GPJA #469: Sat – Minto4mayor Party; Wed – “Fighting to Choose” book launch

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 469, JULY 19, 2013

 

STOP THE GCSB BILL – NATIONWIDE PROTESTS SATURDAY JULY 27

On the 27th of July, 2013 there will be a nation wide protest taking place in regards to the GCSB and TICS bills. All those taking part feel these bills are a huge injustice and violation of our basic human rights. Groups in at least 7 centers are gearing up to march in protest of this scandalous erosion of privacy granted us in the NZ Bill of Rights Act. The protest is being organised by the Stop The GCSB Bill community and its over 11’000 supporters and counting and the vast majority of kiwis that understand the bill goes too far and we need to seriously re-examine the role, power and scope of our espionage agencies.

This government refuses to accept the advice of the NZ Law Society, the Human Rights Commission and such notable figures such as Dame Anne Salmond. On Saturday, July 27th, the New Zealand Public add their voices to those experts in telling this government that this legislation does not represent the New Zealand Spirit.

In 1984, a pertinent year to this legislation, the New Zealand government stood up against Nuclear proliferation and opposed irrational fear. Today we need to do the same and let cooler heads rule, and hold on to our privacy against the irrational fear of terrorism that this government keeps citing. We are busy in our lives, looking after the kids, getting the groceries in and earning a living. We shouldn’t have to put anything on hold to say no, because the people we elect should be acting in our interests to begin with. This is a spontaneous movement for every New Zealander and all are encouraged and welcome to make a stand.

We will represent the nation, but the public can also represent themselves. Bring your banners, your placards, yourselves and your friends and family. This is a family friendly, peaceful protest.

Auckland – Aotea Square – 2pm-4pm

Hamilton – Garden Place – 2pm-4pm

Napier – Memorial Square – 2pm-4pm

Wellington – Cuba St Bucket Fountain (2pm) then march to The Beehive (3pm) for speakers – 2pm-4pm.

Nelson – iSite, Halifax St – 2pm-4pm

Christchurch – Bridge of Remembrance – 2pm-4pm

Dunedin – The Octagon – 2pm-4pm

https://www.facebook.com/NotoGCSBBill

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Saturday, July 20, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn
MINTO FOR MAYOR FUNDRAISER WITH ENVIOSO AND THE PROFIT MOTIVE AND MYTH OF DEMOCRACY. $10 ON THE DOOR. https://www.facebook.com/events/271261479681392/

Monday, July 22, 1.15pm-1.45pm, Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, 2 Ascot Road, Airport Oaks, Mangere.
Fairness at Work Campaign Launch Auckland. You are invited to send a delegation to this campaign launch in support of fairness at work and opposing the Employment Relations Amendment Bill. Helen Kelly, CTU President will be one of the speakers. Please liaise with Georgina McLeod on Georginam about your delegation.

Tuesday, July 23, 9am, Auckland District Court
Hone Harawira’s Court Case for Standing Up for GI. MANA MP, Hone Harawira was arrested on the 11th of October 2012 at a protest against the theft of a state house from Glen Innes. All witnesses would be greatly appreciated. All supporters welcome. There will be a protest march at 9 am on the Tuesday. NO TO EVICTIONS! NO TO HOUSE REMOVALS! https://www.facebook.com/events/542390955810382/

Wednesday, July 24, 5.30pm, At the Gus Fisher Gallery, Kenneth Myers Centre, 74 Shortland St., Central Auckland
Auckland book launch of Fighting to Choose by Alison McCulloch. Speakers: Former cabinet minister Laila Harré and author Alison McCulloch. We hope you will join us for some drinks, nibbles and conversation. The Women’s Bookshop will be selling books on the night. Fighting to Choose: The Abortion Rights Struggle in New Zealand chronicles an important yet neglected chapter in New Zealand’s recent history by taking a close look at the abortion rights struggle, from the 1970s, when our current conservative law was passed, to the present day. Thanks to: Abortion Law Reform Association of NZ; Gus Fisher Gallery; Victoria University Press; Women’s National Abortion Action Campaign; Auckland Medical Aid Trust; The Women’s Bookshop

