GPJA #484: Asset sales referendum – enrol Thursday!



This is by postal ballot so you need to be on your local electoral roll at your current address for the information and voting papers to be sent to you. Make sure you and your family are enrolled to have a say in Keeping Our Assets. If you have moved house since the last election and have not re-enrolled you need to do so. Enrolments close on Thurs 21 Nov 2013. Go to, call 0800 36 76 56, or get a form from your local Post shop or branch of Auckland Libraries.


A new book by Maire Leadbeater, published by University of Otago Press ( November 2013. The following events are being held to launch this book and to celebrate our nuclear free movement.

Wellington – Nov 20

Hosts Wellington Activist Coalition and Otago University Press. 6pm, 20 November 2013. St John’s Hall, Cnr Dixon and Willis Streets, Wellington. RSVP by 15 November to: artwork

Christchurch – Nov 25

Hosts: Anti-Bases Campaign, the Disarmament and Security Centre and Otago University Press . 6.30 pm 25 November 2013, Knox Church Bealey Avenue, Christchurch. RSVP: abc

Nelson – Nov 27

Elma Turner Library 27 Halifax St, Nelson. Book talk – Wednesday 27 Nov, 12.30-2. Maire Leadbeater on her new book ‘Peace, Power and Politic: How New Zealand became Nuclear Free’ and Nelson’s role in the movement to make New Zealand nuclear free.

Auckland – December 10

Hosts: Auckland Labour History Group and Otago University Press. 5.30–7.30 pm 10 December 2013. Mt Eden Village Centre, 449 Mt Eden Road, Auckland. Speakers: George Armstrong, Claudia Pond Eyley, Bunny Mcdiarmid. Music: Caitlin Smith. (Hall entrance is off Ngauruhoe St, behind historic church). RSVP: annie.newman


PSNA Members, You don’t need me to tell you about the utter catastrophe that has just devastated the central Philippines. It is receiving unprecedented saturation coverage in the NZ media (which shows just how bad it is, because the NZ media usually ignore the Philippines). This was a storm like no other, with wind speeds higher than ever before recorded and a storm surge that was basically a tsunami. The Filipino people continue to pay the ultimate price for global climate change. And the situation is made much worse by the unjust structure of Philippine society. In recent days media reports have described it as “an impoverished country”. On the contrary, it is a very rich country, with a huge number of very poor people.

The Philippines suffers from criminal, wilful negligence by local and central government – they do not build or maintain infrastructure to control floods and provide protection from storms, so this catastrophe has caused massive loss of life and damage, impacting most on the poor. A lack of care by the ruling class rich for the vast majority who are the poor; institutionalised corruption; and skewed priorities, whereby the military gets the lion’s share of the national budget, mean that millions of Filipinos are left exposed and in harm’s way. PSNA is not a relief agency or a development agency but we can’t stand idly by while poor Filipinos suffer in huge numbers. If you wish to donate, do so via PSNA and our good friends at Christian World Service will transmit the money to the National Council of Churches of the Philippines for us, in one lump sum (doing it that way means that none of the money raised has to be spent on the extortionate international money transfer fees charged by banks). You can send your donation by cheque to: PSNA, Box 2450, Christchurch 8140. Accompany it with a note saying “disaster appeal”, and include your e-mail address, so that we can acknowledge it. Or you can deposit your donation directly into PSNA’s bank account: Philippines Solidarity Network, Kiwibank, 155 The Terrace, Wellington. 389000 0792619 00 Include your name and “disaster donation”. And please e-mail us, at this address, to tell us that you’ve made the deposit, so that we can look out for it online.

