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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 582 16th February ­ 22nd February 2004

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 18 Feb 2004 12:19:45 +0100 (CET)


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"THE TIDES ROLLING BACK"
The last 20 years have been marked by major cultural, social and political
changes. These changes have rolled back the significant reforms that
occurred as a result of the struggles of our parents and grandparents. As
the State and the corporate world came under increasing pressure, people won
more and more reforms. What were considered to be luxuries became rights.
In the last two decades policy shifts by the major political parties has
resulted in the whittling away of these rights.
Although living standards and wages have improved for a majority of
Australians, this has occurred at great personal and community cost.
Improved living standards have not delivered the social outcomes expected.
They have resulted in increasing levels of insecurity, increased working
hours and record debt. Increased incomes have turned out to be illusory
because people are now finding they have to pay for access to services which
were provided by the State. The gap between those who have wealth and wield
power has increased dramatically during this period.

NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
'WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

As levels of dissatisfaction increase, attacks on those who promote change
increases. The corporate dominated media concerned about the increasing
support both reformers and radicals are enjoying in this country has
embarked on a campaign of vilifying groups and activists involved in
peaceful, legitimate, legal extra parliamentary political activity.
Increasing community disillusionment with the parliamentary process has
resulted in disengagement with a political process that's been reduced to
the ritual of casting a ballot every three to four years.

Increasing numbers of people are questioning a political process that claims
providing basic services to everyone in the community are an unsustainable
proposition. The tide has begun to roll back, radical social activists need
to be at the forefront of these changes. We must not allow them to
marginalise our ideas and our role in this ongoing struggle to turn back the
tide, so that everyone irrespective of who they are and what they do can
participate fully in the life of the communities they live and work in.

LONG LIVE THE CONSUMER
Flicking through the telephone directory looking for a number, I stumbled on
the numbers for the Victorian Police force. I was surprised that the
numbers were listed under the title ­ Customer Information'. Customers˙
F
It seems that even the delicate relationship between a police force and the
people they police is now described as a customer service provider
relationship.

Citizenship has lost any meaning in post-modern Australian society. Even
the right to cast a ballot in an election has been transformed into a legal
responsibility. At the very moment, the Federal government is encouraging
immigrants to take out citizenship - the very term has become so debased
it's almost meaningless.

Consumerism, the ever-increasing consumption of goods, seems to have become
the official mantra of western government. Laws are passed to protect
consumers, but no law are passed to protect the interests of the citizens of
a country. The relationship between the State, government and the citizens
has been reduced to a relationship between a service provider and a
customer. What at first may seem to be the ranting of a pedant reflects the
fundamental changes that have occurred between the individual and the State
as a consequence of globalisation.

Citizenship, the relationship between the State, government and the
individual has been reduced to a simple financial transaction. Citizenship,
the phalanx of rights and responsibilities that govern the interaction
between the State, government and the individual is not a simple financial
transaction. Individual transaction with the State and government is the
social glue that holds a society together. The fundamental shift in the
relationship between serfs and the monarchy during the French revolution was
encapsulated in the emergence of the citizens as the dominant player within
society.

We are not customers. We are citizens who have specific rights and
responsibilities. The jettisoning of our rights on the altar of mammon by
the State and government is one of the most important political questions of
our time.

ABBOTT DREAMING
The article in Saturday's Age (14-2) on the continuing fall in bulk billing
rates and Mr. Abbott's response to the lowest bulk billing rate in 14 years
highlights that the issue facing the community is not doctor's incomes but
universal access to the health care delivery system. His assertion that the
Howard government is committed to bulk billing are not reflected in the
policies that were implemented when Senator Kay Patterson was Health
Minister and in Abbott's much vaunted "MedicarePlus" package.

John Howard and his government have never accepted that Medicare should be a
universal health care delivery scheme that is available to everyone,
irrespective of how sick they are, where they live and how much they earn.
Faced with the problem of destroying a scheme that enjoyed the support of
over 90% of Australians, the Howard government has implemented health
initiatives that have forced more and more doctors to abandon bulk billing.
They limited the rise in the bulk billing rate to around 50% of the yearly
inflation level. Faced with escalating practice costs that are far higher
than the inflation rate, more and more doctors have abandoned bulk billing
because they cannot operate a viable practice if they continue to bulk bill
all their patients.

