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Still no justice for black deaths in custody

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 12:46
Sat, 21/09/2013 By Sean Pickard

It has been 30 years since the death in custody of 16-year-old Yindjibarndi youth John Pat after he was assaulted by five off-duty police officers in Roebourne, Western Australia.

John Pat’s murder, and the subsequent acquittal of the five police, started the movement against black deaths in custody. That movement was built from the anger of ordinary people when, again and again, someone died or was murdered in custody, leaving their distraught relatives struggling to find answers.

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Unity needed in equal marriage fight

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 12:07
Sat, 21/09/2013 By Farida Iqbal & Rachel Evans

The new Prime Minister Tony Abbott is infamous for his homophobia. Only recently he dismissed the equal marriage rights campaign as the “fashion of the moment”.

The equal marriage rights campaign is about much more than marriage. It’s about a prejudice that kills people. Particularly for young people, life in the queer community keeps them constantly on their toes.

All around, queer people are self-harming, and every day young people worry that somebody they care about might commit suicide. These are the consequences of homophobia and transphobia.

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Concern at push for foetus rights

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 11:39
Sat, 21/09/2013 By Pip Hinman

A push to give a foetus “personhood” has been, until now, quietly making its way through the NSW parliament.

About 100 people packed out the NSW Parliamentary gallery on September 19 to witness a debate on a bill to amend the NSW Crimes Act to give foetuses of 20 weeks, and more than 400 grams, “personhood” or legal rights.

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Why we ran as socialist candidates

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:39
Sat, 21/09/2013

Sam Wainwright and Margarita Windisch stood for the Socialist Alliance in the federal election in the seat of Fremantle in Western Australia and Wills in Victoria, respectively. Green Left Weekly spoke to them about their campaigns.

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What were some of the highlights of your election campaign?

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Defqon.1 death shows insanity of war on drugs

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 10:03
Sat, 21/09/2013 By Viv Miley

The death of a young man from a suspected drug overdose at a dance music festival in Sydney on September 14 showed not just how inadequate prohibition is at dealing with drugs, but how it also unnecessarily risks lives.

Defqon.1 is an annual music festival featuring hardstyle electronic dance music. It takes place in the Netherlands and Australia at different times each year. Each festival has its own anthem or theme song; the anthem for this year's Australian festival was “Scrap the System”.

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The Australian gets it wrong on climate

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 09:55
Sat, 21/09/2013 By Mel Barnes

A media campaign began this month to discredit the findings of the fifth major report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), due to be released on September 27.

The Australian published a front page story on September 16 headlined: “We got it wrong on warming, says IPCC”.

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Exports to blame for high gas prices

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 09/21/2013 - 09:33
Sat, 21/09/2013

Research by The Australia Institute has found Australian gas prices are set to double over the next few years — not because there is a gas crisis, but because gas companies are exporting Australian gas for much higher prices, driving up the price of domestic gas.

Mark Ogge from The Australia Institute explained this research in a speech to a meeting of Stop CSG Illawarra in Wollongong on September 15.

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High Street Upgrade Community Meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/19/2013 - 14:44

Main Roads will be presenting final plans for High Street Upgrade. The community has spent 13 exhaustive years in consultation. We agreed to 4 lanes only. The plans to be presented at the meeting provision a six lane highway. The community must stand firm on this. We DO NOT EVER want a six lane High Street. This is urgent we must have lots of people attend to keep them to their word. Please bring friends, share and invite to this event. Stevens Reserve, Cnr Swanbourne and Stevens Streets Fremantle.

Event date:  Wed, 25/09/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Event time:  Wed, 25/09/2013 - 5:30pm

Italy: Millions demand action against crisis

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:41
Sat, 18/04/2009 By Lisbeth Latham

The streets of Rome were filled with 2.7 million red-flag waving protesters on April 4, many sinigng the famous anti-fascist song "Bella Ciao". The mass demonstration was organised by Italy's General Confederation of Labour (CGIL).

The protest rejected the handling of the economic crisis by the conservative Silvio Berlusconi government and condemned employer attempts to take away union collective bargaining rights.

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POEM: Greed

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:02
Thu, 19/09/2013 By Jada Pearl Narkle

It smells like everything sweet and nice but you can never get enough of it.
It tastes like chocolate that turns into vinegar but you can’t stop eating it because the chocolate’s so good and you think one more bite can’t hurt.
It sounds like drums echoing in the hallway drawing you into a small room, almost controlling you.
It feels like you have everything but not enough.
It looks like a moth attracted to a burning flame only soon to turn into ashes.

