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On July 14, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez revealed the results of a new survey, in which 47.9% of people polled favoured a socialist government; 25.7% supported capitalism and 24.6% did not answer. The poll was conducted between May 26 and June 9

Defender of the poor
"Equalisation of incomes can be very unjust." — Peter Saunders, director of social policy research at the Sydney-based Centre for Independent Studies, Prime Menzies John Howard's favourite think-tank, quoted in July 9

Reihana Mohideen, Manila
Around 65,000 people filled the streets of the business district in Makati on July 13, demanding that Philippines President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) step down. The protesters also rejected her constitutional successor,

One of the federal Coalition government's proposed industrial relations changes will allow bosses to force workers onto individual contracts that cut pay and reduce conditions to just five minimum standards.
Workers who refuse to sign individual

July 20
1972: The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is evicted from Parliament lawns in Canberra.
2001: Anti-G8 protester Carlo Giuliani is shot dead by Italian police.
July 22
1936: The New Theatre defies a ban on performing the anti-fascist play Till

Socialist Party of Timor (PST) general secretary Avelino da Silva recently visited Sydney and spoke to Green Left Weekly's Max Lane about East Timor's local elections, which began in December and will continue through to August.
Elections are held

Marce Cameron
Cuba was hit hard by Hurricane Dennis, the most ferocious storm to lash the Caribbean island nation in four decades. It caused the deaths of 16 Cubans and left a swathe of wreckage in its wake. The death toll would have been far

PERTH — Queer Collaborations is an annual conference for queer student activists, and the only regular national queer activist conference in Australia. This year's conference took place on July 3-8 at the University of Western Australia, and was

John Pilger, London
In all the coverage of the July 7 bombings in London, a basic truth is struggling to be heard. It is this: No-one doubts the atrocious inhumanity of those who planted the bombs, but no-one should also doubt that this has been

Kerry Vernon, Newcastle
The Newcastle University council voted by a 75% majority on July 12 for a proposal to cut 250 general staff jobs, for an estimated saving of $15 million a year, and 162 academic staff jobs to save $16 million a year.

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