Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en Renewables now! Nuclear not an option https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59400 <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, 04/07/2015</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/muckaty-protest-1024x682.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The radioactive exposure tour — the RadTour — organised by Friends of the Earth and the Anti-uranium and Clean Energy collective (ACE), was on again this year from June 27 till July 8. Twenty-five people travelled from Melbourne through south and western NSW then onto South Australia.</p> <p><em>Green Left Weekly</em>'s Rachel Evans caught up with the RadTour at Lucas Heights and spoke to Dr Jim Green from Friends of the Earth.</p> <p>* * *</p> <p><strong>How has the campaign to make Australia nuclear free been going?</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59400" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59400#comments 1059 anti-nuclear Comment and Analysis Kupa Piti Kungka Tjuta Muckaty nuclear power Olympic Dam uranium mine solar thermal uranium mines Sun, 05 Jul 2015 01:40:47 +0000 kathy_f 59400 at https://www.greenleft.org.au 'But the banks are made of marble' — how banks screw the world https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59414 <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, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4620">John Rainford</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/bankers.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="71" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Across Africa, western Asia and Latin America in the 1980s, the growth of per capita GDP was brought to a halt. This was not a recession, it was a severe depression. And its cause was reckless lending by banks in the ’70s.</p> <p>A decade earlier, the euro currency had been invented. US dollars deposited in non-US banks and held there to avoid restrictions of US laws became negotiable financial instruments. These formed the basis for an unregulated market specialising in short-term loans. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59414" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59414#comments 1059 anti-corporate democracy economy Greece human rights International News John Rainford Latin America socialism workers' rights & unions Sat, 04 Jul 2015 09:06:08 +0000 stuart_m 59414 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Sydney rallies in solidarity with Greece https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59410 <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, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>An ‪#‎Oxi‬ rally was held at Sydney Town Hall on the eve of the Greek referendum on the Troika's austerity ultimatum.</p> <p><img src="https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpt1/t31.0-8/11062331_10152969816413779_926870480091361928_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><img src="https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t31.0-8/10710485_10152969817323779_2657206672247028874_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><img src="https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xpt1/t31.0-8/11703548_10152969816023779_2045038147444331481_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59410" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59410#comments 1059 Australian News international solidarity solidarity with Greece Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:52:22 +0000 kathy_f 59410 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ecuador: Mass marches defend Correa, democracy amid coup plot https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413 <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, 04/07/2015</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/ecuador_correa_rally_july_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="91" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>President Rafael Correa called a rally on July 2 in defence of democracy and the pro-poor Citizens' Revolution his government leads after plans by the right-wing opposition for a violent coup were exposed.</p> <p>“We are ready to defend the revolution against the coup plotters,” Correa told thousands of supporters gathered outside the Presidential Palace on the evening of July 2.</p> <p>“We will remain firm in defending the revolution against the ultra-right.” he added.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59413#comments 1059 anti-corporate civil liberties democracy Ecuador International News poverty socialism Sat, 04 Jul 2015 08:26:44 +0000 stuart_m 59413 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Venezuela's Maduro offers Greece solidarity against austerity https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59411 <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, 04/07/2015</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/maduro_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro voiced solidarity with the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras on June 30 after Greece failed to pay US$1.8 billion to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), <a href="http://venezuelanalysis.com/news/11431">Venezuelanalysis.com said on July 1</a>.</p> <p>“I want to officially express solidarity to Prime Minister Tsipras and the Greek people on behalf of Venezuela,” Venezuela's socialist leader said on his weekly television program shortly after the IMF deadline.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59411" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59411#comments 1059 ALBA anti-corporate austerity civil liberties democracy Greece International News international solidarity Latin America Nicolas Maduro socialism Venezuela Europe Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:45:19 +0000 stuart_m 59411 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Melbourne rallies in solidarity with Greece https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59412 <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, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>On July 4, hundreds of people rallied in Melbourne to "Let Greece Breathe."</p> <p>Protesters chanted "OXI"; meaning "NO" to the austerity cuts imposed by the banks on Greek people.</p> <p>Socialist Alliance Councillor, Sue Bolton, said "The Greek struggle is our struggle. A victory against austerity in Greece is important for the whole world."</p> <p>Photos by Ali Bakhtiarvandi.</p> <p><img src="https://scontent-hkg3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/t31.0-8/11722538_10153511677328278_1485527531231523548_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59412" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59412#comments 1059 Australian News Greek financial crisis international solidarity solidarity with Greece Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:41:58 +0000 kathy_f 59412 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Tony Abbott, don’t close Aboriginal Medical Service https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59396 <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, 04/07/2015</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/p10_amsws_centre.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Aboriginal Medical Service Western Sydney (AMSWS) is an Aboriginal community-controlled health service based in Mt Druitt. The federal government has decided to stop its $4 million annual funding from July 1 this year, effectively forcing it to close down.</p> <p>AMSWS services the largest Aboriginal population in Australia. It has more than 11,000 active patients from greater Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Its closure will leave thousands of community members without access to essential services and put pressure on local hospital services and systems.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59396" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59396#comments 1059 aboriginal medical service Comment and Analysis Indigenous rights western sydney Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:40:26 +0000 kathy_f 59396 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Carlo's Corner: Andrew Bolt's back railing at marriage equality and all is well https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59375 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/532">Carlo Sands</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/p7_equal_marriage_protest_us_supreme_court_260615.