Monday, July 29, 6pm, 86 Princes St, Onehunga
AAAP IMPACT ACTION MEETING: Dear friends and supporters, AAAP are holding a meeting on Monday 29th July, from 6:00pm at 86 Princes Street, to prepare for our exciting, upcoming Beneficiary Impact. We’d be stoked if you could come along and get involved in this event. You may remember the amazing three-day Beneficiary Impact that Auckland Action Against Poverty carried out in December of last year, with assistance from a variety of other community and activists organisations. During that event, which involved 20-30 advocates from around the country, we assisted around 200 people in getting the financial assistance they needed from Work and Income here in Onehunga. We’ve been working hard this year in organising our second Impact event, and we’re excited to confirm that this year we will be holding a three day Impact on September 10-12th outside the Work and Income in New Lynn. We will again be aiming to assist hundreds of beneficiaries and low-wage workers in getting the financial support they are eligible for, as well as supporting people through the complex and confusing reality of the recent welfare reforms. It would be great if you could come along to our meeting on the 29th of July, bringing fresh ideas and an eagerness to get involved. Thanks, and hope to see you soon.

Wednesday, July 31, 6:30pm-8.30pm, Western Springs Garden Community Hall, 956 Great North Road, Western Springs
A winter’s night with CPAG. 6.30pm: AGM. 7.30pm: Launch. Please join us for: CPAG’s Annual General Meeting. Followed by the official launch of CPAG’s two-part series on: Child Abuse and Poverty: What are the links? Come along, meet the CPAG team, chat to fellow supporters, learn more about what we’re doing, hear from great speakers and enjoy some drinks and nibbles! Please remember to RSVP for catering purposes. If you have any questions about the event or how to RSVP please contact our office on 09 303 9260. Marianna Munting, Child Poverty Action Group, admin 09 320 5260

Friday 2nd August to Sunday 3pm 4th August, Te Kohinga Mārama Marae, Waikato University, Knighton Road, Hamilton.
Want to Learn the History of the Treaty? Te Tiriti o Waitangi Treaty education hui. Kia ora koutou, The intention for this hui is to provide a safe, supportive space for anyone looking to begin or continue their journey of mātauranga/knowledge in and around Te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi, colonisation and Māori-Pākeha/tauiwi relationships. We are wanting to create an opportunity for people of any age or descent to come together and have a good ole’ kōrero/chat so we have teamed up with Tangata Tiriti, a Treaty education project to bring you this hui. The programme will be facilitated by Ingrid Huygens, national director of Tangata Tiriti and Lawrence Jensen, a community development consultant, Ngati Porou. It includes activities and roleplays about the relationship between Maori and Europeans before the treaty, the Declaration of Independence, the language of the treaty, and the impact of the laws passed during colonisation. Participants will become ‘informed citizens’ who understand how the Māori-Pākeha relationship has developed to how we stand today. Ingrid and Lawrence will work together to bring out possibilities for action and new relationships. Certificates are also available upon completion of the workshop for those who want to add the experience to their CV! To read more about the facilitators, logistics or register, click HERE. Registrations close July 18th and there is a limited number of spaces, so jump on board this waka sooner rather than later! Nga mihi, Phoebe and Alejandra

JOIN THE 2013 SOLIDARITY BRIGADE TO VENEZUELA – DECEMBER 4-13, 2013
Witness a people’s revolution in action. The Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network’s 14th international 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 and exploitation of global capitalism by showing that a better world is possible. Since 1998, when the late Hugo Chavez was first elected president, the Bolivarian revolution has achieved remarkable things by putting control of Venezuela’s politics and economy back into the hands of the poor majority. Despite the challenges created by Chavez’s death last March and the right-wing’s campaign to undermine new President Nicolas Maduro, this people-power driven revolution continues to flourish and defy all attempts by the imperialism-backed opposition to destroy it.
Brigade registration and costs
The registration deadline for the 2013 brigade is September 1, 2013. Accommodation, transport within Venezuela and English-Spanish translation throughout the brigade will be organised for all participants by the AVSN. Participants will need to book their own international airfares. Please do not purchase your tickets before the registration deadline of September 1.In addition to your international airfare, you will need to budget for approximately $1200. This will cover your brigade registration fee ($500 for waged workers or $350 for students/pensioners), and your food, transport and (shared) accommodation in Venezuela. To register or for more information: EMAIL: brigades www.venezuelasolidarity.org

