GPJA #403: Continuing solidarity with locked out workers



Day 20: "A fightback for meat workers nationwide"

Support the locked out workers at ANZCO Rangitikei

The New Zealand lamb processor, CMP, has brutally locked out 111 workers at its plant in Marton in order to force them and their union, the New Zealand Meatworkers Union, to sign off on pay cuts and unacceptable changes to terms and conditions. To learn more and send a message to CMP’s parent company, ANZCO Foods, demanding an end to the lockout and a return to the bargaining table, click here! Ron Oswald, General Secretary, IUF

Japanese unions raise ANZCO lockout with employers


Occupy protesters will stay until ‘the world changes’

Gordon Campbell on the election campaign’s fixation with the future & This is what democracy looks like: Why Occupy Together exists

Occupy and Theory- where now for the Movement?


Occupy Auckland Facebook


Occupy Ōtautahi Christchurch Facebook


Occupy Dunedin Facebook

Debbie Porteous (ODT): Occupy Dunedin: police fear being sued

NZN: Dunedin police say hands are tied over protestors

Yasmin Ginai (BM): Community wants ‘Occupy Dunedin’ protesters to leave

TVNZ: Camping the issue not protesting – Mayor

Andrew Geddis (Pundit): Some quick legal advice for Dave Cull

No Right Turn: It’s the BORA, stupid II


Occupy Wellington


This Struggle Has Re-awakened Our Imagination By Arundhati Roy

The Occupy movement now has its iconic image of martyrdom: The photograph of pepper-sprayed pensioner Dorli Rainey recreates the image of a humiliated Christ in a modern context

Resisting Expropriation of the Occupy Movement

You Can’t Evict a Revolution

Occupy Movement Inspires Unions to Embrace Bold Tactics

Slavoj Zizek: ‘Now the field is open’ – The philosopher discusses the momentous changes taking place in the global financial and political system.

David Rovics: "Occupy Wall Street (We’re Gonna Stay Right Here)"

An Open Letter to the Occupy Movement

How Wall Street Occupied America

APEC World Leaders Dinner Gets Occupied – Within secure zone, musician sings on behalf of the many


You are warmly invited……to gather for a Summer Festival and camp. We will share ideas, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm and take action now to oppose lignite mining in the Mataura Valley. This event will be fun, friendly and 100% coal-free! We’ve got the Festival Kaupapa, detailed Festival Information and our Programme. For more information or to get involved in Festival organising please Email Us.


“Lee Hall’s play is ablaze with intellectual vigour, political passion and incendiary emotional energy. A beautiful work of art that everybody should see.” The Times. The Pitmen Painters is the true story of a group of English miners whose after-work art class reveals a wealth of hidden artistic talent. They are propelled overnight from the humble mines of the North East to a rich, intellectual art world. The pitmen’s raw, unpretentious paintings of mining life are an unexpected sensation. With a wealthy patron keen to take them under her wing, the miners are forced to choose between their working class roots and the lure of fame and success. (potent pause) PRODUCTIONS present the Auckland premiere of this internationally acclaimed play by Lee Hall, the Tony award-winning writer of Billy Elliot. Projections of the original paintings bring this story to life for art lovers and theatre fans alike. The Pitmen Painters is a humorous and arresting testament to the power of individual expression and collective spirit. Would you leave behind the world you know for a chance at fame? Proudly supported by: Auckland Council Arts Alive


