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After being caught using facial recognition technology, three major retailers have given a meek assurance that they will “pause” their use. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Hundreds of truck drivers and their vehicles converged on Parliament House in Canberra demanding transport industry safety rules. Jim McIlroy reports.

A bill introduced by Labor MPs to overturn the 25-year ban on the ACT and NT being able to legislate voluntary assisted dying passed through the House of Representatives. Suzanne James reports.

Protesters gathered at Parliament House to demand the Labor government apply diplomatic pressure to the British and United States governments to drop the political case against Julian Assange. Kerry Smith reports.

Boris Kagarlitsky

Boris Kagarlitsky discusses the domestic factors behind Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine and the role of the left in anti-war organising.

The campaign to save the Powerhouse Museum in Ultimo is continuing after the NSW government announced it would close the museum to the public for “rejuvenation”. Jim McIlroy reports. 

A snap protest in front of Centrelink, initiated by a stay-at-home mother, called for JobSeeker to be raised. Tyrus Maxwell reports.

 

Protest albums from July 2022

Mat Ward looks back at July's political news and the best new music that related to it.

The ABC says China is making “outlandish” claims about Australia. But Tomahawk Cruise missiles on Australian vessels, nuclear-powered submarines and integration of NATO into the Indo-Pacific all point in one direction, argues William Briggs.

Rallies supporting the call from Rojava for the United Nations to impose a no-fly zone over north and east Syria were held across the world on July 23. Peter Boyle reports on one of the first, in Sydney. 

Isaac Nellist reports on a regular picket by housing activists to call for a boost in public funding for public housing.

Refugee supporters rallied at Sydney Town Hall on July 24 to call for justice and permanent protection for refugees. Isaac Nellist reports. 

Nine years too long: Brisbane rally for refugee rights

Protesters chanted “Nine years too long, free the refugees” while marching through the streets of Brisbane on July 23, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Bordered on all sides by hostile reactionary forces, Rojava stands defiantly as a beacon of hope. John Tully reports on ten years of the Rojava revolution.

Conservative Australian think tanks, loaded with cash from United States’ sources and in furious agreement, are delighted with the AUKUS pact and its potential for local industries, argues Binoy Kampmark.

Workers at the Downer Group’s East Preston tram workshop walked off the job after being offered a 2.5% wage rise. Sue Bolton reports.

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