Tues 7pm: Voice from Cuba – “Doctors not Guns – Medical aid to Haita and the Pacific”

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NEWSLETTER No. 324, April, 2010

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Hear Odalys Lopez Sarmiento from the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples

"Doctors not Guns – Cuba’s medical aid to Haiti and the Pacific"

7pm, Tuesday, April 13, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland.

The devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti threw into stark relief the contrasting approach of the Cuban government and the world’s wealthiest powers. In the earthquake’s aftermath, the U.S. military took over the airport and seaports and put the arrival of troops and military equipment ahead of food and medical supplies. In contrast, Cuban doctors already stationed in Haiti when the earthquake struck were the first to begin treating the injured. Cuban doctors also extend their expertise and solidarity to numerous other countries, including Pacific Island nations.

The guest speaker at this public meeting is Odalys Lpez Sarmiento, who works for the Asia-Pacific division of the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples. As part of her job, 31-year-old Odalys has travelled to a number of Asian countries to talk about Cuba. She represented Cuba at the second Bolivarian Youth Cruise, delivering lectures on Cuba to hundreds of Japanese passengers. She attended an International Conference on Peace and Against the Naval Bases, held in Ecuador last year, and has also visited Venezuela and Panama. She was member of the Cuban delegation at the III and IV Asia-Pacific Regional Conference of Solidarity with Cuba. She has worked with several international brigades in Cuba, among them the Southern Cross Brigade from Australia and New Zealand.

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WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Saturday, April 10, 1pm,Hollywood Bakery, 9 Elliott St, Auckland
HOLLYWOOD BAKERY! STOP EXPLOITING CHINESE WORKERS! Hollywood Bakery largely employs Chinese workers. There have been complaints about low pay, bullying and exploitation. Some workers report they have not had proper holiday pay, sick pay or secure hours. We want to send this company a message. Respect your workers- pay them what they are worth. Any incidents where a worker was not properly paid for hours done will be investigated and pursued. You will be liable for backpay for all holidays and hours not properly paid for. Bullying of workers is unacceptable. Workers are entitled to proper procedures and representation. http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=113053975386736&ref=mf

Saturday, April 10, from 10am, St Columba Centre, 30 Vermont Street, Ponsonby, Auckland
QPEC Public Forum and AGM – all welcome. "2010 – a year of challenge for education". Attacks on public education are coming thick and fast from the National/ACT government. The QPEC public forum brings together key educational leaders to discuss these serious threats to public education – especially the pernicious National Party policy of national standards. Everyone welcome for a lively discussion with campaign planning to enhance education quality and opportunity for all New Zealanders. All welcome.
AGENDA: 10am Public Forum – "2010 – a year of challenge for education". Speakers: Dellis Hunt – Spokesperson for PAL (Parents Against Labelling); Frances Nelson – President NZEI (New Zealand Education Institute); Bronwen Cross – Deputy General Secretary PPTA (Post Primary Teachers Association); Tom Ryan – President TEU (Tertiary Education Union); David Do and Pene Delaney – Co-Presidents NZUSA (NZ Union of Student Associations). 12noon Scone/muffin Break. 12.15pm Forum continues with speakers: Martin Thrupp, Professor of Education from Waikato University; Ivan Snook, Emeritus professor of Education Massey University; Ruth Mansell, QPEC National Vice Chair; John Minto, QPEC National Vice Chair. 2.30pm – Lunch. 3pm QPEC AGM. 4.30pm Finish. All WELCOME

