Cultural Dissent

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

Multicultural film guide Insights is a guide to films and videos, made since 1980, reflecting many aspects of Australia's complex society and history. The titles have been arranged into categories including Multiculturalism — an overview,

Blood on Their Banner: Nationalist Struggles in the South Pacific By David Robie Pluto Press. 313 pp. $19.95 Reviewed by Robin Osborne A group of villagers declaring their people's independence by raising a flag on a homemade pole has become

The Trials of Life Channel 2 The Life Revolution SBS Reviewed by Dave Riley When someone allocates credit for the widespread resistance to logging of old growth forests, some of it must fall to the television "nature" documentary. No matter

The crow singing Hark, a crow singing. Listen: a stream racing. A young sparrow's tone amongst the waves' crashing foam — this movement of mind is split. The funny and the witty bloom with the ugly and pretty, and greedy piggies continue

Folk festival draws the crowds By Adam Hanieh ADELAIDE — The 25th National Folk Festival was held at Flinders University over the Easter weekend. Folk music encourages audience participation, and this festival was no exception. There were

By Kerry Parnell SYDNEY — The annual Lesbian and Gay Mardi Gras has emerged as an important cultural institution and, according to professional archivist Kimberly O'Sullivan, it is important that its history doesn't slip away. Two years ago, an

By Jeremy Lawson The seminar was held in the plush offices of the local council. I could pick out the other invitees from the people who normally did business in the building. The receptionist had no trouble doing the same. She silently

Pretty Smart em = By Lachlan Irvine This white feller, he's pretty smart. Got all the education, all the money; But what he does with it sometimes To me it can seem pretty funny. Give our young boys grog, then lock 'em away, Make 'em feel

Peter Hicks — Debut Album Lyrics by Peter Hicks and Geoff Francis Featuring National Labour Day Song Award winner "One More Day Than Them" Stonewall ST066, $15 Reviewed by Bruce Marlowe In Australia songs of solidarity and protest have found

Story by Angela Matheson Photo by Lisa Iley SYDNEY — Street performers at Circular Quay are downing unicycles and banding together to protest against the threatened banning of busking. Shopkeepers annoyed by large crowds gathering at

Agenda for Change: An International Analysis of Industrial Relations in Transition Edited by John Niland and Oliver Clarke Sydney: Allen & Unwin. 1991. Paperback, 208pp. Reviewed by Melanie Sjoberg Using a series of case studies of industrial

An Unwinnable War Against Drugs: The Politics of Decriminalisation By Terry Carney, Les Drew, John Mathews, Stephen Mugford and Alex Wodak Pluto Press. 73 pp. $6.95 Reviewed by Barry Healy As the cost of the "drug war" is counted up in the number

The Incredible Exploding Man By John Jiggens Reviewed by Angela Matheson The larger than life events surrounding the Hilton bombing and subsequent trial and conviction of Tim Anderson are the subject of The Incredible Exploding Man. Anderson was

The Boots Are Marching EM = By Ken Setter A million boots are marching Treading new ground And the earth trembles If you want to live in peace they say Prepare for war. We have depleted the land Poisoned the rivers Still men around the

By Dave Riley As new flavours go, the taste of the TV '90s is short courses in Australian comedy. Each skit and impersonation feeds an upwardly mobile giggle streak where each guffaw and chuckle rates with McNair Anderson. Undergraduate revue and

When things balance em = By Paul Buckberry The report on TV was heard while a lone vulture bore witness to death. He was pampered. He witnessed destruction, cities made of matchsticks: again he gorged. He witnessed green puss drain into the

The Return of Scarcity: Strategies for an Economic Future By Dr H.C. Coombs University of Cambridge Press, 1990 Reviewed by Malcolm Abbot Collected in this book are nine essays written by "Nugget" Coombs since his retirement as governor of the

11 mad days in May By Sean Healy BRISBANE — This month the 1991 Biennial, the international art festival come to Brisbane. With it comes the initiative of a wide range of local Brisbane artists, poets and performers — the First Festival Fringe.

