Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en GLW issue number 1063 https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59643 <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, 01/08/2015</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="422" height="592" alt="" src="https://www.greenleft.org.au/sites/default/files/063.jpg?1438413305" /> </div> </div> </div> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59643#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 15:59:58 +0000 stuart_m 59643 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Germany's Deutsche Bank bail out shows kid gloves for corporate thieves https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59677 <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, 01/08/2015</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/p14_deutsche_bank.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="88" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In 1870, six months before a retreating French army was defeated by Prussian troops at Sedan, the Deutsche Bank was established in Berlin.</p> <p>Although Britain was still the pre-eminent world economic power, the US and Germany were starting to take the giant strides that would soon enough see them leave the former “workshop of the world” in their wake.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59677" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59677#comments 1063 anti-corporate economy Germany International News John Rainford Europe Sat, 01 Aug 2015 09:06:14 +0000 stuart_m 59677 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Ten years of BDS in solidarity with Palestine https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59678 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/911">Lisa Gleeson</a></span></div><p><img src="http://www.intifada-palestine.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/AFP.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <i>BDS action in Adelaide's Rundle Mall.<i></i></i></p> <p>Adelaide may be as far from Palestine as it gets, but a dedicated group of activists have just celebrated 10 years of BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) campaigns. Their weekly actions in the Rundle Mall highlight what BDS has become — a growing, grassroots, global phenomenon that presents a real threat to Israeli apartheid.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59678" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59678#comments 1063 BDS BDS campaign Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement civil liberties human rights International News international solidarity Ireland Israel Lisa Gleeson national liberation Palestine Palestine Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:50:21 +0000 tony_i 59678 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Boo bigots, not Goodes https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59648 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3965">Viv Miley</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/p2_adam_goodes1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Racism is alive and well in Australia. </p> <p>You would think that such a statement would be relatively uncontroversial. But the shit-storm surrounding AFL footballer Adam Goodes’ decision to call out racism on the sporting field reveals how desperate a section of the establishment is to avoid any scrutiny about where racism comes from and how it is perpetuated. </p> <p>They want to cling to the fiction that Goodes brought the whole controversy onto himself by “playing the victim”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59648" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59648#comments 1063 Adam Goodes anti-racism Australian News booing at AFL Fighting Fund sport Viv Miley Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:34:47 +0000 kathy_f 59648 at https://www.greenleft.org.au How to get active https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59649 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><strong>ADELAIDE</strong><br /> Forum: Making solar thermal happen<br /> Wednesday August 5, 6pm<br /> Come to an interactive discussion about next steps for the campaign. Entry by donation. Hosted by Repower Port Augsuta Alliance and CLEAN SA.<br /> Allan Scott Auditorium (H2-16), Hawke Building, City West Campus, University of South Australia. Visit repowerportaugusta.org</p> <p><strong>BENDIGO</strong><br /> Forum: Tariq Ali: Why is democracy under siege and what can be done to restore it?<br /> Saturday August 8, 7.30pm<br /> This is part of the Bendigo Writers Festival. For bookings visit bendigowritersfestival.com.au.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59649" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59649#comments 1063 Australian News concentrating solar thermal Islamophobia Misogyny sexism Tariq Ali Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:34:11 +0000 kathy_f 59649 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Michele O'Neil: Supporting boat turn-backs reinforces idea that seeking asylum is a crime https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59676 <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, 01/08/2015</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/p12_michele-oneil.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 Australian Labor Party’s 47th National Conference was held in Melbourne from July 24 to 26. It is its highest decision-making forum and the largest political gathering in the country. The conference decides the policies that Labor will take to the next federal election and potentially implement in government.</p> <p>A few days before the conference began, Labor leader Bill Shorten announced a policy of turning back asylum seeker boats, essentially agreeing with the Coalition government’s policy.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59676" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59676#comments 1063 ALP refugee policy asylum seekers Comment and Analysis Labor4Refugees Michele O'Neil refugee rights Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:12:10 +0000 kathy_f 59676 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Palestine: Freed political prisoner urges solidarity with hunger strikers in jail https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59674 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://samidoun.net/site/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/allan-isteiti.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <I>Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti. Picture: Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.</i></p> <p>Khader Adnan, Palestinian political prisoner and former long-term hunger striker, won his release from administrative detention this year. In a video issued on July 19, he called for action to support fellow hunger strikers Muhammad Allan and Uday Isteiti.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59674" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59674#comments 1063 anti-racism anti-war civil liberties human rights hunger strikes imprisonment without trial International News international solidarity Israel Palestine Palestine political prisoners Zionism Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:06:30 +0000 tony_i 59674 at https://www.greenleft.org.au 'Marriage equality and beyond' https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59675 <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, 01/08/2015</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/p11_rach.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="100" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>After the victories in Ireland and the US, activists are reflecting that Australia too is on the cusp of a victory on marriage equality.</p> <p>This framed the discussion at a lively forum in Sydney on July 28, entitled "Marriage equality and beyond: Taking the struggle forward".</p> <p>However, as the speakers noted, the struggle is by no means won, and there are still many challenges facing the LGBTI community. The forum discussed the history and future of the fight for equal marriage rights and the rainbow struggle generally.