GPJA #399: Wed – Bruce Jesson Lecture / Sat & Sun rally at Occupy Auckland

Hi All, there was information overload in the last newsletter which focussed on the OCCUPY movement around the world. The rest of the news dropped off as a consequence. See that below. I also want to feature the Bruce Jesson Lecture tomorrow night and the occupy Auckland events this weekend. Other announcements and what’s on around the country can be accessed by checking newsletter #398 on the right of the webpage. https://gpjanz.wordpress.com/

BRUCE JESSON LECTURE – WEDNESDAY: “RECREATING FULL EMPLOYMENT” – PROF. PAUL DALZIEL
Wednesday, October 26, 6.30pm, Maidment Theatre, Alfred Street, The University of Auckland
Bruce Jesson Lecture: Recreating full employment – Professor Paul Dalziel, AERU, Lincoln University. Bruce Jesson’s last book Only Their Purpose is Mad tracked the destructive impacts of what he termed “the open slather approach to economic reform”. Twenty years after the reforms, New Zealand still lives with the legacy of that period in the form of unemployment and poverty. The government’s response is to blame the social welfare system and to propose policy reforms that will take us along the same failed path of the 1990s. Bruce Jesson finished his book by arguing that “the challenge facing New Zealand is to redefine the role of the nation in the modern global economy”. He called for nation-building understood as “creating a cohesive society that can act internationally with some sense of purpose”. This lecture will address Jesson’s challenge. It aims to set out a concrete programme for nation-building built on strategies to recreate full employment. Paul Dalziel has been Professor of Economics at Lincoln University since 2002 and currently works full-time in the AERU research centre. His first research publication was an article on the 1984 Economic Summit Conference that began New Zealand’s decade of economic reforms. Since then he has produced more than 200 research publications on aspects of New Zealand economic and social policy. Paul is part of a multi-disciplinary research team involved in a five-year research programme on education employment linkages in New Zealand. He is President of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International and a Council member of its parent organisation, RSAI. In 2010, he was a member of the Welfare Justice group that acted as an alternative forum to the government’s Welfare Working Group. Facebook event http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152010331552087

SATURDAY OCT 29 – INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX – A TAX ON ALL FINANCIAL TRANSACTIONS TO ELIMINATE POVERTY AND HUNGER IN THE WORLD. There is no need for 19,000 children to die every day of hunger and preventable diseases. Its time to take from the rich and give to the poor. On October 29, on the eve of the G20 Leaders Summit in France, the people of the world rise up and demand that our G20 leaders immediately impose a 1% #ROBINHOOD tax on all financial transactions and currency trades. Let’s send them a clear message: We want you to slow down some of that $1.3-trillion easy money that’s sloshing around the global casino each day – enough cash to fund every social program and environmental initiative in the world. There is no need for 19,000 children to die every day of hunger and preventable diseases. It’s time to take from the rich and give to the poor. Details: http://www.adbusters.org/blogs/adbusters-blog/robinhood.html Share the Facebook event – Post it on your friends walls http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=294954730534183

SUNDAY 30 OCTOBER – ASSEMBLE AT CAMP 6pm AND MARCH ON HALLOWEEN FOR A ‘LIVING WAGE FOR THE LIVING DEAD’.
Going from the Camp of Aotea Square to the Tower of the Sky City, where the evil Tory vampire Lords shall assemble to plot their evil campaign.

Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117707655004227 $15 an Hour Trick or Treat March

BEST ON THE WEB

NEW ZEALAND

Shack-dweller’s leader who toured NZ faces more death threats http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00362/shack-dwellers-leader-who-toured-nz-faces-death-threats.htm

Pro-gay marriage protest hits Parliament http://www.3news.co.nz/Pro-gay-marriage-protest-hits-Parliament/tabid/423/articleID/230233/Default.aspx

Gay, straight, bi – marriage should be for all http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/5824391/Gay-straight-bi-marriage-should-be-for-all

Gaza Convoy to link up with Egytian democracy uprising http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2011/10/24/gaza-convoy-to-link-up-with-egypt%e2%80%99s-democracy-uprising-2/

