June 1st 2002

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COVER STORY: Embryonic Research - Is government money funding private profit?

EDITORIAL: The Budget - time for new directions

BIOETHICS: Medical breakthrough: researchers turn skin cells into T-cells

CANBERRA: The fallacy behind the disability crackdown

Straws in the Wind: Voodoo dolls / Rodney Rude for a Logie?

HEALTH: No answer to party drugs: AMA

BANKS: Kiwibank has 150 branches in New Zealand

Rag Trade (letter)

SBS traduced (letter)

Boat people: another view (letter)

Trade hypocrisy (letter)

East Timor (letter)

Refugees? (letter)

UN Special Session on Children splits on abortion, sex education

DEMOGRAPHY: Budget ignores an ageing Australia

MEDIA: Sport - how media moguls play to win

CHILDREN'S BOOKS: 'What Should My Child Read?' by Susan Moore

BOOKS: 'Recollections of a Bleeding Heart: A portrait of Paul Keating' by Don Watson

BOOKS: 'Science, Money and Politics', by Daniel Greenberg

BOOKS: 'GERMAN BOY: A Child in War', by Wolfgang W.E. Samuel

OPINION: Dangers in cross-media monopolies

Books promotion page

Refugees? (letter)

by R. Hughes

News Weekly, June 1, 2002

We are told in the media about some of the attacks on white farmers in Zimbabwe and the murders that have occurred. What we are not told is that the situation in South Africa is, if anything, worse.

Since the end of apartheid, there have been at least 1,320 people - mainly whites - murdered on farms in South Africa. This gives a homicide victimisation rate of 264 per 100,000 of population, undoubtedly the highest in the world.

If the victims were not white, this would be called ethnic cleansing or genocide, and the United Nations and various human-rights groups would not remain indifferent.

R. Hughes,
Strathfield, NSW

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