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International justice for janitors

Everyone deserves a chance at a decent life no matter where they live. That is why on International Justice for Janitors Day, June 15th, janitors united across the world in a show of solidarity.
Janitors united to send a message to the company behind the Westfield shopping malls in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Canada. They are demanding that Westfield mall cleaners be treated with fairness, dignity and respect. For more information go to:


Don't trust the "roadmap"

The Palestine Liberation Organisation has, since the beginning of the second intifada in September 2000, called for international intervention in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Usually they have talked of the deployment of United Nations peacekeeping troops. This has reflected their understanding that the Palestinians could not hope alone to prevail against the militarily superior Israelis.


By Lynn Smith

So cheating is standard practice with the big telcos?

An invitation to terror

Five generals took the decision to assassinate Hamas leader Abd-al-Aziz al-Rantissi: the Prime Minister, the Minister of Defense, the Chief-of-Staff and the chiefs of the Mossad and the Security Service.

Iraq war: dollar vs euro?

By Colin Foster

What were the real reasons behind the USA's drive for war in Iraq? Two polar-opposite explanations have been discussed on the left.
The first theory is that the USA's power has now become so huge that the US capitalist class realistically aspires to rule the whole world more or less directly, laying down the law for every country from Washington.

International notes: Aceh

By Bryan Sketchley

Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has proclaimed that the Australian government fully supports the Indonesian military launching a war on the people of Aceh.
After a week of incursions into the province, reports started reaching Australia that unarmed villagers were being detained, tortured and shot, whole villages have been emptied and the general population is living in fear.

International notes: China

7 years prison for being a trade unionist

Seven years -- that's the prison sentence imposed upon Yao Fuxin last month by a Chinese court. His colleague Xiao Yunliang didn't fare much better; he got four years in jail.
Their crime? They led peaceful worker demonstrations in Liaoyang City, in the northeast of China.

International notes: Brazil

The Workers' Party (PT) in Brazil has taken the first steps towards expelling socialists within the party who oppose government reforms.
The move comes as Lula da Silva's government seeks to push through changes to the tax and pension system - slashing the pensions and other benefits for civil servants.

NSW Public Service - Fight to save jobs!

By Janet Burstall

New South Wales Minister for Education and Training, Andrew Refshauge, announced a restructure of public education under the mendacious title of "Lifelong Learning". It is in the fine tradition of many job-cutting programs in the Australian public sector, pretending to be a restructure that will improve services - increase "frontline staff" and reduce the number of "bureaucrats".

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