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Filippino military rebel: ‘We need system change’ 5.4.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
The article below is by Peter Boyle, the national secretary of the Democratic Socialist Perspective, which is a Marxist tendency in the Socialist Alliance. Boyle attended the founding congress of the new mass-based left-wing Power of the Masses Party (PLM) in Manila in February. He also met with military rebels, some supportive of the PLM, currently in prison for trying to overthrow the corrupt, neoliberal government of President Gloria Arroyo. A longer version of this article can be found at the socialist e-journal Links, http://www.links.org.au.
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India: Anti-poor policies made worse by crisis 5.4.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Kavita Krishnan is the national secretary of the All India Progressive Women's Association and a former president of the All India Students' Association. She is also a central committee member of the Communist Party of India-Marxist-Leninist (CPI-ML) and editor of Liberation magazine. Krishnan will be an international guest at the World at a Crossroads conference in Sydney, April 10-12. For more information, or to register, visit World at a Crossroads.
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Isolating Israel — lessons from South Africa 5.4.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
The article below is by Salim Vally, a leading member of the Palestine Solidarity Committee in South Africa and a veteran anti-apartheid activist. A longer version is posted at http://www.links.org.au. Vally will be a featured guest at the World at a Crossroads conference, in Sydney, April 10-12. For more information, or to register, visit ;http://www.worldatacrossroads.org.
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Obama Pledges New US Relations With Europe 4.4.2009 Truthout.com

BPresident Obama with fist in the air.

President Obama delivering a speech at a town hall meeting in Strasbourg, France. (Photo: Reuters)

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Change How the World Works? Yes, We Can 2.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Robin Hahnel

In The Times last week Hugo Rifkind threw down the gauntlet to demonstrators protesting at the G20 summit to "formulate a coherent argument" and "propose some sort of feasible alternative to the world economy instead of just bitching about it and blowing your bloody whistles".

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Baltimore City Hall Garden Plots to Be Planted in Veggies 2.4.2009 CommonDreams.org Headlines
by Susan Reimer

Baltimore, which sometimes carries a poor-cousin chip on its shoulder when it comes to the nation's capital, is about to trump the city to the south.

Mayor Sheila Dixon is planning to turn the formal gardens in front of City Hall into vegetable gardens covering about 2,000 square feet. Michelle Obama's White House vegetable garden measures only 1,100 square feet.

"This was being planned before the White House," said Dixon, firmly. "We are not copying!"

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Obama’s Ersatz Capitalism 1.4.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Joseph E. Stiglitz

The Obama administration's $500 billion or more proposal to deal with America's ailing banks has been described by some in the financial markets as a win-win-win proposal. Actually, it is a win-win-lose proposal: the banks win, investors win - and taxpayers lose.

Treasury hopes to get us out of the mess by replicating the flawed system that the private sector used to bring the world crashing down, with a proposal marked by overleveraging in the public sector, excessive complexity, poor incentives and a lack of transparency.

