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Carlo's Corner: Climate's not an emergency, desperate people on boats is an emergency

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 13:41
Sat, 03/08/2013 By Carlo Sands

I was very glad to read about the US military exercise that involved bombing the Great Barrier Reef, because let's face it, climate change is just taking too damn long to kill the thing.

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Rally for Refugee Rights

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:43

Not PNG and not Nauru. Rally for Refugee Rights. Murray St. Mall.

Event date:  Sat, 24/08/2013 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm Event time:  Sat, 24/08/2013 - 1:00pm

Rally for Marriage Equality

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:39

Rally one week before the election to keep pressure on the politicians.

Stirling Gardens, cnr Barrack & St Georges Tce, Perth city.

Organised by Equal Love WA

Event date:  Sat, 31/08/2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm Event time:  Sat, 31/08/2013 - 1:00pm

Sam 4 Freo: Socialist Alliance Election Launch

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:31

Support the campaign to elect Sam Wainwright to the seat of Fremantle

Socialist Alliance election launch - all welcome

6:30pm Thurs 22 August

Hilton Community Centre

1 / 34 Paget Street, Hilton

Ph 9218 9608, 0413 976 638

Hosted by Sam Wainwright, Socialist Alliance candidate

Event date:  Thu, 22/08/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm Event time:  Thu, 22/08/2013 - 6:30pm

Socialist Alliance Pot Luck Dinner

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 12:29

6.30pm Sat August 17

Bring along your signature winter dish and pay $10
No time or inclination to cook: Pay $25

This is a fundraiser for the Socialist Alliance federal election campaign for the seat of Fremantle.
Drinks available by donation. All enquiries to Janet Parker: 0433 539 639.

Event date:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm Event time:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 6:30pm

NTEU WA Bluestocking Week Forum "Holding the Line: Women Leading in the Public Eye"

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

2013 has been a tumultuous period for gender politics. This makes Bluestocking Week an even more critical moment for women working in higher education. The necessity of resistance to sexism in public life has perhaps never been so pronounced and this year the theme is "Holding the Line", with the focus being on women in leadership, either through formal roles or through informal networks and channels.

Event date:  Wed, 14/08/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm Event time:  Wed, 14/08/2013 - 5:30pm

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Iran: Rouhani sweeps to victory

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:42
Sat, 29/06/2013 By Howard Basker

Iran's presidential election on June 14 resulted in a large victory for self-described moderate, Hassan Rouhani, who received 50.7% of the vote in the first round, a high enough vote to ensure a second round vote was unnecessary.

Rouhani's win led to celebrations in many cities across Iran, as his candidacy had picked up momentum during the campaign. There were big pro-Rouhani mobilisations ahead of the vote.

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No irony in Snowden's bid for asylum in Ecuador, Venezuela, say experts

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 17:43
Tue, 06/08/2013

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden finally left Moscow's airport, where he had been stuck for weeks evading capture by the United States government, on August 1 after being granted political asylum for one year in Russia. Snowden had sought to apply for asylum in places such as Ecuador and Venezuela.

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Uruguay moves to legalise pot, place gov't at centre of legal industry

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 12:10
Wed, 07/08/2013

Uruguay took a major step on July 31 towards becoming the first country in the world to put its government at the centre of a legal marijuana industry.

President Jose Mujica's Broad Front coalition narrowly squeezed the measure through the lower house of Congress after 13 hours of debate, with all 50 government deputies overriding the 46 opposition MPs present. The measure will now go to the senate, where it is expected to pass.

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Israeli minister: 'I've killed lots of Arabs'

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 11:46
Wed, 07/08/2013

A member of Israel's cabinet has declared his backing for killing Palestinian prisoners, rather than bringing them to trial, 972mag.com reported on July 29.

The Huffington Post said on July 29 that Israel announced it would release 104 Palestinian prisoners, as part of the US-brokered plan to renew peace talks with the Palestinian Authority.

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United States: New march on Washington against civil rights attacks

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 08/07/2013 - 10:27
Tue, 06/08/2013 By Susan Price

The 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march on Washington led by Martin Luther King Jr will take place on August 24.

In 1963, a quarter of a million people marched for jobs and freedom. They gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial where King got up to deliver his “I have a dream” speech.

A year later, in 1964, the US Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. It outlawed racial segregation in public places, introduced equal employment opportunities, and guaranteed the right to vote regardless of colour.

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ALBA leaders push greater unity, social mov'ts at summit

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/06/2013 - 13:25
Tue, 06/08/2013

Cuban Vice-President Jose Ramon Machado Ventura praised Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on July 31 for their fight against US imperialism.

Machado said greater Latin American integration was aiding development across the region during the closing session of the 12th summit of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) in Ecuador. But he stressed that social movements should lead the charge.

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Detroit bankruptcy takes aim at pensions

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/06/2013 - 12:19
Tue, 06/08/2013 By Jane Slaughter

Detroit hit the Trifecta on July 18 — the third in a series of body blows that politicians have landed on the city’s working people.

The Michigan legislature passed “right-to-work” in December and gave the governor the right to impose “emergency managers” on cities two days later. When Detroit’s emergency manager Kevyn Orr announced Chapter 9 bankruptcy on July 18, he was following a predicted trajectory that will lead to further impoverishment and privatisation.

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India: Auto workers fight for union rights, freedom for activists

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/06/2013 - 10:13
Tue, 06/08/2013 By Immanuel Ness & Suzanne Adely

If Bangladesh represents the worst of exploitation in clothing factories, India is home to the most rapacious conditions for auto workers.

Auto workers and union supporters in Manesar, India, launched an indefinite dharna (sit-in and hunger strike) on July 18. They demanded the release of jailed co-workers.

A staggering 147 workers have spent a year in jail on trumped-up criminal charges after a company-provoked altercation led to the death of a human resources manager who supported the union. Hundreds have pledged to take part in the dharna.

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Israel advises Sri Lanka on slow-motion genocide

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/06/2013 - 08:19
Tue, 06/08/2013 By Krisna Saravanamuttu

Towards the end of 2008, I joined thousands in Toronto to protest Israel’s attack on Gaza. At York University, where I was a student, we mobilised the campus to defend Palestinian rights.

A few months later, bombs were falling on my own people ? in the predominantly Tamil Vanni region of northern Sri Lanka. And once again, we hit Toronto’s streets in protest.

I realised then that even though our homelands are oceans apart, Palestinians and Tamils have much in common.

Through the “war on terror”, the Israeli and Sri Lankan armies have waged war on civilian populations.

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Venezuela: Maduro marks gains, pushes greater popular power

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/06/2013 - 03:41
Tue, 06/08/2013 By Sascha Bercovitch, Caracas

Nicolas Maduro completed his first 100 days since being sworn in as president on July 29 — a period marked by his new street government initiative, Latin American solidarity, and debate over spiked inflation and moderate economic growth.

Maduro’s presidency began amid protest and claims of electoral fraud from Venezuela’s right-wing opposition. They continue to reject the results of the April 14 presidential election in which Maduro won 50.6% of the vote, a 1.6% margin over Henrique Capriles.

Since then, polls have pegged his approval rating around 56%.

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Ireland: Justice needed for Ballymurphy massacre

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 13:13
Mon, 05/08/2013 By Barry Kearney

August 9, 1971 is a date firmly etched in the minds of many people in six counties in Ireland's north occupied by Britain. It was the date of the start of the occupying British Army's Operation Demetrius — more commonly known as the start of internment.

Internment was the military response to a popular uprising against a politically bankrupt Stormont regime. As part of Operation Demetrius, thousands of British soldiers descended on nationalist areas, smashed into homes and dragged hundreds of men away to be incarcerated in prison camps without charge or trial.

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Mark Steel: All hail Prince George — us commoners are unworthy

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 12:14
Mon, 05/08/2013 By Mark Steel

What a week! Oh such boundless joy that transports us to the very heavens! It began with BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell gasping statements such as: “I am informed the royal cervix has currently widened to 9cm, and the Queen is said to be ‘thrilled’ at this level of dilation.”

“The world waits” were the words the BBC put up, and indeed the whole world was thinking of nothing else. Somali fishermen abandoned their nets, saying: “Today I cannot concentrate on mackerel to feed my village, as we pray that Nicholas Witchell soon brings us news of the royal head emerging.”

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South Korean workers strike against Aus. corporation Boral

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 11:46
Mon, 05/08/2013 By Clive Tillman

Outsourced truck drivers contracted to perform work for the Australian multinational company Boral have been on an indefinite strike since June 25 in Dangjin in South Korea’s South Chungcheong province.

Boral specialises in the supply of building materials. Its headquarters are in Sydney and it employs more than 15,000 people in Australia, the United States and across Asia.

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Bangladesh: What has changed after Rana Plaza?

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/05/2013 - 05:09
Sat, 03/08/2013 By David T. Rowlands

In the aftermath of the April 24 Rana Plaza collapse, the plight of Bangladeshi garment workers occupied global media attention in a way it never had before.

The inconvenient thing about Rana Plaza, as far as the fashion brands that rely on outsourced sweatshop labour were concerned, was that so many workers — more than 1100 — died in one spectacular incident.

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