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July 18, 2018 - click here for index of articles.

Electricity 101 – Profits first, last and always

It took the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) a 15-month inquiry to find out what every household already knew – that privatised electricity companies are rorting the system. Grossly inflated electricity bills, housing unaffordability and stagnant or falling wages in the face of rising prices are the major factors driving more and more households into poverty.  more ...

Editorial – New era in globalisation

In the view of the Chinese government, globalisation is a historic process which has unfolded over the past 400 years and is impossible to reverse. The world is becoming more interdependent, including relations between the US and China. Seen in this way, economic nationalism is doomed to fail but will create plenty of damage in the meantime.  more ...

Links between weapons, corporations and universities

Students attending the Students of Sustainability conference, together with Disarm Universities and other organisations, occupied the entrance to the Administration Building of Melbourne University early on the morning of July 11, using barrel pipe locks across the main doors of the building. They were protesting over the university’s links with the weapons trade.  more ...

Brute force in Villawood

Around 40 female detainees in Villawood are staging a protest hunger strike from July 12. The protest follows abrupt changes that confine all women to the Lima compound. The changes isolate the female detainees and deny them access to previously communal areas, and communal activities.  more ...

China opens, Trump erects walls

BEIJING: The Trump administration’s declaration of a trade war with China has implications for that country’s latest round of ambitious economic reforms as well as for global economic development generally.  more ...

US “Masterstroke” against Venezuela

Regardless of which corporate party is in power the Pentagon continues its plans and strategies for world domination from the Middle East to the Korean Peninsula to Africa and to Latin America. Here is an analysis of an internal Pentagon document by Stella Calloni, outlining a very real scenario to be carried out by the Southern Command to overthrow the democratically elected Venezuelan government.  more ...

German brand of Trumpism

Germany’s politicians played the chicken game last week, testing which party, Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union or its Bavarian “sister party”, Horst Seehofer’s Christian Social Union, would be the first to swerve. When new parties were founded after World War II, Bavaria, Germany’s biggest state, saw the rise of the Christian Social Union, a separate party several degrees to the right of its big sister party, the Christian Democratic Union, in the rest of West Germany.  more ...

Culture & Life – Cold War 2.0

BRITAIN: Tranquil rural Wiltshire is now the epicentre of Cold War 2.0 it seems. The dramatic events in Amesbury at the start of the month are once again creating a frenzy of media speculation and confusion, if not outright disinformation.  more ...

Quote of the Week

To decide every few years which member of the ruling class is to repress and crush the people through parliament – this is the real essence of bourgeois parliamentarianism.

The State and Revolution – VI Lenin

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