GPJA #470 (Part 2 of 2): News from Aotearoa and around the world

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 470 (Part 2) , AUGUST 1, 2013

For new readers this is the second part of a two part newsletter. The first part covered news on the anti-GSB protests plus a list of coming events that may be of interest.

This newsletter continues with links on the GCSB debate plus the new revelations around the surveillance of journalists.

Unfortunately it really is a bit too long as it has been two weeks since #469 was published because we were focussing on doing special announcements for the public meeting and protests around the GCSB Bill.

My idea is not that people will read everything! Simply that it will give a range of alternative sources that people can use to following issues that interest them.

Mike Treen
Editor

BEST ON THE WEB

GCSB

The GCSB Nethui Sessions – 6 Clips Discussing GCSB & TICS http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5IpEpq-r4nwpWtPTtc-dHV9o4LSlDDsr

The Maori Party continues to opposes GCSB Bill http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1307/S00480/the-maori-party-continues-to-opposes-gcsb-bill.htm

MANA calls for New Zealand to withdraw from “five-eyes” spy network – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/30/mana-calls-for-new-zealand-to-withdraw-from-five-eyes-spy-network/#sthash.3jbaKiQB.dpuf

Application of Human Rights to Communication Surveillance http://techliberty.org.nz/application-of-human-rights-to-communication-surveillance/

Spy software company working with Govt http://www.3news.co.nz/Spy-software-company-working-with-Govt/tabid/1607/articleID/301093/Default.aspx

Phone taps old news for activists http://www.waateanews.com/Waatea+News.html?story_id=NDk3OQ%3D%3D

PM justifies spy bill: Kiwis trained by al-Qaeda http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10906592

Why you should care about GCSB bill http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff-nation/assignments/share-your-news-and-views/8968449/Why-you-should-care-about-GCSB-bill

National website attacks highlight lack of security http://www.3news.co.nz/National-website-attacks-highlight-lack-of-security/tabid/1607/articleID/306931/Default.aspx

Dotcom calls on National Party hackers to stop it http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10905329

The spy bill and metadata http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/the-spy-bill-and-metadata.html

Documentary’s Key Spy Witness Reveals How SIS Failed New Zealand By Selwyn Manning – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/30/documentarys-key-spy-witness-reveals-how-sis-failed-new-zealand/#sthash.2viyiLuZ.dpuf

National expands surveillance powers, just as Labour did – GCSB protests growing http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/national-expands-surveillance-powers-just-as-labour-didgcsb-protests-growing/

Dotcom lawyers argue to see evidence http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10905565

Is the GCSB using the NSA’s XKeyscore data search to spy on our phone calls, emails and internet use? By Keith Locke – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/08/01/is-the-gcsb-using-the-nsas-xkeyscore-data-search-to-spy-on-our-phone-calls-emails-and-internet-use/#sthash.JF5jPN9l.dpuf

GCSB Protest Auckland, NZ Mike Treen 27 Jul 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=_kgDsmiAAQM

GCSB Protest Auckland, NZ Mike Treen Part2-2 27 Jul 2013

JOURNALIST SURVEILLANCE

All The Prime Minister’s Men – A Beehive Scandal? By Selwyn Manning http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/08/01/all-the-pms-men-why-john-key-cannot-have-it-both-ways/

NZDF, Jon Stephenson and Freedom of the Press By John Minto – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/31/nzdf-jon-stephenson-and-freedom-of-the-press/#sthash.46O7tVl9.dpuf

Violation speaks ill of our democracy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10905739

NZSIS has special protocol for spying on journalists http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10906598

Selwyn Manning: All The Prime Minister’s Men: Why John Key Cannot Have It Both Ways http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/08/01/all-the-pms-men-why-john-key-cannot-have-it-both-ways/

Spy scandal journalist speaks out http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8987970/Spy-scandal-journalist-speaks-out

The Contagion Of Evil http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/the-contagion-of-evil.html

Parliament admission ‘a bombshell’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/8984826/Parliament-admission-a-bombshell

Phone records given to inquiry http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8981153/Phone-records-given-to-inquiry

Defence Force denies listening in http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8980572/Defence-Force-denies-listening-in

Reporter’s phone records released http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10905495

Totalitarian mindset is itself a big threat http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/opinion/8980530/Totalitarian-mindset-is-itself-a-big-threat

