From August 10 to 14, the University of Wollongong’s (UOW) Environment Week brought together campaigners and environmentalists for a variety of events. The climate emergency was a central focus.
On August 11, thousands of TAFE teachers met at statewide stop-work meetings. Ninety-nine point nine percent voted for further industrial action if there is no satisfactory progress in the dispute. This includes a possible 24-hour strike in the week commencing August 31.
The article below is from the Bolivarian News Agency (ABN). It is reprinted from Boliviarising.blogspot.com.
Sydney Resistance member Aaron Roden presented the following talk at the NSW Socialist Alliance conference on August 8.
The Socialist Alliance WA state conference took place on August 15. In the same week, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) failed to pass through the senate.
The president of Venezuela’s National Statistics Institute (INE), Elias Eljuri, said on August 7 that since Hugo Chavez took office in 1999, “Poverty has been dropping ... from 49% in 1998 to 26.4% in 2009”.
A few weeks ago, I publicly exposed a potential collapse of the health system in Honduras. Today, public hospitals have only four basic medicines.
Recent events in Honduras — where a Washington-backed military coup deposed President Manuel Zelaya on June 28 — conform to the historic pattern of United States involvement in Latin American affairs.
Having just returned from Cuba, I find some US-propagated lies about the country particularly galling. I want to lay some to rest.
Afghanistan held presidential elections on August 20 amid a major offensive by US and NATO troops and counter-attacks by a resurgent Taliban. The results are not expected until September.
The article below was published the day before Afghanstan’s presidential election by Malalai Joya, who was the youngest member of the Afghan Parliament elected in the 2005 elections. Joya was subsequently suspended from parliament for labelling it full of warlords. Joya’s memoir, A Woman Among Warlords (Scribner), will be released in October. This article is abridged from ZNet.
The military coup carried out by masked soldiers in the early hours of June 28 against the democratically elected president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, was a bandit act with differing messages for different audiences.