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Hot under the white/blue/greencollar Capitalist pyre ?

Due to recent budget cuts and the rising cost of electricity, gas, and oil, the Light at the End of the Tunnel has been turned off. We apologize for any inconvenience.

A friend here in Melbourne just did a five minute essay on fire and climate change for dispatches radio show in Canada. will be on next week... Check it out at: www.cbc.ca/dispatches

An Iraqi woman named Mimi said it was so bloody hot here in melbourne especially when wind was high, even hotter than Baghdad; she has lived in both cities summers. Friends from Iraq called her on skype internet phone worried if she was on fire which is interesting eg used to be seen that Iraq was "hell" now we get a serve and Iraqis worry about us ! amazing...

Gardens and houses in suburbs are on water restrictions then had really hot and really windy days so many trees like autumn dropped their sun blazed leaves too early. Even with mulch and shade cloth many of the vegies we planted got cooked in the yard alas. Price of fruit and vegies is due to shortages starting to climb via speculators on the scarcity.

The Coming Crisis: White Collar Homelessness

The Coming Crisis: White Collar Homelessness February 10, 2009 " As a common-sense yet critical service to the homeless in LA, one organization has filled a warehouse with trash cans ("bins") for homeless people to store their personal belongings while they are unhoused. Just last week, staffers reconfigured the space to squeeze in more bins to accommodate the rising demand."

Shannon Moriarty has worked in homeless shelters and service organizations in San Francisco, the Triangle region of North Carolina, and currently in the greater Boston area.


COMMENT Green collar jobs renovating all the soon to be shut down car-parks, factories, offices, shops into housing with roof gardens, water tanks, solar electricity power source and other local co-operative social needs ? For blue collar, white collar, no collar wage slave families. Or "business as usual" spend on the next market lead war for resources....

May Day in Fremantle



General Strikes: France-Guadeloupe, Spain ? + Chad

General strikes around the world ... Feb 10 2009 As French unions isolate a general strike by workers in Guadeloupe, workers in Chad have set next Monday while the leader of the Spanish UGT hints at one (or stalls for time?).

French unions isolate Guadeloupe general strike A general strike against rising living costs has been in progress on the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe since January 20. Forty-seven trade unions, associations and political parties under the umbrella organization LKP—The Committee against Extreme Exploitation (lyiannaj kont pwofitasyion in local dialect)—have brought economic activity to a standstill. A massive demonstration of 25,000 out of a total population of 410,000 took place on January 24 in the capital Pointe-à-Pitre.

A view of some of Japan's rulers....

"Several senior officials of the august [Japanese] Ministry of Finance were entertained at a 'pantyless shabu-shabu restaurant' that had a mirrored floor; the suspicion was that these officials provided advance information to their hosts about impending changes in financial regulation." --


Charles Kindleberger, "Manias, Panics and
Crashes: A History of Financial Crises."

Central govt resorts to artillery to fight drought

Will this be the strategy next year during the ongoing drought, higher temperatures for longer & fires ?

Central govt resorts to artillery to fight drought Monday, 09 February 2009 China fired thousands of artillery shells into the sky to make it rain and prepared to divert water from its two longest rivers to fight the country’s worst drought in decades, oficials said yesterday. http://www.chinapost.com.tw/china/national-news/2009/02/09/195214/China-resorts.htm

Premier Wen Jiabao said the drought — which has hit central and southwestern rice growing provinces, as well as the north — risked straining food supplies when people already faced hardships due to the economic crisis. “The drought is still developing. Meteorologists forecast that there will be no major rain in the near-term,” Wen was quoted as saying by the Xinhua news agency during a visit to drought hit areas in Henan province. “It is very difficult to fight a drought and ensure a good harvest,” he said. “We must work very hard and relentlessly.”

Lessons and Strategies From Below - Thailand Conference - March 9 to 11th 2009

Organising for Change: Lessons and Strategies From Below March 9-11, Bangkok

The world totters into the new year with greater economic uncertainty and a deepening crisis, that is showing no signs of ending. Reports of mass lay-offs and and shutting down of factories are pouring in from all over the world. In this intense period, when the economic model driving development is in tatters, inequalities are only exacerbated and put hundreds of millions at risk, with loss of employment and livelihoods. While the logic of neo-liberal capitalist model promoted informalisation and casualisation, the crisis, as it unfolds, brings forth new challenges as well as opportunities.

The E-land case is perhaps a good example, where solidarity actions from unions and activists in Hong Kong prevented the listing of the Korean company from raising capital in Hong Kong while it denied its workers a decent wage in Korea. It was a message to the company that they may run but cannot hide, and that workers solidarity will force them to treat their labour force with dignity. What more is there to learn?

Lebrija, a whole town organizes and fights unemployment Andalusia/Spain

Lebrija, a whole town organizes and fights unemployment


Anarchist direct action in the andalusian countryside

ALB travelled last friday to Lebrija, a sevillian locality of about 26000 inhabitants, to support the demonstration that took place that same day in the streets and to interview comrade Victoriano Vela, a 35 year old bricklayer and one of the instigators, as militant of the local Union of the CNT, of the mobilizations that since last week follow one another, demanding the creation of a Bourse du Travail (fr: labour exchange or council) under popular control so as to provide jobs to the unemployed.We henceforth transcribe the content of the interview we held with him.

1- How did this mobilization arise, and which are its demands?

Well, the thing began in October, when a group of comrades came to the Union talking about the problem of the division of labour in jobs for the City Council, and the shameless patronage that it hides, since only those who are loyal to the PSOE (the party that governs the locality) are employed.

Watershed rally at Polly's office + fight the rich not their wars

Friends of the Earth Melbourne called a 'community presence' at the electoral office of Victorian minister for water Tim Holding to bring home to him people's opposition to the proposed desalination plant at Wonthaggi and the North-South pipeline currently being constructed. Union Solidarity co-ordinator Dave Kerin was one of the speakers ...Melbourne February 6th 2009 http://www.engagemedia.org/Members/pc/videos/dave-kerin-engagemedia.avi/view


" FIGHT THE RICH NOT THEIR WARS ! " Southern-Africa, Statement distributed by ZACF:

Don’t Kill or be Killed for Free Education by Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front Sat, 07 Feb 2009

Internation Women's Day Rally - March 6th Melbourne

2009 International Womens Day Rally Peace, Justice & Equality

State Library, Cnr Swanston & LaTrobe streets Friday 6th March 2009, 2.00pm- 3.00pm

We demand the right to: *Safe and secure work *Equal and decent pay & conditions *Paid parental leave- "It's Time To Deliver" *Free and public child care *Flexible work arrangements And the Right to: *Be safe at home, at work, and all public spaces *Affordable housing, education and health care * Be treated with dignity and respect

For further information please contact: Jennifer O'Donnell-Pirisi, VTHC Women's Officer, 9669 3511.

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