NZDF are liars and media manipulators By Martyn Bradbury – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/30/nzdf-are-liars-and-media-manipulators/#sthash.EYmBf1ru.dpuf

Journalist’s phone records given to GCSB inquiry http://www.3news.co.nz/Journalists-phone-records-given-to-GCSB-inquiry/tabid/423/articleID/306912/Default.aspx

Long and short of the NZDF spying scandal. http://www.kiwipolitico.com/2013/07/long-and-short-of-the-nzdf-spying-scandal/

NZH Editorial: Freedom of information serves country best http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10905712

Journalists’ freedom seen as under attack http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/journalists-freedom-seen-under-attack-5522763

Lone Wolf: Jon Stephenson and his Search for the Truth By Chris Trotter – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/31/lone-wolf-jon-stephenson-and-his-search-for-the-truth/#sthash.dfSVwMzU.dpuf

Key’s NZ – where Andrea Vance & Jon Stephenson are the ‘enemy’ By Martyn Bradbury – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/31/keys-nz-where-andrea-vance-jon-stephenson-are-the-enemy/#sthash.hVn7UuZu.dpuf

NEW ZEALAND – GENERAL

Matt McCarten: PM’s weakness good for Peters http://www.nzherald.co.nz/matt-mccarten/news/article.cfm?a_id=284&objectid=10904308

Copyright Law Review on hold – We’re not Told Why http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00275/copyright-law-review-on-hold-were-not-told-why.htm

The vile stench of racism is drifting across the Tasman… By John Minto – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/21/the-vile-stench-of-racism-is-drifting-across-the-tasman/#sthash.CqktYLNn.dpuf

Michele Hewitson interview: John Minto http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10903832

A ‘dirty war’, NZ military cover-up and the vindication of a journalist http://cafepacific.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/a-dirty-war-nz-military-cover-up-and.html

PMC director condemns ‘paranoid’ French politicians in Rainbow Warrior flashback http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2013/07/pmc-director-condemns-paranoid-french-politicians-in-rainbow-warrior-flashback/

Brazilian activist – “Young people have the mindset for change” http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/brazilian-activist-young-people-have.html

Who Rules Ya, Baby? Thoughts on Nick Cater’s “New Ruling Class” By Chris Trotter http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/19/who-rules-ya-baby-thoughts-on-nick-caters-new-ruling-class/#sthash.RrjxmoWT.dpuf

The latest edition of your Greenpeace Kakariki magazine is now available online for you to read here: http://www.greenpeace.org.nz/magazine

Millenial generation: Casualisation and resistance http://fightback.org.nz/2013/07/23/millenial-generation-casualisation-and-resistance/

Police smashed Harawira’s car window, court told http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10901932

X-Factor highlights unemployment in NZ http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/x-factor-highlights-unemployment-in-nz.html

Harawira convicted over protest http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10903369

Hone Harawira found guilty https://www.maoritelevision.com/news/regional/hone-harawira-found-guilty

Harawira to seek cash from Mps http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10903608

Right-wing Left-wingers: Labour’s Oxymoronic Tragedy 1946-2013 by Chris Trotter – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/25/right-wing-left-wingers-labours-oxymoronic-tragedy-1946-2013/#sthash.DGXYrPaR.dpuf

Banned from entering prison – for criticizing Corrections Department http://brookingblog.com/2013/07/27/banned-from-entering-prison-for-criticizing-corrections-department/

No Friend of Democracy: To Whom is the NZDF Answerable? – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/29/no-friend-of-democracy-to-whom-is-the-nzdf-answerable/#sthash.367oiRS2.dpuf

Racist “Pakeha Party” ignores history http://fightback.org.nz/2013/07/29/racist-pakeha-party-ignores-history/

The Korean War: what really happened? http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/the-korean-war-what-really-happened/#more-5278

Defend the Right to Peaceful Protest at Sea: Reject The Anadarko Amendment http://www.greenpeace.org/new-zealand/en/take-action/Take-action-online/reject-the-Anadarko-Amendment/

Plans to axe passengers’ discounts will entrench car dependency & traffic congestion http://www.farefreenz.blogspot.co.nz/

Gordon Campbell: SkyCity deal a political lemon http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/hutt-news/opinion/8953448/SkyCity-deal-a-political-lemon

Women, Politics and Class: a Socialist Analysis for Aotearoa http://iso.org.nz/2013/07/23/women-politics-and-class-a-socialist-analysis-for-aotearoa/