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="90" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Things can seem overwhelmingly dark these days, but at least we get to watch conservatives losing their shit over marriage equality. </p> <p>Reactionary heads exploded across the US over the June 26 US Supreme Court decision to effectively legalise same-sex marriage in all 50 US states. And in Australia, panic grows at the prospect that we may follow suit.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59375" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59375#comments 1059 Andrew Bolt Carlo Sands Comment and Analysis marriage equality US supreme court Sat, 04 Jul 2015 07:07:22 +0000 stuart_m 59375 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Rojava revolutionaries show how to fight 'Islamic State' https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59409 <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, 04/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1126">Tony Iltis</a></span></div><p><img src="http://ypgrojava.com/en/images/Library/2015/06/June_26_2015.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <i>YPJ fighters defending Kobanê, June 26. Photo: ypgrojava.com.</i> </p> <p>The “Islamic State” (IS) terror group attacks in Tunisia, Kuwait and France have grabbed global attention and condemnation. But the group's attack on Kobane in Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) — and the fierce resistance — has been largely ignored.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59409" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59409#comments 1059 AKP anti-war Australia Bashar Assad civil liberties democracy Free Syrian Army FSA HDP International News international solidarity Iran Iraq IS ISIS Kobane Kurdistan Kurdistan Workers Party Nusra PKK Recep Tayyip Erdogan Reece Harding revolution Rojava SNC SOHR Syrian Arab Republic Syrian National Coalition terrorism Tony Abbott Tony Iltis Turkey YPG YPJ Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:44:14 +0000 tony_i 59409 at https://www.greenleft.org.au United States:‭ ‬Marriage equality win highlights need for struggle https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59408 <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, 04/07/2015</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/supremecourt_marriageequality5.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="101" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“When I graduated from high school - Catholic high school - in 1983, I didn't even think that this would ever be on the map,” said Jeff Mead, now a middle school teacher from San Francisco.</p> <p>The “map” that Mead was referring to took on a drastically new appearance on June 26 when the US Supreme Court announced its five-four decision to strike down state laws banning same-sex marriage. This effectively legalised such marriages across the US.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59408" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59408#comments 1059 civil liberties democracy history human rights International News queer rights United States Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:36:45 +0000 stuart_m 59408 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Foes unite to form Climate Roundtable https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59399 <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, 04/07/2015</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/climatechange.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An alliance of business, welfare and environmental groups and trade unions has formed to produce a joint set of goals and principles on climate policy. </p> <p>The Australian Climate Roundtable announced its formation on June 29. The group formed to try to reset the highly politicised and entrenched debate in Australia on climate change. It aims to demonstrate to politicians and the broader community that there is more that unites the business, environment, union and social groups than divides when it comes to wanting action on climate change.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59399" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59399#comments 1059 Australian Climate Roundtable Australian News climate Climate Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:20:59 +0000 kathy_f 59399 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Fighting misogyny and sexism today https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59407 <div class="field field-type-link field-field-advert-link"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=144078" target="_blank"><img src="/sites/default/files/imagecache/sidebar_advert/misogyny_ad.jpg" alt="" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-advert-picture"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_advert_picture" width="547" height="774" alt="" src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/misogyny_ad.jpg?1435990668" /> </div> </div> </div> Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:18:20 +0000 kathy_f 59407 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Bulga, Rio Tinto and the final void https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59376 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/07/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3459">Vivien Langford</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/20150630_121255.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There is standing room only at Singleton Diggers Club. People in hi-vis vests take turns with supporters of the village of Bulga giving short speeches to a panel of commissioners of the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC). At stake is the extension of a Rio Tinto coalmine. </p> <p>If it gets the green light, Saddleback Ridge, which buffers Bulga from the present noise and coal dust, will go. The 110 Aboriginal sacred sites will go. The amenity of rural life for the people of Bulga-Milbrodale and their belief in justice will go.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59376" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59376#comments 1059 anti-mining anti-mining Australian News Bulga Final Void Rio Tinto Vivien Langford Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:13:53 +0000 kathy_f 59376 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Debt campaigners say IMF making billions from Greece https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59397 <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, 04/07/2015</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/greecechains2-large.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Jubilee Debt Campaign (JDC) <a href="http://jubileedebt.org.uk/news/imf-made-e2-5-billion-profit-greece-loans">released figures</a> in April showing the International Monetary Fund had made €2.5 billion of profit out of its loans to Greece since 2010. </p> <p>With Greece missing its June 30, deadline for a €1.6 billion payment to the IMF, the figure fell to €900 billion. But JDC said if Greece repays the IMF in full, the figure will rise to €4.3 billion by 2024.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59397" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59397#comments 1059 anti-corporate democracy economy Greece International News the Troika Europe Sat, 04 Jul 2015 06:04:40 +0000 stuart_m 59397 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Asia-Pacific left stand with the people and government of Greece against austerity https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59373 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Fri, 03/07/2015</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/p5_greece_protest_at_imf_offices_martin_place_280615_peter_boyle.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="119" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the people of Greece and the SYRIZA-led government as they prepare for a referendum on July 5, 2015, on whether to accept the continuation of the program of neoliberal austerity or chart a new course free from the debilitating stranglehold of the Troika — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, and the European Commission. </p> <p>We support the call of SYRIZA for a “no vote” as the only option for the people of Greece, especially the working classes, to assert sovereign control over the country's economy and their own future.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59373" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59373#comments 1059 austerity IMF International News Our Common Cause solidarity SYRIZA Sat, 04 Jul 2015 05:37:57 +0000 kathy_f 59373 at https://www.greenleft.org.au