Abbott clearly spells out in David Wroes article the government's position
on Medicare "bulk billing will continue to be available to people who need
it". He then claims that the $5 incentive to general practitioners and the
proposed government's safety net will ensure that people, who in the
government's opinion need to be bulk billed will be bulk billed. The
introduction of a $5 incentive for general partitioners who bulk bill
children and concession card holders on the 1st of February marked the end
of Medicare as a universal health care system. For the Minister to state
that this initiative will help to stop haemorrhaging bulk billing rates is
both deceitful and incorrect. Those general practitioners who have
abandoned bulk billing are now charging on average of $14 above the bulk
billing rate. Doctors who are charging these rates will not accept a paltry
$5 if they bulk bill a concession card holder or a child under 16 when they
are already charging much more than the $5 incentive offered by the
government.

The introduction of a different fee for the same service to children under
16, concession card holders and the rest of the community is aimed at
forcing those doctor's that still bulk bill all their patients to stop bulk
billing non-concession card holders. Since the 1st of February doctors who
bulk bill all their patients now receive $5 less per consultation when they
accept the rebate for services to non-concession card holders. The Federal
government will maintain the rebate for non-concession card holders at
ridiculously low levels forcing those doctors who bulk bill all their
patients to stop bulk billing everyone except concession card holders and
children under 16.

Abbott's "MedicareMinus" package has destroyed Medicare, his much vaunted
safety net will do as much to improve vulnerable peoples access to the
health care delivery system as the $5 incentive will do to bulk billing
rates. This issue is not as Abbott seems to believe, one of providing a
second rate system to those Australians who have difficulty in meeting their
health care costs, it's much, much more it's a matter of providing universal
access to the health care delivery system for all Australian's.

We are fighting to maintain and improve universal access to health care for
all Australians. We need more people like you involved circulating
petitions, giving out leaflets and information to your friends, family,
workmates or fellow students and becoming part of our organising team. We
cannot just stand back and allow the Federal Government to destroy Medicare,
a vital resource for today's and tomorrow's generations. Why not give us a
ring and become involved?

If you want to get involved in one of the established Federal Electorate
based Defend and Extend Medicare groups ring the local contact.
Brisbane: Barbera Hart 9766 8555 Chisholm: Noel Marshall
9807 8630,
Corangamite: Michael Carbines 0438 114 406,
Deakin: George Hall 9877 4623,
Dunkley: Jennie Solis 0408 880 300,
Flinders: Julie Jones 9766 8555,
Gellibrand: Gordon McLean 9766 8555,
Goldstein: Joseph Toscano 0439 395 489,
Isaacs: Stephen Reghenzani 9772 1351,
Kooyong: Dorothy Poulton 9818 6188,
McMillan: Charles & Leanne Price 5655 1637 Melbourne: Mitzi 9384
2889,
Wills: Richard Duffy 0425 722 548
If you want help establishing a new Federal electorate based group or
require other information call 9766 8555. Write to P.O. Box 5035 ALPHINGTON
3078, MELBOURNE.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
Web: www.defendandextendmedicare.org
DONATIONS CAN BE MADE AT ANY BRANCH OF THE NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK THROUGH
THE DEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICARE ACCOUNT.
QUOTE THE FOLLOWING NUMBER WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR DONATION
ACCOUNT NUMBER: 083253 56679 2940

MEDIA INTERVIEWS WITH THE DEFEND AND EXTEND MEDICARE GROUP CAN BE ORGANISED
BY CALLING 04 39 395 489

ANOTHER DAY AT THE OFFICE
I'm a little perplexed by the Herald Sun's latest attack on what they
purport to be anarchist activities in Melbourne. Nick Pappas (16/2) makes
some startling allegations about the content of a particular website and
then goes on to claim that a group that calls itself the Brunswick
Liberation Front, that has smashed shop windows in Brunswick, is an
anarchist cell.

He then quotes a number of police sources monitoring the website and
investigating the broken windows. Nick Pappas also claims he has
interviewed the two youths who established the offending website that he
claims tells "school children how to blow up schools and set them alight".