Pora case deserves thorough review http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00002/pora-case-deserves-thorough-review.htm

Teina Pora: About a Boy http://www.3news.co.nz/Teina-Pora-About-a-Boy/tabid/1771/articleID/306920/Default.aspx

Racism sadly rife in our multicultural society http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/8979435/Racism-sadly-rife-in-our-multicultural-society

POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Bryan Gould: Key’s march toward inequality http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10904604

Rent up, pay down http://thejackalman.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/rent-up-pay-down.html

Fairfax bans reporters from covering inequality http://fearfactsexposed.wordpress.com/2013/07/21/fairfax-bans-reporters-from-covering-inequality/

High cost for drug testing beneficiaries: Health ministry http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/7496309/High-cost-for-drug-testing-beneficiaries-Health-ministry

How to be a millionaire – NBR Rich List http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/rich-continue-get-richer-nbr-rich-list-ja-143316

NBR Rich List highlights inequality, claims Andrew Little http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/nbr-rich-list-highlights-inequality-claims-andrew-little

THE KEY GRAPH FOR UNDERSTANDING THE RICH LIST

http://www.inequality.org.nz/the-key-graph-for-understanding-the-nbr-rich-list/

Bryce Edwards: A View of who runs New Zealand – the NBR Rich List http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2013/07/a-view-of-who-runs-new-zealand-the-nbr-rich-list.html

Rich List won’t be celebrated everywhere http://firstunion.org.nz/content/rich-list-won%E2%80%99t-be-celebrated-everywhere

NBR Rich List highlights inequality http://blog.greens.org.nz/2013/07/26/nbr-rich-list-highlights-inequality/

Hart returns to top of wealthier NBR rich list http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10902756

Inequality: Fallow vs Rashbrooke http://thestandard.org.nz/inequality-fallow-vs-rashbrooke/

Poverty Watch 40 http://thestandard.org.nz/poverty-watch-40/

Poverty Watch 41 http://thestandard.org.nz/poverty-watch-41/

Lower GP fees, say political parties http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10904709

National’s shame: 40% rise in empty state houses http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00003/nationals-shame-40-rise-in-empty-state-houses.htm

Child abuse report highlights need to address poverty http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1308/S00001/child-abuse-report-highlights-need-to-address-poverty.htm

Brian Easton: The Business of Inequality http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/2013/07/the-business-of-inequality/

WELFARE CHANGES

Voters support extension of tax credits to beneficiaries, poll finds http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10905120

WINZ, waste, and wonky numbers http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/19/winz-waste-and-wonky-numbers/

Grandparent carers forced back to work http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/8959919/Grandparent-carers-forced-back-to-work

Welfare dependency and affordable housing By John Minto – See more at : http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/24/welfare-dependency-and-affordable-housing/#sthash.u8ur7xWW.dpuf

National’s callous behaviour http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/opinion/8943275/Nationals-callous-behaviour

Beneficiaries resort to loan sharks to make ends meet http://www.3news.co.nz/Beneficiaries-resort-to-loan-sharks-to-make-ends-meet/tabid/421/articleID/305780/Default.aspx

Pressure to work, but jobs scarce http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/8946676/Pressure-to-work-but-jobs-scarce

Who really has family values? http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/columnists/dave-armstrong/8975227/Who-really-has-family-values

Getting jobless in work ‘sinister’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8972769/Getting-jobless-in-work-sinister

Out protesting – home and away. Brazil rocks, Auckland’s doing its bit. By Sue Bradford – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/06/19/out-protesting-home-and-away-brazil-rocks-aucklands-doing-its-bit/#sthash.URINkyp8.dpuf

Child abuse not linked to benefits – study http://www.3news.co.nz/Child-abuse-not-linked-to-benefits—study/tabid/423/articleID/307122/Default.aspx

NZ ECONOMY

Nelson is Second City to Pass Critical Resolution on TPPA http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1307/S00665/nelson-is-second-city-to-pass-critical-resolution-on-tppa.htm

MCD’S ON STRIKE

SOLIDARITY & LOYALTY FROM CHCH

Riccarton McDonalds Strike

Riccarton McDonalds Strike – McTriton McTossers Security

Unite Union Organiser gets bullied

Unite Union – Merivale McDonalds Strike!!

