Issue 555


BY MEGAN CONNOR SYDNEY — On September 11, 100 students participated in a student general meeting at the University of Western Sydney's Bankstown campus. They voted defend the autonomy of the Bankstown Student Association, which is threatened by
BY SARAH STEPHEN Mootaz Attia, known in Australia as Abu Quassey, a self-proclaimed people smuggler of Egyptian nationality, went on trial in Egypt on September 13 for the manslaughter of 353 people on the boat now known as SIEV-X ("suspected
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — David Hicks, who has been held at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba for almost two years. His father, Terry, told 130 people attending a public meeting at the Trades Hall Auditorium on September 20 that he
BY RUSSELL PICKERING PERTH — A lunch-time mass meeting of 1000 public service employees on September 17 voted to begin an industrial campaign in support of better pay and conditions after Premier Geoff Gallop government's refusal of anything
BY JOHN GAUCI SYDNEY — More than 800 schools were shut down in NSW on September 17. The 24-hour strike also closed colleges and TAFEs across NSW, as tens of thousands of primary, secondary, TAFE and trainee teachers took part. The industrial
BY GRAHAM MATTHEWS MELBOURNE — "US troops [in Iraq] are forced to stay inside their bases most of the time, and when they do emerge, they are attacked", US socialist Paul D'Amato told a public meeting organised by Socialist Alternative on
BY NIKKI ULASOWSKI PERTH — At its meeting on September 18 the Perth No War Alliance decided to change its planned October 25 protest, in order to hold a protest coinciding with the visit to Australia of US President George Bush. The new
Across Australia, people are planning to travel to Canberra to protest against US President George Bush's visit to Australia, likely to be in the few days after October 21. Solidarity protests are also being planned in a number of cities. Planned so
BY MARGARITA WINDISCH MELBOURNE — Plans to give US President George Bush the welcome he deserves are well underway in Melbourne. An ad hoc committee to organise against Bush's visit to Australia was formed on September 20. A mix of peace
BY JORGE JORQUERA Venezuelan student leader Alvaro Guzman explained the revolutionary process underway in his country to hundreds of people at public meetings in Brisbane, Canberra, Newcastle, Wollongong and Sydney during the second week of his
Forum marks Chile coup BRISBANE — On September 11, 100 people attended a "People's Forum" to mark the 30th anniversary of the military coup which overthrew left-wing Chilean president Salvador Allende. Greetings were given to the gathering by
BY SUE BULL MELBOURNE — Across Australia, 100,000 teachers poured out of their schools throughout Australia on September 17 in the biggest teacher action that has ever taken place in this country, and the biggest single-profession national strike
BY JAMES VASSILOPOULOS CANBERRA — The ACT Network Opposing War held a meeting on September 16 to organise the largest protest possible against the visit to Australia by US President George Bush planned for late October. The meeting, which 20
BY CHRIS LATHAM PERTH — Eight thousand members of the Australian Education Union (AEU) attended a vibrant stop work meeting at Subiaco Oval on September 17, as part of a half-day stoppage to win a 30% pay rise over the next three years. Hundreds
BY PIP HINMAN SYDNEY — At its September 15 meeting, attended by more than 60 people, the newly formed Stop the War Coalition decided to organise a giant protest when US President George Bush visits Australia in late October. Seventeen


BY CHRISTIANO KERRILA "Organise yourselves and we will give you the political and economic support" was Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's advice to the revolutionary movement in his country. Workers and peasants in Venezuela are heeding it. The
BY MATTHEW DIMMOCK BANGKOK — An estimated 3000 farmers and activists converged on the US embassy and European Union Commission in Bangkok on September 9 to demand an immediate end to trade liberalisation and unfair agricultural trade rules, which
BY SHANE BENTLEY Jack Heyman, business agent for San Francisco's Local 10 of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), is one of 25 people charged with numerous offences following a brutal attack by Californian police on a peaceful
BY RIHAB CHARIDA The emergence of the Al Aqsa Intifada (uprising) in September 2000 was inevitable. For years before, Palestinian population centres remained enclosed by a strict Israeli military cordon. The Palestinian people were being denied the
BY BUSTER SOUTHERLEY ALBUQUERQUE — More than 400 supporters of New Mexico teacher and Green Left Weekly writer Bill Nevins packed the prestigious KiMo Theater here on September 14 for a program of poetry and song titled, "Poetic Justice:
BY EVA CHENG On September 15, one day after the dramatic collapse of global trade talks at the World Trade Organisation's fifth ministerial summit in Cancun, Mexico, US Senate finance committee chairperson Charles Grassley declared that while the
BY BENJAMIN DANGL SANTIAGO — Days before the anniversary of the 1973 military coup that overthrew the left-wing government of President Salvador Allende, half of the people on Santiago's busiest street were shopping. The other half were
BY BARRY SHEPPARD SAN FRANCISCO — An important victory has been won by undocumented workers in California as a result of the recall election of Democrat governor Gray Davis. To avoid being recalled in the October 7 poll, Davis has reversed his
BY MAX LANE JAKARTA — There was little doubt about what feelings dwell in the heart of Negro Alpius Kogoyo, head of the Lani tribe of Mimika and commander of the Peoples Opposed to the Division of Papua. Kogoyo was in Jakarta to lobby the
BY DALE MILLS It didn't take long for post-9/11 "anti-terrorism" legislation to be used against protesters in Britain. Police used powers under section 44 of the Terrorism Act to stop and search protesters during demonstrations outside of Europe's
BY BARRY SHEPPARD SAN FRANCISCO — "If you do this recall, you may create a problem that you won't get over for a long, long time. This spreads instability and uncertainty among [California's] people and people around the country." The speaker
SUVA — The Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) and Ecumenical Centre for Research, Education and Advocacy (ECREA) in Fiji on September 16 supported calls for a consumer boycott of products made by the Fiji government-owned Pacific Fishing
BY SUSAN AUSTIN DUBLIN — Nine women's rights, women's health and civil liberties organisations came together for a press conference in Dublin's Shelbourne Hotel on September 5 to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Eighth Amendment to
BY ROHAN PEARCE An investigation by the Washington Post's Vernon Loeb has revealed that the number of US troops in Iraq who are being officially classified "wounded in action" is around 10 per day. The number of soldiers injured by the Iraqi


EDINBURGH — COLIN FOX is a member of the Scottish Socialist Party and a member of the Scottish Parliament. He was also one of the organisers of the Edinburgh People's Festival. This article is based on an interview with Fox, conducted by SIMON
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BY JOHN NICHOLS Later this year, the American Recordings label will release a collection of Johnny Cash songs which will include a collaboration with one of the legendary country singer's greatest fans, the late Joe Strummer. The pair's version of
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The collapse last week of trade talks at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meeting in Cancun, Mexico, has re-focused attention on the US-Australia negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement (FTA). On September 14, trade minister Mark Vaile