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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.


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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Britain: Anti-fracking protesters face extreme police tactics

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 12:22
Thu, 29/08/2013

Campaigners vowed today to challenge the use of “extreme” pressure-point tactics to break the anti-fracking blockade tagretted operations of energy giant Cuadrilla in Balcombe, Morning Star said on August 22.

Sussex Police used the “mandibular angle” technique to drag people away from a peaceful sit-in on the road to the site on August 19, the article said. The martial arts-style move involves applying force to a pressure point just behind the ear and delivers excruciating pain but no lasting injury.

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'Extreme energy' threat new threat to planet

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 12:13
Thu, 29/08/2013 By Charlotte Wilson

A few years ago, in the run up to the 2009 climate negotiations at Copenhagen, the fossil fuel industry seemed on the defensive, with pressure to cut carbon emissions mounting.

With energy prices rising and doubts raised about the industry’s ability to increase oil production, it seemed like a dinosaur struggling to survive.

Today that same industry is on the offensive. Far from facing constraints, is actively driving a huge expansion of fossil fuel extraction into new areas of the globe.

From denial to an 'engineering problem'

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Tunisia: Opposition prepares for 'Week of Rage'

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 11:28
Tue, 27/08/2013 By Patrick Harrison

In a move aimed at demobilising and splitting the opposition, the leaders of Tunisia's governing party, Ennahda, reached out to Beji Caid Essebsi, leader of the secular ex-regime party Nidaa Tounes. It was part of a bid to resolve the political crisis that has crippled the north African nation for weeks.

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No to US-led war on Syria, socialists say

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 09:16
Thu, 29/08/2013

The Socialist Alliance released the statement below on August 28.

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The Socialist Alliance condemns the threatened US-led Western military assault on Syria. We call on the Australian government to reject this latest imperial aggression, to extract itself from its military alliance with the US and end its involvement in all aggressive multinational military operations.

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Venezuela Solidarity Brigade: Participatory democracy, solidarity & socialism.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 06:32

Witness a people's revolution in the making. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network's 14th solidarity brigade to Venezuela this December is a very special opportunity to observe, learn about and be inspired by the Bolivarian revolution that is transforming Latin America and challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. Bookings close October 1. For bookings or info visit AVSN.

Event date:  Wed, 04/12/2013 - Fri, 13/12/2013 Website:  AVSN

The Victorian Trade Union Choir: I'll be there: Songs and stories of solidarity.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 06:29

Created and produced by choir members with award-winning playwright Rebecca Lister and musical director Michael Roper, over an hour of songs and stories gathered from the rich history of the trade union and labour movements and the Victorian Trade Union Choir. 7:30pm. La Mama Courthouse, 349 Drummond St, Carlton. $25/$15. Bookings: at the door or ph La Mama 9347 6142.

Event date:  Mon, 30/09/2013 - 7:30pm - Tue, 01/10/2013 - 7:30pm Phone:  9347 6142

Concert: UK Subs last ever Australian tour.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 06:26

The UK Subs are one of the most visibly successful punk bands of all time, establishing themselves in the history books with a staggering amount of releases and a relentless touring schedule that continues to this day. 'Punk pioneers UK Subs released their 24th politically-charged album last month, to rave reviews' (see Green Left Weekly). The Bendigo, 125 Johnston St, Collingwood. To book visit OZ tix.

Event date:  Thu, 26/09/2013 - 7:00pm Website:  OZ tix

Rally: Let the refugees in! Seeking asylum is a human right.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 06:24

No matter who wins the election, refugees will lose. We need too keep up the fight for refugee rights. 1pm. State Library, cnr Swanston & La Trobe Sts, City. Organised by Refugee Action Collective.

Event date:  Sat, 21/09/2013 - 1:00pm

Conference: Chile 40 years.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/29/2013 - 06:19

It has been 40 years since the overthrow of the popular and democratically elected government of President Salvador Allende in Chile. Local and international speakers, a film night with music, Latin American and Chilean activists. 10am-7pm. Richmond Town Hall, 333 Bridge Rd, Richmond.

Event date:  Sat, 07/09/2013 - 10:00am - 7:00pm Phone:  For more info ph Maria Teresa 0429 947 776, Andrea 0431 125 709 or Marisol 0447 138 517.

Mass rebellion will win equal marriage rights

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 12:58
Sat, 24/08/2013 By Margarita Windisch

Margarita Windisch is the Socialist Alliance candidate for the Victorian seat of Wills. This is an edited version of a speech she gave to a rally for equal marriage rights in Melbourne on August 17.


Oscar Wilde once said that disobedience and rebellion are the original virtues of humanity.

It is through disobedience and rebellion that we have achieved real progress. This protest today is an important demonstration of rebellion against an unjust law.

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Victorian farmers rally against fracking

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:57
Sat, 24/08/2013 By Caroline Sturm

About 500 people rallied at City Square against coal seam gas (CSG) extraction in Seaspray on August 17. Many at the rally were cattle farmers in the Gippsland area.

Protesters expressed concern that CSG mining would destroy farmland, contaminate water, threaten the health of their rural community and create seismic activity.

Some farmers expressed their dilemma over whether to stay and fight the CSG companies, or sell their properties before CSG becomes established in the area.

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Unions campaign for a sinking Labor

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:51
Sat, 24/08/2013 By John Rainford

The Australian Council of Trade Unions emailed 90,000 union members on August 21, urging them to “go hard against Abbott” in the last two-and-a-half weeks of the election campaign.

They will have to in South Australia if the Newspoll released on the same day is accurate.

A breakdown of voting intentions by state showed a 7.2 percentage point swing against Labor in South Australia compared with the 2010 election result.

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Elysium a disappointing missed opportunity

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:49
Wed, 21/08/2013

Written and directed by Neill Blomkamp
Starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga
In cinemas now

In the mid-22nd century, Earth has become a crowded, polluted, poverty-stricken slum. While the poor, mostly black and brown residents of Earth, struggle with dangerous working conditions, substandard public services and brutal robot police, the 1% have escaped to Elysium, a pristine floating space station orbiting Earth.

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GLW issue number 979

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/24/2013 - 11:45
Tue, 20/08/2013