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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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Blind workers fight for jobs at Vision Australia

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:52
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Helen Said

The Victorian Blind Workers’ Union and United Voice Queensland are battling to save the jobs of 73 vision-impaired workers employed by Vision Australia Enterprises in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.

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Palmer’s coalmine approved

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:32
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Angus McAllen

The Queensland government has approved a $6.4 billion coalmine to be owned by Clive Palmer.

The huge mining project, located in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, is expected to produce about 40 million tonnes of coal a year for 30 years, much of which will be shipped to booming industrial centres in China.

On top of that, hundreds of kilometres of railway will be laid to the Abbot Point coal terminal near Bowen, one of the many ports along the Queensland coast that is used to ship coal overseas.

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Socialists give full support to marriage equality

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 11:20
Sat, 17/08/2013

This statement was released by the Socialist Alliance on August 16.


Kevin Rudd says he is now in favour of equal marriage rights, but Labor’s policy allows its politicians a "conscience vote". This is simply unacceptable, and lets homophobic MPs off the hook.

Why does Labor have a "conscience vote" on equal marriage? It doesn't have a conscience vote on other issues, such as sending asylum seekers to PNG or cutting sole-parent pensions — even though Labor's policies on these issues violate the conscience of any decent human being.

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Marriage campaigners condemn Rudd

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 10:56
Sat, 17/08/2013 By Rachel Evans

Liberal leader Tony Abbott's statement that marriage equality was a passing “fashion of the moment,” has galvanised anger in the lead up to nation-wide marriage equality rallies.

It follows Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s promise to introduce a bill for marriage equality within 100 days of being re-elected.

During the August 11 debate between Rudd and Abbott, instead of committing Labor to passing the bill, Rudd said his party would have a conscience vote, and called on the Liberal Party to do the same.

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Charges against Bob Carnegie dismissed

Green Left Weekly - Sat, 08/17/2013 - 05:48
Fri, 16/08/2013 By Jay Fletcher

It took a federal magistrate five minutes to dismiss charges against veteran unionist Bob Carnegie in a Brisbane courtroom on August 16.

Carnegie faced 18 charges related to contempt of court, which were pushed by anti-union building firm Abigroup.

Abigroup had accused Carnegie of defying court orders to avoid the site of a community picket that was campaigning for safety and conditions on behalf of the Construction Forestry Mining Energy Union and its workers.

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Cairns for Refugees meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 15:56

Cairns for Refugees meeting. A Politics in the Pub special. Feature talk on lack of work rights for refugees and discussion of campaign organising. Wed Aug 21, 6pm, Green Ant Cantina, Bunda St.

Event date:  Wed, 21/08/2013 - 6:00pm

Casual workers most exploited

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 11:10
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Denis Rogatyuk

The latest unemployment figures have revealed symptoms of a long rise in inequality and falling living standards for working Australians. The unemployment rate now stands at 5.7% — the highest level since the beginning of the financial crisis back in late 2008.

According to the latest figures published by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the number of full-time jobs fell by 4400 in the month of June alone, while the number of part-time employment positions increased by 14,800.

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Blue Mountains Meet the Candidates forum

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 10:52

Meet the Candidates forum
Organised by the Blue Mountains Unions Council

An opportunity to hear from and ask questions of candidates for the seat of Macquarie in the September 7 federal election.

Saturday 24th August
Blackburn's Family Hotel,
Parke Street,

All welcome. Free admission.

Event date:  Sat, 24/08/2013 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm Event time:  Wed, 14/08/2013 - 2:30pm Email: Website: Phone:  (02)47871401

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains meeting

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 10:47

Stop Coal Seam Gas Blue Mountains campaign meeting. Come along and get involved inBlue Mountains residents’ campaign against CSG exploration and mining.

Tuesday, 10 September (and the second Tuesday of every month)
7.30pm – 9.30pm
Lawson Bowling Club, 2 Loftus St, Lawson

All welcome.
For more info, email, or visit

Event date:  Tue, 10/09/2013 - 7:30pm - 9:00pm Event time:  Tue, 10/09/2013 - 7:30pm Email: Website:

Sri Lanka: Tamil group to contest council poll, despite controversy

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 09:03
Thu, 15/08/2013 By Chris Slee

The Tamil National Alliance (TNA), the main party representing Tamils in Sri Lanka’s parliament, has selected 36 candidates to contest the Northern Provincial Council elections, to be held on September 21.

Sri Lanka’s northern province, which is mainly inhabited by Tamils, has been under military rule since the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) in 2009. The LTTE fought for nearly three decades for an independent Tamil state in the north and east of the island.

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Iran: Rouhani win brings hope for change

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:55
Wed, 14/08/2013 By Maryam Khazaeli

Hassan Rouhani was inaugurated as the president of Iran on August 4. He was elected in June, after mass mobilisations swept the country in support of his candidacy.

Those who supported him saw his election as the best way to open up space for reforms within the country. However, he is not an outsider to the system.

Rouhani was on Iran's nuclear negotiating team and was the country's top negotiator with the European Union on Iran's nuclear program from 2003 to 2009. He received official endorsement from Iran's supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, on August 3.

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Public meeting: People's hearing into racism and policing.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:43

Saturday, August 17-Sunday August 18

Event date:  Sun, 18/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Website:  Bookings

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Public meeting: People's hearing into racism and policing.

Green Left Weekly - Thu, 08/15/2013 - 08:42

Saturday, August 17-Sunday August 18

Event date:  Sat, 17/08/2013 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Website:  Bookings

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