Saturday, April 10, 10AM, Ponsonby Community Centre, 20 Ponsonby Tce (off Ponsonby Rd)
MEETING TO ORGANISE AGAINST THE SUPERCITY: Hi there, I’m contacting you as someone who has been active in your community regarding the supercity developments. I’m Mels Barton from GAG in West Auckland and I’d like to invite you to join in a regionwide coalition of community groups and individuals who would still like to make a difference. I’d like to use the next 2 months before the select committee reports back to the Government on May 24 to run a protest campaign right across the region and see what influence we can bring to get a better, more democratic shape to the super city. This is the last window of opportunity to have any influence before attention is diverted to the Mayoral race and I believe it has to be worth a try. The Govt know their proposals are unpopular, but they haven’t really seen the strength of that feeling yet at a grassroots level. If we can mobilise people from all walks of life – Youth to Grey Power, Community Boards to Activists, Business Associations to Beneficiaries – to say they don’t like what is being done to our city maybe we have a chance to change some key elements of the current proposals. I have already spoken with The Aucklander and they are happy to give us front page coverage for the launch of our campaign as well as weekly follow-up articles, so we can reach a wide audience very easily. Time is critical obviously, so I would like to invite you to an initial meeting this Saturday 10 April at 10am in the Ponsonby Community Centre (20 Ponsonby Tce (off Ponsonby Rd )) to shape & name our campaign, gather a steering group & decide the best way forward. I realise everyone has started to run out of steam on this issue, so the ideas I have for our various protests & to demonstrate the strength of feeling are easy and don’t require major organisation or effort – just enthusiasm and your networks. So please get in touch with me and let me know your thoughts & availability. Please feel free to invite anyone else you think appropriate to involve. Hope to cu on Saturday. cheers Mels. Mels Barton, 09 816 8337 / 021 213 7779; westiegag on Twitter; http://www.gag.net.nz

Sunday, April 11, 11am – Tuesday April 12, 10.30am and 8.30pm
The Academy is screening the World Cinema Showcase Film Festival. ‘Crude’ concerns the decades-long class-action by 30,000 Ecuadorian citizens against oil giant Chevron. http://www.worldcinemashowcase.co.nz

Tuesday, April 12, 7.00pm, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, GreyLynn, Auckland
"Doctors Not Guns – Cuba’s Medical Aid to Haita and the Pacific" – Hear OdalysLpez Sarmiento, from the Asia-Pacific Division of the Cuban Institute ofFriendship with the Peoples, speaking on Cuba’s role in the aftermath ofthe Haiti earthquake and its contribution to healthcare in the Pacific.

Saturday, April 17, 5pm, 1st Floor, 7 The Strand, Takapuna,Auckland, NZ
"Changing NZ Attitudes to War and Peace – Jack Lyon Memorial Lecture". Come tothis special pre-ANZAC Day event. If you are interested in peace, war andinternational relations, it could be just your thing.

Saturday, April 24, 7pm, Telstra Stadium, 770 Great South Rd,Manukau
A benefit gig, to raise awareness and fundraise for victims of the devastatingearthquake in Chile. In New Zealand, we can do our part to help our brothersand sisters in our homeland. Concert, Art Auction, Markets, KidZone. TICKETS:Adults:$25; Children 5-12yrs: $10; Under 5yrs: Free; Family pass(2 adults 3children): $60. Booking fee applies. Details to follow. Tickets on sale soonvia http://www.ticketdirect.co.nz. Date to be announced. With MC Cori Gonzalez-Macuer,DJ Bobby Brazuka, Calle Latina, Emcee Silva, Jah RedLion, Chico y susonora….more of the lineup to be announced soon…

Saturday, May 1, 1.45pm, Britomart
UNIONS AUCKLAND MAY DAY MARCH. We will be marching from Britomart to theMaritime Club. Celebration: Maritime Club – 68 Anzac Ave from 2.30onwards. Food will be provided (Buy your own drinks).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

