Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en Hypocrisy reigns in International Criminal Court debates https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55171 <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, 21/10/2013</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/uhuru_kenyatta.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="87" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>An “extraordinary summit” of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on October 11 and 12 took place without a threatened mass withdrawal of AU member nations from the International Criminal Court (ICC).</p> <p>The mass withdrawal threat was in response to the ongoing prosecution by the ICC of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and Vice-President William Ruto. They were elected in March this year while already facing charges for political violence after Kenya’s previous elections in 2007.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55171" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/55171#comments 985 anti-war Arctic civil liberties Congo, Democratic Republic of the democracy International News Kenya Somalia Sudan Tony Iltis Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:29:07 +0000 tony_i 55171 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Pussy Riot release song for Eric Garner https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58400 <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, 28/02/2015</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/pussy-riot-i-cant-breathe.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, who were jailed for songs criticising Russian President Vladimir Putin, have released a song and video titled "I Can't Breathe". </p> <p>The video shows them being buried alive while wearing Russian riot police uniforms. <i>The Guardian</i> said on February 18 that the song is inspired by their recent trip to New York and the death of African American Eric Garner at the hands of an NYPD officer. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58400" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58400#comments 1043 Cultural Dissent media music Punk Pussy Riot Russia Russian Federation situationism United States Mon, 02 Mar 2015 06:04:47 +0000 tony_i 58400 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The system doesn’t offer young people a future https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58259 <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, 14/02/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4784">Angus McAllen</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/studentprotest.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“Half the world is dying of starvation and the other half is dying of boredom.”</p> <p>This expression, one of many popularised during the protests of the 1960s, encapsulates a feeling of alienation that many young people today can still relate to. </p> <p>The capitalist world system, despite its proponents’ claims, does not offer a future worth having to any person, whether they live in the relatively secure - though increasingly less so - core nations or the impoverished and exploited periphery states. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58259" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58259#comments 1041 Angus McAllen Comment and Analysis Resistance! Mon, 02 Mar 2015 04:31:42 +0000 stuart_m 58259 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The many faces of Greece's Yanis Varoufakis https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58418 <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, 02/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5108">Athanasios Lazarou</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/varoufakis_many_faces.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="134" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>He is an economist, academic, poet, blogger, video game consultant, libertarian Marxist, motorbike rider and accidental fashion icon. Now he’s the holder of possibly the most difficult job in the world: Greece’s finance minister. </p> <p>Meet Yanis Varoufakis, SYRIZA Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s right hand man and the key negotiator between Greece and its creditors.</p> <p>In downtown Athens, Varoufakis is well liked among the public. He is the definitive cosmopolitan, self-made man who sees himself as a citizen of Europe as much as Greece. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58418" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58418#comments 1043 Alexis Tsipras anti-corporate anti-privatisation Athanasios Lazarou austerity democracy economy Greece human rights International News poverty SYRIZA Yanis Varoufakis Europe Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:31:32 +0000 stuart_m 58418 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Obama vetoes tar sands pipeline bill https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58417 <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, 02/03/2015</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/usa-keystone.jpg_1718483346.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>US President Obama vetoed a Republican bill approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline on February 24. Both houses of the Republican-dominated US Congress had passed a bill that approved building the highly controversial pipeline designed to bring crude from Alberta's tar sands in Canada to refineries in the US South.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58417" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58417#comments 1043 anti-corporate Climate environmental International News Keystone XL pipeline United States Mon, 02 Mar 2015 01:01:16 +0000 jay_f 58417 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Letter from the US: Largest civil rights march insists #BlackLives Matter, #MuslimLivesMatter https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58416 <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, 02/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/471">Barry Sheppard</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/jeremy-sprinkle-3-800x365_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="64" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Tens of thousands gathered in the North Carolina capital of Raleigh on February 8 for what organisers called the largest civil rights rally in the South since the famous Selma march in 1965.</p> <p>The Mass Moral March has been held annually to protest the right-wing state government’s attacks on voting rights, education, the environment, healthcare and women’s rights.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58416" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58416#comments 1043 anti-racism Barry Sheppard civil liberties democracy International News United States Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:51:29 +0000 jay_f 58416 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ecuador: Chevron-Texaco profits from ecocide https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58412 <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, 01/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1132">Coral Wynter</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/correa-mano-chevron_0.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="87" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The huge multinational US oil corporation Texaco operated in Ecuador from 1964 until 1992 (Texaco merged with Chevron in 2001).</p> <p>The corporation poured 72 billion litres of oil waste and 45 million litres of crude oil over 2 million hectares of land in Santa Elena province — land which included the Amazon rainforest, rivers and agricultural land. </p> <p>Texaco just poured the oil into ground-connected pipes which just poured oil directly into the rivers and forests. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58412" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58412#comments 1043 anti-corporate Chevron Chevron-Texaco Climate Coral Wynter democracy ecocide economy Ecuador environmental health human rights Indigenous rights International News international solidarity Latin America national liberation oil oil spills Rafael Correa Texaco Latin America Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:48:34 +0000 jay_f 58412 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Greece: Neo-Nazi threat is growing https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58414 <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, 02/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5108">Athanasios Lazarou</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/golden_dawn.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="84" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In Greece's January 25 elections, 388,000 people voted for the fascist, neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn.</p> <p>The election was largely fought as a contest of hope and solidarity against fear and austerity. Radical left party SYRIZA defeated right-wing establishment party New Democracy. </p> <p>SYRIZA placed first in the popular vote with 36% of votes, but the openly fascist party Golden Dawn took third place in the poll with 6.3%. </p> <p>This is significant for three reasons:</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58414" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58414#comments 1043 anti-racism Athanasios Lazarou austerity democracy economy elections Greece International News Europe Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:26:33 +0000 jay_f 58414 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Greece should expect foreign intervention https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58405 <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, 01/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/608">David T. Rowlands</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/antartes_tou_eam-elas.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="107" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If history is any guide, it is reasonable to assume that Greece’s recently-elected left-wing SYRIZA government will be subjected to a foreign-backed destabilisation campaign and possible attempts to install a new right-wing authoritarian regime.</p> <p>There is a long history in Greece of the left being suppressed by the oligarchy collaborating with outside forces. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58405" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58405#comments 1043 Britain Cold War David T. Rowlands democracy EAM economy ELAS Germany Greece Greek civil war Greek People’s Liberation Army history human rights International News international solidarity national liberation revolution SYRIZA United States world war II Europe Mon, 02 Mar 2015 00:18:51 +0000 jay_f 58405 at https://www.greenleft.org.au El Salvador: Left leads polls ahead of vote https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58413 <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, 01/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Political parties in El Salvador formally wrapped up their campaigns on February 25 ahead of local and legislative elections schedule for March 1, with polls showing the left-wing Farabundu Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN) ahead of right-wing rivals.</p> <p>Electors in Latin America's smallest country will head to the polls to elect mayors as well as representatives to the country's Legislative Assembly.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58413" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58413#comments 1043 democracy El Salvador elections FMLN International News international solidarity Latin America Latin America Sun, 01 Mar 2015 09:32:33 +0000 tony_i 58413 at https://www.greenleft.org.au