GPJA #495 (2 of 2): News & Analysis – NZ & World (21/3/14)



Problem Gambling Foundation funding must be reinstated

Labour hamstrung by a sea-anchor of right-wing MPs from the 1980s. By John Minto

Under Which Flag?

NZUSA: Minister Disingenuous With University Council Claims

How will Labour ‘get out the vote’?

Christchurch: No Place for Race Hate

Labour Pains: An interview with Labour Party leader David Cunliffe by Gordon Campbell

Once We Built a Tower, a new play from award-winning socialist playwright Dean Parker, has just opened at Bats in Wellington. Socialist Review caught up with the play’s director, David Lawrence, to get some sense of this production.

An Artistic Response to the Teina Pora Case

Elderly, disabled included in state house review

A New Broom Needed to Sweep the Pathway for Kohanga

Key’s doublespeak a reminder of Muldoon By John Minto


The Destruction of New Zealand’s Public Education System

School Bully

Performance pay for MPs – not teachers By Bryan Bruce – See more at:


Terror and humiliation – just another day with WINZ

No excuse for WINZ’s mistreatment of people in need

Families being split by poverty

Closing the gaps: Struggling mother has high hopes

Closing the gaps: The great ethnic job divide By Simon Collins

Closing gaps favour young

Closing the gaps: Longer life expectancy

Closing the gaps: Maori-Pacific report card – Good but could do better

Closing the gaps: Melting pot offers hope

For CPAG’s analysis of the thorny issue of paid parental leave, read Assoc Prof Susan St John’s paper, New Zealand must invest in all new-borns

CPAG: Minister’s crack-down on loan sharks a crack-up

All New Zealanders deserve to live in dignity stories from the frontline of Work and Income


Govt selling us out in secret as corporate will asserts itself

National, The Economy, and coming Speed Wobbles – March Update By Frank Macskasy – See more at:

Gordon Campbell on the Genesis share float debacle

Tony Holman: CCOs a Trojan horse for privatisation

Census 2013: Property ownership keeps falling

Kiwi workers more productive

CTU: Who is going to benefit from GDP growth?

Families won’t be fooled by National twisting the electricity stats

PM defends rising power prices

Up to 125 jobs to go with Cerebos factory closure


Things aren’t always better with…


Employer accused of exploiting migrant workers

SFF zero pay offer criticised by union

Workers productivity not matched by pay boosts


The White New Zealand policy: subordination, racialisation and the first exclusionary legislation



"If those in charge of our society – politicians, corporate executives, and owners of press and television – can dominate our ideas, they will be secure in their power. They will not need soldiers patrolling the streets. We will control ourselves." – Howard Zinn

"They could be made to accept the most flagrant violations of reality, because they never fully grasped the enormity of what was demanded of them, and were not sufficiently interested in public events to notice what was happening ." – George Orwell

"The truth is not in the commercial media because the truth is a dagger pointed at its heart, which is its pocketbook." – George Seldes

“Why destroy public education so that a handful of people can boast they have a charter school in addition to their yacht?” Diane Ravitch, former U.S. assistant secretary of education, Say Goodbye to Public Schools, Salon, March 12, 2014


John Pilger – The War You Don’t See – Must Watch Video: John Pilger says in the film: "We journalists… have to be brave enough to defy those who seek our collusion in selling their latest bloody adventure in someone else’s country."

The Spirit Level authors: why society is more unequal than ever: Five years after The Spirit Level, authors Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett argue that research backs up their views on the iniquity of inequality

Piketty’s Triumph: Three expert takes on Capital in the Twenty-First Century, French economist Thomas Piketty’s data-driven magnum opus on inequality.

Anti-Poverty Measures Alone Won’t Do

The State of the Art in Inequality Scholarship: Progressive EconomyKate Pickett and Gosta Esping-Andersen, editors, Inequality: The challenge of the century, Journal for a Progressive Economy, March 2014.

Ten Reasons Why Nukes Are Nuts

Amsterdam, February 2014: Speech in commemoration of the February Strike of 1941

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists


On the Wrong Side of Globalization By Joseph E. Stiglitz

Paul Krugman: Fear of wages

The Middle Class Is Steadily Eroding. Just Ask the Business World.

Paul Krugman: Liberty, Equality, Efficiency


Global Warming has made Greenland Ice Sheet unstable, increasing Sea Rise (Plus Spectacular Video)

Climate Change: ‘Abrupt,’ ‘Unpredictable,’ ‘Irreversible’ and ‘Highly Damaging’


Miners Shot Down Wins International Award

John Lennon’s “Imagine”, made into a comic.Read more:

Roger Waters: Why I must speak out on Israel, Palestine and BDS

Una Marson: An Anti-Colonial, Feminist, Anti-Racist, Pan-Africanist Champion of Good Causes


50000 People March In March Against Abbott Government In Melbourne

‘NOT IN OUR NAME’ is a short documentary montage of the March In March in Melbourne, Australia on the 16th of March 2014. Three days of peaceful assemblies, non-partisan citizens’ marches and rallies at Federal Parliament and around Australia to protest against government decisions that are against the common good of our nation.

