April 14th 2007


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COVER STORY: Howard's Coalition - fewer options left as election looms

EDITORIAL: The high cost of 'symbolic' politics

THE ENVIRONMENT: Bushfire victims take NSW, Vic govts to court

WATER: Details of PM's water plan - disaster for farmers

NSW STATE ELECTION: When will Liberals, Nationals ever learn?

STRAWS IN THE WIND: Why young people read less / NSW's Knight with the Mournful Countenance / Journalistic hooliganism / The Easter Rising

INTELLIGENCE CORNER: Losing the war on the home front / Assessing the terrorist threat

SCHOOLS: Labor's standard threat to schools

MEDICAL SCIENCE: New developments in stem-cell science

FOREIGN AFFAIRS: Australia caught between Beijing and Washington

SRI LANKA: Bloodbath looms in war-torn Sri Lanka

OPINION: An ABC of the ABC - a listener's guide

AS THE WORLD TURNS

Millions squandered (letter)

Regional rail networks (letter)

Labor's Mugabe dilemma (letter)

David Hicks (letter)

Russia's Putin should not be demonised (letter)

CINEMA: Story to scare the daylights out of you - Lives of Others

BOOKS: How the Catholic Church Built Western Civilization, by Thomas E. Woods, Jr.

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Labor's Mugabe dilemma (letter)


by M. Gordon

News Weekly, April 14, 2007

Sir,

The recent media coverage of Robert Mugabe's terrible repression in Zimbabwe has aroused international outrage - and rightly so!

The ALP may be somewhat on the spot too. Angola is sending 2,500 of its brutal paramilitary police, who are feared by their own people, to aid Mugabe in his repression.

Angola's dictator has been in power longer than Mugabe, and his party - the MPLA (formerly the Marxist Popular Front for the Liberation of Angola) - is a member of the Socialist International, as is the ALP.

When will the ALP issue an appropriate repudiation of its Angolan allies, and possibly also of South Africa's governing African National Congress, which is also a member of the Socialist International and a defender of Mugabe?

If not, is it a sign that socialist solidarity counts for more than human rights?

(Mr) M. Gordon,
Flynn, ACT




























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