GPJA #477: Anti TICS Bill public meeting in Wellington September 23

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 477, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013

ANTI-GCSB COALITION PLANS MAJOR PUBLIC MEETING FOR WELLINGTON

The enabling law to the GCSB Bill is the Telecommunications (Interception Capability and Security) Bill – it will force Telecommunications companies to allow the GCSB and NSA to spy on their networks.

We must fight this march towards a mass surveillance state.

Speaker line up to be announced over next week. Live streamed on TheDailyBlog.co.nz

https://www.facebook.com/events/238864479594628/

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WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Friday, September 13, 7.30pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
Dorothy Brown Memorial Lecture: Professor Kevin Clements, Director of the National Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies, Otago University: “Non Violence is an Imperative, Not an Optional Extra”. For more information contact barfoots Ph: 575 6142

Saturday, 14 September, from 9am to 5pm St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby, Auckland
The Christian Responsibility to Protect Ecumenical Study Day.How can we as Christians fulfil our responsibility to protect those affected by war and civil strife yet avoid the problems associated with exclusively military intervention?
Speakers:

  • Reverend Dr Anthony Dancer, former Anglican Social Justice Commissioner: ‘The Theological Case for Peace’
  • Professor Kevin Clements, Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Otago University: ‘The Ethics of Development and Peacebuilding: doing no Harm while doing Good’
  • Dr Kennedy Graham, Green List MP, former New Zealand Foreign Service and Senior lecturer in School of Law, Canterbury University: ‘Peacekeeping and International Law: the future direcection of New Zealand’s foreign policy’
  • Major Josh Wineera and Colonel Martin Dransfield of the NZ Defence Force: ‘Experiences of Peacekeeping Operations in Bougainville, Iraq, Timor Leste and Afghanistan’
  • Professor Richard Jackson, Deputy Director, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies: ‘Analysis and Critique of the Responsibility to Protect’
  • Dr Katerina Standish, Lecturer, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies: ‘Human Security as Transcending National Security’
  • Dr Charles Butcher, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies: ‘Can we predict genocide? The role of economic risk factors’.

Cost is $20 including lunch, to be paid on the day. Arranged by the Anglican Pacifist Fellowship and NZ Christian Network; if you would like to attend, please RSVP by Wednesday, 11 September, to email barfoots The A4 flyer for this event is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/apf/apf-sd13flyer.pdf and the programme is available here at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/apf/apf-sd13prog.pdf (also includes details of the inaugural Dorothy Brown Memorial lecture on Friday, 13 September, at 7.30pm).

Monday, September 16, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Parnell, Auckland
75th Anniversary of the Social Security Act 1938: ENOUGH OF THE BEST FOR ALL OF US – “There is enough of the best for all of us, and I want to bring about security for everyone during illness, whether it be temporary incapacity due to accident, or anything else. I should think it was the inalienable right of every person to be secured against distress of any form.” Michael Joseph Savage, Parliamentary speech during passage of the Social Security Act in 1938. Guest speakers: Associate Professor Susan St John; Māmari Stephens; Professor Paul Dalziel. http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e81yq3wqb6a2a101

Monday, September 16, 5.30pm, Object Space, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Auckland
Attached an invitation to the Auckland launch of my book, Rebellious Mirrors, community-based theatre in Aotearoa, at Object Space, 8 Ponsonby Road, Ponsonby, Monday 16th Sept.,5.30pm-7.00pm.Please feel free to flick this invitation on to anyone you feel may be interested. Paul Maunder

Monday, September 16, 6pm, Sir Neil Waters Building Foyer, Massey University, Albany campus.
September 12 marks the 15th anniversary of the incarceration of the Cuban Five. Four remain in prison in the United States. The past year has seen the return of René González to Cuba as reinforcement to the campaign for all Five to be free. Massey University Albany is hosting a Latin American Film Festival together with an exhibition of political cartoons by Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban Five. There will be an opening night reception for the festival on Monday, September 16 from 6pm – 7pm at the Sir Neil Waters Building Foyer, Massey University, Albany campus. The Cuban Ambassador, Maria del Carmen Herrera, will speak at the opening, and “Humour from My Pen”, the Cuban Five cartoons, will be on display. This is a free public event. The reception will be followed by the screening of the Cuban film “Habana Station” at 7pm. The film festival and the cartoon exhibit run until September 27. After the opening night the cartoons will be on the 2nd Floor of the Massey University Library. Please come and show your support for the Cuban Five. It is essential to rsvp for the opening night reception as seating is limited. Please rsvp by Friday, 13 September by clicking this link: https://masseyuni.wufoo.eu/forms/latin-american-film-festival/ or phone (09) 414 0800 x 43083. Read more about the Latin American Film Festival HERE. In solidarity, Annalucia Vermunt