OLD McDONALD HAD A STRIKE e-i-e-i-o

I LIKE TO PICKET, PICKET https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU0aid1ZFlE&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Pay gap not closing for young women http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/8987995/Pay-gap-not-closing-for-young-women

WORKRIGHTS NZ

CTU: Massive reaction against employment law changes https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/140132f143832202

Tea breaks under threat — CTU http://www.3news.co.nz/Tea-breaks-under-threat–CTU/tabid/1607/articleID/305817/Default.aspx

Rachel Mackintosh, EPMU: How National plans to smash collective agreements http://thestandard.org.nz/how-national-plans-to-smash-collective-agreements/

Kiwis no longer believe in job security http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/8949192/Kiwis-no-longer-believe-in-job-security

Unions to fight labour law changes http://www.3news.co.nz/Unions-to-fight-labour-law-changes/tabid/423/articleID/305939/Default.aspx

Employer appeals $8000 win for worker http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8911665/Employer-appeals-8000-win-for-worker

Cleaners fight back against employment law changes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10902650

Changes would cause ‘suffering’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/8958774/Changes-would-cause-suffering

Work law changes opposed http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/8966203/Work-law-changes-opposed

Helen Kelly: Tale four – the Death of Philip McHardy. Killed 31 August 2011 – struck by a tree http://thestandard.org.nz/tale-four-the-death-of-philip-mchardy-killed-31-august-201-struck-by-a-tree/

Renewed call to extend paid parental leave http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/auckland/news/874923271-renewed-call-to-extend-paid-parental-leave

Fairness at work and a living wage http://thestandard.org.nz/a-living-wage-2/

Matt McCarten: Save your tears, Prime Minister http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10900881

Immigration Minister to investigate job ads http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/immigration-minister-investigate-job-ads-ck-143123

Terror and poor pay on menu – claims http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8944785/Terror-and-poor-pay-on-menu-claims

Foreign fishing charter rules amended http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/8969021/Foreign-fishing-charter-rules-ammended

NZ seen as a low wage country – Labour http://www.3news.co.nz/NZ-seen-as-a-low-wage-country–Labour/tabid/1607/articleID/306788/Default.aspx

Hamilton workers back bid for parental leave rise http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/8972210/Hamilton-workers-back-bid-for-parental-leave-rise

Union concern at fishing crew exemptions http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00394/union-concern-at-fishing-crew-exemptions.htm

Low wage attraction of NZ for Aussies ‘deeply worrying’ http://tvnz.co.nz/business-news/low-wage-attraction-nz-aussies-deeply-worrying-5521797

Why the shit are so many otherwise-reasonable people against unions? – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/30/why-the-shit-are-so-many-otherwise-reasonable-people-against-unions/#sthash.rIptZyqY.dpuf

STATS OF THE WEEK

Private wealth management groups continue to survey the holdings of the world’s rich. The millionaire share of world wealth, the latest data show, has jumped 14 percent since the global economic crisis began in 2007. – See more at: http://toomuchonline.org/#sthash.MCuS798Y.dpuf

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” Albert Einstein

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” Albert Einsten http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/quotes/articles/80874/title/albert-einstein-quotes-on-education

FEATURES

John Pilger: The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital. http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-new-propaganda-is-liberal-the-new-slavery-is-digital

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’ http://chronicle.com/article/Why-Privacy-Matters-Even-if/127461/

The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root, and Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming Across the Country http://www.alternet.org/activism/seeds-rebellion-are-taking-root-and-protests-against-injustices-are-blooming-across-country

Born Free and Equal – The UN Human Rights Office has released a new publication on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law. http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/BornFreeAndEqual.aspx

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us?

When the press was revolutionary http://sa.org.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=7833%3Awhen-the-press-was-revolutionary&Itemid=411

Infographic: A Look at the War On Drugs http://www.garysimon.net/blog/2013/07/25/infographic-a-look-at-the-war-on-drugs/

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Global Youth Unemployment Remains at Crisis Levels

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

Bye, Bye Florida: Scientists find the last time it was this hot, Seas rose 65 feet http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/florida-scientists-this.html

Coke announces obesity fight – what about hungry farmers? http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00315/coke-announces-obesity-fight-what-about-hungry-farmers.htm

Monsanto drops new GE crops in Europe http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1307/S00316/monsanto-drops-new-ge-crops-in-europe.htm

US Greens propose steps to economic and ecological sanity http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/07/22/us-greens-deep-green-altermativ/

International manifesto of the women of Via Campesina http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/07/21/international-manifesto-of-the-women-of-via-campesina/

