Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has responded to the latest threats to Venezuela's sovereignty from US President Donald Trump, in which the US leader promised "swift and strong actions" if Venezuela decides to proceed with the July 30 elections for a National Constituent Assembly.

Maduro called Trump's threats "vulgar", TeleSUR English reported. He said: "The process of the constituent assembly is already in the hands of the people who will exercise their right to vote. This is my response, the constituent assembly does not belong to me.

BRISBANE — Criminal lawyers planned to picket the Brisbane Police Watch-house in the week beginning June 6 in protest at prisoner treatment and overcrowding. Picket organiser Peter Russo said that the unprecedented action by lawyers was born of

By Tom Kelly

The declaration of a whale sanctuary in the Southern Ocean is a " major victory", says Greenpeace whale campaigner Robbie Kelman. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) approved the creation of the sanctuary, which excludes

Police harass Wilderness Society 'koalas'

By Bill Mason

"If the streets of Cairns are not safe for koalas, they're not really safe for human beings", responded Greg Sargent, branch secretary for the Wilderness Society, commenting on the

Kazakhstan miners need support

The following message was issued by Vassilli Myasnikov, president of the Independent Miners Union of the Western Donbass (Ukraine) on May 28.

The miners of Karaganda from Kazakhstan have been on strike since

By Anne Pavy

PERTH — The West Australian Forest Alliance (WAFA) and the Wilderness Society have decided to take direct action in an attempt to block the destruction of valuable forests. A blockade has been planned, which will start with a

Fight to save Hillview hospital

By Michael Boswell

PERTH — A community group fighting to save the Hillview adolescent psychiatric hospital has walked out of discussions with the Health Department. The Friends of CAPS (Child and Adolescent

His master's voice

"Caved in to employer pressure" and "Brereton's backflip" were the typical responses of the establishment media to the announcement that industrial relations minister Laurie Brereton would modify the unfair dismissals

By Natalie Moxham

MELBOURNE — Community groups have united once again to fight government plans to increase the traffic capacity of Alexandra Parade.

"There is strong community concern about this plan to push a six-lane freeway through

Masterpiece: From Shore to Shore — This documentary examines both the continuity and the changes that have affected Irish traditional music since the turn of the century. By showing the development of Irish culture in New York, it illustrates what


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