GPJA #470 (Part 2 of 2): News from Aotearoa and around the world


For new readers this is the second part of a two part newsletter. The first part covered news on the anti-GSB protests plus a list of coming events that may be of interest.

This newsletter continues with links on the GCSB debate plus the new revelations around the surveillance of journalists.

Unfortunately it really is a bit too long as it has been two weeks since #469 was published because we were focussing on doing special announcements for the public meeting and protests around the GCSB Bill.

My idea is not that people will read everything! Simply that it will give a range of alternative sources that people can use to following issues that interest them.

Mike Treen



The GCSB Nethui Sessions – 6 Clips Discussing GCSB & TICS

The Maori Party continues to opposes GCSB Bill

MANA calls for New Zealand to withdraw from “five-eyes” spy network – See more at:

Application of Human Rights to Communication Surveillance

Spy software company working with Govt

Phone taps old news for activists

PM justifies spy bill: Kiwis trained by al-Qaeda

Why you should care about GCSB bill

National website attacks highlight lack of security

Dotcom calls on National Party hackers to stop it

The spy bill and metadata

Documentary’s Key Spy Witness Reveals How SIS Failed New Zealand By Selwyn Manning – See more at:

National expands surveillance powers, just as Labour did – GCSB protests growing

Dotcom lawyers argue to see evidence

Is the GCSB using the NSA’s XKeyscore data search to spy on our phone calls, emails and internet use? By Keith Locke – See more at:

GCSB Protest Auckland, NZ Mike Treen 27 Jul 2013

GCSB Protest Auckland, NZ Mike Treen Part2-2 27 Jul 2013


All The Prime Minister’s Men – A Beehive Scandal? By Selwyn Manning

NZDF, Jon Stephenson and Freedom of the Press By John Minto – See more at:

Violation speaks ill of our democracy

NZSIS has special protocol for spying on journalists

Selwyn Manning: All The Prime Minister’s Men: Why John Key Cannot Have It Both Ways

Spy scandal journalist speaks out

The Contagion Of Evil

Parliament admission ‘a bombshell’

Phone records given to inquiry

Defence Force denies listening in

Reporter’s phone records released

Totalitarian mindset is itself a big threat

NZDF are liars and media manipulators By Martyn Bradbury – See more at:

Journalist’s phone records given to GCSB inquiry

Long and short of the NZDF spying scandal.

NZH Editorial: Freedom of information serves country best

Journalists’ freedom seen as under attack

Lone Wolf: Jon Stephenson and his Search for the Truth By Chris Trotter – See more at:

Key’s NZ – where Andrea Vance & Jon Stephenson are the ‘enemy’ By Martyn Bradbury – See more at:


Matt McCarten: PM’s weakness good for Peters

Copyright Law Review on hold – We’re not Told Why

The vile stench of racism is drifting across the Tasman… By John Minto – See more at:

Michele Hewitson interview: John Minto

A ‘dirty war’, NZ military cover-up and the vindication of a journalist

PMC director condemns ‘paranoid’ French politicians in Rainbow Warrior flashback

Brazilian activist – “Young people have the mindset for change”

Who Rules Ya, Baby? Thoughts on Nick Cater’s “New Ruling Class” By Chris Trotter

The latest edition of your Greenpeace Kakariki magazine is now available online for you to read here:

Millenial generation: Casualisation and resistance

Police smashed Harawira’s car window, court told

X-Factor highlights unemployment in NZ

Harawira convicted over protest

Hone Harawira found guilty

Harawira to seek cash from Mps

Right-wing Left-wingers: Labour’s Oxymoronic Tragedy 1946-2013 by Chris Trotter – See more at:

Banned from entering prison – for criticizing Corrections Department

No Friend of Democracy: To Whom is the NZDF Answerable? – See more at:

Racist “Pakeha Party” ignores history

The Korean War: what really happened?

