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Victorian farmers rally against fracking

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:57
Sat, 24/08/2013 By Caroline Sturm

About 500 people rallied at City Square against coal seam gas (CSG) extraction in Seaspray on August 17. Many at the rally were cattle farmers in the Gippsland area.

Protesters expressed concern that CSG mining would destroy farmland, contaminate water, threaten the health of their rural community and create seismic activity.

Some farmers expressed their dilemma over whether to stay and fight the CSG companies, or sell their properties before CSG becomes established in the area.

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Unions campaign for a sinking Labor

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:51
Sat, 24/08/2013 By John Rainford

The Australian Council of Trade Unions emailed 90,000 union members on August 21, urging them to “go hard against Abbott” in the last two-and-a-half weeks of the election campaign.

They will have to in South Australia if the Newspoll released on the same day is accurate.

A breakdown of voting intentions by state showed a 7.2 percentage point swing against Labor in South Australia compared with the 2010 election result.

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Elysium a disappointing missed opportunity

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:49
Wed, 21/08/2013

Elysium
Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga
In cinemas now

In the mid-22nd century, Earth has become a crowded, polluted, poverty-stricken slum. While the poor, mostly black and brown residents of Earth, struggle with dangerous working conditions, substandard public services and brutal robot police, the 1% have escaped to Elysium, a pristine floating space station orbiting Earth.

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GLW issue number 979

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:45
Tue, 20/08/2013

Candidates calls for solar thermal in Port Augusta

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:40
Sat, 24/08/2013 By Gemma Weedall

About 50 people rallied outside minister for climate change Mark Butler's office in Adelaide on August 24 to make climate an election issue.

Organised by the Climate Emergency Action Network (CLEAN), the rally called on the government to: build solar thermal in Port Augusta; end all fossil fuel subsidies; increase the Renewable Energy Target to 100%; put electricity supply under community control; and refit the SA car industry to build solar thermal components and public transport infrastructure.

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Another socialist world is possible

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:32
Sat, 24/08/2013 By Kerry Smith

The Socialist Alliance Senate candidates for New South Wales, Jim McIlroy and Reg Dare, spoke to Green Left Weekly about two of the party’s key platforms in this year’s federal election.

McIlroy, 67, is a retired public servant and 15-year workplace delegate for the Community and Public Sector Union. He radicalised during the 1960s anti-Vietnam War campaign, and has been involved in the socialist movement for more than 40 years.

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China: Foxconn workers strike back

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:32
Wed, 21/08/2013 By Han Tang

“There will never be strikes in my company,” Foxconn CEO Guo Taiming once proclaimed. But just last month, 1800 workers struck at two Foxconn factories in China — following the example of other Foxconn workers in Taiyuan and Chengdu last year.

Foxconn produces cell phones and other products for Apple and others, and owns property worth US$6 billion. It has 1.2 million workers and is the largest sweatshop of ill repute in China.

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BRIEFS: South Korean Hyundai workers strike; British rich enjoy boom while workers, poor hit hard

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:29
Wed, 21/08/2013

South Korea: Hyundai workers strike

About 46,000 Hyundai workers will launched a four-hour strike over two days in order to press the South Korean car-maker for higher wages and benefits, union officials said on August 20.

Spokesperson Kwon Oh Il said that talks had made little progress, Morning Star reported that day. The union has demanded increased wages and benefits during three months of annual negotiations.

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Manning's expose: War crimes, lies and corporate plunder

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:58
Fri, 23/08/2013

Chelsea Manning, a private in the US Army who worked as an intelligence specialist, was sentenced on August 21 to 35 years in jail for leaking hundreds of thousands of ecret cables to WikiLeaks.

Formerly known as “Bradley”, Manning announced via her lawyer on August 22 that she would undergo hormone treatment to transition to a woman and was now known as Chelsea.

Australian attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has claimed that Manning, and NSA whisteblower Edward Snowden, should not be considered whistleblowers as they supposedly did not reveal any government wrongdoing.

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Manning: 'Sometimes you pay a heavy price to live in a free society'

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:56
Thu, 22/08/2013

The following is a transcript of the statement made by United States Private Chelsea (formerly "Bradley") Manning as read by David Coombs at a press conference on August 21 after Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks that exposed serioous war crimes.

(Born -- and tried -- as "Bradley", Manning has announced she wishes to be known as Chelsea and plans to undergo hormone therapy. "I am Chelsea Manning, I am a female," Manning said in a statement released by her lawyer David Coombs.

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Letter from the US: Fast food workers take to streets

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 10:43
Wed, 21/08/2013 By Barry Sheppard

Workers in fast food companies such as McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, KFC and others took to the streets in mobilisations at the end of July in seven cities.