Update On The GCSB – by Warren Thomson

Spooky Bits – by Warren Thomson

Another Massive Intelligence Failure – by Warren Thomson

Report On January 2011 Protest At Waihopai – by Doug Craig

Why Do We Want Waihopai Closed? – by Murray Horton

More Media Warmongering: A Sign Of Things To Come. Part 1 – by Dennis Small

Reviews by Jeremy Agar and Doug Craig

"Operation 8" A Film by Errol Wright and Abi King-Jones

"Standing Army" A Film by Enrico Parenti and Thomas Fazi

“Security Without Nuclear Deterrence” by Commander Robert Green

"In Mortal Hands" by Stephanie Cooke

Obituary by Kate Dewes and Murray Horton

Norman Roberts

Alec Miller

Don Grady

Space Shuttles RIP by Doug Craig

Expansion Of US Military Bases Continues by Warren Thomson

Apologies For Lateness by Murray Horton


In the first quarter of 2012 Kia Ora Gaza will join an international aid convoy to Gaza led by UK charity Viva Palestina. The convoy intends to break Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza by linking up with Cairo’s democracy movement and entering through Egypt’s land gate. This strategy could well lead towards the permanent opening of Egypt’s gateway to Gaza, thus fatally wounding Israel’s cruel siege. That would be a truly world historic event.

How can you reach out to the 1.5 million Palestinians imprisoned in Gaza? By donating towards our $50,000 Gaza Appeal to fund a four-person Kiwi Team and their humanitarian aid. Kia Ora Gaza has a proven track record. Our team was on last year’s Viva Palestina convoy which broke the Gaza blockade and delivered NZ$7 million in medical supplies. Can we do it again? That’s where you come in. Please donate generously to our $50,000 Gaza Appeal – and spread the word! To see how to donate, go to the sidebar of our website: office


Kia ora and Greetings, Coromandel Watchdog is still working hard to protect the peninsula from mining. We are preparing for a busy summer raising awareness and money to continue doing the work that we do. We would love to see you at one of the events below. Thank you for supporting us to keep the Coromandel mining-free! Coromandel Watchdog AGM and Social Gathering. Please join us for a brief AGM followed by pot luck dinner and music! Date: Sunday November 20th, 2011. Time: 4.30pm for meeting followed by food and music. Venue: Kauaeranga Valley Hall, 437 Kauaeranga Valley Road, Thames. What: Annual General Meeting of Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki, all offices open for nominations. Please bring a plate for a shared meal and instruments if you please! This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends old and new, hope to see you there! Watchdog at Prana. Watchdog will have a stall at Prana, if you are going make sure you pop in to see us! If you are going and interested in volunteering for a few hours get in contact with Renee. Date: December 30th 2011 – January 3rd 2012. Venue: Prana Eco Retreat, Opoutere. watchdog and send us your name and contact details. Or Print this Membership/Donation Form and post with your cheque to Watchdog’s Treasurer: Coromandel Watchdog, PO Box 211, Coromandel 3543. Get Involved! Summer’s going to be busy with stalls at markets and festivals. If you are able to help out get in contact with our co-ordinator Renee Annan on 022 018 1764 / r.annan . Also see


As some of you may already know I (Duncan) have recently set up a website to provide funds to the Bangladesh Center for Workers Solidarity (BCWS). This is a Bangladeshi organization helping the poorest workers in the world – the nearly 3 million garment workers of Bangladesh. BCWS provide advocacy, training, education and childcare to help improve the lives of these mostly female workers. (read more about BCWS here)

This email is an appeal to encourage you to donate to this worthy cause. A monthly contribution would be most appreciated, but even if you can make a one off donation this would be great. A suggested amount would be $10 – $20 per month, it doesn’t need to be much. Donate here

Last year BCWS were very active in a successful campaign to raise the minimum wage for garment workers. Thousands of workers protested in the streets and were beaten by police. BCWS staff were arrested and a number of garment companies filed trumped up charges against the BCWS leaders. The government removed their NGO status, raided their offices and shut down their bank accounts. Why? Because the work they do is effective and change is occurring. (aotearoasolidaritynetwork

In solidarity, Duncan Allan

Organised by the New Zealand – Australia Cuba Friendship Society 28 Dec 2011 to 20 Jan 2012. Be more than just a tourist join the 29th Southern Cross Work-Study Tour and support Cuba in the most direct manner by working alongside Cubans for a few days picking fruit, pruning or planting fruit trees or slashing grass and then visiting schools, hospitals, cultural sites & urban agriculture projects, etc. You’ll experience at first hand the cultural, political and social conditions in socialist Cuba. This year’s program will give participants an opportunity to celebrate the 51st anniversary of ICAP & gain an insight into how the Cuban people have triumphed over adversity to keep the revolution strong. For more information about the 29th Contingent of the Southern Cross Brigade visit the Brigade Webpage , email us or call 027 226 9950.


