Issue 900

Australia

Occupy Melbourne and Occupy Sydney have regrouped since the brutal police attack on the two camps in the Melbourne and Sydney CBDs on October 21 and 23.

In both cities, the movement is refusing to be intimidated -- and plans are underway for big rallies and attempts to re-occupy public...

Socialist Party Yarra City councillors Anthony Main and Stephen Jolly released released this letter below to Occupy Melbourne on October 27.

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Dear Occupy Melbourne comrades,

Thank you for your letter to Councillors requesting support from the Yarra City Council. On...

Occupy Melbourne released the statement below on October 27.

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Occupy Melbourne’s 8th general assembly passed a proposal, put forward by the Indigenous Working Group, to support the creation of a treaty between the First Nations of Australia and the Australian Commonwealth...

The Refugee Action Collective Sydney released the statement below on October 26.

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A Tamil refugee in the Villawood detention centre has committed suicide in the early hours of Wednesday, October 26.

”Shooty”, as he was known to his friends, was taken to hospital...

The Occupy Auckland general assembly released this “Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Australia” on October 24.

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From the General Assembly of Occupy Auckland, New Zealand
In session, the 24th day of October, 2011

Madam Prime Minister,

Respectfully,...

Communications Workers Union secretary Len Cooper released this statement on October 25.

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Melbourne Lord Mayor Doyle has been responsible for one of the most disgraceful episodes in this city's history.

The Occupy Melbourne protesters were holding a peaceful,...

Seamus Doherty is a long time human rights activist, particularly with the Western Australia Deaths in Custody Watch Committee. The WA Liberal government has put him on the CHOGM excluded people's list.

Doherty has never being charged with anything before and needs a walking stick to get...

Friends of the Earth released the statement below on October 25.

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Today’s announcement that coalmining will be allowed to continue at Anglesea is possibly the worst in a long list of bad environmental decisions since the Baillieu government was elected, according to Friends...

9.30pm: The general assembly passed several other proposals (which happened after GLW's laptop had a temporary power emergency).

These included: a decision to lodge a schedule one with the police outlinining a march route from Town Hall, to Wynyard Park, to Martin Place...

The Darwin Asylum Seekers Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) released the statement below on October 25.

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A Burmese refugee has resumed his protest on the roof of the Northern Immigration Detention Centre (NIDC). The man, who has been in detention just under 2 years,...

The Lock the Gate Alliance released the statement below on October 19.

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The Lock The Gate Alliance claims that the Murray Darling Basin will be another casualty as Precautionary Principle is thrown to the wind in the resources boom.

Lock the Gate President, Drew...

The Refugee Action Coalition Sydney released the statement below on October 25.

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The Refugee Action Coalition is calling a protest outside the Sydney offices of the Immigration Department, 26 Lee Street, 12.30pm, Wednesday 26 October. Speakers at the protest will include Dr...

The Refugee Action Coalition Sydney released the statement below on October 23.

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A Burmese refugee in detention two weeks short of two years began a roof top protest at the Darwin detention centre Sunday night, 23 October.

The 33 year-old Rohingyan man has been found...

The Darwin Asylum Seekers Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) released the statement below on October 23.

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The Darwin Asylum Seekers Support and Advocacy Network (DASSAN) today called on the federal government to learn from the humanitarian disaster that is the Northern...

Occupy Melbourne released the statement below on October 24.

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Occupy Melbourne will today write to the Victorian Ombudsman calling for an investigation into at least 43 documented instances of police violence against peaceful demonstrators, including children, during the...

Occupations in Sydney and Melbourne have been violently broken up by police in the past few days, but the Occupy Brisbane camp at Post Office Square is going well so far. At this stage, there is no sign of police or Brisbane City Council harassment.

A general assembly of the camp was...

Video by Evan McHugh. Visit http://leftandcorrect.com

Between 80 and 100 people gathered for an open-air Occupy Perth general assembly in Perth on October 22. It began at 11am and finished around 5pm.

The main purpose of the assembly was to make plans for establishing a Perth occupation at the end of the Chogm Protest (taking next Friday,...

LIVE BLOG on Occupy Sydney and Melbourne police attacks, peaceful rallies
Diary of an occupier -- seven days at Occupy Melbourne
Socialist Alliance condemns police violence against camps: 'They cannot arrest the truth'

NSW police moved in at about 5am on October 23 to violently...

Inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the global revolt against corporate greed, a diverse range of new and experienced people have gathered at several public assemblies, each of more than 40 people, to discuss building the movement in Adelaide.

Following an October 15 action where 200...

Occupy Sydney read out the statement below at an October 22 rally held at the occupy site in Sydney’s Martin Place. The statement was adopted unanimously by about 1000 rally attendees.

Live blog: Occupy Melbourne, Sydney rallies

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We are the workers. We are the...

Same-sex marriage, the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers and serious issues affecting the aged care sector were among agenda items discussed at the Australian Nursing Federation’s (ANF) Biennial National Conference 2011. The conference met over October 20-21 in Canberra.

The ANF is...

Green Left Weekly’s Sue Bolton has been part of the Occupy Melbourne protest since it began on October 15. Below she recounts the past week of the occupation in Melbourne’s City Square, which was broken up by a fierce police assault on October 21.

