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September 19, 2018 - click here for index of articles.

Capitalism’s farming chaos

Australia is in drought. Yes, I know, it’s not exactly news, is it? News outlets and chat shows have merely woken up at last to what country people have known for some years. The media are right in one respect, however: the situation is serious. The dams on rural properties – even the creeks running through them – both of which are relied on to provide water for stock, are all drying up. The little dam on my property is now just an almost empty mud puddle.  more ...

Editorial – Pacific voices

In January Samoa’s Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele stated that a federal government frontbencher’s criticism of China’s aid program is “insulting” to Pacific Island leaders, and has the capacity to “destroy” Australia’s relationship with the region.  more ...

After the Apology lets our strong voices speak

After the Apology, a feature length documentary written and directed by Indigenous filmmaker and academic Larissa Behrendt, is currently being screened in communities across Australia. There was a series of screenings in Tennant Creek in the Northern Territory on August 22-23.  more ...

Keep uranium in the ground

On a cold evening outside the WA state parliament over 70 protesters gathered on the resumption of sitting from the winter break to send a message to the Labor government and the state Australian Labor Party to keep true to its values and not proceed on any of the four pending uranium mining projects.  more ...

Floundering in history’s wake

The Four Corners interview with Donald Trump’s former strategist Steve Bannon yielded the information that as far as that worthy was concerned, the USA was already in a war with China. Since the super patriots of the US Right cannot conceive (let alone admit) that the US might ever be in the wrong over anything, it follows that in their opinion, any hiccup in trade or diplomatic relations between the USA and China must be the fault of China.  more ...

Who really won the war?

It is not “fashionable” to recognise that the Soviet Union had the lion’s share in defeating German fascism in WW2. The rewriting of history began at a fevered pace even before the war ended to ensure that, as a front page of Time magazine had it in 1994 at the anniversary of D-day carried a cover of US president Eisenhower beside the headline “The man who beat Hitler”.  more ...

On the working class and its allies

During my two-week vacation in Germany last month it was clear to me that Germany, like the US, is at a crossroad. Dangerous developments connected with a rising fascist movement under the banner of the Alternative for Germany (AfD) are underway. Germany’s Left Party (die Linke), on the other hand, could well be on its way toward mounting an effective fightback.  more ...

Funding failing private schools in Africa

How on earth did we get to the point where our aid spending funded schools which two African countries are trying to shut down, and which have been criticised by UN human rights organisations? Nick Dearden asks.  more ...

Culture & Life – Chile – September 11, 1973

September 11 was also a day of terror – in Chile in 1973. “I’ve been through this before,” Chilean author Ariel Dorfman wrote of the 2001 US terror day. “The world will never be the same,” he recalls Chileans saying after their September 11.  more ...


Quote of the Week

Tomorrow belongs to the people, the workers.
Humanity advances toward the conquest of a better life.
History is ours and the people will make it.

Chile’s president Salvador Allende’s last message
before the US-backed coup, Sept 11, 1973







This web page was last updated: Tuesday, September 18, 2018.

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