NO ISRAELI EMBASSY IN WELLINGTON
On Saturday, March 26th 2010, Palestine activists from around Wellington met toplan a campaign of resistance to the opening of an Israeli embassy in our city.The decision was made to form a coalition involving all interested groups andindividuals. We are calling on all groups opposed to the Israeli occupation andspecifically to the opening of an Israeli embassy in our capital to sign on anddeclare support for this mission statement, and to contribute in whatever waysthey can to this campaign. The coalition has united around the followingmission statement.
Mission Statement of NIEW
NIEW deplores the New Zealand Government inviting the state ofIsrael to open an embassy in Wellington.
The embassy will function as a tool to deepen Israel’s propaganda,political, economic, cultural, sporting, intelligence and military ties withNew Zealand.
New Zealand will be rightly viewed as endorsing a racist apartheid stateresponsible for ethnic cleansing, war crimes, human rights violations andongoing grave breaches of international law, including the building of Jewishonly settlements on occupied Palestinian land.
We oppose the opening as an expression of solidarity with a growinginternational Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel.
If you would like to get involved with this group please email vicpalestine@gmail.com We currentlymeet weekly to work on this campaign. http://noembassy.wordpress.com/

AOTEAROA NZ’S MAY DAY CONCERT 2010
Celebrating International Workers Day: A great night of fun and solidarity inthe form of song, music, dance and performance art from unions, communitygroups and individuals from throughout New Zealand and internationally.Featuring Peter Hicks (Folk singer / activist, Tasmania), The Brazen Hussies intheir 20th year of performing and the Turakina Maori Girls College kapa haka.Also featuring Ahmed Zaoui (poems), the Michelle Robinson Dancers,Pi’ikea Clark (ukelele), John Maynard (Trumpet), Rob Thorne, Suzy Hawes,Luc Arnault (France), Folk-Us, the Congolese Community Dancers and much more.When: Saturday 1 May 2010, 7.30pm. Where: Regent on Broadway, Palmerston North.Cost: Entry by gold coin donation. Judges for the May Day Cup: Peter Conway(Secretary, NZCTU), Keith Locke (Green Party MP), Iain Lees-Galloway (LabourParty MP, PNth), Pat Kelly (PNth City Councillor), Tania Kopytko (ExecutiveDirector, Dance Aotearoa NZ). Contact: Organised by Dion Martin (coordinator)Manawatu MayDay Coalition, on behalf of Unions Manawatu. Post: PO Box 1327,Palmerston North. Tel: (06) 356 9658, Cell: (021) 776 029, Email: dion.martin@ndu.org.nz Organise for:*Proper funding for public health, education housing and all public services; *The unrestricted right to strike for significant political, social andenvironmental issues; * Free education (student debt $11 billion); * Stopprivatisation of ACC; * No to racism – welcome refugees/asylum seekers; *Peace – and a NZ foreign and trade policy independent of US andglobalised corporate control; * $15 per hour minimum wage – sign the petition;* All NZ & US troops OUT of Afghanistan & Iraq NOW * Support the FreeBurma campaign and the CTU Tamil Nadu project. * Leave our Personal Grievanceprocess alone. *Hands off our holidays. Supported by: the New Zealand Councilof Trade Unions, Community Arts Palmerston North and Creative CommunitiesPalmerston North City.

AFGHAN WAR FOR CHRISTCHURCH STAGE JULY 16—AUG 14.
329BC, Alexander the Great conquers Bagram, crossroads of Asia.
1839, the British army takes Kabul.
1970, a kiwi hippie gets stoned on quality hash beneath the Hindu Kush.
1980, the Socialist Action League organises a meeting in the Wellington TradesHall to explain Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
2010, a New Zealand army unit sets out on a mission to the Chagai hills,southern Afghanistan….
All of this in “The Perfumed Garden,” a New Zealand play aboutAfghanistan, opening at The Forge / The Court in Christchurch, July16—Aug 14. http://www.courttheatre.org.nz/index.cfm/0,26,231,html?previewid=241

STOP THE SEARCH AND SURVEILLANCE BILL NOW!
Video footage of last month’s meeting in Auckland about the Search andSurveillance Bill has been loaded up to youtube. Here is the link
National Day of Action April 24th: Parliament will be discussing the Billagain at the start of May. On April 24th there will be a national day ofprotest action against the Search and Surveillance Bill. Updates will be postedon the Facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=204950191596

