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Chris Latham
Despite heavy showers, 20,000 people joined the Unions WA-organised rally in Perth on June 30 against PM John Howard's proposed industrial relations laws. Union contingents converged on the Perth Cultural Centre with chants of "What do

Better babies?
Speaking at the National Press Club recently, prominent bioethicist Julian Savulescu argued for embryonic research aimed at making genetic enhancements to humans. He made some worthwhile points.
There is a moral continuum running

On June 30, after five days without water and 11 without food, Iranian Seyed agreed to end his hunger strike because the local Social Services department agreed to give him emergency housing, money for food, and legal assistance to appeal the

Doug Lorimer
In a result that has stunned most Western and Iranian political commentators, on June 24 Iranian voters decisively rejected business-backed candidate Ayallotah Hashemi Rafsanjani, an advocate of neoliberal "free-market" economic

Eva Cheng
The US government is stepping up its attempts to blame China for some of its own economic woes. In a May report to the US Congress, it threatened to officially designate China a "currency manipulating economy" if by October it hadn't

John Pilger
LONDON — The front page of the June 12 Observer announced, "$55bn Africa debt deal 'a victory for millions'". The "victory for millions" is a quotation of Bob Geldof, who said, "Tomorrow 280 million Africans will wake up for the first

Norm Dixon
@into = Two million South African workers went on strike and hundreds of thousands marched in protest at continuing job losses and poverty in a national strike called by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) on June 27.

Sue Bull, Geelong
Ten-thousand workers jammed the streets of Geelong in the pouring rain on June 30 to protest PM John Howard's proposed anti-union legislation.
Not only was every union represented, but pensioners, young children, disabled

Rohan Pearce
"In February 2003, weeks before war was declared on Iraq, millions of people protested in the streets of the world. That call went unheeded. No international institution had the courage or conscience to stand up to the aggression of

Estimates of attendance at protest rallies and meetings against the Coalition government's anti-union laws include:
June 30
Adelaide — 7000
Brisbane — 20,000-25,000
Cairns — 2000
Canberra (June 26) — 500
Darwin — 2000

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