Thursday, November 24, 7.30pm, Canterbury WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch

Election Issues: Starts 27 October, All welcome! 5 Thursdays, gold coin donation.

24 Nov: Youth Health: The community’s wealth? – Dr Sue Bagshaw, Korowai Youth Well-being Trust

Canterbury WEA, phone 366 0285, email: cwea Web:

Thursday, November 24, 4.45pm, Large Meeting Room, CTU Office, Education House, 178 Willis Street, Wellington.

Burma Update – Discussion with Steve Marshall. ILO liaison officer for Burma, Steve Marshall is meeting with the Burmese Young Leaders here in NZ. At the end of their meeting at 4.45 pm, you are invited to join us for an hour or so to discuss the latest situation in Burma.

Friday, December 2, Victoria University, Wellington.
New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc (In conjunction with Victoria University of Wellington Law School). Invites you to attend its Inaugural Conference. The New Zealand Labour Law Society Inc will hold its inaugural conference at Victoria University of Wellington on Friday 2nd December 2011. This conference which occurs shortly after the election will focus on two main themes: Labour law across the Tasman and future directions in labour law. Labour Law Across the Tasman: Professor Andrew Stewart (University of Adelaide) will give an address on the current state of labour law in Australia and on the impact of the Australian government’s Fair Work reforms. Professor Richard Johnstone (Griffith University) will speak on Australia’s proposed model OHS law. Future Directions for Labour Law?: The conference date is one week after the 2011 General Election – the ideal opportunity for crystal ball gazing. In addition to keynote speakers and commentators the conference will also feature special sessions looking at future directions in selected areas of the law. These (depending on interest and papers received) are likely to include: Legal Challenges in Advancing Pay Equity, Good Faith Bargaining, Workplace Health and Safety, Employment Security, whether New Zealand should adopt a comprehensive National Employment Standards on the Australian Model. Enrol online now at the Early Bird rate of $200 -Places will be limited. Online enrolment is now open at

Monday, December 5, 7.30pm, St Marks Catholic Church, 334 Pakuranga Rd, Pakuranga, Auckland

Remembering Fr. Fausto Tentorio: Pontifical Mission Society priest Fr. Fausto Tentorio was recently assassinated in Mindanao, the Philippines. Fr. Fausto was prominent in opposing exploitative practices of mining companies in Mindanao. Thirteen priests have been killed in Mindanao since 1970. The St Marks Catholic Justice & Peace Group will celebrate Fr Tentorio’s courageous work with the poor and indigenous people. We will pray the Office of the Dead and Amie Dural-Maga of Auckland Philippines Solidarity will speak on Fr Tentorio’s work for social justice.


"A true revolution of values will soon cause us to question the fairness and justice of many of our past and present policies. On the one hand, we are called to play the Good Samaritan on life’s roadside, but that will be only an initial act. One day we must come to see that the whole Jericho Road must be transformed so that men and women will not be constantly beaten and robbed as they make their journey on life’s highway. True compassion is more than flinging a coin to a beggar. It comes to see that an edifice which produces beggars needs restructuring." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be…The nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

"The single largest pool of untapped resource in this world is human good intentions that never translate into action" ~ Cindy Gallop

