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When I returned from covering the Iranian elections recently, I was surprised to find my email box filled with progressive writers bending themselves into knots about the current crisis in Iran.
Within minutes of the first reports, it was clear the world was going mad.
The NSW Supreme court of appeal ruled on July 1 that a planned expansion of the Lake Cowal gold mine in the central-west of NSW cannot go ahead for up to three months.
A June 30 public meeting launched a community group to fight the Queensland Labor government’s planned sell-off of $15 billion worth of public assets.
The far-right French National Front (FN) won 39% of votes in the first round of the Henin Beaumont by-election in Northern France on June 28. The by-election, in the Nord Pas-de-Calais department, was called after the incumbent Socialist Party (PS) mayor was charged with corruption.
Los dioses rotosDirected and written by Ernesto DaranasWith Silvia Aguila, Carlos Ever Fonseca, Ania Bu, Hector Noas and Yoel InfantaSydney Latin Film Festival, July 24-26, Tom Mann Theatre, Surry HillsVisit
Twelve emergency services officers (ESOs) who work at the Hazelwood power station suspended a 12-week-long strike at Hazelwood Power Station on June 26. However, their employer, contractor Diamond Protection, has refused to allow the workers to return to work.
Within minutes of the first reports, it was clear the world was going mad.
June 30 was declared “National Sovereignty Day” by the Iraqi government to celebrate the withdrawal of US occupying troops from Iraqi urban areas into military bases.
Fifteen hundred trade unionists and supporters marched through the streets of Brisbane to state parliament on July 3 to oppose the ALP state government’s planned selloff of public assets.
“Business is back on Wall Street”, the July 2 Wall Street Journal said. The WSJ said “lofty pay packets may be set for a come back as well”.
Twenty-one international peace activists were seized by Israeli naval frigates in international waters on June 30 as their boat, The Spirit of Humanity, tried to carry humanitarian aid to Gaza.
Eighty people attended an afternoon rally in Sydney's Martin Place on July 3 to show solidarity with the people of Iran in their struggle for democracy.
The following article is compiled from an article by Dominggus Oktavianus and reports by Ulfa Ilyas and Rudi Hartono. It has been translated by Data Brainanta.
Worth Fighting For — Inside the Your Rights At Work Campaign
By Kathie Muir
University of New South Wales Press
242 pages, $27 (pb)
The US House of Representatives passed the American Clean Energy and Security Act on June 26. The bill, commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill and supported by US President Barack Obama, will now go to the US Senate.

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