SPRING DELEGATION TO BOLIVIA- APRIL 20-22, 2010
Be part of history! Celebrate Earth Day and attend the Peoples’ WorldConference on Climate Change and Mother Earth’s Rights in Cochabamba,Bolivia. World scientists, academics, lawyers, and representatives ofgovernments that want to work with their citizens to save our planet will be inattendance. Before and after the conference, celebrate indigenous resistanceand explore food sovereignty issues in Bolivia, the first country in thehemisphere to be governed by an indigenous president. Learn about indigenousstruggles for sovereignty over food, land, and water. Meet with farmers,community leaders, government leaders, union leaders and others. Experience therich culture of the Andes and soak in the sights, sounds, people, and politicsin this historic moment in Bolivia. When: April 18-28, 2010 Where: StartCochabamba and end in La Paz; visits to El Chapare, Coroico (Yungas de La Paz),Oruro and Cost for Activities: $850. This will cover all lodging, all groundtransportation, at least 2 meals per day, and translation. Additional expensesduring the trip will be minimal.**Airfare not included. Possible group rateavailable for those traveling from NYC. Contact cbalbertolovera@gmail.com

LIVING WAGE PETITION – Stalls in your area:
AUCKLAND: Contact Joseph – 029 4455702 joseph@unite.org.nz
WHANGAREI: Contact Vaughan- 021 041 5082, email: svpl@xtra.co.nz
HAMILTON: Contact Jared- 029 494 9863 email: jared@unite.org.nz
COROMANDEL and THAMES: Contact Levi- 027 7746 278, email: whukoro@yahoo.co.nz
ROTORUA: Contact Bernie- email: bernieh@clear.net.nz , 07 345 9853
PALMERSTON NORTH: Contact Gerard- email: gerard@unite.org.nz , 06 3297 737
WELLINGTON: Contact Omar on 029 455 5789, email: omar@unite.org.nz.
CHRISTCHURCH: Contact Matt – 029 201 3837 email: matthew@unite.org.nz
DUNEDIN: Contact Chris- 027 781 0371, email: mr_matahaere@hotmail.com

2010 NATIONAL PEACE WORKSHOPS: ‘EXPOSING AND OPPOSING MILITARISM ANDMILITARISATION’ – FRIDAY, 16 APRIL TO SUNDAY, 18 APRIL 2010
This is the initial notice to let you know that the 2010 National PeaceWorkshops (NPW) – the national gathering for people interested in peace, socialjustice, and human rights – will be at the Quaker Settlement in Whanganui fromFriday, 16 April to Sunday, 18 April. The theme of the 2010 NPW is ‘Exposingand opposing militarism and militarisation’ and the focus is on sharing storiesand experiences, workshops and participatory discussion with contributors whohave experience of community and individual non-violent resistance tomilitarism and militarisation in Aotearoa and overseas. The programme willinclude campaign updates from peace and related groups, follow up to theWaihopai Ploughshares trial, and the Peace Movement Aotearoa Annual GeneralMeeting.
Information about the programme, venue, accommodation, registration and traveloptions will be circulated in the last week of February and will be availableon the NPW web page at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/npw10.htmIf you, or your group, is interested in contributing a campaign update,leaflets or other resources, a donation, or being a co-sponsor of the 2010 NPW,please read the sections below. Campaign updates and resources from peacegroups: if you would like to update NPW participants on what your group iscurrently working on, space is set aside in the programme for campaign updates,but it is helpful if we can know as soon as possible what topic/s you wouldlike to cover. You are welcome to bring leaflets or other resources to the NPW,or if no-one from your group is able to attend, we can take them for you(details of when any material for the NPW needs to be in the Peace MovementAotearoa office will be included in the NPW update at the end of February).
Donations and co-sponsorship: whether or not you are planningon attending the NPW, if you are able to send a donation to assist with thecosts that would be gratefully received. Because these NPW are residential, weare providing substantially subsidised rates for low income participants toensure that anyone who wishes to attend is not prevented from doing so becauseof the cost. Donations will be used to help with the subsidised rates; and, aswith previous NPW, if there are any surplus funds they will be held in trust byPeace Movement Aotearoa for the next NPW. There is also the opportunity forpeace groups to co-sponsor the NPW: co-sponsorship comprises a minimum donationof $100, and in return co-sponsoring organisations are listed on publicitymaterial, on the 2010 NPW web page, and in any published report. If you areinterested in being a NPW co-sponsor, please let us know as soon as possible.Donation and / or co-sponsorship cheques should be made payable to ‘PeaceMovement Aotearoa: Special Projects’ and sent to the address below. Pleaseremember to include your name, address, and organisation (where applicable) ifyou would like a receipt.
Contact details: Peace Movement Aotearoa, PO Box 9314,Wellington 6141. Tel (04) 382 8129, email pma@xtra.co.nz The National Peace Workshopsweb page is at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/npw10.htm