Wednesday, Septembert 18, 6-8pm, Rm 808, Sir Paul Reeves Building, AUT University
Invitation to the public launch of the ASIA-PACIFIC HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION: Panel Discussion: Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), Human Rights and Sri Lanka. CHOGM is a biennial summit meeting of the heads of government from all Commonwealth nations. Every two years the meeting is held in a different member state, and is chaired by that nation’s respective Prime Minister or President, who becomes the Commonwealth Chairpersonin-Office. The first meeting was held in 1971. The CHOGM meeting this year is being held in Sri Lanka in November. Sri Lanka has a poor human rights record on the treatment of the Tamil Tigers. In association with the Pacific Media Centre, AUT University.

Thursday, September 19, 12.30-1.30pm, Khartoum Place, off High St, Auckland Central.
Suffrage Day Celebration. 2013 marks 120 years of women’s suffrage. In 1893, New Zealand became the first nation in the world to grant women the right to vote. Suffrage Day is a significant day in New Zealand’s history. This year the 120th anniversary will provide an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate New Zealand’s suffrage achievements and look for ways to make further progress to benefit women.

Thursday, September 19, 4-6pm, CTU Boardroom, 7th floor, Education House, Willis St, Wellington
The CTU & the Pay Equity Challenge Coalition Forum invite you to a Suffrage Day Event. Guest speaker, Lisa Heaps, the key note speaker at the PSA women’s conference next week, who is the Director of the Australian Institute of Employment will speak on landmark Australian pay equality cases and about a rights based approach to pay equity. There will be nibbles and drinks following to celebrate the recent Equal Pay Case win. All unionists welcome. RSVPs: Eileen Brown: eileenb Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/469780373137832/

Friday, September 20, 7pm, 3 Pearce St, Onehunga, Auckland
You are invited to join us for an exciting night of Culture, Live music with Calle Latina, Cuban Accent, with Special guest Mallarauco and Traditional dances by Macondo , The Cuban Grove , food, bar and much more!! Estas invitado a participar en la celebración de la Fiesta de Chile que estará llena de cultura, música en vivo con Calle Latina, The Cuban Accent, tradicionales música con Mallarauco bailes con Macondo y Bailes de Salsa con The Cuban grove, comida, bar y mucho mas… buy you Ticket now!! $10 Entry only cash https://www.facebook.com/events/423572647757106/

Saturday, October 5, 4 pm, Trades Hall 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland
Jeremy Bally is Peddling for Papua. West Papua Action Auckland and Global Peace and Justice Auckland invites you to an event with Jeremy Bally a young Canadian who is “Peddling for Papua” through 7 Countries and 12,000 kilometres. Jeremy has been inspired by his visit to West Papua to tell the story of the West Papuan struggle for freedom from genocide and Indonesian occupation He offers a one man multi-media show which highlights the voices of West Papuan people. He will be cycling the North and South islands promoting awareness of the hidden conflict in West Papua.

Wednesday, October 30, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, Auckland University
Jesson Memorial Lecture: Rt Hon Sir Edmund Thomas on “Reducing Inequality – A Strategy for a Cause”. Bar opens at 5.30pm.

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 October 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

December 7-13, 2013

8TH WORLD FESTIVAL OF YOUTH AND STUDENTS – QUITO, ECUADOR.

The Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with youth and students from around the world to discuss how to advance social and political struggles today on an anti-imperialist axis. It will be held in Quito, Ecuador this December 7-13 and will be hosted by the Ecuadoran government. They are ready to receive thousands of young people. The 17th Festival was in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 with some 12,000 participating. Discussion and debates will take place at the Festival on the fight against the consequences of imperialism and the worldwide capitalist economic crisis, the struggle for democratic rights and sovereignty, how to advance culture and education, and protect the environment. For more information email: nznpc18wfys.

