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NSW SHUTS CSG OPERATIONS IN GLOUCESTER

The New South Wales government has shut down AGL’s coal seam gas operations in Gloucester in northern NSW.

AGL voluntarily suspended operations after it detected benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylenes, also known as BTEX, in flowback water from two of the four wells.

AGL said it did not use the chemicals, banned in CSG operations since 2011, and it was likely to be naturally occurring.

The government has suspended AGL’s licence until an investigation has been completed by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Outcry over planned Irish Famine comedy

Outrage and disbelief met a report in the December 30 Irish Times that British TV station Channel 4 was commissioning a comedy set to the backdrop of the Irish Famine.

The Famine lasted from 1845 until 1852, with more than one million people dying from starvation and disease.

Many of them were buried without coffins in mass pauper graves. Others were left where they dropped for fear of contagion, their mouths green from the grass they ate in desperation.

Malaysia: Farmers launch anti-eviction campaign, turn to socialists for help

About 500 Chinese farmers in the state of Perak, in northern Malaysia, with the support of the Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) are resisting attempted evictions from land they have occupied for more than 40 years.

British Latin America conference pushes solidarity with progressive struggles

Latin America 2014 conference, in solidarity with the continent's progressive struggles, was held in London on November 29 and attracted hundreds of participants.

Held in the Trade Union Congress building, it was jointly organised by several trade unions, Latin America solitary groups and other supporters of the progressive and revolutionary struggles in the region.

The participants took part in more than 30 workshops across a broad range of topics surrounding the achievements and challenges of the various governments, social and political movements across the continent.

Climate action needs global justice

The world's top climate scientists issued their latest warning in November that the climate crisis is rapidly worsening on several fronts — and that we must stop our climate-polluting way of producing energy if we are to stand a chance of avoiding the worst impacts of climate change.

Poem: Rain From Nowhere

His cattle didn’t get a bid, they were fairly bloody poor,
What was he going to do? He couldn’t feed them anymore,
The dams were all but dry, hay was thirteen bucks a bale,
And last month’s talk of rain was just a fairytale,
His credit had run out, no chance to pay what’s owed,
Bad thoughts ran through his head as he drove down Gully Road.

“Geez, great grandad bought the place back in 1898,
“Now I’m such a useless bastard, I’ll have to shut the gate.
“I can’t feed my wife and kids, not like dad and those before,
“Crikeys, Grandma kept it going while Pop fought in the war.”

Cesar Chavez film tells story of heroic farmworker struggle

Cesar Chavez
Directed by Diego Luna
Written by Keir Pearson
Australian release TBA

The 1936 National Labor Relations Act in the United States recognised the rights of US workers to organise and collectively bargain -- but excluded farm workers.

Cesar Chavez tells the story of the heroic struggle of super-expoited farm workers -- frequently immigrants -- and their leader Cesar Chavez for their rights to organise for a dignified living.

Brazil's MST: 'Our challenge is to fight for structural reforms'

In an interview with Pagina do MST's Iris Pacheco, Alexandre Conceicao, a national leader of the Movement of Rural Landless Workers (MST), said social movements played a fundamental role in the October 26 re-election of President Dilma Rousseff, the candidate of the Workers' Party (PT). Dilma won 51%, defeating her main rival, Aecio Neves.

The interview, below, was translated by Federico Fuentes.

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Rally for GM-Free Farming and Food

Our food system is under threat from inadequate laws, regulations and oversight. This rally will call for retention and review of the WA GM Crops Free Areas Act, support for GM-free farming and Farmer Protection Legislation. Petitions will be presented to Christ Tallentire and Lynn MacLaren for tabling in both houses of parliament.

WA state Parliament House, Harvest Tce, West Perth.

Event date: 
Wed, 19/11/2014 - 1:15pm
Event time: 
Wed, 19/11/2014 - 1:15am
Phone: 
Janet 0420 820 713

Israeli settlements double in four years

The number of Israeli settlements on occupied Palestinian land have doubled in the past 54 months, UN Commission on Human Rights member Cees Flinterman said ton October 31.

Middle East Monitor said that day that Flinterman presented the fourth stage of a report monitoring activity of Israel's practices in Palestinian territory.

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