BLACKBALL MAYDAY AND OPENING OF ’08 MEMORIAL AND RESOURCE CENTRE
May 1st. Registration form and further information, http://www.blackballmuseum.org.nz

JOIN THE 2010 NATIONAL ELECTIONS BRIGADE TO VENEZUELA SEPTEMBER 17 -28, 2010
The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s brigades to Venezuela are aonce-in-a-lifetime experience – the opportunity to see first-hand an unfoldingrevolution that is not only radically transforming the lives of Venezuelans,but challenging the greed, exploitation and destructiveness of globalcapitalism by showing that a better world is possible. A special feature of theSeptember 2010 brigade will be observing Venezuela’s vigorous democracyin action. The brigade will coincide with Venezuela’s next NationalAssembly elections, on September 26th, enabling brigadistas to observe the lastweek of campaigning – including the traditionally huge election ralliesheld on the weekend before – and polling day itself. As well as observingthe national elections, brigade participants will experience Venezuela’sparticipatory democracy at work, with visits to communal councils and communes.They will also visit worker-run factories and cooperatives; free, high-qualitypublic health and education services; Indigenous-run sustainable developmentprograms; and community controlled media stations. During the 10 days,brigadistas will have the opportunity to speak to a wide range of grassrootsorganisations, community activists, trade unions and government representativesabout the radical changes being implemented by the Venezuelan people. The 2010national elections brigade is the 11th solidarity tour to Venezuela organisedby the AVSN. Reports and photos from previous AVSN brigades are posted athttp://www.venezuelasolidarity.org. We are also happy to put you in touch withpeople who have participated in AVSN brigades, if you would like to find outmore.
Brigade registration and costs
The deadline for registering for the 2010 National Elections brigadeis July 1, 2010. To express interest in participating and obtain a registrationform, please contact brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgParticipants will need to book their own international airfares, but the AVSNcan help with advice. Accommodation, transport and English-Spanish translationwithin Venezuela will be organised for all brigade participants. You will needto budget for a total cost of approximately $4000. This will cover:international return airfares and taxes (approximately $2500 from Sydney);accommodation (twin-share basis); transport and basic food while you are inVenezuela; and the brigade registration fee ($500 for workers, $300 forstudents or pensioners). For more information, email brigades@venezuelasolidarity.orgor phone Lisa Macdonald +61 413 031 108, Jim McIlroy +61 423 741 734 or RobertoJorquera +61 425 182 994.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

"By saying that our leaders are power-drunk chimpanzees, am I in danger ofwrecking the morale of our soldiers fighting and dying in the Middle East?Their morale, like so many lifeless bodies, is already shot to pieces. They arebeing treated, as I never was, like toys a rich kid got for Christmas.":Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Author