January 24-26, 2014
WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST: CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc www.converge.org.nz/abc

ANNOUNCEMENTS

UPCOMING TALKS ON INEQUALITY WITH MAX RASHBROOKE

Max Rashbrooke will be touring parts of New Zealand in September talking about New Zealand’s rising income inequality. Max is the editor of a highly acclaimed new book Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis. Please click on the links here for more information on each regional event:

Gisborne: Friday September 13, 5.30pm, Venue: Muirs Bookshop, 62 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne. Please use the shop’s back entrance, from Gisborne Herald car park, off Lowe Street.

Rotorua: Monday 16 September, 5.30pm, Venue: Bainbridge Centre, 187 Old Taupo Road, Rotorua, Supported by McLeods Bookshop

Hamilton: Wednesday 18 September, 6pm, Panel discussion with Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Bill Cochrane, and Max Rashbrooke. Venue: PWC lecture theatre, University of Waikato

Hillcrest Road, Hamilton. Supported by Wrights Bookshop

Whanganui: Thursday 19 September, 5.30pm. Venue: Alexander Heritage and Research Library, Queen’s Park, Corner Campbell and Cameron Terrace, Whanganui. Supported by Paige’s Book Gallery

New Plymouth: Friday 20 September, 5.30pm. Venue: Hatherly Hall, 37 Vivian Street, New Plymouth. Supported by Benny’s Books

Nelson: Friday 27 September, 7.30pm. Venue: Victory Community Centre, 2 Totara Street, Nelson. Supported by Page & Blackmore Booksellers

Note we do not require a RSVP to attend these events.

Max Rashbrooke’s tour is supported by the J. R. McKenzie Trust and the BWB Publishing Trust. Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis was published with the support of the New Zealand Council for Christian Social Services.

CALLOUT FOR ACTION AND SOLIDARITY- STOP THE SUMMIT, RISE UP FOR CLIMATE JUSTICE AND A FOSSIL FREE FUTURE! SEPT 18 & 19

Kia Ora Koutou,

Next month on the 18th and 19th September the Petroleum Summit is set to take place in Wellington.

Our oceans are being sold off, seismic surveying is set to take place in the Pegasus Basin and exploratory drilling in the Great South Basin and off Taranaki within months, onshore oil and gas production including fracking is expanding and our right to protest and privacy is being removed.

This Petroleum summit comes at a time when our climate, livelihoods and environment are being threatened like never before.

With representatives from the oil and gas industry and Government coming together for two days with the purpose of the expansion of this destructive and unsustainable industry, now is the time to act. Now is the time for us rise up and voice a collective NO to fossil fuel extraction agenda, and YES to a sustainable and equitable future.

Therefore, we are calling for action and solidarity from our allies around Aotearoa to join us in Wellington to stop this summit from it’s business as usual.

With the industry behind this summit threatening our future, and with summit sponsors such as war-mongering corporate giant Halliburton, we hope that groups and allies in peace and social justice movements will also join in this action.

We will meet on Wednesday 18th at 7.15am sharp outside the Railway Station (next to the Gandhi statue) and march to the Petroleum summit at Westpac Stadium. We will voice our opposition powerfully, creatively,and peacefully. We know it’s early, but we’ll have coffee on hand. Please be on time so we can march together.

Bring banners, noisemakers, whistles, pots, pans, costumes, musical instruments, friends, whanau and anything else to help make this event lively and festive.

If you are travelling from out of Wellington and need a place to stay, email the address below and we can help out. We also hope to have a chance to share some kai, stories, plans and korero on the evening of the 18th. Venue TBC.

The oil and gas industry think they own Aotearoa and can carry out their national conference of polluters without a hitch. Lets show them they’re wrong.

For info or questions please email oilfreewellington

With aroha and solidarity The Oil Free Wellington Crew

REMINDER FOR 2013 JESSON JOURNALISM PRIZE ENTRIES

The deadline is approaching for the Bruce Jesson Foundation journalism prize competition, offering funding for high-quality critical journalism. The 2013 competition opened as recent winner Max Rashbrooke unveiled a new book supported by his Jesson award: Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis – and what we can do about it (Bridget Williams Books, 2013).

Entries for the 2013 Bruce Jesson Journalism Prizes are now invited both from self-nominating senior journalists and the Heads of New Zealand journalism schools. Entries will be assessed by members of the Foundation’s Journalism Sub-committee: Geoff Kemp (convenor), Camille Guy, Joe Atkinson, Simon Collins, and Jon Stephenson.

