#355: NZ Not for Sale Campaign Launched

GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE AUCKLAND NEWSLETTER No. 355, NOVEMBER 14, 2010

NEW ANNOUNCEMENTS

NZ Not for Sale Campaign Launched
The New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign was launched in Christchurch on November 11th, in conjunction with the launch of Professor Jane Kelsey’s book on the Transpacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement. The NZ Not For Sale Campaign has been set up to oppose the Transpacific Partnership because it is against New Zealand’s best economic, environmental and social interests. ”The trade agreements we already have are linked with high international debt, job losses, asset stripping, risky speculation, increasing sales of land to overseas owners, running down public assets and services, and loss of tino rangatiratanga and national sovereignty”, says the Campaign Secretary, Dr Christine Dann. The TPP would make things a lot worse, Dr Dann says. It opens the door for
– steep rises in the price of medicines,
– the total loss of the local content provision in broadcasting,
– even weaker controls on overseas investment in NZ
– foreign investors suing the government for millions in offshore tribunals
– weaker regulation of the financial sector
– more transnational control of essential services
– undermining action on climate change, and
– further delays and restrictions on agricultural market access to the US.
The people of New Zealand are getting sick and tired of successive governments putting the interests of dodgy, price-gouging foreign owners and investors ahead of what really matters in building a great country – a healthy natural environment,worthwhile, decently-paid work for all, and a fair and caring society”, says Dr Dann.
The Campaign has opened a Statement of Sovereignty petition (text below) for the public to sign. The closing date for signatures is 4 July 2011.
STATEMENT OF SOVEREIGNTY
We the undersigned citizens and permanent residents of New Zealand call upon the Government of New Zealand
The TPP like be, like NAFTA, nothing but a statement of corporate rights and protections
to cease negotiations on the Transpacific Partnership agreement; and
to not sign this agreement; and
to cease work on any other in-progress or proposed international trade and investment treaties containing clauses which limit or abrogate New Zealand’s sovereign and democratic right to make and enforce laws and regulations and provide services which differ from those of other states or transnational organisations.
Sign the Statement of Sovereignty Petition Online
Download the Statement of Sovereignty Petition
Download the Statement of Sovereignty Flyer
Contact us – Christine Dann nznot4sale@gmail.com
www.nznotforsale.org/ Organisations supporting the campaign can be seen at http://www.nznotforsale.org/who’s-involved/

West Papua: Human rights, torture, and peace – National speaking tour by Br Budi Hernawan
An A4 flyer with the information in this message is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wpbh2010.pdf
Brother Budi Hernawan, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar from Indonesia. Before conducting his current PhD research at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, he worked in Papua from 1997 to 2009, for most of the time at the Office for Justice and Peace (SKP/ Sekretariat Keadilan dan Perdamaian) run by the Catholic Church. The SKP, of which he was Director from 2005 to 2008, deals with issues of human rights advocacy, research, and documentation – monitoring the human rights situation across Papua – and peacebuilding, in conjunction with a wide range of non-governmental organisations both national and international.
The SKP has been instrumental in promoting Papuan peace movements under the banner of ‘Papua Land of Peace’ in close collaboration with inter-faith leaders and civil society. SKP has largely contributed to the human rights documentation in the last decade that provides credible sources of information on the subject. Based on long-term experience and expertise in this area, Br Budi is now undertaking research on the issue of torture in Papua in relation to peacebuilding. Br Budi holds a BA in Philosophy and Theology from Driyarkara School of Philosophy, Jakarta, and a Masters’ degree in Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development from ANU.
Dunedin: Monday, 15 November: 7pm, at Holy Name Parish Centre, 420 Great King St, Dunedin North; contact email klundert@ihug.co.nz
Wellington: Thursday, 18 November: 12.30pm to 1.30pm, at the Centre for Global Action: Floor 2, James Smith Building, 55 Cuba Street. Organised and promoted by Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, Peace Movement Aotearoa and Global Focus Aotearoa. Please RSVP (if you plan to attend) to email martin@caritas.org.nz – a flyer for this event is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wp181110.pdf
Auckland: Thursday, 18 November: 6pm to 7pm, Faculty of Law, Level 3, Building 803, Auckland University, 17 Eden Crescent
Auckland: Friday, 19 November: 12.30pm to 2pm, at the Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland CBD. Bring your own lunch, tea and coffee provided, contact email paxnz@xtra.co.nz – a flyer for this event is available at http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/wp191110.pdf
Speaking tour organised by Pax Christi Aotearoa New Zealand, PO Box 68419, Newton, Auckland. Tel 09 377 5541, email paxnz@xtra.co.nz

WHAT’S ON IN AUCKLAND

Monday, November 15, 7.30pm, Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland City
Films at The Peace Place. Continuing a series of films that challenge the insanity of war…
Hearts and Minds Director: Peter Davis (1974). Running Time: 112 minutes. Admission by Koha. Critics’ comments about Hearts and Minds were either glowingly positive or damningly negative, but rarely anything in between: “…a masterpiece in political documentary film making” or “a hatchet job anti-Vietnam War propaganda film”.