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ROGER AWARD
Nominations are open for the Worst Transnational Corporation Operating in Aotearoa – New Zealand in 2013. Download a nomination form here http://bit.ly/13RBjuT

DAVID ROVICS TOUR DOWN UNDER
Hi folks in aotearoa, Five weeks before I land in Christchurch, and then ramble around the south and north islands of New Zealand, before then going to tour Australia, starting in Perth and then moving on to drive from Adelaide to Brisbane, including lots of cities in between, such as Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney… At this point the tour is looking good, but there is still a heck of a lot of room for improvement! More gigs on both islands of Aotearoa and in the smaller cities anywhere in southeastern Australia would be very, very welcome indeed. I hope to hear from some of you who might be up for organizing something, and I hope to see many of you on the upcoming tour! Please let people know about all this if you see fit. That’s the only way this works, I’ve discovered… Details of what’s definite so far below and of course on my website…
Saturday, August 17th: The Free House, 95 Collingwood Street, Nelson
Monday, August 19th: Doors open at 6 pm, show starts at 8 pm! Puppies, Wellington
Friday, August 23rd: Old Stone Butter Factory, 8 Butter Factory Lane, Whangarei
Saturday, August 24th: Thirsty Dog, Auckland

LIVING WAGE TO FEATURE AT LOCAL ELECTIONS
Candidates will be asked by communities to step up for a Living Wage at this year’s local body elections in Auckland, Wellington and beyond. The Living Wage Movement will hold seven meetings in Auckland with communities that want to see employees and contracted workers at Auckland Council paid a Living Wage. Living Wage Aotearoa NZ will join with the following Auckland communities to call for a Living Wage and to support other critical issues that really matter to their communities:
Unions @ Papatoetoe Cosi Club | August 22, 4-6pm
Women @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 3, 6-8pm
Youth @ Auckland University quad | September 4, 12.30-1.30pm
Migrant and Refugees @ Mays Rd Memorial Hall | September 7, 4-6pm
Faith-based groups @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 10, 7-9pm
West Auckland communities & unions @ | TBA
Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm

INVITATION TO “SEE THE PHILIPPINES: LEARN AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!” WITH PEOPLE’S SOLIDARITY AND EDUCATION TOURS (PSET)
Dear friends, We are pleased to introduce to you People’s Solidarity and Education Tours (PSET), a newly-formed organization dedicated to solidarity building through tourism. More than offering fun and a glimpse of the country’s beauty, PSET offers an opportunity for travelers to have meaningful interaction and build solidarity with the Filipino people, especially in these times of worsening impoverishment and social injustices. Should you (or your members/contacts) be coming over to the Philippines, kindly consider availing of our heritage tours to see the Philippines’ famous historical and cultural sites from a different light, linking the country’s past and present with information and analysis that goes beyond the trivial, common, and colonial; or, to take part in our immersion programs in various communities for an in-depth understanding of the Filipino people’s plight, and direct contribution and long-term solidarity with them in their struggles. We also offer study tour programs which combine heritage tours and community exposures with formal lectures by institutions and authorities on the different aspects and issues of Philippine society. Alternatively, we can simply explore possible partnerships in the future. Please do not hesitate to email us at secretariat for more information and inquiries. Background information are also available at secretariat See the Philippines, learn and make a difference!

