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NEWSLETTER No. 347, September 14, 2010


Wednesday, September 15, 12 noon, Albert Park, City
PPTA Day of Action: Rally followed by march to QE2 Square, Downtown

Thursday, September 16, University of Auckland
You are invited to meet Joe Cirincione • President of the Ploughshares Fund; • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations; • Former Vice president for national security and international policy at the Center for American Progress; •    Former director for non-proliferation at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; • Author of Bomb Scare: The History and Future of Nuclear Weapons (Columbia University Press, 2007) and Deadly Arsenals: Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Threats (Carnegie Endowment, second edition 2006).
Two events in Auckland: Disarmament Discourses:  A Roundtable on Nuclear Elimination, 16 September (12-1:30 pm) University of Auckland, HSB 370.
What’s Interesting About Nuclear Weapons?  A Conversation with Joe Cirincione (geared toward students)
16 September (1:45-2:30 pm), 16 Symonds Street meeting room
For more details or contact: Maria Rost Rublee, Ph.D., Lecturer, International Relations, Department of Political Studies
University of Auckland. 64-9-373-7599 x 83725;

Friday, September 17, 7-9am, Ellerslie Racecourse, Newmarket Room, 80 Ascot Ave, Remuera
Women’s Health Action presents the 2010 Suffrage Breakfast. Join us to hear Judy McGregor, EEO Commissioner at the Human Rights Commission, speak on “Sex and Power”. Cost: $35 per ticket, $330 for a table of 10. Book online now :

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September, 11am, Mt Eden and Ponsonby Rd
The Auckland Peace Heritage Walk was launched during the 2009 Auckland Heritage Festival as part of the World March for Peace and Non-Violence. This year the Walk starts at two places simultaneously and ends at QEII Square where participants can together form a human peace sign (organised by members of the United Nations Youth Association of NZ). It is a self-guided walk, with participants able to choose from the brochure provided which of the peace sites they would like to visit, and depending on what distance they want to cover. There is also the option to run or cycle a route of approx 7km or 12 km. This is an event organized by the United Nations Association of NZ (Northern Region Branch) as a UN Peace Day event, together with Civic Trust Auckland. Groups such as walking or cycling groups, as well as families and individuals, are encouraged to participate. For further information please phone Audrey van Ryn on (09) 368 1516 or email

Saturday, September 18, 8pm, Basement Theatre, Lower Greys Ave, (backs onto the carpark at the bottom of Lower Greys Ave, opposite the Auckland City Council building)
Kia Ora Gaza and Nocturne Theatre invite you to the fundraising performance of MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE A one-woman play. On the same weekend that six Kia Ora Gaza team members will join the mass land convoy departing London en route to Gaza, the one-woman play My Name is Rachel Corrie – taken from the writings of the 23 year-old US citizen who was killed in Rafah while protecting the home of a Palestinian family – will open at The Basement Theatre in Auckland. Rachel Corrie was a uniquely perceptive, generous and brave individual. Growing up in Olympia, Washington, she developed a strong social conscience, along with a sharp sense of humour. In January 2003 she travelled to Palestine-Israel as a member of the International Solidarity Movement. On 16 March 2003, Rachel was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer while protecting the home of Palestinian pharmacist Dr Samir and his family. Combining an activist’s passion with an artist’s sensibility, Rachel was a great writer. Even in the tragedy of her young death, there is hope in the legacy of her writing. ‘I think my soul is nomadic’, Rachel once wrote. And the words she left behind encourage readers and audiences across the globe to meet her in a search for justice and truth. Edited by British actor and director Alan Rickman and Guardian journalist Katharine Viner, My Name is Rachel Corrie has been produced in over 13 countries. It is a testament to the power of individual bravery and collective hope. On Saturday 18 September, when Kia Ora Gaza’s six-person Kiwi Team depart London with convoy members from around the globe, we invite you to come and hear the words of a fellow activist intent on seeing the people of Gaza enjoy the same freedoms we take for granted. We know Rachel would certainly be there with the convoy were she here today. Her words live on.
‘I should at least mention that I am also discovering a degree of strength and of basic ability for humans to remain human in the direst of circumstances – which I also haven’t seen before. I think the word is dignity. I wish you could meet these people. Maybe, hopefully, someday you will.’ – Rachel Corrie, 2003. ‘Rachel Corrie reveals that the principled courage of youth, idealism we used to call it, has not been extinguished, as the propaganda tells us. Indeed, it flourishes and Rachel’s legacy is its beacon.’ – John Pilger, 2008. Tickets: $40. Tea and coffee and light snacks will be available after the performance. You are invited to stay after the show and have a chat with performer Kate Prior.
HOW TO GET TICKETS. STEP ONE – BOOK YOUR SEATS: Email Kia Ora Gaza’s co-organiser Grant Morgan with ticket numbers and contact details. STEP TWO – PAY FOR YOUR SEATS: Make a direct payment to our bank account: Kia Ora Gaza, 03-0211-0447718-000, Westpac Bank, Onehunga branch. In the “details” section put your name alongside the words “Rachel Corrie”. Or else write a cheque to “Kia Ora Gaza” and post to: Kia Ora Gaza, PO Box 59-007, Auckland. Enclose a note saying the money is for the Rachel Corrie play.

