International

French elections confirm urgent need for Left unity – Join Socialist Alliance!

Winter/Spring 2002

The recent French elections highlight why revolutionary socialists participate in electoral politics. The result is also a powerful argument for united Left electoral alliances, argues Alison Thorne, a member of the Socialist Alliance National Executive and Convener of the Wills Branch. The result of the first round of the French Presidential elections, held on 21… Read more »

East Timor: A victory to celebrate and a struggle ahead

Winter/Spring 2002

When the Freedom Socialist Party established a branch in Melbourne in 1983, one of our first affiliations was with the Australia-East Timor Association. Nineteen years later, we were overjoyed to join with the tenacious people of East Timor, their allies in the Indonesian democracy movement which booted out the dictator Suharto, and hundreds of thousands… Read more »

Review: Gays and Lesbians who changed immigration history

Winter/Spring 2002

Last February, as part of the Mardi Gras Festival, the Gay and Lesbian Immigration Task Force (GLITF) launched its self-published official history, Lesbians and Gays Changed Australian Immigration History/Herstory. The book is a unique, compelling collection of diverse perspectives in the form of 50 interviews conducted in 2000 by GLITF activist, Peter De Waal. “No… Read more »

“Anti-terror” laws attack basic rights: Organise to force a repeal — now!

Winter/Spring 2002

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Centre, those responsible committed two atrocious crimes. They killed, in one shockingly memorable moment, more than three thousand people going about their work. And they handed the repressive forces of world Capital — headed up by the court-appointed President George W…. Read more »

Movie Review: The Circle (Dayereh)

Winter/Spring 2002

Picture the white wall of a hospital corridor. Screams come from within. A small aperture opens, and — as though looking through a chador — we can see the eyes of a nurse. She announces the birth of a beautiful girl to an awaiting female relative. But the woman is devastated, and she runs out… Read more »

ALP must NOT fudge on mandatory detention

Winter/Spring 2002

The ALP leadership is tying itself in semantic knots. It now wants to politically distinguish itself from the Coalition over refugee policy while at the same time continuing to support the mandatory detention of asylum seekers. During the last Federal election, the Labor Party vowed it would be more effective at securing Australia’s borders than… Read more »

We can’t let the anti-terror laws silence us

Winter/Spring 2002

The so-called anti-terror laws are not about protecting people; they’re a recipe for State-sponsored terror. These laws are designed to silence and punish political opponents. Since the 1970s in Australia, terrorism has been the main pretext for increasing the capacity for repression. It provides an opportune climate to announce draconian measures planned years beforehand. The… Read more »