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Post-conference call for ‘Free Palestine’ national network http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/post-conference-call-for-free-palestine-national-network/

Another corporate grab for Auckland assets By John Minto – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/17/another-corporate-grab-for-auckland-assets/#sthash.WvErSnSq.dpuf

The struggle against mining Coromandel http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/the-struggle-against-mining-coromandel.html

A (Brief) People’s History of New Zealand https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvnESQjnf0Q

Minto slams proposals for $12 billion burden on Aucklanders http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00165/minto-slams-proposals-for-12-billion-burden-on-aucklanders.htm

NZDF handed over Afghan captured in battle http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8915552/NZDF-handed-over-Afghani-captured-in-battle

Ikaroa-Rawhiti by-election autopsy – the future of MANA – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/13/ikaroa-rawhiti-by-election-autopsy-the-future-of-mana/#sthash.19Bsvbqb.dpuf

Affordability key issue in funding Auckland’s transport http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1307/S00406/affordability-key-issue-in-funding-aucklands-transport.htm

8 minute interview on New Zealand TV By Miko Peled http://mikopeled.com/2013/06/29/8-minute-interview-on-new-zealand-tv/

Couple dispute ‘unfair’ govt policy http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8932242/Couple-dispute-unfair-govt-policy

Even Treasury slammed SkyCity stitch up http://thestandard.org.nz/even-treasury-slammed-skycity-stitch-up/

‘Pakeha Party’ page: Racist backlash against the Mana movement http://iso.org.nz/2013/07/08/pakeha-party-page-racist-backlash-against-the-mana-movement/

Why defamation case against NZDF by Journalist is so important – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/18/why-defamation-case-against-nzdf-by-journalist-is-so-importamt/#sthash.8q09pKBO.dpuf

Citizen A with Martyn Bradbury, Chris Trotter & Selwyn Manning: Welfare reforms, the pointlessness of Auckland Traffic plans and why the defamation case against the NZDF is so important for NZ Journalism. – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/19/citizen-a-with-chris-trotter-selwyn-manning/#sthash.nxBZ6JLA.dpuf

Mururoa – our darker legacy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10899948

GCSB

Dame Anne Salmond: A warning to New Zealanders keep hold of democracy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10897497

Govt criticised for rushing GCSB Bill http://www.3news.co.nz/Govt-criticised-for-rushing-GCSB-Bill/tabid/1607/articleID/304947/Default.aspx

GCSB spy law a threat to our freedom http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/opinion/comment/8922798/GCSB-spy-law-a-threat-to-our-freedom

Spy bill do-gooders get their comeuppance http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10899973

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Max Rashbrooke: Rich get richer. The poor? Have a guess http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10899412

TV GETS TO GRIPS WITH INEQUALITY http://www.inequality.org.nz/386/

Q+A: Susan Wood interviews Robert Wade on inequality http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/susan-wood-interviews-robert-wade-inequality-5508432/video?vid=5508231

Social ills blamed on growing inequality http://www.3news.co.nz/Social-ills-blamed-on-growing-inequality/tabid/423/articleID/305076/Default.aspx

Guilty catholic lashes out at Inequality academic http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/17/guilty-catholic-lashes-out-at-inequality-academic/

Poorer families getting ‘shut out’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8920600/Poorer-families-getting-shut-out

Distress over doctor’s fee for mum http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8929135/Distress-over-doctors-fee-for-mum

Rising inequality largely a myth http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10899486

‘Gridlock’ at hospitals as fee hikes bite http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8913679/Gridlock-at-hospitals-as-fee-hikes-bite

WELFARE CHANGES

Welfare Reform based on prejudice about beneficiaries http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00164/welfare-reform-based-on-prejudice-about-beneficiaries.htm

Welfare group warns thousands will suffer after changes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898243

Welfare shakeup: What it means for parents http://www.nzherald.co.nz/simon-collins/news/article.cfm?a_id=135&objectid=10898216

Harsher welfare rules net solo dad with four kids http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898217

Welfare Reform based on prejudice about beneficiaries http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00164/welfare-reform-based-on-prejudice-about-beneficiaries.htm

CPAG: Latest changes to welfare benefits place children at risk http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00186/latest-changes-to-welfare-benefits-place-children-at-risk.htm

“I’d like to not feel afraid anymore” http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/16/id-like-to-not-feel-afraid-anymore/

Pressure on for mum of three to find a job http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10898609

Confessions of a sentimental socialist and unkind thoughts on Paula Bennett http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/confessions-sentimental-socialist-and-unkind-thoughts-paula-bennett-ck-142943