Sunday, September 19, 2pm – 3:30pm, Khartoum Pl, Auckland CBD
Join us on this day of Suffrage to celebrate our Auckland Suffrage Memorial. Come and join Megan Hutching the author of Leading the Way, and Councillor Cathy Casey as they conduct lively and informative tours of the memorial every 30 minutes (2pm, 2.30pm and 3pm) bringing the “Ladies of Khartoum Place” to life! NCW Auckland women will be there to talk to about women’s issues, past, present and future. There will be female pipers to welcome and close, a coffee van on site, afternoon tea and lots of fun. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU THERE

Sunday, September 19, 7-9pm, BigUps, 30 Frost Rd, Mt Roskill
CITY VISIOIN: COME AND HAVE A BALL WITH THE FAMILY AT BIG UPS, MT ROSKILL – This is our last fundraiser and it will be a great family occasion!  Great safe fun for adults and kids.  BigUps is a wonderful fun place for adults and kids (over 5 years).  So bring your kids and grandkids and join in the fun with them. Check out the website : This is the new business of Mike Treen’s partner Heidi and she wants to promote it and City Vision wants your money. It is being opened especially for us!  Big Ups will get $5 for every body through the door and City Vision gets the rest. If you are bringing your family, we are happy if you make a donation. Please please please let me know by return that you would like to come! This is the first time our entire family has wanted to come to a City Vision fundraiser!  So that will be two adults and three kids (and I think the kids are each bringing someone!) It would be great if we could get 50 for our last fundraising hoorah! If you  join us and I promise never to hassle you for money (again until the next election …).xxx Cathy Casey

Friday, September 24, 3pm, AUT Business School Building WF711, 42 Wakefield St
The Employment Relations Act: A decade in review. A decade ago on 2 October 2000 the Employment Relations Act came in to force. The Act rejected labour market efficiency as the sole criteria for regulating workplace relations and looked to good faith, collective bargaining and mediation to redress power imbalances in the workplace and to foster productive employment relationships. To mark ten years of the Act’s operation, the Employment Law Forum has asked a range of speakers to comment on their experiences of the statute. Speakers: • Charles Chauvel, MP; •Robin Arthur, Member, Employment Relations Authority; •Peter Cranney, Partner, Oakley Moran; Commentary by Simon Mitchell, Barrister. Please join us for drinks and refreshments after the presentations. There is no charge for this event but please RSVP to by 20 Sept for catering purposes. Sponsored by the New Zealand Work and Labour Market Institute and with the support of the Auckland Labour History group.

September 29-30, Telstra Clear Pacific Events Centre, Manukau City
JUST ACTION CONFERENCE: Just Action is for all those with a heart for The Salvation Army’s mission to fight suffering in all its forms, to speak out and act against injustice, and to be a force for justice, faith and mercy in the world. Here’s some information to bring you up-to-date on plans for next year’s Just Action Conference, ‘The Power to Change’, which is being held as part of Mission 2010, a combined congress of The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga Territory. Full Conference details and registration information will be available next year. For more information, contact Major Ian Kilgour, The Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit. p: (09) 261 0883 or e: Plan to join us and explore how the Gospel can bring international, national, community and neighbourhood change. Plan to join us and explore how the Gospel can bring international, national, community and neighbourhood change. SPEAKERS: Jim Wallis is a best-selling author, public theologian, speaker, preacher and international commentator on religion and public life, faith and politics. He is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sojourners, where he is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine. Dave Andrews, Coordinator for training with the Community Initiatives Resource Association, and educator-atlarge for TEAR Australia. Dave, his wife Ange, and their family, have lived and worked in intentional communities with marginalised groups of people in Australia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and Nepal for more than 30 years.