This is no mere academic exercise for me. My in-laws live in the Philippines and my wife Becky is currently there with them (she has e-mailed me distressingly graphic details from Philippine media coverage). Fortunately they all live just outside Manila, so they weren’t hit by the storm (well, not by the full murderous force of it). The immediate family are all OK but in the wider family I have a brother-in-law who is from one of the worst affected islands and, last I heard, he couldn’t get hold of his family to see if they’re OK. And we have friends in Auckland whose family lived in Tacloban City, which was absolutely decimated, and they have no idea if any of their family has survived. Once again the long suffering Philippine people, through no fault of their own, need the help of their foreign friends. Speaking as a resident of a city that was very glad indeed to be helped by our foreign friends when catastrophe struck Christchurch in 2011, I know how much these practical gestures of international solidarity are appreciated.

Murray Horton, Secretary, PSNA


Thursday, November 21, 7pm, McLeods Hall, 3 Stuart Rd, Mcleods Bay
No Toxic Mining in Northland!

Friday, November 22, 7.30 – 11pm, Where: Galatos (off K Rd, Newton) Auckland

The Sea Shepherd Fundraiser for 2013 with Te Radar as MC for the evening, music by Tama Waipara, Hopetoun Brown & more. Plus a performance by Jahra Rager. Captain Peter Hammarstedt from the Sea Shepherd ship ‘Bob Barker’ will be speaking along with our very own dolphin defender & conservationist Christine Rose. Canapes by Divine Foods. Live and silent auctions with some great items you can check out at our fundraiser website: Tickets are limited. Get them from Eventfinda or our Sea Shepherd NZ page: For more info please contact Michael Lawry, Coordinator Sea Shepherd NZ Ph: 021 747861

Saturday, November 23, 8am-1pm, St Joseph Parish Hall, 10 Taharoto Rd, takapuna, Auckland
Auckland Fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan victims : Garage sale, yummy food and live music. To donate go to

Saturday, November 23, 12 noon, West Coast Beaches NZ

Saturday, November 23, 2.30pm, The Peace Place, 22 Emily Place, Auckland
Invitation to the Peace Movement Aotearoa Annual General Meeting. The AGM will be followed by a preliminary update on the initial World War One (WWI) discussion meetings with peace groups and communities around the country to share common concerns about the government’s WWI centenary programme and to develop a range of alternatives to it – further information about the discussion meetings is available below this notice and online at pma

Monday, November 25, 6.30pm, Alice’s Cinema, Tuam & High Sts, Christchurch
5 Broken Cameras, a Palestinian film by Emad Burnat, nominated for a 2013 Academy Award. A Palestinian farmer is given a video camera which he uses to record the ongoing non-violent popular resistance of his village, Bil’in , to the IDF (Israeli army) to the ongoing expansion of the Wall, stealing village land and water sources. The IDF smashes his camera; he manages to get another & continue filming. The Guardian , in its review, said that 5 Broken Cameras “gives us a direct experience of what it’s like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession, administered by the unyielding, stony-faced representatives of those convinced of their own righteousness. But it isn’t vindictive and has a sense of destiny.” Martin and Lois Griffiths went to Bil’in on an October 2012 Friday to witness events and found themselves caught up in a tear gas barrage. It wasn’t a pleasant experience. For the latest news re Bil’in, the IDF has shot the star of the film, Emad Burnat’s brother. Tickets available at Alice’s or online

Saturday, November 30, 8pm, Sudio on Krd, Karangahape Rd, Auckland
Mana Up Fundraiser with House of Shem, Three Houses Down, Tyree, Tribal Connections, MC Hazaduz, Te Hamua Nikora, Natural T, Envioso, DJ Poroufessor. Mana’s big reggae fundraiser is on 30 November – tickets $55 (But it’s a fundraiser remember?) It has New Zealand’s top reggae bands playing at a fine inner city venue. Come along and enjoy yourselves and help raise decent money for Mana’s 2014 election campaign.

The big corporates aren’t lining up to give so we need YOU. People can buy tickets
o From Joe Carolan at Unite Union, 6A Western Springs Road, Kingsland – txt Joe to make sure he’s there (029 445 5702) before you go
o At 333 Great North Road Henderson (the underground)
o Pay online at the iticket website and they will send the tickets.
o Pay online to the Mana Tamaki account 38-9011-0786740-02 and we will mail the tickets – put their name in the details box and then let us know

Sunday, December 8, 11am, Kauaeranga Valley Hall, Thames
Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki invites members and supporters to attend our 2013 AGM and join us for a pot luck lunch afterwards. Guest Speaker: Rob McCarthy, Waihi resident. Please bring a plate to share and $20 if you are not already a member so we can sign you up! Coromandel – too precious to mine. Kind Regards, Renee Annan, Coordinator, Coromandel Watchdog of Hauraki m: 0220181764 /

Tuesday, December 10, 5.30pm, Mt Eden Village Centre, cnr Ngaururohe St and Mt Eden Rd, Mt Eden
Book Launch: Peace, Power & Politics: How New Zealand became nuclear free. Speakers: George Armstrong, Claudia Pond Eyley, Bunny McDiarmid. Music: Caitlin Smith. RSVP for catering purposes: annie.newman

December 7-13, 2013
The Festival is a unique opportunity to meet with youth and students from around the world to discuss how to advance social and political struggles today on an anti-imperialist axis. It will be held in Quito, Ecuador this December 7-13 and will be hosted by the Ecuadoran government. They are ready to receive thousands of young people. The 17th Festival was in Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 with some 12,000 participating. Discussion and debates will take place at the Festival on the fight against the consequences of imperialism and the worldwide capitalist economic crisis, the struggle for democratic rights and sovereignty, how to advance culture and education, and protect the environment. For more information email: nznpc18wfys

January 24-26, 2014
CLOSE THE WAIHOPAI SPYBASE NOW! Organised by the Anti-Bases Campaign, P.O. Box 2258, Christchurch. E-mail abc

Saturday, January 25, 10am, Nativity Church Hall, 76 Alfred St, Blenheim
Blenheim public meeting on the morning of Saturday January 25th, on the wider issues of spying, to put Waihopai into context. We see this as a continuation of the 2013 protests and meetings about the infamous GCSB Bill (and its companion TICS Bill). SPIES AND LIES WAIHOPAI AND GLOBAL SPYING. Speakers at that public meeting will be Jane Kelsey, John Minto and ABC’s Warren Thomson. Murray Horton, ABC. Anti-Bases Campaign, Box 2258, Christchurch, New Zealand. abc / /


You can access the nomination form online at (Word) or
cafca Nominations close on October 31, 2013. Please note that Fonterra is not eligible



‘Take rape seriously’ – nationwide protests–nationwide-protests/tabid/423/articleID/321625/Default.aspx#.UofoM_mnqVF

Thousands march against rape, victims’ treatment

Poverty, women & rape culture

Author joins rape culture protest

Roast Busters: When people power works

Gordon campbell: Not the Police’s finest hour

The business of free speech

Matt McCarten: Talkback bosses also at fault

You have to admire John Key… By John Minto

Horror Regimes, Identity Crises and Self-Serving Sycophancy By Selwyn Manning – See more at:

Some red shoots in Anglo-Saxon world By Mike Treen – See more at:

Poll: 68 percent against Genesis sale Poll

Referendum On A Robbery – The asset sales referendum kicks off on November 22… by Gordon Campbell

Heated protest in Parliament

High stakes oil showdowns

Tribunal: Crown failed in setting up park

NZ’s global reputation for protecting oceans at risk

Protesters’ flotilla awaits drillship

Kia kaha – you speak for me… By John Minto

Six boats protesting at oil drill site

Our nuclear-free campaign continues to inspire By Keith Locke – See more at:

Hone’s speech in Raglan in support of the flotilla

Landslide Election Result against Toxic Mining

Why NZers should support deep sea oil protests – Morgan

‘We’re trying to make it difficult for them’ – protest ship

Flotilla, Raglan, No Oil Drilling And No Sea Bed Mining. A First Impression!

Interview with Steve Abel from Greenpeace

Skipper flying anti-drilling colours

Waiting list ‘double-speak’

Dodgy Deals, Done Dirt Cheap

SAS link to war payout

Law Society condemns Sri Lanka

Raising the Retirement Age?


Let’s have less handwringing and more realism on incomes policy. By Susan St John

My, how your pay has grown

Parliament of the 1%

Support grows for capital gains tax

Salvation Army calls for social housing overhaul

Susan St John: Australian welfare shows the way

‘I must feed my kids’

Bill enabling secret welfare snoopers criticised

Feed the kids bill back for another crack Read more:

Housing ‘increasingly desperate struggle’‘increasingly-desperate-struggle

Rent rises make low-income groups worse off – survey

Doing it tough on the minimum wage


Gordon Campbell on the “mandate” for the Air New Zealand selldown

Time to release full TPP text – Kelsey Read more:—Kelsey/tabid/1607/articleID/321453/Default.aspx#ixzz2l249J6kW

Nicky Hager: NZ WikiLeaks scoop: NZ, US in trade battle

TPPA: Leaked IP text -US Congress revolts against Fast Track

WikiLeaks exposes trade talks

TPPA hit by double whammy By Prof Jane Kelsey

Brian Gaynor: Govt path inconsistent

TPP : The Never-To-Be-Ended Story by Gordon Campbell


Employers not listening to workers is a matter of life and death By Tali Williams

A Century of Resistance- Auckland Wharfie speaks

Editorial: 40-hour week has long clocked out

Taxi strike at Auckland airport

Peter Lyons: Pay rates the product of power imbalances

New expose of Pike River disaster talks of failures at every level

Strike breakers bill defeated

Pike River decision ‘repugnant’

New safety laws for the mining industry

Hobbit laws now hurting: Actors’ union

Bill ‘undermines’ justice for workers


The 2,170 billionaires in the world today own on average four homes each, notes the just-released Billionaire Census 2013, with each residence worth nearly $20 million.


“If we all collude and collaborate together we can design a new system that makes the current one obsolete. The reality is there are alternatives. That is the terrifying truth that the media, government and big business work so hard to conceal” Russell Brand

“We have become a Nazi monster in the eyes of the whole world – bullies and bastards who would rather kill than live peacefully. We are whores for power and oil with hate and fear in our hearts” – Hunter S. Thompson

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

“I believe that even amid today’s motor bursts and whining bullets, there is still hope for a brighter tomorrow.”: – Martin Luther King – Acceptance Speech, – Nobel Peace Peace Prize in Oslo, December 10, 1964


How Charter Schools Are Undermining the Future of Public Education

The US can lock up hackers, but it can’t crush their spirit

The real story of ‘looting’ after a disaster like typhoon Haiyan

Time lapse map of every nuclear explosion ever on Earth

Mass protests key to winning change

US tries to Censor British Report on Secret Bush-Blair Push for Iraq War (Lazare)

Harvard’s Head Librarian Is Delighted That Google Books Will Expand Fair Use


Joe Hill (1879-1915)

Joe Hill sung by Luke Kelly: Nov 19 is the anniversary of Joe Hill. Joe was a Swedish-American trade union activist, songwriter & cartoonist. He was executed by firing squad 98 years ago today. Luke Kelly’s version of this song which tells Joe’s story has become a well known classic in Ireland. Don’t mourn. Organise.


Global Wealth Inequality, Illustrated – Show this video to your friends who think capitalism is the way to end poverty.

Thanks to WikiLeaks, we see just how bad TPP trade deal is for regular people: The more you know about the odious Trans-Pacific Partnership, the less you’ll like it. It’s made for corporate intellectual property and profits

Unpicking Europe’s patchwork recovery

Bankocracy: from the Venetian Republic to Mario Draghi and Goldman Sachs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty is the complete opposite of ‘free trade’


Want an energy revolution? Think beyond the big six

The Arctic 30 case: hooliganism, piracy or worse?

Michael Klare, A Climate Change-Fueled Revolution?

Pouring Fuel on the Climate Change Fire by Nicole Colson

Capitalism and the global food crisis: The global food crisis is the result of capitalism, not shortages or overconsumption, and the solution requires collective responses, argues Elaine Graham-Leigh

Planet Tahrir: The Coming Mass Demonstrations against Climate Change (Klare)


Autobiography by Morrissey – review: The celebrated literary critic judges Mozzer’s book to be superb: he is so devastatingly articulate he could win the Booker

Art and Conflict: Sylvia Pankhurst: Suffragette, Socialist and Scourge of Empire

An unforgettable portrait of slavery – Alan Maass reviews a powerful movie about one of the greatest crimes in history.

Reading Camus in Tunisia – The Rebel and the Arab Spring.

Jailed by Israel for his cartoons, Mohammad Saba’aneh speaks out

Three Palestinian films nominated for Asian Pacific Screen Awards

Calle 13’s René “Residente” Pérez on Revolutionary Music, WikiLeaks & Puerto Rican Independence

Ann Jones book They Were Soldiers: How the Wounded Return From America’s Wars — The Untold Story:

Doctor Who vs Mrs Thatcher – the showdown: The late leader appears as an evil tyrant in a 50th anniversary story

Book Review: Ruth First and Joe Slovo in the War Against Apartheid


The A-Team Killings: Last spring, the remains of 10 missing Afghan villagers were dug up outside a U.S. Special Forces base – was it a war crime or just another episode in a very dirty war? Read more:

Counterinsurgency’s Resurrections by James Orbesen – No matter how many times the doctrine has proved a bloody failure, the American military keeps coming back to counterinsurgency tactics.


Fed up Queenslanders join forces to protest new government legislation Read more:

Policy of inequity developing in Australia

All should be able to work

John Pilger Exposes Australia’s Shocking Secret in Utopia


Bangladeshi garment workers win a 77% pay rise

Bangladesh: Factory Deaths Could Have Been Prevented | Human Rights Watch


English translation of the Constitution of the Plurinational State of Bolivia


Escalating violence against workers results in shooting


Spying by Canada against Brazil strains relations, including in UN’s failed aid efforts in Haiti

Spy agency’s budget to hit $460-million after ‘steady path’ of growth

Canada’s largest energy union wants national fracking moratorium

Challenging Harper’s Imperialist Agenda by Greg Albo

How globalization has left the 1 per cent even further ahead


Chile: the right choice – Michelle Bachelet will approach a second term with an agenda which is more radical and progressive than that of her first


Bringing the boss to the bargaining table


Is the U.S. Enabling the Humanitarian Crisis in Colombia?


Cuba rolls out master plan for food production and distribution

Martin Sheen for Cuban Five, english/spanish subtitles


Tear gas fired in fatal Cairo protests – At least one person has died in clashes after demonstrations to mark the anniversary of fatal anti-military protests.

Sisi’s Egypt: In this follow-up interview with leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, Sameh Naguib, we talk about Al-Sisi’s Egypt, the new alliance around the general, what challenges face opposition parties and movements and the future of Tahrir Square ( long interview, October 24, 2013)

There is Something Deeply Unhealthy About the Sisi Worship By Robert Fisk

As New Protest Law Looms, Egypt Faces Harsher Authoritarian Order Than the Revolution Overthrew

Police forcefully disperse workers blocking tracks in Nile Delta

Egypt’s Way of Revolution Front gets ready for Mohamed Mahmoud

Police disperse student protesters at Zagazig University with teargas

The state must bow to the people: Egypt’s revolutionary icon Ahmed Harara


Crimes against Haiti exposed in exacting detail


Imperial roots of Iraq’s sectarian violence


Youth Unemployment debated


Samsung workers fight for justice after suicide


Libya almost Imploding, Status Quo Unsustainable


The Nicaraguan revolution: Neil Faulkner looks at how the US set out to destroy the Sandinista regime and with it any possibility of a wider Central American revolution