How WINZ Saved My Life (And Gutting It May Cost Others Theirs) – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/17/how-winz-saved-my-life-and-gutting-it-may-cost-others-theirs/#sthash.Nt5a3JvV.dpuf

Welfare Reform -New Zealand Association of Social Workers – The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ will become even wider under the new wave of ‘welfare reform’. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00237/welfare-reform-new-zealand-association-of-social-workers.htm

Chris Trotter: Welfare state or tinnie house? http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/chris-trotter/8936571/Welfare-state-or-tinnie-house

NZ ECONOMY

Professor says outrageous NZ has no capital gains tax http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00160/professor-says-outrageous-nz-has-no-capital-gains-tax.htm

NZ Taiwan FTA By Prof Jane Kelsey http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/15/tppa-represents-privatisation-of-state-power-at-its-worst/

CTU: Price rises hitting low income families harder http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/price-rises-hitting-low-income-families-harder-ctu/5/161482

IT’S OUR FUTURE NZ – TPPA NEWS BULLETIN #36 – 16 JULY 2013 http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=2af728ed394d2e3c92f383cd5&id=4b363b1ae3&e=400b29f860

This crisis has not been manufactured http://www.odt.co.nz/opinion/opinion/263353/crisis-has-not-been-manufactured

Gordon Campbell on the latest risk to national sovereignty posed by free trade deals http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/07/18/gordon-campbell-on-the-latest-risk-to-national-sovereignty-posed-by-free-trade-deals/

Banks’ profit jumps 12.9pc, nears $1bn http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10899961

MCD’S ON STRIKE

McDonald’s exposed as serial lawbreaker http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/mcdonalds-exposed-as-serial-lawbreaker/

The “crimes” of Unite http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/17/the-crimes-of-unite/

The South will Rise- Otara on strike! http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/19/the-south-will-rise-otara-on-strike/

Police Officer Tells Driver To Drive Through Picket Line

South Side Strikes http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/south-side-strikes/

WORKRIGHTS NZ

Forestry industry put on notice after sixth death this year http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10900136

Forest death not just a number http://union.org.nz/news/2013/forest-death-not-just-number

Unions plan to complain to ILO over law changes on employment http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/morningreport/audio/2562646/unions-plan-to-complain-to-ilo-over-law-changes-on-employment

Opinions mixed on employment law update http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/8910753/Opinions-mixed-on-employment-law-update

Christchurch firm pays teen after abuse http://www.3news.co.nz/Christchurch-firm-pays-teen-after-abuse/tabid/423/articleID/305131/Default.aspx

Subcontractors need more protection http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/8921213/Subcontractors-need-more-protection

Workers ‘extremely lucky’ to escape explosion uninjured http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10899690

Big pay gap angers expert http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10899996

STATS OF THE WEEK

Latest sign of our unequal world: In 1950, 200,000 soccer fans watched the World Cup final in Brazil’s Maracanã stadium. For the 2014 World Cup the stadium has been renovated — to maximize luxury boxes. Only 74,000 will be able to attend the final match, report Marina Amaral and Natalia Viana of Brazil’s Publica journalism center.

Growing Apart – At last, a historical survey of contemporary U.S. inequality that brings all the stats and charts and trends together in one comprehensive, updated place.

Global Wealth Inequality – What you never knew you never knew https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uWSxzjyMNpU

Richest 300 Persons on Earth Have More Money Than Poorest 3 Billion http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/item/18094-richest-300-persons-on-earth-have-more-money-than-poorest-3-billion

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Some politicians and economists still cling to the old claims that bigger is better, greed is good, a fossil-fueled economy is inevitable, and inequality is efficient. A growing body of evidence has shown this model to be bankrupt.” Econ4, a Statement on Building the New Economy signed by over 100 U.S. economists, July 12, 2013

FEATURES

Eight challenges facing Latin American integration and a new role for Asia – a view from Cuba http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/2013/07/eight-challenges-facing-latin-american.html

Surveillance Blowback – The Making of the U.S. Surveillance State, 1898-2020 by Alfred W. McCoy http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175724/tomgram%3A_alfred_w._mccoy%2C_obama%27s_expanding_surveillance_universe/