Child Poverty Action Group Quarterly update http://tinyurl.com/3qo3y2k

NZ cannot ignore the torture of Afghan prisoners http://www.listener.co.nz/commentary/editorial/nz-cannot-ignore-the-torture-of-afghan-prisoners/

Kiwi aid going to Gaza http://kiaoragaza.wordpress.com/2011/10/20/kiwi-aid-going-to-gaza/

Deep divisions over $1000 for a Rugby World Cup game as poverty grows http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10760646

Students occupy clock tower over fee hike http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/5800343/Students-occupy-clock-tower-over-fee-hike

Dame Anne Salmond: We could do with a change of heart http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10759752

Charities’ food handouts at record after Govt cuts http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10759870

Charity flooded as hardship grants cut http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/charity-flooded-hardship-grants-cut-4475690

Tents, sleeping bags and a point to make – Video http://www.3news.co.nz/Tents-sleeping-bags-and-a-point-to-make/tabid/370/articleID/229653/Default.aspx

Tolling for a loop http://tumeke.blogspot.com/2011/10/tolling-for-loop.html

Industry standards would boost quality in early childhood education http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/ED1110/S00083/industry-standards-would-boost-quality-in-ece.htm

Bold bid for common path for Crown, Maori http://www.nzherald.co.nz/te-reo-maori/news/article.cfm?c_id=336&objectid=10736518

The resurgence of issues of economic inequality http://liberation.typepad.com/liberation/2010/08/inequality-in-nz-4-the-resurgence-of-issues-of-economic-inequality.html

TV3: The Treaty of Waitangi debate http://www.scoop.co.nz/multimedia/tv/politics/57666.html

NZ media ownership report (following Bill Rosenberg’s series in Pacific Journalism Review) http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/research/global-capital-and-media-communication-ownership-new-zealand

Fewer MAF jobs will reduce Department’s ability to keep NZ safe http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00196/fewer-maf-jobs-will-reduce-ability-to-keep-nz-safe.htm

Justice not well served, Elias warns http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5783005/Justice-not-well-served-Elias-warns

Big bosses, big bucks – big cutbacks http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10758828

Police neither confirm nor deny using electronic hacking methods http://computerworld.co.nz/news.nsf/news/police-neither-confirm-nor-deny-using-electronic-hacking-methods

‘Being poor didn’t mean we were bad’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/sunday-star-times/features/5788104/Being-poor-didn-t-mean-we-were-bad

Kia Ora Gaza: Israel Scotched Expectation To Relax Siege http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00290/israel-scotched-expectation-to-relax-gaza-seige.htm

RENA DISASTER

Rena disaster: How did it come to this? By Joe Fleetwood, MUNZ http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/5818611/Rena-disaster-How-did-it-come-to-this

‘Racist’ NZers blaming Rena disaster on Filipino crew http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10760733

Gordon Campbell on who should pay for the Rena clean-up http://gordoncampbell.scoop.co.nz/2011/10/17/gordon-campbell-on-who-should-pay-for-the-rena-clean-up/

Harawira blasts Rena response http://www.3news.co.nz/Harawira-blasts-Rena-response/tabid/419/articleID/229330/Default.aspx

Rena inquiry must look at turning back 90s deregulation http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1110/S00276/rena-inquiry-must-look-at-turning-back-90s-deregulation.htm

Matt McCarten: Leaders’ blinkers on while bad tidings brew http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10759318

Is the voice of Maori being heard in the wake of the Rena Disaster

Rena oil spill: Missing $12m cover ‘Govt error’ http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10759571

Filipinos Appeal against Racial Hatred over Rena Disaster http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00209/filipinos-appeal-against-racial-hatred-over-rena-disaster.htm

Mana calls for an end to ‘Flag of Convenience’ vessels on New Zealand coasts http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00230/mana-calls-for-end-to-flag-of-convenience-vessels.htm

Harawira puts Joyce in "gallows" over Rena http://www.3news.co.nz/Harawira-Hang-Rena-captain—or-Steven-Joyce/tabid/419/articleID/230106/Default.aspx

Tracey Barnett: A word of warning http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=10758841

Responsibility for Rena lies with the Govt – Union http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/responsibility-rena-lies-govt-union/5/104123

Laila Harre Predicted Rena Wreck http://localbodies-bsprout.blogspot.com/2011/10/laila-harre-predicted-rena-wreck.html

