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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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The nuclear 'No Future' Fund

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:10
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Alexander Brown

Future Fund CEO Mark Burgess was met by protesters when he spoke in Sydney on August 20. Members of Uranium Free NSW dressed as nuclear missiles to highlight the fund's investment in nuclear weapons manufacturing.

The Future Fund, an Australian government investment fund established in 2006, has $227 million invested in 16 nuclear weapons companies. These companies make nuclear weapons and related infrastructure for France, Britain, the United States, India and Israel.

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Gippsland unionist stands as independent in MacMillan

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:09
Sat, 31/08/2013

Gippsland Trades and Labour Council secretary John Parker is standing as an independent candidate in the seat of MacMillan. Green Left Weekly’s Susan Price spoke to Parker about his campaign.

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What prompted you to stand as a candidate?

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Sydney students defend academics over Israel boycott

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:08
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Jim McIlroy, Sydney

About 50 people joined a rally at Sydney University on August 28 to show solidarity with academics Jake Lynch and Stuart Rees, who have been threatened with legal action over their strong backing for the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against apartheid Israel.

Lynch, Rees and the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at Sydney university are facing a legal suit by Shurat HaDin, an Israeli Law Centre.

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NSW closer to CSG ban in water catchments

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:07
Sat, 31/08/2013

Stop CSG Illawarra released this statement on August 26.

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NSW Labor has adopted a policy to ban coal seam gas (CSG) development in the Sydney drinking water catchment. This is the first commitment from a major party to support exclusion zones to protect our water.

Stop CSG Illawarra spokesperson Jess Moore said: "This is a welcome announcement and a win for the campaign. We set out to have policies from all parties reflect a safe approach to CSG, and we congratulate NSW Labor on this decision.

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GLW issue number 980

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 09/01/2013 - 14:02
Thu, 29/08/2013

Refugees not to blame for Australia’s problems

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 17:48
Sat, 31/08/2013 By Jay Fletcher

The two big parties have long considered refugees’ rights forfeit. This election year has been a time of unprecedented sacrifice of refugees, as each “policy” idea from Labor and the Liberals becomes more extreme than the last.

After signing up Papua New Guinea and Nauru to bogus resettlement deals, PM Kevin Rudd has most recently sent families to Nauru and continues to oversee legally dubious deportations.

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Turkey: Youth are still fighting amid plans for People's Assemblies, leftist says

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:46
Fri, 30/08/2013 By I. Zekeriya Ayman

Ender Imrek is a member of the Taksim Platform, the key organising centre during the Gezi Park protests. He is also former vice-president of the revolutionary socialist party Labour Party-Turkey (EMEP) and a central executive member of left-wing umbrella group the People’s Democratic Congress (HDK).

The HDK played a key role during the Gezi protests, when police brutally evicted protesters seeking to stop the destruction of trees in Taksim Gezi Park in May. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's I. Zekeriya Ayman

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Can you tell us about the HDK?

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Letter from the US: Manning, Snowden have changed the debate

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 12:07
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Barry Sheppard

When NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave his first public interview in Hong Kong, he said his greatest fear was that his revelations of huge US government spy programs might fall on deaf ears.

If that had happened, then his great personal sacrifice would have been for naught.

WikiLeaks whistleblower Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning and Snowden have paid a steep price for revealing US war crimes and the US government's huge violations of the Bill of Rights and global spying program.

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Hypocrisy reigns: Sex, race, class and Miley Cyrus

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 11:08
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Alexander Billet

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. They don’t say what a gif is worth, but as if for good measure, we’ve gotten both out of the performance by Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke at MTV’s Video Music Awards on August 25.

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After the election, the fight goes on

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 10:41
Sat, 31/08/2013 By Peter Boyle

Fremantle City Councillor Sam Wainwright, who is standing in the seat of Fremantle for the Socialist Alliance, said at a meet-the-candidates meeting that after the election on September 7, Australia will have a government that is "either bad or worse".

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Greens defy Western Sydney stereotype

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 07:58
Sat, 31/08/2013 By Fred Fuentes

While much of the focus this election has been on the battle for western Sydney, noticeably absent from media reporting has been the campaign waged by Greens candidates in the area.

Yet the Greens are not only fielding candidates in every western Sydney electorate, “We are taking active roles in our local communities across western Sydney”, explained David Lenton, the Greens candidate for the seat of Lindsay.

More than that, they have the old mainstream parties running scared.

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Caring for children is valuable work

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/31/2013 - 07:53
Sat, 31/08/2013 By Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle is the Socialist Alliance candidate for Sydney. He gave this speech to a rally for single parents rights in Redfern on August 24.

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Together with Dianne Hiles, the Greens candidate in the same electorate who just spoke, I am campaigning against the cruel cuts to single parent entitlements by the former Julia Gillard Labor government and campaigning for a break from major party rule, from conservative major party policies and from the corrupted, old politics those parties stand for.

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United States: 'We won't compromise on the Dream'

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 08/30/2013 - 11:31
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Elizabeth Schulte

Black America is hurting — from the suppression of voting rights, to police violence to the lack of access to good jobs, education and housing. Tens of thousands of people were determined to bring that message to Washington, DC, on August 24.

About 100,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial as part of a demonstration to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

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New Zealand: New draconian spy law passed

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 08/30/2013 - 06:27
Fri, 30/08/2013 By Darryn Loveridge

A law has been passed giving New Zealand’s intelligence agencies greater powers — despite widespread opposition from human rights groups, private companies and the public.

The newly enacted Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) Bill authorises the gathering of private communications of citizens, including text messages, emails and bank account details without the need for a search warrant.

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Afghan women biggest losers from war

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 13:15
Thu, 29/08/2013 By Mohadesa Najumi

On November 18, 2001, Laura Bush gave her first radio address urging worldwide condemnation of the treatment of women in Afghanistan. She stated that the “fight against terrorism is also a fight for the rights and dignity of women”.

The plight of women and children in Afghanistan, the then-US First Lady said, was “a matter of deliberate human cruelty, carried out by those who seek to intimidate and control”.

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West Papua: Australia cuts freedom flotilla adrift

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 12:33
Mon, 26/08/2013 By Duncan Roden

The Australian government has made it clear that it will not offer consular help to activists on the West Papua Freedom Flotilla if they are arrested by Papua New Guinea NG or Indonesian authorities.

The flotilla is expected to enter Indonesian territory early next month. Carrying West Papuan and Australian Aboriginal activists, its aim is to raise awareness about the occupation of West Papua by Indonesia.

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