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe." ~ Anatole France

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world." ~ Anne Frank

"Pity the nation that has to silence its writers for speaking their minds… Pity the nation that needs to jail those who ask for justice while communal killers, mass murderers, corporate scamsters, looters, rapists and those who prey on the poorest of the poor, roam free." – Arundhati Roy



Welfare Of Kiwi Kids Under The Microscope

Revealing the gap between NZ’s rich and poor

We shall Not Be Moved- Glen Innes against evictions

Ten Myths About Welfare – The politics behind the government’s welfare reform process by Gordon Campbell

Gordon Campbell: On whether politicians should have the same rights to privacy

Labour, neo-liberalism, and a blueberry smoothie: a chat with Carmel

Criminalising Journalism

On Epsom, and dodgy aspects of the asset sales programme

Policy Watch: ELECTION WATCH – “Those in need have gifts to bring also, including exposure of hypocrisy and greed, and challenging unfair systems which become embedded in our societies.” Church Leaders statement 30 October 2011

No note required to vote: CTU President Helen Kelly reminds workers, and their bosses, that everyone has the right to time off to vote.

Labour "will contemplate" a Financial Transactions Tax

Minto decision ‘a victory for democracy’ Police arrest protestors at ASB Classic

Left Wing Rants: The Campaign So Far

New parties gaining on both sides

Left has numbers among southern voters

Matt McCarten: Key wipes off smirk and Greens can grin

State Housing protest

Gordon Campbell: On the only foreign policy issue in this campaign

Gordon Campbell on the election campaign’s fixation with the future

Gordon Campbell: On credibility, and the government’s irrigation plans

Warning on GM laws

Uncertain future for the Maori Party

National Party Environment and Climate Policy Too Weak

Dark Matter: Are Solid Energy’s lignite plans a significant step down the wrong energy path?

Prostesters ‘make National’s signs more honest’

Green Party will change law to ensure equal pay

Call For Moratorium On Oil And Gas Fracking In New Zealand

Fear not punishment behind inmate increase – Chief Justice

Editorial: MPs’ travel perk raise unwarranted

Joining the top 1%

National Standards for bi-lingual and ESOL students is cultural bullying

Wrong approach to investment in early childhood education


Hillside Workers Down Tools, Express ‘No Confidence’ in Their Bosses and Call on CEO Jim Quinn to ‘Step In’

CTU releases submission to the 2011 Minimum Wage Review

Raising minimum wage won’t cost jobs – Treasury

John Key lying about minimum wage

Key ‘sat on wage report’

key’s figures dodgy on minimum wage—blog/tabid/1382/articleID/232399/Default.aspx

Key covered up minimum wage facts – Goff

Research confirms the realities for health workers

National’s vision for public services – cut services and swell the dole queue


Fair taxation for just society

CEOs of country’s four big banks get A$11.7 mln (NZ$15.3 mln), combined, in annual pay with 31% in fixed pay and rest in bonuses and benefits

The job crisis for young New Zealanders

Debt or jobs – that’s the big decision

Major economic risk in private debt

What Should Be Our Economic Priorities? Brian Easton argued in a recent Wellington Fabian lecture that in a time of prolonged economic stagnation we should not equate income with wellbeing, or pursue income growth at all costs.

Downgrade the Credit Rating Agencies by Bill Rosenberg

Credit Ratings, credit rating agencies & NZ’s rating by David Tripe

What do credit ratings organisations tell us by Bill Rosenberg

CTU: Transpacific Partnership Agreement


Prof Jane Kelsey: More Hypocrisy on the Trans-Pacific Partnership as APEC Meets in Honolulu

CTU: TPPA framework shows leaders only listening to business

Trans-Pacific Partnership is Govt’s ‘secret dirty deal’

Opponents of a trans-Pacific trade talks between New Zealand, the United States and seven other countries, have demanded the National Party leader, John Key, show them the deal. (3′30″)

"Waikato Times" Editorial Opposing TPPA Secrecy

Letter: FTAs could undermine government control of state assets

A real trade deal or will pigs fly?

