GPJA #499: Two Book Launches: Tuesday – Bill McKay on Housing / Thursday – David Robie on the Pacific

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 499, April 18, 2014

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Tuesday, April 22, 6.30pm Where: Room 3, Owen Glenn Building, City Campus, University of Auckland
BOOK LAUNCH, State Housing: An Active Hand in Government. Come and be enthralled by the history of state housing. Bill McKay will talk about his book ‘Beyond the State, New Zealand State Houses from Modest to Modern’. New Zealand’s distinctive state houses from the 1930s and ’40s are an enduring symbol of this country’s egalitarian values. Modest houses, they were built from quality materials and with an emphasis on family and community. More than seventy five years since the first state houses appeared, they are enjoying a renaissance as new generations of homeowners find ways to adapt their sturdy form for a more contemporary way of living. Beyond the State pays tribute to the New Zealand state house – and explores what it still offers us today. You may already have heard this talked about on various programmes on Radio New Zealand. Click here for one of the interviews.

Thursday, April 24, 4-6pm, AUT Library Foyer, Level 4, WA Building, City Campus, Auckland
BOOK LAUNCH: Don’t Spoil My Beautiful Face: Media, Mayhem and Human Rights in the Pacific Publisher: Little Island Press. Pacific Media Centre supporters are invited to the launch of PMC director Professor David Robie’s new book on the media, politics and the Pacific, with a foreword by Kalafi Moala. Guest speakers: Dr Sitiveni Ratuva and TVNZ Pacific affairs correspondent Barbara Dreaver, who will launch the book. http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/events/book-launch-dont-spoil-my-beautiful-face-media-mayhem-and-human-rights-pacific

April 25-27, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT city campus, Auckland
Militarisation in the Pacific: Women, Peace and Security. A regional meeting convened by WILPF Aotearoa. The meeting will comprise two days of information sharing through panels, workshops and presentations, and one day of work on WILPF activity in the region. Women from around the Pacific will be coming to the meeting to share information about issues, such as foreign military bases, being under military occupation, the links between globalization and militarization. It will be a great opportunity to meet our sisters from around the region and learn firsthand about issues of peace and security in the Pacific.
The programme:
Friday 25 April: 12 noon
– a welcome followed by lunch. 2.00pm – an informal information sharing session for WILPF women to speak about the situation in their country. In the evening there will be a public screening of the documentary, Noho Hewa by film maker Anne Keala Kelly. The film is about the effects of militarization and historical and ongoing colonization on Kanaka Maoli, the indigenous people of Hawaii.
Saturday 26 April 9.00am – 5.00pm. There will be a mixture of workshops, plenary presentations and panel discussions.
Sunday 27 April will focus on WILPF business, in particular, the 100th birthday in 2015 and the possibility of the Asia-Pacific WILPF sections working together as a regional grouping within International WILPF.
For further detail go to www.wilpf.org.nz (The site is being regularly updated).
Registration now open via wilpfaotearoa

Sunday, April 27, 2-4pm, Thorndon School Hall, Wellington
Memorial Service. Part of the Workers Memorial Day events. We are having three events – the forestry memorial service on 27 April and the collection and procession to Parliament on 28 April to remember all workers killed at work. Plans are shaping up well for the three events to mark workers memorial day but we need some assistance from affiliates to ensure that these Wellington events are great for members from all unions.

Sunday, April 27, 10.30-12.30, Kelly Tarlton’s SeaLife Aquarium, 23 Tamaki Dr, Auckland.
You’re invited to an Election year Oceans Forum. Hear oceans experts talk about our marine challenges, and hear from political parties what they’ll do in response. Register to attend at either mauisandhectorsdolphins or on the fb event, or via ‘Eventfinda’. Entry is free but numbers are limited. It would be great to see you there and everyone is welcome.