Wednesday, November 17, 5.30-7.30pm Alleluya Cafe, St Kevin’s Arcade, K Rd, Auckland
BOOK LAUNCH: The long-awaited book version of the original zine, Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils is at last in print! Brought to you by PM Press of New York and written, drawn & edited by Queen of the Neighbourhood Collective hailing from Aotearoa with their roots in Cherry Bomb Comics. The awesome Newtown will be playing in the arcade and there will be book signing, wine, vittles and lively feminist conversation. All welcome! For more info check out http://www.cherrybombcomics.co.nz/ or http://www.pmpress.org/
http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=173113472702649
Revolutionary Women: A Book of Stencils by Queen of the Neighbourhood Collective
Publisher: PM Press. ISBN: 978-1-60486-200-3. Paperback; 128pp; b&w with colour cover; 2010

Wednesday, November 17, 6.30pm, L2, 187 Queen St, Auckland City
BODYOGRAPHY – PORTRAITS OF THE BODY OF TIME – Invitation book launch by Chris Van Ryn. Recently returned from Gaza as a member of the Kia Ora Gaza team, Chris van Ryn invites you to the launch of his first book of travel portraits, taken on previous journeys to places including India, Cuba, Nepal, China, Mongolia and Argentina. The portraits will be exhibited on the walls of Chris’ studio (and these photos will be available for purchase) and Chris will give a short address about the book. He will also be available to talk to anyone who would like to hear about his experiences in getting to Gaza. An RSVP by 12th Nov for catering purposes would be appreciated. Please feel welcome to bring your partner and to forward this invitation to those in your networks you think would be interested. If you can’t make the launch but would like to see the exhibition and the book and chat to Chris, please phone Jasmin (021 985300) or call at Chris’ studio at a time that suits you. 187 Queen St is on the corner of Queen and Durham Sts in Auckland CBD. jasmine@freestyledesign.co.nz

Thursday, November 18, 6pm, Law School Forum 3 Level 3 Building 803, 17 Eden Cres
Hear Budi Hernawen and learn about recent developments in West Papua. Budi Hernawan is a Franciscan Friar from Indonesia . Before conducting PhD research at the Australian National University in Canberra ( Australia ), he was Director of the Papua Catholic Church Office for Justice and Peace (SKP): 2005-2008, SKP has been instrumental in promoting Papuan peace movements under the banner of “Papua Land of Peace” in close collaboration with the inter-faith leaders and the civil society. SKP plays a key role in the documentation of human rights and torture, providing credible sources of information on the subject. Pax Christi Contact Kevin or Barbara McBride 372-7026 paxchristi@xtra.co.nz

Thursday, November 18, 6.30pm, Cityside, 8A mount Eden Road, Auckland
Indymedia Auckland Invites you to a No Borders film night. An award winning picture which angered the French Immigration minister – ‘WELCOME’ – a film by Philippe Lioret. Official trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t40ANH4Pe14 It is a story of personal challenge in the face of discriminatory laws, red tape and enforcement. A 17-year old Kurdish refugee named Bilal (played by novice actor Firat Ayverdi) is coached by a swimming instructor who hopes to prepare the young man for the challenge of swimming the English Channel. Bilal’s dream is to join his girlfriend and play for Manchester United. “It’s the most beautiful and most upsetting film I have ever seen,” said Laure Ducastel, 31, a Calais resident. “It shows how the refugees and the charity workers are heroes and what dirty work the French state does to make their lives a misery.” Official australian film wbesite: http://www.welcomemovie.com.au/ Snacks and discusions, entry $5 or koha No one is illegal !

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 www.aut.ac.nz/cre The day will also include a keynote speaker and cultural items. For all enquiries contact AUT Centre for Refugee Education Ph administration 921 9367 | refugeecentre@aut.ac.nz

Friday, November 26, 6pm, Decima Glenn Room, Level 3, Auck University Business School
Fabian Society Seminar: Bernard Hickey & Selwyn Pellett – Time for a Complete Rethink
You can register for Auckland here.

Saturday, November 27, All Day, Te Wananga o Aotearoa, 15 Canning Crescent, Mangere
Unite sponsored day of dialogue with activists against injustice and inequality: “STAND UP FIGHT BACK! ANOTHER AOTEAROA IS POSSIBLE!” Registration $20.
8.30am: Registration, Tea/coffee
9.00am: Welcome/Intros

9.15am: “Confronting the economic crisis – what caused it and how it can be overcome”.
The worldwide economic crisis over the past few years has seen a massive growth of unemployment and cutbacks in basic entitlements for working people. This session will discuss how this crisis came about and how we can fight its effects. Speakers: Jane Kelsey, professor of law at Auckland University and author of many books exposing the effects of neoliberal economic theory on NZ will focus on the international dimension of the crisis; Mike Treen, National Director of Unite Union will focus on the impact of the crisis on NZ and how working people can resist.

11am: Activist Workshops. This will be an opportunity for a number of workshops to be held on topics suggested by activists across the country. These include the following possible subjects (some confirmed, some possible) – Casualisation of labour, workers resistance in Europe (Joe Carolan – Unite Campaigns Organiser); Maori economic elites; Tax justice campaign (Vaughan Gunson, Socialist Worker); Migrant workers; Workers resistance in Australia (Jody Betzian AMWU organizer and Socialist Alliance activist; Climate Justice & Workers Rights (Gary Cranston, Climate Camp); The Right to Strike (Jared Phillips, Unite Waikato Organiser); Campaigns against poverty and beneficiary bashing

12-1 Lunch

1pm: Poverty and inequality – can it be ended? The growth of inequality and poverty in Aotearoa was the one unarguable effect of the neoliberal economic changes imposed over the last few decades. What happened here was mirrored around the globe. This reality barely changed under the last Labour led government and none of the major parties have a programme to seriously combat – let alone eliminate – the terrible social consequences of poverty and inequality. But can it be ended? Speakers: John Minto (Spokesperson for Global Peace and Justice Auckland and Unite Union organizer); second speaker to be announced.