Wednesday, October 27, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, University of Auckland
2010 Bruce Jesson Lecture Annette Sykes Ngäti Pikiao Lawyer and Activist. “The Politics of the Brown Table”. A self-annointed Iwi Leaders Group, a Maori Party that supports a National/ACT government, and a group of Crown mandated intermediaries drawn from retired politicians and bureaucrats, are today’s agents for the manufacturing of consent and the management of discontent amongst Maori. The commercial deals on Treelords, the Emissions Trading Scheme, geothermal resources, national parks, private prisons, mining, whanau ora are all harnessing Moari to a global capitalism that impoverishes the mass of working class Maori and making them dependent on its survival. Most whanau and hapu are excluded from decision-making and denied the rights over their resources just as they always have been. Bruce Jesson foresaw these trends back in the 1980s. This lecture challenges this agenda and identifies the basic principles for a politics that genuinely empowers the people. Professor Margaret Mutu, chairperson of Te Runanga-a-Iwi o Ngäti Kahu, will be the discussant on the lecture.

Thursday, November 4, 9am-5pm, Conference Room 1 – Copthorne Hotel Auckland City 196 – 200 Quay Street
Globalisation and Labour in the Pacific: Re-evaluating the 1890 Maritime Strike. Organised by the Auckland Labour History Group and the Labour History Project in association with the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History and NZWALMI. Papers will be presented on the 1890 strike, its broader political and historical impact, the nature of Pacific Rim connections in the labour market and between labour organisations, lessons for contemporary labour relations in the maritime industry in the Pacific, and the impact of globalisation generally in Pacific Rim labour relations. Attendance: All welcome. Fee: $40 includes lunch and refreshments. All registrations to Ann Williamson at Information subject to change

Sunday, November 21, 9.30am – 4pm, AUT Wellesley Street Conference Centre
Refugee Stories Symposium: This Symposium will consist of a day of testimonies about various aspects of the refugee experience, presented by former refugees who are now resident in New Zealand. REGISTRATION: Early bird Registration (by 1 October 2010) $75.00. Standard registration (after 1 October) $90.00. How to register and further information at The day will also include a keynote speaker and cultural items. For all enquiries contact AUT Centre for Refugee Education Ph administration 921 9367 |


The law locks up the hapless felon
who steals the goose from off the common,
but lets the greater felon loose
who steals the common from the goose.
–          Anonymous, England, 1821

“The corporate grip on opinion in the United States is one of the wonders of the Western world. No First World country has ever managed to eliminate so entirely from its media all objectivity – much less dissent”: Gore Vidal

“Resistance is feasible even for those who are not heroes by nature, and it is an obligation, I believe, for those who fear the consequences and detest the reality of the attempt to impose American hegemony.”: Noam Chomsky


Friends, Amigos,Today (9/9/10) is the 56 Day of HUNGER STRIKE by a group of MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISIONERS held in Chilean Prisions. They are demanding a review of their imprisonment due to the use of SECRETIVE  witnesses and cocked up evidence in their struggle for the protection of their indigenous rights. Some of the Mapuche in the strike are suffering serious health deterioration and many thousands of people around the world have united to support their call for a Just Trial . Below is a petition and a Link to a page lifted up by a Canadian support group. We encourage you to sign and to spread this mail to all your contacts. We must put all pressure possible the next few days to the Chilean government to do all human possible to review this unjust trials against this Mapuche indigenous leaders who all they are doing is to struggle to protect their sacred lands from voracious Multinational companies. The Chilean government is been using all the Antiterrorist legislation  available to them and as legacy of the now defunct military dictatorship in order to suppress their struggle. WE CANNOT STAND AND BE WITNESS OF THIS CRIME AGAINST THE MAPUCHE PEOPLE
PLEASE  CIRCULATE. Your signature is valuable and makes a real difference. Please encourage others to sign the petition as well. Forward the text below to everyone who might be interested:
Hi, I wanted to draw your attention to this important petition that I recently signed:
I really think this is an important cause, and I’d like to encourage you to add your signature, too. It’s free and takes just a few seconds of your time.

Art by Ellie Smith, Wilson O’Halloran & Tim Reed. Poems by Vaughan Gunson (Kia Ora Gaza website administrator). Hello, I’ve just produced three broadsheets of poetry that also feature the artworks of three New Zealand artists: Ellie Smith (photographer), Wilson O’Halloran (collage artist) and Tim Reed (drawer & printmaker). I’m making copies of the these poetry broadsheets available for sale to raise funds for sending Kiwi aid to Gaza. For more information on Kia Ora Gaza go to The broadsheets are folded A3 sized paper, printed high quality on both sides. When folded the broadsheets are sized A6 (pocket sized).  I’m selling them three for $20 (postage included). All money to go to Kia Ora Gaza. To purchase, make a direct payment to the Kia Ora Gaza bank account: Kia Ora Gaza, 03-0211-0447718-000, Westpac Bank, Onehunga branch.  Or write a cheque for Kia Ora Gaza and post to: Kia Ora Gaza, PO Box 59-007, Auckland.  Afterwards, email Vaughan at with your name and address. The broadsheets will be posted to you. The poems are about the personal and the political, parenting, the town of Hikurangi in Northland, love, creativity, escape, and social responsibility. Some of the poems have been published previously in New Zealand poetry journals and magazines. Be in quick, as the money is urgently needed by Kia Ora Gaza to fund the six member team to the other side of the world, and to purchase the necessary aid for the people of Gaza. Regards, Vaughan Gunson, (09)433 8897, 021-0415 082,

By voting down Maori Party MP Rahui Katene’s bill to remove GST from healthy food (see below), National, ACT and United Future have shown themselves to be offside with grassroots sentiment. The majority of New Zealanders think it’s criminal that food, a necessity of life, is made more expensive by this hated tax. The Tax Justice campaign is circulating a petition which calls on GST to be removed from food and for financial speculation to be taxed instead. 12,000 signatures have been collected since the campaign was launched in late May. And we’re just getting warmed up. We’re planning to collect many more signatures so that out-of-touch politicians in parliament are forced to listen to the will of the people. That’s what democracy should be about. On 1-2 October we’re planning a Double Day of nationwide signature collecting for the Tax Justice petition. With GST going up to 15% on 1 October we expect a tremendous response from people who are angry at the escalating cost of living. It’s good news that the Maori Party wants to continue its opposition to GST on food. The more parties and grassroots organisations working together on this, the better chance of success.
YOU CAN HELP: Take part in the nationwide Double Day of signature collecting for the Tax Justice petition on 1-2 October. Contact Vaughan Gunson, the campaign coordinator, right now. Email or ph/txt 021-0415 082.
To download copies of the Tax Justice petition go to the website Post completed petition sheets to the address on the bottom of the petition. To join the campaign on Facebook go to 2,250 people already have.

by Grant Morgan, Co-organiser of Kia Ora Gaza, 9 September 2010: Truly heart warming. That phrase best describes Kiwi support for Kia Ora Gaza. Our fundraising target was big: $100,000 to finance a six-person Kiwi Team and their aid vehicles to Gaza. To make things harder, little more than two months were available in which to raise this one hundred grand. And guess what? We have passed the three-quarters mark. That’s a testimony to the generosity of spirit shown by many, many hundreds of good people. As of 6pm today, we’ve raised $77,300. In addition, there are about $5,000 in firm pledges, lifting us to $82,000. That leaves $18,000 to go. This last $18,000 goes into an Emergency Reserve to protect our Kiwi Team from the many dangers and difficulties they will face as they aid the people of Gaza and break the inhumane Israeli siege. Our team are flying to London on Tuesday 14 September. That’s not far away. Can you donate towards the Emergency Reserve that will help to safeguard our brave volunteers? Here’s how you can donate:

  • Direct payment to our bank account:  Kia Ora Gaza, 03-0211-0447718-000, Westpac Bank, Onehunga branch.
  • Write a cheque for ‘Kia Ora Gaza’ and post to: Kia Ora Gaza, PO Box 59-007, Auckland.

And please ask your friends and family to donate as well. Let’s all get together to raise the last $18,000. Kia Ora Gaza is a Charitable Trust incorporated under the Charitable Trusts Act 1957. The accounts of Kia Ora Gaza are audited by a professional auditor who is independent of our Board of Trustees.

Luis Jalandoni is the International Representative of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF,, a post that he has held since 1977, and since 1994 he has been the Chairperson of the NDF’s Negotiating Panel for peace talks with the Government of the Philippines. The NDF is the coalition of several underground groups, including the Communist Party of the Philippines and its New People’s Army, which has been waging a war of liberation throughout the Philippines for more than 40 years, making it one of the longest running armed struggles in the world. The country desperately needs peace with justice and security, so resolving this people’s war is central to that. Luis will be accompanied by his wife Coni Ledesma, who will also be speaking. She is a member of the NDF Negotiating Panel for peace talks; and is the International Spokesperson of MAKIBAKA, a revolutionary women’s group which belongs to the NDF. Luis and Coni are both veteran leading figures in the Philippine revolutionary Left. He was a Catholic priest in the 1960s and she was a nun.  Both were founders of Christians for National Liberation, a member group of the NDF. When Ferdinand Marcos declared martial law in 1972, both went underground. They were both arrested and spent time as political prisoners. They left the clergy, and got married in 1974. They have lived in The Netherlands since 1976; they were the first Filipinos to apply for and receive political asylum there. They hold Dutch passports and travel extensively as NDF representatives. We are appealing for funds. PSNA will underwrite the tour, but we definitely need financial help because we are hosting two people. The amount needed is $10,000. The two international fares from Europe is the biggest cost, at $6,000. We will keep their domestic travel costs as cheap as possible. Please make cheques to PSNA, Box 2450, Christchurch, with a note saying that it is for the Jalandoni tour. Or, we will supply our bank account details upon request.
Tuesday October 26 – Christchurch: Public Meeting – 7.30p.m. Knox Presbyterian Church Lounge, 28 Bealey Avenue. Contact: Murray Horton,0274 307742
Wednesday October 27 – Blenheim: Public Meeting, 7.30pm,Nativity Centre Lounge, cnr Alfred and Henry Sts. Contact: Steffan Browning,021 725655
Thursday October 28 & Friday 29 – Wellington: PublicMeeting – 7.30 p.m. Thursday 28, St John’s Hall, corner Willis& Dixon Streets. Contact: Rod Prosser 021 0744992
Monday November 1 – Palmerston North: Public Meeting – 7.30 p.m., Catholic Diocesan Centre (Te Rau Aroha), 33 Amesbury Street Contact: Dion Martin(06) 3569658 (w), 021 776029
Tuesday November 2 & Wednesday 3 – New Plymouth: Public Meeting – 6p.m. Wednesday 3rd, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, 42Queen Street. Contact: Fiona Clark (06) 7547014;
Thursday November 4 – Hamilton: Public Meeting –7.30 p.m., Waikato Trade Union Centre, 34 Harwood Street. Contact: BobAnderson, (07) 8297882, 021 776023;
Friday November 5 – Whangarei: Public Meeting Manaia PHO Rooms, Rust Ave,central Whangarei. Contact: Tim Howard 027 3089216
Tuesday 9 November – Auckland: Public Meeting, Trades Hall, 147 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn, 7pm
Wednesday 10 November – Auckland: Women’s Forum with Connie Ledesma, Auckland University, Maori Studies 9am – 12pm (RSVP to Maori Studies)
Friday 12 November – Auckland: 7 p.m. Solidarity Dinner for Justice and Peace in the Philippines, Civic Building, Strata 17, Civic Building, Mayoral Drive: Tickets $30 (Dinner, entertainment cash bar)
Contact: Luke Coxon (09) 8276059, 028 25803203


