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Comedy: Political Asylum.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:43

Tuesday, October 1

Event date:  Tue, 01/10/2013 - 9:30pm

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Book Launch: Singing Johnny Cash in the Cardiac Ward.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:41

Monday, September 30

A personal story of heart disease and music by John 'Togs' Tognolini. 'The trouble with heart disease is that the first symptom is often hard to deal with — sudden death.' (Dr Michael Phelps) This is a serious attempt to raise awareness about heart disease that kills one Australian every 23 minutes. This book is also a story about music and my relationship with it through 25 years of broadcasting radio. 6:30pm. The Post Office Hotel, 229-231 Sydney Rd, Coburg.

Event date:  Mon, 30/09/2013 - 6:30pm

Fundraiser: James Connolly Association.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:40

Fundraiser for Northern Ireland prisoners and their families. Come along for the craic, Derry Lad, Marty Kelly will be playing some fine rebel tunes. 12pm. The Celtic Club, cnr Queen & La Trobe Sts, City.

Event date:  Sun, 29/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Fundraiser: Left after breakfast legendary listeners lunch.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:39

Sunday, September 29

Every listener counts at 3CR, every listener is a legend, and we’ll be having lunch with some well-known legendary listeners. Come and join us, then you get to have lunch with them too! 12:30pm. Ecocentre, Blessington St, St Kilda. A fundraiser for 3CR. $15 conc, $20 waged & $25 for families. (Special concessions available, just ask.)

Event date:  Sun, 29/09/2013 - 12:30pm Website:  Left after breakfast

Rally: Thirty years but still no justice! National day of action to stop Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/12/2013 - 13:38

Saturday, September 28

Remember John Pat and the hundreds who have died in custody since! 12pm. State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by Indigenous Social Justice Association.

Event date:  Sat, 28/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Seminar: Obama's journey from nuclear abolition to nuclear business as usual.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:48

Monday, September 16

Speaker: Richard Falk (UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967). 1pm. Room 108, Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. RSVP: email Anna Hood. Presented by the Iraq War Inquiry Group & the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.

Event date:  Mon, 16/09/2013 - 1:00pm Email:

Rally: Burgeroff! No Maccas in Tecoma.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:46

Come along, and learn more about our campaign to protect Tecoma and the Dandenong Ranges from this development- and help spread the word! MC Rod Quantock. 12pm. Federation Square, cnr Swanston & Flinders Sts, City.

Event date:  Sat, 14/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Conference: Chile 40 years.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:44

Saturday, September 14

The Chile Solidarity Melbourne together with different unions, solidarity organisations, democratic and progressive groups are organising several activities to honour our fallen comrades and our president, on this very important date for the Chilean people. Also we will be paying tribute to all the workers, students, Mapuche indigenous people that stand up today to fight for their rights. 11am-5pm. La Trobe University City Campus, 215 Franklin St., City. Organised by LASNET.

Event date:  Sat, 14/09/2013 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Seminar: Failures of US self-scrutiny for war crimes under Obama.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:41

Friday, September 13

Speaker: Richard Falk (UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories Occupied Since 1967). 5:30pm. Room 102, Level 1, Melbourne Law School, 185 Pelham St, Carlton. RSVP: email Anna Hood. Presented by the Iraq War Inquiry Group & the Asia Pacific Centre for Military Law.

Event date:  Fri, 13/09/2013 - 5:30pm Email:

Film screening: World premiere of 'The Chikukwa Project'.

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:33

Fifty-minute doco tells the story of an amazing permaculture project which has been working in Zimbabwe for 22 years: Where once the 7000 people of the Chikukwa villages suffered hunger and malnutrition, this community has turned its fortunes around using permaculture farming techniques. 7pm (for 7:30pm start). $20/$15. 7pm. Ceres Environmental Park, cnr Roberts & Stewart Sts, Brunswick East.

Event date:  Thu, 12/09/2013 - 7:00pm Website:  The Chikukwa Project Phone:  0410 370 632

Public meeting: Dennis Altman: The end of the homosexual?

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:30

Thursday, September 12

Homosexuality has become a faultline for debates about western influence and human rights. In his new book The End of the Homosexual? — part memoir, part politics — Dennis Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past 40 years to larger social, political and cultural trends. Entry free (bookings not required). 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.

Event date:  Thu, 12/09/2013 - 12:45pm

Vanunu -- Israel's whistleblowing political prisoner

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 08:10
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Steven Katsineris

?In 1986, Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu took a courageous moral stand against nuclear weapons.