Greens: Government must release review of oil spills http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1110/S00245/government-must-release-review-of-oil-spills.htm

Q+A interview with Russel Norman http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/qa-interview-russel-norman/5/104477

The real meaning of Rena http://readingthemaps.blogspot.com/2011/10/real-meaning-of-rena.html

Greens question seafarer training standards http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/greens-question-seafarer-training-standards/5/105011

Gordon Campbell: Shockwaves from the Rena disaster http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/local-papers/the-wellingtonian/5814689/Shockwaves-from-the-Rena-disaster

Loss of experts blamed for spill delays http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/rena-crisis/5818178/Loss-of-experts-blamed-for-spill-delays

NZ ECONOMY

Protesters’ picks By Bernard Hickey http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10761003&mid=50

AN ETHICAL ECONOMY? Poverty in New Zealand, by Brian Easton (This followed a presentation by Stephanie McIntyre, the director of the Downtown Community Ministry.) http://www.eastonbh.ac.nz/?p=1538

NZ third-easiest in world to do business http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5822185/NZ-third-easiest-in-world-to-do-business

PSA: Public service shrinkage won’t fix economy http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00304/public-service-shrinkage-wont-fix-economy.htm

Andrew Gawith: Politicians in the gun as crisis drags on http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=10759762

Time to take back what is ours – emplees’ share of GDP in NZ & Australia http://thestandard.org.nz/time-to-take-back-whats-ours/

Economist Gareth Morgan talks about wealth redistribution through radical tax changes in light of the recent anti-greed protests. http://tvnz.co.nz/politics-news/key-blames-wall-st-minto-4468676/video?vid=4467372

Trans-Pacific Partnership Papers Remain Secret for Four Years After Deal http://www.nzweek.com/newzealand-news/trans-pacific-partnership-papers-remain-secret-for-four-years-after-deal-4865/

End secrecy in US Trans-Pacific Free Trade Negotiations: Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network Network http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1110/S00391/end-secrecy-in-us-trans-pacific-free-trade-negotiations.htm

Trade deal would give backdoor to shunned ACT law – leak http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/top-stories/10803103/trade-deal-would-give-backdoor-to-shunned-act-law-le?mid=50

Prices still rising faster than wages http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00422/prices-still-rising-faster-than-wages.htm

Drug companies’ ‘war’ on Pharmac http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5837784/Drug-companies-war-on-Pharmac

New Leaked Texts Reveal Details of US Attack on Pharmac in Free Trade Talks http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00403/details-of-us-attack-on-pharmac-in-free-trade.htm

NZ WORK RIGHTS

Meat firm accused of pressuring staff http://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/5827522/Meat-firm-accused-of-pressuring-staff/?mid=50

Editorial: ‘Disgrace’ of foreign vessels festers on http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/comment/editorials/5810102/Editorial-Disgrace-of-foreign-vessels-festers-on

Pay still falling behind cost increases http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00367/pay-still-falling-behind-cost-increases.htm

Fishing ‘slave labour’ slated http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5822353/Fishing-slave-labour-slated

Workplace injuries and deaths ‘shocking’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5817556/Workplace-injuries-and-deaths-shocking

Sanford Workers walk off the job http://www.stuff.co.nz/marlborough-express/news/5787630/Workers-walk-off-the-job?mid=502

Pact industrial action to proceed after no employer movement in mediation http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU1110/S00491/pact-industrial-action-to-proceed-after-no-employer-movement.htm

Industrial action against Pact looms http://www.stuff.co.nz/southland-times/news/5803709/Industrial-action-against-Pact-looms?mid=5069819

Strong community support for undervalued Pact workers http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00217/strong-community-support-for-undervalued-pact-workers.htm

Foreign charter vessels about greed: union http://www.3news.co.nz/Foreign-charter-vessels-about-greed-union/tabid/1160/articleID/229865/Default.aspx

‘We need more cheap foreign fishermen’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/industries/5799232/We-need-more-cheap-foreign-fishermen

Public sector funding cuts invite risks http://www.voxy.co.nz/politics/public-sector-funding-cuts-invite-risk-psa/5/104395