Defend the Right to Peaceful Protest at Sea: Reject The Anadarko Amendment

Plans to axe passengers’ discounts will entrench car dependency & traffic congestion

Gordon Campbell: SkyCity deal a political lemon

Women, Politics and Class: a Socialist Analysis for Aotearoa

Pora case deserves thorough review

Teina Pora: About a Boy

Racism sadly rife in our multicultural society


Bryan Gould: Key’s march toward inequality

Rent up, pay down

Fairfax bans reporters from covering inequality

High cost for drug testing beneficiaries: Health ministry

How to be a millionaire – NBR Rich List

NBR Rich List highlights inequality, claims Andrew Little


Bryce Edwards: A View of who runs New Zealand – the NBR Rich List

Rich List won’t be celebrated everywhere

NBR Rich List highlights inequality

Hart returns to top of wealthier NBR rich list

Inequality: Fallow vs Rashbrooke

Poverty Watch 40

Poverty Watch 41

Lower GP fees, say political parties

National’s shame: 40% rise in empty state houses

Child abuse report highlights need to address poverty

Brian Easton: The Business of Inequality


Voters support extension of tax credits to beneficiaries, poll finds

WINZ, waste, and wonky numbers

Grandparent carers forced back to work

Welfare dependency and affordable housing By John Minto – See more at :

National’s callous behaviour

Beneficiaries resort to loan sharks to make ends meet

Pressure to work, but jobs scarce

Who really has family values?

Getting jobless in work ‘sinister’

Out protesting – home and away. Brazil rocks, Auckland’s doing its bit. By Sue Bradford – See more at:

Child abuse not linked to benefits – study—study/tabid/423/articleID/307122/Default.aspx


Nelson is Second City to Pass Critical Resolution on TPPA



Riccarton McDonalds Strike

Riccarton McDonalds Strike – McTriton McTossers Security

Unite Union Organiser gets bullied

Unite Union – Merivale McDonalds Strike!!



Pay gap not closing for young women


CTU: Massive reaction against employment law changes

Tea breaks under threat — CTU–CTU/tabid/1607/articleID/305817/Default.aspx

Rachel Mackintosh, EPMU: How National plans to smash collective agreements

Kiwis no longer believe in job security

Unions to fight labour law changes

Employer appeals $8000 win for worker

Cleaners fight back against employment law changes

Changes would cause ‘suffering’

Work law changes opposed

Helen Kelly: Tale four – the Death of Philip McHardy. Killed 31 August 2011 – struck by a tree

Renewed call to extend paid parental leave

Fairness at work and a living wage

Matt McCarten: Save your tears, Prime Minister

Immigration Minister to investigate job ads

Terror and poor pay on menu – claims

Foreign fishing charter rules amended

NZ seen as a low wage country – Labour–Labour/tabid/1607/articleID/306788/Default.aspx

Hamilton workers back bid for parental leave rise

Union concern at fishing crew exemptions

Low wage attraction of NZ for Aussies ‘deeply worrying’

Why the shit are so many otherwise-reasonable people against unions? – See more at:


Private wealth management groups continue to survey the holdings of the world’s rich. The millionaire share of world wealth, the latest data show, has jumped 14 percent since the global economic crisis began in 2007. – See more at:


“Education is what remains after one has forgotten everything he learned in school.” Albert Einstein

“Never regard study as a duty, but as the enviable opportunity to learn to know the liberating influence of beauty in the realm of the spirit for your own personal joy and to the profit of the community to which your later work belongs.” Albert Einsten


John Pilger: The new propaganda is liberal. The new slavery is digital.

Why Privacy Matters Even if You Have ‘Nothing to Hide’

The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root, and Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming Across the Country

Born Free and Equal – The UN Human Rights Office has released a new publication on sexual orientation and gender identity in international human rights law.

What Have The Unions Ever Done For Us?

When the press was revolutionary

Infographic: A Look at the War On Drugs


Global Youth Unemployment Remains at Crisis Levels


Bye, Bye Florida: Scientists find the last time it was this hot, Seas rose 65 feet

Coke announces obesity fight – what about hungry farmers?

Monsanto drops new GE crops in Europe

US Greens propose steps to economic and ecological sanity

International manifesto of the women of Via Campesina

Where has all the Water Gone? How Climate Change and Soaring Water Demand are Drying out the Southwest


UTU Redux – Taratino before Tarantino – NZIFF Review – See more at:

Omar – A tale of resistance

New Film Shows U.S.-Backed Indonesian Death Squad Leaders Re-enacting Massacres

“The Act of Killing”: New Film Shows U.S.-Backed Indonesian Death Squad Leaders Re-enacting Massacres

Dirty Wars – The world is a battlefield

The War on Kids (2009) is a 95 minute documentary that shows how American public schools continue to become more dangerously authoritarian.