3pm: Activist Workshops: This will be an opportunity for a number of workshops to be held on topics suggested by activists across the country. These include the following subjects (some confirmed, some possible) – Casualisation of labour, workers resistance in Europe (Joe Carolan – Unite Campaigns Organiser); Maori economic elites; Tax justice campaign (Vaughan Gunson, Socialist Worker); Migrant workers; Workers resistance in Australia (Jody Betzian AMWU organizer and Socialist Alliance activist; Climate Justice & Workers Rights (Gary Cranston, Climate Camp); The Right to Strike (Jared Phillips, Unite Waikato Organiser); Campaigns against poverty and beneficiary bashing.

4pm – 6pm: “The left and parliament – some lessons from the Alliance and Green Party experience” Matt McCarten (Unite General secretary, former Alliance Party president), Sue Bradford (community activist and former Green Party MP)

7pm Drinks Dancing and Revolutionary Music!!!! @ Onehunga RSA

Saturday, November 27, 8pm, 3 Pearce St, Onehunga
GRAN TOCATA SOLIDARIA con la Nacion MAPUCHE: Doors open : 8PM. Show will start at 8;30pm until late. Entry$10. The show will include the following artists: Makehue Dance Group; Manu Da Banda; Jah Red Lion; Calle Latina and others. JUSTICE FOR THE MAPUCHE in CHILE – FREE ALL MAPUCHE POLITICAL PRISIONERS NOW. Organised by AOTEAROA MAPUCHE NETWORK Red MAPUCHE de AOTEAROA. WHAT TO DO IN AOTEAROA TO SUPPORT THE MAPUCHE STRUGGLE. BECOME INFORMED. BE A DONOR- WEEKLY AND MONTHLY TO SUPPORT DIRECTLY A MAPUCHE COMMUNITY. EDUCATE OTHERS.
For more information FACEBOOK PAGE http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111802392214336

Saturday, December 4, 2pm, QE2 Square, Downtown
Rally for Justice and Peace in Palestine, come and support justice and peace based on an end to 42 years of Israeli Occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip (including East Jerusalem), the right of return for Palestinian refugees, sharing Jerusalem, vacating all settlement colonies in Israeli occupied Palestine, and dismantling Israel’s annexation / apartheid wall in occupied Palestine. Starts 2pm, QEII Square, Customs Street and Queen Street intersection, outside Downtown Shopping Centre. Organised by the Palestine Human Rights Campaign, for more information contact email or go to this web site.

Saturday, December 4, 7pm, Cityside Hall, 8 Mount Eden Road, Auckland
Rebel Press warmly invites you to a: BOOK LAUNCH of The day the raids came: Stories of survival and resistance to the state terror raids. Music, food and readings. On October 15th, 2007 an estimated 300 police raided houses all over Aotearoa New Zealand and arrested people based on warrants issued under the Terrorism Suppression Act. Lives were turned upside down as the police searched for evidence of ‘terrorism.’ This book is a collection of oral history interviews of people affected by those raids and the aftermath: defendants, friends, family, supporters and other people subject to the state’s coercive powers on that day. The case is the first ever attempted use of the Terrorism Suppression Act, a piece of legislation enacted in response to the 9/11 events in New York and Washington DC. The terrorism charges were not brought, but the people arrested continue to face a long journey to freedom as the state seeks to punish political activists and to reinforce the status quo. For more information, please contact ryankb@gmail.com

Saturday, December 11, 4pm, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby
A seminar with Rusdi Marpaung, Prominent Human Rights Activist and Senior Researcher and co-founder of Imparsial (Indonesia Human Rights Monitor). Chair: John Minto Global Peace and Justice Aotearoa (GPJA). Rusdi has just completed post Graduate studies in International Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of New South Wales, Sydney. Rusdi brings a wealth of experience in challenging the Indonesian Government to uphold human rights over issues such as anti-terrorism law, post conflict management in Aceh, and the ongoing conflict in Maluku and West Papua. Rusdi was a colleague of the late Munir a key figure in the democratic struggle who was tragically murdered in 2004. This seminar will be preceded at 3-30 p m by the AGM of the Indonesia Human Rights Committee: Contact Indonesia Human Rights Committee Box 68-419, Auckland 1125 maire@clear.net.nz (Ample parking or take the Link bus)

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness, in a descending spiral of destruction. The chain reaction of evil must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation”. – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“We shall require a substantially new manner of thinking if mankind is to survive.” Albert Einstein