Change economic direction or face ‘bleak’ future warning for Timor-Leste

Reversing Independence in Papua New Guinea


What future for the Palestinian movement? Two debates

Why I Believe Yasser Arafat Was Poisoned (by a veteran forensic investigator)

Israel forces Gaza Children to Wade through Sewage as Creepy, Evil Blockade Continues


The Philippines Typhoon: Climate Change and Political Disaster

PALEA is back! And the struggle continues


Qatar migrant workers ‘treated like animals’ – Amnesty


Missing Pussy Rioter Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Found At Siberian Hospital


Illegal workers surrender in Saudi as three Ethiopians die

Shocking video: Ethiopian workers tortured, abused in Saudi Arabia: Ethiopia’s Information Ministry has released a shocking video footage dubbed “Hell on Earth” that shows appalling conditions of its nationals in Saudi Arabia.

Ethiopian migrants protest in London against brutal crackdown on workers in Saudi Arabia


In Aleppo I only survive by looking Syrian

‘Syria is not a revolution any more – this is civil war’ – Rivalry between rebels and Islamists has replaced the uprising’s lofty ideals, leaving veteran commanders despairing


Unite can’t be left to resist Cameron’s smear campaign alone – David Cameron and the Tory press have launched a retro anti-union drive to damage Ed Miliband. But it won’t fly in today’s Britain

Eternal austerity makes complete sense – if you’re rich: For David Cameron, cutting spending in a highly unequal society works because it doesn’t affect those who matter to him. This used to be called class politics

Cameron can’t talk about social mobility until he talks about inequality

The internet won’t forget Cameron’s lies, and neither will the British people

Former SAS soldier Ben Griffin – I Will NOT Fight For Queen and Country

British Press Freedom Under Threat

David Cameron Blocks Report that Exposes Tony Blair’s Iraq War Crimes By Lindsey German – David Cameron is blocking publication of the Iraq Inquiry report because it confirms a secret conspiracy by Bush and Blair to take the US and Britain into an illegal war .

Torture inquiry ‘finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment’: An official investigation into the extent of the UK’s involvement in rendition and torture after 9/11 is reported to have concluded that British intelligence officers were aware that detainees were being mistreated in prisons across the globe.


Socialist: No longer such a dirty word – Kshama Sawant’s success in Seattle is the latest evidence that many Americans don’t view the “s-word” as a slight.

Interview with socialist councillor from Seattle

Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant defeats Democrat incumbent

Medical Ethics Have Been Violated at Detention Sites, a New Report Says

Exclusive: Dave Pierre on Surviving 1,144 Days Locked Up Inside the Failed U.S. Immigration System

Occupy Wall Street’s debt buying strikes at the heart of capitalism – In buying debt so cheaply and writing it off, Occupy has revealed the illusory and circular nature of owing money

Thousands serve life without parole for nonviolent crime


Striking LA Truckers Target Walmart Supply Chain

BREAKING: Wal-Mart workers strike, Target workers threaten to join Black Friday walkout

Teamsters support Walmart Black Friday strikes

A resounding no from Machinists – Boeing Machinists resoundingly rejected a deal that would have cut benefits but assured that production of the 777X would take place here.

Machinists Defeat Boeing Proposal, Boo Union Brass Who Pushed It – See more at:

Minimum Wage Momentum—at the Airport

Happy Birthday: US Gulag 12 Years Old Today – Guantánamo’s 12th Anniversary, And There’s No End In Sight By Morris Davis: Out of 779 detainees, only seven have been convicted and sentenced. The US must end this costly disgrace.


Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence – In a World Without Privacy, There Are No Exemptions for Our Spies By Tom Engelhardt

Facebook and Microsoft help fund rightwing lobby network, report finds


Venezuela jails 100 ‘bourgeois’ businessmen in crackdown

Venezuela’s Maduro gets special powers, may bypass legislators

The “Doctors of Socialism”? Meet Venezuela’s Community Doctors

First National Commune Conference: The Communes are the Antidote to Venezuela’s Economic Problems

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