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BRIEFS: Seattle socialist wins 35% in poll; South Koran carworkers strike

Green Left Weekly - Tue, 08/20/2013 - 04:22
Tue, 20/08/2013

United States: Socialist wins 35% in Seatlle poll

Seattle voters sent a clear message to an out-of-touch political establishment on August 6 that they are fed up with business as usual, and are looking for an alternative to corporate-pandering politicians like Democrat Richard Conlin.

Kshama Sawant, who was recently written off by The Seattle Times as “too hard left for Seattle”, won a stunning 35% of the vote. Sawant is a member Socialist Alternative.

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No cuts, more funds -- education for all

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/19/2013 - 14:27
Mon, 19/08/2013 By Ben Peterson

Student protesters will take to the streets in all capital cities and some major regional centres on August 20. The protests will stand up against the planned cuts to tertiary education by the federal government. Earlier this year, the government announced $2.8 billion in cuts to higher education, via cuts to universities and student welfare services.

But the demands will go further than an end to cuts. “Education for all” is one of the demands of the protests. But is a free and accessible education even possible in the age of austerity politics?

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Philippines: Gov't must be held accountable for union leader killings

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:56
Mon, 19/08/2013

The Party of the Labouring Masses (PLM), a Filipino socialist party, released the statement below on August 12.

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The PLM joins the campaign to protest against the recent spate of killings of labour leaders, the most recent case being the assassination of transport workers’ leader Antonio “Dodong” Petalcorin on July 2.

Petalcorin joins the ranks of assassinated workers’ leaders this year, such as Emilio Rivera and Carlos Cirilo, who were also members of the national labour centre, the Alliance of Progressive Labor in the Philippines.

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Stop NSW plan to burn forests for electricity

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/19/2013 - 12:08
Mon, 19/08/2013 By Jim McIlroy

About 30 people rallied outside NSW state parliament on August 15 to protest plans by the Liberal state government to change regulations to allow native forest biomass to be burned to generate electricity.

Environment groups are worried the change will lead to wholesale destruction of native forests and woodlands to feed the power generators.

Protests were also held in Bega and Bellingen on the same day. The rallies were sponsored by an alliance of environment conservation organisations.

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Hundreds rally against Egypt coup in Sydney

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/19/2013 - 11:50
Mon, 19/08/2013 By Jim McIlroy, Sydney

More than 500 people, mainly from the Egyptian community, rallied at Sydney's Town Hall Square and marched through city streets to the Egyptian consulate on August 18, in opposition to the military crackdown over recent days in Egypt.

Speakers condemned the massacres committed by the military regime in Egypt against peaceful supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Chants during the march included, "Free, free Egypt!", "Egypt will soon be free!", and "General al-Sisi, assassin!'

John Pilger: Impoverished and silenced, we must fight back

Green Left Weekly - Mon, 08/19/2013 - 05:10
Mon, 19/08/2013 By John Pilger, London

I have known my postman for more than 20 years. Conscientious and good-humoured, he is the embodiment of public service at its best. The other day, I asked him, “Why are you standing in front of each door like a soldier on parade?”

“New system,” he replied. “I am no longer required simply to post the letters through the door. I have to approach every door in a certain way and put the letters through in a certain way.”

“Why?”

“Ask him.”

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Egypt: Bloodshed grows as military cracks down

Green Left Weekly - Sun, 08/18/2013 - 21:40
Sun, 18/08/2013 By Tony Iltis

The streets of Cairo are running red, as Egypt's military carries out a brutal crackdown on supporters of ousted Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamad Morsi.

On August 14, after weeks of threats and violent harassment, the Egyptian army moved to shut down protest camps in Nahda Square and outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya in Cairo, where supporters of Morsi have been staging sit-ins since his overthrow on July 3.

By the evening, more than 500 protesters had been killed and thousands wounded. The army also killed three journalists in the attack.

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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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