Ten Reasons Why You Should Beat It to Venezuela From Roger Burbach http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/2013/07/open-letter-to-edward-snowden.html

How to Be a Rogue Superpower – A Manual for the Twenty-First Century By Tom Engelhardt http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175725/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_can_edward_snowden_be_deterred/

How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/11/microsoft-nsa-collaboration-user-data?CMP=twt_gu

How the Right makes people believe lies http://thestandard.org.nz/how-the-right-makes-people-believe-lies/

How Inequality Was Created: Great new animated video from former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and the folks behind inequality.is explaining how inequality was politically engineered. http://billmoyers.com/2013/07/10/inequality-is-created/

These 54 Governments Secretly Supported the CIA’s Kidnap-and-Torture Program http://www.allgov.com/news/top-stories/these-54-governments-secretly-supported-the-cias-kidnap-and-torture-program-130207?news=846996

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Free public transport and beyond http://links.org.au/node/3141

As public transportation was destroyed in America http://www.newsguard.net/2012/12/as-public-transportation-was-destroyed.html

The oil industry and destruction of public transport – National City Lines; the big guys close down public transport in the USA http://www.bilderberg.org/nclchoms.htm

Blueprint for a Green London http://www.bilderberg.org/farefare.htm

Tallinn becomes ‘capital of free public transport’ http://farefreenz.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/tallinn-becomes-capital-of-free-public.html?spref=fb

Multinational Greed Is Threatening the Stability of Societies Across the Planet http://www.alternet.org/world/neoliberal-order-fuels-global-unrest

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Stopping the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Global Revolt Against Corporate Domination http://truth-out.org/news/item/17472-stopping-the-tpp-a-victory-in-the-global-revolt-against-corporate-domination

How Intellectual Property Reinforces Inequality By JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/14/how-intellectual-property-reinforces-inequality/?hp

The Case Against Patents http://research.stlouisfed.org/wp/2012/2012-035.pdf

Google Joins Apple Avoiding Taxes With Stateless Income http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-22/google-joins-apple-avoiding-taxes-with-stateless-income.html

Global Wealth Inequality – What you never knew you never knew https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uWSxzjyMNpU

Dean Baker: The 1 Percent Want Your Kidney -Tales of Redistribution http://www.nationofchange.org/one-percent-want-your-kidney-tales-redistribution-1373378192

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

Scientist warns biosecurity at risk from new trade deals http://www.nzherald.co.nz/agriculture/news/article.cfm?c_id=16&objectid=10897026

Resisting the tar sands: An ecosocialist approach http://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2013/07/13/resisting-the-tar-sands-an-ecosocialist-approach/

CULTURAL DISSENT

Woody Guthrie: “Songs that prove to you this is your world” http://isreview.org/issue/85/woody-guthrie-songs-prove-you-your-world

The Coup’s Boots Riley on Political Art and the Importance of Needing to Get Laid http://www.sfweekly.com/2013-07-17/music/the-coup-boots-riley-occupy-oakland-hip-hop/full/

AUSTRALIA

You’ve been misled on boat people: Here are the facts http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/political-opinion/youve-been-misled-on-boat-people-here-are-the-facts-20130718-2q5rv.html#ixzz2ZTLcApAK

BOLIVIA

Lessons from the travails of the Bolivian president http://alainet.org/active/65427

Why is Evo Morales still popular? http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/2013/07/why-is-evo-morales-still-popular.html

BRAZIL

Has the Giant Awoken? Understanding the Mass Protest Movement in Brazil http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls182.php

The Mass Protests in Brazil in June-July 2013 by Alfredo Saad Filho http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/851.php

Will Brazil’s PT Government Choose the Movement or the Elites? http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10446

“Não Nos Representam!” – A Left Beyond the Workers Party? By Manuel Larrabure http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/853.php

CANADA

Why are Canada’s Trains Vulnerable? Good Old Capitalist Cost-Cutting by Leo Panitch http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/852.php

Employers told they must accommodate staff’s child-care requests http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2013/02/05/court-ruling-employers-family-life.html

First Nation goes North to gain allies in battle against Canada-China trade deal http://norj.ca/2013/07/first-nation-goes-north-to-gain-allies-in-battle-against-canada-china-trade-deal/