Pacific Trade Pact Misses APEC Deadline

Japan’s TPP plans ‘threat to NZ exports’

Maritime Union calls for New Zealand to pull out of free trade deals


Harawira attacks National over poverty

Hone a surprise stand out

Harawira calls for MPs to donate pay rise

Sue Bradford – the Pakeha with Mana—the-Pakeha-with-Mana/tabid/419/articleID/232976/Default.aspx

Mana releases ‘Top 10 Crimes of the Millennium’ list

Harawira says Cabinet should be drug tested

Bradford: Mana a ‘party for the future

Bradford: Drug testing will force beneficiaries into crime

Hone-lite: The new face of Mana’s leader

Harawira dominates Tai Tokerau debate

Mana seeks apology from National for misleading voters on tax

Mana Calls For Full Disclosure On TPPA

Nats lack common decency on GI housing

Selling state assets to provide a subsidised income for farmers

Sykes set to win Waiariki, says Harawira

Mana Party campaigns in Eastern Bay

Latest job stats expose Nats’ real agenda on welfare – Mana

Street Survey Would See Mana With 4 Mps

Epsom debate: Banks attacks Brash

Mana for all in Positive Pomare – Stop Housing NZ destroying our community!

Mana ready to pick up disaffected Green-activist vote

MANA Hard in Waiariki

MANA is calling for an amnesty for Pacific Islander overstayers in Aotearoa.

Mana Doing Labour’s Job

New Proposals Morph National Standards Into National Testing

Mana Movement – Foreign Policy

The breath-taking double standards of John Key

MANA Party Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes Challenge to the Maori Party: Do You Support National and ACT?

Housing assurances ‘wont stop destruction of a community’

Abuse of Political Office


Smokin’ Joe Frazier: The Death of the Disrespected

Politics Matter: Changes in Unionization Rates in Rich Countries, 1960-2010

The Right To Dream – We Are Fighting For Justice By Arundhati Roy – You have reintroduced the right to dream into a system that tried to turn everybody into zombies mesmerized into equating mindless consumerism with happiness and fulfillment.


Tom Morello on unions and the #occupy movement

The academic as truth-teller: The logic of the bureacratisation of academia, forcing academics to ‘publish or perish’ and cut corners when it comes to teaching, has more to do with the marketisation of universities than learning and scholarship

The Assault on Universities: An Introduction to Education Reform and Resistance

‘Thomas Friedman: The imperial messenger’ – Thomas Friedman’s writing on the Middle East is condescending and often misleading.

4everevolution – Music Review by Estelle Cooch

Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975: A militant fight against racism brought to life

John Lennon – Give Peace A Chance

Britain’s Empire is unsparing in its portrayal of the horror and brutality of imperialism, but reveals also the breadth and depth of resistance to Empire on the part of the colonised, invaded and enslaved.


G20 : the Symbol of a System Failure

Robbed blind by the 1 percent – A recent report from Congressional Budget Office shows a huge increase in the income of the richest 1 percent. Elizabeth Schulte reports.

Italy and Greece: rule by the bankers

13 Ways to ‘Tax the Rich’

The Global Reserve Army of Labor and the New Imperialism by John Bellamy Foster, Robert W. McChesney, and R. Jamil Jonna

Who Rules the Global Economy?

Understanding and Fighting Austerity – What are some of the forces that are driving the current crisis? How is it pushing forward the agenda of business and governments to get working people and our organizations to tighten our belts and accept their calls for austerity? What forms is resistance taking around the world – what are the strengths and limitations of that resistance and what can we learn from it?

Featuring: Sam Gindin is the Packer Chair in Social Justice, York University; Stefan Kipfer is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University; Moderated by Kamilla Pietrzyk.

