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GLW issue 564, published 2003-12-03.

Australia's military: 'rebalanced' for aggression

BY NORM DIXON
On November 7, the federal Coalition government announced multi-billion-dollar, high-tech military purchases that will give the Australian Defence Force (ADF) the ability to launch major unilateral military aggressions in the

An old-fashioned political stitch-up

BY SUE BOLTON
The torrent of media speculation generated by the November 18 assault on Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) national secretary Doug Cameron has all the hallmarks of a good old-fashioned political stitch-up.
The media

HONG KONG: Voters turn against pro-Beijing party

BY EVA CHENG
The pro-Beijing Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong (DAB) had only 62 of its 206 candidates elected in Hong Kong's District Council elections on November 23. In the last DC elections in 1999, 83 DAB candidates were

SOUTH KOREA: Big protests oppose troops to Iraq

BY LEE YU KYUNG
On November 17, following a meeting with US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, South Korea's defence minister Jo Young Gil announced that Seoul had agreed to send 3000 additional troops to Iraq, including combat troops. They will

Yaluritja Clarrie Isaacs passes away

BY FEDERICO FUENTES
PERTH — The fight for Aboriginal rights, and for a better world, received a blow on November 26, with the passing away of Yaluritja Clarrie Isaacs.
Clarrie, an Aboriginal activist, trade unionist, artist and fighter for

I know when Blair and Bush are lying - their lips move

BY JOHN PILGER
Shortly before the disastrous visit to Britain by US President George Bush on November 19-21, British Prime Minister Tony Blair was at the Cenotaph on November 11 to mark Remembrance Day. It was an unusual glimpse of a state killer

MEXICO: Campaign against GM contamination

BY EVA CHENG
An international campaign was launched on November 20 to stop the contamination of Mexican corn (maize) with the DNA from genetically modified (GM) corn produced by multinational food corporations. Corn is the Mexican population's

ACTU branch of Reserve Bank launches 'wage claim'

Ian Macfarlane, the head of the Reserve Bank, must be really pleased with the work of his Australian Council of Trade Unions office. With unemployment falling to 5.6% and construction booming, the ACTU has submitted to the Australian Industrial

IRAQ: US arrests unemployed activists

BY ROHAN PEARCE
On November 23, US soldiers in Baghdad arrested Kasim Hadi and Adil Salih. Hadi and Salih are activists with the Union of the Unemployed in Iraq (UUI).
It was not the first time that UUI members have been arrested by US forces. In

CATALONIA: Left vote jumps as regime holds on

BY DICK NICHOLS
The biggest loser in the November 13 Catalan regional election was the Socialist Party of Catalonia (PSC), the Catalan sister organisation of the social-democratic Socialist Workers Party of Spain (PSOE).
For two decades, the PSC

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