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Declaration of the International Conference on Extractive Industries and 31.3.2009 NFIC News Feed
Manila, Philippines 3-09 International Indigenous Conference Issues Declaration on Extractive Industries – Calls for specific action by Governments, Corporations and others March 26, 2009 Manila, Philippines.  The International Conference on Extractive Industries and Indigenous Peoples held in Manila, Philippines March 23-25th issued a strong declaration at the close of the three day meeting.  The conference, Read more... (http://indiancountrynews.net/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6057&Itemid=99999999)
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Canada: Capitalist crisis, socialist challenges 29.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
The article below is abridged from Socialist Voice, http://www.socialistvoice.ca>. It is by the editors of SV, Roger Annis and John Riddell. Annis is among the international guests attending the World at a Crossroads conference, Sydney, April 10-12. For more information, or to register, visit http://www.worldatacrossroads.org.
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AUSTRALIA: No to Zionist violence 29.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
Below is speech delivered by Gaza Defense Committee activist Ophelia Haragli, at a March 2 protest in Sydney against former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, Dan Gillerman, who was on a speaking tour of Australia. Gillerman told the Sydney Morning Herald on February 16 that “Israeli troops should get a medal” for their massacre of 1300 civilians in Gaza earlier this year. The protest was organised by the Gaza Defence Committee http://www.gazadefencecommittee.org
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AUSTRALIA: Oppose internet censorship 29.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
One hundred and fifty people protested in Canberra on March 21 against federal government plans to introduce a national internet filter. The protest was organised by the Digital Liberty Coalition.
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People's power confronts global crisis 29.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
“Fat cats in terror after anti-capitalists attack Fred the Shred’s home”, was the headline on the right-wing British Daily Mail’s March 26 report that the luxurious Edinburgh mansion of former Royal Bank of Scotland CEO Sir Fred Goodwin had been vandalised by a group calling themselves “Bank Bosses Are Criminals”.
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Usury Country: Payday Loans Pushing Millions of Middle Class Americans Deeper into Debt 26.3.2009 Democracy Now!
Lawmakers and public officials in California, Ohio, South Carolina, Missouri, Washington and other states are attempting to crack down on the controversial practice known as payday lending. Payday loans are short-term loans or cash advances secured by a post-dated check. The annual interest rate for these loans can be as high as 400 percent, ten times the highest credit card rates. Today, it's a $40 billion industry with more than 22,000 stores. We speak with journalist Daniel Brook about his Harper's Magazine article, “Usury Country," and with Ginna Green of the Center for Responsible Lending. [includes rush transcript]
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US/CANADA: Alaskan lake’s fate could echo across continent 24.3.2009 Globalization News
A landmark legal case now before the US Supreme Court holds huge implications for lakes across the continent. Nearly four decades the Clean Water Act was passed to protect waterways from industrial pollution, a proposal by Coeur d’Alene Mines Corp. to dispose of tons of effluent in Alaska's Lower Slate Lake has sparked an international debate.
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20 Years After Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, Alaskan Coastline Remains Contaminated, Residents Still Struggle for Justice 24.3.2009 Democracy Now!
Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The Exxon Valdez spilled between 11 and 38 million gallons of crude oil into the fishing waters of Prince William Sound. The spill contaminated more than 1,200 miles of Alaska's shoreline and killed hundreds of thousands of seabirds and marine animals. It also dealt a staggering blow to the residents of local fishing towns, and the effects of the disaster are still being felt today. We speak with Riki Ott, a community activist, marine toxicologist, former commercial salmon fisherma'am and author of two books on the spill. Her latest is Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Spill . [includes rush ...
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Dam Politics: India's Leading Activist Medha Patkar Takes on Corporate Control of Water 23.3.2009 Democracy Now!
We speak with Medha Patkar, one of India's best-known and best-loved social activists. She is the iconic founder of the Save the Narmada Movement and the National Alliance of People's Movements. She led the nonviolent struggle against the Sardar Sarovar dam project over the Narmada River for more than two decades and continues to fight for the rights of some 300,000 people, those already made homeless and those facing displacement by the dam. Patkar has organized several mass rallies, demonstrations and hunger strikes, survived numerous jail terms and police violence, and won many important victories. [includes rush transcript]
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G20's pledges will worsen crisis for the poor 22.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
A March 20 Sydney Morning Herald article reported that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is now predicting that world economic growth for 2009 will be negative for the first time in more than 60 years — shrinking by as much as 1%.
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Venezuela: Mass organisation, unity increases as revolution deepens 22.3.2009 Green Left Weekly issue #780
“This government is here to protect the people, not the bourgeoisie or the rich”, proclaimed Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on February 28, as he ordered soldiers to take over two rice-processing plants owned by Venezuelan food and drink giant Empresas Polar.
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Ecuador: The Logic of Development Clashes with Movements 19.3.2009 Upside Down World
In spite of proclaiming himself socialist and a defender of the general well being, President Rafael Correa has...
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Social media as the new frontier for NGOs 13.3.2009 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us

When Jennifer Marano created the Greenpeace Canada Facebook group three years ago, it was as much the result of frustration as anything else.

Living in Toronto, where Greenpeace's Canadian offices are located, it had always been easy for her to volunteer for the organization. But when she began studying at the University of Ottawa, Marano, now 20 years old, suddenly found herself far from the action.

"I felt useless in Ottawa," she recalled in an interview conducted, fittingly enough, via Facebook. "I thought I could spread environmental awareness through Facebook because it was becoming so international."

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