Monday, April 28, 2 noon, Wellington Railway Station, Bunny St to Parliament
Workers Memorial Day procession https://www.facebook.com/events/391333954343226/

Thursday, May 1, Blackball
Damien O’Connor MP opens a new public art exhibition. Runanga Miners Hall 4.00pm. Meet and greet Damien O’Connor MP at Runanga Workingmen’s Club. Refreshments served. 7.00pm. followed by the inaugural Schools Debate Grey High School versus John Paul II: Voting is no longer relevant. Young people can make change in other ways. Runanga Workingmen’s Club 7.30-9.00pm.
Friday, May 2, Blackball
The annual Blackball versus Runanga debate: You can’t vote Labour because it means the bloody Greens could be in government. Runanga, current champions, will be arguing the affirmative. Chaired by Denise Roche, MP Green Party. Blackball Workingmen’s Club, 7.30pm All welcome.
Saturday, May 3, Blackball
Exhibition Opening, You & the Boss: Employment Relations and the coming election. Blackball Museum 5.00pm. Performance of the play based on the Spring Creek Mine closure and the proposed workers co-operative The Judgement of Ben Alder, script by Paul Maunder, performed by Kiwi/Possum Productions at Blackball Community Centre 6.30pm followed by dinner 7.30pm with keynote speech by Kevin Hague, MP Green Party, on the topic of Just Transition from fossil fuels. There could even be some singing. Dinner and play $20. Please book wkcultur; Play only gold coin/koha at the door.

Saturday, May 3, 7.30pm,Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North
May Day Concert.

Saturday, May 3, 10am-3pm, Corbans Estate, 426 Great North Rd, Auckland
West Fest For A Living Wage

Saturday, May 3, 6:30 for 7pm start. St. Heliers Community Centre, 100 St Heliers Bay Road
Amnesty International Quiz Night. Hosted by the Remuera Group of Amnesty International. Tickets: $25/single or $150/table of 8. Discounted tkt prices for pre-purchase. Food and beverage available for purchase. Raffle and prizes too. Contact Jeanette or Richard at 09-521-2050 for more information.

GPJA Special Forum: Monday 5th May 7.30pm at Trades Hall, 147 Great North Road Grey Lynn.
Guest Speaker Murray Horton from the Christchurch-based CAFCA (Campaign against Foreign Control of Aotearoa) and the ABC (Anti Bases Campaign) Murray will be speaking on: “Who’s running the show and in whose interests?” and focusing on: People’s Rights before Corporate Profit; Public service, not private profit; An independent foreign policy; No unjust secret treaties. Murray’s GPJA forum is part of a nationwide tour. We don’t see him often in Auckland so we welcome everyone to what will be an entertaining, amusing and politically important presentation.

Tuesday, May 6, 5.30 p.m. until 7.30 p.m. at WG 126, AUT University, Sir Paul Reeves Building, 2 Governor Fitzroy Place, AUCKLAND.
The New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO in conjunction with the AUT University Pacific Media Centre has great pleasure in inviting you to join us for the UNESCO World Press Freedom Day Lecture 2014. The Lecture will be given by Dr Gavin Ellis, senior media lecturer at the University of Auckland and former editor-in-chief of The New Zealand Herald. The title of his lecture will be: "No-one died covering celebrity news." Please feel free to pass this invitation to your colleagues also and ask them to RSVP with their names and contact details when convenient. RSVP to: susan.isaacs by Monday 28 April.

Friday, May 9, 4-6pm, Room WG808 (Level 8), Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University
WHAT THE MEDIA DON’T TELL YOU: WHO’S RUNNING THE SHOW? AND IN WHOSE INTEREST? "We want an independent Aotearoa, based on policies of economic, military and political self-reliance, using Aotearoa’s resources for the benefit of the people of Aotearoa. "This country needs people power to let the world know that Aotearoa is not for sale." – Murray Horton, spokesperson for the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC)

Saturday, May 10, 7.30pm, Michael Fowler Centre, Wellington.
DREAMS LIE DEEPER – A CONCERT COMMEMORATING MINERS EVERYWHERE. The Orpheus Choir of Wellington, the city’s much-acclaimed symphonic choir, has programmed a major concert entitled Dreams Lie Deeper, as a tribute to miners the world over. It brings together three premières of choral music dedicated to miners, inspired by historical events that recall the tragedies, the struggles and also the rejoicing when rescue from a mining disaster was achieved. The theme of the evening will be dedicated to mining communities and a commemoration of events that have irrevocably changed the course of their lives.