Billie Holiday – Strange fruit

Southern trees bear strange fruit,

Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,

Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,

Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.

Pastoral scene of the gallant south,

The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,

Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,

Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,

For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,

For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,

Here is a strange and bitter crop.


Millions Against Monsanto


Australia’s election campaign is driven by a barbarism that dares not speak its name

Australian minister dodges questions on Manus Island torture allegations

REFUGEES: Rudd ‘leap frogs’ Abbott on race to the right – See more at:

Myths and facts on Rudd’s PNG “solution”

The myth of the people smugglers’ ‘business model’

Barry Jones: asylum is the greatest moral challenge of our time

A Unique Look at the Boat People ‘Problem’ in Australia

Nauru detention centre burns down: Riot destroys most of asylum-seeker processing facility on island, with detainees being moved to second, incomplete site

Protesters vow fightback on refugee plan

Asylum seekers: Australia’s day of shame: The agreement signed by Kevin Rudd with Papua New Guinea is ruthless electioneering. It shames us all, because we are better than that

Don’t turn your back on refugees

Is Australia’s new asylum policy the harshest in its history?

Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs says no evidence asylum seekers are ‘economic migrants’

Forget middle-class welfare. Australia’s tax concessions are upper-class welfare

Leaks reveal how Australia helps US spies

Refugees: 100% of them are human beings


Bahrain Cracks Down in Bid to Stop its Tamarod Movement (a la Egypt)


The kidnapping of president Evo Morales and the crisis of the international orde r


The new Bulgarian revolution


Are Extremist Buddhists in Burma attacking Helpless Muslims? (Walton)


Food deprivation and starvation politics against Canada’s Aboriginal peoples

St Lucian triumphs in Canada Human Rights case

The Bell of Batoche is repatriated to the Métis people of western Canada

Decades-long dispute between Newfoundland and Quebec over hydro-electricity is heating up again

Latest news from Quebec rail disaster: Rail company sticks town with cleanup bill; and new rail transport measures by Ottawa won’t make oil-by-rail safe

Lac-Mégantic: A Social and Ecological Tragedy

Pamela Palmater writes: ‘Genocide in Canada denied’


China’s labour market faces tough challenges ahead


The Real Story of the Cuban Five


The officers’ war of terror; latest statements from the Egyptian lef t

In Egypt, love for Sisi overshadows protester deaths

Egypt crisis: ‘we didn’t have space in the fridges for all the bodies’

Egypt’s army chief calls for show of support from citizens

The Politics of the Brotherhood Democracy: How the Muslim Brotherhood Burned Their Bridges

A Coup or a Continuation of the Revolution? (Video)

And Where Do the Workers Stand? Syndicates, Unions Divided Over Morsi’s Ouster

Exposing the Hypocrisy of ElBaradei and His Liberal Elites – The Grand Scam: Spinning Egypt’s Military Coup

After Tahrir Square, ‘Third Square’

“Do not let the army fool you” – independent union leader speaks out

Egypt Tensions Escalate as Morsi Detained and Supporters of Army, Brotherhood Hold Rival Protests

Reading guide to the July 3, 2013 military coup in Egypt

Neither Heroes, Nor Villains: A Conversation with Talal Asad on Egypt After Morsi

The Officers’ War of Terror


Germans demonstrate against NSA spying as Berlin appoints cyber commissioner


Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras’ call for a united left party

Eyewitness report: ‘Things have gone very quiet in Greece, haven’t they?’


Made in Haiti, Dumped in Haiti


Indian Auto Workers Protest for Rank-and-File Union and Release from Jail – See more at :


An “Electoral Uprising” in Iran


Bankers vs Irish People (part 2) By Wayne Hope


FIJI: Regime threatens to bring in military if sugar workers strike

Fiji sugar workers vote to strike despite ‘intimidation’

PNG: ‘Ruddiculous’ refugee policy – media reacts to Australia’s Manus Is plan

Fiji anger as first plane to Manus set for take-off Read more:

French nuclear tests ‘showered vast area of Polynesia with radioactivity’

RAMSI and the politics of fantasy


20% of US Drone Victims are Civilians, 12% are Children (Woods)

First Leaked Pakistani Report on U.S. Drone War Undermines Claims of Low Civilian Toll


Israel’s similarity to South Africa’s apartheid is more than skin-deep

Kerry Uses Arabs to Bully Palestinians

Unbreakable Egypt-Gaza bonds


Asserting freedom to protest amid repression


Red herring: equating socialism & nationalisation


Spanish State: They Want Us Poor, Silenced and Straight by Esther Vivas


30 Years Ago: An unprecedented look at Black July


US military intervention in Syria would create ‘unintended consequences’


Government Teeters on Brink after Slain Leftist’s Funeral.



