mostly from high school.
Students

BY JASON CAHILL
BRISBANE — On March 26, Books Not Bombs rally continued the success of the March 5 action with students again turning out in large numbers to condemn the government racist war agenda. 600 people from three universities, four

MATT EGAN reports that in northern NSW over 1000 students and supporters protested against the war in Iraq. In Lismore, around 700 people took part in the "Books Not Bombs'" student strike march and rally. A spirited group of about 30 students from

Around 35 high-school students, mainly from one high school, met outside a public library in Causarina and went on a vibrant, loud and fast paced march to the only university in Darwin chanting "Howard, Tony, USA — how many kids did you kill

BY SEAN SEYMOUR-JONES
MELBOURNE — Up to 4000 predominantly high school students careened through the streets of Melbourne in a chaotic and energetic display of anger over the war on Iraq on March 26.
Even before the speaking platform began the

BY KIRAZ JANICKE
PERTH — About 1500 students rallied in Perth on March 26 as part of the national "Books Not Bombs" student strike against the war on Iraq. Students heard from Stuart Bunt, secretary of the UWA Branch of the National Tertiary

BY LEIGH HUGHES
Adelaide's student strike on March 26 saw thousands of high school students walk out of school to protest against war on Iraq. The following protest march, led by a huge banner demanding 'books not bombs', swelled to 7000 at its

Culture

BY
VANESSA COUZENS
BRISBANE — Permanency isn't a condition usually attributed to the
situation of refugees residing in Australia on temporary protection visas.
However, Permanent Links — an exhibition at the Black Peppers
Gallery in

BY ALISON DELLIT
I'm sure mine wasn't the only household in Australia to grin and whoop as Michael Moore, maker of Bowling For Columbine, cut neatly through the bullshit at the 2003 Oscars to deliver a passionate anti-war speech.
Ignoring

BY MELANIE SJOBERG
ADELAIDE — The annual WOMAD world music festival in February once again provided a fabulous musical experience within the idyllic garden setting of Botanic Park.
More than 15,000 people attended. It was truly inspiring to see

BY ZACK DE LA ROCHA
Without just cause or reason, without legal or moral justification and without a thread of proof that Iraq directly threatens the security of the United States, the US government has headed to war.
As I am writing this, bombs

Chrissie Hynde: "Let's get rid of the economic screwing this country represents! Bring it on, I hope the Muslims win!" — at a March 1 Pretenders concert in San Francisco.
Danny Glover: "A nation that continues, year after year, to spend more

Those who signed the Artists for Winning Without War statement include: Gillian Anderson, Ed Asner, Kim Basinger, Jackson Browne, Matt Damon, David Duchovny, Olympia Dukakis, Mike Farrell, Mia Farrow, Danny Glover, Ethan Hawke, Samuel L Jackson, Tea