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Australia's Centenary of Federation inspires little public enthusiasm

By Mike Head, 30 December 2000

January 1, 2001 is the centenary of the proclamation of the Commonwealth of Australia—then a federation of six British colonies. Considerable efforts have been made in recent months by federal and state governments, as well as the media, to publicise the event and turn it into a popular celebration of Australia's nationhood. Planning has been underway for several years, funded by the federal government with more than $100 million, in addition to a $1 billion Federation Fund, which has been used to underwrite various infrastructure projects.

Britain's Labour government kowtows to fox hunting lobby

By Julie Hyland, 30 December 2000

Britain's pro-fox hunting lobby staged a show of strength on December 26, the traditional Boxing Day holiday. Press reports claimed that some 300,000 people around the country showed up for fox hunts on the main day of the sport's annual calendar. Most were onlookers, gathered to watch the red-coated horse riders—fortified by hip flasks of port—and their pack of hounds chase any unsuspecting fox to shouts of “Tally Ho!”.

Chinese authorities commit workers' leader to psychiatric hospital to halt protests

By Terry Cook, 30 December 2000

In a transparent attempt to stamp out a protracted protest by workers at the Fuming County Silk Factory in China's eastern Jiangsu province, management and public security officials arrested one of the leaders, Cao Maobing, on December 15 and committed him to a psychiatric hospital.

David Walsh chooses his favorite films of 2000

30 December 2000

I thought this was a particularly poor year for American films, perhaps European as well. The strongest films continue to come from Asia. But film and art in general need a new aesthetic and social perspective. The current political crisis in the US marks a turning point, and much that has been taken for granted in a stagnant time will be shaken up. We are on the eve of a great change.

Judge bends law to toss out convictions of Los Angeles police

By Don Knowland, 30 December 2000

A Los Angeles trial judge has overturned the criminal convictions of three Los Angeles anti-gang officers. The Los Angeles District Attorney's Office must now decide whether to appeal the ruling, retry the officers or drop the prosecution.

South Korean police storm bank workers' occupation

By Luciano Fernandez, 30 December 2000

South Korean union leaders called off a week-long strike by employees of the Kookmin and Housing & Commercial banks on December 28, the day after 8,000 riot police stormed a training centre being occupied by the workers in Ilsan, just north of Seoul.

US economy on the way to recession

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2000

Less than three months ago the International Monetary Fund gave the following assessment for the US and world economy.

US economy on the way to recession

By Nick Beams, 30 December 2000

Less than three months ago the International Monetary Fund gave the following assessment for the US and world economy.

US targets Venezuela: Bush plans aggressive policy in Latin America

By Patrick Martin, 30 December 2000

The incoming Republican Party administration in Washington plans to take a tougher and more aggressive line in Latin America, targeting nationalists regarded as opponents of American economic and political interests, including the leaders of Venezuela and Haiti as well as the traditional bogeyman of US imperialism, Cuban President Fidel Castro.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

30 December 2000

Korean communications union ends strike