"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned mycontempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, science for him thespinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should be doneaway with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorablelove-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despicable anignorable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of so base anaction! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of war is nothing butan act of murder." Albert Einstein

"My generation’s apathy. I’m disgusted with it. I’m disgusted with my ownapathy too, for being spineless and not always standing up against racism,sexism and all those other -isms the counterculture has been whinning about foryears." : Kurt Cobain (American Musician and Singer of the grunge rockband Nirvana. 1967-1994)

BEST ONTHE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

GPJA: Damages claim a shameful act of state bullying http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1004/S00059.htm

Noisy Welcome Promised for New Israeli Embassy http://noembassy.wordpress.com/2010/04/05/noisy-welcome-promised-for-new-israeli-embassy/

No Israeli Embassy in Wellington – Join the campaign against the Israeliembassy – Israeli apartheid not welcome in Wellington http://noembassy.wordpress.com/

Do the Right Thing – Everywhere else, countries recognise the need to exemptfood from GST http://werewolf.co.nz/2010/04/do-the-right-thing/

CAFCA is delighted to announce that, by arrangement with Vanguard Films andAlister Barry, two of their classic political documentaries, namely“Someone Else’s Country” (1996) and “In A Land OfPlenty” (2002), can now be viewed at the CAFCA Website. Just click onthis link and follow the instructions. http://canterbury.cyberplace.co.nz/community/CAFCA/publications/Backgrounders/VanguardFilms.html

Borrowers exposed under debt mountain http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10635708&pnum=0

Bond vigilantes run the game http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10634753

Foreshore and Seabed Act Review: The consultation document ‘Reviewing theForeshore and Seabed Act 2004’ is at http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy-and-consultation/reviewing-the-foreshore-and-seabed-act-2004/documents/100330%20Consultation%20document.pdfand the index page with links to the consultation document, frequently askedquestions, how to make a submission, and the list of hui and public meetings isat http://www.justice.govt.nz/policy-and-consultation/reviewing-the-foreshore-and-seabed-act-2004/The deadline for submissions on the government’s proposals is 30 April 2010.Further information and initial analysis of the consultation document isavailable on the Foreshore and Seabed Act Review page on the Peace MovementAotearoa site at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/fsarev.htm

Cost of Damage to Waihopai Dome is Peanuts Compared to Hundreds of Millionsof Taxpayers’ Dollars Wasted on Spybase http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1004/S00072.htm

Shameful act of state bullying http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/blogs/frontline/3560032/Shameful-act-of-state-bullying

Mokihinui decision disastrous http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1004/S00039.htm

Forest & Bird damns Mokihinui decision http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1004/S00046.htm

FEATURES

Marta Harnecker: `Socialism is a search for a fully democratic society’ http://links.org.au/node/1599

Why Torture Is Necessary – Secrecy, torture and the murder of those whoresist are necessary parts of this perfect storm of unimaginable violence inthe service of unimaginable theft. http://www.truthout.org/why-torture-necessary58259

"The Evil Scourge of Terrorism": Reality, Construction, Remedy By NoamChomsky – The reasons why Reagan’s war on terror has been dispatched to therepository of unwelcome facts are understandable and informative – aboutourselves. Instantly, Reagan’s war on terror became a savage terrorist war,leaving hundreds of thousands of tortured and mutilated corpses in the wreckageof Central America, tens of thousands more in the Middle East. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25131.htm

FOOD, FARMING AND THE ENVIRONMENT

After Copenhagen: How Can We Save the World? Ian Angus, editor of Climateand Capitalism1, gave this talk on March 26 at O Clima Farto de Ns? 2(Is theClimate Sick of Us?), a conference organized by the Left Bloc and the EuropeanLeft in Lisbon, Portugal. http://www.socialistvoice.ca/?p=1076

