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May 15, 2019 - click here for index of articles.

May 18 election – Axe the privateers

As the “presidential” race approaches the May 18 finish line, Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his entourage continue to dish out largesse in marginal seats. Millions of dollars are there for the taking by boy scouts, church and other organisations with children – all in the name of security.  more ...

Ideals that won victory are still the greatest of ideals

On May 9, 1945, Hitler’s fascism was finally crushed amongst the rubble of Berlin and the “thousand-year Reich” came to a mercifully premature end. The death blows were struck, overwhelmingly by the Red Army and the ghosts of 27 million Soviet citizens who it carried on their shoulders. In the words of Winston Churchill, the Red Army “tore the guts out of the Wehrmacht,” and he was indeed unstinting in his praise of the sacrifices made by the Soviet peoples in the victory we shall celebrate this week.  more ...

The revolution in Venezuela will stand firm!

A bunch of lies was recently spread by the mass media about a coup d’Etat carried out by members of the Bolivarian Armed Forces early on April 30. It was claimed that the military base La Carlota was taken but really a small group staged an attack on the airbase which was in fact the break out of a representative of the opposition – Leopoldo Lopez – who was in custody.  more ...

Disability in the spotlight

Australia’s hidden shame – the treatment of disabled Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people – is to be put under the spotlight as part of a $527 million royal commission into the abuse and neglect of disabled Australians.  more ...

“Ripe for corruption”

Water sales in the stricken Murray-Darling Basin river system will be of major concern to many voters in the federal elections, following recent shocking revelations over commercial water deals. One deal of particular concern involved Barnaby Joyce, former federal Minister for Water and Agriculture. Two years ago he approved the purchase for $79 million of floodwater rights for two farms in southern Queensland’s Condamine-Balonne region owned by Eastern Australia Agriculture (EAA).  more ...

Report from Cuba – Defying the Trump threats

Considering the level of belligerence and hostility coming from the empire of the North one might expect that the powerful May Day march through the Plaza of the Revolution might take on a defensive military overtone. But Cuba is never that way and instead they show their resolution and defiance cloaked within their humanity.  more ...

The capitalist illusion and technological innovation

The futurists look to an existence where automation and artificial intelligence – as opposed to just machines and robots – in a multitude of disciplines, such as complex medical diagnosis and autonomous truck-driving, replace human labour to such an extent that labour will not be in a position to reproduce itself, in the sense that the wage system of payment for work done will not suffice.  more ...

It’s time

A symbolic morning in Canberra was a powerful reminder of what’s at stake at the next election. The Fair Funding Now! Community’s moment is now upon us.  more ...

Capitalism can’t solve our recycling crisis

The recycling industry is calling for government assistance – what does that mean – more of taxpayers’ money to prop up profits for private enterprises?  more ...

Quote of the Week

In America, life seems to move faster than anywhere else on the globe and each generation is promised more than it will get: which creates in each generation a furious and bewildered rage, the rage of people who cannot find solid ground beneath their feet.

James Baldwin – “The Harlem Ghetto”

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