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People are not pollution: Population limits are not green

Immigrants to the developed world have frequently been blamed for unemployment, crime and other social ills. Attempts to reduce or block immigration have been justified as necessary measures to protect "our way of life" from alien influences.
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John Pilger: The kidnapping of Haiti

The theft of Haiti has been swift and crude.
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Indigenous welfare: Don't punish loan shark's victims

The actions of loan shark Sam Tomarchio, revealed on January 15 by the Australian, do not justify the expansion of "welfare quarantining" to the Aboriginal people affected.
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Refugee camps: 'Factories for producing mental illness'

On January 25, newly announced Australian of the Year and youth mental health expert Patrick McGorry said refugee detention centres were "factories for producing mental illness".
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Tamil refugee hunger strike: 'Why do they treat us like this?'

"We are human beings, why are we ignored?", a Tamil refugee inside the Christmas Island detention centre told Green Left Weekly on the night of January 28.
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Indonesia detains foreign refugee advocates

On January 26, three refugee advocates — Sydney-based Tamil community activist Sara Nathan, Pamela Curr from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne, and Jessica Chandrashekar from the Canadian Humanitarian Appeal for Relief of Tamils — were arrested in Merak, Indonesia.
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Regional left statement: Cancel Haiti's debt!

The following is a joint statement by Asian left organisations in solidarity with the people of Haiti. To add your organisation's support, email
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Nationalism and racism

In the lead-up to "Australia Day" on January 26, former TV host Ray Martin restarted a debate about the need to change the Australian flag.
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Green Left Weekly's fighting fund: Is that the truth or did you see it on Fox?

You've got to love Fox News. It's like the saying on the t-shirt: "Is that the truth or did you see it on Fox"?
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Appeal: help get GLW out bush

Green Left Weekly has a long and proud tradition of covering the many struggles for justice waged by Aboriginal people and their supporters. This has especially been the case since the Northern Territory intervention was introduced, with GLW journalists making trips to Central Australia to make contact with, and report on, the communities resisting the paternalistic policies.
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Navy neglect caused refugee deaths

The coronial inquest into the fatal explosion onboard a boat carrying Afghan asylum seekers in April 2009 began on January 25. Five people died and many were injured.
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Bolivia: 'We are here to serve people, not capitalists'

Pledging to move the country towards "communitarian socialism", Bolivian president Evo Morales proclaimed the death of the "colonial state" during the January 21 inauguration of his second term as president. He said "a new plurinational, autonomy and solidarity-based state is being born".
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Alistair Hulett: 'A great songwriter and socialist'

Alistair Hulett died at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow on January 28. The obituary published below was complied by Links, the international journal of socialist renewal. More information on Hulett and his career can be found at .
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Alyawarr people to launch 'protest house'

On July 14, 2009, the Alyawarr people from Ampilatwatja, three hours' north-west of Alice Springs, walked off their community and set up a protest camp on their traditional homelands.
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Bolivia: Movement for change strengthens

The results of Bolivia's December 6 national elections confirmed the support won by President Evo Morales and his Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) party for the profound changes underway.
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Honduras; Obama's new puppets on display

On January 27, new puppets will take centre stage in the puppetry act in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. "President" Pepe Lobo ("elected" in a fraudulent poll on November 27 in which most Hondurans refused to vote) will accept the strings of attachment to the invisible power that continues to rule Honduras.
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Howard Zinn —the people's historian

Howard Zinn, an activist and author for half a century and probably the best-known voice of the US left, died on January 27 at the age of 87.
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WA seafarers on brink of victory

Seafarers in the offshore oil and gas industry, members of the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA), are on the verge of winning historic improvements to their pay and working conditions, including a 30% pay rise and construction allowances that would give them parity with other workers involved in the construction phase of oil and gas projects.
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Ten steps for a safe climate

On January 12, community group Climate Action Hobart launched its document Ten Steps for a Safe Climate — Tasmania's contribution to preventing dangerous climate change, which was developed over the previous year with input from industry experts, scientists, climate activists and the general community.
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People's tribunal finds Sri Lanka guilty

Sri Lanka was guilty of crimes against humanity for their war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) that concluded last May, a People's Tribunal in Dublin on January 14-16 found.
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Gay donor ban: one blood, two laws