Disaster management: New Zealand, Haiti and the ‘Cuban way’
Christchurch’s vulnerable may need more support
Gordon calls for ring-fenced compensation for the uninsured
Monday madness for confused Christchurch workers
Monday madness– Video
Unite Union flooded with calls from worried workers in Christchurch
Quake-hit workers worried about pay loss
Book launch to commemorate State Terror Raids
Sorry folks, but cancer won’t be shutting me up By Matt McCarten
New pamphlet from Unite Union Director Mike Treen on the Crisis, Low Pay and Political Economy in New Zealand- download it for free
The first reading of the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill is scheduled for Thursday, 9 September. The html version of the Bill is available at and the pdf version is at Updates and commentary on the legislation will be available at soon.
If All Else Fails, Call Them Racists
Employers obliged to pay quake-hit workers
Govt offers subsidy to workers hit by earthquake
‘Mediawatch hits nail on head’ says Kia Ora Gaza
Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Bill
Primer On The Foreshore And Seabed by Moana jackson.
Universities slide down world ranks
– Over the top and indefensible: NZ soldiers were guilty of previously undisclosed brutality in World war 1: Review By Joseph Barratt: The Great Wrong War, by Stevan Eldred-Grigg, Random House, RRP $55
John Minto: Key teaches class-quake lessons
Independent review of ACC needed
Plea to help young Maori and secure our economic future
$500,000 to get a job: expert
Matt McCarten: Dance on the grave, but leave the headstone alone
Last of the class warriors has his own take on cancer
The life and times of Red Ken
‘Cold’ WINZ irks beneficiaries
Inequality in NZ: [6] NBR’s 2010 Rich List
John Minto: A simple question from a taxpayer

Thousands say ditch employment reforms
Teachers reject pay offer, vote to strike
Govt must negotiate with teachers in good faith
NZEI Extends Support to PPTA as Pay Talks Stall
OECD Report Highlights Teacher Pay Gap With Oz
Unite Union victory at Burger Fuels
Union and Burgerfuel reach employment consensus
Westin workers stage protest
NZPA Images: Auckland – Workers picket and invade Westin Hotel
Retailers not serious about Easter trading vote
Vodafone denies being bad employer
Easter trading status quo best for workers
EPMU and Vector Taranaki agree 10% pay rise
Westin Hotel workers protest job losses
Judy McGregor: Most vulnerable won’t get a fair go under work trial
Job loss a big blow – A 90-DAY trial left a man out of a job he had been in for almost two years.
Retailers not serious about Easter trading vote
Lockout threat raises stakes in health disputes
Resident doctors threaten pay-row action
Holding the Workers to Ransom – A Different Perspective on the Hospital Workers’ Strike

Gareth Morgan: Too big to fail Kiwi style
Bryan Gould: Spare a thought for victims of unemployment crisis too
The Resilient Economy – Why not just fix child poverty? By Susan St John August 2010
The harsh truth on Hubbard By ROD ORAM
Greedy investors damned by critics hiding own secrets By FINLAY MACDONALD –
The Hubbard halo is more than dented
Opinion: BNZ sees ‘long slog to sensibility’ for house prices, farm prices and commercial property prices
Opinion: Why the ‘new normal’ means years of deleveraging, slow growth, lower consumption and a new frugality
Brian Gaynor: Savings big issue for capital-starved NZ
Time out for ‘The Bank of Allan’
Arrogant banks humbled – Bollard

Review: Norman Finkelstein, This Time We Went Too Far – Published just over a year after Israel’s 2008 attack on Gaza and drawing on a wealth of evidence Finkelstein’s book is first and foremost a stunning indictment of that attack.
Film: Lions and Jackals: Review of The Leopard
A ferocious assault on Stalinism – War correspondent Vasily Grossman’s heart-stopping depiction of the Ukrainian famine is a must-read, but he proved unable to grasp the sources of Stalinism, says Peter Arkell.

So Said Tony Hayward – a music video, a tango about the BP oil spill and its disastrous impacts; the story of BP CEO Tony Hayward’s hapless efforts to spin and manage; a mediation on capitalism’s indifference toward human lives and ecological health.
Frozenology – Tony Wood reports from Siberia
Globalization, Neoliberalism, and Climate Change
Scientists conclude: Chernobyl killed nearly 1 million people