The unsubstantiated allegations in the Herald Sun make great copy but don't
even stand up to the most cursory examination. I'm sure if the youths
involved had placed the type of material that Pappas alleges on their
website, they would be facing serious criminal charges. Obviously this is
another of those beat ups that radical activists in Melbourne have been
subjected to over the past few years.

Anarchism is a legitimate political philosophy that more and more people are
becoming interested in. The collapse of communism as a viable ideology and
the horrendous social and human consequences of global capitalism have seen
people looking for alternatives. Many are becoming aware that the stories
that appear in the Herald Sun on a slow news day about anarchists and
anarchism have nothing to do with the aims and objectives of the anarchist
movement. Anarchists want to create a society based on direct democratic
principles, where the people involved in a decision make that decision and
where wealth is held in common and used for the common good. The hysterical
analysis and unsubstantiated allegations that appeared in the Herald Sun on
Monday does not do the paper justice.

BULLDOZE THE BLOCK'
The disturbances in the Block' in Redfern, Sydney by indigenous Australians
who were venting their anger at the suspicious death of Thomas Hickey on
Saturday have been greeted by all the usual responses. New South Wales
Opposition Leader John Brogden called for the Block' to be bulldozed and
the indigenous inhabitants to be resettled in another area. The Herald Sun,
Melbourne's Murdoch mouthpiece had a field day using some of the
inflammatory material that appeared in its sister publication, the Daily
Telegraph. Talkback jocks and their callers were full of suggestions about
how to drive people out of this prime piece of real estate, 4 kilometres
from Sydney's G.P.O.

Very few, if any, talked about the reasons behind the disturbances and ever
fewer talked about the failure of the New South Wales government's get
tough on crime' policies. This approach is creating a great deal of
frustration, anger and alienation in many communities, not just indigenous
communities in New South Wales. The last few State elections have been
conducted as get tough on crime' auctions, each major political party
trying to outbid the other in terms of what new repressive legislation will
be passed.

The disturbances in Redfern are an indication that this strategy is both
counter productive and a failure. The police tactics that are being used in
parts of Sydney are similar to the tactics that are used by occupying forces
overseas. The alienation caused by such an approach leads to locals using
what ever means are at hand to vent their frustrations when the situation
boils over. Tougher laws, more police on the streets, more police powers
and more jails, create more problems than they solve. The Redfern
disturbances are a testimony to the fact that the New South Wales
government's and opposition policies on crime are part of the problem, not
the solution to the problem.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Do anarchists involve themselves in reformist movements?
A. Reform ­ make or become better by the removal of faults and errors'
There is a tendency for some anarchists to think that involvement in
reformist struggles is a waste of time. We need to remember that making
fundamental changes through revolution doesn't always achieve the desired
goals. In many cases revolutions have created more problems than they
solved. That doesn't mean that most anarchists are not revolutionaries,
what it does mean is that the direction a rebellion or insurrection takes is
guided by the activities that have gone on before cataclysmic change occurs.
Participation in reformist movements by anarchists as anarchists broadens
both the demands and the strategies that a particular reform movement is
willing to aim for. Participation shouldn't be limited to the occasional
involvement in a protest. Participation needs to be at both the decision
making and organisational level. Demands that are made should be guided by
anarchist principles ­ increased participation in the decision making
process and better access to the commonwealth' for everyone in that
community.
Successful reformist struggles increase that room in which people are able
to manoeuvre in their campaigns to radically change society. They also
directly improve people's lives and decrease the amount of time that people
need to devout to surviving. This gives them the opportunity to think about
the situation they're involved in and increases participation in movements
that want radical social change.
Anarchists normally don't involve themselves in reformist struggles that
promote nationalism, religion or exclude people from the life of the
communities they live in. The question anarchists activists always ask
themselves when they initiate or become involved in reformist struggles is;
Does this struggle increase people's participation in the decision making
process in the communities? Does this campaign increase people's access to
the wealth that is held by society? If the struggle promotes either of
these demands it's a struggle that anarchists will find they will be able to
comfortably participate in both as anarchist activists and as members of the
communities they live and work in.

