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Progressive singer barred from NZ

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 13:44
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Greg Rose

While waiting at Tokyo's Narita International Airport to board his flight to New Zealand on August 13, US progressive singer-songwriter David Rovics was informed that he was banned from entering New Zealand.

The Portland, Oregon-based Rovics is known for his extensive touring, doing concerts in support of progressive causes and workers' struggles in the US, Europe, and Australia.

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Dave Zirin: Protest Putin's gay bashing, but Olympics ban not the answer

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 13:33
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Dave Zirin

There are few people in the sports world I respect more than Cyd Zeigler, the founder of the website Outsports, which deals with the sporting lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender athletes.

I tweeted Zeigler's excellent article titled “Don’t Boycott Olympics Ban Russia From Competing Instead” precisely because it was incisive and made me think. I do, however, feel that on principle I need to state that I strongly disagree with his central premise.

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Letter from the US: Snowden’s email provider resists gov't attacks

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 13:05
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Barry Sheppard

A new whistleblower has come forward with a chilling new revelation concerning Washington’s surveillance of its citizens. But he is not allowed to blow his whistle under threat of jail.

All the whistleblower could do was report his act of resistance and that there was a threat. He did so on the United States' progressive TV show Democracy Now! on August 13.

Ladar Levison is the owner of Lavabit, an email provider that offers users a secure service the government cannot easily get into. It employs sophisticated encryption -- putting user's messages in hard-to-crack code.

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Tunisia: Daily protests as assembly crisis grows

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 12:47
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Patrick Harrison

Daily protests are demanding the dissolution of Tunisia's National Constituent Assembly (NCA) in the wake the assassination of Popular Front leader Mohamed Brahmi.

In the face of the protests, leader of the Ettakatol party and speaker of the NCA Mustafa Ben Jafaar announced the suspension of the body on August 6.

However, the main party of government, Islamist group Ennahda, has refused to concede the dissolution of the NCA, in which it holds the largest number of seats. Ennahda now looks to have negotiated the NCA's resumption.

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GLW issue number 978

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 12:24
Thu, 15/08/2013

Ecuador withdraws ambassador over Egypt massacre

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 12:16
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Raul Connolly

The Ecuadorian government of Rafael Correa has withdrawn its ambassador to Egypt on August 14 amid bloody massacres of supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi, Reuters said.

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Bolivia condemns Egypt violence

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 11:48
Sun, 18/08/2013

Bolivian President Evo Morales has condemned the violence that has erupted in Egypt and the death of more than 750 people, and expressed solidarity with their families.

Morales chaired a public ceremony in the capital and took the opportunity to condemn the violence in the Arab nation, criticising "those countries and powers that boost this kind of genocide".

"We vigorously condemn and repudiate these events and send all our solidarity with peoples like Egypt fighting for democracy, for its restoration and unity of their people," Morales said.

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Venezuela withdraws Egypt ambassador over killings

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 11:47
Sat, 17/08/2013

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on August 16 that he would withdraw the country's ambassador from Egypt because of the conflict there and confrontations between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and the defacto government, which has seen over 700 people killed.

"We have witnessed a blood bath in Egypt." Maduro said. "We warned that the coup against Morsi was unconstitutional ... the responsible party for what is occuring in Egypt is the empire."

He said: "The United States doesn't have friends, it has interests, and what it wants is to control the planet".

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Carlo's Corner: Abbott plans are not for the likes of us to know

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 14:24
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Carlo Sands

Rupert Murdoch upset a few people by using the media outlets he owns to campaign for the Coalition in the federal elections, with his Daily Telegraph going so far as to greet Labor PM Kevin Rudd's announcement of an election date with a front page urging readers to “KICK THIS MOB OUT!”

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Mass meeting vows to fight McDonald's

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 13:20
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Chris Peterson

About 260 people gathered at a mass meeting in Tecoma on August 11 and vowed to continue to fight against a McDonald’s Restaurant in their town.

Demolition of the site began on August 8 but the meeting reaffirmed their determination to maintain a protest on the site.

Support for the protest continues to grow. The Victorian branch of the Australian Service Union released a statement on August 10.

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Hospital fire spells disaster for Nauru, refugees

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 13:16
Sat, 17/08/2013

A fire ripped through Nauru's main hospital on August 14, destroying the pharmacy, medical stores and x-ray facilities.

Joanna Olsson from the Nauru government's information office told the ABC that the fire ruined a quarter of the building and could entail a “medical emergency” for Nauru.

The cause was believed to be electrical. Like many services on the island, Nauru's hospital is rundown and relies on Australian aid for maintenance and repair.

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Socialist candidate: We need to act locally and globally

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 13:12
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Justine Kamprad

Sam Wainwright is a Fremantle city councillor and the Socialist Alliance candidate for the seat of Fremantle. Being passionate about sustainable transport he is active in the local Bicycle Users Group and the Fremantle Road 2 Rail campaign.

Wainwright worked on the waterfront for 12 years during which time he edited the MUA WA journal Rank & File Voice. He now works as a disability support worker and is a member of the Australian Services Union.

Wainwright told Green Left Weekly why he decided to run as a candidate for the Socialist Alliance.

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Yallourn workers march through Melbourne

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 12:42
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Chris Slee

Locked-out Yallourn power station workers were joined by hundreds of people at a rally outside the offices of their employer, Energy Australia, in Melbourne on August 16.

The company, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based China Light and Power, locked out all 75 shift operators, members of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union (CFMEU), on June 21.

The workers had been limiting power output as part of a campaign of protected industrial action in pursuit of a new enterprise agreement.

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Blind workers fight for jobs at Vision Australia

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:52
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Helen Said

The Victorian Blind Workers’ Union and United Voice Queensland are battling to save the jobs of 73 vision-impaired workers employed by Vision Australia Enterprises in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

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Palmer’s coalmine approved

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:32
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Angus McAllen

The Queensland government has approved a $6.4 billion coalmine to be owned by Clive Palmer.

The huge mining project, located in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, is expected to produce about 40 million tonnes of coal a year for 30 years, much of which will be shipped to booming industrial centres in China.

On top of that, hundreds of kilometres of railway will be laid to the Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen, one of the many ports along the Queensland coast that is used to ship coal overseas.

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Socialists give full support to marriage equality

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:20
Sat, 17/08/2013

This statement was released by the Socialist Alliance on August 16.

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Kevin Rudd says he is now in favour of equal marriage rights, but Labor’s policy allows its politicians a "conscience vote". This is simply unacceptable, and lets homophobic MPs off the hook.

Why does Labor have a "conscience vote" on equal marriage? It doesn't have a conscience vote on other issues, such as sending asylum seekers to PNG or cutting sole-parent pensions — even though Labor's policies on these issues violate the conscience of any decent human being.

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Marriage campaigners condemn Rudd

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 10:56
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Rachel Evans

Liberal leader Tony Abbott's statement that marriage equality was a passing “fashion of the moment,” has galvanised anger in the lead up to nation-wide marriage equality rallies.

It follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s promise to introduce a bill for marriage equality within 100 days of being re-elected.

During the August 11 debate between Rudd and Abbott, instead of committing Labor to passing the bill, Rudd said his party would have a conscience vote, and called on the Liberal Party to do the same.

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Charges against Bob Carnegie dismissed

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 05:48
Fri, 16/08/2013 By Jay Fletcher

It took a federal magistrate five minutes to dismiss charges against veteran unionist Bob Carnegie in a Brisbane courtroom on August 16.

Carnegie faced 18 charges related to contempt of court, which were pushed by anti-union building firm Abigroup.

Abigroup had accused Carnegie of defying court orders to avoid the site of a community picket that was campaigning for safety and conditions on behalf of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union and its workers.

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Cairns for Refugees meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 15:56

Cairns for Refugees meeting. A Politics in the Pub special. Feature talk on lack of work rights for refugees and discussion of campaign organising. Wed Aug 21, 6pm, Green Ant Cantina, Bunda St.

Event date:  Wed, 21/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Casual workers most exploited

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 11:10
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Denis Rogatyuk

The latest unemployment figures have revealed symptoms of a long rise in inequality and falling living standards for working Australians. The unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% — the highest level since the beginning of the financial crisis back in late 2008.

According to the latest figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of full-time jobs fell by 4400 in the month of June alone, while the number of part-time employment positions increased by 14,800.

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