Barry Healy

The Age of Stupid Directed by Franny Armstrong With Pete Postlethwaite In cinemas
Thirty thousand workers at state-owned Chinese steel works Tonghua Iron and Steel Group clashed with 1000 riot police and prevented the company's privatisation, the Information Center for Human Rights and Democracy said on July 24.
BaliboDirected by Robert ConnollyBased on the book by Jill JolliffeIn cinemas from August 13
Slaughterhouse FiveBy Kurt VonnegutFirst published in 1969224 pages, $24.95
June 28 was the anniversary of the two bookends of World War I, in which it is estimated more than 15 million people died. On that date in 1914, Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo. Five years later, in 1919, 90 years ago this year, the Versailles Treaty was signed in Paris.
Michael Jackson died a lonely death on June 25. Since then, there has been a near continuous outpouring of grief by millions of fans around the world.
Ratepayers in Perth’s southern suburbs are counting the cost of the collapse of the federal government’s Greenhouse Friendly voluntary carbon offsets trading scheme.
Family First, the small party based on the fundamentalist Assemblies of God church is carving out a niche for itself as an environmental vandal, at the federal and at state levels.
Forty years ago, between April and May 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began an international cultural struggle against the Vietnam War using their fame and notoriety to draw attention to their peace message.
Ernest Mandel, A Rebel’s Dream Deferred
By Jan Willem Stutje
Verso, 2009
392 pp., $60.30 (hb)
In proof that Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s radical legacy continues long after his death, Nigerian government authorities shut down his night club, Afrika Shrine, in Lagos on May 26.
Climate change harms 325 million people and kills 300,000 every year, says a report released by the Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF).
There are still about 12.3 million people worldwide who work in some form of bonded or forced labour, according to a May 12 International Labour Organisation (ILO) report.
Only 38% of FTSE 350 respondents factored in climate change risks on business practices and reported the risks to their investors, according to an April report from Acclimatise, an English risk management company specialising in climate change.
Eight Nigerian indigenous communities announced on February 19 that they are suing Shell, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Agip and Nigeria National Petroleum for failing to cease gas flaring, which, they describe as “gross injustice and unfairness to host communities”.
Cuba is struggling to exit the “Special Period” — as the period of economic crisis that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union, its main trading partner, in the early 1990s is known — and the trade union movement is helping to chart the way forward, a leading Cuban unionist told Green Left Weekly in December.


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