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Occupy Melbourne released the statement below on October 21 following a brutal police attack on protesters earlier that day.

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Occupy Melbourne have called for a full inquiry into unlawful police behaviour amid scenes of police violence on the streets of Melbourne today. The...

See also
Occupy Australia takes off -- thousands take to the streets
Police action at Occupy Melbourne a ‘huge blunder’, says Bandt
Occupy Melbourne calls for investigation into police brutality
Occupy Sydney statement: 'Join us, we are all the 99%'

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Federal Greens MP for Melbourne has come out against the October 20 decision to send riot police to evict peaceful protesters from the occupy Melbourne site in City Square.

In a statement Bandt said: ““Ted Baillieu and Robert Doyle have made a huge blunder by sending in the police,...

The Queensland government lifted a ban on fishing in and around Gladstone Harbour on October 6, but controversy over diseased fish goes on.

Writing in the October 19 Courier Mail, environment reporter Bryan Williams said: “The mystery of the Gladstone fish disease outbreak...

Australian Taxation Office management has announced it will put a revised draft enterprise agreement up for a staff vote between November 9 and 15. The new version is little different from management’s original proposal, which was rejected by staff by a margin of 59% to 41% in June. The total...

The occupation of Sydney’s Martin Place continued into its fourth day with a kitchen, information desk, media centre and people’s library set-up, as protesters come and go from the now comfortably established rally site.

Spirits amongst rally goers remained high on Sunday, the second day...

Stop CSG Illawarra released the statement below on October 16.

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More than 3000 people walked across the iconic Sea Cliff Bridge today in opposition to coal seam gas (CSG) mining. Simultaneously, abseilers lowered a banner from the escarpment that said: "This community has...

Organisers were stoked with an exceptional turnout for an anti-coal seam gas (CSG) rally that took place in Townsville on October 16 as part of the coordinated national day of action.

More than 150 protesters marched from Victoria Bridge through town chanting slogans such as “Frack is...

About 200 people attended a rally and march in Brisbane Square on October 15 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the sinking of the refugee boat SIEV-X, with the loss of 353 lives — 146 of whom where children.

The then-Howard government and Australian navy knew of this disaster but...

More than 600 people rallied and marched in Brisbane’s CBD on October 16, as part of a national day of action to “Defend our water from coal and coal seam gas”. The rally in Queens Park was sponsored by the Lock and Gate Alliance and Defend Our Water Queensland.

Lock the Gate Alliance...

Ongoing occupations of public spaces were continuing on October 17 in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane in opposition to corporate domination and exploitation. The actions began on October 15 as part of the "United for Global Change" actions that took place in more than 1500 cities and towns around...

World

This solidarity statement from supporters of the Occupy movement Cairo, Egypt, was released on October 24.

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To all those in the United States currently occupying parks, squares and other spaces, your comrades in Cairo are watching you in solidarity. Having received so much...

Democracy Now's Amy Goodman speaks to a participant in Occupy Oakland as it comes under attack from police.

Video from Democracy Now

This is a full video coverage of Noam Chomsky's address to Occupy Boston protesters on Oct 22, 2011 by a NewsParticipaton.com citizen reporter.

After being delayed by three months, the official campaign for Tunisia's constituent assembly began on October 1, paving the way for the October 23 elections.

More than 80 different parties, many formed or legalised since the overthrow of dictator Zine el Abidine Ben Ali on January 14,...

A confusing feeling passed through me after hearing about the exchange of 1027 Palestinian detainees for the only Israeli soldier, Gilad Shalit, who was held captive by the Palestinian resistance fighters.

I don’t know whether to feel happy or sad.

Gazing at the faces of the...

The sense of joy was palpable in the streets of Gaza on October 18 as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners jailed by Israel returned home. It was a remarkable day in the life of the territory’s 1.6 million Palestinians.

During the past five years Israel has levied a heavy price on Gaza's...

An estimated 2.4 million Kenyans are facing food insecurity this year.

One cause is poor rains, which have affected all of north-east Africa and are probably at least partially the result of climate change. Another is the rising cost of imported food.

Rising food costs are also...

October 15 was the first time since February 2003, with the huge demonstrations in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, that a call for an international action on a specific date has met with such a response.

See also:
Brutal police attack on Occupy Oakland
All...

On October 16, Kenyan forces entered southern Somalia. The invasion is aimed against the Islamist militia al Shabaab. It is in response to a recent rise in cross-border kidnappings of Westerners, with four abducted in the past month.

Kenya is not the only regional country with soldiers...

On October 15, about 4000-5000 of protesters in London descended on London's financial sector as part of the “United for Global Change” actions that took place in more than 1000 cities and towns worldwide. Occupy London Stock Exchange is occupying an area in front of St Paul's Cathedral and...

The overwhelming success of the October 15 “United for Global Change” demonstrations (which took place in more than 1000 cities and towns in about 90 countries) is having powerful positive feedback on the indignados (15-M) movement in Spain.

In Madrid, as many as 500,000 people...