Where has all the Water Gone? How Climate Change and Soaring Water Demand are Drying out the Southwest http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/climate-soaring-southwest.html

CULTURAL DISSENT

UTU Redux – Taratino before Tarantino – NZIFF Review – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/20/utu-redux-taratino-before-tarantino-nziff-review/#sthash.JfPb0bk8.dpuf

Omar – A tale of resistance http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/omar-tale-of-resistance.html

New Film Shows U.S.-Backed Indonesian Death Squad Leaders Re-enacting Massacres http://www.alternet.org/world/new-film-shows-us-backed-indonesian-death-squad-leaders-re-enacting-massacres

“The Act of Killing”: New Film Shows U.S.-Backed Indonesian Death Squad Leaders Re-enacting Massacres http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/19/the_act_of_killing_new_film

Dirty Wars – The world is a battlefield http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/dirty-wars-world-is-battlefield.html

The War on Kids (2009) is a 95 minute documentary that shows how American public schools continue to become more dangerously authoritarian. http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/the_war_on_kids_2009/

Billie Holiday – Strange fruit

Southern trees bear strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,

Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,

For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,

Here is a strange and bitter crop.

ARGENTINA

Millions Against Monsanto http://upsidedownworld.org/main/argentina-archives-32/4403-argentina-millions-against-monsanto

AUSTRALIA

Australia’s election campaign is driven by a barbarism that dares not speak its name http://johnpilger.com/articles/australias-election-campaign-is-driven-by-a-barbarism-that-dares-not-speak-its-name

Australian minister dodges questions on Manus Island torture allegations http://pacific.scoop.co.nz/2013/07/australian-minister-dodges-questions-on-manus-island-torture/

REFUGEES: Rudd ‘leap frogs’ Abbott on race to the right – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54551#sthash.T1OjZSnC.dpuf

Myths and facts on Rudd’s PNG “solution” http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54587

The myth of the people smugglers’ ‘business model’ http://theconversation.com/the-myth-of-the-people-smugglers-business-model-16426

Barry Jones: asylum is the greatest moral challenge of our time http://theconversation.com/barry-jones-asylum-is-the-greatest-moral-challenge-of-our-time-16445

A Unique Look at the Boat People ‘Problem’ in Australia http://theantibogan.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/a-unique-look-at-the-boat-people-problem-in-australia/

Nauru detention centre burns down: Riot destroys most of asylum-seeker processing facility on island, with detainees being moved to second, incomplete site http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/20/nauru-detention-centre-burns-down

Protesters vow fightback on refugee plan http://www.theage.com.au/national/protesters-vow-fightback-on-refugee-plan-20130720-2qb43.html

Asylum seekers: Australia’s day of shame: The agreement signed by Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea is ruthless electioneering. It shames us all, because we are better than that http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/20/rudd-asylum-seekers-day-of-shame

Don’t turn your back on refugees http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/dont-turn-your-back-on-refugees/story-fni0ffsx-1226681599309

Is Australia’s new asylum policy the harshest in its history? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/19/australia-asylum-policy-harshest-policy

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs says no evidence asylum seekers are ‘economic migrants’ http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-02/human-rights-commission-economic-migrants/4792924

Forget middle-class welfare. Australia’s tax concessions are upper-class welfare http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/02/tax-concessions-upper-class-welfare

Leaks reveal how Australia helps US spies http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54581

Refugees: 100% of them are human beings https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vapp8BsxrnU

BAHRAIN

Bahrain Cracks Down in Bid to Stop its Tamarod Movement (a la Egypt) http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/bahrain-tamarod-movement.html

BOLIVIA

The kidnapping of president Evo Morales and the crisis of the international orde r http://boliviarising.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/the-kidnapping-of-president-evo-morales.html

BULGARIA

The new Bulgarian revolution http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/16578-the-new-bulgarian-revolution

BURMA

Are Extremist Buddhists in Burma attacking Helpless Muslims? (Walton) http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/extremist-buddhists-attacking.html

CANADA

Food deprivation and starvation politics against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples http://www.rogerannis.com/food-deprivation-and-starvation-politics-against-canadas-and-u-s-aboriginal-peoples/

St Lucian triumphs in Canada Human Rights case http://www.caribdirect.com/st-lucian-triumphs-in-canada-human-rights-case-st-lucia-news/