Political Crisis in Italy and Greece: Marx on ‘Technical Government’ by Marcello Musto – In recent years Karl Marx has again been featured in the world’s press because of his prescient insights into the cyclical and structural character of capitalist crises. Now there is another reason why he should be re-read in the light of Greece and Italy: the reappearance of the ‘technical government.’


GM crops promote superweeds, food insecurity and pesticides, say NGOs

Suffer our children unless the world changes

La Via Campesina at the Committee on Food Security (CFS): “We can no longer wait”

Rapa Nui/Easter Island: Blaming the victims — Jared Diamond’s myth of ‘ecocide’

Occupy Denialism: Toward Ecological and Social Revolution by John Bellamy Foster


The Long Shadow of Algeria on the Arab Autumn


Poultry workers hold off riot police attack

Obama confirms Down Under Pearl Harbour


The Left and Social-Movement Struggles in Bangladesh


Western-backed police state puts trade unionists on trial

Hundreds Mourn After Boy Is Killed In Demonstration


Police can arrest anyone who does not comply with order starting Monday afternoon

Changing face of protest: Tent city has evolved to now include a ‘homeless element’

Opinion: Occupy Vancouver injunction ups the ante for backpedalling mayor, protesters

City’s Occupy Vancouver injunction strategy backfires on besieged mayor

B.C. union leaders divided on next Occupy Vancouver actions

Massive protest in Quebec against huge hike in tuition fees


Workers at Pepsi bottling plants in China protest takeover

China: Wildcat strikes and labour advocacy


The mass movement re-emerges


Cuba Guidelines debate PDF English: Here is my complete English translation of the booklet Information on the results of the Debate on the Economic and Social Policy Guidelines for the Party and the Revolution, an explanatory document published together with the final version of the Guidelines adopted by the Cuban Communist Party (PCC) Congress in April.

Paternalism debate


The Political Economy of the Egyptian Uprising

The Maspero Massacre: What Really Happened by Mosireen and Intifadat Intifadat


Elites appoint new gov’t behind the people’s backs

Lazy Ouzo-Swilling, Olive-Pit Spitting Greeks Or, How Goldman Sacked Greece

Banks and EU on the head of Greek government


America’s great foreign policy disgrace


Debunking the Iran "Terror Plot"

Iran and the I.A.E.A. By Seymour M. Hersh – The new report, therefore, leaves us where we’ve been since 2002, – with lots of belligerent talk but no definitive evidence of a nuclear-weapons program.


Japan 7 months after: missing persons, unemployment, poverty…


Hanjin workers win: Korean unionist Kim Jin-suk has touched ground for the first time since January to end her protest against Hanjin Heavy Industries

South Korea’s 300 Day Aerial Sit-in Strike Highlights Plight of Precarious Workers


Night of the Sandinistas – Election Night in Nicaragua

Nicaragua’s Ortega: Socialism to opportunism? After winning a landslide election victory, critics worry former revolutionary will consolidate his grip on power.

A Peaceful Nicaraguan Election Brings a Mandate for Sandinista Social Programs

Win for Alianza Nicaragua Triunfa and re-election of Daniel Ortega mark revolutionary change

Fidel Castro: The overwhelming victory of Daniel and the FSLN


Donate to Freeport strikers

WEST PAPUA CRISIS: Indonesian commandos terrorise villagers in fresh Papua brutality

Brutal show of force against Papuan congress stirs demands for inquiry

Maire Leadbeater reflects on West Papua’s ‘Arab Spring’

Fiji union leaders released

The Statement of the Indonesian Bishops’ Conference on Papua: Stop violence! Let us hold a dialogue!


Truths, facts and facts on the ground – Much of the international support that Israel receives is based on several lies it tells and re-tells as "facts".

Reverend Allan Boesak calls Israeli apartheid “more terrifying” than South Africa ever was

Where Should the Birds Fly? A powerful story 2 young women, survivors of Israel’s brutal Dec 2008 attack on Gaza, who represent…

‘They made us do it…’ — The Disordered Psychology of Israel

Gaza: Residents deprived of critical medications and medical care–residents-deprived-of-critical-medications-and-medical-care.cfm?mid=52


Clinton, counter-insurgency and hegemony

PETITION: Justice for all victims of extra-judicial killings!

