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Victory! Eureka Flag Ban Overturned

In a victory for workers and the democratic rights of all Australians, the attempted ban by the Turnbull government's Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) on flying the Eureka flag from cranes on building sites has been defeated.  

For 164 years big business and their puppets in parliament and the courts tried to kill it, hide it, and smear it with neo-nazi dirt - but nothing can suppress the spirit of Eureka rebellion for justice, democratic rights and an independent Australia.

164 years on and they still can't tear down the working people's flag that inspires the struggle for justice, courage, unity and solidarity.

This is a great victory for working people in Australia that was only made possible by the open defiance and show of strength of workers around the country who were determined to fly it anyway in the face of repression.

 

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Trump sabotages international peace agreement with Iran

Dangerous military escalation in the Middle East follows Trump dump of Iran agreement

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IPANIPAN (Independent & Peaceful Australia Network) Media Release
11th May, 2018

" President Trump’s cancellation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement over nuclear weapons, signed in 2015 between Iran and other nations has already led, as expected, to further military escalation in the Middle East," Mr Nick Deane speaking on behalf of the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) said today.  “This is an extremely dangerous situation,” he continued.
 
IPAN joins other influential groups like the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) in condemning US President Trump’s announcement that the United States is withdrawing from the JCPOA.

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War, Abuse and Other Peoples: Why Support Other Peoples, Especially during Conflict?

A Personal Account

by Prof Tim Anderson

Daeswh Palmyra SyriaFeatured image: A row of craters from exploded mines, left by DAESH throughout Palmyra. (Image credit: Prof. Tim Anderson)

Why support other peoples, especially during conflict? Some explanation seems necessary because wartime debates often degenerate into simplistic clichés, personal abuse and confusion. I am one of many who have been subject to this abuse. Even the sanity of the critics of war is attacked, in attempts to disqualify opposing voices. Confusion is sown through the extreme nature of war propaganda, and its invented pretexts.

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Victory for workers over a conspiracy against unions, as charges dropped against CFMEU officials

This article came from the CFMEU

 Setka and Reardon

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In a major victory for Australian workers, charges against two CFMEU Victorian Construction officials were dramatically dropped at the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court this morning.

The CFMEU has welcomed the decision by the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw blackmail charges against Victorian Branch officials Shaun Reardon and John Setka.

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits

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by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Featured image: Vice Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. (US Navy Photo)

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador.  Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific.

But Harris was never going to take up a position vacant since 2016, instead finding himself making his way to a far more significant, and timely posting: Seoul.  The Australian press subsequently seethed and berated, appalled that their standing as sub-regional policemen had somehow gone unacknowledged. 

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