Details are available on the Foundation g.kemp). The DEADLINE for receipt of entries is 5pm, Monday, September 30, 2013.

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

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:

Faith-based groups @ Columbus Centre, Ponsonby | September 10, 7-9pm

West Auckland communities @ Tuvalu Church, Aetna Pl | September 18, 6-8pm

Pacific Communities @ Pacific Island Church Otara | October 4, 5-7pm

And for Wellington they are:

St Peters on Willis, 7-9pm, Monday, 23 September

Victoria University, 1pm, 25 September

Pacific Islander Presbyterian Church, Newtown, 2-4pm, Saturday 28 September

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Gordon Campbell on the practice of selective morality towards Syria http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/09/10/gordon-campbell-on-the-practice-of-selective-morality-towards-syria/

Fifteen Years Too Many – In the early hours of this morning activists from the Christchurch Cuba Friendship Society swathed Hagley Park in Yellow Robbins to mark the 15th anniversary of the imprisonment of the Cuban Five. http://cubasolidarity.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/fifteen-years-too-many.html

Jeff Halper of ICAHD – Israeli Commitee Against House Demolition Speech at Auckland University 5 Sep 2013 (Full event): Jeff Halper 1-2 Resisting Occupation, Constructing Peace 53.38 https://vimeo.com/74028993 Jeff Halper 2-2 Resisting Occupation, Constructing Peace https://vimeo.com/74033008

Dr. Jeff Halper radio interview, Auckland, NZ 6 Sep 2013 (15 min) http://youtu.be/EcafUoLzWWY

Pacific Islands Forum Closing Statement from Oxfam NZ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00073/pacific-islands-forum-closing-statement-from-oxfam-nz.htm

Chile: 40 years of struggle, solidarity and resistance http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/chile-40-years-of-struggle-solidarity.html

Taylor fights for prisoners’ right to vote http://www.3news.co.nz/Taylor-fights-for-prisoners-right-to-vote/tabid/423/articleID/312294/Default.aspx

The lethal ammunition is Hamburgers, Fried Chicken and Porkfat – what the news media ignore By John Minto http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/08/the-lethal-ammunition-is-hamburgers-fried-chicken-and-porkfat-what-the-news-media-ignore/#sthash.saiKTYKM.dpuf

Greenpeace: mining sector gets easy ride http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/greenpeace-mining-sector-gets-easy-ride-ts-145576

Protest against Syrian conflict http://www.sunlive.co.nz/news/52730-protest-against-syrian-conflict.html

VIEWS ON LABOUR LEADERSHIP BATTLE

Gordon Campbell on the Labour leadership race http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1309/S00067/gordon-campbell-on-the-labour-leadership-race.htm

Matt McCarten: Kingmaker Jones stealing show http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11121345

The other Labour Party Contest http://iso.org.nz/2013/09/09/the-other-labour-party-contest/

The bankster memorandum http://thestandard.org.nz/bankster-memorandum/

The Left must have the courage of their convictions http://mauistreet.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/the-left-must-have-courage-of-their.html

Poverty : How would you ensure no one needs to live in poverty? Labour Leadership Q&A #2 http://blog.labour.org.nz/2013/09/10/poverty-how-would-you-ensure-no-one-needs-to-live-in-poverty-labour-leadership-qa-2/

Labour’s leadership contest: illusions and confusions on the left http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/labours-leadership-contest-illusions-and-confusions-on-the-left/

NZ – GCSB

Anti-GCSB Coalition presents Wellington urgent public meeting to stop TICS Bill – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/10/anti-gcsb-coalition-presents-wellington-urgent-public-meeting-to-stop-tics-bill/#sthash.JeNAA8PV.dpuf

Just wondering if you guys have a real bad feeling about the TICS Bill, too? – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/10/just-wondering-if-you-guys-have-a-real-bad-feeling-about-the-tics-bill-too/#sthash.7COs9pxU.dpuf

Nicky Hagar: Wikileaks details how NZ spies will work http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/9139320/Wikileaks-details-how-NZ-spies-will-work

How a leak turned into a raging flood http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9138625/How-a-leak-turned-into-a-raging-flood