Pasay court orders Gloria Arroyo’s arrest


COSATU leader on South African and Israeli apartheid


Jordan, Arab League Hypocrisy on Syria by Robert Dreyfuss

Syria and Iran: the great game – Regime change in Syria is a strategic prize that outstrips Libya – which is why Saudi Arabia and the west are playing their part

The Great War of Intervention

Britain in Secret Talks with Syrian "Rebels"

Robert Fisk: Assad will only go if his own tanks turn against him: Predictions of Syrian leader’s imminent demise are hopelessly optimistic


Don’t Let the Bankers Occupy Timor – Sign the petition For Debt-Free Timor-Leste


In pictures: Occupy London protest swells – Demonstration swells as "99 per cent" pro-democracy protesters rally against corporate greed in British capital.

British police accused of criminalizing protest

The unions weigh in for Occupy: Lee Sustar reports on the growing momentum for the November 17 labor/Occupy day of action—and its potential for broadening the movement around the country.

Opulent Sothebys’ Appalling Treatment of Its Workers Is a Perfect Symbol of the Out of Touch 1%


3.7 Million Families Registered in Venezuela’s Housing Mission

New Venezuelan Mission Aims to Create 2.8 million Jobs in Eight Years

Praxis, Learning, and New Cooperativism in Venezuela: An Initial Look at Venezuela’s Socialist Production Units



The Waihopai spybase was subjected to unprecedented public attention by the March 2010 trial and acquittal of the three Ploughshares peace activists who penetrated its high security in 2008 and deflated one of the two domes concealing its satellite dishes from the NZ public. This legal saga has continued into 2011 with the Government changing the law to prevent their grounds of defence being used again and then suing the three activists personally for the $1.2 million damage to the dome. The Anti-Bases Campaign was happy to support this non-violent direct action anti-war activity, from start to finish. The public face of New Zealand’s role as an American ally is the NZ military presence in Afghanistan. But New Zealand’s most significant contribution to that, and other American wars, including the one in Iraq, is the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with New Zealand (including Parliament and the Prime Minister) having little or no idea what goes on there, let alone any control. First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by New Zealand’s Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret UKUSA Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its two satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, telexes, faxes, e-mail and computer data communications. It spies on our Asia/Pacific neighbours, and forwards the material on to the major partners in the UKUSA Agreement, specifically the US National Security Agency (NSA). Its targets are international civilian communications involving New Zealanders, including the interception of international phone calls. Post- 9/11 the GCSB and Waihopai now spy further afield, to those regions where the US is waging wars. The codename for this – Echelon – has become notorious worldwide as the vast scope of its spying has become public. New Zealand is an integral, albeit junior part of a global spying network, a network that is ultimately accountable only to its own constituent agencies, not governments, not citizens. Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spybase. Come prepared for roughing it and camping out. We provide the food (we cater for vegetarians but vegans will have to bring their own). Bring sleeping bag, groundsheet, a tent, torch, water bottle, eating utensils, clothing for all weather, and $40 (or $20 unwaged) to cover costs. No open fires. How to find our camp at Whites Bay: turn off SH1 at Tuamarina (9km north of Blenheim or 20 km south of Picton) and drive to Rarangi on the coast. Follow the steep Port Underwood Road over the hilltop before descending to the Whites Bay turnoff. There is a DoC public camp at the bay with basic facilities. ABC has to pay a fixed charge per head. Waihopai does not operate in the interests of New Zealanders or our neighbours. Basically it is a foreign spybase on NZ soil and directly involves us in America’s wars. Waihopai must be closed. Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail cafca $40 Registration ($20 unwaged). Make all cheques to ABC

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