Issue 8 - Oct

Solidarity Magazine #8 – Market Failure

Editorial: Capitalist greed threatens recession

Despite George W. Bush’s controversial bailout package (see page 5), we have by no means seen the back of the current economic crisis. Up...

Bush finds billions for bankers

THE BUSH Administration finally gathered support for a US$700 billion plan to bail out US banks—no less than US$2000 for every person in the...

Brisbane construction sites stopwork to defend Noel Washington

OVER 3000 Brisbane construction workers walked off the job for a mass stopwork meeting in central Brisbane on September 12. The action was in...

NSW teachers campaign to break Labor’s pay cap

NSW TEACHERS are still seeking a salary raise of 5 per cent or more and an end to restrictions on transfers. The October state...

Queensland public sector workers fight pay offer

PUBLIC SECTOR workers rallied in Brisbane on September 30 to protest over the state government’s paltry 3.25 per cent wage offer. Over 3000 workers...

Action can stop job cuts at Melbourne Uni

A COLD, wind-swept day did not stop over 120 Melbourne Uni staff and students joining a protest against university management’s plan to sack 20...

Does NSW really face a budget crisis?

ALMOST THE first words uttered by the new premier Nathan Rees were along the lines of “I’ve been briefed by Treasury. It’s worse than...

Alice Springs opposes uranium exploration

On October 5 a community protest gathering of over 300 people was held in Alice Springs to voice opposition and outrage at the Northern...

Blow to Telstra’s plans for non-union agreement

WORKERS AT Telstra have voted to reject the collective non-union agreement the company was trying to force on them. This is a major defeat...

Drop the charges against Lex Wotton

ON OCTOBER 6 Palm Island man Lex Wotton faced the Supreme Court in Queensland. He is charged with “riot involving damage or destruction of...

Garnaut climate plan to suit big business

IN HIS final report to the government, Professor Ross Garnaut echoes the calls from industry to abolish the one measure the Rudd government has...

Melbourne terror trial fuels Islamophobia

As the banners telling us “History is coming!” went up all over Melbourne getting ready for the AFL grand final, the verdicts came down...

Barwon 12 trial: in the words of the defence consel

“We’ve seen an airbrushing, a re-write of history” “The crown has presented a selected and distorted picture” “The ‘war on terror’ has been...

Revolt of the rich escalates in Bolivia

A WAVE of violence by right-wing paramilitaries in Bolivia left at least 30 people dead and government buildings ransacked across the country’s eastern provinces. The...

Support for US war resisters grows in Canada

IRAQ WAR resisters in Canada received an important victory in late September. On September 22 Jeremy Hinzman and his family successfully appealed their deportation...

Deal between Zimbabwe’s elites will not end the crisis

IN JULY reaffirmed our long-held position of the likelihood “of an elite political settlement between the ruling party and opposition around a western...

‘Afghanistan is becoming like Iraq’

Academic and author Elaheh Rostami-Povey visited Sydney recently, speaking on her research in Afghanistan under the US-led occupation. Below we reprint part of a...

Afghanistan death toll soaring

THIS IS shaping up to be the bloodiest year on record since the US-led invasion of Afghanistan began in 2001. The UN Assistance Mission in...

Changes to intervention won’t end paternalist approach

THE REVIEW into the intervention in the Northern Territory, released in mid-October, has called for an end to blanket welfare quarantining and suggested the...

Selective quarantining tried in Queensland

WHILE THE restoration of the RDA would force some changes to the Northern Territory welfare quarantine legislation, it is likely that these would be...

Converging against intervention in Alice

OVER 200 people from around Australia travelled to join hundreds more from the NT in a protest convergence against the NT intervention in Mparntwe-Alice...

Why is the world economy in meltdown?

With the US economy in tatters, questions are being raised about what caused the crisis and what it will mean for people around the...

Can China protect Australia from the economic crisis?

Kevin Rudd and many in the mainstream press once said that Australia’s economic relationship with China would provide a cushion in the current economic...

Before abortion rights were won

Review: The Racket By Gideon Haigh, Melbourne University Publishing, $34.95 WHILE NEW legislation to decriminalise abortion is debated in the Victorian parliament, influential priests and some...

A graphic and haunting soldier’s tale

Review: Waltz With Bashir Directed by Ari Folman, Limited cinema release ARI FOLMAN was only 19 when he was conscripted as part of Israel’s 1982...

Things they say–economic crisis special

“If money isn’t loosened up, this sucker could go down” George W. Bush on the US financial system during the market crisis negotiations “It’s...

Fight needed to win real work rights

FURTHER DETAILS about Labor’s new IR laws confirm that the new government will retain the bulk of WorkChoices. Legislation will be introduced into parliament...

A fresh look at America’s urban decay

Review: The Wire WHEN US presidential candidate Barack Obama was asked his favourite TV show and character, his answers were The Wire and Omar Little...

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