Issue 1313

News

Newcastle community members and activists are fighting back against a council decision to close a community food pantry. Steve O'Brien reports.

UnionsNSW say the state government's decision to abandon its public sector wage cap is an admission of wrongdoing. Jim McIlroy reports.

Chris Petersen and Chloe DS report that 14 refugees have been on hunger strike for more than a week in protest at their imprisonment. 

Jacob Andrewartha reports on two communities fighting local councils to save their outdoor public swimming pools. 

More than 150 workers, students and residents picketed entrances to Parramatta’s historic Willow Grove on June 22, reports Susan Price.

After three weeks on strike, General Mills workers have endorsed a deal that includes a wage rise and in which all their conditions are maintained, reports Jim McIlroy.

 

A former Department of Immigration deputy secretary told a rally for the Murugappan family that good immigration policy can and should be compassionate. Paul Oboohov reports.

Activists joined a global week of action urging the United States to lift its blockade on Cuba, reports Rachel Evans.

Students and staff opposing Mark Vaile’s appointment as chancellor of the University of Newcastle are celebrating his decision to withdraw. Kathy Fairfax reports.

Khaled Ghannam reports on the latest rally in Sydney for Palestine, which continues to be attacked by Israel.

Fourteen years after the racist Northern Territory Intervention began, NT Aboriginal elder Yingiya Mark Guyula says the fight against it needs to continue. 

Analysis

If the Murugappan refugee family is released from Perth community detention, they are likely to join 18,000 others on insecure temporary visas. Chloe DS reports on the cruel visa system.

Unions and community organisations need to step up the push for real change, including a meaningful wage rise for low-paid workers, argues Alex Bainbridge.

While university managements practice wage theft and cut jobs and courses, casual and precarious university workers pay the price. Markela Panegyres reports on the crisis facing higher education.

Australia's ties to Israeli weapons corporations make it complicit in the atrocities being committed against Palestinians, argues Sue Bolton.

Adam Portelli from the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance takes issue with a Green Left article on the MEAA supporting media accreditation at protests.

The Murugappan family has become a symbol for all refugees who have been treated as less than human because of Australian border and immigration policies, argues Renuga Inpakuma

Sue Bolton reports on how a motion in solidarity with Palestine moved at Moreland City Council was defeated by the casting vote of Labor Mayor Annalivia Carli-Hannan.

World

Marcel Cartier talks with leaders from the Komala Party of Iranian Kurdistan.

Despite rain, about 750,000 protesters took to the streets of Brazil to demand “vaccine in the arm, food on the plate and get out Bolsonaro”, write Brasil de Fato.

People's Dispatch report that thousands of Uruguayan workers observed a 24-hour national strike against the right-wing government of President Luis Lacalle Pou.

Thousands of Peruvians took to the streets in Lima and other cities to defend the presidential electoral victory of socialist candidate Pedro Castillo. People's Dispatch reports.

About 13,000 Kurdish refugees from south-eastern Turkey live inside the UNHCR-recognised Makhmur refugee camp, which is being attacked by Turkish forces, reports Peter Boyle.

In the face of a deep economic and political crisis, Venezuela’s government has turned right on policy while repressing the left. Antonio González Plessmann speaks to Green Left about the situation.

By releasing the Catalans leaders, the Spanish government is hoping to rebuild bridges with those alienated by their imprisonment, even as it insists on the impossibility of having a indepedence referendum, writes Dick Nichols.

A form of “people’s war” is emerging in Haiti, according to Kim Ives, where people are sick and tired of poverty and being used by elites.

The attack on Critical Race Theory is the latest right-wing onslaught against "cultural Marxism" and its supposed hidden intention to destroy Western civilisation, writes Jonathan Lockhart.

Nuclear power plant waste

To cut greenhouse gas emissions we need to rapidly shift to safe, renewable energy. Nuclear power is not the answer, writes Simon Butler.

The United States and Russia have agreed to discuss the control of nuclear weapons, reports Barry Sheppard, but the expansion of NATO and US imperialist interests may block any meaningful outcome.

Haidar Eid, Jeff Halper, Noura Mansour and Arie Huybregts discuss why Israel is an apartheid state.

Culture

A new adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard is analogous to the contemporary Australian context, writes Janaka Biyanwila.

Jane Hammond spoke with Green Left about her new film,  that exposes the devastation of Western Australia’s old-growth forests.