Fishing Inquiry Needs to Deliver – SFWU http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00269/fishing-inquiry-needs-to-deliver-sfwu.htm

CTU: Action Needed on Fishing Charter Vessels http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00261/action-needed-on-fishing-charter-vessels.htm

Teachers’ strike rights ‘under threat’ http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/5803532/Teachers-strike-rights-under-threat?mid=5069588

Union concerned after meat worker injury http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/5807001/Union-concerned-after-meat-worker-injury?mid=506

Housing NZ staff face further cuts http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5811837/Housing-NZ-staff-face-further-cuts?mid=50800

Labour targets sectors for minimum wage http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/money/5807837/Labour-targets-sectors-for-minimum-wage

Labour Party launches work and wages policy http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10759985

CTU Welcomes plan to lift wages http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00298/ctu-welcomes-plan-to-lift-wages.htm

NDU: More workers should have access to industry standards in wages http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00300/workers-should-have-access-to-industry-standards-in-wages.htm

MANA MOVEMENT

Ae Marika! Northland Age, Hone Harawira, Tai Tokerau MP, MANA Leader: “And then there are the priorities that this government has. Did you know that if we were to provide free meals to every child in every school in the poorer parts of this country it would cost us $38 million? Shock! Horror! We haven’t got that kind of money! Well … Did you know that it costs $40 million for this government to keep our boys in Afghanistan? MANA’s position is simple – bring the boys home and use that money to feed the kids.” http://hone.co.nz/2011/10/19/ae-marika-18-october-2011/

“We are the 99%” Part 2. http://mana.net.nz/press-releases/we-are-the-99-part-2/

The Irresponsible Behaviour of National’s Greed for Oil http://mana.net.nz/press-releases/the-irresponsible-behaviour-of-national%e2%80%99s-greed-for-oil/

Homelessness – action needed, not just talk – Mana http://mana.net.nz/press-releases/homelessness-action-needed-not-just-talk-mana/

Mana proposes one-off $1000 grant for low income workers http://www.3news.co.nz/Mana-proposes-one-off-1000-grant-for-low-income-workers/tabid/419/articleID/230034/Default.aspx#ixzz1bN23w7SV

Protesters are right – we can’t afford to carry the 1% http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1110/S00259/protesters-are-right-we-cant-afford-to-carry-the-1.htm

CULTURAL DISSENT

‘And Still I See No Changes’: Tupac’s legacy 15 years on http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49132

Redemption Song | Playing For Change

Arundhati Roy: ‘I know I have to finish my next novel – one day’ http://tinyurl.com/63ecgfd

Tolkien’s World – a Marxist Analysis http://johnmolyneux.blogspot.com/2011/09/tolkiens-world-marxist-analysis.html

"The Internationale" conducted by Arturo Toscanini–originally BANNED

"Inside Job" is now online – A great documentary by Charles Ferguson on the financial crisis http://vimeo.com/20853241

"99 Percent to 1, I Like Those Odds": Tom Morello on Protest Music, Occupy Wall Street, and Bringing Class Politics to Comic Books http://tinyurl.com/3mkuzku

"Gimme Some Truth" By John Lennon. Video. “I’m sick and tired of hearing things, From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites, All I want is the truth, Just gimme some truth” http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29398.htm

FEATURES

Let’s end the myths of Britain’s imperial past – David Cameron would have us look back to the days of the British empire with pride. But there is little in the brutal oppression and naked greed with which it was built that deserves our respect http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/oct/19/end-myths-britains-imperial-past

The shape of socialist strategy – A review of Daniel Bensaid by John Riddell http://johnriddell.wordpress.com/2011/10/16/the-shape-of-socialist-strategy/

BRICS Have Good Reasons to Oppose U.S. and Europe at UN Security Council http://www.cepr.net/index.php/op-eds-&-columns/op-eds-&-columns/brics-have-good-reasons-to-oppose-us-and-europe-at-un-security-council

John Pilger – Obama Is A Corporate Marketing Creation

Lawrence of E-rabia: Facebook and the New Arab Revolt http://www.jadaliyya.com/pages/index/2884/lawrence-of-e-rabia_facebook-and-the-new-arab-revo