CHILE

Chile court sides with Indians, blocks mine until Barrick Gold keeps environmental promises http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/chile-court-sides-with-indians-blocks-mine-until-barrick-gold-keeps-environmental-promises/2013/07/15/cd1af286-edb8-11e2-bb32-725c8351a69e_story.html

CHINA

Chinese Workers Kidnap Factory Executives http://www.labornotes.org/2013/07/chinese-workers-kidnap-factory-executives

China Protest Forcing Nuclear Retreat Shows People Power http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-14/china-protest-forcing-nuclear-retreat-shows-people-power.html

CUBA

Raul castro: The loss of ethical values and disrespect for good manners can be reversed by concerted action on the part of all social actors http://www.granma.cu/ingles/cuba-i/8jul-The%20loss.html

EGYPT

Is The Egyptian Revolution Aborted? Interview With Hossam El-Hamalawy http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/12889/is-the-egyptian-revolution-aborted-interview-with-

Egypt’s latest revolutionary act was profoundly democratic http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/17/egypt-revolutionary-act-democratic

Killing in Cairo: the full story of the Republican Guards’ club shootings http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/interactive/2013/jul/18/cairo-republican-guard-shooting-full-story

GREECE

The Spectre of Fascism is Haunting Greece – The xenophobic, ultranationalist Golden Dawn party is gaining clout in the birthplace of democracy. http://www.alternet.org/world/spectre-fascism-haunting-greece

Greece to cut thousands of public sector jobs http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/07/2013717213336389974.html

INDIA

India: “The World’s Largest Democracy” – Arundhati Roy interviewed by David Barsamian http://isreview.org/issue/86/india-worlds-largest-democracy

Free 147 jailed workers – support the hunger strikers http://www.labourstartcampaigns.net/show_campaign.cgi?c=1889

Indian Auto Workers Protest for Rank-and-File Union and Release from Jail – See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/07/indian-auto-workers-protest-rank-and-file-union-and-release-jail#sthash.D5LnEsYw.EABqmnHW.dpuf

IRELAND

Progress? Yes. Change? – Bernadette Devlin McAliskey http://www.midulstermail.co.uk/news/local/progress-yes-change-bernadette-devlin-mcaliskey-1-4177025

A Former Ira Hunger Striker Talks About The Guantanamo Hunger Strikers http://www.vice.com/read/i-spoke-to-a-former-ira-hunger-striker-about-the-guantanamo-hunger-strikers

IRAQ

Union Victory! Basra Court finally drops charges against Hassan Juma’a http://www.industriall-union.org/union-victory-basra-court-finally-drops-charges-against-hassan-jumaa

MALI

Election in Mali on July 28 while country is under UN/France military occupation http://www.rogerannis.com/election-in-mali-on-july-28-while-country-is-under-unfrance-military-occupation/

PACIFIC

Keith Vaz’s special interest in Fiji puzzles his multi-cultural constituents http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/labour/10107825/Keith-Vazs-special-interest-in-Fiji-puzzles-his-multi-cultural-constituents.html

WEST PAPUA: Indonesian authorities ban magazine publication http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/west-papua-indonesian-authorities-denies-magazine-be-published-8356

PAKISTAN

Dear Taliban leader, thank you for your letter to Malala Yousafzai http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/18/letter-taliban-leader-malala-yousafzai-girls

PALESTINE

Ilan Pappe: On One-state, Unity, and ‘Peace Process’ – Interview http://palestinechronicle.com/ilan-pappe-on-one-state-unity-and-peace-process-interview/

Israel’s District 9: Its Biggest Ethnic Cleansing since 1948 http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/israels-district-cleansing.html

EU takes tougher stance on Israeli settlements http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/eu-israel-settlement-exclusion-clause

EU guidelines on Israeli settlements send out powerful message http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/16/eu-guidelines-israeli-settlements-message

‘Earthquake’ for Israel http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2013/07/18/earthquake-for-israel/

Crisis in Egypt: Gaza ‘pays a heavy price’ http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/crisis-in-egypt-gaza-pays-a-heavy-price/

