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October 16, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

Withdraw from Syria!

The Syrian army are moving into Syria’s North to face off with Turkish aggression as the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF agree to accede control of Northern Syria to national forces. On Wednesday October 9, Turkey launched a military operation against the borderlands of Syria threatening the Kurdish SDF and Arab and Assyrian citizens in the region, raising prospects of a bloodbath and further instability across the Middle East region and beyond. The recent attacks on oil tankers had already inflamed a tense situation.  more ...

A just transition to renewable energies

The 2019 federal election was widely billed as “the climate change election.” The urgency of the climate crisis has become so widely known that outright denial ceases to be a viable political strategy. Instead, even the Coalition has seen the need to offer a small something of a remedial plan. However, they were able to leverage the new dichotomy between more action and less action (rather than no action), and portray less action as a sensible balance between this issue and others, particularly jobs.  more ...

Donna, friend and comrade

Comrade Donna McLaren died last week after a long battle with cancer. She was born in 1944, and she and her younger brother Rick grew up in Helensburgh, a mining town south of Sydney. Donna was influenced by the deep beliefs of her parents, Don and Joan Hendry, who were both communists and were involved in the struggle for peace, justice and the rights of working people.  more ...

The US-Australia alliance and ANZUS

For sixty-eight years, Australia’s foreign and defence policies have been dominated by its alliance with the US, expressed most visibly through the ANZUS treaty.  more ...

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2017

This Bill is squarely aimed at putting the trade union movement out of action by targeting its leadership, leaving workers defenceless and strengthening the hand of employers to accelerate the present roll-back of wages and conditions. It is both political and economic in its aims and objectives.   more ...

Katharine Susannah Prichard

On October 6 a series of events was held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of communist author Katharine Susannah Prichard (KSP, 1883–1969), a founder of the Communist Party of Australia and first Australian novelist to achieve international renown. The venue was Katharine’s Place/KSP Writers Centre in Greenmount, outside Perth, acknowledged by the National Trust for its “long and close association with the important Australian literary figure and political activist”.   more ...

Another step for the blockade

In the September 18 issue of the Guardian (#1886) an article appeared that gave a comprehensive explanation of the Helms-Burton Act, the blockade, and its history.  more ...


The Turkish invasion of Syria is not only destabilising the Middle East but poses new problems for the governments of many European Union states and for the EU itself.  more ...

The crime of poverty

One of my ancestors was transported to Australia for the heinous crime of stealing a ham from the kitchen of the big house on the estate. He was apprehended crossing a field with the partially consumed ham still in his possession. Poverty and hunger was not an acceptable excuse at the time – for the ruling class it still isn’t – and he got seven years transportation to Botany Bay with hard labour.  more ...

Why the left should care about impeachment

Anyone who’s been reading this publication [People’s World ] over the past few years knows that we’ve been raising the spectre of impeachment practically since President Trump took office. Our first article to mention that the crimes of Trump could be grounds for impeachment was published only 19 days after his inauguration. As the number and extent of his offenses escalated, we kept pace with our condemnations and indictments of this president. When the Mueller Report finally came out, we said “enough is enough” and took a clear editorial position that the time had come for Congress to act.  more ...

Rembrandt’s 350th anniversary

Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn was one of the greatest Enlightenment painters. He died 350 years ago this month, aged 63.  more ...

Quote of the Week

The oppressed are allowed once every few years to decide
which particular representatives of the oppressing class
are to represent and repress them in parliament.


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