100% Pure Surveillance? – A retrospective http://www.thepoliticalscientist.org/100-pure-surveillance-a-retrospective/

Dotcom set to claim $6m http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11122632

NZ – POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

Advocates shocked at numbers of people in dire need – AAAP http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/mp/18887626/advocates-shocked-at-numbers-of-people-in-dire-need-aaap/

Woman feels humiliated by WINZ http://www.3news.co.nz/Woman-feels-humiliated-by-WINZ/tabid/367/articleID/312222/Default.aspx

Where do we go from this timely documentary on inequality? By Susan St John http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/09/where-do-we-go-from-this-timely-documentary-on-inequality/#sthash.x7RotL8H.dpuf

Winz orders refugee to ‘boot-camp’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11117285

NZ – ECONOMY

The Economics Behind the Living Wage http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/the-economics-behind-living-wage.html

Jane Kelsey: Groser and Key must reject ongoing US assault on Pharmac in the TPPA http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00129/groser-and-key-must-reject-ongoing-us-assault-on-pharmac.htm

CTU: Monetary Policy – More Focus on Employment Needed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1309/S00429/monetary-policy-more-focus-on-employment-needed.htm

National was warned against Rio Tinto hand-out http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1309/S00245/national-was-warned-against-rio-tinto-hand-out.htm

NZ – WORKRIGHTS

Unite defends NZ Workers breaks from Government http://unitenews.wordpress.com/2013/09/11/unite-defends-nz-workers-breaks-from-government/

Māori workers stand up for Fairness at Work http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00112/maori-workers-stand-up-for-fairness-at-work.htm

Living on less than $18 an hour http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11120898

Almost half of women paid less than ‘living wage’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11120965

Letter to the Human Rights Commission over KFC sacking workers with disabilities By Mike Treen http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/07/letter-to-the-human-rights-commission-over-kfc-sacking-workers-with-disabilities/

Human Rights Commission says Employment Relations Amendment Bill breaches human rights http://union.org.nz/news/2013/human-rights-commission-says-employment-relations-amendment-bill-breaches-human-rights

Sitel under fire over sackings http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/9111347/Sitel-under-fire-over-sackings

Towards a Living Wage Council http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00097/towards-a-living-wage-council.htm

Bosses warned over ‘free’ workers http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9149514/Bosses-warned-over-free-workers

Young workers cast aside by Minister Bridges http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1308/S00412/young-workers-cast-aside-by-minister-bridges.htm

Union ‘gobsmacked’ at Fletcher layoffs http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/9152232/Union-gobsmacked-at-Fletcher-layoffs

STATS OF THE WEEK

Over the period 1985-2010 New Zealand has experienced the largest increase in income inequality of countries in the OECD, with real household incomes rising by 2.5% for the richest 10% and only 1.1% for the poorest 10%, and the share of wealth gained by the top 1% rose from 4.9% in 1986 to 9% in 2005. OECD Report

Executives at the Disney corporate empire, analyst Scott Klinger noted last week in the Providence Journal, are now working to block a minimum-wage hike that would require them to pay their low-level employees as much in an hour as the $9.54 that one former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, made every second.

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“The challenge is to build a new economy that delivers good secure jobs with decent wages. It must reduce the gap between ordinary families and the soar-away super rich.” Frances O’Grady, general secretary, British Trades Union Congress, September 5, 2013

WAR PLANS FOR SYRIA

‘We say no war’: Protesters across the world rally against military strike on Syria http://rt.com/news/worldwide-protests-syria-strike-564/

Chomsky: Instead of “Illegal” Threat to Syria, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban in All Nations http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/11/chomsky_instead_of_illegal_threat_to

Chomsky on 9/11, Syria’s “Bloody Partition” and Why U.S. Role Ensures Failure of Mideast Talks http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/11/chomsky_on_9_11_syrias_bloody

Obama’s rogue state tramples over every law it demands others uphold – For 67 years the US has pursued its own interests at the expense of global justice – no wonder people are sceptical now

FEATURES

Q&A: The Oslo Accords, Syria, and ‘responsibility to protect’ – Noam Chomsky discusses the Palestinian Authority’s weakness and the implications of a US strike on Syria. http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2013/09/201391085352151365.html

Glenn Greenwald: NSA encryption story, Latin American fallout and US/UK attacks on press freedoms http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/07/nsa-encryption-us-uk-press-freedoms

