political prisoners

War on dissent: anti-terrorism laws must be defeated

Winter/Spring 2006

Fantasy becomes reality. The plot of the movie, Minority Report, was that crime was so out of control in a future world that people could be arrested as “pre-criminals.” Faheem Lohdi, a Pakistani-Australian and Muslim, is unjustly held in the psychological management unit at Goulburn jail. He had some maps, videos, DVDs and handwritten notes… Read more »

Pramoedya Ananta Toer — novelist and revolutionary

Winter/Spring 2006

It was during the ’80s that I first came across legendary Indonesia writer and activist, Pramoedya Ananta Toer. The Suharto regime ruled Indonesia with a seemingly iron fist and the author’s books — which have been translated into dozens of languages — were banned in his home country. I vividly recollect reading Child of All… Read more »

Reta Kaur, anti-war activist, wins her court case

Summer/Autumn 2005

After a trial, which went into a second day, Reta Kaur was found Not Guilty on 24 November 2004 of criminal damage worth $9,080 to two marble statues outside the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne. On March 20, 2003 she had written “The killing has started!” in red paint in a moment of shock and grief… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2004

Free Mario Bango Mario Bango is a 21-year-old Roma from Slovakia, imprisoned since March 2001 for the “crime” of defending his younger brother when they were brutally attacked by a neo-Nazi skinhead. Now he has been sentenced to 12 years without parole in prison for attempted murder. Like most Roma in Slovakia, Mario and his… Read more »

Farouk Abdel-Muhti: Disappeared in America

Winter/Spring 2003

One of the most vicious aspects of the Bush Administration’s global war on working people is its unparalleled assault on immigrants. So far, the courts are giving their blessing to police-state measures against those who sought refuge in the “land of the free.” On June 17, for example, a District of Columbia Court of Appeals… Read more »

Tian Chua released! Abolish Malaysia’s Internal Security Act!

Winter/Spring 2003

On June 1, 2003, Malaysian trade union organiser and democracy activist,Tian Chua, was released from “preventative custody.” His release came after a vigorous international protest campaign which not only raised the call for Tian Chua’s release but demanded the immediate abolition of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA).  The ISA was introduced in the 1960s (see… Read more »

Free Tian Chua

Winter/Spring 2002

Governments around the word have used the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a pretext to introduce a raft of anti-democratic laws giving themselves sweeping new powers. But there is nothing new in this tactic which is a tested method for curtailing working class dissent. In 1960… Read more »

Execution stopped! Redouble the fight to free Mumia!

Summer/Autumn 2002

We join with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal the world over in celebrating the 18 December 2001 ruling which removes the imminent threat of the African American journalist’s execution. The decision is a crucial turning point in the fight to reverse this 20-year frame up, although Mumia is still far from free. The ruling by U.S…. Read more »

Fight to overturn sexist laws: Free Heather Osland!

Summer/Autumn 2002

On 7 September 2001, Heather Osland’s five-year battle against a 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband came to an abrupt halt. After the High Court upheld her conviction in 1998, Osland tried her last legal channel: a Petition of Mercy to the Victorian government. The panel of Queens Councils decided to stick to the… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »