GPJA 475 (Part 2 of 2): Jeff Halper speaking Auckland Thursday Sept 5

Hi All GPJA Newsletter readers.

This is part 2 of #475. Part 1 contained a full “What’s On” in coming months and NZ news and analysis. Because of that I have only a few reminders for this week’s activities and the rest of the newsletter is devoted to international news.

I offer a selection of crtical analysis. People are free to pick and choose what interests them. I have a section focussing on the war in/on Syria of course and why a foreign miltary attack would be a disaster for the world. This week I have also put a number of articles that critically analyse the events in Egypt and the hijacking of a people’s revolt into the imposition of a military dicatorship that may be of interest.

If you have suggestions for events or articles that can be included please email mike.

Mike Treen


‘Towards a just peace for Israel/Palestine’. Dr. Jeff Halper has been a peace and human rights activist for more than three decades. Born in Minnesota in the United States, he participated in the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements of the 1960s. Halper immigrated to Israel in 1973 after attending rabbinical school and resisting military service in the Vietnam War. In Israel, Halper taught anthropology at Haifa and Ben-Gurion Universities. His academic research has focused on the history of Jerusalem in the modern era, contemporary Israeli culture, and the Middle East conflict. He is the author of Between Redemption and Revival: The Jewish Yishuv in Jerusalem in the Nineteenth Century. During his mandatory Israeli military service, he refused to bear arms or serve in the occupied Palestinian territories. In 1997, Halper co-founded the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolitions (ICAHD) to challenge and resist the Israeli policy of demolishing Palestinian homes.

HAMILTON: Wed 4 Sept. – 12noon to 2pm, Room AG.30 Waikato Uni

AUCKLAND: Thurs 5 Sept – Public meeting: 7pm B28, Ak Uni Library Building

Free entry. Koha welcome. Hosted by Kia Ora Gaza, Students for Justice in Palestine, Wellington Palestine Group, GPJA – Global Peace & Justice Auckland, & PHRC – Palestine Human Rights Campaign. Contact: office. Website:

Friday September 6, 5.30PM, Loaves and Fishes, cnr Hill and Molesworth Sts, Wellington

Inequality and the Living Wage fundraiser. Come and hear Max Rashbrooke talk about the response to his Inequality book , his recent tour with Robert Wade and the Living Wage campaign. There will be entertainment, and some union members will share their experiences of living on low pay. Drinks and nibbles – bring plenty of cash to donate to the Living Wage Wellington campaign. Please secure your ticket by paying in to Kiwibank 38-9014-0838964-00 and use the ref LW Wgtn. Entry $18.40 for those earning above the living wage. $5 for those earning below the living wage. Your contribution will help us campaign to lift wages for Wellington workers.

Saturday, September 7, 8pm, Onehunga Community House, 83 Selwyn St, Onehunga, Auckland


CULTURAL NIGHT ( with Special guests from Chile). $10. Music, Poetry and More. Note: Long Live the Chilean Revolution

Sunday, September 8, 6pm, The Victoria Theatre, 48-56 Victoria Rd, Devonport

‘FRANCES HA’ – MOVIE NIGHT: Come to the movies with us on 8th September and help support us and the Auckland Womens Centre. There’s a choice of 2 tickets:- $20 Movie Ticket Only; $25 Movie Ticket + Glass of Wine or Ice Cream. Contact the Office on 444 4618 or email us at women.ctr to get your ticket. Payment can be made by cash, cheque or direct credit. Alternatively tickets can be purchased through Auckland Womens Centre Ph: 376 3227 ext 0 or email info or – if you’re in the Ponsonby area – at the Womens Bookshop. A bit about the film ….. Frances (Greta Gerwig) lives in New York, but she doesn’t really have an apartment. Frances is an apprentice for a dance company, but shes not really a dancer. Frances has a best friend named Sophie, but they aren’t really speaking anymore. Frances throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles. Frances wants so much more than she has but lives her life with unaccountable joy and lightness. FRANCES HA is a modern comic fable that explores New York, friendship, class, ambition, failure, and redemption. (c) IFC Films


  • In Steve Ballmer’s 13 years as Microsoft CEO, the company has lost over a third of its market value. Yet Ballmer’s personal stash of Microsoft shares has jumped 56 percent in value since 2000 — to $11.5 billion. This past Friday, Ballmer announced his retirement. Investors delighted to see Ballmer go sent Microsoft’s share price up 7 percent.
  • If the top 1 percent had taken the same percentage of total U.S. income in 2006 as they did in 1980, they would have taken $1 trillion less. (Paul Buchheit, 6 horrifying facts about the rich, Salon, August 28, 2013.)
  • What hard times? America’s five biggest banks, pay consultant Alan Johnson estimates, will shell out $23 billion in 2013 bonuses, the biggest bonus bonanza since the 2008 financial industry meltdown. Whopping bonuses for top bank executives will bring average pay at the five banks, for everyone from clerks to chief execs, to $149,472 per full-timer, “triple the pay of the average American,” notes Fortune magazine.


‘The profit motive, when it is the sole basis of an economic system, encourages a cutthroat competition and selfish ambition that inspires men to be more concerned about making a living than making a life.’ – Martin Luther King



President Obama should listen to US and UK public: don’t strike Syria – Obama has less legitimacy and popular support for the proposed bombing than almost any US military action in recent history

The Case Against Military Intervention in Syria – There are both practical and humanitarian reasons to oppose US airstrikes in response to the horrific chemical weapons attack.

No War With Syria! By Bob Dreyfuss

Tearing Syria Apart by Jeremy Salt

EXCLUSIVE: Syrians In Ghouta Claim Saudi-Supplied Rebels Behind Chemical Attack

Robert Fisk: Iran, not Syria, is the West’s real target

Why Western intervention in Syria will leave chaos

Crossing the Middle East’s red lines. Moral Obscenities in Syria by Phyllis Bennis and David Wildman

Robert Fisk on Syria’s Civil War, Chemical Weapons “Theater” & Obama’s Backing of Israeli Strikes

Hans Blix: Whether Obama in Syria or Bush in Iraq, The US Is Not the World Police

As U.S. Deploys Patriot Missiles and F-16s to Jordan, Could Syrian Conflict Engulf the Middle East?

Only a peace conference, not air strikes, can stop further bloodshed

From the archives: Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. Official

Listen To This Argument Against Bombing Syria Before You Make Up Your Mind

From the archives: Syrian rebels used Sarin nerve gas, not Assad’s regime: U.N. Official

US Protected Iraq at UN from Iranian Charges of Chemical Weapons Use

MLK’s vehement condemnations of US militarism are more relevant than ever – His vital April 4, 1967 speech is a direct repudiation of the sophistry now used to defend US violence and aggression

Chemical Attacks and Military Interventions

Revealed: Britain sold nerve gas chemicals to Syria 10 months after war began

The price of intervention – There are calls for The West to intervene in Syria, but should the US be the world’s police force?

11 Reasons Why We Should Not Attack Syria


Crash Course: A Guide To 30 Years Of U.S. Military Strikes Against Other Nations

The U.S., Britain and Israel have Used Chemical Weapons within the Last 10 Years

Miranda’s rights: how Europe can learn from Latin America’s independence – Brazil’s action over the detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner shows South American nations no longer toe Washington’s line

The Burdens of Working-Class Youth

The Market Colonization of Intellectuals

Miranda Detention: ‘Blatant Attack on Press Freedom’


Inequality Undermines Democracy

Greg Palast: The Confidential Memo At The Heart Of The Global Financial Crisis

Workers Speak Out About the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)


Oceans Turning Acid with C02 at Rate Unseen in 250 million Years, Threatening Further Warming (Queally)

Free Transit: Public transit lies at the intersection of several critical social struggles today. Affordable (or free) public transit is an important mechanism for redistribution, and particularly targets low income women and people of colour


Hypocrisy reigns: Sex, race, class and Miley Cyrus

Winter is Coming: Orientalism, Sexposition and the Apocalypse – Adam Turl examines the popularity and contradictions of HBO’s series Game of Thrones and the books that gave rise to it.

Big Brother is WWWatching You – feat. George Orwell [RAP NEWS 1]

Get Shorty author Elmore Leonard dies

When workers had class: Review of Meredith Burgmann and Verity Burgmann, Green Bans, Red Union: environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders Labourers Federation, Sydney, University of New South Wales Press, 1998; Jock Barnes, Never a White Flag, edited by Tom Bramble, Wellington, Victoria University Press, 1998;

Elysium a disappointing missed opportunity

Union song – CFMEU: Whatever it Takes

PROFITS OF DOOM – MID-WEEK REVIEW: The drive by governments to privatise what are usually key governmental functions, such as refugee processing and detention, reform and prison, and health care is one that is being mirrored around the world — with the big winners being transglobal/multinational corporations.

50 Years After March on Washington, 1970 Documentary “King: A Filmed Record” Captures MLK’s Journey

Revolutionary Hope: A Conversation Between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde

Soundtrack for a Revolution – Trailer

The True Story of Che Guevara – The Documentary


Bill Shankly: Revolutionary Socialist – David Renton reviews the new fictionalized biography on legendary Liverpool Football Club manager (and die-hard red) Bill Shankly.


Afghan women biggest losers from war


New figures on Indigenous kids in jail a ‘national disgrace’

UN finds Australia guilty in 150 cases


US Capital Energy Oil Company And Heavily Armed Belize Security Forces Confront Indigenous Q’eqchi Maya Leaders As They Traverse Their Traditional Territories Where US Capital Is Illegally Operating


Cuba and Brazil strengthen cooperation and solidarity


Foxconn workers strike back

Girl power: As the supply of female factory-workers dwindles, blue-collar women gain clout


Rural uprising breaks out for fair prices, against ‘free trade’ – See more at:

Colombia’s General Strike Is Getting The Best Of President Juan Manuel Santos; Truckers, Coffee Workers And Miners Protest For Low Wages And Government Promises Unfulfilled

Colombia Nationwide Strike Against ‘Free Trade,’ Privatization, Poverty


At 87, Fidel Castro is “Imperfect but Human”


Signs of a Shift Among Egyptian Protesters to Antigovernment, From Pro-Morsi

On Egypt’s Class-Struggle: Rabias of the World Unite

Hosni Mubarak to be freed as Army tightens its grip on Egypt–grip-on-egypt-8775237.html

‘Silence is complacency’: Against the coup in Egypt

Socialists need to rethink the military takeover

Egypt on the brink of a new dark age, as the generals close in for the kill

Egypt crisis: A national tragedy plays out at Cairo’s stinking mortuary

Egyptian Workers After June 30

The liberals’ slaughterhouse

From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt

The Revenge of the Police State

Army rule divides Egypt’s once-united worker heroes

How the Power of Protest Died in Egypt


Struggling mini-job workers are cut off from Germany’s economic miracle


Cuban Doctors Bring Eyesight, Healthcare to Haiti


Sugar Workers in India denounce plans to send strike breakers to Fiji


US to Sell $500 million of attack helicopters to Indonesia


Pentagon Reverses Position and Admits U.S. Troops Used White Phosphorus Against Iraqis in Fallujah


Let us rise: the Dublin lockout of 1913

Today in Irish History – August 31, 1913 – Labour’s Bloody Sunday


11 Facts About The Ongoing Fukushima Nuclear Holocaust That Are Almost Too Horrifying To Believe

As Fukushima Raises Severity Level, Nuclear Expert Warns Radioactive Leaks Will Only “Get Worse”

BREAKING… Fukushima Crisis Escalates Tons of Radioactive Waste Released into the Pacific Causes Ocean to Boil… – See more at:


Fiji union accuses sugar mill of having contempt for workers’ rights

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

New Pacific islands development bloc takes on Australian dominance

PNG money laundering – 59 charged over corruption, alleges Today Tonight

Thousands of West Papuans Take to the Streets to Welcome Freedom Flotilla


Noam Chomsky: Israel’s West Bank Plans Will Leave Palestinians Very Little

Action Alert: Three leading Palestinian women prisoners’ activists arrested – take action!

Checkpoint – Every Day Life in Palestine Documentary

Barghouti to U.S. Jews: I know you don’t like the word apartheid, but what do you call a system that gives a settler 50 times more water than a Palestinian?

The Role of the U.N. in Creating the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Israel’s Most Liberal City Introduces Racially Segregated Kindergartens for black Africans


Aquino’s zero-rate record

Mass protest breaks out against ‘pork barrelling’


Singapore Strike Chapter Three: Confrontation


Strike fever hits SA as unions go into battle

What SA shop stewards really think


Sweden’s indigenous Sami fight for way of life as miners enter ancient reindeer grounds


Syrian Novelist Khaled al-Khalifa on a Possible US Strike


Rubber-price rally leaders face arrest


Old order “remnants” flex muscle in Tunisian politics

General Labour Union tries to negotiate end to Tunisian crisis Read more:


Youth are still fighting amid plans for People’s Assemblies, leftist says – See more at:


Two-tier workforce condemning millions to low-paid jobs, study warns

UK Media Crackdown: Greenwald’s Partner Detained, Guardian Forced to Destroy Snowden Files

WikiLeaks: Govts attacks on media ‘signalling rise of fascism in UK, US’

History repeating? As Blair and Campbell back Syria strike, large protest marches planned


New Orleans Lost Half Its Black Population Since Hurricane Katrina

Georgia inmates beaten with hammers during 2010 prisoners’ strike – new video released

OP-ED: The Radical Vision of Martin Luther King Jr.

50 Years After March on Washington, Tens of Thousands Say Struggle for MLK’s “Dream” Continues

The Martin Luther King Nobody’s Talking About: Many of the politicians aligning themselves with King 50 years after his March on Washington would balk at his beliefs about American power.

Jobs, Voting Rights, and Trayvon on Marchers’ Minds – See more at:

‘A Freedom Budget for All’: Paul Le Blanc on Martin Luther King’s struggle for economic and racial justice (now with slideshow)

Time to March on Washington—Again: Fifty years after King’s historic march, the struggle for racial justice faces unprecedented challenges.

How Black Unionists Organized the 1963 March for Jobs and Freedom – See more at:

The Dark Side of “I Have a Dream”: The FBI’s War on Martin Luther King

How Dr. King Shaped My Work in Economics By Joseph E. Stiglitz

50 Years Later, the Untold History of the March on Washington & MLK’s Most Famous Speech

Growing wealth gap spurs on socialist in Seattle council race

The source of America’s anger is economic inequality Read more here:

Exclusive: As Judge OKs Force-Feeding, California Prisoner on 47-Day Hunger Strike Speaks Out

California Spending More On Prisons Than Colleges, Report Says

Paying CEOs Top Dollar for Poor Performance


Thousands Strike Fast Food, Picketing and Occupying – See more at:

Video: U.S. fast-food workers begin nationwide wage strike

With nothing to lose and a living wage to win, fast-food walkouts spread

Low-paid workers are marching for equality

Why Are Fast Food Workers Walking Out Again?

US fast-food workers stage nationwide strike in protest at low wages

US fast-food workers plan nationwide strikes

Fast-food workers carry King’s dream

Striking Retail Worker and Mother of Four: “If we don’t speak up, things will never change”

Starbucks Fires Employee on Food Stamps for Eating a Sandwich from the Garbage

This Week in Poverty: ’90 Percent of Workers Aren’t Getting Bupkis’

The Radical Tradition of Autoworkers

Wave of Low-Wage Worker Strikes Hits LA Ports

Low-wage Workers Are Older Than You Think

How to Become a Part-Time Worker Without Really Trying – How corporate America used the Great Recession to turn good jobs into bad ones.

Letter from the US: Fast food workers take to streets – See more at:

Ten Reasons Why Fast Food Workers Deserve A Raise


‘Black Budget’ Revealed: A Detailed Look at US ‘Espionage Empire’ – Latest revelations made possible by Edward Snowden give unprecedented view of how taxpayer funds are use to “collect it all”

Bradley Manning Sentenced to 35 Years for WikiLeaks

‘Sometimes You Have to Pay a Heavy Price to Live in a Free Society’

Obama Was Wrong: NSA Employees Have Deliberately “Abused” Their Power

NSA hacked into encrypted UN communications, leaked documents show

NSA surveillance program violates the constitution, ACLU says

Top 13 Surveillance Secrets the Gov’t Doesn’t want You to Know About (Quigley)

The secret’s out – US spies are in the dark


Workers claim win against imposed manager in worker-run plant – See more at:

20 New Communes to Launch in Venezuelan Capital

“The Commune Has to Be the New Economic Power,” Says Venezuela’s Maduro


Agent Orange in Vietnam: Legacy of Brutality

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