Issue 602

Australia

Ruth Ratcliffe "The High Court of Australia's decision to keep refugee children imprisoned in detention centres makes it crystal clear that injustice has become law in this country", Lisa Macdonald from the Socialist Alliance said on October 6.
Jeremy Smith The national council of the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), meeting in Melbourne on September 30-October 2, voted to support the campaign to end the imprisonment of militant unionist Craig Johnston. Attended by 200
Sarah Stephen, Sydney A number of detainees at Sydney's Villawood detention centre went on hunger strike from October 5-8. Asylum seekers and other immigration detainees joined together to stage the protest to ensure that the plight of those in
BRISBANE — On October 7, a snap protest was organised by the University of Queensland student union women's rights group outside the Liberal Party headquarters in Bowen Hills. The protest was in response to a Family First candidate's comments that
SYDNEY — A cast of 60 actors, both amateur and professional, got together on October 4 at the Marrickville Town Hall to take part in a reading of writer Alex Broun's new play script, Dead in the Water, which is based on the on the firsthand
This email was received by a refugee supporter who corresponds with an asylum seeker imprisoned on Nauru. It is a horrific example of the daily humiliation and mental torture the remaining 79 asylum seekers are subjected to. On September 28th
Andrew Watson, Lismore The Northern Rivers Union Network (NRUN) was formally launched at the "End the lies" rally in Lismore on October 2. Richard White, a member of the Community and Public Sector Union, spoke on behalf of NRUN about the
Sue Bolton Delegations of Eritrean community members from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane gathered in Canberra on October 1 to protest over the plight of Eritrean refugees in Libya, Malta and Europe who face being deported back to Eritrea. After

World

Floods and mudslides killed more than 1000 people in one weekend in north and north-west Haiti as Tropical Storm Jeanne brushed by the nation on September 18-19. Tens of thousands are left homeless and destitute, their shops, livestock and crops
Saranel Benjamin, Durban Rachel (Ray) Alexander died at her Cape Town home on September 12. She had lived a long life of 90 years and during this time she painted the South African political landscape with courage, fierce determination and
Norm Dixon Sudan's Islamist military government has agreed to the deployment of an extra 3500 African Union (AU) troops in the devastated Darfur region, in the country's west. According to UN officials, the expanded force will not have peacekeeping
Ernest Tate, interviewed Peter Camejo for Relay magazine. Tate has known Camejo since the late 1950s, when Peter was a leader of the Young Socialists Alliance and a leader of the American Socialist Workers' Party. In the 1960s, Peter gained national
Doug Lorimer One day after sending 3000 US troops into the rebel city of Samarra in the early hours of October 1, General John Batiste, commander of the US Army's 1st Infantry Division, announced that US troops had "taken control" of the rebel
Eva Cheng From his September 12 election to the Legislative Council, pro-worker activist "Long Hair" Leung Kwok-Hung fought to modify the oath of allegiance he had to give on October 6 in order to take up the seat. Leung, who is one of 30 popularly
Federico Fuentes In the wake of the devastation wreaked by tropical storm Jeanne, Haitians have had to deal with armed looters attacking food depots containing international aid. In the flood-hit city of Gonaives, armed gangs, who earlier this year
Chris Slee Fears are growing that a renewed war could break out between Sri Lankan government troops and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Tamil guerrillas have complained to Scandinavian peace monitors that government soldiers have
Jenny Francis, Kabul "As a matter of fact, it doesn't bother me. If Afghans have two registration cards and if they would like to vote twice, well, welcome. This is an exercise in democracy. Let them exercise it twice." These were comments from
Boris Kagarlitsky, Moscow The number of dead and wounded in the Beslan tragedy was stunning, but so were the authorities' lies. They minimised the number of hostages and casualties. They said there were Arabs and "one black" among the terrorists.
UNITED STATES: Feds launch new attack on Indymedia On October 8, the FBI issued an order to internet provider Rackspace to hand over the hard drives of the servers in the US and Britan that host a number of Indymedia sites. More than 20 Indymedia
Rohan Pearce Thousands of Kurds took to the streets of towns in northern Iraq on October 2 to call for a referendum on autonomy for southern Kurdistan (the portion of Kurdistan incorporated into Iraq). In the city of Sulaimaniya, Associated Press

Culture

YandyWritten by Jolly ReadDirected by Rachael MazaOctober 9-22, Octagon Theatre, University of Western AustraliaPresented by Black Swan Theatre CompanyTickets available through BOCS (08) 9484 1133. REVIEW BY FEDERICO FUENTES Yandy is the story of
Look into my eyesAnd tell me what you see.You don't see a damn thing,Because you can't possibly relate to me. Blinded by our differencesMy life makes no sense to you.I'm the persecuted Palestinian.You're the Red, White and Blue. Each day you wake
BY SARAH STEPHEN Twinfish is a dynamic indie band from the south coast of NSW. Guitarist/songwriter Marco Verdugo and singer/songwriter Tracy Verdugo form the core of the band. With Nick Guggisberg on drums, the band delivers powerful and emotive
Against HumanityA film by Waratah Rosemary Gillespie REVIEWED BY JOHN GAUCI Against Humanity is a short, heart-wrenching video documentary made by Australian human shield in Baghdad, Waratah Rosemary Gillespie. The film explodes the myth of
REVIEW BY FEDERICO FUENTES Cold War: Warnings for a Unipolar World Interview with Fidel CastroPublished by Ocean Press in association with the Office of Publications, Cuban Council of State, 200376 pages, $13.00Order through Ocean Press at