Environment consultancy and advocacy group Coast and Country has released damning evidence that suggests Adani acted illegally by undertaking pre-emptive work at its proposed mine site in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.
Directed by Spike Lee
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier & Topher Grace.
2018, in cinemas now
BlacKkKlansman is now one of my all time favourite movies. As a film it works masterfully. There is tension, suspense and comedy. The film is directed by Spike Lee, the black filmmaker whose films always contemplate political issues and in particular racial injustice. The acting is great and the story – based on a true story - is also great. But, there are some interesting political questions that it raises.
The Assad regime and its allies have been building up their forces around the rebel-held Idlib province, in Syria’s north-west, in preparation for a major offensive. Some bombing raids have already been carried out in the south and west of the province.
Meanwhile, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are carrying out guerrilla resistance against the occupying Turkish army and its militia allies in the Afrin canton, a predominantly Kurdish area of northern Syria.
The SDF is the military alliance of forces that supports a secular, democratic and federal Syria, based on the revolutionary model of “democratic confederalism” practiced in SDF-held areas of northern Syria.
Idlib and Afrin are two battlefields in the multi-sided conflict in Syria.
In 2011, Syria experienced a popular uprising against the brutal dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad. Peaceful mass protests demanded democratic rights. The regime responded with violent repression.
For the final chapter in his book, Real Talk: Aboriginal Rappers Talk About Their Music And Country, Green Left Weekly's Mat Ward drives two hours south of Sydney to talk to Dobby. To find out why it's the final chapter, read on...
The Malaysian Trade Union Congress (MTUC), several other trade unions and the Malaysian Socialist Party (PSM) have slammed as “humiliating” and “beggarly” the new Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) federal government's announcement that it would increase the country's minimum wage by just RM50 (A$17) a month to RM1050 ($350) from January 2019.
Unions are considering calling a mass workers' protest.
Pakatan Harapan had promised to raise the minimum wage to RM1500 if it won the May 9 general election. This promise was listed as one of those it would meet within its first 100 days in office.
After Pakatan Harapan won the election, Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran let it be known that this was a good as done as soon as the tripartite National Wages Consultation Council delivered its recommendation on a new minimum wage.
Activists from the Movement Against the Occupation of the Timor Sea (MKOTT) are mobilising public support in Timor-Leste for former Australian spy "Witness K" and his lawyer Bernard Collaery, whose trial began in Canberra on September 12.
About 4000 Tamils rallied in Mullaitheevu on the northeast coast of the island of Sri Lanka on August 28, Tamilnet reported.
They demanded the return of land previously confiscated from its Tamil owners and given to settlers from Sri Lanka’s Sinhalese ethnic majority, as well as the abandonment of irrigation projects that will result in further Sinhalese settlements in Tamil areas.
Other demands included an end to “nature reserves” that prevent Tamil fisherpeople from fishing in lagoons.
On August 30, the relatives of people who disappeared during the war rallied in Mannaar and Ampaarai. They demanded international investigation of the disappearances, rejecting the Sri Lankan government's Office of Missing Persons.
Protesters said the Sri Lankan government, which was responsible for the disappearances, could not be trusted to investigate itself.
Representatives of 74 communes — institutions of popular power elected from grassroots communal councils — from across Venezuela gathered in Lara state late last month to participate in the inaugural National Assembly of Communes, writes Paul Dobson.
The meeting of more than 300 commune activists was held to try to strengthen the connections between different communes in a range of areas. This includes linking up productive micro-projects, communicational initiatives and educational networks.
It also discussed current challenges to the communal movement, territorial defence plans and the push to build a “communal state” — as called for by the late socialist president Hugo Chavez). Given recent widespread problems in state-run public services, the discussions included how to incorporate public services such as water, electricity and rubbish collection under the communes’ purview.
Social Reproduction Theory
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The rise of #MeToo, the anti-rape culture movement in India, the global women’s strike and the pro-choice movements that have rocked Ireland and Argentina reveal a new generation of feminist activists organising for change. Many of the new activists may not have heard the debates from the previous upsurge — the “second wave” of feminism.
The new generation are fighting because their hopes and aspirations for a better, more equal life are being thwarted: they experience oppression as women and as workers (and potentially other oppressions related to race and sexuality).
They may not all identify as feminist (thanks to establishment liberal feminism), but they are fighting against women’s oppression.
South Australia’s Liberal government gave final approval for Leigh Creek Energy to begin a three-month trial of an underground coal gasification (UCG) process, despite UCG technology being banned in other states due to its devastating impacts on the environment.