Category Archives: Public events – Australia and New Zealand
We head towards a general election here in New Zealand in September. The capitalist National Party has been in power for three terms (ie since 2008; we have three-year terms here) and look headed for a fourth. The capitalist Labour Party is wallowing in the polls – 27% to National’s 47%.
Labour and National are basically the two cheeks of the one arse. Or, as a veteran leftist here put it back in the early 1990s, National are the front-stabbers and Labour are the back-stabbers.
I’m involved in a NZ-based blog called Redline and got interviewed on Hamilton local community radio – Hamilton is NZ’s fourth bggest city – to put the case for not voting:
US radical singer-songwriter David Rovics performs a number of songs about Ireland, as well as Palestine and other causes. Some readers of this blog may be familiar with him. He’s just been prevented from entering New Zealand – stopped at Narita Airport (Tokyo) and asked to speak to New Zealand Immigration on the phone. The immigration official told him she’d been looking at his blog!
While the NZ Musicians Union are trying to get him into the country, gigs in Christchurch (tonight) and Dunedin (tomorrow night) have had to be cancelled.
Anyway, readers here might be interested in the story: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/progressive-singer-songwriter-david-rovics-banned-by-new-zealand-immigration/
Please note the revised date for the Dublin lockout event in Christchurch (New Zealand). It is on March 23, not March 16 as was advertised on an earlier version of the poster below.
In 1981 ten Irish republicans died on hunger strike to get back their political prisoner status. As a result of their hunger strike much of what they demanded in terms of prison conditions was subsequently won. Britain, however, continued to occupy part of Ireland. In the 1990s the main opposition force to British rule, the Provos (Sinn Fein/IRA) were drawn into a ‘peace process’ and agreed to become part of the governing of the artificial ‘northern Ireland’ statelet. Opposition to the betrayal of the struggle for complete freedom has been met with state repression and the conditions of prisoners in the northern statelet have been made much worse.
Come along to this meeting to commemorate the 1981 hunger strikes and hear about what is happening now.
Marla Hughes on the 1981 hunger strikes
Philip Ferguson on the situation now
7.30pm, Monday, Oct 3
WEA (Workers Education Assn)
59 Gloucester St
Sponsored by: https://theirishrevolution.wordpress.com/