[Jada Pearl Narkle is a 12-year-old student in Perth.]

Secret trade deal offers more tobacco, less health care

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/19/2013 - 04:39
Mon, 16/09/2013 By Pete Dolack

The secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is about to become even more secret, perhaps seen as a necessity in light of plans to make it easier for tobacco companies to sue while making health care more difficult to obtain.

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Syria: civil war or revolution?

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/18/2013 - 11:27

Syria: civil war or revolution? Politics in the Pub. Discussing the real story of Syria: the revolution neither Assad, Obama, Putin or the jihadists want. Wed Sep 25, 6pm, Green Ant Cantina, Bunda St. Ph Jonathan 0437 790 306 for more info.

Event date:  Wed, 25/09/2013 - 6:00pm

Mexico: Teachers take capital in fight against attacks

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:50
Tue, 17/09/2013

Thousands of striking teachers seized two of Mexico City's central thoroughfares on a march to the president's residence on September 11 after losing their battle to block new educational reforms less than 24 hours earlier.

The teachers disrupted the centre of the city for at least the 14th time in two months, decrying a plan designed to break union control of Mexico's education system and, they say, damage education in Mexico's poor south in the process.

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Mexico: Teachers resist neoliberal attacks

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:35
Tue, 17/09/2013 By David T. Rowlands

Striking Mexican teachers from a dissident union leading popular resistance to the government’s neoliberal reform agenda in recent weeks.

Despite enduring relentless media hostility, the teachers' strike is now starting to broadened out to merge with protests against plans to hand over key national assets, such as Mexico’s state-owned oil industry, to the profit-hungry multinationals.

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Venezuela, ALBA sends aid to Syrian refugees

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:19
Tue, 17/09/2013 By Tamara Pearson

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on September 10 that a Venezuelan Armed Forces plane would carry humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon.

The initiative came out of a resolution from the political council of the anti-imperialist bloc Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) meeting in Caracas. The plane will bring blankets, medicine, and food. Established by Venezuela and Cuba in 2004 as an alternative to US domination, ALBA now involves eight nations from the region

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Chile: Victor Jara's family sue officer for killing the folk singer

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:07
Tue, 17/09/2013

The wife and two daughters of folk singer and 1973 coup victim Victor Jara have filed a lawsuit in a US federal court against a former Chilean army officer who they say killed him, Morning Star.

The civil lawsuit, filed on September 4 in Jacksonville, Florida, is a bid by Jara’s family to bring Pedro Barrientos, now a US citizen, to justice under laws that allow US courts to hear allegations of human rights violations committed overseas.

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Venezuelans rally to mark Chile coup

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:51
Tue, 17/09/2013 By Ryan Mallett-Outtrim

Venezuelans rallied to condemn fascism on September 11, marking the 40th anniversary of the United States-backed coup d’etat in Chile that ousted left-wing president Salvador Allende.

The rally began at Plaza Salvador Allende at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV) and marched through the city centre to Llaguno Bridge. On the bridge is a memorial to those killed during the 2002 US-backed coup that temporarily removed former Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez from office. Chavez was restored by an uprising by loyal soldiers and the poor.

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Venezuela: More than 1000 communes registered

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 12:15
Mon, 16/09/2013 By Ewan Robertson, Merida

In a national census held over September 7 and 8, 1150 communes registered in a national census, exceeding expectations.

The communes are forms of “popular power” in Venezuela that unite representatives of local communal councils across a regional area. Community councils in Venezuela are grassroots bodies where local residents manage public funds and undertake projects promoting community development.

Communes, meanwhile, are formed by groups of community councils, and can take on larger scale projects and public works.

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NSW closes fire stations during bushfire emergency

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 10:47
Sat, 14/09/2013 By Simon Butler

The NSW firefighters union has slammed the Barry O’Farrell state government for recent budget cuts that left five fire stations closed as more than 60 bushfires raged across the state on September 10.

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Coalition to stop media reporting on the boats

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 09/17/2013 - 06:30
Sat, 14/09/2013 By Jay Fletcher

Just before the federal election that put Tony Abbott in power, his soon-to-be immigration minister Scott Morrison said the government may stop telling the public when asylum boats arrive in Australia.

Instead, reporting details about boat arrivals — including numbers on board, their nationalities and whether any are children — would be an “operational decision” of the defence officers in charge of the Coalition's “Operation Sovereign Borders”.

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