May 19, 21, & 23, Fisher Paykell Auditorium of the University of Auckland
Sir Douglas Robb Lectures: The Human Cost of Inequality – Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson. Lecture series to be given by the authors of The Spirit Level. Details: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/news-events-and-notices/events/events-2014/05/sir-douglas-robb-lectures.html

Saturday, May 24, 9:45am – 5:30pm, Cityside Baptist, 8 Mt Eden Road, Newton, Auckland
Amnesty International Annual Meeting & Skillshare 2014. The date is set and the venue booked! Amnesty International is holding its Annual Meeting to celebrate human rights heroes, tell you about our priority campaigns and give you a say on important Amnesty matters. This year’s meeting will take place on 24 May and gives you the chance to participate in the direction and decision making your organisation. oin us the following day for a Skillshare where you’ll get the opportunity to exchange skills and knowledge with activists from around New Zealand. The day also includes training and more in-depth workshops on our current campaigns. Where: Auckland Venue: TBC When: 25 May 2014, 10am – 3pm. http://www.amnesty.org.nz/get-involved/annual-meeting-2014

ANNOUNCEMENTS

WHITE POPPIES FOR PEACE APPEAL STARTS TOMORROW
Below is the information about this year’s White Poppies for Peace Appeal, which starts tomorrow and runs through to Thuesday, 24 April. This message is available online as follows: formatted for printing: http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/poppy-appeal-2014.pdf on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/notes/peace-movement-aotearoa/white-poppies-for-peace-annual-appeal-17-to-24-april/661385377242168 on Scoop: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00248/white-poppies-for-peace-annual-appeal.htm .
If you are in Wellington: can you help with the street collection? It is on Tuesday, 22 April, and there are three collection times: from 7am to 8.30am (railway station), from 12.30pm to 2pm (central city), and from 4.30pm to 6pm (central city / railway station). If you can help with the Wellington street collection, please email whitepoppies as soon as possible and let us know what time/s you are available. Please include your phone number in your message, thank you.

POSITION VACANT AT PEACE PALACE
The Peace Place (Aiotanga)* is a work of the Dominican Family and Pax Christi. A space in the heart of Auckland dedicated to a more just and peaceful world, it promotes inter-religious dialogue, the study of ecology, nonviolence and restorative justice. After two years of successful operation, The Peace Place requires a new Manager, creative, adaptable and with good communication skills. This is a paid position, at 20 hours per week. Expressions of interest to the secretary at: The Peace Place, 2F / 22 Emily Place, Auckland 1010, Aotearoa New Zealand. Ph) 09 377 5541. Or email: paxnz Applications will be received up to 5 pm, Friday 25 April 2014 . * a place of peace and shelter.

CPAG: SAVE THE DATE: FRIDAY 16 MAY
Please save the date for CPAG’s annual post budget breakfasts on Friday, May 16. What will the 2014 budget hold for children? Join us for breakfast to hear our analysis of how the 2014 budget affects children and young people. We’re holding breakfasts in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch with the possibility of extending events to Whangarei, Hamilton and Dunedin! Watch out for more details soon. http://tinyurl.com/mqakeww