ACTION BOX
PERSISTENCE
There is always more than one way of tackling a problem. Persistence is one
of the most important weapons that anarchists possess. If at first you
don't succeed, try, try again could be described as the anarchist anthem.
Persistence doesn't mean that for the next 20 years you hand out leaflets
outside the same corner 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
What it means is that you leave no stone unturned in your efforts to bring
the matter to the public's attention and to ensure that the problem you are
concerned about is rectified. Even if you don't succeed in achieving all
your goals, the fact that you initiated a particular campaign or brought a
particular issue to the public's attention is an achievement in itself.
When you're involved in a long campaign, it's important that you look at
every option available to you. Changing tactics is one important advantage
that you possess. Leaving the guessing about what phase the campaign has
entered, makes it much more difficult for those you have launched a campaign
against to contain your activities.
The longer a campaign drags on for, the more effort and energy will be
required to pursue it. Sooner or later you need to reassess what you have
done, what you have achieved and where things are going. It's important
that a campaign that isn't going as well as expected doesn't stop you from
pursuing other activities. Eventually, you may find that persistence isn't
enough and that you haven't been able to generate the necessary interest
around a campaign to give it the momentum to survive and grow.
In such a situation, it's important not to think of your lack of success as
failure, think of it as a learning experience. Learn from the mistakes you
have made and put that particular activity into cold storage. You may find
that sometime down the track that you will be able to take that campaign out
of cold storage and restart the whole process. A campaign that at first may
seem to have been a waste of time and a failure may yet turn out to be a
strategical success. People change, issues change, issues that may not have
caught the public's attention today, may catch the public's imagination
tomorrow.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES - 2004 - No. 5
'THE TORCH THAT LIT EUREKA'
The murder of George Scobie outside Bentley's Eureka Hotel in Ballarat on
the 6th October 1854 and the acquittal of James Bentley the Eureka Hotel
publican of his murder is described by many commentators as the torch that
lit Eureka'. When Farrell, Hance and Bentley were discharged at a committal
hearing of the murder of Scobie by a police magistrate, protest meetings
were called outside Bentley's hotel. The miners, despite a strong police
presence burned down the hotel.
Descendants of James Bentley are still trying to clear his name and nearly
150 years after the events are still involved in a battle for compensation
for the loss of Bentley's hotel. Bentley, Farrell and Hance were brought
back before the courts and found guilty of the manslaughter of James Scobie.
The Bentley clan say that Scobie was never murdered, they claim the man
killed was Little John Martin. They also claim that Scobie lived to a ripe
old age and that he took the murder of Martin as an opportunity to disappear
from sight because he was linked with Commissioner George Webster and
Resident Commissioner Rede in a number of corrupt land deals on the
goldfields.
Bentley was imprisoned, he did not receive any compensation for the loss of
the hotel, although many other people did receive compensation for loss of
belongings and trade during the troubles. He protested his innocence to the
day he died. James Bentley swallowed the poison laudanum on the 11th April
1873 while he was protesting on the steps of Victoria's Parliament House in
Melbourne.
His wife Catherine survived James until 1906. The family claim that the
odium that has followed the family since 1854 is related to a cover-up that
includes the miners, the Victorian Crown administration and the Victorian
Legislative Council. What at first seems to be an open and shut case may be
much more complex than people imagine.
Sir Charles Hotham the Governor of Victoria when the Eureka uprising
occurred, died mysteriously on the 31st December 1855, some say of a
broaden heart', others say he died suspiciously. How much truth is
continued in those claims is difficult to say. What is interesting about
the claims is that they add a whole new dimension to the story of the Eureka
rebellion.