Why boycott can’t be limited only to Israeli occupation and settlements http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/andrew-kadi/why-boycott-cant-be-limited-only-israeli-occupation-and-settlements

Has the EU really caused an “earthquake” for Israel? http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/david-cronin/has-eu-really-caused-earthquake-israel

PHILIPPINES

Inability to tax the rich blamed for income gap http://business.inquirer.net/132061/inability-to-tax-the-rich-blamed-for-income-gap

SPAIN

Revenge of a rat threatens Rajoy government http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54515

TURKEY

What Gezi is teaching the left http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54516

UK

Bob Crow to unions: form new labour party – Leader of RMT transport union accuses Ed Miliband of dancing to the tune of Tony Blair over automatic union affiliation to Labour http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/jul/13/bob-crow-unions-form-new-labour-party

How pre-distribution could boost the wage share http://www.leftfootforward.org/2013/07/how-pre-distribution-could-boost-the-wage-share/

You can’t nurture families as the government is uprooting them http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/16/cant-nurture-families-and-uproot-them

USA

Open season on black boys after a verdict like this http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/14/open-season-black-boys-verdict

Trayvon Martin Rallies Are Held Across the Country After the George Zimmerman Verdict http://www.thenation.com/blog/175286/trayvon-martin-rallies-held-across-country-after-george-zimmerman-verdict#ixzz2ZFiuqHFT

PHOTO STORY: NY marches for Travyon Martin http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54511

Moral Mondays: 700 Arrested in North Carolina Civil Disobedience Campaign Against GOP Lawmakers http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/12/moral_mondays_700_arrested_in_north

Whites and African-Americans in America by the numbers http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/african-americans-numbers.html

A Century of America’s Imperial Deep State (McCoy) http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/century-americas-imperial.html

Behind the Scenes of the Bradley Manning Trial Ignored by Corporate Media http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/16/kevin_gosztola_behind_the_scenes_of

McDonalds’ suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/202172/mcdonalds-suggested-budget-for-employees-shows-just-how-impossible-it-is-to-get-by-on-minimum-wage/

CEOs and the rest of us: a tale of two economies http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/us-money-blog/2013/jul/09/ceos-tale-of-two-economies/print

America’s yawning racial wealth gap http://www.politico.com/story/2013/07/americas-yawning-racial-wealth-gap-94048.html?hp=r7

Man arrested for having a stroke while Black, left to die on jail floor. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/07/15/1223852/-Man-arrested-for-having-a-stroke-while-Black-left-to-die-on-jail-floor

New Oxfam Poll: Most Americans Believe We Should Help Working Poor http://www.huffingtonpost.com/raymond-c-offenheiser/americans-working-poor_b_3583894.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003

McJobs Are the Future: Why You Should Care What Fast Food Workers Earn http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/07/mcjobs-are-the-future-why-you-should-care-what-fast-food-workers-earn/277863/

Get a clue, McDonald’s: The other insult no one’s talking about http://www.salon.com/2013/07/18/get_a_clue_mcdonalds_the_other_insult_no_ones_talking_about/

Jury Acquits Texas Man For Murder Of Escort Who Refused Sex http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/06/06/2117161/jury-acquits-texas-man-for-murder-of-escort-who-refused-sex/?mobile=nc

Racism, the U. S. Justice System, and the Trayvon Martin Verdict http://inthesetimes.com/article/15303/racism_the_us_justice_system_and_the_trayvon_martin_verdict/

No Rich Child Left Behind http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/27/no-rich-child-left-behind/

California Prisoners Challenge Solitary, Jail Conditions with Largest Hunger Strike in State History http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/17/california_prisoners_challenge_solitary_jail_conditions

NSA warned to rein in surveillance as agency reveals even greater scope http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/17/nsa-surveillance-house-hearing?CMP=twt_gu

Growing Backlash Against NSA Spying Shows Why U.S. Wants to Silence Edward Snowden http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/18/glenn_greenwald_growing_backlash_against_nsa

VENEZUELA

Venezuela’s 21st century socialism: neo-developmentalism or radical alternative? http://links.org.au/node/3438

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