MURRAY HORTON SPEAKING TOUR: MARCH 31-MAY 29, 2014 – WHO’S RUNNING THE SHOW? AND IN WHOSE INTERESTS?
Murray Horton is the long serving Organiser and spokesperson for two Christchurch-based groups, the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa (CAFCA) and the Anti-Bases Campaign (ABC). He has been a political activist since the late 1960s and has a national profile as a campaigner, writer, speaker, organiser and researcher. Between the end of March and the end of May he is undertaking an election year national speaking tour, from Dunedin to Kaitaia, and many places inbetween (he has been doing these election year tours for a couple of decades, most recently in 2011). The full itinerary is at http://2014cafcatour.blogspot.co.nz/p/blog-page.html

JOIN THIS YEAR’S AUSTRALIAN SOLIDARITY DELEGATION TO VENEZUELA DECEMBER 2 – 13, 2014
Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Registrations are now open for the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 2014 solidarity tour to revolutionary Venezuela. http://links.org.au/node/3700

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Drone murder of New Zealander “justified” by Prime Minister By John Minto http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/17/drone-murder-of-new-zealander-justified-by-prime-minister/

UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Statement http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00106/un-working-group-on-arbitrary-detention-statement.htm

UNbelieved – the true racism of NZ By Tim Selwyn http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/15/unbelieved-the-true-racism-of-nz/

An alternative direction: Why ordinary people need a new party http://cwi.co.nz/2014/04/an-alternative-direction-why-ordinary-people-need-a-new-party/

Man’s lost wages ‘too hard’ for ACC http://www.nzherald.co.nz/wairarapa-times-age/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503414&objectid=11236860

Everything But: Why Labour is distancing itself from the Greens By Chris Trotter http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/11/everything-but-why-labour-is-distancing-itself-from-the-greens/

Anne Salmond: Muddying the waters on pollution http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11238114

David Skegg: We must choose: riches or water? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11235267

Protest targets Westpac http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/news/9930937/Protest-targets-Westpac

Ecological Concerns are “Clap-trap”, Simple Simon says (again) http://snoopman.net.nz/2014/04/11/ecological-concerns-are-clap-trap-simple-simon-says/

The Charter Schools Debacle http://iso.org.nz/2014/04/14/the-charter-schools-debacle/

What disability is http://publicaddress.net/access/what-disability-is/

Number of Kiwis born overseas tops 1m http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11238701

Battle with ACC ‘worse than robbery’ http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/298714/claim-battle-acc-worse-robbery

MANA CONFERENCE

Interview: Mana leader Hone Harawira http://www.3news.co.nz/Interview-Mana-leader-Hone-Harawira/tabid/1348/articleID/339876/Default.aspx

Our People: Annette Sykes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11236689

Mana.com tries to hitch a ride into government By Susan Edmunds http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11237283

The issues behind the possible MANA-Internet Party Alliance By Martyn Bradbury http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/17/the-issues-behind-the-possible-mana-internet-party-alliance/

POVERTY & INEQUALITY

Where Are The 15,000 Jobs? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00293/where-are-the-15000-jobs.htm

Right wing lies continue By Mike Treen http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/11/right-wing-lies-continue/

Beneficiary bashing just too easy http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/9932258/Beneficiary-bashing-just-too-easy

People in poverty do not choose it http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/perspective/9520961/People-in-poverty-do-not-choose-it

Widening pay gap ‘can be fixed’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11236703

Poverty denial – NZ Herald editorial http://thestandard.org.nz/poverty-denial-nz-herald-editorial/

When in trouble – blame the “filthy benes”! By Frank Macskasy http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/14/when-in-trouble-blame-the-filthy-benes/

Inequalities of the 10 percenters http://thestandard.org.nz/inequalities-of-the-10-percenters/

Pay disparity in New Zealand: This week Auckland journalist Steve Hart looks at pay disparity in New Zealand with an extended interview with Paul Barber of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00177/pay-disparity-in-new-zealand.htm

Kiwis spend more on food than most http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/9928889/Kiwis-spend-more-on-food-than-most

NZ – ECONOMY

ANZAC spirit deserts the TPPA By Prof Jane Kelsey http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/04/17/get-work-on-29th-and-the-anzac-spirit-deserts-the-tppa/