BOOK REVIEW
'PRISON MEMOIRS OF AN ANARCHIST'
by Alexander Berkman,
Originally published in 1912 by the Mother Earth Publishing Association, 1st
Schocken Edition 1970, Library of Congress Catalogue Card No. 77-130206
I've read this book a number of times because it gives an insight into a
period when things seemed to be black and white. Alexander Berkman's world
was one where it seemed it was easy to identify the enemy. On Saturday July
23rd 1892, Berkman a 21 year old anarchist who had come to the United States
from Russia in 1888 attempted to assassinate Henry Clay Frick, the head of
the Homestead Steel company. A few weeks earlier, Frick's hired gunmen had
shot dead a number of workers who had been locked out of Frick's Pittsburg
factories as a consequence of a bitter industrial dispute.
To Berkman, Frick's attempts to crush the steelworkers union with violence
and reintroduce individual contracts in his factories forfeited his right to
life. Full of idealism and revenge, Berkman failed in his attempt to kill
Frick. Arrested, tried and imprisoned for 22 years, Berkman begins prison
life. He slowly realises that the very people he hoped to avenge didn't
understand him or his actions. To them, he is just another prisoner,
another attempted murderer doing time.
Berkman has an amazing capacity to observe, listen and understand. Prison
Memoirs' documents the 14 years he spent in prison. Prison life reinforces
his ideas that prison does much more harm than good. He makes no
distinction between political prisoners and ordinary criminals, to him all
prisoners share the same fate.
Prison Memoirs' is a powerful and eloquent cry against the harm prison
does. Published in 1912, Berkman looks at all aspects of prison life,
including the need for sexual relationships, rape and prison enforced
homosexuality. Berkman's odyssey is one of unimaginable brutality. The
guards become as much victims of the brutality of prison life as the
prisoners themselves. The book is a testimony to the power of the human
soul and its capacity to rise above the most miserable circumstances.
Berkman continued his political activities when he was released from prison
in 1912. He and Emma Goldman were deported to Russia in 1919.
Disillusioned by the crushing of the Krondstadt revolt by the Bolsheviks in
1921, they escaped to Western Europe. In 1936 Berkman neglected, depressed
and ill with cancer, shot himself in Nice a few months before the beginning
of the tumultuous events that gripped Spain in July 1936. Berkman has
disappeared from the pages of history, his life, dust blowing away in the
wind. Frick prospered on his death. He bequeathed much of his fortune to
establish the Frick Art Collection, one of the foremost private art
collections of the 21st century. The memory of Frick the exploiter lives
on, while Berkman's memory has faded from sight.
Try your radical bookshop if you want to get a hold of Prison Memoirs Of An
Anarchist'.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Looks like a message has been left under one of the windscreens wipers of
the car I'm driving. I wonder what's it about, I don't know anybody in the
area. It doesn't look like advertising material, it looks like a page has
been hurriedly torn from an exercise book. I lift up the windscreen wiper,
flip it over FUCKWIT!!'. Fuckwit? Yes it definitely says fuckwit. Drawn
in a manner that's both belligerent and threatening, I read on FUCKWIT!!
You damaged my car, wait till my insurance company hears from me!!'
Damaged car, what's he talking about? I assume it's a he because the
message is full of stale adolescent testosterone. The words were barely
legible, the spelling wouldn't satisfy a Grade 3 teacher. Thinking about
it, I got angry, I hadn't touched his bloody car. Maybe the car that was
parked in the spot before me had dented his pride and joy. I assume he
blamed me because the numberplate on the car I was driving had seen better
days. Right evidence, wrong person, jumping to conclusions doesn't achieve
anything.
A few days later I was reading about the release of a number of British
women who had been sentenced to long prison terms for murdering their
babies. They had been released from prison because it seems that medical
experts had jumped to the wrong conclusions about the babies deaths. I was
annoyed about the trivial accusations that was made against me, imagine how
angry these women must be. Imprisoned for heinous crimes they didn't
commit. Their baby dead, they become the focus of investigations, they're
accused, convicted and sentenced for their baby's death. At the same time
they are mourning their loss, they are grappling with their loss of freedom
and their excommunication from society.
Shades of Lindy Chamberlain and the Uluru dingo fiasco. People still
believe she murdered her baby. She had to move to the US to get on with her
life. Around 15% of people are in jail for crimes they never committed.
It's staggering to think the pain and anger they must be going through. It
doesn't end when they're released. The pain of those who are wrongly
convicted never ends. It ends for them when they die, but continues to
haunt their families for generations to come.