Disaster management: New Zealand, Haiti and the ‘Cuban way’
Robert Fisk: Nine years, two wars, hundreds of thousands dead – and nothing learnt – Did 9/11 make us all mad? Our memorial to the innocents who died nine years ago has been a holocaust of fire and blood . . .
Peter McLaren on Academic Repression
Why We Need To Tax Financial Speculation by Vaughan Gunson
Der Zor Diary: A Pilgrimage To The Killing Fields Of The Armenian Genocide By Lucine Kasbarian
Trotsky: past, present… future? An interview with Tariq Ali
Flying The Flag; Faking The News By John Pilger
Stitched Up Part 1: Fashion from production to consumption – In the first part of a new series, Tansy Hoskins examines who shapes what we wear, tracking the power of the fashion industry.
The Cosmetics Racket: Why the Beauty Industry Can Get Away with Charging a Fortune for Makeup
The Spectre of Barbarism and its Alternative – Faced with the rising threat of capitalist barbarism, socialists need a clear vision for the struggle by Michael A. Lebowitz
Indigenous Nations and Marxism: Notes on an Ambivalent Relationship BY Charles R. Menzies – New Proposals Editorial Collective
The Crimewave That Shames The World By Robert Fisk – It’s one of the last great taboos: the murder of at least 20,000 women a year in the name of ‘honour’. Nor is the problem confined to the Middle East: the contagion is spreading rapidly

The Wall Street Collapse and Return of Reality-Based Economics by Robert Pollin – This is a review of John Cassidy’s How Markets Fail: The Logic of Economic Calamities
The Slump Goes On: Why? Paul Krugman and Robin Wells

Collapse of Kabul Bank Points to Fatal Corruption of Karzai Government
For the People of Afghanistan, Things Have Gone from Bad to Worse

Golden age is over for the millionaires factory – Once upon a time, back when investment bankers ruled the world, Macquarie Bank’s Nick Moore and his cronies were pushing the hierarchy to rid the organisation of its banking licence.
Australia: Interview with new Greens MP Adam Bandt: ‘I’ll give a voice to the social movements’
COMMONWEALTH Bank has pulled out of a CLSA investor conference in Hong Kong. The withdrawal came a day after the independent broker accused CBA of “self-serving rhetoric” in downplaying the threat of a housing bubble
Australian banks ‘at risk’

The Lessons of Potosí
Bolivia: Evo Morales faces new challenges
Bolivia: Behind the ‘MAS crisis’

Cambodian garment workers strike over pay

Salvador Allende: His Example Lives On

The Heirs: Video report: Right-wing paramilitaries, the heirs of the infamous death squads, have started to re-emerge in Colombia.

Fidel calls on young people to fight to prevent a nuclear war
Fidel: Message to Cuba’s university students
Fidel on homosexual persecution in Cuba
Fidel in Havana University, (pictures)
Cuban Vaccines Cross Borders, But Barriers Remain – Patricia Grogg interviews scientist CONCEPCIÓN CAMPA, director of Cuba’s Finlay Institute
Castro Blasts Ahmadinejad for Holocaust Denial
ELAM: Cuba’s Latin American Medical School
`Orientalism’ and Cuba: How Western media get it wrong
The Infinite Hypocrisy Of The West By Fidel Castro – What will happen if the French extreme right decides to force Sarkozy to maintain a racist policy, opposite to the norms that prevail within the European Community?
State employees to lose jobs in Cuba shift

French officials unfazed as thousands rally for Roma
French Unions to Strike as Parliamentary Debate Over Pensions Begins
‘Two million’ protest in French pensions strike
Persecution of Roma worsens in Europe

EU austerity policies risk civil war in Greece, warns top German economist Dr Sinn

Haiti’s election: Unfair and undemocratic Haiti’s election: Unfair and undemocratic

The Trickledown Revolution By Arundhati Roy
General Strike Brings Most of India to a Halt
Millions Join India Strike, Shutting Banks, Canceling Flights

Australia paying troops who ‘torture’: Australia has sent an official to the Indonesian province of Maluku to investigate claims that Indonesia’s elite counter-terrorism unit, Detachment 88, which receives millions of dollars from Australia each year, brutalised a group of separatists last month, repeatedly beating them in detention.

Derry Foyle Pride Parade 2010
Ruling class gambling on gullibility of the people

Mexico’s Drugs War: A Crime Writer’s Perspective – BBC Interview with Paco Ignacio Taibo: “The president of Mexico is mad… he started, 3 years ago, a war against “narco”… 28,000 people have been killed in these 3 years”
Viva la Revolución ! The Mexican Revolution at 100  by Dan La Botz

Raj Patel: Food rebellion — Mozambicans know which way the wind blows

Mike Marqusee: Behind cricket’s latest scandal — Pakistan cricket and its discontents
VIEW: Flood disaster in Pakistan – For decades, the Pakistani ruling classes have done nothing but pillage and plunder this land in their frantic greed and lust.\story_5-9-2010_pg3_5