The Son Of Africa Claims A Continent’s Crown Jewels By John Pilger http://www.countercurrents.org/pilger201011.htm

WORLD ECONOMIC CRISIS

Capitalism and Poverty by Richard D. Wolff http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/wolff111011.html

USA: Three FTAs http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article23084

Full Analysis: The Instability of Inequality http://www.economonitor.com/nouriel/2011/10/17/full-analysis-the-instability-of-inequality/

Europe in Crisis: Interview with Yanis Varoufakis by Andrew Brady and Peter Welsh – Yanis Varoufakis is Professor of Economic Theory and Director of the Department of Political Economy at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Athens. http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/varoufakis171011.html

Trade Unions and the Global Crisis http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—dgreports/—dcomm/—publ/documents/publication/wcms_163855.pdf

LAND, LABOUR & THE ENVIRONMENT

Scientists understate climate change impacts http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=5558

Carbon trading: speculation by design http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=5551

AFGANISTAN

Returning to Afghanistan: Having fled as a child, Mitra Qayoom describes returning to Afghanistan after twenty years and what war and repression have meant for the country. http://www.counterfire.org/index.php/articles/opinion/15002-returning-to-afghanistan

ARGENTINA

Cristina Kirchner and Argentina’s good fortune – Under the Kirchner administrations, Argentina has achieved the fastest growth in the west – after defaulting. Listening, Europe? http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/23/cristina-kirchner-argentina

The Argentine Success Story and its Implications http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/the-argentine-success-story-and-its-implications

AUSTRALIA

Diary of an occupation — seven days at #occupymelbourne http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49158

Occupy Australia: Thousands turn out across the country http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49093

Police surround City Square as protesters defy eviction order http://m.smh.com.au/victoria/police-surround-city-square-as-protesters-defy-eviction-order-20111021-1mb07.html

BAHRAIN

US Finalizes $53M Arms Sale to Bahrain http://news.antiwar.com/2011/10/18/us-finalizes-53m-arms-sale-to-bahrain/

CANADA

We are the 99.9998%! – Canadian Business magazine has published its annual list of the 100 richest people in Canada. Jim Stanford describes the 0.0002% of Canadians who hold personal wealth over one billion dollars http://climateandcapitalism.com/?p=5541

CHILE

Student Protests in Chile – Photos http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/08/student-protests-in-chile/100125/

Students briefly occupy Chile’s Senate building http://www.boston.com/news/world/latinamerica/articles/2011/10/20/protesting_students_seize_chiles_senate_building/

Massive protest in Chile’s capital ends – again – in violence http://www.santiagotimes.cl/chile/education/22715-massive-protest-in-chiles-capital-ends-again-in-violence

CHINA

Profound shift as China marches back to Mao http://www.smh.com.au/world/profound-shift-as-china-marches-back-to-mao-20111008-1lewz.html#ixzz1b0RhhJFM

CUBA

Fidel Castro: The will of steel http://breakallchains.blogspot.com/2011/10/will-of-steel-part-one-and-two.html

GREECE

Greece on the Brink of Emergency: A Matter of Days http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/561.php

A show of workers’ power in Greece http://socialistworker.org/2011/10/20/workers-power-in-greece

Greece on the brink of social explosion http://counterfire.org/index.php/articles/international/15037-greece-on-the-brink-of-social-explosion-

HAITI

The Organization of American States in Haiti: Election Monitoring or Political Intervention? http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publications/reports/oas-in-haiti

JAPAN

Japan and post-Fukushima radioactivity: Yokohama, workers, children… http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article23134

KOREA

North Korea allows a distressing look at famine and illness http://www.smh.com.au/world/north-korea-allows-a-distressing-look-at-famine-and-illness-20111007-1ldlj.html#ixzz1b0V4IyZ7

LIBYA

Prisoners in Libya languish without charge http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/prisoners-in-libya-languish-without-charge/2011/10/22/gIQAz0EZ7L_story.html

Libyan oil workers strike for the removal of managers linked to Gaddafi http://www.marxist.com/libyan-oil-workers-strike-to-remove-pro-gaddafi-managers.htm

Sirte residents accuse Libya fighters of looting http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44923548/ns/world_news-mideast_n_africa/#.TpuMvXI35r-