Vanunu exposed Israel’s secret nuclear weapons arsenal to the world after becoming disillusioned with his work as a technician at Dimona Nuclear Research Centre in Israel.

Vanunu revealed Israel had hundreds of advanced nuclear warheads ? the sixth largest stockpile in the world. Under a policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel still officially denies it has nuclear weapons, despite Vanunu’s revelations and other widespread evidence to the contrary.

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Chile: Forty years on from US-imposed terror

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 07:53
Tue, 10/09/2013 By Stuart Munckton

September 11 is a date forever associated with mass murder of civilians — and this was the case nearly three decades before the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

This year, September 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the US-organised military coup that overthrew the elected left-wing government of Salvador Allende and installed a brutal dictatorship headed by General Augusto Pinochet.

The day was the start of a nightmare for Chileans, as a reign of terror crushed left-wing groups, trade unions and popular organisations.

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Blind Workers Union rally

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 03:26

Blind people from all over Australia are sending their white canes to the Victorian Blind Workers Union, to help them form a “white cane chain” around the workplace that Vision Australia plans to close down, sacking 50 blind people in Melbourne within a few weeks.

Join the protest at Vision Australia Enterprises, corner Stubbs and Macaulay Road Kensington, at 12 noon on Sunday September 15.

For further information and to offer support to blind workers please contact Martin Stewart at

Event date:  Sun, 15/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Film screening: 'Cultural Flows'

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 03:22

Cultural Flows première

The Mutthi Mutthi and Wadi Wadi Indigenous nations and Friends of the Earth Sydney would like to invite you to the Sydney premiere of Cultural Flows, two beautifully shot new documentaries that explore the intricate connections between rivers, community, country and culture.

The premiere will take place on Wednesday 11 September 6.30 pm at the University of Sydney, Education Faculty Building (building A35) Lecture Theatre 351 (next to the Manning Bar). For a map of the venue:

Event date:  Wed, 11/09/2013 - 6:30pm

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'Festival with a conscience' shines light on LA struggles

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/05/2013 - 07:15
Mon, 02/09/2013

From Mexican revolutionaries to Argentine street kids, Pinochet’s Chile to Mayan eco-warriors, the Eighth Sydney Latin American Film Festival shines the light on Latin America’s dark past as well as its ongoing struggle against corporate imperialism and environmental destruction.

From September 4 to 15, the festival screens 22 new-release feature films and documentaries from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the US and Australia.

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Philippines: Mass protest breaks out against 'pork barrelling'

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 11:05
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Merck Maguddayao

The Philippines’ Million People March, against the so-called pork barrel system of corruption, is the latest in a series of huge protests worldwide, which exploded with the United States’ Occupy Movement and the Arab Spring of 2011.

The Luneta rally was attended by at least 200,000 people (according to government estimates). However, aerial footage of the event showed attendance was almost certainly higher.

The Luneta rally was part of nationwide and global protests, involving a further 500,000 people in major cities in the Philippines and by Filipino communities worldwide.

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Venezuela, Palestine conclude solidarity oil deal

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 09/02/2013 - 07:14
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Ewan Robertson

Venezuela has agreed to sell oil to the Palestinian Authority (PA) at a “fair price” as part of new energy agreements with the Middle Eastern government.

The deals, made during a meeting between Venezuelan foreign minister Elias Jaua and his PA counterpart Riyah al-Malki in Caracas on August 24, include the training of Palestinians in the handling and distribution of oil.

Jaua referred to the deal as “an agreement of cooperation and solidarity … the sale of fuel at a fair price”.

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Colombia: Rural uprising breaks out for fair prices, against 'free trade'

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 15:19
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Christian Tym

An uprising of the rural poor (campesinos) in Colombia entered its 11th day on August 29. An estimated 250,000 people took part in strikes and highway blockades across the South American country's highlands, where most of Colombia’s population of 42 million is concentrated.

The central objective of the uprising is to guarantee minimum prices for agricultural products, and to annul Colombia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with the United States and the European Union.

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US threatens Syria amid threat of fresh Western war in Mid-East

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:56
Sun, 01/09/2013 By Tony Iltis

In response to a chemical weapons attack by unknown perpetrators on August 21, US President Barack Obama, in a “coalition of the willing” with the governments of Britain and France, has made escalating threats for a military attack on Syria.

With the likelihood of Russia and China opposition in the UN Security Council, Obama has indicated that his coalition, calling itself the “international community”, may strike Syria unilaterally.

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