Green Left Weekly https://www.greenleft.org.au en Victoria takes the lead in banning unconventional gas https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62559 <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, 31/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1093">Pip Hinman</a></span></div><p><img src="https://quitcoal.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/ST00322.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Communities across Victoria have won a permanent ban on unconventional gas mining and fracking. It is the first state to do so and sets a precedent for other states and territories to follow. </p> <p>On August 30, the Labor state government announced it was banning unconventional gas and extending the moratorium on mining conventional gas until 2020. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62559" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62559#comments 1109 anti-mining Australian News coal seam gas environmental farmers' rights fracking shale gas tight gas unconventional gas mining underground coal gasification Pip Hinman Wed, 31 Aug 2016 06:18:54 +0000 pip.hinman 62559 at https://www.greenleft.org.au The real class war: Liberals attack workers, poor https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62532 <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, 26/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1267">Susan Price</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/p24_cub_workers.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="93" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Treasurer Scott Morrison's speech to a Bloomberg business breakfast in Sydney on August 25 echoed previous warnings by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australians were heading for economic trouble if the new parliament fails to pass the government's "omnibus" budget package.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62532" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62532#comments 1108 ACOSS anti-corporate anti-privatisation austerity austerity Comment and Analysis democracy economy Fair Work Australia Our Common Cause Scott Morrison Susan Price Tue, 30 Aug 2016 07:30:45 +0000 kathy_f 62532 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Being transgender: a personal story https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62523 <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, 26/08/2016</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/p9_lexi.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="140" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>“I look at the body I have, which is a male body, and I want a female body”, Alexis Greenwood, a young woman transitioning from male to female, told <em>Green Left Weekly</em>.</p> <p>Greenwood is speaking up about the barriers she faces because she wants more people to ask questions. She wants more people to be less ignorant about being transgender.</p> <p>Greenwood said she “always knew something was wrong”. At 16 years old, while performing a monologue in her drama class about a transitioned person, she thought: “This feels right, this is me”.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62523" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62523#comments 1108 Alexis Greenwood Comment and Analysis Gender Centre queer rights Resistance Young Socialist Alliance transgender youth rights Rachel Evans Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:45:51 +0000 pip.hinman 62523 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Turkey: HDP calls for solidarity following closure and storming of Özgür Gündem newspaper https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62464 <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, 18/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/10154">Hisyar Ozsoy</a></span></div><p><img src="https://fbcdn-photos-c-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfa1/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/13962731_1776313852583677_5365850567704998631_n.jpg?oh=b57b61728977638c47736844fa91a3fc&amp;oe=58569632&amp;__gda__=1482072761_f7ceb9a24c227f68558abe6204a8025e" width="100%" /><br /> <i>HDP MPs hold copies of Özgür Gündem in parliament, August 17.</i></p> <p>[This <a target="_blank" href="https://hdpenglish.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/urgent-call-for-solidarity-on-the-closure-and-storming-of-the-daily-ozgur-gundem">statement</a> was released on behalf of the Peoples Democratic Party (HDP) on August 17.]</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62464" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62464#comments 1108 Özgür Gündem censorship civil liberties democracy HDP Hisyar Ozsoy human rights International News international solidarity media Peoples Democratic Party Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Turkey Mon, 29 Aug 2016 03:57:57 +0000 stuart_m 62464 at https://www.greenleft.org.au United States: Frack health dangers exposed by new report https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62555 <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, 29/08/2016</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/frack_grafitti.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="148" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>There are correlations between hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a range of health issues for Pennsylvania residents, according to a study released on August 25 by the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. The problems include nasal and sinus problems, migraines and fatigue</p> <p>The report, <i>Environmental Health Perspectives</i>, is the school’s third study over the span of the past year focusing on the adverse health effects of the controversial method for extracting gas from solid rock deposits, increasingly used in Pennsylvania.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62555" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62555#comments 1108 Climate coal seam gas environmental health International News United States Mon, 29 Aug 2016 02:01:12 +0000 tony_i 62555 at https://www.greenleft.org.au United States: Native American-led anti-pipeline protests swell https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62554 <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, 29/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/4609">Lauren McCauley</a></span> & <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5588">Nadia Prupis</a></span></div><p><img src="https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-JnxxPnS6Dtw/V5YoLPocYsI/AAAAAAABUH0/YdGUdNB10T8tIwtO53dHVvO4GILf0HzsACLcB/s1600/13658977_1746247375664293_4814133633627636938_n.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <i>Sacred Stone Camp.</i></p> <p>Growing in number and spirit, the Standing Rock Sioux protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline is swiftly gaining strength, as a federal hearing delayed a decision on the controversial project on August 24. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62554" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62554#comments 1108 anti-corporate anti-mining Climate coal seam gas environmental Indigenous rights International News tar sands United States Lauren McCauley Nadia Prupis Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:54:24 +0000 tony_i 62554 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Students occupy to save arts college https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62526 <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, 26/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/3730">Zebedee Parkes</a></span></div><p><img src="https://scontent-sjc2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/14067753_875504319248095_8365061004784471860_o.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>After months of protests, mass meetings and failed talks with the University of Sydney administration, about a dozen Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) students started an occupation of the Dean's office at its Callan Park campus in Rozelle on August 22. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62526" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62526#comments 1108 anti-corporate austerity Australian News democracy SCA Sydney College of the Arts University of Sydney. VC Michael Spence youth rights Zebedee Parkes Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:27:12 +0000 Zeb 62526 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Corporations paid no tax at Rio Olympics https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62545 <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, 27/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="https://scontent-syd1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-0/s480x480/14141736_1771512893092357_3034013585003540922_n.jpg?oh=d90bd1b76e178f319c7eb6ada67c62da&amp;oe=583E13D1" width="100%" /></p> <p>Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Visa and the rest of the corporate sponsors of the August 5–21 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro won't be paying any taxes on the money they earn due to a tax exemption law that is set to cost Brazil hundreds of millions of dollars.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62545" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62545#comments 1108 austerity Brazil International News Olympic Games Rio Olympics sport Mon, 29 Aug 2016 01:18:33 +0000 stuart_m 62545 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Basque leader banned from elections https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62543 <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, 27/08/2016</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/p20_arnaldo_otegi.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="115" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Basque independence activist Arnaldo Otegi has been banned from running as a candidate in an upcoming regional election in the Spanish-controlled Basque Country. An electoral authority ruled on August 24 that Otegi, who was released from jail in March, could not run as a candidate for left-wing Basque party EH Bildu due to a conviction of alleged links to terrorism.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62543" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62543#comments 1108 Arnaldo Otegi Basque Country civil liberties democracy EH Bildu elections International News national liberation Pablo Iglesias Podemos Kerry Smith Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:10:45 +0000 stuart_m 62543 at https://www.greenleft.org.au 10 new albums that aren't on Obama's Spotify playlist https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62550 <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, 29/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/952">Mat Ward</a></span></div><p><iframe src="https://social.shorthand.com/greenleftweekly/embed/uC3mZ48vTe" width="100%" height="500px" style="border: none;"></iframe></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62550#comments 1108 blackfoot Cultural Dissent hip-hop Indigenous music political lyrics Political Music political songs protest lyrics protest music protest songs Mat Ward Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:02:05 +0000 Mat Ward 62550 at https://www.greenleft.org.au PHOTOS: Thousands rally to bring them here https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62549 <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, 27/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <p>Thousands of people across Australia have been coming out to refugee rights rallies in the wake of the <i>Guardian</i>'s Nauru files documenting the systemic abuse of refugees in the Nauru detention centre and the PNG Supreme Court </p> <p>Refugee activists demanded the government immediately close all the detention centre's, end boat turnbacks and resettle all refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island in Australia. </p> <p><b>Sydney<b/></b/></b></p> <p><b>Photos by Zebedee Parkes<b/></b/></b></p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62549" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62549#comments 1108 Australian News refugee rights Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:43:50 +0000 Zeb 62549 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Almost a third of Cuba is forest thanks to program https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62548 <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, 27/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://chuchi.zoy.org/photos/cuba/1_04.jpg" width="100%" /></p> <p>Forests in Cuba now make up 30.6% of the country’s land area, thanks to a reforestation initiative carried out by the socialist government, a new report has found.</p> <p>Titled <i>Environmental Outlook: Cuba 2015</i>, the National Office of Statistics and Information report details recent improvements in Cuba’s forest coverage, up from 27.6% in 2010.</p> <p>Cuba started the reforestation program in 1998. It is part of a select group of developing countries that have been able to maintain sustained forest growth.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62548" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62548#comments 1108 Cuba environmental International News socialism Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:26:50 +0000 tony_i 62548 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Brazil: Rio's Olympic drama is only starting https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62546 <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, 27/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/597">Dave Zirin</a></span>, <a href="/taxonomy/term/4320">Rio de Janeiro</a></div><p><img src="http://rioonwatch.org.br/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_0438.jpg" width="100%" /><br /> <I>Residents of the favela of Horto protest against the imminent demolition of their community.</i></p> <p>“I am absolutely convinced that history will talk of the Rio de Janeiro before the Games and the much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games,” said Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62546" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62546#comments 1108 austerity Brazil civil liberties economy International News Latin America Rio de Janeiro Rio Olympics sport Dave Zirin Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:09:37 +0000 tony_i 62546 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Sexist burkini ban based on Islamophobia, not secularism https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62544 <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, 27/08/2016</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="glw-authors">By <span class="glwnews-article-location"><a href="/taxonomy/term/5014">Lisbeth Latham</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/p20_burkini.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="254" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>Since the announcement of an ordinance banning the wearing of burkinis on the beaches of the French Mediterranean city of Cannes in late July, France has been swept up in a new wave of Islamophobia. </p> <p>A further 17 municipalities have announced their own ordinances banning the burkini — the full-body swimsuit worn by some Islamic women. These bans have been endorsed not only by France’s far right, but by the Socialist Party Prime Minister Manuel Valls. </p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62544" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62544#comments 1108 anti-racism civil liberties France human rights International News Islamophobia women's liberation Lisbeth Latham Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:22:59 +0000 tony_i 62544 at https://www.greenleft.org.au Behind Turkey's US-backed invasion of Rojava https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62539 <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, 27/08/2016</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/turkish_troops_cross_syrian_border_august_24..jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-frontpage-lead-article imagecache-default imagecache-frontpage-lead-article_default" width="140" height="75" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>On the surface, it seems the war against ISIS in Syria is going well. On August 12, the town of Manbij was taken by forces of the Manbij Military Council (MMC) and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).</p> <p>Then on August 24, the nearby border town of Jarablus was occupied by Turkish tanks and troops. Turkish forces were joined by Syrian fighters claiming allegiance to Islamist and other groups affiliated with the Free Syrian Army (FSA).</p> <p>In both instances, the US provided air cover. However, there the similarities end.</p> <p><a href="https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62539" target="_blank">read more</a></p> https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/62539#comments 1108 International News Kurdistan national liberation Recep Tayyip Erdoğan revolution Rojava Rojava revolution socialism Syria Turkey Tony Iltis Sat, 27 Aug 2016 08:07:01 +0000 stuart_m 62539 at https://www.greenleft.org.au