CLIMATE CHANGE: From Copenhagen to Cochabamba http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/04/climate-change-from-copenhagen-to.html

THE BILLIONAIRES WHO FINANCE CLIMATE SCIENCE DENIAL – The second largestprivate corporation in the U.S., owned by two of the ten richest people in thecountry, is spending millions to block action on climate change http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=1991

10 LESSONS FOR THE CLIMATE MOVEMENT – From a discussion document prepared bythe Melbourne Climate Action Centre for Australia’s 2010 Climate ActionSummit. http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=1943

Report Finds Radical Change Needed for Global Agriculture http://www.globalpolicy.org/social-and-economic-policy/world-hunger/general-analysis-on-hunger/48894.html

After Copenhagen – Circumventing the climate cul-de-sac:Charleston-Cochabamba-Caracas versus Kyoto-Copenhagen-Cancun by Patrick Bond http://www.socialtextjournal.org/periscope/2010/03/swap.php

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

The IMF’s new wisdom – How much change can we expect from the IMF while WallStreet and European banks still get to have their say? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/apr/01/imf-wall-street-banks

Failed Banks and Failed Billions By Bob Chapman – Now that most of theevidence is in, it is apparent that Lehman Brothers management created acolossal fraud even bigger than that of Enron with its Repo 105 maneuvers andwas assisted by its accounting firm of Ernst & Young, and by the NY fedunder the direction of our current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25124.htm

AFGHANISTAN

How Americans are propagandized about Afghanistan http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/04/05/afghanistan/index.html

AUSTRALIA

Ongoing Aboriginal Genocide In Apartheid Australia http://www.countercurrents.org/polya030410.htm

AUSTRALIA’S CLIMATE MOVEMENT TAKES A GIANT STEP FORWARD – Nationalgrassroots conference adopts action plan and a new national network to providea counterweight to the previously NGO-dominated environment movement http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=1947

BOLIVIA

Bolivia’s indigenous women continue struggle for land http://www.indiancountrytoday.com/global/latin/89776092.html

Pre-conference of the indigenous native peasants and social organizations ofBolivia on climate change and rights of Mother Earth http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/04/pre-conference-of-indigenous-native.html

Communitarian Socialism in Bolivia by Roger Burbach http://boliviarising.blogspot.com/2010/04/communitarian-socialism-in-bolivia.html

COLOMBIA

U.S. and Colombia Cover Up Atrocities Through Mass Graves By Dan Kovalik -The biggest human rights scandal in years is developing in Colombia, though youwouldn’t notice it from the total lack of media coverage here. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25129.htm

CUBA

One of the World’s Best Kept Secrets – Cuban Medical Aid to Haiti http://www.counterpunch.org/kirk04012010.html

A Fifty-year Old Process http://www.solidarity-us.org/current/node/2366

Cuban Elections: Part One – Candidate Nominations http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1004/S00025.htm

Cuba ‘will not bow to pressure’: In a 45-minute nationally televised addresson Sunday, Castro said that the United States and Europe were waging "anunprecedented publicity war" against Havana in support of Cuban dissidents. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/americas/2010/04/20104535111389691.html

EL SALVADOR

Photo essay documenting the events in San Salvador commemorating the 30thanniversary of Monsignor Oscar Romero’s assassination http://www.mimundo-photoessays.org/2010/03/may-my-blood-be-seed-of-liberty.html

HAITI

The Perils of International Aid – Haiti’s Odious Debt By ERIC TOUSSAINT andSOPHIE PERCHELLET http://www.counterpunch.org/toussaint01192010.html

Promises, Promises — What It Will Take to Rebuild Haiti http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-joia-mukherjee/promises-promises—-what_b_526971.html

HONDURAS

U.S. covering up reality in Honduras: State Department campaign denies thesystemic repression that continues, nine months after coup http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=4977