Making the trade-offs http://www.odt.co.nz/lifestyle/magazine/298464/making-trade-offs

Bernard Hickey: Young and poor to pick up cheque for public assets http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11237273

Affordable Housing 20 years away – Housing Minister Nick Smith http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/affordable-housing-20-years-away-housing-minister-nick-smith-ck-154701

NZ – WORKRIGHTS

EPMU: Private PostShops threaten customer service and workers’ pay http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00152/private-postshops-threaten-customer-service-and-workers-pay.htm

Yarn firm workers knew nothing of closure http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9933813/Yarn-firm-workers-knew-nothing-of-closure

ACC passes on jobseekers’ details http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11239526

Fishing pay fight damaging NZ http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9943488/Fishing-pay-fight-damaging-NZ

Workers at Canterbury Yarns need redundancy support http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1404/S00245/workers-at-canterbury-yarns-need-redundancy-support.htm

NZ-HISTORY

National Myth-Making – And A New Antidote http://convincingreasons.wordpress.com/2014/04/10/national-myth-making-and-a-new-antidote/

STATS OF THE WEEK

The 67 People As Wealthy As The World’s Poorest 3.5 Billion http://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesinsights/2014/03/25/the-67-people-as-wealthy-as-the-worlds-poorest-3-5-billion/

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

FEATURES

TRNN Debate: Decriminalization vs. Legalization https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GW3nsHS_Erk&list=TLuF7bdnggm_L5dLO4ywf1VAkQNtYytSHi

Malala’s Father Explains That His Daughter Is So Strong Because He Didn’t ‘Clip Her Wings’ https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?ui=2#inbox/14559f4cf25afba3

Out in the Open: Inside the Operating System Edward Snowden Used to Evade the NSA http://www.wired.com/2014/04/tails/

Imperialism in South Asia and the War Against the People of Pakistan by the Campaign Against Drones in Pakistan (CADiP) http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/968.php

An Open Letter to the Media on the ‘Irony’ of Snowden’s Request for Asylum in Venezuela and Ecuador https://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/18-3

Global military spending drops slightly, but not far enough http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1404/S00207/global-military-spending-drops-slightly-but-not-far-enough.htm

Nick Turse, AFRICOM Becomes a "War-Fighting Combatant Command" http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175830/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_africom_becomes_a_%22war-fighting_combatant_command%22/

8 Things Mainstream Media Doesn’t Have the Courage to Tell You http://www.alternet.org/media/8-things-mainstream-media-doesnt-have-courage-tell-you

Video: the great debate – how should we remember World War One? http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/219-world-war-one/17150-the-great-debate-how-should-we-remember-world-war-one-

A Petrodollar and a Dream by Adam Hanieh https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/01/a-petrodollar-and-a-dream/

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Global Corporations Are Scheming to Take Control of Our Economy — We Can Put a Stop to It http://www.alternet.org/activism/global-corporations-are-scheming-take-control-our-economy-we-can-put-stop-it

Global empire or imperialism? http://isreview.org/issue/92/global-empire-or-imperialism

Video:: David Harvey on The 17 Contradictions of Capitalism http://www.lse.ac.uk/newsAndMedia/videoAndAudio/channels/publicLecturesAndEvents/player.aspx?id=2371

Michael Lewis: ‘Wall Street has gone insane’: Flash Boys, an exposé of the murky world of ‘rigged’ high-frequency trading, has sold 130,000 copies in its first week and is already being turned into a film. Its author, Michael Lewis, explains why the story is so compelling – and why our brightest minds make the most dangerous bankers http://www.theguardian.com/business/2014/apr/16/michael-lewis-flash-boys-wall-street-insane

CAPITAL BY THOMAS PIKETTY REVIEWED

Forces Of Divergence: Is surging inequality endemic to capitalism?http://www.newyorker.com/arts/critics/books/2014/03/31/140331crbo_books_cassidy