The Bell of Batoche is repatriated to the Métis people of western Canada

http://www.rogerannis.com/the-bell-of-batoche-is-repatriated-to-the-metis-people-of-western-canada/

Decades-long dispute between Newfoundland and Quebec over hydro-electricity is heating up again http://www.rogerannis.com/decades-long-dispute-between-newfoundland-and-quebec-over-hydro-electricity-is-heating-up-again/

Latest news from Quebec rail disaster: Rail company sticks town with cleanup bill; and new rail transport measures by Ottawa won’t make oil-by-rail safe http://tinyurl.com/nj64893

Lac-Mégantic: A Social and Ecological Tragedy http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/856.php

Pamela Palmater writes: ‘Genocide in Canada denied’ http://www.rogerannis.com/pamela-palmater-writes-genocide-in-canada-denied/

CHINA

China’s labour market faces tough challenges ahead http://www.clb.org.hk/en/content/chinas-labour-market-faces-tough-challenges-ahead

CUBA

The Real Story of the Cuban Five http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/19/the-real-story-of-the-cuban-five/

EGYPT

The officers’ war of terror; latest statements from the Egyptian lef t http://links.org.au/node/3457

In Egypt, love for Sisi overshadows protester deaths http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Middle-East/2013/0728/In-Egypt-love-for-Sisi-overshadows-protester-deaths-video

Egypt crisis: ‘we didn’t have space in the fridges for all the bodies’ http://m.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/28/egypt-crisis-cairo-massacre-morsi

Egypt’s army chief calls for show of support from citizens http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/24/egypt-army-chief-support-citizens

The Politics of the Brotherhood Democracy: How the Muslim Brotherhood Burned Their Bridges http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13062/the-politics-of-the-brotherhood-d

A Coup or a Continuation of the Revolution? (Video) http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13000/a-coup-or-a-continuation-of-the-revolution-%28video%29

And Where Do the Workers Stand? Syndicates, Unions Divided Over Morsi’s Ouster http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13011/-and-where-do-the-workers-stand-syndi/cates-unions-

Exposing the Hypocrisy of ElBaradei and His Liberal Elites – The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/19/the-grand-scam-spinning-egypts-military-coup/print

After Tahrir Square, ‘Third Square’ http://stream.aljazeera.com/story/201307262223-0022939

“Do not let the army fool you” – independent union leader speaks out http://menasolidaritynetwork.com/2013/07/26/egypt-do-not-let-the-army-fool-you-independent-union-leader-speaks-out/

Egypt Tensions Escalate as Morsi Detained and Supporters of Army, Brotherhood Hold Rival Protests http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/26/egypt_tensions_escalate_as_morsi_detained

Reading guide to the July 3, 2013 military coup in Egypt http://www.rogerannis.com/reading-guide-to-the-july-3-2013-military-coup-in-egypt/

Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13129/neither-heroes-nor-villains_a-conversation-with-ta

The Officers’ War of Terror http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/13226/the-officers%E2%80%99-war-of-terror

GERMANY

Germans demonstrate against NSA spying as Berlin appoints cyber commissioner http://www.dw.de/germans-demonstrate-against-nsa-spying-as-berlin-appoints-cyber-commissioner/a-16979997

GREECE

Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras’ call for a united left party http://links.org.au/node/3448

Eyewitness report: ‘Things have gone very quiet in Greece, haven’t they?’ http://links.org.au/node/3458

HAITI

Made in Haiti, Dumped in Haiti http://dominion.mediacoop.ca/story/made-haiti-dumped-haiti/17482

INDIA

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.dPL2ZUiH.dpuf

IRAN

An “Electoral Uprising” in Iran http://www.merip.org/mero/mero071913

IRELAND

Bankers vs Irish People (part 2) By Wayne Hope http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/07/22/bankers-vs-irish-people-part-2/

PACIFIC

FIJI: Regime threatens to bring in military if sugar workers strike http://www.coupfourandahalf.com/2013/07/regime-threatens-to-bring-in-military.html

Fiji sugar workers vote to strike despite ‘intimidation’ http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/radio/program/pacific-beat/fiji-sugar-workers-vote-to-strike-despite-intimidation/1168096

PNG: ‘Ruddiculous’ refugee policy – media reacts to Australia’s Manus Is plan http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/png-ruddiculous-refugee-policy-media-reacts-australia-s-manus-plan-8362