They highlighted miserable wages and working conditions, and demanding the right to form unions in the virtually non-union sector.

The actions took place in New York, Chicago, St Louis, Detroit, Milwaukee, Kansas City and Flint, Michigan. It is likely that these actions will spread in the coming weeks.

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Take back the wealth: Five reasons to nationalise the mines

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 08:30
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Sam Wainwright

The Socialist Alliance is using the federal election to popularise the idea that we need bring mines, banks and power companies into democratic public ownership. Here are five reasons why this is a good idea.

1. Wealth distribution

The richest 20% in Australia own more than the rest combined. Mining company profits rose 540% between 2000 and 2009, while the share they paid as tax or royalties dropped from 40% to 14%.

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United States: Hunger strikers fight on in face of force-feeding threat

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 08/23/2013 - 12:52
Fri, 23/08/2013 By Dylan Murphy

“We of course recognise that this is it — make or break time for us to make the long overdue change occur now and are thus in it for the long haul,” said Todd Ashker, a representative of hunger strikers in the Californian prison system, who has been on hunger strike for 44 days.

“The sacrifice is minor compared to what we've endured for 30 years.”

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Heroic whistleblower says 'I am Chelsea Manning', says ready to move on to next phase of her life

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 08/23/2013 - 03:53
Fri, 23/08/2013

The Army private and WikiLeaks whistleblower formerly known as Bradley Manning announced, in a statement via lawyer David Coombs, the decision to transition to life as a woman and a request to be referred to as Chelsea and with female pronouns. Visit here for more information on Manning's case.

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The Next Stage of My Life

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Palestinian prisoners suspend hunger strike after concessions

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/22/2013 - 14:34
Thu, 22/08/2013 By Steven Katsineris

The Palestinian prisoners holding Jordanian citizenship have suspended their hunger strike following concessions from the Israeli prison authorities to allow them regular family visits from their family members in Jordan.

This was reported in a press conference held in Amman by family members of the prisoners on August 11. The five Jordanian hunger strikers are Abdullah Barghouthi, Mohammad Rimawi, Muneer Mar'i, Hamza Othman al-Dabbas and Alaa Hammad. They had been striking since May 2 for 100 days.

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March Against Monsanto Perth

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/22/2013 - 08:59

Organised by We Say No To GMOs and FOODwatch
We are marching for:
The right to plant and collect our own seeds.
GM labelling on all GM derived food and the basic right to know what's in our food.
A halt to ALL GM food approvals both imports and local grown GM crops.
A stop to GM contamination.
Farmer protection legislation.
Sustainable GM-free agriculture and protection of biodiversity.
A stop to public funding of GM crops.
Transparency and accountability.
Saying NO to being ruled by Corporations and not being a part of the democratic political process.

Event date:  Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm Event time:  Sat, 12/10/2013 - 1:30pm

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Fremantle Forever Community Rally

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/22/2013 - 08:53

The WA government has announced changes to local government boundaries that from 1 July 2015 may dissolve Fremantle in an involuntary amalgamation with the City of Melville, Town of East Fremantle and parts of City of Canning (see map below). This is illogical and unacceptable. The City of Fremantle supports extended boundaries to create a greater Fremantle based on a sensible community of interest and Fremantle as a strategic activity centre. We strongly oppose the proposed merger and we reject forced amalgamation. Our community survey indicated that this is the clear view of our community.

Event date:  Sun, 01/09/2013 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm Event time:  Sun, 01/09/2013 - 2:00pm

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United States: Detroit workers file objection to bankruptcy plans

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/21/2013 - 08:03
Wed, 21/08/2013

Detroit public-sector workers, pensioners and residents filed objections on August 19 against the city council's request for bankruptcy protection. They want federal judge Steven Rhodes to block the bankruptcy request by unelected emergency manager Kevyn Orr.

Individual creditors began filing objections in person and by early evening more than 100 had been filed, including by the city's biggest union AFSCME, several smaller city unions and pension schemes.

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Socialist Alliance condemns Egyptian army massacre

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:27
Fri, 16/08/2013

The statement below was released by the national executive of the Australian Socialist Alliance on August 16.

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Socialist Alliance condemns the massacre of protesters by the Egyptian army during the dispersal on August 14 of sit-ins at Rabea al-Adaweya and Nahda Square by supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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US fast food workers take on junk wages

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/21/2013 - 00:24
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Peter Rugh

As US President Barack Obama continued his economic speaking tour, walkouts at fast-food restaurants rippled across cities nationwide in early August, calling attention to the nation’s growing wealth gap.

At the franchise stores of McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Burger King and KFC and other grease-slinging corporations, thousands of people protested the low wages dished out by the biggest names in the industry and raised a common demand: US$15 (A$16.30) an hour and the right to unionise.

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