The short guide to Capital in the 21st Century http://www.vox.com/2014/4/8/5592198/the-short-guide-to-capital-in-the-21st-century

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century: Its Uses and Limits

by Charles Andrews http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2014/andrews220314.html

Why We’re in a New Gilded Age by Paul Krugman http://www.commondreams.org/view/2014/04/11-6

Capitalism simply isn’t working and here are the reasons why – Economist Thomas Piketty’s message is bleak: the gap between rich and poor threatens to destroy us http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/capitalism-isnt-working-thomas-piketty

‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’, by Thomas Piketty Review by Martin Wolf http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/0c6e9302-c3e2-11e3-a8e0-00144feabdc0.html#axzz2zBp2gWAn

Occupy was right: capitalism has failed the world – One of the slogans of the 2011 Occupy protests was ‘capitalism isn’t working’. Now, in an epic, groundbreaking new book, French economist Thomas Piketty explains why they’re right http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/occupy-right-capitalism-failed-world-french-economist-thomas-piketty

Paul Krugman: Wealth over work http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/opinion/krugman-wealth-over-work.html

Thomas Piketty and Millennial Marxists on the Scourge of Inequality

Capitalism’s new critics take on an economics run amok. http://www.thenation.com/article/179337/thomas-piketty-and-millennial-marxists-scourge-inequality

Why the 1% should pay tax at 80%: The Reagan-Thatcher revolution changed society’s beliefs about taxes. If we want economic growth shared fairly, we must rethink http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/oct/24/1percent-pay-tax-rate-80percent/print

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT

Earth Will Cross the Climate Danger Threshold by 2036 http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/earth-will-cross-the-climate-danger-threshold-by-2036/?print=true

Human Extinction In Our Lifetime? Only collapse of industrial civilization can prevent climate change: Global warming is real – and possibly even worse than we’ve been told. Could it lead to the destruction of human civilization within just a few decades? For tonight’s Conversations With Great Minds – I’m joined by Guy McPherson -Professor Emeritus of Natural Resources – Ecology – and Evolutionary Biology at the University Arizona. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article38208.htm

Naomi Klein:Why US fracking companies are licking their lips over Ukraine http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/10/us-fracking-companies-climate-change-crisis-shock-doctrine

Killing Nature’s Defenders: Study Finds Global Surge in Murders of Environmental Activists http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/16/killing_natures_defenders_study_finds_global

IPCC report: Greenhouse gas emissions accelerated in past decade http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2014/04/13/ipcc_report_greenhouse_gas_emissions_accelerated_in_past_decade.html

CULTURAL DISSENT

I Got Love for the Underdog: Boots Riley talks about working class resistance and radical parties in American history to a packed gathering of Mana in South Auckland. http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/i-got-love-for-underdog.html

Why Allende had to die: The writer has died at the age of 87. Read his classic piece for the NS on the 1973 Chilean coup. BY GABRIEL GARCÍA MÁRQUEZ http://www.newstatesman.com/world-affairs/2013/04/why-allende-had-die

A UNION FATHERS LESSON TO HIS SON. http://www.davephillipsworkingclass.com/355375538

happy Birthday Charlie Chaplin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idB8FqlYMqw

The People: The Rise and Fall of the Working Class 1910–2010 – review

"Imagine Living in a Socialist USA": New Book Envisions Greater Democracy, World Without Capitalism http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/11/imagine_living_in_a_socialist_usa

"Years https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UI9SAbPTDPk&feature=em-subs_digest-vrecsof Living Dangerously": James Cameron, Matt Damon, Harrison Ford in TV Climate Change Series http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/11/years_of_living_dangerously_james_cameron

Rap artist advocates labour as a tool for change http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/299265/rap-artist-advocates-labour-tool-change

Raising Our Expectations by Sam Gindin: Jane McAlevey challenges the Left to stop lamenting its disappointments in the working class and address our own failures. https://www.jacobinmag.com/2014/04/raising-our-expectations/