Fiji anger as first plane to Manus set for take-off Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/federal-politics/federal-election-2013/fiji-anger-as-first-plane-to-manus-set-for-takeoff-20130729-2qu3g.html#ixzz2aQkWyeVR

French nuclear tests ‘showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity’ http://cafepacific.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/french-nuclear-tests-showered-vast-area.html

RAMSI and the politics of fantasy http://readingthemaps.blogspot.co.nz/2013/07/ramsi-and-politics-of-fantasy.html

PAKISTAN

20% of US Drone Victims are Civilians, 12% are Children (Woods) http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/pakistan-civilians-children.html

First Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War Undermines Claims of Low Civilian Toll http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/23/first_leaked_pakistani_report_on_us

PALESTINE

Israel’s similarity to South Africa’s apartheid is more than skin-deep http://www.thenational.ae/thenationalconversation/comment/israels-similarity-to-south-africas-apartheid-is-more-than-skin-deep#ixzz2ZdoVOe7D

Kerry Uses Arabs to Bully Palestinians http://www.palestinechronicle.com/kerry-uses-arabs-to-bully-palestinians/

Unbreakable Egypt-Gaza bonds http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2013/08/01/unbreakable-egypt-gaza-bonds/

PHILIPPINES

Asserting freedom to protest amid repression http://pinoyweekly.org/new/2013/07/sona2013-asserting-freedom-to-protest-amid-repression/

SOUTH AFRICA

Red herring: equating socialism & nationalisation http://terrybellwrites.com/2013/07/19/934/

SPAIN

Spanish State: They Want Us Poor, Silenced and Straight by Esther Vivas http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/855.php

SRI LANKA

30 Years Ago: An unprecedented look at Black July http://groundviews.org/2013/07/18/30-years-ago-an-unprecedented-look-at-black-july

SYRIA

US military intervention in Syria would create ‘unintended consequences’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jul/22/us-military-intervention-syria

TUNISIA

Government Teeters on Brink after Slain Leftist’s Funeral. http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/tunisia-government-leftists.html

UK

THE BIRTH OF A POLICE STATE: UK POLICE TO BE GRANTED SWEEPING NEW POWERS https://scriptonitedaily.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/the-birth-of-a-police-state-uk-police-to-be-granted-sweeping-new-powers/

Ignore the hype: Britain’s ‘recovery’ is a fantasy that hides our weakness http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/21/british-economy-still-in-bad-position?CMP=twt_gu

‘The scale of low pay in Britain is a national scandal,’ says Sentamu http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/jul/20/low-pay-scandal-john-sentamu

The BBC is colluding in the government’s attack on benefit claimants http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/07/bbc-colluding-governments-attack-benefit-claimants

USA

This Sunday – 8/4 – Rally Against Unconstitutional Surveillance – Join thousands of participants in 1984 Day rallies around the country http://1984day.com/

EXCLUSIVE: “Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr”–WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Guilty Verdict http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/31/bradley_manning_has_become_a_martyr

Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/bradley-manning-changed.html

Lest we Forget that Manning was Tortured before being Found not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/tortured-americas-bouazizi.html

The “Snowden Aviation Club” and Other Options: How Edward Snowden Gets To Start a New Life http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/the-snowden-aviation-club-and-other-options-how-edward-snowden-gets-to-start-a-new-life

Recession Forever? 10 Reasons American Workers Are Screwed http://www.alternet.org/recession-forever-10-reasons-american-workers-are-screwed?paging=off

Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 If It Kept Pace With Increases In Productivity: Study http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/13/minimum-wage-productivity_n_2680639.html

Chris Hedges: “America is a Tinderbox”

The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People’s Data Than Previously Revealed http://www.theatlanticwire.com/politics/2013/07/nsa-admits-it-analyzes-more-peoples-data-previously-revealed/67287/

Across US, people rally for ‘Justice for Trayvon’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10901048

Detroit’s decline is a distinctively capitalist failure – The auto industry Big Three were loyal only to shareholders, not the people of Detroit. The city was gutted by that social choice http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/23/detroit-decline-distinctively-capitalist-failure

Detroit Bankruptcy Takes Aim at Pensions http://www.labornotes.org/2013/07/detroit-bankruptcy-takes-aim-pensions

The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root, and Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming Across the Country – This week saw thousands protesting the Zimmerman ruling, continued bravery in California’s prisons, and much more. http://www.alternet.org/activism/seeds-rebellion-are-taking-root-and-protests-against-injustices-are-blooming-across-country