Anti-Israel economic boycotts are gaining speed – The sums involved are not large, but their international significance is huge. Boycotts by governments gives a boost to boycotts by non-government bodies around the world.
Global BDS Against Israel Is Working
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin’s admission: Israel “expelled Arabs” across Palestine in 1948
Goldstone Facts-The Real Story Behind Israel’s Invasion of Gaza-Part 1
Palestinian recognition of Israel, a Jewish state – Why?
Imagining Palestinians as equal.
The silent treatment – Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack tells William Parry why he is boycotting Israel.
Michael Warschawski (Mikado) Speaks about Zionism
Video: Human Rights Group Accuses Israel of Sexual and Physical Abuse of Child Detainees CNN
Video: POLITICS OF PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE – El-Natour: Palestinian resistance more than Fatah and Hamas – The Real News Network

Two men who lived, fought for the ‘masa’
Militants to Aquino: Ask Obama about ‘overstaying US troops’

Strike ends, workers’ anger remains
Communist youth leader — `Black economic empowerment becomes Zuma economic empowerment’

Red Shirt protests on the rise again

Coalition of Resistance declares war on coalition government – The coalition government will be struck by a “wave of protest” which may crack the Conservatives and Lib Dems apart as pensioners, trade unionists, and black rights groups unite.
Interview With Kate O’Sullivan after making Citizen’s Arrest on Tony Blair (Ireland)
Protests at Blair’s first book launch
Coalition cuts will hit poor 10 times harder than rich, says TUC

That ’70s Feeling – TODAY we celebrate the American labor force, but this year’s working-class celebrity hero made his debut almost a month ago. Steven Slater, a flight attendant for JetBlue, ended his career by cursing at his passengers over the intercom and grabbing a couple of beers before sliding down the emergency-evacuation chute — and into popular history.
American students face US$830 billion of debt and the inability to find a job
The United States of Inequality – a viual guide
Hard times for workers on Labor Day 2010
Court Dismisses a Case Asserting Torture by C.I.A.
Michael Moore Teaches Rahm Emanuel a F**cking Economics Lesson – Moore responds to Obama’s chief of staff, quoted as saying he didn’t care that tens of thousands of jobs would be lost if GM and Chrysler collapsed.
Former Police Chief: Legalize Pot, Now – As San Jose’s retired chief of police and a cop with 35 years experience on the front lines in the war on marijuana, I’m voting yes on Prop. 19.
Los Angeles Launches Nation’s First Israel Divestment Campaign

Chavez’s base, the poor, wobbles as election looms
The Venezuelan Economy: Media Sources Get It Wrong, Again
Food Sovereignty in Venezuela – How Venezuela is transforming its economy and empowering its citizens thru nine distinct features of Social Production Enterprises – the antidote to neoliberalism.


Join thousands of youth and students from around the world discussing and debating the future of humanity under the banner, “Let’s defeat imperialism, for a world of peace, solidarity and social transformation.” The festivals began in 1947 as young people reacted to the brutalities of world war and have continued through the decades since, addressing the political challenges for youth and students. A week of activities will include conferences, seminars, workshops, sporting and cultural events. Each day is dedicated to a different region of the world and their particular struggles, and one day to South Africa as the host nation. Full details of the call describing the political focus for this year’s festival can be found at the festival website, along with a programme of activities. Your organisation may be interested in sending a representative to the festival or would like to assist in building a delegation from New Zealand to South Africa, or you may be an individual keen to join a delegation. All participants will need to cover their own travel costs and pay a one off registration fee for the festival which will cover accommodation, transport and food while in South Africa. For more information contact Annalucia Vermunt, Tel: 09-525-7407. Communist League & Young Socialists E-mail: or P.O. Box 3025, Auckland, New Zealand.WELCOME TO THE MEDIA, INVESTIGATIVE

Practitioners, journalists, academics, researchers and students who work in the creative industries are invited to participate in a Fourth Estate “conversation” at the inaugural Media, Investigative Journalism & Technology Conference 2010. The conference will be held at AUT University in Auckland, Aotearoa/New Zealand, on December 4 & 5, 2010. This international conference is dedicated to exploring investigative journalism and documentary techniques, methodologies and technologies of critical value to public interest issues and to identify and support journalists, photographers and film makers facing pressures and obstacles.

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