STOP PRESS
'ELECTIONS'
The difference between the United Nations sanctioned occupation of
Afghanistan and the United States occupation of Iraq is to a large degree
reflected in the type of regime that was overthrown. The Taliban in
Afghanistan were essentially an army of occupation. Supported and financed
by the Pakistani government and secret service, they successfully conquered
over 90% of Afghanistan. The people of Afghanistan never accepted the
establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic State. Once direct pressure was
placed on the regime, it crumbled.
Its inability to launch a successful counter attack against the occupying
forces indicates how little local support it enjoys. A population that
regarded the ruling Baath Party as local tyrants, tolerated Saddam Hussein's
dictatorship of Iraq. The minimal resistance that the coalition of the
willing' met when they invaded Iraq was largely due to the fact that a
significant proportion of the population were not willing to sacrifice their
lives to keep the Baath Party in power. The inability of the US and its
allies to consolidate its power in Iraq is due to the fact that a
significant proportion of the population believe that the US, like the
Taliban, is an army of occupation.
The Iraqis who didn't initially resist the invasion of Iraq are now
beginning to become involved in what is essentially a three-corner struggler
for power. Remnants of the Baath Party and Islamic fundamentalists have now
been joined by the Iraqi nationalist elements. They all want to force the
US to withdraw from Iraq. The withdrawal of coalition forces would result
in a three-way struggle for power that will see Iraq's southern provinces
incorporated into Iran and the Kurdish dominated northern provinces invaded
by Turkey. The Sunni heartland would then come under intense pressure from
both Iran and Turkey.
Freely held elections would confer some degree of legitimacy on a new
central government. Unfortunately for the Bush administration, elections
would mean that the incoming Iraqi government would have the authority to
ask the coalition of the willing' to leave. As the Bush administration
grapples with the question of how it can impose its will on Iraq through a
parliamentary process that it controls, more and more Iraqis are joining the
struggle for national independence in Iraq.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
An enquiry into the Aust Defence Force has found a culture of suicides &
abuse, incl gang rapes. One 19yo soldier, John Satatas, was found dead at
Holsworthy Army Base in an apparent suicide. The Portugese-Aust soldier had
'Spiros' scrawled in black pen over his face & body. His family say he
killed himself after episodes of physical & verbal abuse from other soldiers
incl some officers. His family was promised the army would cover costs
associated with the funeral, but ended up with a $1300 invoice from the
funeral home. His mother Rosa said "Defence did not investigate John's death
properly & we were offered no assistance afterwards." Mark Drummond, an ex
cadet & teacher at the ADF Academy said there had been as many as 100 gang
rapes since the institution was formed in 1986. Though reforms had helped
clean up ADF, many culprits had not been dealt with. "I'd guess many gang
rapists must still be serving within the ADF". Matthew Liddell, a survivor
of the HMAS Westralia fire in 1998, was in severe shock from the death of
his friend. He was sent straight back to the scene of the fire & later
killed himself. "Matthew didn't want to go back to the Westralia," his
mother, Dulcie, wrote. "It did a lot of damage to his mind, like sending
someone back into the lion's den after they've already been attacked &
mauled." (Source: Herald Sun)
The govts of the US & Aust have decided on a 'free trade' agreement b/w the
2 countries. Under the deal, any US investment in new businesses will be
exempted from Foreign Investment Review Board screening. The thresh hold for
screening US acquisitions of existing businesses has been raised from $50
million to $800 million. This would have exempted 90% of all US takeovers in
the past 3 years from scrutiny by the board. US Trade Rep Bob Zoellick also
said the agreement "contains important & unprecedented provisions to improve
market access for US films & tv." US pharmaceutical companies won
significant changes to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme, including the
right for an review of decisions excluding their drugs from the scheme,
extended patent periods & 'consultations' when makers of generic drugs apply
for approval. (Source: The Age)
A letter captured from an al-Qaida courier says the org is failing to
attract support from significant numbers of Iraqis, undermining claims by
the US govt that attacks on US troops are organised by al-Qaida, or that
Iraq has ever been a significant base for terrorists. The letter says many
Iraqis "will give you refuge...however, they will not allow you to make
their home a base for operations or a safe house". Several US commanders
have said the Iraqi resistance generally sees al-Qaida as an unwelcome
presence. Having failed to find WMD in Iraq, the US govt has changed the
emphasis of its reasons for going to war, towards ousting Saddam Hussein &
the 'war on terror'. (Source: Associated Press)
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been won by President George Bush Jnr and John Howard for their inane
comments about how the free trade agreement' between the US and Australia
will help the people of both countries. They must think that the citizens
of the countries they govern must be mushroons.

