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May 23, 2018 - click here for index of articles.

Union rights – Build the movement

The Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last week dropped charges of the serious criminal offence of “blackmail” against two Victorian construction union officials. The charges were yet another attempt to criminalise legitimate trade union activity which has served workers well for many decades.  more ...

Editorial – Powerhouse to the people

The NSW Coalition government’s appalling decision to relocate Sydney’s famous Powerhouse Museum sets an extremely dangerous precedent for Australia’s state governments.  more ...

Wintawari Guruma people take on Fortescue Metals

The fight to save Ice Age relics from a present-day mining venture in the Pilbara region of Western Australia is heating up. Mining giant Fortescue Metals Group (FMG), supported by WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ben Wyatt, have squared off against the Wintawari Guruma Aboriginal Corporation (WGAC) and 23,000 years of history.  more ...

First Peoples have come last in the latest budget

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison’s 2018-19 budget has come under fire for neglecting lndigenous people, being racially discriminatory and allocating nearly $50 million towards a Captain Cook memorial.  more ...

A place to call home – A letter to the editor

Carly and I have been fighting for social or community housing now for over eight months after we found out our current private rental lease was not going to be renewed. We lodged an application with SAHT (SA Housing Trust) around June 2017 and we were placed on the most urgent category due to circumstances of the time which were:  more ...

Illegitimate usurper

Between March 30 and May 11 Israeli forces shot dead more than 40 unarmed Palestinians and wounded over 2,000 during the Great March of Return protests in Gaza. On May 14 alone, in protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, Israeli soldiers killed a further 58 Palestinians and wounded nearly 2,800.  more ...

Venezuela – Counter-revolution alliance

On Sunday, May 20, Venezuela held a general election. The US has formed an alliance, the “Lima Group,” whose purpose is regime change in Venezuela. On Monday, May 14, the countries that constitute this group met in Mexico City and issued a statement denouncing the Venezuelan government as “undemocratic” and demanding that the May 20 election date be cancelled.  more ...

Big Oil in Canada’s tarsands

TORONTO: It was high drama when centre-left Alberta New Democratic Party (NDP) Premier Rachel Notley drew out her pistols against British Columbia NDP Premier John Horgan, calling on Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the federal government for back-up. The public was told this western was all about “the national interest,” and that was the reason the PM had to call the two Premiers down to Ottawa for a talking-to. It turns out the talking-to was mostly directed at Horgan, who formed a government after promising to stop the Trans Mountain Pipeline from being built to deliver bitumen from the Alberta tarsands to deep-sea tankers on the British Columbia coast.  more ...

Creating revolutionary mass media in a social-media world

“The purpose of our meeting today is precisely to ensure that literature and art fit well into the whole revolutionary machine as a component part, that they operate as powerful weapons for uniting and educating the people and for attacking and destroying the enemy, and that they help the people fight the enemy with one heart and one mind.”  more ...

Culture & Life – The poison gas conspiracy

Farah Notash, of the Vienna-based World Anti-Imperialist Front, commenting on the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, points out that “the creation of the UN Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons was an advanced humanist step taken to protect nations against a weapon of mass murder, but ... for some time the world has been witnessing the misuse of this ban by the imperialists. They misuse this ban when they want to expand their domination by cheating and lying.”  more ...

Quote of the Week

Man is born free; and everywhere he is in chains.

Rousseau – The Social Contract (1762)

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