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4 Years too long! Bring the Troops Home!

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Fri, 16/03/2007 - 07:40

IRAQ: Four years after the US-led invasion of Iraq, the country is wracked by ongoing and escalating violence. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have died, according to a study published in the respected British medical journal The Lancet in October.

The corporate media's coverage of the Iraq conflagration has focused only on reports of sectarian violence between Sunni and Shiite Iraqis. This violence is stripped of political context and conflated with the post-invasion surge in common criminality and the brutality of US and US-controlled proxy forces to obscure the roots of the ongoing bloodshed. The media presents the greatest threat to Iraqis as not being the occupation but other Iraqis and therefore, the logic goes, the occupation's end. Sectarian violence is today the key justification espoused by Washington for maintaining US troops in Iraq.

'Clean coal' is smoke and mirrors

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Fri, 02/03/2007 - 08:18

'Clean coal' is smoke and mirrors- by Ben Courtice
9 February 2007

Australian coal-mining companies and Prime Minister John Howard are promoting "clean coal" as a technology that will enable the coal industry to continue its exports while supposedly cleaning up the greenhouse-gas emissions from the burning of this coal.

According to the Australian Coal Association (ACA), clean-coal technologies "reduce emissions, reduce waste, and increase the amount of energy gained from each tonne of coal". These measures focus on capturing and storing the carbon dioxide gas emitted from burning coal to power electricity generation.

- by John Bellamy Foster

Capital's endless pursuit of new outlets for class-based accumulation requires for its continuation the destruction of both pre-existing natural conditions and previous social relations. Class exploitation, imperialism, war, and ecological devastation are not mere unrelated accidents of history but interrelated, intrinsic features of capitalist development.

Full story:
[ClimateChangeAction] John Bellamy Foster | The Ecology of Destruction
Date: Today 09:14:34
From: glparramatta glparramatta at

Change the system - not the climate!

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Thu, 01/02/2007 - 15:29

- by Green Left Weekly

Change the system - not the climate!

Al Gore's film An Inconvenient Truth has helped dramatise the enormity of the global environmental crisis... But Gore focuses on individual actions, makes few serious demands on big business and endorses the largely voluntary market-based measures, such as emissions trading, that are contained in Kyoto. Yet, what is required is the rapid, far-reaching reorganisation of industry, energy, transport and mass consumption patterns, and the massive transfer of clean technology to the Third World. This is simply not possible under capitalism.

Cruelty and xenophobia in the 'lucky country'

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Sat, 27/01/2007 - 11:27

-by John Pilger

The Australian writer Donald Horne meant the title of his celebrated book, The Lucky Country, as irony. "Australia is a lucky country run by second-rate people who share its luck", he lamented in 1964, describing much of the Australian elite as unfailingly unoriginal, race-obsessed and in thrall to imperial power and its wars.


Government policies killing Aborigines

On January 18, the Australian ran a story on a leaked report commissioned by the Peter Beattie Labor Queensland government on the shocking living conditions for Aborigines in Queensland (see accompanying article). Green Left Weekly asked Sam Watson, Murri leader and member of the Socialist Alliance, about this and the ongoing struggle for justice for Indigenous people in Australia.

-by Kerryn Williams, Khartoum
18 January 2007

Late last year, Green Left Weekly's Kerryn Williams spoke to the assistant secretary of the Sudanese Communist Party (SCP), Suleman Hamid El Haj, in Khartoum about political developments in Sudan since the January 2005 signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). The CPA ended the two-decade-long war between Sudan's central government in Khartoum and the south.

Suleman explained that while the SCP was sceptical of the CPA and criticised many of the agreement's elements, the party supported its signing. "Firstly because it stopped the war. There was so many lives lost and a lot of destruction in the south. The war was an obstacle to development. The government was spending US$2.5 million on the war every day.

[ClimateChangeAction] Corps' and coNGOs' (coopted NGOs) plan in fight global warming: raise emissions!

New plan in fight against global warming: raise emissions

Posted by Gar Lipow
at 1:46 PM on 20 Jan 2007

Under the headline "A Coalition for Firm Limit on Emissions," The New York Times writes about a new coalition of major corporations and "moderate" environmental groups
> full story in NY Times.

Two days after several thousand rioters looted and burned down shops,
hotels and other buildings in the Solomon Islands capital of Honiara on
April 18, Australian PM John Howard dispatched 110 troops and 80 police
officers to join the 250 police officers and 120 government `advisers'
making up the Australian-led Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon
Islands. [Full article]

A storm of outrage has been expressed by Shiite politicians against the US occupation forces following a raid by US troops and Iraqi commandos on a Shiite mosque in eastern Baghdad on the evening of March 26. The next day, Iraqi security minister Abd al Karim al Enzi told Reuters: 'At evening prayers, American soldiers accompanied by Iraqi troops raided the Mustafa mosque and killed 37 people. They were unarmed.' Enzi said that all of the victims had been tied up and executed.

AUSTRALIA: Bosses prepare to slash pay

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Tue, 28/03/2006 - 20:45

Under regulations that will give effect to the Work Choices legislation, employers will be able to pay wages below the minimum wage, so long as the workers' average wage over the year reaches the minimum. This provision, along with a similar proviso allowing employers to average normal working hours over the year, are just two of the nasties that the federal government snuck into the regulations in the week before Work Choices came into effect. [Full article]



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