NSA and GCHQ unlock privacy and security on the internet http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

“Undermining the Very Fabric of the Internet”: Bruce Schneier on NSA’s Secret Online Spying http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/6/undermining_the_very_fabric_of_the

August 2013 Update: US covert actions in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2013/09/02/august-2013-update-us-covert-actions-in-pakistan-yemen-and-somalia/

10 Chemical Weapons Attacks Washington Doesn’t Want You to Talk About http://www.policymic.com/articles/62023/10-chemical-weapons-attacks-washington-doesn-t-want-you-to-talk-about

Noam Chomsky on Workplace Democracy

PDF version of Marta Harnecker’s: ‘Instruments for doing politics’ PDF version of Marta Harnecker’s: ‘Instruments for doing politics’

Human Nature May Not Be So Warlike After All http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/07/to-war-is-human-perhaps-not/

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

After capitalism – democracy at work? http://newunionism.wordpress.com/2011/08/31/after-capitalism/

‘The most dishonest bankers walk away with the most money’ http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/01/most-dishonest-bankers-most-money-banking-blog

Reports from the Economic Front by Martin Hart-Landsberg: The Shrinking Labor Force http://blogs.lclark.edu/hart-landsberg/2013/09/08/the-shrinking-labor-force/

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

Coffee Crisis in Central America by Gavin Fridell http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/872.php

Our Fossil-Fueled Future – World Energy in 2040 http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175745/tomgram%3A_michael_t._klare%2C_2040_or_bust/

CULTURAL DISSENT

Home Brew – ‘LISTEN TO US’

Upper Hutt Posse – Resistance (Official Music Video)

AUSTRALIA

What next for the Australian left? A period of reflection, anger and despondency is expected. But calmer heads will soon realise the left must offer solid alternatives – here are some pointers http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/12/what-next-australian-left

George Monbiot: Abbottalypse Now – Tony Abbott intends to trash Australia on behalf of the super-rich. http://www.monbiot.com/2013/09/05/abbottalypse-now/

September 11 is a date marked by violence and sorrow in the minds of many around the world. For Chileans, it is doubly so, because on that day, in 1973, the country’s democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, was overthrown in a brutal military coup. What followed were years of repression, torture, forced disappearance, fear and, for many Chileans, exile. This is the story of what happened in Chile, and the secret part Australia played. http://www.sbs.com.au/theother911/

BAHRAIN

Migrant Workers strike! http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=359835

BRAZIL

Protests Fill City Streets Across Brazil http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/world/americas/protests-fill-city-streets-across-brazil.html

CAMBODIA

Garment workers protest in Cambodian capital http://khmerization.blogspot.com.au/2013/09/garment-workers-protest-in-cambodian.html

CHILE

Chile: The first dictatorship of globalisation http://www.redpepper.org.uk/chile-the-first-dictatorship-of-globalisation/

The Other September 11: The Legacy of Chilean Socialism and Salvador Allende by Roger Burbach http://nacla.org/blog/2013/9/11/other-september-11-legacy-chilean-socialism-and-salvador-allende

September 11: Forty Years Later by Carlos Torres http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/875.php

Last words to the nation of Salvador Allende

Clashes in Chile on anniversary of 1973 military coup http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24049850

Widow of Missing’s Chilean coup victim carries on her fight for justice http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/08/pinochet-victim-widow-fights-for-justice

40 Years After Chile Coup, Family of Slain Singer Víctor Jara Sues Alleged Killer in U.S. Court http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/9/40_years_after_chile_coup_family

Was U.S. Journalist Charles Horman Killed by Chile’s Coup Regime With Aid of His Own Government? http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/9/was_us_journalist_charles_horman_killed

Allende’s foreign policy was a forerunner for today’s Latin America http://links.org.au/node/3505

“Make the Economy Scream”: Secret Documents Show Nixon, Kissinger Role Backing 1973 Chile Coup http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/10/40_years_after_chiles_9_11

Allende and 21st Century Socialism by Rolando Vergara and Miguel Sanchez http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/876.php

Allende’s socialist internet http://www.redpepper.org.uk/allendes-socialist-internet/

Investigating Operation Condor – 52 minute documentary: In the name of the struggle against terrorism, a special operation — code named CONDOR – was conducted in the seventies and eighties in South America. Its target were left wing political dissidents, the organised labour and intellectuals. Condor soon became a network of Military Dictatorships, supported by the US State Department, the CIA and Interpol.

CHINA

Workers’ rights ‘flouted’ at Apple iPhone factory in China – New, cheaper device being produced illegally, non-profit organisation China Labor Watch claims http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/sep/05/workers-rights-flouted-apple-iphone-plant

Han Dongfang discusses the fast emerging labour movement in China http://www.clb.org.hk/en/content/han-dongfang-discusses-fast-emerging-labour-movement-china

COLOMBIA

Colombian workers and farmers take on global neoliberalism http://cms.iuf.org/?q=print/2732

ECUADOR

Ecuador’s Paradise Lost – President Rafael Correa tried to save the world’s most biodiverse forest, the Yasuni National Park—but rich nations ignored his offer. http://www.thenation.com/article/175965/ecuadors-paradise-lost

EGYPT

Egyptian activists fear crackdown on Islamists will widen to other dissidents http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/08/egyptian-activists-crackdown-islamists-widen

Egyptian military arrests leading Revolutionary Socialist member http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/80904/Egypt/Politics-/Egyptian-military-arrests-leading-Revolutionary-So.aspx

The Battle Of The Archives: What Egypt’s Intellectuals Lost http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2013/09/the-battle-of-the-archives-in-egypt.html

GERMANY

Thousands protest NSA spying in Germany http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/09/20139723248471858.html

GREECE

Α documentary about a shocking case of HIV criminalization in Greece. The story of the persecution of HIV-positive women who were detained by the Hellenic Police, forcibly tested, charged with a felony, imprisoned and publicly exposed, when their mug shots and personal data were published in the media in the run-up to the country’s 2012 national elections

IRAN

‘Jews Aren’t Our Enemies,’ Says Iran Foreign Minister Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/iran-foreign-minister-says-jews-no-enemies.html#ixzz2edDzpHUd

IRAQ

New Iraqi Protest Movement Targets Corrruption http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2013/09/iraq-new-protest-movement-state-shortcomings.html

IRELAND

Homelessness now worse than ever, says McVerry http://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/homelessness-now-worse-than-ever-says-mcverry-1.1522668

JAPAN

The Fukushima Factor http://www.hardnewsmedia.com/2013/09/6045

MEXICO

Zapatismo: the art of building a new world http://roarmag.org/2013/09/raul-zibechi-escuelita-zapatista-autonomy/

Mexican Teachers’ Massive Strikes Crescendo to a Showdown – See more at: http://www.labornotes.org/2013/09/mexican-teachers%E2%80%99-massive-strikes-crescendo-showdown#sthash.EbntvraO.dpuf

PACIFIC

Talk but no action on Pacific climate change http://www.3news.co.nz/Talk-but-no-action-on-Pacific-climate-change/tabid/423/articleID/312251/Default.aspx#ixzz2eMwu3Dc6

Freedom Flotilla Makes Sail for West Papua as Military Amass in Merauke and Daru http://freedomflotillawestpapua.org/2013/09/08/freedom-flotilla-makes-sail-for-west-papua-as-military-amass-in-merauke-and-daru/

PALESTINE

Resisting Occupation, Constructing Peace https://vimeo.com/68226996

Shooting the messenger: occupation filmmaker al-Azza is arrested, 3 months after being shot in head http://mondoweiss.net/2013/07/messenger-occupation-filmmaker.html

Petitioning The Israeli Government and world leader: The Israeli Government and world leaders: Free Mohammed Al-Azzeh https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/the-israeli-government-and-world-leaders-free-mohammed-al-azzeh

Chomsky on ‘Peace Talks’ and the Syria War – Interview http://www.palestinechronicle.com/chomsky-on-peace-talks-and-the-syria-war-interview/

Miko Peled: Egypt hand in hand with Israel’s cruel siege of Gaza http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2013/09/12/miko-peled-egypt-hand-in-hand-with-israels-cruel-siege-of-gaza/

Palestinian youth assert right of return with direct action http://electronicintifada.net/content/palestinian-youth-assert-right-return-direct-action/12760

SYRIA

Iran-Contra Redux? Prince Bandar Heads Secret Saudi-CIA Effort to Aid Syrian Rebels, Topple Assad http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/6/iran_contra_redux_prince_bandar_heads

Gary Younge: The US has little credibility left: Syria won’t change that – Obama’s argument for intervention is a hollow one: America’s use of chemical weapons in Falluja makes that clear http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/08/us-little-credibility-syria-chemical-weapons/print

TURKEY

Crisis at Home, Crisis in the World[1] by Yasin Kaya http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/871.php

UK

Video: No war on Syria | August 31 2013 http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/46-video/16625-video-no-war-on-syria-august-31-2013?

