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GLW issue 813, published 2009-10-14.

Climate change, poverty and 'natural' disasters

People in the Philippines are struggling to rebuild after Typhoon Ketsana caused widespread flooding and landslides.

Philippines: A call for grassroots flood aid

The flooding in the Philippines after Typhoon Ketsana has displaced hundreds of thousands. The left-wing Power of the Masses Party (PML) is calling for donations to help in relief work (see below for details).

Honduras: 'Nothing will be the same again'

What began as a coup aimed at deposing a millionaire landowner president, whose “crime” had been to gradually shift Honduras away from US control and implement mild pro-people reforms, has spurned on a mass resistance movement with the potential to revolutionise the country.

Venezuela: Peasants march against killings

Thousands of peasant rights’ activists marched in Guarico, Venezuela on Thursday to demand an end to impunity for the killings of 220 farmer organizers since the 2001 Land Reform Law was passed. The march was sparked by two recent attacks presumed to have been planned and paid for by large estate owners against well-known land reform activists.

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Anti-drunk laws noticeably hypocritical

In May, the New South Wales Labor government introduced a new law lowering the threshold for public intoxication before which a person could be “moved on” or potentially arrested by police. The threshold was changed from “seriously drunk” to “noticeably drunk”.

Can we survive the 'recovery'?

On October 6, the Reserve Bank of Australia lifted the official interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 3.25%. Explaining the bank’s decision, RBA governor Glenn Stevens said “the risk of serious economic contraction in Australia” had now “passed”.

The influence of the religious right

The rise of the religious right in Australia and New Zealand can be linked to the development of organisations in the United States that emerged in the 1970s.

Steaming along the tracks of revolution

When Artem Samsurov first came to Brisbane in 1911, the Russian exile noted that the poor did not eat horsemeat like they did in his native country and he wondered whether this did indeed make it true that Australia was a “working man’s paradise”? A diet that was no stranger, however, to rabbit, and bread and lard, suggested otherwise.

On the box

Transvestite Wives – It is estimated that over 250,000 British men dress in women's clothes. This documentary looks at three transvestite relationships through the eyes of their wives. SBS1, Friday, October 16, 10pm.

Moving images of Palestine

Palestinian Days film festivalSchonell theatre, Brisbane, October 16-18Visit or phone 0400 720 757.

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