Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en The 'Anzac Day terror plot' raises new threat of tyranny https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58840 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1126">Tony Iltis</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2485">Melbourne</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/p4_australia-terror-plot.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>More than 200 heavily armed police raided five homes in south-east Melbourne on April 18 to arrest five teenagers for allegedly plotting a terrorist attack on Anzac Day. </p> <p>Two were held in custody and charged under “anti-terror” laws, one was charged on summons for weapons offences and two were released without charge. Family and neighbours of those arrested said that the raids were carried out with unnecessary violence. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58840" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58840#comments 1050 anti-racism anti-terror laws civil liberties Comment and Analysis Indigenous rights Melbourne police brutality police killings police violence terrorism Tony Iltis Sun, 26 Apr 2015 05:50:54 +0000 tony_i 58840 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ten new political albums worth a listen - April 2015 https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58850 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Sun, 26/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/952">Mat Ward</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/a3992426086_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Here's this month's radical record round-up, including a response to the "Reclaim Australia" rallies. What album, or albums, would you suggest? Comment below, on <a href="https://twitter.com/greenleftweekly">Twitter</a> or <a href="https://www.facebook.com/greenleftweekly">Facebook</a>. </p> <p style="font-size: 150%;"><strong>1. SUPER BEST FRIENDS<br /> - STATUS UPDATES</strong></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58850" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58850#comments 1050 Aboriginal Agnostic Front Akala Cultural Dissent hardcore Indigenous Mat Ward music new music political albums Political Music politics in music Punk Sun, 26 Apr 2015 03:37:07 +0000 Mat Ward 58850 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Spain: Ruling party shaken by ex-IMF boss's downfall https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58849 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/475">Dick Nichols</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/3864">Barcelona</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/rato.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="90" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>A central pillar of the Spanish economic and political establishment came crashing down on Paril 16. </p> <p>Rodrigo Rato, former deputy prime minister in the 1996-2004 People’s Party (PP) government of Jose Maria Aznar and head of the International Monetary Fund from 2004 to 2007, was detained on suspicion of tax evasion, concealment of assets and fraud.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58849" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58849#comments 1050 anti-corporate anti-privatisation austerity Barcelona civil liberties democracy Dick Nichols economy elections International News Podemos Spain Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:36:24 +0000 stuart_m 58849 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Baird to be questioned over NSW power industry sale https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58842 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/576">Jim McIlroy</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/2484">Sydney</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/mike_baird_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>NSW Liberal Premier Mike Baird is likely to be called before the parliamentary inquiry into the state government's proposed privatisation of the "poles and wires" of the state's electricity industry in May. </p> <p>Baird will be questioned over allegations of government tampering with an expert report on the planned leasing of the power industry before the recent March state election.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58842" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58842#comments 1050 anti-privatisation Australian Securities and Investments Commission electricity privatisation Fred Nile Jim McIlroy Mike Baird poles and wires Sydney Sat, 25 Apr 2015 07:02:00 +0000 stuart_m 58842 at https://www.greenleft.org.au GLW issue number 1050 https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58799 <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, 20/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-front-cover"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_front_cover" width="3404" height="4783" alt="" src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/glwi1030p001.jpg?1429944850" /> </div> </div> </div> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58799#comments 1050 Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:56:54 +0000 stuart_m 58799 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Racism, war fuel asylum seeker deaths https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58847 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1126">Tony Iltis</a></span></div><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/p17_migrant_boat_survivors_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="103" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>About 800 refugees were drowned in the Mediterranean on April 18 when a boat carrying them from Libya, and trying to reach the south of Italy, capsized. Just three days earlier, more than 400 people drowned when another boat on the same route sank. </p> <p>Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean are rising sharply. “According to the UN and the International Organisation for Migration, 1,776 people are dead or missing so far this year, compared with 56 for the same period last year,” the April 24 <EM>Guardian</em> reported.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58847" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58847#comments 1050 anti-racism Australia Britain civil liberties EU European Union Greece International News Italy Libya Mediterranean refugee rights Spain Syrian Arab Republic Tony Iltis Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:48:15 +0000 tony_i 58847 at https://www.greenleft.org.au European left rejects racism, backs asylum rights https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58846 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1113">Raul Connolly</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/dscn3688_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="105" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“Too many people have already lost their lives in the Mediterranean sea, more than a thousand this week, which is a major crime against humanity,” The <a href="http://www.european-left.org/positions/el-requests-immediate-legal-access-europe-people-fleeing-wars-and-devastating-living">Party of the European Left</a> (EL) said in a April 20 statement. “We need to stop it immediately!”</p> <p>The EL, a group made up of left-wing parties from across Europe, said: “We reject any attempt to solve the so-called 'migration problem' by an increased militarisation.”</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58846" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58846#comments 1050 anti-corporate anti-racism asylum seekers civil liberties democracy European Left European United Left-Nordic Green Left GUE/NGL human rights International News international solidarity Party of the European Left Raul Connolly refugee rights Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:48:08 +0000 tony_i 58846 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Carlo's Corner: Finally, Australia is getting noticed, shame it is for being cruel racists https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58844 <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, 25/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/532">Carlo Sands</a></span></div><p><img src="http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/03273/Migrants_sinking_s_3273325b.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Sometimes Australians feel like we're not always taken that seriously on the world stage, viewed only as producers of crocodile hunters, B-grade soaps and prime ministers with a bizarre taste in raw onions. So it's good to know we are finally being presented as a model for other nations to follow. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58844" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58844#comments 1050 anti-racism Carlo Sands Comment and Analysis refugee rights Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:45:27 +0000 stuart_m 58844 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Alexis Tsipras on asylum seeker deaths: 'We must mobilise to stop this tragedy' https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58848 <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, 25/04/2015</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/alexis-tsipras-sfspan.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Greek prime minister and leader of Coalition of the Radical Left (SYRIZA) Alexis Tsipras, released the statement below on April 20, which is abridged from <a href=http://www.transform-network.net/blog/blog-2015/news/detail/Blog/-85edfe5607.html""Transform!</a>.</a></p> <p>***</p> <p>The latest humanitarian tragedy, with hundreds of casualties off the coast of Lampedusa, fills us with sadness and worry. None of us can remain impassive when hundreds of souls are lost in the Mediterranean, in their effort to escape war and poverty.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58848" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58848#comments 1050 Alexis Tsipras anti-racism asylum seekers civil liberties democracy Greece human rights International News international solidarity refugee rights Europe Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:28:10 +0000 stuart_m 58848 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Government welfare changes are cruel https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58832 <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, 24/04/2015</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/centrelink_2.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>This open letter to the Minister of Social Services, Scott Morrison was released on April 20. </p> <p>* * *</p> <p>On behalf of the many Australians who believe in the importance of a fair and equitable welfare system, we the undersigned write to voice our strong objections to the harmful and damaging legislation currently before the Senate, which would introduce a six-month waiting period for unemployment benefits for people under 30.</p> <p>We also wish to highlight our concerns over the government’s decision to introduce harsh requirements from 1 July 2015, which will:</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58832" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58832#comments 1050 Australia Australian News welfare rights Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:19:16 +0000 kathy_f 58832 at https://www.greenleft.org.au