Issue 1395

News

The 23rd World Congress on Health and Safety at Work conference heard about campaigns ranging from dealing with problems associated with climate change to psycho-social injuries at work. Jim McIlroy reports.

Impact of Palestine protests, Palestinians sue Biden & Israel assassinates journalists

Green Left journalist Isaac Nellist goes through the latest news from across the continent and around the world. 

The public gallery at Bayside Council was packed with supporters of a Gaza ceasefire motion, motivated by Greens councillor Greta Werner and seconded by independent Michael Nagi. Suelin McCauley reports.

Merri-bek councillor Sue Bolton believes councils can and should play a role in defending and extending public housing. Jordan AK reports.

Community First launch barbeque

Community First, a progressive ticket, has been formed to challenge a conservative group that dominates the Cairns Regional Council, reports Alex Bainbridge.

People's blockade of the world's largest coal port

Rising Tide's People's Blockade of the Newcastle coal port drew thousands to a creative and powerful civil disobedience action. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Australian Greens leader Adam Bandt tells Green Left's Isaac Nellist why he thinks joining the #PeoplesBlockade of the world’s biggest coal port is so important.

Green Left's Isaac Nellist spoke to students at the Gadi/Sydney School Strike for Palestine about why it is important to protest against Gaza genocide. 

Around 70 residents crammed into a room at the Flemington Estate to discuss the Victorian government’s plans to demolish all 44 high-rise public housing flats. Sue Bolton reports.

Green Left's Leo Earle and Isaac Nellist spoke to attendees at the blockade of the world’s largest coal port in Muloobinba/Newcastle.

Justin Tutty appeared before the Darwin Local Court on November 28, charged with trespass for locking on to Tamboran’s Resources megafracker in May. Stephen W Enciso reports.

Protester holds sign that reads: stop both-sidesing genocide at ABC protest

Journalists are pushing back at management censoring coverage of Israel’s war on Gaza. Pip Hinman reports.

Residents across Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains continue to express their solidarity with Palestine, despite the temporary truce in Israel’s war on Gaza. Zebedee Parkes and Fred Fuentes report.

A new bill, which has been developed in conjunction with communities, provides a pathway for councils to de-amalgamate. Pip Hinman reports.

A community-led blockade is underway at Pine Gap, a joint US and Australian defence intelligence facility near Alice Springs, to protest the US and Australia's role in supporting genocide in Gaza. Kerry Smith reports.

Police have dropped charges against eight refugee supporters who participated in a car cavalcade on April 10, 2020. Chris Slee reports.

Rising Tide and Green Left co-hosted a forum on how to sustainably move away from coal when it’s been communities' livelihood for generations. Jim McIlroy reports.

Rallies and vigils for Palestine continued across the country as protesters say a pause in Israel's bombing campaign is not a ceasefire and federal Labor came under greater pressure to join the global ceasefire call. 

As climate defenders are now considered “extremists” by the state, a Green Left and Socialist Alliance forum discussed how to protect our protest rights. Jim McIlroy reports.

As many as 3000 students and teachers abandoned school — against the Victorian government’s directive — to publicly criticise Israel’s actions in occupied Palestine. Tamer Fletcher Kayhan and Sturt Boltin report.

Members of the United Services Union in NSW are calling on their executive to support the calls for a ceasefire in Palestine, as the Australian Council of Trade Unions and many others have. Graham Matthews reports.

 

Northern Territory communities marched along the Nightcliff Foreshore calling for an immediate and permanent ceasefire in Gaza. Stephen W Enciso reports.

Supporters of a free Palestine, including children and elderly people, who blockaded an Israeli ship at Port Botany were attacked by NSW Police. Zebedee Parkes reports.

A packed public gallery at Sydney's Inner West Council meeting went from aghast to angry after a mild Greens motion calling for a ceasefire in Palestine was rejected by Labor’s casting vote. Pip Hinman reports.

Twelve year old Jayda Shadid made a passionate call on Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to push for a ceasefire on November 19, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Forest activists have blocked the main access road leading to the Forestry Corporation of NSW headquarters, urging Chris Minns to protect endangered species. Kerry Smith reports.

Leo Earle spoke to participants at the sixth huge weekly Palestine rally on November 19 in Gadi/Sydney about why it’s important to keep protesting for Palestine.

Lead banner in Gadi/Sydney, November 19

Tens of thousands of people joined the sixth straight week of solidarity rallies for Palestine. Alex Bainbridge reports.

For the second time, hundreds marched on Labor MP Peter Khalil’s electorate office in Wills to demand he support a ceasefire. Chloe DS reports.

banner outside ABC says complicit in genocide

About 200 people rallied outside the ABC’s offices to protest its biased coverage of Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza. Isaac Nellist reports.

Analysis

Labor’s reaction to the High Court ruling that indefinite detention is unlawful underscores its continuing racist scapegoating of refugees, argues Jonathan Strauss.

Why has Australia acted in lock step with the United States in supporting Israel’s latest genocidal war on Gaza? Peter Boyle argues it's about more than oil; imperial interests include the protection of wider political domination.

There was no better example of a politicised public service than Mike Pezzullo, its former Home Affairs Secretary, writes Binoy Kampmark.

Our contribution to peace with justice in Palestine is to build an anti-apartheid campaign that is every bit as loud, creative and persistent as the one that existed in the 1980s, says Janet Parker from the newly-formed Jews for a Free Palestine.

Look behind the newly converted whale-loving type and there is likely to be an avid fossil-fuel lobbyist, or someone advocating the merits of nuclear energy, as Binoy Kampmark reports.

The mainstream media together with NSW Labor are on a mission to demonise pro-Palestine protesters. Khaled Ghannam gives an eyewitness report of the protest against ZIM shipping in Port Botany.

Suzanne James speaks with Greens Senator David Shoebridge about war crimes, whistleblowers and weed.

The Progressive Alliance for Palestine is calling on organisations to sign on to show their support of the right of Palestinian people to resist the ongoing dispossession, occupation and oppression by the settler colonial state of Israel.

As reforms to save rivers are being debated in the Senate, First Nations elders are calling for their water rights to be enshrined in law. Tracey Carpenter reports.

Defend whistleblowers, defend democracy - protesters outside the ACT Supreme Court on November 13

Whistleblower David McBride is going to be sentenced in the new year after he was denied the opportunity to appeal and prosecutors argued against further delays. Binoy Kampmark reports.

Since the High Court ruled that indefinite detention is illegal, Labor rushed to introduce new laws specifically for 83 newly released detainees which continue to demonise them. Binoy Kampmark reports.

 

World

protesters holding signs

Writer and activist Sarah Glynn argues that the uncritical support being given to Israel in its genocidal war on the Palestinians is itself antisemitic and stokes further antisemitism.

protesters holding signs

The Global Ecosocialist Network released the following statement on the eve of the COP28 climate meeting in Dubai.

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For Geert Wilders, the leader of Dutch far-right Freedom Party (PVV), years of patience paid off while the incumbent right-wing party gambled and lost in the country's recent elections, writes Alex De Jong.

people in kayaks waving flags

Revelations on November 27 that COP28 host nation UAE planned to leverage its official position to pursue new oil and gas deals were a timely reminder that there are entire nations that essentially operate as oil companies, with precisely the same attention to morality as Exxon or Shell, writes Bill McKibben.

bloody hands over logo

Police have escalated their surveillance, intimidation and criminalisation of Palestine solidarity activists in Canada, raiding activists’ homes and treating expressions of solidarity with Palestinians as “hate crimes”, reports Jeff Shantz.

Map

Marxist economist and author Claudio Katz speaks to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about the changing dynamics within global imperialism.

computers with market figures

Marxist sociologist and author William I Robinson speaks to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about how contradictions between a globally integrated economy and a nation-state-based system help explain, among other things, rising US-China tensions.

China flag and US flag

Choo Chon Kai, from the Socialist Party of Malaysia, talks to Green Left’s Federico Fuentes about rising United States-China tensions and the struggle for peace in Southeast Asia.

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The defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II, and the horrors of the Holocaust, put an end to antisemitic regimes in Europe. But it did not end collaboration between Zionism and antisemitism, argues Barry Sheppard.

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A civil suit in the United States and law suits in the International Criminal Court are seeking to hold the US and Israel accountable for genocide in Gaza, reports Malik Miah.

protest

No matter how many more people Israel slaughters or how much it steals or bombs, there is no denying its defeat. Israel cannot continue to live by its sword, writes Susan Abulhawa.

press helmet in a gun sight

Israel is killing media workers in order to prevent the world from seeing the unspeakable atrocities it is carrying out in Gaza, reports Amanda Yee.

Ben Radford talks about his experiences in Cuba

Green Left journalist Ben Radford speaks to Isaac Nellist about his first-hand experience in Cuba and the impacts of the United States-imposed blockade. 

IDF helicopter

Israeli officials appear to have acknowledged for the first time that Israeli forces killed some of their own civilians on and after October 7, reports Ali Abunimah.

London Palestine protest

While British PM Rishi Sunak and Labour opposition leader Keir Starmer are united in supporting Israel’s decimation of Gaza, resistance to the genocidal war is strong and having an impact, reports Derek Wall.

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After two days of debate, the Spanish congress invested the second-term government led by prime minister Pedro Sánchez on November 16, following a deal between the Spanish Socialist Workers Party and Together for Catalonia (Junts), reports Dick Nichols.

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Palestine solidarity actions have increased in frequency and intensity across Canada, with tactics moving to more disruptive and direct actions. High school students have added to the variety of tactics with coordinated walkouts, reports Jeff Shantz.

check point Palestine

Indian trade unions have condemned the government’s plan to send a scab workforce to Israel to replace Palestinian workers, saying it would make India “complicit” in Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza, reports Isaac Nellist.

sewing cooperative

French solidarity activist Patrick Le Tréhondat spoke with members of Ukraine’s ReSew sewing cooperative.

Culture

book covers

Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents six important new books on climate, food, waste, Venezuela’s communes and basic income.

Protest albums from November 2023

Mat Ward looks back at November's political news and the best new music that related to it.

book cover, face

Walkley Award-winning Australian-Jewish journalist Antony Loewenstein’s book, The Palestine Laboratory, is a brilliant piece of investigative work, bringing together mountains of research and interviews, which lays bare the relationship between Israel’s brutal oppression of Palestinians and its booming arms industry, writes Ben Radford.

Waterloo Forever variety show

The Waterloo Forever Variety Show brought together the creative energies of public housing tenants, their supporters and community, report Siobhan Patton and Rachel Evans.