International

Who’s pulling YOUR strings? The money manipulating the media

Summer/Autumn 2000

Did listeners find their views about the big four Australian banks “slowly shifting” over the past year? The views of John Laws, the immensely influential “shock jock” star of commercial radio’s 2UE certainly shifted. He changed from being stridently anti-bank, mirroring the resentment of his blue collar constituency — to urging “let’s be fair” approval…. Read more »

Elián González Brotóns: 6-Year-Old Hostage of Yankee Imperialism

Summer/Autumn 2000

December 5, 1999 — news from Miami: Elián González Brotóns, a young shipwreck survivor from Cuba, blew out the candles of his birthday cake. He had just turned six. With his mother, the “little Cuban refugee” had set out for the Land of the Free. She drowned. Elián was saved by the U.S. Coast Guard… Read more »

Mobilise Now Against Backward Laws: Equal Access to Reproductive Technology

Summer/Autumn 2000

The patriarchal nuclear family may have disappeared from most households, but it’s alive and kicking in Victoria’s fertility laws. In August last year, a lesbian police officer was charged with using an in vitro fertility (IVF) treatment. According to the Victorian Infertility Treatment Act (ITA), only married or heterosexual defacto couples can legally access IVF… Read more »

Welcome the New Century: Meet Revolutionary Women Leaders From Cuba!

Summer/Autumn 2000

Going to Cuba, as I did in 1997, is absolutely eye-opening. One day I was packaging bread for Buttercup; the next, I was landing at Havana’s international airport where murals said: “We believe in the Revolution. We believe in Socialism.” Stepping from Howard’s Australia into a workers’ state is a breathtaking experience. I was among… Read more »

Sexism and Racism — Linked by a Common Source

Summer/Autumn 2000

For Radical Women, art is as political as life. It can be a tool for change, as powerful as our struggles for a better world. Karen Brodine, acclaimed socialist feminist poet and Radical Women leader who died in 1987 from breast cancer, once said this about women artists she looked to for strength and insight:… Read more »

Bitter Harvest: The Legacy of the Snowy Mountains Scheme

Summer/Autumn 2000

Politics and water are intimately related in Australia, the driest inhabited continent. For example, after a close election, Victoria now has a minority ALP government, supported by rural independents. One of these, Craig Ingram, gained his seat on the basis of a single issue — restoring some of the flow of the Snowy River. Steve… Read more »

New Age Fascists: The dangerous politics of the Citizens Electoral Councils

Summer/Autumn 2000

Rural Queensland is fertile ground for reactionary populist groups. Isolation, withdrawal of services and sharp practices by the banks have given farming communities a lot to be angry about. In the late ’80s, the Citizens Electoral Councils (CEC) took root in these communities, set up by Eric Butler’s League of Rights. It campaigned around issues… Read more »

History catches up with Pinochet

Summer/Autumn 1999

Justice postponed is justice denied, according to a familiar adage. Certainly the current legal battle over the extradition of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte will not begin to make amends for those who died, or were forced to flee, his brutal regime. However, this does not mean that this bloody ex-puppet of the… Read more »