BBC: People returning to Gadhafi’s hometown say NTC troops are taking revenge

Libya’s NTC accused of detainee abuse http://english.aljazeera.net//news/africa/2011/10/2011101220717966780.html

Extraordinary Pictures Show Libyan City Shelled to Smithereens http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article29405.htm

John Pilger compares the Fallujah massacre in 2004 by NATO to the current attack on Sirte http://globalciviliansforpeace.com/2011/10/12/john-pilger-compares-the-fallujah-massacre-in-2004-by-nato-to-the-current-attack-on-sirte/

Misrata Militia Restricts Who May Enter Libyan City http://www.npr.org/2011/10/17/141409690/misrata-militia-restricts-who-may-enter-libyan-city

PACIFIC

Pacific Island that demanded climate action faces severe water shortage http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49130

Media freedom report in Pacific Journalism Review http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/research/pacific-media-freedom-2011-status-report

Protester killed in Freeport Indonesia mine strike http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/10/10/us-indonesia-freeport-protest-idUSTRE7992QP20111010

Trade Union Trade Union Officials and 17 Workers Arrested in Timor-Leste http://easttimorlegal.blogspot.com/2011/10/trade-union-trade-union-officials-and.html

PAKISTAN

Occupy wave reaches Pakistan http://links.org.au/node/2553

Pakistan on the edge of hope http://www.newint.org/features/2011/09/01/pakistan-on-the-edge-of-hope/

PALESTINE

BBC – israeli soldiers shot children while eating chocalate and chips

The released Palestinian "terrorists" http://electronicintifada.net/blog/rana-baker/released-palestinian-terrorists#.Tp9es3KDi9J

A ‘Palestinian Spring’? Not Yet http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/559.php

Sewage floods Gaza City homes http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=429427&mid=50708

Setting a price tag for Israeli supremacy http://electronicintifada.net/content/setting-price-tag-israeli-supremacy/10491#.Tp9e63KDi9I

Forced Israeli curriculum violates Palestinians’ education rights http://electronicintifada.net/content/forced-israeli-curriculum-violates-palestinians-education-rights/10497#.Tp9fOnKDi9I

Don’t Collaborate with Apartheid – a call from Palestinian civil society on European universities, academics, students and people of conscience http://www.bdsmovement.net/2011/dont-collaborate-with-apartheid-8202#.TqCUOHKDi9I

PERU

Peru president replaces senior police officers in ‘anti-corruption purge’ http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/11/peru-president-police-officers-purge

PHILIPPINES

Anger over killing of priest in Philippines

SPAIN

Eta declares halt to armed conflict http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/20/eta-spain

SRI LANKA

Tamils ‘still want independent state’ http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/49004

Transnational Government of Tamil Eelam seeks support from Cuba and Latin America http://links.org.au/node/2547

USA

US Supreme Court Confirms 3rd Circuit Ruling Lifting Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Death Sentence – No New Death Penalty Trial Likely for Mumia http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/12/no-new-death-penalty-trial-likely-for-mumia/

The “very scary” Iranian Terror plot http://www.salon.com/2011/10/12/the_very_scary_iranian_terror_plot/singleton/

California dreamin’ turns into a nightmare http://www.europe-solidaire.org/spip.php?article23165

The Fallout From the PATCO Strike – The Collision That Changed the Course of Labor http://www.counterpunch.org/2011/10/14/the-collision-that-changed-the-course-of-labor/print

Borrowed cellphone slams prison cell shut – An inmate says used a contraband phone to tell relatives he was about to be paroled. Caught, he gets five more years in prison. http://latimes.com/news/local/la-me-prison-cellphone-20111018,0,5070504.story

A long, steep drop for Americans’ standard of living: Not since at least 1960 has the US standard of living fallen so fast for so long. The average American has $1,315 less in annual disposable income now than at the onset of the Great Recession. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/2011/1019/A-long-steep-drop-for-Americans-standard-of-living

VENEZUELA

Chavez’s Venezuela seizes record number of firms http://tinyurl.com/3h8qg9x

Hugo Chavez applauds OWS protesters, condemns police violence http://venezuelatranslatingtherevolution.blogspot.com/2011/10/hugo-chavez-applauds-ows-protesters.html

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