Greek trade unions warned on October 21 of further strikes in the next week after parliament approved new harsh cutbacks amid mass protests that left one man dead and about 200 injured.

Civil servants' union Adedy secretary-general Ilias Iliopoulos said the new law "will not be...

United States President Barack Obama announced on October 14 that he was sending US special forces troops to Uganda to join the civil war there.

In the next few months, US combat troops will be sent to South Sudan, Congo and Central African Republic. They will only "engage" for "self-...

The latest wave of the bloodshed that has taken place in Yemen since September 18 shows the country’s hated President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, has no intention of leaving power peacefully.

At least 35 people were killed and many more were wounded in government attempts to crack down on...

Indonesian army forces brutally attacked the Papuan national conference in Abepura on October 19. The conference was attended by up to 20,000 people discussing West Papua's struggle for independence from Indonesia.

WestPapuaMedia.info said on October 21 that local sources confirmed six...

In the aftermath of Ollanta Humala’s June 5 victory in the Peruvian presidential election, the “investment community” and the international business press reacted with the hysteria of thieves who think they have heard a distant siren approaching.

Their first impulse was to cut and run....

Left-wing political parties, trade unions, social activists and student groups at a press conference in the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) office invited people to join them in an Occupy Lahore anti-capitalist camp at Nasir Bagh in the city centre. The camp will continue for at least two days. A...

John Bellamy Foster is renowned Marxist economist and ecologist, and an editor of Monthly Review. He was a featured guest speaker at the World at a Crossroads: Climate Change-Social Change conference, which Green Left Weekly co-organised in Melbourne...

Analysis

Newly-elected Wollongong Mayor Gordon Bradbery gave this speech at a October 16 rally against coal seam gas, organised by Stop CSG Illawarra. More than 3000 people attended the rally.

The Socialist Alliance released this statement on the morning of October 23.

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Socialist Alliance condemns violent police attacks on Melbourne and Sydney occupations

Socialist Alliance condemns the violent police dispersal of peaceful protesters at...

The barriers to renewable energy are many. It’s not just a matter of the draconian new Victorian laws against wind farms — the legacy of government support for fossil fuels also hangs heavily over the renewables sector.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) released a study in...

Australia’s south-west is the only part of the country internationally recognised as a biodiversity hotspot. It is also a major agricultural area. The south-west town Margaret River is one of the country’s primary wine producing regions and a major tourist destination.

Over the past year...

Stop CSG Illawarra’s Jess Moore gave the speech below at the 3000-strong rally against coal seam gas mining that took place in Clifton, north of Wollongong, on October 16.

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Like so many people who live in the north Illawarra, there is a creek that flows...

US actor Danny Glover gave the speech below to protesters at the Occupy Oakland protest on October 15.

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[Actor and civil rights activist] Ozzie Davis used to say when asked why he was where he was at that moment in time, he said he was there because it is the right moment to...

This is the 900th issue of Green Left Weekly. We are very confident that we will get to the 1000th issue and beyond. We know we can continue to be the most-read environmental and left campaigning newspaper and website in Australia.

The fact that we reach this milestone amid a...

As the federal Labor government was forced to drop its maligned “Malaysia solution” and process all refugees arriving by boat in Australia, there was the hint that its inhumane detention of thousands of refugees would also be questioned.

Immigration minister Chris Bowen said on October...

Several prominent Australian human rights advocates have called for protests when Sri Lanka’s “war criminal” president, Mahinda Rajapaksa comes to Perth in late October to attend the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

The Rajapaksa government is guilty of committing “war...

Socialist Alliance national convenor Peter Boyle gave the speech below at the recent Climate Change Social Change activist conference, held in Melbourne over September 30 to October 3.

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The idea of this session follows on from something Ian Angus mentioned this morning,...

Former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr says he is excited by the Occupy Wall Street protests against US corporations, which deserve “a roughing up … after the abuses that blighted the lives of ordinary families”. Yet he has decided the protest movement has no future.

In an October 17...

More corporate managers are psychopaths than the general population, a detailed research project has discovered.

The University of British Columbia study “Corporate Psychopathy: Talking the Walk”, published in Behavioural Sciences and the Law, March/April 2010, looked at...

The huge number of transnational capitalist firms straddling the planet are effectively controlled by a very small group of centrally important players, says a ground-breaking survey conducted by Swiss researchers.

Deploying statistical methods normally used in physics, Stefania Vitali,...

Culture

Sideshow: Dumbing Down Democracy
By Lindsay Tanner
Scribe, 2011
232 pages, $32.95 (pb)

Lindsay Tanner, the former finance minister in the federal Labor government, laments in his book, Sideshow, the rotting core of democracy in...

Electronic Intifada (EI) brought together three stories in early October that paint a vivid picture of the need for a cultural boycott of Israel.

This certainly is no surprise, given that EI is without a doubt the best source out there on the Palestinian struggle. Still, it seems worth...

Jewish Identity & Palestinian Rights: Diaspora Jewish Opposition to Israel
By David Landy
Zed Books, 2011,
272 pp., $49.95

Just over a year ago, I attended the launch of the radically Zionist “Friends of Israel” (supporters of the state of...