Matthew Davis, Perth
In response to the federal Coalition government's unfair changes to the disability support pension, peak body Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) has initiated Campaign Enable.
The campaign will target 16

Kim Bullimore
On June 28, the Israeli courts found former soldier Wahid Taysir al Heib guilty of the manslaughter of International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activist, Tom Hurdnall.
Hurdnall, a 22-year-old British student, was shot in the head by

Sarah Stephen
Amnesty International released a highly critical report on June 30 titled "Australia: The impact of indefinite detention — the case to change Australia's mandatory detention regime". The report explores the appalling human cost of

On June 29, Canada's House of Commons passed a bill legalising same-sex marriages. The bill, which included a caveat allowing religious institutions to refuse to marry same-sex couples, passed by a comfortable margin, although one member of the

Ema C, Hobart
Working as a prostitute is not illegal in Tasmania, but it is illegal to "live off the earnings of a prostitute". The Tasmanian Sex Industry Regulation Bill, introduced into Tasmanian parliament on June 7, would have allowed for legal

Rohan Pearce
The final declaration of the World Tribunal on Iraq, released on June 27 in Istanbul, strongly defended the right of Iraqis to resist the occupation, including by taking up arms against the occupying forces. "There is widespread

MELBOURNE — Sixty people gathered at Comrades Bar on July 1 to farewell participants in a soldiarity brigade to Venezuela. The even was jointly organised by Green Left Weekly, the Electrical Trades Union (ETU) and the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity

Stuart Munckton
On June 1, 20,686 people graduated from Mission Ribas, which gives poor Venezuelans their first chance to pass high school. One of the most obvious aspects of Venezuela's Bolivarian revolution, led by President Hugo Chavez, the

Allen Myers, Phnom Penh
Adrian Skerritt ("Write on", GLW #629) is upset that I reported that buildings in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)are freshly painted and that millions of ordinary people there have motorbikes. He similarly objects to my description

On June 29, Mehmet Tarhan, who has refused to serve his compulsory military service, was re-arrested on insubordination charges. Tarhan was asked to apply for a discharge on the grounds that he is an openly gay man, but refuses to endorse such


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