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Nonagenarian’s Pamphlet Helps Trigger Spanish Protests
Central Madrid’s Puerta del Sol has been immobilised for over a week by tens of thousands of protesters demonstrating against cuts to social services prompted by Spain’s dire fiscal situation. In scenes reminiscent of Cairo’s Tahrir Square protests, the demonstrators have organised themselves into dozens of committees providing services as diverse as garbage collection and education for children. And the protesters are drawing inspiration…
Pokies Lobby Punting on Government Pressure
The pokies hotels and clubs industry is set to launch a $20 million campaign to oppose proposed poker machines reform. Clubs Australia’s campaign, to be launched today, aims to scuttle reforms proposed by independent Tasmanian MP Andrew Wilkie by calling them “un-Australian”. The campaign website features a conversation between two mates having a quiet beer and “quick flutter” after a hard day at work…
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