“I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality…. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND
Law Society alarm at erosion of rights http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/4343209/Law-Society-alarm-at-erosion-of-rights
Editorial: Little-noticed bill a threat to freedoms http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10687000
Rolling back the right to silence – Parliament’s Justice select committee has walked back many of the most controversial provisions of the new Search and Surveillance Bill – but one very, very bad feature remains. http://publicaddress.net/6944
Search & Surveillance Bill goes too far, EPMU http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00101/search-surveillance-bill-goes-too-far-epmu.htm
John Armstrong: Closer links with US military come loaded with costs http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684964
It’s time to farewell pokie trusts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00065/its-time-to-farewell-pokie-trusts.htm
Charity charged in pokie rort http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10687445
Conscience vote gives poker machine bill’s chances a boost http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10686512
Liquor Bans Criminalize Young People: Christchurch academic and lawyer, David Small, has come out against the proposed extension of Police powers for the enforcement of liquor bans.http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00160/liquor-bans-criminalize-young-people.htm
Rebel schools: We won’t set standards http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684972
Burma- Protest Against Junta’s Fake Election http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00066/burma-protest-against-juntas-fake-election.htm
Underinvestment In Early Education Labelled As Stupid Economic And Social Policy http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/underinvestment-early-education-labelled-stupid-economic-and-social-policy/5/70748
Student loans – the debt mountain http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684474
Protestors To Farmers `No You Get A Real Job’ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK1011/S00146/protestors-to-farmers-no-you-get-a-real-job.htm
Salvation Army backs pokie industry overhaul http://scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00120.htm
World Dairy Summit’s focus on sustainability set to be challenged http://wp.me/pi2vX-AW
Fonterra fails to grasp sustainability – Greenpeace http://scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00169.htm
Student membership Bill passes another reading http://teu.ac.nz/2010/11/student-membership-bill-passes-another-reading/
Brian Rudman: Moonlighting moneyraiser with potential http://www.nzherald.co.nz/defence/news/article.cfm?c_id=32&objectid=10686495
Tapu Misa: No easy formula for pupils doing well http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10686075
Clients feel pain of ACC cuts http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10685673
Student loans – the debt mountain http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684474
Minto urges next generation to protest against injustice http://tinyurl.com/2uctfqr

NZ-PHILIPPINES SOLIDARITY TOUR
Luis Jalandoni’s Interview With Chris Laidlaw, Radio NZ National http://tinyurl.com/3yyuk6g
New Zealanders lit candles for freedom, justice and peace in the Philippines NDFPNew Zealanders lit candles for freedom, justice and peace in the Philippines NDFP http://www.remate.ph/?p=8217 http://www.remate.ph/?p=8217
Philippine Peace Neg. Objects To NZ Terror Listing http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1010/S00257/philippine-peace-neg-objects-to-nz-terror-listing.htm
Filipino activists on road for peace http://www.stuff.co.nz/taranaki-daily-news/news/4318260/Filipino-activists-o
New Zealanders ask: What happened to Aquino’s vow of justice, closure for victims of killings?http://www.arkibongbayan.org/2010/2010-11Nov12-caloyr/caloyrodriguez.htm
Women of Aotearoa, Philippines Share Wisdom http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00170/women-of-aotearoa-philippines-share-wisdom.htm

MANA BY-ELECTION
McCarten to throw party in empty state house http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4341113/McCarten-to-throw-party-in-empty-state-house
Four arrested in Mana by-election stunt By Liz Puranam http://www.3news.co.nz/Four-arrested-in-Mana-by-election-stunt/tabid/728/articleID/185733/Default.aspx
Who will be the saviour of Mana? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10685220
Te Karere: Matt McCarten joins Mana by-election at 11th hour http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d65684vAw8A
Matt McCarten talks about running in the Mana electorate and The Hobbit – Audio
http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Matt-McCarten-talks-about-running-in-the-Mana-electorate-and-The-Hobbit/tabid/506/articleID/16995/Default.aspx
Matt McCarten’s Mana by-election campaign: street corner meetings and housing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNUHEIoZgQ4&feature=player_embedded
The Battle of Mana Commentary: Joe Carolan http://socialistaotearoa.blogspot.com/2010/11/battle-of-mana.html
Time for electors to ‘vote as if they were free’ CHRIS TROTTER – FROM THE LEFT – http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/4338306/Time-for-electors-to-vote-as-if-they-were-free
Rent is too damn high http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00155/rent-is-too-damn-high.htm

NZ WORK RIGHTS
CTU: Time for Parliament to reject employment law changes http://union.org.nz/news/2010/time-parliament-reject-employment-law-changes
NDU: Shop worker disappointed with employment vote http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1011/S00226/shop-worker-disappointed-with-employment-vote.htm
Chef’s 90 day sacking ‘for using too much sauce” http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00156/chefs-90-day-sacking-for-using-too-much-sauce.htm
You can see Aaron tell his own story at www.youtube.com/NZCTU
Robert Reid on Fairness at Work http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U19tp_7nsJo
Andrew Little – Speech to New Plymouth Fairness at Work Rally Nov 4, New Plymouth http://www.epmu.org.nz/news/show/173193
400 rally against 90-day fire-at-will law in New Plymouth http://www.epmu.org.nz/news/show/173191
Maritime Union speaks out against decision by environment agency ERMA to allow the continued use of methyl bromide as a fumigant. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00070/maritime-union-unimpressed-by-decision.htm
PPP prison savings from paying staff poor wages http://scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00084.htm
Government Should Be Shamed Into Action Over Pay And Employment Equity http://tinyurl.com/2d2u4ke
No excuse for the continuing gender pay gap http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00110/no-excuse-for-the-continuing-gender-pay-gap.htm
Public service not leading the way – Public service departments have fewer women at the top and many have significant gender pay gaps http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00092/public-service-not-leading-the-way.htm
Catherine Delahunty (Green MP) asked the Minister of Women’s Affairs “Is she satisfied with progress towards her goals of getting more women in leadership and closing the gender pay gap following the release of the New Zealand Census of Women’s Participation 2010, which records a backwards slide?” You can read or watch it here: http://www.greens.org.nz/oralquestions/gender-pay-gap-continues-increase
“Solidarity Forever” rocks the Beehive http://www.flickr.com/photos/epmu/5156653882/
EPMU supports Faulkner Collins’ call for Transport Minister to intervene http://www.epmu.org.nz/news/show/173194
Workers picket employer – Staff at Porirua firm on strike http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/4320385/Workers-picket-employer

