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France: Protests, ports shut down against pension attacks

anti-austeritySusan PriceIssue 1249Francepensionsanti-government protestsJanuary 17, 2020On January 14–17, fresh strikes and demonstrations took place across France. According to media reports, several French ports were blocked by a 72-hour strike by members of the Confédération Générale du Travail (CGT), as part of the ongoing mass transportation strikes over Prime Minister Emanuel Macron’s attacks on the

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Western Sydney youth demand ‘climate action now’

ClimateYaji SpencerIssue 1249AustraliaParramattaJanuary 17, 2020Local residents and climate activists, including a large contingent of young people, marched through Parramatta on January 14 calling for serious action on climate change. Rally co-organiser Katrina James told the 600-strong crowd: “It’s really heartening to see young people have turned out to really have their

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Iran: ‘The people demand freedom and equality’

anti-government protestFarhang Jahanpour (translator)Issue 1249IranUS aggression against IranJanuary 17, 2020The following statement, translated by Farhang Jahanpour, was issued by students taking part in a protest at the Amirkabir University of Technology in Tehran on January 12. The protest followed the downing of Ukraine Flight 752 by Iranian Air Defence Unit anti-aircraft

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Iranian students call for a new revolution amid government crackdown

anti-warSteve SweeneyIssue 1249Irananti-government protestsUS aggression against IranJanuary 17, 2020IRANIAN authorities blocked internet access on January 14, with pressure continuing to mount on the theocratic regime as student protests calling for a new revolution swept the country. According to the internet-tracking organisation NetBlocks, Iran experienced an outage at 5.25pm local time with

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New edition of Radical Perth, Militant Fremantle adds to the story

bookshistoryMark TanIssue 1249AustraliaJanuary 17, 2020Radical Perth, Militant Fremantle 2nd Ed. Edited by Charlie Fox, Alexis Vassiley, Bobbie Oliver & Lenore Layman Interventions Inc., 2019 462 pages, pb Following the success of the first edition of Radical Perth, Militant Fremantle in 2017, the editors heeded calls for the anthology to publish a second, more updated

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Adani rail project one step closer

anti-miningMargaret GleesonIssue 1249AustraliaAdaniJanuary 16, 2020Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser issued a statement on January 12 confirming the multinational conglomerate will fulfil its contract with Indian mining giant Adani to undertake signalling work for the rail link project to its proposed mega coal mine in Central Queensland. Siemens faced intense opposition after it

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Catastrophic fires and the far-right’s denialism

ClimateJeff SparrowIssue 1249Australiafar-rightJanuary 16, 2020For most people, “ecofascism” sounds nonsensical, a portmanteau made up of irreconcilable opposites. Environmentalists adhere, for the most part, to progressive politics, with fascists glorifying everything that ecologists generally oppose. The bushfire emergency has opened urgent new debates about the politics of climate change. As they

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Protecting the environment and jobs go together

Climatetrade unionsSteve O’BrienIssue 1249Australiaour common causeJanuary 16, 2020One of the best received speakers at the recent climate rally in Newcastle was Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) organiser Mark Cross. This is not to dismiss the powerful words spoken by the bushfire survivors, Aboriginal activists, youth leaders and environmental

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