Issue 957

Australia

The Refugee Action Coalition released the statement below on March 13. The day before, ABC Online said five asylum seekers had escaped the centre, but were returned quickly.

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The Nauru Director of the Department of Immigration has told a meeting of asylum seekers in the Nauru...

Hundreds of students and staff joined the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) picket lines at the Sydney University on March 7.

Members of the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), the Finance Sector Union, the Maritime Union of Australia, and the Construction Forestry Mining...

World

The dominant media narrative about the two-day all-India strike, called by trade unions for February 20 and 21, was one of “hooliganism” by workers and inconvenience caused to the “public”.

As usual, the main demands of the striking workers found little space in the media's discussion of...

When Association pour une Solidarité Syndicale Étudiante (ASSÉ) announced that it would be breaking ranks with its more moderate colleagues in the student federations and boycotting the new government's education summit, it was clear that they were taking a huge risk.

When they called a...

On Tuesday 5 March, at the age of 58, Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez lost his almost two-year battle with cancer and passed away. Within seconds of the news being announced, the wheels of the global media bandwagon went into overdrive, with largely unsurprising results, in both the US and...

Hugo Chavez cut a wide swath on the international scene, more than that of any other leader in the recent history of Latin America, putting forth a vision of a world based on equitable relations among nations and peoples.

His rise to hemispheric prominence began at the third Summit of...

When Hugo Chávez triumphed in the 1998 presidential elections, the neoliberal capitalist model was already floundering.

The choice then was whether to re-establish the neoliberal capitalist model -- clearly with some changes including greater concern for social issues, but still...

When Venezuelans return to the polls in new presidential elections on April 14, analysts are predicting a decisive win for Nicolas Maduro, the candidate of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).

In December, the late president Hugo Chavez urged his supporters to back Maduro as...


The central European nation of Slovenia is being shaken by the first huge uprising since it became an independent country in 1991. The protests are directed against all political elites, austerity measures, and the capitalist system as a whole.

Since November, there have...

The stock market has surged past its former high recorded in October 2007, before the financial crash and Great Recession.

“With the Dow Jones Industrial average [at] a record high,” writes a columnist in a front page article in the New York Times, “the split between American...

US Senator says drones killed 4700

“A high-ranking US senator has estimated America's use of drone strikes has killed about 4,700 people, including civilians.

“Republican Lindsey Graham is the first US government official to offer an estimate on the total number...

Analysis

This is an excerpt from a talk Green Left Weekly journalist Ewan Saunders gave at a Walkey Media Talk called "Trust me, I'm a journalist" on February 27 in Brisbane.

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In answer to the question have journalists lost the public trust, it...

We have known for some time that the death of Venezuela's socialist President Hugo Chavez was probably coming soon. But that did not make it any easier for many of us when it came.

Cynics, and worse, have started to pour scorn on the mass grief in Venezuela and around the world.

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We all know that the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) is busy at the moment. One or two troubling matters that go to planning applications in the coal mining industry.

ICAC was set up in 1989 by former Liberal Premier, Nick Greiner. Ironically enough, Greiner was referred...

Editorial

The huge, genuine and spontaneous outpouring of grief that has enveloped Venezuela in the days since Hugo Chavez passed away on March 5 show that the late Venezuelan president was no ordinary politician.

Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets to accompany Chavez's coffin on...

Culture

On February 3, Artists Against Apartheid Australia (AAPA) sent an email to the organisers of WOMADelaide 2013 with a request to reject funds it received from the Israeli embassy for the upcoming show of the Alaev Family.

The call is part of the global boycott, divestment and sanctions (...

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

Lady Gaga Recovers From Hip Surgery in Gold Wheelchair http://eonli.ne/X4Peop

Fifty Shades of Grey Porn Film Lawsuit Settled http://eonli.ne/X4A0jr

Giuliana Rancic Teams Up With Nonprofit Bright Pink for Fab-U-...

Global Capitalism & Climate Change
By Hans Baer
AltaMira Press, 2012

The science says it is now far beyond sensible doubt that we can’t keep dumping greenhouse gases into the sky without terrible results. These range from more extreme floods,...

Overdress: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion
By Elizabeth Cline
Penguin, 2012, 244 pages
$37.95 (hb)

Every year, Americans buy 20 billion garments, mostly from mass market clothes-makers such as Gap, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Wal-Mart and...