A Shadow Over East Timor A documentary by Mandy King and James Kesteven Produced by Shadow Films in association with SBS Television To be screened by SBS TV on Friday, May 3, 11.40 p.m. (11.10 p.m. in Adelaide) Reviewed by Norm Dixon Hidden

Strange Neighbours — The Australia-Indonesia Relationship Edited by Desmond Ball and Helen Wilson Allen & Unwin, 268 pp. $24.95 Reviewed by Robin Osborne The most important difference between Australia and Indonesia — aside from the obvious

By Tracy Sorensen SYDNEY — Twelve years ago, the World Development Tea Co-operative imported just enough tea from Sri Lanka to fill someone's garage. Today, the non-profit organisation's Tradewinds teas can be found in Coles supermarkets

Music I didn't need like this By Stuart Wax Whenever I turn on my rented television, I'm confronted with what seems to be the longest commercial on our airwaves. Set to that old song "He ain't heavy, he's my brother", this ad is there to make us

By Peter Boyle MELBOURNE — Romanian Simona Jobbagy was one of several women artists who participated in the second exhibition of refugee women's art organised by the Foundation for the Survivors of Torture in Melbourne Town Hall on April 22-26.

After the Gulf War: For Peace in the Middle East Edited by StJohn Kettle and Stephanie Dowrick Pluto Press, 1991. 134 pp. $9.95 Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen There is always a lag between the television news which hits us in 30-second grabs and

The Russia House Director Fred Schepisi Starring Sean Connery and Michelle Pfeiffer Reviewed by Ian Bolas Predictable is the best word to describe The Russia House, both for its strengths and its weaknesses. There is nothing surprising either

The Owl and the Pussy Cat em = By Phil Shannon The Owl and the Pussy Cat made an Accord in the year 1983 They made many promises and scorned doubting Thomases and signed it most gratefully. The Owl looked up to the dollar above and sang with a

Al Qamareya ("The Moongate") Directed by Mishline Jammal TAQA Theatre with Al Sharek Music 8 p.m., May 10 & 11, 5 p.m. May 12 Sydney St Theatre Space, cnr Railway Pde and Sydney St, Erskineville Reviewed by Tracy Sorensen The lack of cultural

Footsteps By Pramoedya Ananta Toer Translated by Max Lane Penguin. $14.99. Reviewed by Stephen Robson Like its predecessors, the third volume of this quartet of novels is riveting reading. Through the character of Minke, the narrator of the

The Incredible Exploding Man By John Jiggens Samizdat Press, 1991. 132 pp. $12.95 Reviewed by Graham Lamond Sydney, 1978: the Hilton bombing, an act of horrific violence, leaving three men dead. This was no game. Yet in The Incredible Exploding

By Kim Spurway Lesbians on the Loose is the biggest and most widely read lesbian magazine in Australia. Circulated free of charge once a month, it emphasises topical issues, with lots of short, information-based articles and a smaller number of

Henry IV Part I By William Shakespeare Staged by Wayne Harrison, Philip Parsons and John Senczuk With Andrew McFarlane, Marcus Graham, Angelo D'Angelo Sydney Theatre Company The Wharf, Pier 4 Reviewed by Angela Matheson In an attempt to

By Pat Brewer "We have to understand quite clearly why people sought to conquer nature, how frightening they found its seasons, pests, predators and uncertainties. We must sympathise with why human society felt the need for the control that

Women who do exist By Anne O'Callaghan The Company of Strangers, being screened during the Sydney Film Festival, is an endearing film about seven women stranded at a deserted farm house in the stunningly beautiful countryside of the Mont Tremblant

By Dave Riley It's a new world, I tell you, a brave new world. I know this world because I know the Labor Party like I know the back of my hand. And you know, I think the devil got into it. It's possessed. I'm waiting for Bob Hawke's head to spin

No News would be bad news By Louise Prest CANBERRA — A band well known to Canberra's marchers and rally goers — the New New World Order — had its professional debut here last month. Formerly called the Canberra Samba Band, New New World

Don't show me your green, gold, white, and blue em = By Robin Davidson Well i care about interest rates, unemployment and inflation, the effects of debt on third world nations, shootings, bombings, hangings and mass starvation, i care that

By Karen Fletcher Nigel Schmidt died in front of his class at Melville High school in Kempsey just before 10 a.m. on May 2. The immediate cause of death was a blast from a sawn-off shotgun he carried to school in his sports bag and turned on himself

By Pat Brewer The internationally acclaimed Marxist economist Ernest Mandel will be speaking here in July, it was confirmed last week. Mandel will be a featured speaker at the Socialist Scholars Conference, being held in Melbourne from July 18 to

By Melanie Sjoberg MELBOURNE — Striding across the railway tracks into the grime and clatter of the Jolimont Train Maintenance Depot is an unusual way to get to a theatre. This is, however, the home of the Melbourne Workers Theatre. "Theatre

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