After a massive campaign launched in February by survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, the Indian government announced on August 8 that it would concede their demands to establish an “empowered commission” for rehabilitation of victims and the environment, and pursue legal action against Dow Chemicals.
In recent years, there has been an intensive, continuous process of concentration and centralisation of corporations operating and controlling the entire production process of global agriculture.
The below appeal for solidarity has been issued by Peace and Justice for Colombia (PJFC), . Liliany Obando was a featured international guest at the Latin America and Asia International Solidarity Forum held in Melbourne over October 11-14 last year. Obando has been contracted to carry out work for Agricultural Workers Union Federation (FENSUAGRO), although she was never an official representative or member of a leadership body of the union.
Cooperativist ecological farmers supported by the Venezuelan government’s land reform programs were attacked on August 7 by armed and masked men who, the farmers say, were hired by large estate owners in the area to cut short the changes heralded by the Bolivarian revolution in their rural Andean mountain valley of El Vallecito.
Which bank? Umm, the whole lot of them, actually. But let’s start with “the bank”, the Commonwealth Bank, because its profit report came out last week.
When does a worker, even a casual or part-time worker, join a union? When it’s clear that membership brings better pay, working conditions and job security. Why, then, is union membership among workers at an all-time low? Because in so many industries union membership doesn’t seem to bring these benefits.
“All those who want to live in a healthy, equal society should vote for the Socialist Alliance”, Soubhi Iskander, one of three candidates to contest ward 3 of the Blacktown City Council elections for Socialist Alliance on September 13, told Green Left Weekly.
With the July 16 vote against Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner’s proposed tax increases on agricultural exports in the Senate, following the biggest social and political confrontation since the 2001 uprising the overthrew several presidents in one week, the right has scored a clear victory.
The below article is reprinted from the website of Action in Solidarity with Asia and the Pacific (ASAP), . Messages of solidarity should be sent to . For more information, visit .
The below statement was released by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) on August 4. Visit .
The River Runs Free: Exploring & Defending Tasmania’s Wilderness
By Geoff Law
Viking, 2008
292 pages, $32.95
Flesh and the Devil — Looks at compulsory celibacy in the Roman Catholic priesthood, and whether there is a connection between enforced celibacy and deviant sexual behaviour. ABC, Sunday, August 25, 2.35am. Cutting Edge: Blair and Power — Tony
Privatisation — Sell-off or Sell-out? The Australian Experience
Bob Walker & Betty Con Walker
Sydney University Press, 2008, $19.95
Rod Quantock marks his 40 years in comedy in his latest show, "First Man Standing" running until September 6 at Trades Hall, cnr Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton. In the "year of revolutions", 1968, Quantock told his first jokes to an audience and
“Go Red for China!” was the slogan unveiled on the Chinese mainland by Pepsi-Cola, whose ubiquitous blue can will, “for a limited time”, be red.


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