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Refugee activists in Melbourne organised a candle lit vigil on November 30 to condemn the federal government's racist policies against refugees.

Mohammed Bakhtiari, a former detainee on Nauru, said: "We need to demonstrate to people that we have rights too".

Photos by Ali Bakhtiarvandi:

BRISBANE

Emergency rally to save Omid — Friday, December 7, 5.30pm. CHANGE OF LOCATION — King George Square, city. Click here for more details.

No to offshore processing! — Saturday, December 8, 1pm. 100 Sugarmill Rd, Pinkenba, Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation. Organised by the Refugee Action Collective QLD.

ADELAIDE

A selection of this week's celebrity news...

Country singer Trace Adkins in Hot Water For Confederate Flag Earpiece. http://bit.ly/115BnCt

Tycoon Donald Trump says Chinese invented global warming to damage US business. http://on.fb.me/11xeFSY

Randy Blythe, singer with anti-Iraq war band Lamb of God, indicted for manslaughter. http://eonli.ne/SIjxR9

Chris Brown Returns to Twitter, Posts Scantily Clad Photo of Rihanna on Instagram. http://eonli.ne/QYzg1J

A major theme of this year’s US presidential election campaign was the threat to world peace allegedly posed by Iran’s nuclear program. Democrat President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney competed to take the hardest line.

Obama boasted of organising the “strongest coalition and the strongest sanctions against Iran in history” and promised to “take all options necessary” to force Iran to abandon its nuclear program.

I Believe In Revolution
Darah
Darah Music
2012
www.darahmusic.tumblr.com

Darah says it was a fellow Aboriginal rapper who inspired him to take a more radical direction on his latest album, I Believe In Revolution. "This whole album was largely inspired by Big Luke’s album Message From A Black Man," the Victorian emcee tells Green Left.

Just as Big Luke took a no-holds barred approach on that album, so Darah has come out with both guns blazing on his latest effort. But Big Luke is not just an inspiration to Darah.

A group of 57 refugees, mainly from Africa and the Middle East, have pushed the plight of the more than 100,000 asylum seekers in Germany into the national spotlight.

In September, they rejected regulations that constrain their movement and began a long march to the German capital, Berlin. They came from as far as Wuerzburg, a Bavarian town in Germany’s south. Some of them completed the 600 kilometre journey on foot over 29 days.

Arriving in early October, the refugees and scores more German supporters established a tent city in the Berlin suburb of Kreuzberg.

The Marx Dictionary
By Ian Fraser & Lawrence Wilde
Continuum, 2011
223 pp., $39.99

“A is for Alienation, that made me the man that I am, and B's for the Boss who's a Bastard, a Bourgeois who don't give a damn.” So goes Scottish folk singer Alex Glasgow’s witty song, “The Socialist ABC”, which is a succinct introduction to Marxism.

However, for a slightly more rounded alphabetical introduction this volume is very good. In it the authors manage to condense quite readable explanations of some of the Western intellectual tradition’s most challenging concepts.

Despite securing a comfortable victory in October's presidential elections, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) is set for a harder struggle in crucial regional elections on December 16.

However, even opposition polls show PSUV is likely to keepcontrol of most governorships. The issue is whether the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) can win or hold key seats, or the PSUV can build on the momentum from the presidential vote and important social gains.

A United Nations review into its handling of the Sri Lankan government's war against Tamils in 2009 has revealed the UN deliberately ignored Sri Lanka's huge-scale human rights violations.

Up to 50,000 Tamils were killed by Sri Lankan military forces in the final stage of the conflict between the Sri Lankan government and armed Tamil independence groups, the most prominent of which was the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

After the defeat of the LTTE in May 2009, about 300,000 Tamils were forced into prison camps, where mass executions, torture and rape allegedly took place.

Clandestine in Chile: The Adventures of Miguel Littin
By Gabriel Garcia Marquez
New York Review Books, 2012
116 pages, $19.95 (pb)

“The most hated man in my life,” declared the casual-dressed, bearded, non-conformist Chilean film director, Miguel Littin, was the balding, near-sighted, clean-shaven, Uruguayan business tycoon who accompanied Littin’s every step on his secret return to the Chile of military dictator, Augusto Pinochet, in 1985.

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