Dairy worker driven overseas by 90 day unfair dismissal http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00090/worker-driven-overseas-by-90-day-unfair-dismissal.htm
Dairy Farmer’s “90 days” unfair dismissal story http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gc3xr7mNE8o
Video – Interview with Robert Reid NDU NZI Business: Unions rally against govt (3:41)
Angry ACC workers stage one day strike http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00094/angry-acc-workers-stage-one-day-strike.htm
Respecting workers’ rights on Page 10 of November 04, 2010 issue of Southland Express
Low status will stifle Archives NZ http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00176/low-status-will-stifle-archives-nz.htm
Auckland University creates two classes of staff http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1011/S00040/auckland-university-creates-two-classes-of-staff.htm
Worrying Signs For Minimum Wage Rights http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00180/worrying-signs-for-minimum-wage-rights.htm
DHB’s wrong sums blamed for radiographers’ strike http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/4341216/DHBs-sums-blamed-for-strike
Primary teachers threaten pay strikes http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10686803
Tapu Misa: Hobbit sorted – what’s the next bad law? http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684395
Journalist ‘forced to pay wages to boss’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10685205
Auckland chef awarded $10k for sexual harassment http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10686907
Worker fired after getting pregnant wins $13,750 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/employment-relations/news/article.cfm?c_id=189&objectid=10687057

NZ ECONOMY
Jane Kelsey: Trading sovereignty for short-term advantage http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10686070
Bernard Hickey: Why we must try to dodge the currency elephants http://www.nzherald.co.nz/markets/news/article.cfm?c_id=62&objectid=10686824
Improvement in employment but not fast enough http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00059/improvement-in-employment-but-not-fast-enough.htm
Bernard Hickey: Plan to rebalance economy shredded http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10687393
Brian Fallow: Printing money act of desperation http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10685111
Private equity returns 33.5pc http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10685109
Taskforce Report Overlooks Investment In Education And Fair Pay http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00060/taskforce-report-overlooks-investment-in-education.htm
Banks profits soar while economy crawls http://www.voxy.co.nz/business/banks-profits-soar-while-economy-crawls/5/70670
One in ten Kiwis jobless or underemployed http://thestandard.org.nz/one-in-ten-kiwis-jobless-or-underemployed/
NZ Not For Sale Campaign Launch November 11 http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00107/nz-not-for-sale-campaign-launch-november-11.htm

20,000 signatures collected for Tax Justice petition http://www.nogstonfood.org/
Government finances not an excuse for further cuts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00112/government-finances-not-an-excuse-for-further-cuts.htm
300 new rail wagons must be built at home http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1011/S00250/300-new-rail-wagons-must-be-built-at-home.htm
Issues in Privatisation – Costs & Benefits Written by Bill Rosenberg http://tinyurl.com/3x4zv3q
Did you know we’re in a recession? http://publicaddress.net/onpoint
CTU: Too many unemployed http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00132/too-many-unemployed.htm
REINZ reports record low house sales in October http://tinyurl.com/2wg6h3y
Reserve Bank sees further farm price falls; warns of dairy farmers facing negative equity http://tinyurl.com/37e4eel
John Minto: Kiwifruit a victim of monoculture farming http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/blogs/frontline
John Minto: Time for punch-drunk boxer to quit – The government’s 2025 Taskforce issued its second report late last week and – surprise, surprise – the Don Brash-led group of neo-liberals have come up with a familiar litany of failed policies which created the very problems they are trying to solve. http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/blogs/frontline/4319879/Time-for-punch-drunk-boxer-to-quit
Abolition of gift duty tax cut for rich, says Goff http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10684907
Brian Gaynor: The biggest day we had… and its lessons http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10685624

