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Public meeting: Dennis Altman: The end of the homosexual?

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 16:30

Thursday, September 12

Homosexuality has become a faultline for debates about western influence and human rights. In his new book The End of the Homosexual? — part memoir, part politics — Dennis Altman connects what has happened within the changing queer world over the past 40 years to larger social, political and cultural trends. Entry free (bookings not required). 12:45-1:15pm. The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, City.

Event date:  Thu, 12/09/2013 - 12:45pm

Vanunu -- Israel's whistleblowing political prisoner

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 08:10
Mon, 02/09/2013 By Steven Katsineris

?In 1986, Israeli scientist Mordechai Vanunu took a courageous moral stand against nuclear weapons.

Vanunu exposed Israel’s secret nuclear weapons arsenal to the world after becoming disillusioned with his work as a technician at Dimona Nuclear Research Centre in Israel.

Vanunu revealed Israel had hundreds of advanced nuclear warheads ? the sixth largest stockpile in the world. Under a policy of nuclear ambiguity, Israel still officially denies it has nuclear weapons, despite Vanunu’s revelations and other widespread evidence to the contrary.

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Chile: Forty years on from US-imposed terror

Green Left Weekly - Wed, 09/11/2013 - 07:53
Tue, 10/09/2013 By Stuart Munckton

September 11 is a date forever associated with mass murder of civilians — and this was the case nearly three decades before the 2001 terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers in New York.

This year, September 11 marks the 40th anniversary of the US-organised military coup that overthrew the elected left-wing government of Salvador Allende and installed a brutal dictatorship headed by General Augusto Pinochet.

The day was the start of a nightmare for Chileans, as a reign of terror crushed left-wing groups, trade unions and popular organisations.

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Blind Workers Union rally

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 03:26

Blind people from all over Australia are sending their white canes to the Victorian Blind Workers Union, to help them form a “white cane chain” around the workplace that Vision Australia plans to close down, sacking 50 blind people in Melbourne within a few weeks.

Join the protest at Vision Australia Enterprises, corner Stubbs and Macaulay Road Kensington, at 12 noon on Sunday September 15.

For further information and to offer support to blind workers please contact Martin Stewart at

Event date:  Sun, 15/09/2013 - 12:00pm

Film screening: 'Cultural Flows'

Green Left Weekly - Fri, 09/06/2013 - 03:22

Cultural Flows première

The Mutthi Mutthi and Wadi Wadi Indigenous nations and Friends of the Earth Sydney would like to invite you to the Sydney premiere of Cultural Flows, two beautifully shot new documentaries that explore the intricate connections between rivers, community, country and culture.

The premiere will take place on Wednesday 11 September 6.30 pm at the University of Sydney, Education Faculty Building (building A35) Lecture Theatre 351 (next to the Manning Bar). For a map of the venue:

Event date:  Wed, 11/09/2013 - 6:30pm

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'Festival with a conscience' shines light on LA struggles

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 09/05/2013 - 07:15
Mon, 02/09/2013

From Mexican revolutionaries to Argentine street kids, Pinochet’s Chile to Mayan eco-warriors, the Eighth Sydney Latin American Film Festival shines the light on Latin America’s dark past as well as its ongoing struggle against corporate imperialism and environmental destruction.

From September 4 to 15, the festival screens 22 new-release feature films and documentaries from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela, the US and Australia.

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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.


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.


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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