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Issue No. 174 11 April 2003  

Might Does Not Mean Right
So the Americans have removed the dictator Hussein, the right wing press are firing more pot-shots than the Republican Guard and George W. Bush can ride into the sunset having liberated the Middle East. Game over – or is it?


Interview: Picking Up The Peaces
Walk Against the War Coalition convenor Bruce Childs outlines the challenge for the peace movement in the lead up to Palm Sunday.

Unions: The Royal Con
Jim Marr argues the Cole Commission can only be taken seriously by people kept ignorant of the way it actually operated.

National Focus: Around the Grounds
Unions maintain the pressure for peace as the upcoming organising conference takes on added significance, reports Noel Hester.

Economics: The Secret War on Trade
Overseas-based multi-nationals are coming after our film industry, electricity, water, pharmaceutical benefits and even childcare. Or are they? Nobody knows, as Jim Marr reports.

International: United Front
Workers and their unions around the world have possibly never been as united in their commitment to campaign together against the War in Iraq, writes Andrew Casey

History: Confessions of a Badge Collector
Bill Pirie has one of the largest collections of trade union badges in the world. After 20 years the collection now numbers some 6,000 badges.

Politics: Stalin’s Legacy
Fifty years ago last month Josef Stalin died. How could it be that a democratic and socialist revolution produced one of the monsters of the twentieth century, asks Leonie Bronstein.

Review: Such Was Not Ned’s Life
The life of Ned Kelly is what we in the world of journalism term a “ball tearing yarn” so why have writers of the movie adaptation felt so impelled to dress it up with fiction, asks Tara de Boehmler.

Poetry: Osama's Top Recruiter
Through our extensive intelligence networks, we have managed to track down the top recruiter for the global terror network of Osama bin Laden.

Satire: Woolworths CEO Denied Bonus After Company Posts Profit
Woolworths chief executive Roger Corbett was devastated today to report an 18.3% rise in profit under his management over the last year.


 Carr: Workers Won It For Me

 Nursing Crisis Bites Elderly

 Judge Puts ‘Predator’ Before Workers

 WA Court Undermines Cole

 Mexican Chain Gangs Win NSW Work

 Della Muscles Up to Abbott

 STOP PRESS - Brewery Goes Flat

 ACCC Urged to Consider Jobs

 Unions Stats Track Armageddon

 Cameron: Feds More Interested in Iraq

 SARS Lays Jobs Low

 Working Hours Benefit Millions

 Journos Urge War Crimes Prosecutions

 Unions Support Displaced in Iraq


The Soapbox
Factional Free-For-All
Chris Christodoulou looks at the fallout from the selection of the new Carr Ministry and what it means to the factional warlords.

The Locker Room
The Best Season Since Last Year
Phil Doyle goes trudging through the mud in search of the heart of the matter beneath the corporate biffo

Books on Bombs
In times like these, reading inevitably turns to America and war. Chris White wades through Pilger, Chomsky, Eco, Moore and Vidal.

Postcard from Harvard
Labor Council's Michael Gadiel was elected to give the valedictory speech to this year's Harvard Trade Union Program.

 Taking Stalin's Crimes Seriously
 Unfair Dismissals
 More Angry Trots
 Tom's Tirade
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Journos Urge War Crimes Prosecutions

Killing journalists is a punishable war crime and perpetrators from both sides of the Iraq conflict should be brought to justice, according to the International Federation of Journalists.

The IFJ is calling on the United Nations to establish an urgent international inquiry to hold accountable those who knowingly target media personnel. The IFJ wants the inquiry to be conducted by the International News Safety Institute, a coalition of more than 100 organisations campaigning for a global news safety program.

The move has been prompted by news of three more journalist deaths this week and evidence that both sides have targeted media despite knowing they were civilians. The latest casualties included a cameraman working for Spanish television station Telecinco, a Reuters cameraman, and an al-Jazeera journalist who were killed in separate attacks on media bases by US forces.

Meanwhile, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance federal secretary and IFJ president Chris Warren is challenging Coalition assertions that only embedded journos could be guaranteed safety.

Reports are mounting of non-embedded journalists being discriminated against, unfairly restricted and in some cases forcibly removed by the US military.

In the case of Arabic satellite news station Al Jazeera, its journalists have now been pulled from the war zone after being singled out for attack by both sides. Iraq authorities banned one correspondent and asked another to leave. Meanwhile another of its journalists was killed in a US bombing raid on the station's Baghdad offices. The station was also criticised by the US and Britain for showing explicit images of the war.

Warren says combatant forces have a responsibility for all civilians, not just those traveling with them. "If we could only rely on the reports from embedded journalists and from official briefings from either side, we would only have a limited view of what is actually happening."

According to IFJ general secretary Aidan White there is "no doubt at all" that these attacks could be targeting journalists. "If so, they are grave and serious violations of international law."

Twelve journalists have now been killed in Iraq, including freelance Australian cameraman Paul Moran.

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