AFGHANISTAN

Polk Winner on Afghanistan: Slain Journalists, Ghost Polls & Unresolved U.S. Ties to Deaths, Torture http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/14/polk_winner_on_afghanistan_slain_journalists

AUSTRALIA

Asylum-seekers: thousands rally in protest against government’s policies http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/13/asylum-seekers-thousands-rally-in-protest-against-governments-policies

Super A-Mart and the struggle for workers’ rights http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/26/super-a-mart-union-dispute

‘Zoe’s law’ prepares ground for US-style attacks on women’s right to choose http://links.org.au/node/3796

The war on unions is on – it’s time to fight back http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/10/the-war-on-unions-is-on-its-time-to-fight-back

Future Prime Minister may be forced to apologise to asylum seekers, protesters warn http://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/future-prime-minister-may-be-forced-to-apologise-to-asylum-seekers-protesters-warn/story-fnj3rq0y-1226882720159

Builders face government moves to seize homes, cars https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56260

CANADA

The forgotten detainee? http://www.calgarysun.com/2014/04/11/the-forgotten-detainee

CHINA

Yue Yuen shoe factory workers’ strike at Dongguan plants continues http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1483287/yue-yuen-shoe-factory-workers-strike-dongguan-plants-continues

EGYPT

From Cairo to Suez, Egypt workers defy government with labor strikes http://tinyurl.com/kbozu3z

Egyptian police ‘using rape as a weapon’ against dissident groups http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/12/egypt-police-rape-dissidents-crackdown-16000-arrested

FRANCE

Video: thousands march against austerity in Paris http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/video/17163-video-thousands-march-against-austerity-in-paris

INDIA

Growth in the Time of UPA – Myths and Reality http://www.epw.in/insight/growth-time-upa.html

ITALY

Greater unity, optimism as Italian left backs Alexis Tspiras http://links.org.au/node/3807

LIBYA

Nick Turse, The Pentagon, Libya, and Tomorrow’s Blowback Today http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175831/tomgram%3A_nick_turse%2C_the_pentagon%2C_libya%2C_and_tomorrow%27s_blowback_today/

NETHERLANDS

Netherlands Closing 19 Prisons Due to Lack of Criminals http://www.trueactivist.com/netherlands-closing-19-prisons-due-to-lack-of-criminals/

PACIFIC

Border ‘butchers’, absentee poll reps and West Papua’s growing strife http://cafepacific.blogspot.co.nz/2014/04/border-butchers-absentee-poll-reps-and.html

AUDIO: PMC director launches new Pacific ‘secret stories’ book next week http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/audio-pmc-director-launches-new-pacific-secret-stories-book-next-week-8564

PALESTINE

How to keep the Palestinian cause alive http://www.alanhart.net/how-to-keep-the-palestinian-cause-alive/

Q&A with Israeli peace activist Miko Peled http://mersihagadzo.com/2014/04/13/qa-with-israeli-peace-activist-miko-peled/

Mideast Frustration, the Sequel http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/world/middleeast/israeli-settlement-plan-derailed-peace-talks-kerry-says.html

10,000 African migrants stage demonstration in Jerusalem http://www.timesofisrael.com/african-migrants-take-protest-to-jerusalem/#ixzz2z67Psswp

The economic destruction of Gaza http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/the-economic-destruction-of-gaza/

Israel’s ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Jaffa city https://uk.news.yahoo.com/gentrification-jaffa-threatens-residents-140138378.html#K16d4wy

When our freedom means their captivity: In the wake of further settlement expansion, British university students are finding it harder to defend Israel to their peers. http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.585706

Israel’s blockade of Gaza the "longest in history," says new UNRWA head

On his first visit to Gaza, Pierre Krahenbuhl says Israel is imposing Collective punishment on Palestinians in the strip. http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.585880

SOUTH AFRICA

20 years of apartheid by another name http://johnpilger.com/articles/south-africa-20-years-of-apartheid-by-another-name