CULTURAL DISSENT
Book Review: “THE PLOT TO SUBVERT WARTIME NEW ZEALAND” Hugh Price, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 2006 http://www.converge.org.nz/abc/pr35-151b.html
Film Review: Inside Job: Film Brings Us Face to Face with the People Who Nearly Destroyed Our Economy. Director Ferguson makes the case that the meltdown wasn’t just an unfortunate accident, it was totally avoidable. http://tinyurl.com/26u9qln
Book Review: Rick Kuhn and Tom Bramble have just published a book through Cambridge University Press entitled “Labor’s Conflict: Big Business, Workers and the Politics of Class”. This is a history of the Australian Labor Party from its formation through to this year’s federal election seen from the perspective of the ALP’s changing relationship with business and the working class and unions. More details can be found at: http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521138048
Art: Michelangelo and human emancipation http://www.isj.org.uk/index.php4?id=685&issue=128
Song: Savage Terrorist by Rafeef Ziadah http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dOuvCBiyDc
Book Review: The Transformation of Abraham Lincoln James M. McPherson http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2010/nov/25/transformation-abraham-lincoln/
Book review: Economic Democracy: Allan Engler, Economic Democracy: The Working-Class Alternative to Capitalism (Black Point, Nova Scotia, Fernwood Publishing, 2010) http://closetnotebooks.wordpress.com/2010/11/09/149/
Book Review: Nir Rosen on Iraq and Afghanistan – The best short summary of what has been happening in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past few years that I have seen. Everyone should buy Rosen’s book. http://socialistworker.org/blog/critical-reading/2010/11/10/nir-rosen-iraq-and-afghanistan
TV Series: Who are the real monsters? Fans of the comic won’t be disappointed by a new AMC series, says Mike Stark. http://socialistworker.org/2010/11/10/who-are-the-real-monsters
Why ‘Mad Men’ is TV’s most feminist show http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/08/AR2010100802662.html
Book Review:A pandemic made by capitalism: Joe Allen looks at a new book which challenges the conventional wisdom that fighting diabetes is about “personal responsibility” and “discipline.” http://socialistworker.org/2010/11/09/pandemic-made-by-capitalism

LAND, LABOUR AND THE ENVIRONMENT
Arctic ice in ‘death spiral’ means civil resistance is our best hope http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/45871
When will Stewart Brand admit he was wrong? The claim that campaigners caused malaria deaths after they achieved a worldwide ban on the pesticide DDT is just not true http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/2010/nov/05/stewart-brand-pesticide
Who is Koch Industries? Koch Industries — a massive pipeline and refinery company that pours money into groups that defend the interests of big oil — usually keeps out of the headlines. But now you know the threat they pose to our planet, and it’s up us to make sure that Koch Industries can’t keep deceiving us any more. Get the facts about Koch and how it is bankrolling the climate denial movement: http://acp.climateprotect.org/kochfacts-share
Jeanette Fitzsimons: Keep coal in the hole, or green efforts will remain futile http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10684627
Video: `The Story of Electronics’ — Designed for the dump (from the makers of `The Story of Stuff’) http://links.org.au/node/1983

FEATURES
Capitalism and the Curse of Energy Efficiency – The Return of the Jevons Paradox by John Bellamy Foster, Brett Clark, and Richard York http://monthlyreview.org/101101foster-clark-york.php
The Humanization of the Cosmos—To What End? Peter Dickens: Society is increasingly humanizing the cosmos. Satellites have for some time been central to the flow of information, to surveillance, and to the conduct of warfare. As these examples suggest, however, the humanization of the cosmos is primarily benefiting the powerful. http://monthlyreview.org/101101dickens.php
Eric Toussaint interviewed by Sergio Ferrari – Worrying signs from Venezuela to Ecuador – Latin America loses precious time http://www.cadtm.org/spip.php?page=imprimer&id_article=6052
For jihadist, read anarchist: Repression did little to stop anarchist violence. But eventually the world moved on and the movement withered http://www.economist.com/node/4292760?story_id=4292760

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS
G20 summit distracted by ‘currency wars’: Fears of protectionist battles over trade and exchange rates are overblown. The G20 really needs to focus on stimulating growth http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/12/g20-summit-currency-wars
Economist Ha-Joon Chang on the G20 Summit, Currency Wars and Why the Free Market is a “Myth” http://tinyurl.com/36mzcwg

AFGHANISTAN
A profile of the brutal Afghan warlord whose militia have been brought to Australia to be trained by special forces: http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46016
Bombs Away: Afghan Air War Peaks With 1,000 Strikes in October By Noah Shachtman – The U.S. and its allies have unleashed a massive air campaign in Afghanistan, launching missiles and bombs from the sky at a rate rarely seen since the war’s earliest days. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26789.htm

ARGENTINA
Kirchner’s Legacy: Getting Argentina Out of Crisis by Defying the IMF and “Free” Trade http://tinyurl.com/35crlct
Worker-Run Factories in Argentina Continue to Thrive, Boosting the Economy and Influencing Workers in Other Countries http://tinyurl.com/37dycx9

AUSTRALIA
Tamil refugee: `Why I fled to Australia’ http://links.org.au/node/1973
Sydney ‘shoes away’ US war criminals Clinton & Gates http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/46041
The return of the Hungry Mile – A former Foxteq employee speaks out about the appalling work conditions he experienced at the behest of a labor hire company. It is a scene more reminiscent of wharf workers on the Hungry Mile in the 1930s than a computer-packing business supplying government departments and large corporations http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/the-return-of-the-hungry-mile-20101108-17kiu.html

BURMA
Ethnic Armed Groups in Alliance Talks http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article19005
Don’t Legitimize Burma’s Elections http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article18960
TV3: Aung San Suu Kyi released http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/world/43406.html
Cruel vengeance of dark regime http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10685797
Is change possible in Burma? http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1948
Daw Suu’s Live Speech http://www.livestation.com/channels/66-democratic-voice-of-burma-burmese

CANADA
The Canadian government has announced its support for the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – the third of the four states (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US) which voted against the adoption of the UN Declaration by the UN General Assembly in September 2007 to do so … only the US government is yet to change its position. The Assembly of First Nations’ (AFN) initial statement of response is at http://www.afn.ca/cmslib/general/10-11-12%20UND%20press%20release_Fe%20(2).pdf and the AFN backgrounder on what this means for Canadian First Nations is at http://www.afn.ca/cmslib/general/10-11-12%20UND%20backgrounder-%20FINALe.pdf