Australia ‘shockingly close’ to oil companies in discredited Timor treaty

Aboriginal woman’s jailing highlights plight of intellectually impaired Aboriginal offenders

The Forgotten Coup By John Pilger

Asylum seeker living conditions on Manus judicial inquiry begins

OECD warns of rising poverty in Australia as GFC fallout continues

How Aboriginal people created Australia — book provides detailed account of Aboriginal land management

OECD report: Poverty engulfing many Australians


”Plenums Are The Voices Of The Street”


A Week That Shook Cambodia: The Hope, Anger and Despair of Cambodian Workers after the General Strike and Violent Crackdown (Dec 2013 – Jan 2014)


The 2014 Peoples’ Social Forum: Organizing the fight against the Right

Canadian government says it has no ‘social contract’ to care for military veterans


Walmart workers in China blockade store in protest at closure plan


International Commission highlights – photos, videos and reports


El Salvador ex-rebel’s presidential victory confirmed: El Salvador’s electoral court has confirmed the victory of former left-wing rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren in a tight presidential run-off election.

A Precarious Victory in El Salvador


Ukraine – Diplomacy Is the Only Way by Gregor Gysi


‘The most dangerous place in Iraq’, Mark Urban returns – Newsnight

Eleven Years After US Invaded Iraq – Bloodshed, Rape, Torture & Executions in the Country Are Ignored


Patrick Cockburn: Three years after Gaddafi, Libya is imploding into chaos and violence


Israelis slam Kerry over “Jewish State” Remarks as Abbas Rejects Demand

More than one Palestinian Child abducted every two hours (740 in first two months 2014 ~ Euro-Mid Observer Human Rights Report, 17 Mar 2014) src:

Miko Peled stumps Zionist on South African TV debate

The Shocking Truth: Rabbi Meir Kahane On The Jewish State And The Arabs

Boycott movement has empowered Palestinians, says co-founder


BS Aquino govt continues to ignore extrajudicial killings


In Moscow, tens of thousands turn out to protest Russian intervention in Ukraine

After Crimea Votes to Secede, How Will U.S. & Russia Handle Gravest Crisis Since Cold War?


Numsa gathers support for 500,000-strong national strike

Workers’ guide to the crisis in COSATU; Reply to Jeremy Cronin


Madrid’s Basque stance absurd and untenable


Endless War? As Syria Conflict Enters 4th Year, Deadly Stalemate Favors Assad Regime

Robert Fisk: On the march with Assad’s army: ‘Unusually, the Syrian army took rebel prisoners. Ominously, I saw none’

Syria conflict: UN reports mass executions by ISIS


Death of Turkish teenager awakens dormant Gezi spirit

Protests in Turkey: Dispatch One

Dispatch 2

Corruption, Islamism, and Twitter in Turkey


"Whose going to hold the banner for us?" Bob Crow on Newsnight

Dismantling the British State – An Interview with Tariq Ali – See more at:

Tony Benn (1925-2014): A great communicator of the socialist cause

How inequality is costing the economy billions

Five Richest UK Families Wealthier Than the Bottom 20%


Getting Ukraine wrong

Putin’s Counter-Revolution – James Meek reports from Ukraine

The Siege of Sevastopol Threatens War by Howard Friel


Indigenous Vow: We’ll Be ‘Dead Or In Prison Before We Allow’ Keystone Pipeline

HORROR: Five Cops Beat Innocent, Unarmed Father to Death Outside Cinemas

35 countries where the U.S. has supported fascists, drug lords and terrorists

Making Noise: Solidarity with Immigrant Hunger Strikers – See more at:

Israel’s War on American Universities

One Nation Under Guard – Another dubious first for America: We now employ as many private security guards as high school teachers — over one million of them, or nearly double their number in 1980.


Underpaid McDonald’s workers file suit

Will Tipped Workers Get Excluded Again From Minimum Wage Hike

New York Settles With McDonald’s Restaurants In Wage Theft Investigation

Saving Labor from itself

McDonald’s Accused of ‘Wage Theft’ by Thousands of Employees in Lawsuit

New York McDonald’s workers to get $500,000 wage theft settlement


Snowden Docs Expose How the NSA "Infects" Millions of Computers, Impersonates Facebook Server

US tech giants knew of NSA data collection, agency’s top lawyer insists

Edward Snowden’s Testimony to European Parliament on NSA

Targeting Dissent is the Real Purpose of NSA Programs


Don’t Pray for Venezuela: The Struggle Against Contemporary Fascism by Chris Gilbert

The truth about Venezuela: a revolt of the well-off, not a ‘terror campaign’: John Kerry’s rhetoric is divorced from the reality on the ground, where life goes on – even at the barricades

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