Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en O'Farrell's resignation: time to break corporate power over governments https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56286 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 17/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3417">Karl Hand</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/barry_ofarrell_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>"Money speaks” is the message we should be taking from the resignation of NSW premier Barry O'Farrell, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) revealed he accepted a vintage bottle of wine valued at almost $3000 from the head of Australian Water Holdings (AWH), Nick Di Girolamo, who was lobbying for a lucrative state government contract. </p> <p>AWH is accused of inappropriately billing Sydney Water and using the money for political donations while lobbying for an public/private partnership with state-owned Sydney water to roll out Sydney’s water infrastructure.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56286" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56286#comments 1005 Australia Australian News democracy Karl Hand Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:32:17 +0000 mel_b 56286 at https://www.greenleft.org.au POEM: Fuck Tony Fuckin’ Abbott https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56285 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 17/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>Fuck Tony Fuckin’ Abbott</strong><br /> After the revolution<br /> The solution<br /> Abbott made to stand down<br /> Send him to Hanover down town<br /> Spend a term there<br /> Maybe then he’ll care</p> <p><strong>Fuck Tony Fuckin’ Abbott</strong><br /> Let the boats in, I say<br /> Don’t turn em’ away<br /> The politician’s oversight<br /> Illegals – no<br /> Declaration of Human Rights<br /> That’s the UN<br /> Say it once again</p> <p><strong>Fuck Tony Fuckin’ Abbott</strong><br /> People waiting in dole queues<br /> He’s giving me the blues<br /> Mental illness is rife<br /> Due partly to his strife</p> <p><strong>Fuck Tony Fuckin’ Abbott</strong><br /> When it comes to the end</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56285" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56285#comments 1005 Cultural Dissent poetry Thu, 17 Apr 2014 09:02:30 +0000 stuart_m 56285 at https://www.greenleft.org.au POEM: Curse of the Globe https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56284 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 17/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4972">Caroline Sturm</a></span></div><p>The world of mother nature has been overthrown<br /> From her, her garments torn<br /> Ripped away her ozone<br /> The rapist that threatens has sworn<br /> Take away her rain forests<br /> the dreaded terror ravaged her breast<br /> kissed upon the pure air smog and stench<br /> a passion of pollution has been blessed<br /> what was once an innocent pure birth<br /> now a harsh scorched earth<br /> and in the ravage and the power<br /> the scourge was once a loving flower<br /> like any mother she does what she can<br /> but she will not be defeated by her son man</p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56284#comments 1005 Caroline Sturm Cultural Dissent environmental Thu, 17 Apr 2014 08:53:54 +0000 stuart_m 56284 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro speaks: 'They want our oil' (VIDEO and article) https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56283 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Thu, 17/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <!-- Start of guardian embedded video --><!-- Start of guardian embedded video --><!-- To autoplay video, set 'a=true' in the following line of code--><!-- To autoplay video, set 'a=true' in the following line of code--><p><iframe src="http://embedded-video.guardianapps.co.uk/?a=false&amp;u=/world/video/2014/apr/08/venezuelan-president-nicolas-maduro-video-interview" frameborder="0" width="560" height="350"></iframe></p> <!-- End of guardian embedded video --><!-- End of guardian embedded video --><p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56283" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56283#comments 1005 anti-corporate civil liberties democracy economy International News international solidarity Latin America national liberation Nicolas Maduro poverty socialism Venezuela workers' rights & unions Thu, 17 Apr 2014 07:55:31 +0000 stuart_m 56283 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Walkatjurra Walkabout "Walking for Country" https://www.greenleft.org.au/events/56282 <p>‘Walkatjurra Walkabout – Walking for Country’ bus trip to Leonora, Western Australia<br /> is a celebration of Wangkatja country, a testament to the strength of the community who have fought to stop uranium mining at Yeelirrie for over forty years, and a chance to come together to continue share our commitment to a sustainable future without nuclear. It is a chance to reconnect with the land, and to revive the tradition of walking for country. </p> <p>Come and join us for this one month walk with Traditional Owners through their country..</p> <p>WALK, SHARE, CONNECT, LEARN, LISTEN</p> <div class="field field-type-date field-field-start-date"> <div class="field-label">Event date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 23/04/2014 - 10:00am</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/events/56282" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/events/56282#comments anti-nuclear Perth and Fremantle Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:38:20 +0000 PerthGLW 56282 at https://www.greenleft.org.au India recognises transgender rights in equality victory, but gay rights still denied https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56281 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 16/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>India's top court officially recognised transgender rights today in a landmark ruling.