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59675" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59675#comments 1063 Comment and Analysis Jim McIlroy marriage equality queer rights Sydney Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:06:19 +0000 kathy_f 59675 at https://www.greenleft.org.au ‘Marriage equality: a step towards a better world’ https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59673 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1106">Rachel Evans</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/p11_marriage_equality.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="110" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>We thought marriage equality was in the bag after Prime Minister Tony Abbott hinted he’d support a cross-party bill and conscience vote in the Liberal Party room in June. </p> <p>We thought we were closer when opposition leader Bill Shorten put forward a marriage equality bill. Victories overseas — Ireland and the US — in May and June propelled momentum here. </p> <p>But both Abbott and Shorten are now backtracking. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59673" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59673#comments 1063 Bill Shorten binding vote Comment and Analysis marriage equality Penny Wong queer rights Rachel Evans Warren Entsch Sat, 01 Aug 2015 08:00:35 +0000 kathy_f 59673 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Alcoa’s exit signals death of fracking in the Kimberley https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59672 <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, 01/08/2015</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_kimberley.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="79" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Buru Energy is an oil and gas exploration and production company that plans to explore and develop the gas resources of the Canning Basin, in the south-west Kimberley region in Western Australia.</p> <p>The company wants to use hydraulic fracturing (fracking) to test for tight gas flows in four wells — the Asgard well in Noonkanbah, two Yulleroo wells on Yawuru country, and Valhalla in an unclaimed area. </p> <p>Buru has refused to provide details of their chemical risk assessment to traditional owners. </p> <p>The Wilderness Society released this statement on July 30.</p> <p>* * *</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59672" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59672#comments 1063 Alcoa anti-mining Buru Energy Comment and Analysis hydraulic fracturing (fracking) Kimberley region in Western Australia Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:47:02 +0000 kathy_f 59672 at https://www.greenleft.org.au No such thing as ‘cheap’ fossil fuels https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59671 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1093">Pip Hinman</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/p10_coal_port.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="91" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v517/n7533/full/nature14016.html">Scientists have warned</a> that if humanity is to avoid catastrophic climate change — which means limiting a rise in average global temperature to 2°C above that of pre-industrial times — most known fossil fuels reserves have to stay in the ground.</p> <p>The science is lost on the Tony Abbott government, which argues that Australia’s vast fossil fuel reserves will ensure the country’s energy remains “cheap”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59671" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59671#comments 1063 anti-coal coal price drop Comment and Analysis fossil fuel divestment fossil fuel subsidies Pip Hinman Shenhua-Watermark open-cut mega coalmine Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:41:01 +0000 kathy_f 59671 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Queer pride saves lives — and helps us fight for a better world https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59670 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6303">Clara Johanna</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/p9_queer_pride.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The fight for marriage equality in Australia has been long ongoing, and its success long, long overdue. Community Action Against Homophobia (CAAH), for instance, is just one of the groups which have fought for equal legal rights. Founded in 1999, it has been campaigning tirelessly for well over a decade. This activism has already changed Australia, helping create majority support for marriage equality.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59670" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59670#comments 1063 Clara Johanna Comment and Analysis LGBTI community marriage equality queer rights Resistance Young Socialist Alliance Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:31:42 +0000 kathy_f 59670 at https://www.greenleft.org.au France: Amid debates, left gives solidarity to Greece https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59669 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3951">Liam Flenady</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/p15_french_protest_solidarity_greece.jpeg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>In the aftermath of the harsh deal for brutal austerity and mass privatisation imposed on Greece in the early hours of July 13, both Berlin and Paris are floating alternative “solutions” to the euro problem. </p> <p>Germany, on the one hand, wants greater fiscal integration, whereas France is calling for the creation of a eurozone government as well as a dedicated finance minister. </p> <p>The mainstream press is talking up the divisions between the two nations as fundamentally different perspectives on the euro — or even differences in political “culture”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59669" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59669#comments 1063 Alexis Tsipras anti-corporate austerity democracy economy France Germany Greece International News international solidarity Liam Flenady poverty workers' rights & unions Europe Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:25:57 +0000 stuart_m 59669 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Forest groups demand NSW government halt logging to save koalas https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59667 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/841">Kathy Fairfax</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/p8_koalas.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="97" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Forest conservation groups have demanded that the New South Wales government immediately halt logging operations in state forest areas known to be koala habitat. They fear that proposals by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to allow clear felling of large areas of forests on the NSW north coast could be the catalyst that tips the area's koalas onto the path to extinction.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59667" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59667#comments 1063 clearfell logging Comment and Analysis environmental extinction Kathy Fairfax koala habitat Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:17:33 +0000 kathy_f 59667 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Tasmanian government drives Swift Parrots to extinction https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59668 <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, 01/08/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/855">Kerry Smith</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/p8_swift_parrot.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 Wilderness Society has obtained documents under freedom of information that show that the Tasmanian government is driving the endangered Swift Parrot to extinction.</p> <p>Last year the Tasmanian government quietly changed its rules to allow the parrot’s breeding habitat to be destroyed by logging. They also withdrew from the Swift Parrot Recovery Team, the national multi-agency expert group tasked with saving the species. The documents also show that federal environment minister Greg Hunt has repeatedly refused to act to protect one of Australia’s most endangered animals.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59668" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59668#comments 1063 Comment and Analysis environmental Kerry Smith Swift parrot Sat, 01 Aug 2015 07:16:32 +0000 kathy_f 59668 at https://www.greenleft.org.au