Issue 559

News

BY SONJA FORSBERG MELBOURNE — Two-hundred residents cheered Martin Kingham, secretary of the Victorian branch of the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU), when he announced at a rally outside the Sunshine Swim and Leisure
BY FARIDA IQBAL PERTH — It recently came to the attention of Radio Pike and Liz Leahy that the Cutie Boutique, situated in a queer area of Perth, had a sign displayed in its window that said: "No cross-dressers. No shoplifting. Beware of cameras
SYDNEY — Up to 1500 people attended a protest festival to oppose the visit of US President George Bush in Prince Alfred Park on October 19. Organised by the Sydney Peace and Justice Coalition, the rally featured comedy act CNNNN and a "protest
MELBOURNE — The largest progressive Jewish organisation in the country, the Australian Jewish Democratic Society (AJDS), has distanced itself from the campaign being conducted by pro-Israel spokespeople against Palestinian legislator and human
BY SHUA GARFIELD HOBART — "An attack on Medicare is an attack on the community itself", David O'Byrne, Tasmanian secretary of the Liquor, Hospitality and Miscellaneous Workers Union, told a "Save Medicare" rally on October 22. Delegations from
BY TERRICA STRUDWICK& RUSSELL PICKERING BRISBANE — On October 19, 90 people gathered in King George Square to remember the 353 men, women and children who drowned in October 2001 while trying to reach Australian shores aboard the SIEV-X. The
BY AARON BENEDEK& SARAH STEPHEN SYDNEY — The murder of two people in the south-western Sydney suburb of Greenacre on October 14 has been turned from a criminal investigation into a new round of government and media attacks on Sydney's Arab
BY BRADLEY SIMS ALBANY, WA — On October 21, Albany City Council passed a motion to support the city's Afghan Hazara refugees' claims for permanent residency. More than 100 people attended the council meeting. Bradley Sims, Rafiq Alizadah, Paul
BY LIAM MITCHELL SYDNEY — On October 22, 500 delegates from four trade unions crammed into Trades Hall to hear reports into the death of a young worker on a building site and the campaign to introduce industrial manslaughter laws in NSW. Most
BY BILL MASON BRISBANE — On October 23, 100 angry Queensland families-department workers marched on the Crime and Misconduct Commission's hearing into abuse of foster children. The CMC has heard allegations of widespread mistreatment and neglect
BY IGGY KIM SYDNEY — Philippines union leader Ariel Guides' fiery and rousing speeches were very well received at the protests against the visit of US President George Bush in Sydney and Canberra on October 22 and 23. In particular, protesters
BY JON LAMB NEWCASTLE — On October 23, more than 500 people packed into a room at the Town Hall to oppose the closure of the rail line from Broadmeadow to Newcastle station. Organised by the Save Our Rail committee, the meeting was attended by
US domination discussed CANBERRA — Alastair Grieg, a Socialist Alliance member and lecturer at the Australian National University, outlined the main aims and "sorrows" of US imperialism at a public meeting held here on October 16. He

World

BY DOUG LORIMER Despite the unanimous October 16 vote by the UN Security Council in favour of a US-sponsored call for the UN's 191 member countries to contribute troops to a US-commanded "multinational" Iraq occupation force, public support in the
BY ORLANDO ORAMAS LEON HAVANA — They are not an image of terrorism, those weather-beaten faces of Bolivian miners and campesinos creased with premature yet ancient wrinkles who flooded the steep streets of La Paz in their rivers of rebellion. On
On October 25, 100,000 anti-war protesters mobilised in Washington DC to demand the end of the US occupation of Iraq and the immediate withdrawal of US troops. Sponsored by two of country's largest anti-war coalitions, International Act Now to Stop
BY SID PATEL SAN FRANCISCO — Three activists at the University of California-Berkeley have been convicted of student conduct violations for participating in a demonstration on the day after the US war on Iraq began. UC administrators singled out
Protests against US President George Bush were staged in several cities across Indonesia on October 21, one day ahead of his brief visit to Bali. In Jakarta, about 300 protesters rallied outside the US embassy, burning an effigy of Bush, as well as
BY DOUG LORIMER Glasgow MP George Galloway, an outspoken opponent of British Prime Minister Tony Blair's decision to back the US-led invasion of Iraq, was expelled from the Labour Party on October 23. "Labour will rue the day that they took this
BY CHRISTANO KERRILA According to the October 16 Venezuelanalysis.com, Venezuela is to face "Megarecall" on March 27 next year. On that day, there is likely to be opposition-instigated referenda on whether President Hugo Chavez and 34 other members
BY ROHAN PEARCE At a Pentagon briefing on October 21, in response to a question about soldiers who had missed their flights back to Iraq, General Peter Pace, vice-chairperson of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told journalists that "there are in fact
BY BARRY WEISLEDER Eight years of right-wing Conservative Party rule in Ontario, Canada's most populous province, came to a crashing halt on October 2. The Ontario Liberal Party, led by Dalton McGuinty, swept into government, capturing 72 of 103
BY ELISABETH KEAN& NORM DIXON Beginning on October 9, a suburb of the Gaza Strip city of Rafah and three refugee camps on its fringes were invaded by the Israeli military. Israel sent more than 100 tanks and bulldozers, backed by US-supplied Apache
BY CHRISTANO KERRILA In response to the revolutionary process unfolding in Venezuela, the country's capitalist oligarchy, supported by the US government, has wielded its economic power in the form of sabotage. Through an alliance with corrupt

Culture

Bring Out the BannersVictorian Trade Union ChoirSend $20 to PO Box 79, Carlton South, Victoria 3053 (buy five and get one free) or visit <http://home.vicnet.net.au/~vtuc/cdpage.htm>. REVIEW BY ANNIE McGLADE Bring out the Banners is a
ReturnDavid RovicsEver Reviled Records, 2003Hang a Flag in the WindowDavid Rovics with Allie RosenblattSelf released, 2002Rovics' albums can be ordered from <http://www.davidrovics.com> and from the Hobart Resistance Bookshop
BY ROBYN MARSHALL TOOWOOMBA — I love gardens. The vast diversity of flowers, bushes and trees is a remarkable tribute to nature and its evolutionary development over millions of years. It is a continual source of wonder. You may not think
BY AMANDA ZIVCIC When the US-based anarchist web site Raise the Fist (<http://www.raisethefist.com>) was first shut down, there was an outpouring of support for its creator, Sherman Austin. And since Austin's sentencing on August 4 to a
BRISBANE — Green Left Weekly has three double passes to The Weather Underground, which is showing at the Schonell Theatre, Union Road, St Lucia, until November 12. The first three callers to phone (07) 3358 5032 after 6pm on october 31 will each