<br /> The supreme court directed the federal and state governments to allow people to identify themselves as outside the binary male/female gender definitions.</p> <p>The estimated three million transgender Indians will have the same access to welfare programs for the poor, including education, healthcare and jobs to help them overcome social and economic challenges.</p> <p>The court also ordered the government fight the social stigma associated with transgender people through a public awareness campaign.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56281" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56281#comments 1005 civil liberties human rights India International News queer rights transgender & intersex rights Asia Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:27:23 +0000 stuart_m 56281 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Venezuela: 30 officers charged over new coup plot, people commemorate 2002 coup defeat https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56280 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 16/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4030">Ewan Robertson</a></span> & <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5231">Zoe Clara Dutka </a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/maduro_adress_crowd_in_caracas_on_april_13_12th_anniversary_of_coup.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thirty Venezuelan military officers, including several generals, have been arrested for alleged conspiracy to overthrow President Nicolas Maduro, a leading national newspaper has reported.</p> <p>The information, reported by <em>Ultimas Noticias</em>, was attributed to “high level sources” in Miraflores presidential palace. Most arrested were from the Venezuelan Air Force, however a few officers from the National Guard, Navy and Armed Forces were included.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56280" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56280#comments 1005 anti-coal civil liberties democracy Ewan Robertson International News Latin America socialism Venezuela Zoe Clara Dutka Wed, 16 Apr 2014 08:38:23 +0000 stuart_m 56280 at https://www.greenleft.org.au US an oligarchy, not democracy, finds scientific study https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56279 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Wed, 16/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/us_political_system_and_money_image.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>"A <a href="http://www.princeton.edu/~mgilens/Gilens%20homepage%20materials/Gilens%20and%20Page/Gilens%20and%20Page%202014-Testing%20Theories%203-7-14.pdf">new study</a> by researchers from Princeton and Northwestern Universities finds that America's government policies reflect the wishes of the rich and of powerful interest groups, rather than the wishes of the majority of citizens," <a href="http://gawker.com/study-the-u-s-is-an-oligarchy-1563363760">Gawker reported</a> on April 15.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56279" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56279#comments 1005 anti-corporate democracy International News United States Wed, 16 Apr 2014 07:15:23 +0000 stuart_m 56279 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Costa Rica: Status quo routed in poll https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56274 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Mon, 14/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5105">Elena Zeledon</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/5285">San Jose</a></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/frenteamplio_costa_rica.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="92" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The election of Luis Guillermo Solis on April 6 as president of Costa Rica, with 77% of the votes, represents the end of a historical period and opens the door to unprecedented opportunities for the left.</p> <p>Solis, representing the Citizens Action Party (PAC), crushed the remnants of the Party of National Liberation (PLN), a party that he once served as general secretary.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56274" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56274#comments 1005 anti-corporate Costa Rica democracy elections Elena Zeledon International News Latin America San Jose workers' rights & unions Wed, 16 Apr 2014 06:41:35 +0000 stuart_m 56274 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Pensioners under attack but not welfare for billionaires https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56255 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sat, 12/04/2014</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1073">Peter Boyle</a></span></div><div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/imagecache/frontpage-lead-article/gina-rinehart-signs-roy-hill-finance-deal.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most people have heard of the rant by Australia's richest billionaire, Gina Rinehart, against welfare and the “entitlement mentality” of Australians — and <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-03-07/rinehart-says-australian-politicians-should-emulate-thatcher/5306618">her call for a strong political leader like Margaret Thatcher</a>. But have you heard about the US$694 million ($740 million) soft loan from US taxpayers?</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56255" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/56255#comments 1005 anti-corporate Comment and Analysis Fighting Fund Peter Boyle Wed, 16 Apr 2014 01:22:43 +0000 peter_b 56255 at https://www.greenleft.org.au