ICELAND

From Iceland’s depths, an ancient peril erupts into the midst of a moderncrisis http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/from-icelands-depths-an-ancient-peril-erupts-into-the-midst-of-a-modern-crisis/article1521587/

INDIA

Gujarat, Assam, Orissa, UP: Two Weeks Of Brutal Attacks On People’s RightsBy Campaign for Survival and Dignity http://www.countercurrents.org/fra010410.htm

70 Police killed by Maoists: Left-wing Maoist rebels in India have killed atleast 70 paramilitary police in an attack in the central state of Chhattisgarh,officials have said. http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/04/2010466515592429.html

IRAQ

Collateral Murder – 5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released aclassified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over adozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters newsstaff. http://www.collateralmurder.com/

Former IAEA Chief: Iraq War Killed "A Million Innocent Civilians" By PatrickMartin – Mohammed ElBaradei, said that those who launched the war in Iraq wereresponsible for killing a million innocent people and could be held accountableunder international law. He was clearly referring to US President George Bush,British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and their top military and security aides.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25132.htm

KYRGYZSTAN

Kyrgyzstan opposition sets up ‘people’s government’ http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8608440.stm

In Kyrgyzstan the Tulips Turn Blood Red By Scott Horton – The presence offully-outfitted riot police discharging live ammunition into a crowd usuallybrings demonstrations quickly to a halt. The Kyrgyz demonstrators, however,regroup and strike back violently at the military and police forces deployedagainst them. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25156.htm

Kyrgyzstan at the hub of superpowers’ plans : Kyrgyzstan has found itself inthe cockpit of what has been dubbed the new "great game" in the region -so-called because the modern big powers jostling for influence there appearreminiscent of the 19th Century contest between the British and Russian empiresover access to India. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8607489.stm

PAKISTAN

Pakistan Is In Pieces By Robert Fisk – The drones – Predators and Reapers,or "Shadows", as the Americans call them when they follow US troops into battle- have acquired mythical proportions in the minds of Pakistanis, a form ofspaceship colonialism, imperialism from the sky. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25149.htm

PALESTINE

Israel and the "De-legitimization" Oxymoron By Alan Hart – Zionism’sassertion that Israel was given its birth certificate and thus legitimacy bythe UN General Assembly partition resolution of 29 November 1947 is purepropaganda nonsense, as demonstrated by an honest examination of the record ofwhat actually happened. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25143.htm

Children of Gaza A Must Watch Video – A moving, must-see video that firstaired on Channel 4 (UK)’s Dispatches on 15 March. BAFTA-winning filmmaker JezzaNeumann follows the lives of three children for over a year. The children areamazing: well-spoken, reflective, resilient, understandably vengeful andfearful, but very endearing. The toll this inhumanity has taken is also clear.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article25110.htm

The Palestinians Are Winning The Legitimacy War: Will It Matter? By RichardFalk http://www.countercurrents.org/falk050410.htm

PHILIPPINES

Holding Arroyo responsible for the Ampatuans http://ph.beta.promo.yahoo.com/purple-thumb/editors-log-article?blogid=editors_log&postid=111&viewPost=1

Religious, civic groups plan rally vs failure of election ‘We’rewatching you’ – http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view/20100408-263002/Religious-civic-groups-plan-rally-vs-failure-of-election

CBCP Statement on the Continued Detention of the Morong 43 http://www.cbcpnews.com/?q=node/12850

USA

Race & Class: Obama Forgets Black Community http://www.solidarity-us.org/current/node/2674

Obama Administration Authorizes CIA to Kill U.S. Citizen http://www.alternet.org/story/146352/obama_administration_authorizes_cia_to_kill_u.s._citizen

Number Of Long-Term Unemployed Continues To Rise, Sets Another All-TimeHigh: As of last month, more than 6.5 million Americans have been without a jobfor at least six months, an all-time high, according to Labor Department data.That’s more than double the amount this time last year. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/02/number-of-long-term-unemp_n_523321.html


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