SPAIN

Marches of Dignity http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/news/17148-spain-marches-of-dignity

UK

Supermarket staff could win millions in equal pay cases http://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/apr/11/supermarket-staff-equal-pay-cases-asda

Sue Townsend: how the welfare state left me and my kids scouring the streets for pennies http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/13/adrian-mole-sue-townsend-welfare

From food banks to property bubbles – the moral decay that blights Britain http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/12/moral-decay-blights-britain-food-banks-zero-hours?CMP=fb_gu

TUSC chair Dave Nellist interviewed on BBC2′s Daily Politics https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEVwGJIZ6qk&feature=youtu.be

U.K. Govt Pressed Over Allegations Cia Used Diego Garcia As Black Site http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/4/10/uk-human-rights-groupdemandsclarificationonciablacksites.html

Life of a food bank user: no gas, no cooker, benefits delayed – See more at: http://blogs.channel4.com/paul-mason-blog/gas-cooker-benefits-delayed-life-food-bank-user/691#sthash.FsG7Ugvg.dpuf

UKRAINE

Ukraine government risks a whirlwind in efforts to halt protests in east of country http://www.rogerannis.com/ukraine-government-risks-a-whirlwind-in-efforts-to-halt-protests-in-east-of-country/

Donetsk Paper Tigers: Popular Sentiment In Donetsk Might Be Fascist, But It Doesn’t Have To Stay That Way http://exile.ru/articles/detail.php?ARTICLE_ID=7570&IBLOCK_ID=35

Ukrainian troops ‘demoralised’ as civilians face down anti-terror drive http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/16/ukrainian-troops-civilians-kiev-anti-terrorist-krutov

USA

How a Receipt Helped Free a Wrongfully Convicted Man After More Than 24 Years in Prison http://www.thenation.com/blog/179273/how-receipt-helped-free-wrongfully-convicted-man-after-more-24-years-prison

Wall Street’s Land Grab: Firms Amass Rental Empire, Ousting Tenants & Threatening New Housing Crisis http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/10/wall_streets_land_grab_firms_amass

In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class

With Solidarity in Spades, Vermont Bus Drivers’ 18-Day Strike Results in Big Win http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/16539/burlington_bus_drivers_18_day_strike_results_in_big_win

Zero Tolerance and Broken Windows Policing Criminalizes Homeless and Poor People … and Can Kill Them http://www.alternet.org/hard-times-usa/homeless-veteran-murdoughs-death-rikers-reveals-our-collective-disregard-poor

Report Finds Los Angeles at Risk of Decline http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/10/us/report-finds-a-los-angeles-in-decline.html

Top Ten differences between White Terrorists and Others http://www.juancole.com/2012/08/top-ten-differences-between-white-terrorists-and-others.html

USA – WORKERS REVOLT

Big Brown Waves White Flag – After a relentless labor-community campaign, UPS waved the white flag and agreed to rehire all 250 New York City drivers the company fired last month. http://labornotes.org/2014/04/big-brown-waves-white-flag-0

Slideshow: NYC Fast Food Workers Rally for a ‘Living Wage’ http://billmoyers.com/2014/04/15/slideshow-nyc-fast-food-workers-rally-for-a-living-wage/

USA – SPYING SCANDAL

Glenn Greenwald & Laura Poitras Q&A on Snowden, the Surveillance State & Press Freedom http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2014/4/11/video_glenn_greenwald_laura_poitras_q

"This Award is for Snowden": Greenwald, Poitras Accept Polk Honor for Exposing NSA Surveillance http://www.democracynow.org/2014/4/14/this_award_is_for_snowden_glenn

VENEZUELA

Michael Lebowitz: Venezuela’s economic problems; Trans-Pacific Partnership an imperialist assault http://links.org.au/node/3803

Federico Fuentes: ¿Cogestión es Revolución? Workers’ participation during the first Chávez administration (1999-2006) http://links.org.au/node/3801

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