COLOMBIA
Colombia Suspends 7 in Military After Children’s Killings http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/world/americas/04colombia.html

CUBA
Statement by daughter on one of Miami 5 at UK solidarity event http://www.unionbook.org/video/rmtv-free-the-miami-5-october
Cuba looking to find its own way – Announcing its first Communist congress since 1997, Cuba is examining ways to create jobs and ease private sector controls http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/nov/09/cuba-communist-congress/print
Reversing the medical `brain drain’ – the many faces of ELAM http://links.org.au/node/1984

FRANCE
“Les jeunes sont chauds!” http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xfa7hn_les-jeunes-sont-chauds_news#from=embed
France: Sarkozy Enacts Pensions Law as Mass Mobilisations Continue http://revitalisinglabour.blogspot.com/2010/11/france-sarkozy-enacts-pensions-law-as.html

HAITI
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide interview in South Africa with filmmaker Nicolas Rossier. http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/content/interview-president-jean-bertrand-aristide-nicolas-rossier
What’s Happening in Haiti? By Argentine doctor Emiliano Mariscal http://www.normangirvan.info/whats-happening-in-haiti-emiliano-mariscal/
Peter Hallward: Haiti 2010 — Exploiting disaster: With Peter Hallward’s permission, Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal is making available the Afterword to the 2010 paperback edition of Hallward’s Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment (Verso, 2010), published in November. Readers can download the essay HERE, or read it on screen below. Readers are urged to purchase Damming the Flood: Haiti and the Politics of Containment. Click here to do so. Read more on the situation in Haiti HERE.
Haiti Needs Free and Fair Elections! http://www.canadahaitiaction.ca/content/haiti-needs-fair-elections-statement-canada-haiti-action-network

HONG KONG
Mobilization beats back wage cutting at Hong Kong’s fast food giant – wages raised! http://cms.iuf.org/?q=node/589

INDONESIA
Obama Traveling in the Company of Killers http://www.alternet.org/story/148814/obama_traveling_in_the_company_of_killers
Secret Files Show Indonesia’s Special Forces, Targets Papuan Churches, Civilians. Documents Leak from Notorious US-Backed Unit. Jakarta has attempted to largely seal off Papua to visits by non-approved outsiders. http://www.allannairn.com/2010/11/breaking-news-secret-files-show.html

IRELAND
Ireland warns jump in borrowing costs ‘very serious’ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/8127008/Ireland-warns-jump-in-borrowing-costs-very-serious.html
Student protest brings chaos to Dublin streets http://bit.ly/dBFw3s

KASHMIR
A Time for Freedom http://www.internationalviewpoint.org/spip.php?article1949

PACIFIC
Elections risk unsettling balance in Tonga http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/south-pacific/4343221/Elections-risk-unsettling-balance-in-Tonga
Kiribati: Watching, and waiting http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2010/11/watching-and-waiting.html

PALESTINE
Julie Webb-Pullman: The Reconstruction of Gaza: An tale of recycling, initiative – and an international challenge http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL1011/S00054/julie-webb-pullman-the-reconstruction-of-gaza.htm
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US IN JUDGING THE INTERNATIONAL ISRAELI APARTHEIDSHORT FILM CONTEST http://www.itisapartheid.tv/
Rabbis’ Edict Bars Renting To Arabs http://www.zcommunications.org/rabbis-edict-bars-renting-to-arabs-by-jonathan-cook
Zionism needs Israeli Jews to feel frightened http://tinyurl.com/34svdl9
The Betrayal of Gaza By Noam Chomsky – The US is vocal about its commitment to peace in Israel and the Palestinian territories – but its actions suggest otherwise.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26794.htm

PHILIPPINES
GRP-NDF peace talks: Clarifying certain points AT GROUND LEVEL By Satur C. Ocampo http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=627520&publicationSubCategory
Peace Groups Back PHL Quest for Justice http://www.mb.com.ph/node/286306/peace-group
Ecumenical group calls Aquino to re-open talks with NDF http://www.peppphil.net/node/38

SOUTH KOREA
First-hand report — Day 1 of the anti-G20 Seoul International People’s Conference — Army of cops prevent march http://links.org.au/node/1981

TURKEY
Kurdish show trial shames Turkey: The trial of 151 Kurdish politicians, lawyers, mayors and leaders of Kurdish civil society is an affront to human rights http://bit.ly/crIJT2

UK
Student protest: we are all in this together – The occupation of Conservative party HQ is about so much more than fees. At last the country is beginning to fight back http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/nov/10/student-protests-conservative-party-hq-occupation?intcmp=239
Photos of student demo http://www.flickr.com/photos/53441279@N06/sets/72157625354698130/show/
Johann Hari: Clegg – the man who betrayed us all – Clegg 2.0 promised to protect the poor. Clegg 3.0 throws the poor out of their homes and makes it harder for them to go to university http://tinyurl.com/35xoep6
The Siege of Millbank http://vimeo.com/16751392