Bangladeshi union chief brings living wage campaign to London fashion week http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/06/bangladeshi-union-campaign-london-fashion

Teachers in England to strike over pay and pensions http://www.theguardian.com/education/2013/sep/05/teachers-england-strike-pay-pensions

After Egypt and Syria, there’s never been a worse time to host an arms fair http://www.newstatesman.com/international-politics/2013/09/after-egypt-and-syria-theres-never-been-worse-time-host-arms-fair

Ed Miliband vows to get tough on zero-hours jobs http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/sep/09/ed-miliband-zero-hours

Owen Jones: Only a new wave of socialism can end the great squeeze on us all – We must break with the free market consensus established by Thatcher http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/only-a-new-wave-of-socialism-can-end-the-great-squeeze-on-us-all-8803809.html

Zero-hours contracts: 5.5m Britons ‘are on deals offering little guaranteed work’ http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/sep/08/zero-hours-contracts-unite-survey

Peaceful protest will not be tolerated – The arrests of anti-fascist protesters at an EDL march is part of a pattern that undermines the right to assemble in public http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/10/peaceful-protest-anti-fascist-protesters-edl

USA

Opposition to Syrian Airstrikes Surges http://www.people-press.org/2013/09/09/opposition-to-syrian-airstrikes-surges/

U.S. media suppressed 2009 UN report showing Israel using chemical weapons against Palestinians http://www.clevelandchallenger.com/u-s-media-suppressed-2009-un-report-showing-israel-using-chemical-weapons-against-palestinians/

A Socialist Rising – Radical Campaign for Seattle City Council Causes a Stir

Guantanamo’s Harsh Realities Hidden Behind Wall of Secrecy http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/09/11/radical-campaign-for-seattle-city-council-causes-a-stir/

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/18606-guantanamos-harsh-realities-hidden-behind-wall-of-secrecy

The 1 percent played Tea Party for suckers http://www.salon.com/2013/09/07/the_1_percent_played_tea_party_for_suckers/

Higher education’s biggest challenge is income inequality http://tinyurl.com/p27t5d7

America’s Prison System Is A Disaster http://www.mintpressnews.com/americas-prison-system-is-on-the-brink-of-collapse/168394/

The wealthy ‘make mistakes’, the poor go to jail

I left my Wall Street trader job and began photographing drug addicts in NYC. These two worlds have entirely different rules http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/08/wall-street-versus-poor-in-america

The “REAL” Unemployment Rate Is 9.7 Per Cent http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/johncassidy/2013/09/why-the-real-unemployment-rate-is-nine-or-ten-per-cent.html

Remembering All the Children http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/07/opinion/blow-remembering-all-the-children.html

King’s unfinished struggle – Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated amid a struggle he saw as a next stage for the movement–a strike of Black sanitation workers. Brian Jones tells the story. http://socialistworker.org/2012/12/07/kings-unfinished-struggle

Best Times for the 1 Percent Since 1920s http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/top-percent-record-share-2012-us-income-20213135

USA – WORKERS REVOLT

I work for $8.25 an hour at Walmart. What would you like to know? http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/05/working-at-walmart-what-its-like

Walmart workers protest over minimum wage in 15 US cities http://www.theguardian.com/business/2013/sep/05/walmart-workers-strike-us-thursday

Trying to raise a family on a fast-food salary http://blogs.reuters.com/great-debate/2013/08/28/trying-to-raise-a-family-on-a-fast-food-salary/

Rousing workers to seek higher wages http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-c1-union-recruits-20130910-dto,0,2705497.htmlstory

USA – SPYING SCANDAL

NSA shares data with Israel

Leaked report reveals deal between US spy agency and Israel, allowing for the sharing of raw intelligence on citizens. http://www.aljazeera.com/news/americas/2013/09/201391205149975842.html

A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/09/business/media/a-journalist-agitator-facing-prison-over-a-link.html

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