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June 12, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

“This warrant relates to … ”

Last week the Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided the ABC Sydney offices and a News Corp journalist’s home, stunning media outlets, other organisations and individuals in Australia and around the world. The raids come from a post-election, emboldened government signalling a crackdown on whistle blowers and freedom of the press.  more ...

Your rights under attack

The current federal government’s attack on journalists and whistle blowers, should be seen in light of the undermining of democratic rights by the ruling class using the arms of the state machine to attack the rights of working people.  more ...

Traditional Owners: last line to stop Adani

With Indian mining giant Adani receiving public support from both the federal Coalition government and the Queensland Labor government, it looks like the only impediment to the massive coal mine is the full bench of the Federal Court.  more ...

It’s your ABC

Why are so many Australians up in arms about the political emasculation of our national broadcaster – the Australian Broadcasting Corporation? One reason is that they realise the importance – especially in this age of fake news, government propaganda and downright lying – of a news outlet independent of the government. Many Australians also remember the “Good Old Days” when they could enjoy watching their favourite teams play cricket or football free to air before the Murdoch Empire moved in with Foxtel and made them pay for the privilege.  more ...

EU elections – Checkmate

Elections to the European Parliament which concluded on May 26 show the continuing decline of the “mainstream” political parties. In these elections to elect 751 members of European Union Parliament (MEPs), the EPP (European People’s Party, a centre-right grouping consisting of the Christian Democrats of Germany) won 180 MEPs with 23.8 percent of the vote; the S&D group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats won 146 seats with 20.3 percent of votes.  more ...

The face of monopoly capitalism

Amazon is Europe’s largest internet retailer, with a turnover twice that of its 20 largest competitors. In 2017 its chief executive earned US$2.16 million per hour, while Amazon workers receive the statutory minimum wage, which in the EU varies between €1.42 and €11.27 per hour.  more ...

Chelsea Manning and Rohingya Muslims

TORONTO: Filmmaking has not only become more accessible to the masses but with newer technology, many documentaries are covering the news almost instantly. The Toronto Hot Docs Film Festival this year featured many timely stories that address current world issues. One prominent film highlighted the courageous life of whistle blower Chelsea Manning who risked her life the day she uploaded thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. XY Chelsea documents her life from that day to the present, with all the dramatic twists and turns resulting from her exposure to US barbarism in the Iraqi war. What she saw while in Iraq traumatised her for life and she’s been paying for it ever since.  more ...

Let’s not leave the Soviet Union out of our D-Day history

On the 75th Anniversary of D-Day today, there are ceremonies honouring the American heroes who landed on the beaches of Normandy and defeated the Nazis. This is as it should be. What is not right, however, is that rarely are we honouring in our ceremonies the Soviet heroes who bore the brunt of the battles to defeat fascism in World War II.  more ...

The art of Gustave Courbet

A constant feature of any news program in the capitalist world is “Business News” and reports from the stock markets. Those who toil to create the profits are always absent from the story. This is particularly apparent to me because I grew up in the German Democratic Republic and at school, even our literature books always included paintings with a working class or socialist subject matter. Some of these left an indelible impression on me, so much so that I still think of them and occasionally look at them even all these decades later. One of these paintings is Gustave Courbet’s Stone Breakers.  more ...



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Man was born free and everywhere he is in chains.

French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1762)




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