Boots Riley wants radical militant movement

How Detroit was laid low – Inept leadership and a history of neglect born of racial tension lie behind the city’s bankruptcy http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/21/how-detroit-was-laid-low

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/11/jailed_journalist_barrett_brown_faces_105

Chris Hedges: The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=10468

Rand Paul’s Detroit Shock Doctrine http://www.thenation.com/blog/175373/rand-pauls-detroit-shock-doctrine

The War on Public School Teachers – New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics by Michael D. Yates http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/854.php

Income inequality ruined Detroit – One reason it’s filing for bankruptcy: Its wealthy residents have left the inner city to rot http://www.salon.com/2013/07/22/income_inequality_ruined_detroit_partner/

North Carolina Republicans Push Extreme Voter Suppression Measures http://www.thenation.com/blog/175395/north-carolina-republicans-push-extreme-voter-suppression-measures#ixzz2ZuTa0G86

Don’t Get Caught in a Bad Hotel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-79pX1IOqPU

In Industry Where Few Workers Are ‘Employees,’ Teamsters Mount Multi-Front Attack http://www.thenation.com/blog/175424/industry-where-few-workers-are-employees-teamsters-mount-multi-front-attack#ixzz2a7dZrV8r

Richard Wolff: Detroit a “Spectacular Failure” of System that Redistributes Pay from Bottom to Top http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/richard_wolff_detroit_a_spectacular_failure

http://www.alternet.org/why-there-so-much-hate-working-people

The Blood-Soaked Resumé of a Peace Broker – What John Kerry Really Did in Vietnam http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/07/26/what-john-kerry-really-did-in-vietnam/

We’re Taxing the Rich… and So Can You http://www.labornotes.org/2013/07/were-taxing-rich-and-so-can-you

Photos: The Ruins of Detroit http://blogs.denverpost.com/captured/2011/02/07/captured-the-ruins-of-detroit/2672/

The Business of Mass Incarceration http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_business_of_mass_incarceration_20130728/

80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/28/poverty-unemployment-rates_n_3666594.html

The United States of… Class War, Inequality, and Poverty http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/07/28-1

The 400: What they don’t want us to know about growing wealth inequality in America http://www.juancole.com/2013/07/growing-inequality-america.html

US – FAST FOOD REVOLT

Fast Food Strikes: Unable to Unionize, Workers Borrow Tactics From ‘Occupy’ Read more: http://business.time.com/2013/07/30/fast-food-strikes-unable-to-unionize-workers-borrow-tactics-from-occupy/#ixzz2agbpkKv2

What’s their beef? Striking fast food workers say low wages http://www.nbcnews.com/business/whats-their-beef-striking-fast-food-workers-say-low-wages-6C10786787

Largest Fast Food Walkout Begins in Seven Cities http://www.thenation.com/blog/175466/largest-fast-food-walkout-begins-seven-cities#ixzz2aarPWXlB

“Dizzy and sick”: McDonald’s workers strike after enduring 110 degree heat http://www.salon.com/2013/07/19/dizzy_and_sick_mcdonalds_workers_strike_after_enduring_110_degree_heat/

The real budgets of McDonald’s workers http://money.cnn.com/gallery/news/economy/2013/07/17/mcdonalds-worker-budget/2.html

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

Fast Food, Low Pay http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/opinionator/2013/07/25/fast-food-low-pay/?h=mAQHPyzyh&s=1&ref=opinion&_r=0

Fast Food Workers To Hold One-Day Strike To Protest Low Wages http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/07/28/fast-food-workers-to-hold-one-day-strike-to-protest-low-wages/

Fighting Back Against Wretched Wages http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/sunday-review/fighting-back-against-wretched-wages.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

New York City Fast-Food Workers Authorize 3rd Strike http://www.democracynow.org/2013/7/25/headlines/new_york_city_fast_food_workers_authorize_3rd_strike

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man http://billmoyers.com/2013/07/22/mr-president-have-pity-on-the-working-man/

Why Is There So Much Hate for Working People? With economic inequality in the U.S. at its worst in more than 80 years, why do polls show limited support of labor unions? http://www.alternet.org/labor/why-there-so-much-hate-working-people

Why Do Americans Live Lives So Short? http://toomuchonline.org/why-do-americans-live-lives-so-short

VENEZUELA

Fight the Power: Venezuela’s Maduro Responds to Obama’s Nominee for UN Envoy http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/9869

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