USA
America Is Now Officially for Sale By Johann Hari – It’s the Tea Party spirit distilled: pose as the champion of Joe America, while actually ripping him off.http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26759.htm
The Nouveau Poor: Recession Shadows America’s Middle Class http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,728368,00.html
Charting the Decline: Why the U.S. is not the land of opportunity it once was http://www.time.com/time/interactive/0,31813,2027156,00.html#ixzz15EcwSzRM
Revelations of Extreme ‘Slave-Like’ Working Conditions and Billions in Wage Theft Drive Nationwide Protests http://tinyurl.com/38hdc6z
Californians Vote For Cannabis Legalisation http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1011/S00068/californians-vote-for-cannabis-legalisation.htm
Bob King and the “New” UAW http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article19006
Spending blitz by outside groups helped secure big GOP wins – Hedge fund moguls helped bankroll groups’ attack ads, sources tell NBC News http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39995283/ns/politics-decision_2010#slice-2
Obama’s Biggest Mistake: Selling Out to the Bankers http://www.alternet.org/story/148770/obama%27s_biggest_mistake%3A_selling_out_to_the_bankers
Government harassing and intimidating Bradley Manning supporters http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/glenn_greenwald/2010/11/09/manning
Matt Taibbi: Courts Helping Banks Screw Over Homeowners http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/232611?RS_show_page=0#
New Report Warns Of “Unprecedented Decline” In Home Values And No Stabilization In Q3 http://www.businessinsider.com/zillow-market-report-unprecedented-decline-2010-11#ixzz15EjCLCeX
On Deficit Commission Proposals by Dean Baker http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2010/baker111110.html
The Hijacked Commission By PAUL KRUGMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/12/opinion/12krugman.html?_r=2&hp
Obama is President of Extra-judicial Killing: Guantánamo Inmate http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article26807.htm

VENEZUELA
Venezuela Helps Cuba Overcome US-Imposed Internet Restrictions http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/5761
Interview with ex-Minister of Trade Eduardo Samán – “Build a radical tendency within the PSUV” http://venezuelanalysis.com/analysis/5718

VIETNAM
Crumbling services threaten high-rise glory http://www.ft.com/cms/s/f0cbf5d8-ea94-11df-b28d-00144feab49a,dwp_uuid=7f5f6b12-2f66-11da-8b51-00000e2511c8,print=yes.html
Lawyer from Vietnam elite charged with propaganda against state http://tinyurl.com/2ujw68c

OLDER ANNOUNCEMENTS

INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM ‘CONVERSATION’, AUT DECEMBER 4-5
Barbara Dreaver joins keynote speakers for investigative journalism conference. Television New Zealand Pacific correspondent Barbara Dreaver is the latest keynote speaker to join the Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology conference – New Zealand’s first – at AUT University on December 4/5. She has broken many stories around the region and investigated many key issues. She joins Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times and an Asia-Pacific investigative journalist; New Zealand investigative journalist Nicky Hager and Professor Wendy Bacon, director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism and who runs an environmental investigative journalism programme.
As well as the main conference, the Pacific Media Centre is also hosting a masterclass in investigative journalism for student journalists and younger journalists facilitated by a team of international investigative journalists and a specialist peace journalism seminar organised by Dr Heather Devere of the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and Rukhsana Aslam, a peace journalism educator from Pakistan.
Exhibitions of photojournalism by a collective facilitated by Kunda Dixit and New Zealand social issues photographer John Miller (featuring Ngatihine) plus workshops about groundbreaking documentaries by Jim Marbrook and Selwyn Manning are also part of the programme.
Don’t miss this rare opportunity. Registration for the conference is now open. AUT webpage for the conference: http://www.aut.ac.nz/study-at-aut/study-areas/communications/news-and-events/media,-investigative-journalism-and-technology-conference-2010
Conference website (and registration details): http://www.ciri.org.nz/conference2/index.html
Asia-Pacific and NZ keynote speakers
Investigative updates, challenges and documentary film workshops
Investigative photojournalism
Frames of War photo exhibition
Masterclass in investigative journalism
Plus:
A special seminar on peace journalism
General papers on media, society and technology
AUT University Conference Centre, 9am, Saturday, December 4-Sunday, December 5, 2010.
Practitioners, journalists, academics, researchers, activists, students who work in the creative industries and the public are invited to participate in a Fourth Estate “conversation” at the inaugural Media, Investigative Journalism and Technology Conference 2010.
A legacy of the conference will be the establishment of a collaborative and supportive group dedicated to investigative journalism in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Keynote speakers:
Kunda Dixit, editor of the Nepali Times and visiting New Zealand as the PMC’s 2010 Asian Journalism Fellow, sponsored by the Asia New Zealand Foundation;
Professor Wendy Bacon, director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism,
New Zealand investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager.
Jim Simon, assistant managing editor of the Seattle Times, leader of a team of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists.
Also featured: Frames of War, Dixit and colleagues’ photojournalism exhibition of the 10-year Maoist War in Nepal (opening at 6pm, December 4); Jim Marbrook’s documentary work on the environment and mining conflict in New Caledonia; John Miller’s photojournalism on the Ngatihine forestry issue; Shailendra Singh on investigating corruption in Fiji; and Patrick Matbob on investigative journalism in Papua New Guinea.
Conference chair: PMC director David Robie david.robie@aut.ac.nz
Inquiries – conference organiser: Andrea Steward anj_steward@hotmail.com
Pacific Media Centre www.pmc.aut.ac.nz

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: