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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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Manning bio tells the WikiLeaks whistleblower's story

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:57
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Phil Shannon

The Passion Of Bradley Manning: The Story Behind the WikiLeaks Whistleblower
Chase Madar
Verso, 2013
181 pages, $19.95 (pb)

The issue in the trial of Bradley Manning, the source of tens of thousands of US military and state secrets leaked to WikiLeaks, is, in some eyes, simple.

“He broke the law,” lectured United States President Barack Obama, conveniently overlooking, as Chase Madar comments in his book on Manning, the routine violation by the ruling elite of the principle that “rules are rules”.

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WikiLeaks Party risks Abbott controlled Senate

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 12:43
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Simon Butler

The WikiLeaks Party has come under fire for its Western Australia and New South Wales preference allocations for the federal elections, which put right-wing and racist groups ahead of Greens and socialist candidates.

WikiLeaks Party senate candidate for Western Australia, Gerry Georgatos, has defended a decision to preference two National Party candidates ahead of Greens Senator Scott Ludlam. Of all Australian parliamentarians, Ludlam has been the most outspoken in defence of WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

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Story of Australian leftist's role in Sri Lanka's independence struggle

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 11:07
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Phil Shannon

The Bracegirdle Incident: How an Australian Communist Ignited Ceylon’s Independence Struggle
Alan Fewster
Arcadia/Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2013
173 pages, $39.95 (pb)

In 1937, Ceylon’s British Chief of Police reported that “it is clearly dangerous” to allow the Australian communist Mark Bracegirdle, to remain in the country “stirring up feelings against employers of labour and against the British Government”.

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The Yucky Country -- Just make Clive Palmer PM. Green Left fundraising comedy show

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 08:59

In two Green Left fundraising shows at the Brisbane Fringe Comedy Festival, Green Left TV's Carlo Sands asks, in the interests of efficiency, isn't time we cut out the middle men and women and let those who OWN the country RUN it too?

"Carlo Sands is a sharp, well-informed political comedian who crafts laughter from the absurdities. of Left and Right" -- Rod Quantock

The Loft West End. 100 Boundary Street, West End, Brisbane.

Tues. September 3; Thurs. Sept 5, 9.30pm $10 (plus booking fee online)
Book here:

Event date:  Tue, 03/09/2013 - 9:30pm - Thu, 05/09/2013 - 9:30pm Website:

We Kid You Not: Fukushima, Taiwan plant leaking contaminated water

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 08:41
Tue, 20/08/2013

Fukushima spilling containimate water 'for years''

“Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have told the ABC that contaminated water has most likely been seeping into the sea since the disaster two-and-a-half years ago. Japan's nuclear watchdog has described the leaks as a 'state of emergency'

“Workers have told ABC's AM program that they do not have much faith in Tokyo Electric Power Company's (TEPCO) ability to handle the situation and they claim another accident is inevitable.

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Canada: New pipeline plan dwarfs Keystone XL

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 07:57
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Derek Leahy

TransCanada Corp. announced on August 1 that it will proceed with plans to create a pipeline capable of shipping 1.1 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil and tar sands bitumen from western Canada to refineries and ports in Quebec and New Brunswick.

Called “Energy East”, this west-to-east pipeline would dwarf the oil delivery capacity of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline in the US. Keystone would ship 830,000 bpd.

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Britain: Fracking firm forced to back down

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 07:44
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Paddy McGuffin

UPDATE: Green MP Caroline Lucas was one of more than a dozen people arrested on August 19 after police broke an anti-fracking blockade of a West Sussex drilling site.

Snatch squads were seen dragging demonstrators from the front gates of energy giant Cuadrilla's Balcombe site after police declared the picket a breach of public order, alleging that it could potentially block emergency services from reaching the site.

The protest's organisers No Dash For Gas reported 19 arrests.

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Palestine: Hares Boys should be freed

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 07:35
Tue, 20/08/2013 By Steven Katsineris

“I want all the people to come to the court and see what democracy in Israel really is,” said the mother of Palestinian youth Ali Shamlawi, being held in jail by Israel on fabricated charges.

On March 14, there was an accident near Salfit in the West Bank when an Israeli settler’s car crashed into the back of Israeli truck. Four people in the car were hurt, one seriously. The truck had stopped on the road due to a flat tire.

Later, this accident was described by the car's settler driver as a stone throwing attack by Palestinian youths.

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Palestinians celebrate prisoner releases

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 07:18
Tue, 20/08/2013

Palestinian families celebrated on August 14 as Israel released 26 prisoners on the eve of long-stalled peace talks.

Buses carrying the inmates left the Ayalon prison in central Israel late on August 13. Celebrations erupted in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where thousands of Palestinian well-wishers awaited the buses' arrival.

Fireworks lit the sky in Gaza, where rival Hamas and Fatah supporters alike celebrated to the beat of drums. Some danced while others flashed victory signs and waved flags of the Palestinian factions.

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