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Workers’ Rights, not for Sale! Rescind FSC certification in Military Junta-ruled Myanmar

The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) exists to certify that products coming from the world's forests are produced responsibly. This means, among other things, that forestry workers are treated fairly. The FSC says that it "shall uphold the principles and rights at work as defined in the ILO Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work (1998) based on the eight ILO Core Labour Conventions."

The FSC will obviously not allow forestry products made in countries like Myanmar to be certified, right?

Québec: Support unions' call for dialogue and negotiations

In partnership with the Education International and Public Services International. Education Internationa is the voice of teachers and education workers around the world. Through its 383 member organisations, EI represents more than 32 million teachers and education support personnel in 178 countries and territories. Public Services Interational is a Global Union Federation of more than 700 trade unions representing 30 million workers in 154 countries.

In Search of Kindness

Now is the season when priests proclaim, “Peace on earth, goodwill towards men” and mainstream media soothe us with stories and images of kindness.

But why do peace and goodwill remain just dreams? Why is kindness so rare in the world today? Why is it limited to the personal sphere? Why is the wider world so cruel?

Then there's only one choice

A haunting reminder of the need for peace by a man who died for it

“Then there's only one choice” By Wolfgang Borchert

Translated from the German by William T. Hathaway

Voting "Yes" and the Nay-Sayers

Between work and study this week I scooted down to the Port Melbourne town hall yesterday to cast a "Yes" vote in the Voice referendum. I recognise ATSI people as the original inhabitants of the land. My respect for this means that I think it is right that they, like other indigenous people throughout the world, should have an advisory body to the government on matters that affect them. And that's the entirety of the constitutional change.

97%+ of "No" Voters Don't Know What They Are Voting On

Abstract: The Voice Referendum seeks to provide recognition to the First People of Australia and a body known as the Voice which can make representations to the parliament and executive. The Australian Parliament will determine the powers and procedures of the Voice. According to current aggregated opinion polling, the "No" case to the Voice is currently leading.

Labor Party Conference in BrisVegas

A few days ago I landed in Brisbane to, once again, attend the ALP National Conference. As is usually the case, the results on contested issues are pretty well-known before the vote is actually taken.

West Africa Coups

The nations of West Africa are loosely affiliated under a supernational group called the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), sort of like how most of Europe is affiliated under the EU. Up until recently, the members of ECOWAS were all democracies (though not necessarily very strong ones). Many of them have had significant security problems, especially in the relatively poor and inaccessible Sahel.

Evidence, Please

I rather feel that in the past few days I have become increasingly disappointed by the intellectual partisanship shown by others. This includes encounters with racists, with anti-vaxxers, and - perhaps the most disappointing of all - by ignorant political partisanship by those who lack experience in housing economics but have become enchanted by the Australian Greens' policy of a rent-freeze (also argued, quelle suprise, by the New Zealand Greens).

Private Property Norms

by Pyotr Malatesta

Private property norms establish political control over resources and assets, influencing power dynamics within society. As individuals amass wealth and property, they gain greater influence over the political process, shaping policies and decisions to benefit their interests. This concentration of political entitlements often leads to inequitable outcomes, where the affluent few wield disproportionate power compared to the disenfranchised many.

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