To give blood in Australia, it is first necessary to answer a lot of questions. Some make sense. They range from recent illness to cholesterol. Some are invasive and confronting. One question asks: "Within the past 12 months have you had male to male sex?"
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Rape is not art

Chain store Roger David has been selling offensive T-shirts with pictures of naked women bound or gagged with cloth over their mouths. Other shirts available for sale online have slogans on them such as "It's not rape, it's surprise sex", and "Your princess is my little slut".
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Gillard, Barnett unite against Pluto workers

Federal Labor's workplace relations minister Julia Gillard and Western Australian Liberal Premier Colin Barnett joined forces last week, demanding striking Pluto project workers return to work.
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Workplace solidarity for Haiti

The slow initial response from Australian aid agencies to the horrific Haiti earthquake prompted me to organise some on-the-job fundraising for the victims. The not-for-profit organisation I work for deals with homelessness I thought the people I work with would identify with the plight of the Haitians.
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Art award and festival to promote radical culture

The Live Red Art Award and Festival, an initiative supported by Cultural Dissent seeks to promote and recognize art that investigates a radical social and political perspective.
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Australia shows how not to stop climate change

Climate change minister Penny Wong has announced a target of a 5% cut in Australia's carbon emissions by 2020, relative to emissions in 2000.
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Bad banks — New Zealand's black sheep

Although New Zealand, like Australia, has not been as badly affected by the global economic crisis as the US or Europe, workers are facing hardship.
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Corporate vultures circle occupied Haiti

"We have three priorities", United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon told a January 21 media conference on Haiti with former US President Bill Clinton.
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Correction

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Greens put carbon tax on the agenda

The Australian Greens announced an "interim carbon price proposal" on January 21, whereby carbon would be taxed essentially within the framework of the federal Labor government's proposed Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS).
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Gunns 20 win

On January 29, woodchipping giant Gunns Limited has dropped its law suits against the last four defendants in the "Gunns 20" case and agreed to pay the four $155,088 for legal costs.
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Haiti: 'Drop the debt! Aid not troops!'

At Sydney Town Hall on January 28, 50 people rallied against the militarisation of Haiti and highlighted that Haiti is suffering from a human-made disaster as much as a natural one. The rally was organised by the Latin American Social Forum (LASF).
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Haiti: Send doctors, not soldiers

On January 14, two days after the catastrophe in Haiti, which destroyed that neighbouring sister nation, I wrote: "In the area of healthcare and others, the Haitian people have received the cooperation of Cuba, even though this is a small and blockaded country.
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Honduras: 'We march against the coup'

The following statement was released on January 26 by Civil Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH), which is part of the National Resistance Front Against the Coup (FNRG), on the protests planned for the following day against the inauguration of "president" Porfirio Lobo Sosa. It is reprinted from Honduras Resists.
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MPs quit union over anti-privatisation campaign

Rail commuters are the latest victims of the Anna Bligh state Labor government's asset sale madness.
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Protesters march against invasion

Despite rumours of a council ban, the annual January 26 Invasion Day rally and march from Parliament House to Musgrave Park went ahead, as it has done for more than 30 years.
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South Africa: Victory for Sun International workers

The article below is abridged from a statement by the South African Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers Union (SACCAWU) on the ending of its seven-week industrial dispute with hotel and gambling company Sun International.
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South Africa's upside-down world

Even if the meanings we give to dates are most often overblown, there is something about the mark of a new decade.
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Sri Lanka: Rajapaksa regime retains power

Incumbent and Sri Lanka Freedom Party candidate Mahinda Rajapaksa has won the January 26 presidential election, receiving 58% of votes cast.
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Sydney: 'Marti's struggle lives on'

The 157th anniversary of the birth of Cuban hero and independence fighter Jose Marti was celebrated on January 29 at an event organised by the Consulate General of Cuba.
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Turkey: Port workers win agreement

The article below is reprinted from www.itfglobal.org.
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We kid you not

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Privatisation doesn't fly

The Men Who Killed Qantas: Greed, Lies and Crashes and How They Destroyed the Reputation of the World's Safest Airline By Matthew Benns, William Heinemann, 2009, 307 pp, $34.95 (pb)
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