*** 6th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
SPEAKERS START AT 12.15PM
MIDDAY - THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 2004
Forecourt - THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Corner Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne.
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELB, VIC. - Tel: (03) 9766 8555.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Access to health care a right, not a charity or a luxury.

STAMP APPEAL - We spend over $500.00 on postage stamps per month. If
you're writing to us or have any spare stamps floating about stuff them into
the envelope & send them to us. JOIN our $5.00 a month group & send us a
book of 10 50 cent stamps every month.

CELEBRATION
Celebrate the 149th anniversary of the acquittal of John Joseph, the first
of the 13 Eureka miners to be acquitted of the crime of High Treason.
Join the Anarchist Media Institute at:
MIDDAY ­ WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2004
OUTSIDE THE VICTORIAN SUPREME COURT
210 WILLIAM STREET, MELBOURNE.
Reclaim the past, understand the present and change the future.

EMAIL MADNESS - Have access to cyberspace? Want to help us save on printing
& postage costs? Then why don't you receive the AAWR by email?
INTERESTED?? Then email us at anarchistage@yahoo.com & arrange to have the
weekly emailed to you.

A DOLLAR A DAY
Increasing financial problems have forced us to review how The Anarchist
Media Institute's finances are raised. Currently subscriptions and
donations only account for about 40% of the income necessary to cover our
costs. To overcome this problem we've launched a:-
SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE ~ 'A DOLLAR A DAY' CAMPAIGN
We are looking for THIRTY People, interested in our activities, to pledge to
donate
A Dollar A Day' for twelve months. You can donate monthly or yearly. Make
out cheques and money orders to:- Libertarian Workers and send to PO Box 20,
Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia. Those who pledge will receive a 'I
Saved The Anarchist Media Institute' A3 poster which you can frame and put
up at work or home - A great talking point if nothing else. We've got the
ideas and energy but we need your financial assistance to keep going. Go
on, become one of the Magnificent Thirty that saved the Anarchist Media
Institute.
7 READERS HAVE JOINED THE 'DOLLAR A DAY' CLUB ­ 23 TO GO. JOIN TODAY! EMPTY
YOUR POCKETS OF LOOSE CHANGE & SAVE THE ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE

190 MEMBERS ­ 360 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join:- VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW - a "political party" that is putting the
boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp self-addressed
envelope to
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW
PO Box 20, Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia Telephone (03) 9828 2856
(24 hour answering service). We will send information about how to join
this unique 21st century Australian phenomena.
DON'T PUT IT OFF JOIN THE PUSH FOR CHANGE NOW.
Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 190. We need 550 members to apply for registration as a
political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election in 2004
and show Australian's that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.

ANARCHIST WORLD THIS WEEK
Heard across Australia. 10am ­ 11am every Wednesday.
An anarchist analysis of local, national & international events. Tune into
your local community radio station to listen to the Anarchist World This
Week. If they don't broadcast it, ask them why not! If they're one of the
150 community radio stations around Australia that are affiliated to the
National Community Radio Satellite, they are able to broadcast the Anarchist
World This Week.


RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
4AM TO 4PM
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004
EUREKA STOCKADE SITE, BALLARAT, VICTORIA
Reclaim the past to understand the present and change the future

If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave It In
Doctors, Dentists,
Vets Waiting Rooms and In Railway Stations, Bus Stops, Libraries and
Restaurants Etc.
The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the
publishers, the Libertarian Workers for a Self-Managed Society/Anarchist
Media Institute.
All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by anarchists,
anarchist collectives and non-profit organisations as long as the source of
the material is mentioned in the article. The Anarchist Age Weekly Review
reserves all rights as far as commercial publications are concerned.

ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY ­ THE ANARCHIST CENTURY


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