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February 20, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

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The Morrison government’s plan to re-open the Christmas Island detention centre at taxpayers’ cost of $1.4 billion is in response to the legislation – the Medivac bill – passed last week by independents, the Greens and Labor to allow asylum seekers locked in camps on Manus Island and Nauru to be brought to Australia – based primarily on a diagnosis by doctors – for medical treatment.  more ...

Editorial – Solidarity with Bolivarian Venezuela

The Central Committee of the Communist Party of Australia condemns in the strongest possible terms the US military threats and economic war against the legitimate government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.  more ...

Reportback on Athens

Over 50 people attended Reportback meeting organised in Sydney on the outcomes and themes of the “20th International Meeting of Communist and Workers Parties”, held in Athens in November last year. The Sydney meeting was organised by the Greek Department of the Sydney District Committee of the CPA and the Reportback address was given by a CPA delegate to the Athens meeting, Dorothy Costa. She focused on current developments in the international Communist movement which were at the centre of the ideological themes of the 20th IMCWP.  more ...

Serious problems found

A report from Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s department into the Coalition government’s remote Indigenous work-for-the-dole scheme has found serious problems.  more ...

Constitutional change in Cuba

During late December 2018 and January 2019, the 36th Australian Brigade of the Southern Cross visited Cuba and participated in a program of events organised by the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the people. One of these events was a presentation by the local Deputy of the Provincial Assembly of Peoples Power for the District of Caimito. Professor Miguel Enrique Charbonet, on the process followed to change Cuba’s current Constitution which was adopted on February 24, 1976. In the lead-up to a referendum to be held on February 24, 2019, to decide whether to adopt the new Constitution, the people of Cuba were invited to participate in an extensive process of consultation. Charbonet is a professor of chemistry and has previously given presentations to the Southern Cross Brigades on Cuban democracy. Charbonet has held the seat of Caimito since 1993 and is also a member of the Communist Party.   more ...

A Letter to Australia’s history, 20 years from now

Once I was proud of my country.  more ...

A brief history of the world communist movement

The CPUSA and its predecessors included the left wing of the Socialist Party, but also attracted many people from the anarcho-syndicalist International Workers of the World (IWW or Wobblies) including future Communist Party leaders such as John Reed, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and William Z Foster. Other IWW members who became close to the Communist Party included Lucy Parsons and Helen Keller.  more ...

Brexit and the divisions within the British ruling class

The British ruling class is divided over the Brexit issue. That much is clear. Not so obvious, though, is the underlying cause of this split.  more ...

What’s British imperialism up to in Oman?

In his new book AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain, Dr David Wearing observes: “British power has been an important factor (among others) in the promotion and preservation of monarchical rule” in the Arabian Gulf. It is worth taking time to explore the British government’s wider relationship with the so-called “sleepy sultanate” in more detail.  more ...

US-backed coup in Venezuela – The fate of democracy

There’s been a lot misinformation in the international media about whether what is happening in Venezuela is a brazen US-led power grab or a constitutional transfer of power aided by the international community.  more ...

At the soup kitchen in Martin Place, Sydney, on the weekend, organised and run by the Communist Youth. It feeds the victims of capitalism every week. It builds a community of young volunteers.

Quote of the Week

Yes, as through the world I’ve wandered,
I’ve seen lots of funny men;
Some will rob you with their six-gun,
And some with a fountain pen.

Woody Guthrie – Pretty Boy Floyd

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