GPJA #479: Unions Auckland on how to vote

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 479, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013

UNIONS AUCKLAND ON HOW TO VOTE

VIDEO ON DEMAND TUESDAY OF WELLINGTON’S TICS BILL PUBLIC MEETING

If you missed the live stream of the Wellington public meeting opposing the National-led Government’s Telecommunications Interception Bill tonight we will have video on demand available here on The Daily Blog on Tuesday September 24. – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/23/live-video-of-wellingtons-tics-bill-public-meeting-tonight-7pm-on-the-daily-blog/#sthash.ENyKaeg3.dpuf

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:

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.

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.

FOREIGN CONTROL WATCHDOG 133 AUGUST 2013

http://www.converge.org.nz/watchdog/33/index33.html

  • Artful Transnational Tax Dodgers: Squeeze Them Until The Pips Squeak by Murray Horton
  • I’ve Had A Guts Full Of Lowlife Bludgers by John Minto
  • Roger Award Event: Wellington Put On A Great Night by Murray Horton
  • An Anti-Bullshit, Demystification Exercise by Murray Horton
  • Failure In Health & Safety Shows Lack Of Respect For Workers by Joe Fleetwood
  • NZ’s Workplace Health & Safety System “Not Fit For Purpose” by Victor Billot
  • An Unholy Alliance? Why One Union Is Teaming Up With The Face Of Foreign Capital by Alastair Duncan
  • The Business Of Inequality by Brian Easton
  • Justice For Poor Children A Long Time Coming by Susan St John
  • Throwing The Baby Out With the Bathwater: Asset Sales And The Decline Of Popular Control And Responsibility by Quentin Findlay
  • Blackmail & Corporate Welfare: Government Plays Monkey To Rio Tinto’s Organ Grinder by Murray Horton
  • An Economic Policy For A Post Neo-Liberal World: Escaping The Constraints Of Orthodoxy by Bryan Gould
  • A Contemptuous Process by Jane Kelsey
  • Outsourced! Privatisation Of State Power Extended To Treaty Negotiations by Jane Kelsey
  • The Idiot’s Guide To The GCSB by Liz Gordon
  • GCSB Bill A Threat To Anti-TPPA Campaigners by Jane Kelsey
  • Insurance, Potentially One Of Mankind’s Greatest Inventions! by Sarah Miles
  • Anchors by Fiona Farrell
  • Reviews by Jeremy Agar – Hidden Agendas: What We Need To Know About The TPPA by Jane Kelsey; Inequality: A New Zealand Crisis edited by Max Rashbrooke by Cybele Locke; Enough Is Enough by Rob Dietz and Dan O’Neill; Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss.
  • Living Wage Recommended For Organiser by Brian Turner

WHAT’S ON IN AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND

Wednesday, 6-8pm, September 25, Dance Studio, Toi Poneke, 61 Abel Smith St, Wellington.

You are warmly invited to a meeting on Denniston, the fossil fuels divestment movement, and the campaigning we can do in Wellington to urge financial institutions to divest from Bathurst. Bathurst is the Australian coal company who wants to turn the beautiful Denniston Plateau into an open cast mine.You are warmly invited to a meeting on Denniston, the fossil fuels divestment movement, and the campaigning we can do in Wellington to urge financial institutions to divest from Bathurst. Bathurst is the Australian coal company who wants to turn the beautiful Denniston Plateau into an open cast mine.

Blog: http://coalactionnetworkaotearoa.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/wellington-meeting-6pm-25-september-save-denniston-tell-the-banking-industry-to-divest-from-bathurst/

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/457375387709529/

Where: Entrance is from the rear of the Arts Centre – follow the signs!

Hosted by: Coal Action Network Aotearoa (CANA), 350.org and the Keep the Coal in the Hole Wellington network. 6:00 – 7:00pm: Speakers from CANA, 350.org and Forest and Bird 7:00 – 8:00pm: Facilitated discussion on what we can do here in Wellington. Come along if you are keen to get involved, or want to learn more. Koha appreciated for room hire (but it’s a free event)

About Denniston: http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/campaigns/save-the-denniston-plateau-ours-not-mine

About divestment:The global divestment movement was initiated by the international climate action organization, 350.org. Here in Wellington, it was launched by Bill McKibben at his Do the Math tour earlier this year.

From http://gofossilfree.org/nz/

For more information, please email coalactionnetwork

Thursday, September 26, 6pm to 7.30pm, Stone Lecture Theatre, Level 3, Law Shool Building, 9 Eden Crescent, Auckland CBD

“The Arms trade Treaty – will it curb the power of the gun?”. Chair: Treasa Dunworth, Associate Professor of Law, Auckland University. Speakers: Prof Alexander Gillespie, School of Law, waikato University; Grant Bayldon, Exec Director, Amnesty International; Barry Wilson, President, Auckland Council for Civil Liberties.

Friday, September 27, 6.30pm, Spectrum Threatre, BP House, Cnr Customhouse Quay and Johnson St, Wellington

The Importance of Making Social Documentaries. An exclusive talk by award winning documentary maker Bryan Bruce followed by an special screening of his latest work on inequality in New Zealand – “Mind the Gap”. Tickets $20 each includes refreshments. Get more information

Saturday, September 28, 2.30pm-4.30pm, Albert Park Band Rotunda, Auckland

Pro-Choice Picnic, (The Quad at Auckland Uni as a rain venue if it’s really horrible). Come along and celebrate how choice is it to be pro-choice (and mark the Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion) at our Pro-Choice Picnic. There’ll be a stall with baked goods for sale, the Pro-Choice Highway stall making an appearance, and general fun times with quite a few awesome people. We’re more than happy to discuss the current (crappy) status of abortion in New Zealand law and how you can help us reform it. Brought to you by Auckland Pro-Choice People, Pro-Choice Highway, ALRANZ and our friends and supporters. BYO picnic blanket, food, (or buy from the stall), and non-alcoholic drinks. More info here on the Global Day of Action: http://www.september28.org/

Wednesday, October 2, 1pm, Student Union Quad, Auckland University

“Publicly funded but privately run – who really runs the university?” Tertiary Education Union Rally and AUSA are calling for a public rally this Wednesday 2nd of October 1.00pm in the Student Union Quad. The rally is a joint action between the TEU and AUSA to bring attention to two key issues: The lack of serious Government investment in the tertiary sector; and The disturbing centralized style of management and the attack on student democracy and academic freedom at this university. The Rally theme will be “Publicly Funded, Privately Run – Who controls the University?” Speakers: MC is Martyn Bradbury; Speakers: Vernon Tava; John Minto; Jane Kelsey; Campbell Jones; Hannah Williams (AUPISA Rep). Free food will be available on the day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/424667737633320/

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.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/241684085984633/

Thursday, October 10, 5pm, BECA Auditorium, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland central

5.00 pm doors open (drinks and nibbles); 5.30 pm presentations; 7.00 pm event closes. Streets for People – Learning from New York. Paul Steely White – Executive Director Transportation Alternatives. Transportation Alternatives is a non-profit organization in New York City which seeks to change New York City’s transportation priorities to encourage and increase non-polluting, safer and calmer neighborhood streets, and city-friendly travel that decreases private car use. The organisation is committed to reclaiming New York City’s streets for people and ensuring every New Yorker has safe public spaces in which to walk and bike and access to public transport. Paul will share his first hand experience in the revitalisation of New York for place, people and active transport and take part in a conversation on key learnings for Auckland. Transportation Alternatives: www.transalt.org/

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.

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

18TH 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@gmail.com

January 24-26, 2014

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

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:

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

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“BusinessNZ certainly understands that Working for Families is subsidising employers. Conversely they also understand that a worker on Working for Families, who does get a pay increase, actually gets nothing more as his/her Working for Families welfare is consequently reduced. So a worker could be forgiven for thinking, why do I try harder, work harder, get more skilled etc to get more wages only to have a corresponding cut in welfare payments or tax credits?” Alasdair Thompson http://www.fairpoint.co.nz/supporting-living-wage-costs-benefits/

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Gordon Campbell on Nick Smith’s latest steps to undermine river quality http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/09/19/gordon-campbell-on-nick-smiths-latest-steps-to-undermine-river-quality/

Gordon Campbell on the Nick Smith saga, and the America’s Cup http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2013/09/20/gordon-campbell-on-the-nick-smith-saga-and-the-americas-cup/

Google hits out at Govt over spy bill http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=11128983

The “hard questions” of the antichoice movement http://ideologicallyimpure.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/the-hard-questions-of-the-antichoice-movement/

Coal Trumps Climate At Supreme Court http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00222/coal-trumps-climate-at-supreme-court.htm

Police stranglehold on justice – victims http://www.nzherald.co.nz/amanda-snow/news/article.cfm?a_id=814&objectid=11124832

Beautiful Palestinian Resistance: An exceptional lucid 45-minute Radio New Zealand interview with Dr Rand Hazou, who is a Lecturer in Theatre at Massey University in Auckland. The interview on 17 September explored Rand’s interest in the theater and the role it played in the Asylum Seekers movement in Australia where the mainstream media tried to ignore the issue and/or take the government stand on it. Rand also explains how he got involved in the Palestinian theatre movement which plays a major role in fighting both the stereotyping of Palestinians and the pervasive attempts at denying proper expression of the Palestinian narrative regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Listen to replay at: http://www.radionz.co.nz/audio/player/2569493

80% of countries use torture – New Zealand is one of them http://brookingblog.com/2013/09/22/80-of-countries-use-torture-new-zealand-is-one-of-them/

Finally – an inspiring meeting on the campaign trail By John Minto – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/22/finally-an-inspiring-meeting-on-the-campaign-trail/#sthash.cVDRu9kF.dpuf

MANA: Voices of resistance and rebellion from South Auckland http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/mana-voices-of-resistance-and-rebellion.html

Student Voice under a National Spotlight http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1309/S00257/student-voice-under-a-national-spotlight.htm

National’s delay to rail link will cost us half a billion (and counting) – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/24/trainspotting-nationals-delay-to-rail-link-will-cost-us-half-a-billion-and-counting/#sthash.p24dvxon.dpuf

The America’s Cup con job http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/sport/9198054/The-Americas-Cup-con-job

The Hrf’s Tim Mcbride On International Day Of Peace http://humanrightsfoundation.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/the-hrfs-tim-mcbride-on-international-day-of-peace/

NZ – POVERTY AND INEQUALITY

State bosses pocket large salary rises http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9187814/State-bosses-pocket-large-salary-rises

Thousands of Kiwi kids homeless,http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/thousands-kiwi-kids-homeless-5589592

NZ – ECONOMY

Bryan Gould: Perils of a free market free-for-all http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11128893

IT’S OUR FUTURE NZ – TPPA NEWS BULLETIN #39 http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=2af728ed394d2e3c92f383cd5&id=cb7df979b0&e=400b29f860

Dita De Boni looks at the TPP (3:52) http://tvnz.co.nz/q-and-a-news/dita-boni-looks-tpp-video-5588722

CTU: Some GDP growth – but jobs way behind http://union.org.nz/news/2013/some-gdp-growth-%E2%80%93-jobs-way-behind

The jagged edges of the TPP by Vikram Kumar http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/jagged-edges-tpp-ck-146203b

Trade agreement threatens access to affordable medicines http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/GE1309/S00116/trade-agreement-threatens-access-to-affordable-medicines.htm

Kiwis work longer but produce less http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/better-business/9198525/Kiwis-work-longer-but-produce-less

NZ – WORKRIGHTS

Living wage offers hope to low-paid workers http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/9177542/Living-wage-offers-hope-to-low-paid-workers

Former CEO for bosses now backs ‘living wage’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11127868

Government may step in on pay court case http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9182518/Government-may-step-in-on-pay-court-case

Govt intervention in Pay Equity case no way to mark Suffrage Day http://union.org.nz/news/2013/govt-intervention-pay-equity-case-no-way-mark-suffrage-day

KFC policy lets it ditch disabled http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11128203

KFC hates the disabled http://norightturn.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/kfc-hates-disabled.html

Migrant workers exploited http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/9182557/Migrant-workers-exploited

Editorial: Workers must not be exploited http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/editorials/9187787/Editorial-Workers-must-not-be-exploited

Court backs KiwiSaver ruling http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/9187815/Court-backs-KiwiSaver-ruling

Interview with Mike Treen: “The fundamental element was our confidence in the working class” http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2013/09/20/fundamental-element-was-our-confidence-working-class

Working Safer : H&S Reforms Announced http://us7.campaign-archive2.com/?u=3b5fc07b1a7ca54d5cce1362d&id=b20b30297b&e=56470b504c

Landmark gender pay equality ruling appealed http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11126601

Jennifer Curtin: Winning women’s votes – 120 years on http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11126648

The triumph of bullshit jobs – We were meant to be working less, and relaxing more. We’re not. And the rise in the meaningless jobs is to blame. http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/the-internaut/the-triumph-of-bullshit-jobs/

LABOUR LEADERSDHIP

What do we want from a labour-led government By Mike Treen – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/20/what-do-we-want-from-a-labour-led-government/#sthash.HOSWJo32.dpuf

Hail To The Chief! Reviewing David Cunliffe’s First Moves. By Chris Trotter – See more at: http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/09/19/hail-to-the-chief-reviewing-david-cunliffes-first-moves/#sthash.3smxIwNp.dpuf

Cunliffe needs to commit to Left http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/9193767/Cunliffe-needs-to-commit-to-Left

NZ-ARCHIVES

Wobblies and Cossacks: The 1913 Great Strike http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1309/S00192/wobblies-and-cossacks-the-1913-great-strike.htm

120 years of NZ Women’s Suffrage 19 September 1893-2013 http://growing-greens.blogspot.co.nz/2013/09/120-years-of-nz-womens-suffrage-19.html

Suffrage milestone, but work continues http://www.3news.co.nz/Suffrage-milestone-but-work-continues/tabid/423/articleID/313816/Default.aspx

Suffrage Day marked in New Zealand http://www.3news.co.nz/Suffrage-Day-marked-in-New-Zealand/tabid/423/articleID/313736/Default.aspx

Fight for equality remains 120 years on http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/fight-equality-remains-120-years-5587021

STATS OF THE WEEK

“From 2009 to 2012, average real income per family grew modestly by 6.0% (Table 1). Most of the gains happened in the last year when average incomes grew by 4.6% from 2011 to 2012. However, the gains were very uneven. Top 1% incomes grew by 31.4% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 0.4% from 2009 to 2012. Hence, the top 1% captured 95% of the income gains in the first three years of the recovery. From 2009 to 2010, top 1% grew fast and then stagnated from 2010 to 2011. Bottom 99% stagnated both from 2009 to 2010 and from 2010 to 2011. In 2012, top 1% incomes increased sharply by 19.6% while bottom 99% incomes grew only by 1.0%. In sum, top 1% incomes are close to full recovery while bottom 99% incomes have hardly started to recover.” http://elsa.berkeley.edu/~saez/saez-UStopincomes-2012.pdf

Cost Of War:

  • Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590”
  • Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883
  • Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,277
  • Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan – Total Cost of Wars Since 2001 $1,474,318,743,472

http://www.costofwar.com/

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“BusinessNZ certainly understands that Working for Families is subsidising employers. Conversely they also understand that a worker on Working for Families, who does get a pay increase, actually gets nothing more as his/her Working for Families welfare is consequently reduced. So a worker could be forgiven for thinking, why do I try harder, work harder, get more skilled etc to get more wages only to have a corresponding cut in welfare payments or tax credits?” Alasdair Thompson http://www.fairpoint.co.nz/supporting-living-wage-costs-benefits/

” The owners of this country know the truth… it’s called the American dream because you have to be asleep to believe it!” – George Carlin

“I’ve always resented the smug statements of politicians, media commentators, corporate executives who talked of how, in America, if you worked hard you would become rich. The meaning of that was if you were poor it was because you hadn’t worked hard enough.” – Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

“If wealth was the inevitable result of hard work and enterprise, every woman in Africa would be a millionaire.” – George Monbiot

“Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” – John Steinbeck

“The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It’s unequivocally absurd.” – Zoltan Istvan, The Transhumanist Wager

FEATURES

Capitalism, sexual violence and sexism http://links.org.au/node/3516

Beyond the Economic Crisis: The Crisis In Trade Unionism http://canadiandimension.com/articles/5534/

On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs http://www.strikemag.org/bullshit-jobs/

Naming the Dead: A new Bureau project is recording the identities of people reportedly killed by CIA drones in Pakistan. http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/blog/category/projects/naming-dead/

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Capitalism Is The Crisis (Full Movie)

Anwar Shaikh: Structure of the Global Crisis – “the first great depression of the 21st century’ https://sites.google.com/a/newschool.edu/anwar-shaikh/

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

A recent interview with Naomi Klein has sparked a furious debate amongst activists on the right and left of the North American environmental movement. Chris Williams examines the critical issues involved, and their implications for the future of the movement as a whole, and of its growing ecosocialist wing in particular. http://climateandcapitalism.com/2013/09/20/strategy-tactics-environmental-movement/

Auckland diocese to divest from fossil fuels http://www.anglicannews.org/news/2013/09/auckland-diocese-to-divest-from-fossil-fuels.aspx

Agrarian Sovereignty and the Agrarian Question http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/884.php

AFGHANISTAN

America’s Afghan Victims – Even among staunchly antiwar politicians and pundits, few bother to mention the cost of the war to civilians. http://www.thenation.com/article/176256/americas-afghan-victims

How the US War in Afghanistan Fueled the Taliban Insurgency – Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself put it best: “Because of civilian casualties, I think we have just about eroded our credibility here.” http://www.thenation.com/article/176254/how-us-war-afghanistan-fueled-taliban-insurgency

AUSTRALIA

The business sector is finding its voice and the Government’s ear http://tinyurl.com/khed9tz

Slaves of fashion: outworkers in the garment industry – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/11523#sthash.GN8LLmDS.dpuf

Still no justice for black deaths in custody http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54989

The fight for free information By Simon Butler – Leaks that promote the agenda of political leaders are never punished. About 1000 people packed the Sydney Opera House on September 16 for a public forum featuring Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning’s defense lawyer David Coombs, independent US journalist Alexa O’Brien and Australian academic Robert Manne. – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54985#sthash.ysdlCOwP.dpuf

BURMA

Killing in the name of Buddhism – Tom Fawthrop investigates what is behind Buddhist monks inciting attacks on Muslim communities in Myanmar. http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/resurgence/2013/275/human1.htm

CANADA

In Vancouver, tens of thousands walk for sovereignty and justice for First Nations http://www.rogerannis.com/in-vancouver-tens-of-thousands-walk-for-sovereignty-and-justice-for-first-nations/

Thousands march in Montreal against proposed ‘Charter of Quebec Values’ http://www.rogerannis.com/thousands-march-in-montreal-against-proposed-charter-of-quebec-values/

After Lac-Mégantic, further oil-by-train dangers exposed in Canada http://www.rogerannis.com/after-lac-megantic-further-oil-by-train-dangers-exposed-in-canada/

First Nations leader calls on British Columbians to ‘take to the street’ to repel tar sands industry offensive http://tinyurl.com/n5ucgv3

EGYPT

From the anti-coup front lines: Kirdasa: The Egyptian Hama – The military turns really ugly in Egypt http://www.rogerannis.com/from-the-anti-coup-front-lines-kirdasa-the-egyptian-hama/

GERMANY

The German Election, 2013 – Interview with Katja Kipping, co-chair of Die Linke http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/882.php

GREECE

Slain Greek anti-fascist rapper: ‘I won’t cry, I won’t fear’ – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54973#sthash.O0wPjviC.dpuf

GRENADA

A dark day in Caribbean history- Verdel Bishop reports on Bruce Paddington’s documentary on the Grenada revolution http://repeatingislands.com/2013/09/18/a-dark-day-in-caribbean-history/

IRAQ

Depleted uranium contamination still blights Iraq -A decade may have elapsed since the US invasion of Iraq but the depleted uranium it left behind continues to take its toll. http://www.twnside.org.sg/title2/resurgence/2013/274/health1.htm

IRELAND

A People’s Assembly outside Irish parliament

MALAYSIA

Human rights group coordinator to be charged for screening controversial documentary http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/09/18/Court-Pusat-Komas.aspx

MEXICO

Mexican teachers expand strike – Todd Chretien reports on new efforts by teachers in Mexico to step up their struggle. http://socialistworker.org/2013/09/19/mexican-teachers-expand-strike

NORWAY

The Norwegian National Election: Europe’s Most Leftist Government Defeated by Right-Wing Coalition by Asbjørn Wahl and Roy Pedersen http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/883.php

PACIFIC

Papua Ablaze! The Need for a Touch of Hearts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1309/S00167/papua-ablaze-the-need-for-a-touch-of-hearts.htm

Starvation and poverty in Indonesia: civil society organisations appeal for suspension of MIFEE project in Papua pending redress for local communities http://www.forestpeoples.org/topics/un-human-rights-system/news/2013/08/press-release-starvation-and-poverty-indonesia-civil-soci

PALESTINE

How Occupation Was Dressed Up as Peace – Interview with Ali Abunimah http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/881.php

Take action: Palestinian lawyer Anas Barghouti arrested by Israeli occupation http://samidoun.ca/2013/09/take-action-palestinian-lawyer-anas-barghouti-arrested-by-israeli-occupation/

Facing imprisonment in Israeli Jails: A Palestinian Woman’s Testimony by Leena Jawabreh http://samidoun.ca/2013/09/facing-imprisonment-in-israeli-jails-a-palestinian-womans-testimony-by-leena-jawabreh/

SPAIN

Catalonia: Showdown with Spanish state looms after huge protest http://links.org.au/node/3520

Indefinite teachers’ strike provoked by language rights’ attack – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55002#sthash.zFwQnDp0.gBcybCIF.dpuf

UK

Why fruit is picked by migrant workers – The debate over the decision to scrap a seasonal workers’ scheme cuts to the heart of an ambiguity in conservatism Why fruit is picked by migrant workers http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/13/fruit-migrant-workers

London’s rich get 18 more healthy years http://www.standard.co.uk/news/health/londons-rich-get-18-more-healthy-years-8824143.html

USA

Wealth inequality grows fives years on from Lehman collapse – See more at: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54994#sthash.llQ612mz.ltuForzP.dpuf

Jonathan Ferrell, Former Football Player, Killed by Police After Seeking Help Following Car Wreck http://tinyurl.com/mk9kom3

Gary Younge: The American dream has become a burden for most http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/22/american-dream-wages-stagnate-delusional-myth

Occupy Wall Street Returns To New York City Streets On Second Anniversary http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/17/occupy-wall-street-return_n_3942436.html

“I Am Troy Davis”: Supporters, Family of Georgian Man Executed in 2011 Push to End Death Penalty http://www.democracynow.org/2013/9/20/i_am_troy_davis_supporters_family

Puerto Rico and the Puerto Ricans – Versus – 115 Years of Yankee Imperialism and Colonialism By Professor Francis A. Boyle: Eight charges that I filed against the United States government for committing international crimes against the People and State of Puerto Rico. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36314.htm

U.S. Textile Plants Return, With Floors Largely Empty of People http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/20/business/us-textile-factories-return.html

USA – WORKERS REVOLT

Is Fight for 15 for Real? A hard look at the campaign by retail and fast-food workers to earn a living wage. http://inthesetimes.com/article/15618/is_fight_for_15_for_real/

Is Fight for $15 making unions cool again? http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/11/1238039/–Is-Fight-for-15-making-unions-cool-again

Household Incomes Remain Flat Despite Improving Economy http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/18/us/median-income-and-poverty-rate-hold-steady-census-bureau-finds.html

AFL-CIO Convention – Leaving Existing Members Behind? By Steve Early http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/880.php

Some Restaurant Owners Thought They Could Pull A Fast One On Their Workers. Wrong Move, Dudes.http://www.upworthy.com/some-restaurant-owners-thought-they-could-pull-a-fast-one-on-their-workers-wrong-move-dudes-5

Weisbrot: Restaurant workers deserve minimum wage, just like everyone else http://www.newsday.com/opinion/oped/weisbrot-restaurant-workers-deserve-minimum-wage-just-like-everyone-else-1.6102715

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