Ignore the hype: Britain’s ‘recovery’ is a fantasy that hides our weakness

‘The scale of low pay in Britain is a national scandal,’ says Sentamu

The BBC is colluding in the government’s attack on benefit claimants


This Sunday – 8/4 – Rally Against Unconstitutional Surveillance – Join thousands of participants in 1984 Day rallies around the country

EXCLUSIVE: “Bradley Manning Has Become a Martyr”–WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange on Guilty Verdict

Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

Lest we Forget that Manning was Tortured before being Found not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy

The “Snowden Aviation Club” and Other Options: How Edward Snowden Gets To Start a New Life

Recession Forever? 10 Reasons American Workers Are Screwed

Minimum Wage Would Be $21.72 If It Kept Pace With Increases In Productivity: Study

Chris Hedges: “America is a Tinderbox”

The NSA Admits It Analyzes More People’s Data Than Previously Revealed

Across US, people rally for ‘Justice for Trayvon’

Detroit’s decline is a distinctively capitalist failure – The auto industry Big Three were loyal only to shareholders, not the people of Detroit. The city was gutted by that social choice

Detroit Bankruptcy Takes Aim at Pensions

The Seeds of Rebellion Are Taking Root, and Protests Against Injustices Are Blooming Across the Country – This week saw thousands protesting the Zimmerman ruling, continued bravery in California’s prisons, and much more.

Boots Riley wants radical militant movement

How Detroit was laid low – Inept leadership and a history of neglect born of racial tension lie behind the city’s bankruptcy

Jailed Journalist Barrett Brown Faces 105 Years For Reporting on Hacked Private Intelligence Firms

Chris Hedges: The Liberal Elite has Betrayed the People They Claim to Defend

Rand Paul’s Detroit Shock Doctrine

The War on Public School Teachers – New Unions, New Alliances, New Politics by Michael D. Yates

Income inequality ruined Detroit – One reason it’s filing for bankruptcy: Its wealthy residents have left the inner city to rot

North Carolina Republicans Push Extreme Voter Suppression Measures

Don’t Get Caught in a Bad Hotel

In Industry Where Few Workers Are ‘Employees,’ Teamsters Mount Multi-Front Attack

Richard Wolff: Detroit a “Spectacular Failure” of System that Redistributes Pay from Bottom to Top

The Blood-Soaked Resumé of a Peace Broker – What John Kerry Really Did in Vietnam

We’re Taxing the Rich… and So Can You

Photos: The Ruins of Detroit

The Business of Mass Incarceration

80 Percent Of U.S. Adults Face Near-Poverty, Unemployment: Survey

The United States of… Class War, Inequality, and Poverty

The 400: What they don’t want us to know about growing wealth inequality in America


Fast Food Strikes: Unable to Unionize, Workers Borrow Tactics From ‘Occupy’ Read more:

What’s their beef? Striking fast food workers say low wages

Largest Fast Food Walkout Begins in Seven Cities

“Dizzy and sick”: McDonald’s workers strike after enduring 110 degree heat

The real budgets of McDonald’s workers

McDonalds’ suggested budget for employees shows just how impossible it is to get by on minimum wage http://www.death

Fast Food, Low Pay

Fast Food Workers To Hold One-Day Strike To Protest Low Wages

Fighting Back Against Wretched Wages

New York City Fast-Food Workers Authorize 3rd Strike

Mr. President, Have Pity on the Working Man

Why Is There So Much Hate for Working People? With economic inequality in the U.S. at its worst in more than 80 years, why do polls show limited support of labor unions?

Why Do Americans Live Lives So Short?


Fight the Power: Venezuela’s Maduro Responds to Obama’s Nominee for UN Envoy

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