Issue 7

News

Rally supports Palestinian rights By Jim McIlroy BRISBANE — The hypocrisy of Western governments regarding the Middle East was highlighted at a rally in King George Square on April 5, focussing on the rights of the Palestinian people to their own
Sorry ... Apologies to everyone whose articles for this issue were cut savagely — or didn't appear at all. The large amount of copy received after our Easter break simply overflowed the available space. We hope to include those omitted articles
By David Brazil and Keith Muir SYDNEY — The Nattai wilderness — 75,000 hectares of rugged, spectacular bushland to the south-west of Sydney — is under threat from developers while the state government does nothing. The Nattai wilderness
By Patricia Corcoran MELBOURNE - The Environmental Youth Alliance has targeted the federal government's resource security legislation as the main focus of future activities, culminating in marches and rallies on World Environment Day (June 2).
Unemployed plan protests By Andrew Bath MELBOURNE — Unemployment and welfare groups here are preparing a campaign to highlight Labor government attacks on the unemployed and to promote a genuine program of job creation. The groups are
By John Revington LISMORE — Thirty-six organisations, representing more than half a million Australians, have endorsed a call for immediate action to stop rainforest destruction. Despite professions of concern from overdeveloped countries like
By John Hallam In what has almost become an annual ritual blood-letting, the ALP is yet again preparing to tear up the "three mine policy". Everyone agrees that the "three mine policy" is not entirely rational. It can't be, because it is a
By Dick Nichols SYDNEY, April 6 - "The question now, to me, is not one of whether we're going to have a cohesive national green force, but when. And the sooner, the better." With these words Tasmanian green Independent MP Dr Bob Brown today told
By Steve Painter As many as 5000 jobs may be under threat at Qantas as a result of mismanagement of the national airline over the past decade. The latest figure, which amounts to almost a third of the company's 17,000-strong workforce, is the
By Peter Boyle Any illusion that a "new world order" based on peace, democracy and justice was being built upon the death and destruction of the Gulf War lies in tatters. Now that Kuwait is returned to the emir and Saddam Hussein's military and
By Tom Jordan Two United States sailors who served on the carrier Ranger during the Gulf War are facing court martial and the possibility of 10 years' imprisonment. The two are being held at Subic Bay in the Philippines. According to Citizen
SYDNEY — Community Aid Abroad's Walk Against Want promises to be bigger than ever this year. Set for April 14, this year's event will feature the Solidarity Choir and African band Doudoumba (pictured above). Star attraction will be the Zimbabwean
By Adriaan Anarco-Troika DARWIN - The World Heritage listing of Kakadu National Park could be under threat, the national Resource Assessment Commission was told last week. During a two-day hearing in Darwin, Australian Conservation Foundation
By Jon Singer PERTH - The state Trades and Labour Council, the WA Conservation Council and local residents are opposing the state Labor government's plan for a major heavy industrial park on the coast north of Perth. The new site would pose a
Romero remembered By Katie Brown PERTH — A rally to mark the 11th anniversary of the murder of El Salvador's Archbishop Oscar Romero was held here on March 25. About 30 members and supporters of the Committee in Solidarity with Latin America

World

By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — It was one of the tensest days Muscovites had experienced in some time. The immediate cause of the strained atmosphere was a decision by the liberal majority in the Moscow City Soviet to call a mass demonstration to
By Ian Powell WELLINGTON - New Zealand's largest protest for a decade stunned the National Party government on April 4. Around 100,000 people participated in nationwide demonstrations which were part of the Council of Trade Unions' April 3-9 week
By Laszlo Andor and Peter Annear BUDAPEST — Hungarians' originally high expectations about the transition to a Western-style market economy have, in the last few months, started to recede. While the old regime and its political elite have gone,
By David Robie AUCKLAND — Tonga's hasty legal juggling act to grant citizenship to more than 400 foreigners has done little to quell unrest in the South Pacific kingdom over the passport scandal. Although commoner parliamentarian and
By Norm Dixon The Botswanan government has suspended the dredging of the Okavango River delta in response to mounting local and international opposition. The announcement has brought a temporary halt to a giant scheme that would severely damage
By Andrew Nette Crispin Beltran, chairperson of the May 1 Movement (KMU) of the Philippines, has been jailed on two fabricated charges — one a matter outstanding for 20 years — and leaders of the movement fear that the government of Corazon
By Renfrey Clarke MOSCOW — Opinion polling has come to the USSR. The polls are not always well designed or professionally executed, and it pays to check who has commissioned them. But the better ones are authoritative and provide intriguing data
By Alison Murray February 1991: Asep Suryaman has been told his execution is imminent. Cipinang Prison is a civilian jail in East Jakarta. "Ordinary prisoners are held there, 18-20 men to a cell, and in a separate wing the political prisoners are
By Judy Addison and Jeannie Rae Indonesian workers have taken advantage of increased political instability, as jockeying for power increases in the government and military, to form a new, independent, trade union. The organisers are also keen to

Culture

The March 5 issue of Green Left carried a review of Dances With Wolves which called it "a refreshing alternative to the usual Hollywood stereotyping of indigenous Americans". In the United States — where the film has now collected a bagful of
TABARAN Not Drowning, Waving and the musicians of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea Featuring George Telek Available on LP, cassette and CD through WEA Records Reviewed by Norm Dixon I was apprehensive about Melbourne band Not Drowning, Waving's new
Technology for outback By Angela Matheson The Remote Area Developments Group, from Murdoch University's Institute for Environmental Science, is installing technologically innovative laundry, toilet and hot water facilities in Aboriginal camps in
The Bhundu Boys Tues, April 9, Old Lion Hotel, Adelaide Wed April 10, Fly By Night Club, Fremantle Thurs, April 11, Ozone Bar, Perth Fri, April 12, The Club, Melbourne Sat, April 13, Central Club, Melbourne Sun, April 14, Darling Harbour,
Man Without Pigs A film by Chris Owen AFI Cinema, Paddington (Sydney) Reviewed by David Brazil After 12 years away university, John Waiko, a member of the Binandere clan, returns to Tabara, a tiny village in the dense tropical rainforest on the
Berkeley in the Sixties Directed and produced by Mark Kitchell Kitchell Films in association with POV Theatrical Films. Colour and black and white, 16mm, 117 minutes. Rating PG. State Film Theatre, East Melbourne. Valhalla, Sydney. Reviewed by
Political prisoners magazine By Mike Heaney MELBOURNE — A new magazine, Voices of Political Prisoners, was launched here last month at a benefit dinner for the International Coalition for the Defence of Political Prisoners. Activists from
Not This Time By Ken Setter Not this time can poets write of gallant battles fought man to man all for one and one for all. Not this time this high tech so-called surgical precision distance bombing done at night only they can see a
Flirting Written and directed by John Duigan Starring Noah Taylor, Thandie Newton and Nicole Kidman Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen If you're the school dag, there are various alternatives: brazen it out; let everyone get on top of you; or go off
Awakenings Directed by Penny Marshall With Robert De Niro and Robyn Williams Reviewed by Dave Riley Who are you? In most senses you could define yourself relative to other people — with whom you work, live or share an outlook. But there is

Editorial

Editorial: Lies, damned lies and the media Everyone "knows" what happened during the Gulf War: we saw it on television and read the "camera witness" accounts in the daily papers. But the "precision" bombing of Iraq portrayed by US officials