Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en Venezuela: More than 6 million sign petition against US decree, 92% oppose US intervention https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58680 <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, 02/04/2015</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/venezuelans_in_caracas_sign_a_letter_calling_on_the_us_president_to_repeal_the_executive_order_declaring_venezuela_a_threat_march_31.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 Venezuelan government-initiated campaign calling for US President Barack Obama to repeal his executive order that arbitrarily declares Venezuela an "extraordinary threat" to US "national security" had more than 6 million signatures as March 31.</p> <p>Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on his weekly television program that the campaign has collected 6.2 million signatures so far. “I believe that Obama's threat has awoken a great amount of love for what we are going for in our country,” said Maduro. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58680" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58680#comments 1047 anti-war Barack Obama Bolivarian revolution democracy International News international solidarity Latin America national liberation Nicolas Maduro United States Venezuela Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:54:13 +0000 stuart_m 58680 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Socialists will continue campaigns after NSW elections https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58679 <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, 02/04/2015</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/10996587_10153143852594973_3867963940567750863_n.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 swing against the Coalition and vote for three, perhaps four Greens MPs, in the NSW elections represents an important political gain for the left in NSW. This is welcome news for those fighting for community need not corporate greed”, Susan Price told <em>Green Left Weekly</em>.</p> <p>Price, a long-time unionist and co-convenor of Socialist Alliance, ran for the Socialist Alliance in the inner-west seat of Summer Hill.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58679" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58679#comments 1047 Comment and Analysis elections NSW elections 2015 Pip Hinman WestConnex Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:36:23 +0000 mel_b 58679 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Carlo's Corner: Abbott is the ultimate proof our system is broken https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58644 <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, 28/03/2015</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/onion.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="96" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>The Abbott government's metadata retention bill passed the Senate on March 26 with Labor support — deepening the mass surveillance of the public and further undermining the ability of investigative journalists to do their jobs.</p> <p>And just to really rub this attack on civil liberties in, the government is headed by an idiot who has less of a clue about the huge technology powers his law grants the state, than the Catholic Church has historically had of “duty of care when working with children”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58644" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58644#comments 1047 Carlo Sands Comment and Analysis onion-eating Tony Abbott Thu, 02 Apr 2015 05:37:14 +0000 stuart_m 58644 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Pakistani socialists oppose involvement in Yemen conflict https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58678 <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, 01/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/6156">Aasim Sajjad Akhtar</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/awp_yemen.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 <a href="http://awamiworkersparty.org/awp-rejects-any-pakistani-involvement-in-yemen-conflict">following statement </a> was released by <b>Aasim Sajjad Akhtar</b>, Punjab president of the Awami Workers Party, in response to the Pakistani government stating it intended to join the US-backed Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen.</p> <p><b>* * *</b></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58678" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58678#comments 1047 Aasim Sajjad Akhtar anti-war International News international solidarity Pakistan Saudi Arabia Yemen Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:39:58 +0000 tony_i 58678 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Students protests spread across Europe and beyond https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58677 <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, 30/03/2015</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/march10.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>The London School of Economics (LSE) was occupied by students on March 17. The occupation, still going as of March 28, has since spread to King's College London, University of Arts London and Goldsmiths University of London.</p> <p>More than 100 students took over the school, which has been associated with neoliberal economic theory for decades, and declared that the central university administration building has been transformed into the Free University of London.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58677" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58677#comments 1047 Angus McAllen anti-corporate Britain Canada democracy education International News Netherlands Quebec youth rights Europe Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:39:27 +0000 stuart_m 58677 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Greece demands German war reparations; support for SYRIZA grows https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58676 <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, 29/03/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><b>Greece demands Germany pay war reparations</b></p> <p>Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias has proposed creating a joint commission of Greek and German experts to address the issue of World War II reparations, TeleSUR English said on March 23. </p> <p>“Athens wants to come to an agreement regarding the issue of reparations, we need to find a common denominator,” Kotzias said. The foreign minister added that he prefers a political solution to the issue, rather than a legal one. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58676" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58676#comments 1047 Alexis Tsipras anti-corporate anti-war austerity democracy economy Germany Greece history human rights International News international solidarity SYRIZA Europe Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:48:46 +0000 stuart_m 58676 at https://www.greenleft.org.au US shows how to lose friends and alienate people in Latin America https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58675 <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, 01/04/2015</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3150">Mark Weisbrot</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_1.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="89" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since US President Barack Obama's administration decided to impose new sanctions on Venezuela on March 9, many people, including journalists, have asked what motivated them to do this. </p> <p>Some are curious over the apparent inconsistency between this move and the White House decision in December to begin normalising relations with Cuba. Others are wondering why the Obama administration would do something that so obviously hurts the United States-backed opposition in Venezuela, at least in the short run. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58675" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58675#comments 1047 anti-corporate anti-war Barack Obama Bolivarian revolution civil liberties democracy economy elections Hugo Chavez human rights International News international solidarity Latin America Mark Weisbrot national liberation Nicolas Maduro revolution socialism United States Venezuela Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:01:56 +0000 stuart_m 58675 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Students resist neoliberalism: global roundup https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58674 <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, 01/04/2015</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/quebec.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="102" /> </div> </div> </div> <p><B>Spain: Education sector strikes against privatisation</b></p> <p>Professors and students in more than 40 Spanish cities went on strike on March 24 against the government’s education reform aimed at privatising the public sector.</p> <p>According to the unions who organised the strike, there was an 85% participation rate. High schools reached 90% participation around the country, according to a statement by Workers Commissions, FETE-UGT, the Independent Central of State Officials and Students of Spain in Movement. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58674" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58674#comments 1047 anti-corporate anti-privatisation Canada economy education France International News Quebec Spain students youth rights Wed, 01 Apr 2015 05:01:27 +0000 tony_i 58674 at https://www.greenleft.org.au World Social Forum meets in Tunis, SYRIZA's Tsipras urges 'global struggle' https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58673 <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, 29/03/2015</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/wsf_tunis_march_24_2015.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 4000 local and global groups from 120 countries took part in the 14th World Social Forum in Tunisia from March 24 to 28. The WSF was created as a popular alternative to the corporate-dominated, elite World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos.</p> <p>The first WSF was held in Brazil in 2001 and was organised as an alternative to the WEF, the yearly meeting of the global ultra-rich. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58673" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58673#comments 1047 Africa anti-corporate anti-war austerity civil liberties democracy economy environmental farmers' rights Greece human rights Indigenous rights International News international solidarity national liberation poverty revolution terrorism Tunisia women's liberation workers' rights & unions Tue, 31 Mar 2015 07:24:59 +0000 stuart_m 58673 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Letter from the US: Ferguson returns to centre of anti-racist struggle https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58672 <div class="field field-type-date field-field-publication-date"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">Tue, 31/03/2015</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/ferguson_rprotester_red_hands_dont_shoot_from_nov_25_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>The small, majority-Black town of Ferguson, Missouri has once again become the flash point of a new movement against the oppression of African Americans and the racist response.</p> <p>US Attorney-General Eric Holder recently released a Department of Justice (DOJ) report detailing the systematic oppression of the Black community in Ferguson by city authorities, the police department and the courts.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58672" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/58672#comments 1047 anti-racism Barry Sheppard civil liberties Darren Wilson democracy Ferguson International News Mike Brown United States Tue, 31 Mar 2015 06:59:41 +0000 stuart_m 58672 at https://www.greenleft.org.au