Issue 1193

Australia

Our current industrial laws are anti-worker, anti-union and unjust. A campaign to change them is a must.

But what should we be demanding from the government, whether Coalition or Labor?

While not an exhaustive list, here are 10 basic demands we need to win, otherwise the bosses...

United Firefighters Union (UFU) members employed by the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) and the Country Fire Authority (CFA) held meetings to discuss their struggle to win enterprise agreements for their workplaces on August 20.

The proposed new agreements are still being blocked, several...

The Victorian Socialists released the following statement on August 21.

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Parliamentarians are over-paid and out of touch with the concerns of ordinary people.

The New Zealand Labour government has just frozen politicians’ pay for 12 months. This would...

“We owe it to future generations to do our best to halt this disastrous project,” Greens MLA for Newtown Jenny Leong told an August 22 public meeting on the controversial $17 billion WestConnex tollway project.

Addressing a forum organised by the WestConnex Action Group (WAG) in Newtown,...

Amid the chaos of #libspill, the Coalition government's signature plan to cut the big business tax rate from 30% to 25% for companies with turnover above $50 million was blocked in the Senate on August 22. The vote was 30 to 36.

A last-ditch proposal by the government team to exclude the...

Australian Workers' Union (AWU) members from various Alcoa refinery plants in Western Australia have been on strike since August 8, following a breakdown in enterprise bargaining agreement negotiations between the union and management.

AWU members started the strike with a rally of 1200...

An alliance of organisations and individuals have formed the Unite Against Trump Alliance in Sydney to begin coordinating a protest against US President Donald Trump when he visits Australia in November. The following statement, initiated by outgoing NSW Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, is being...

The housing crisis could be overcome through a “new system of universally accessible housing, with rents based on ability to pay”, according to Action for Public Housing. The problem, they say, is that “the housing needs of our people come second to profit and greed” for the New South Wales...

Our rights and our country are under dire threat. It feels like we’re going backwards 230 years ... to when the forces of assimilation and conquest began dispossessing Traditional Owners of the land.

We are resolute in putting a stop to the pretense that Adani’s sham “Indigenous Land Use...

Chanting “Fund the gap or we’ll be back,” more than 200 health workers protested outside Victorian health minister Martin Foley’s office on August 16 to demand the Labor state government restore funding to community mental health services. Services have been severely affected by the state...

World

With overwhelming support from both Democrats and Republicans in Congress, the new 2019 budget for the military is 13% larger than in 2017. It is even bigger than what Donald Trump had proposed, writes Barry Sheppard.

The US spends more on its armed forces than...

Not long after the FBI raid on Trump Organization attorney Michael Cohen’s office and home, journalist Adam Davidson made a bold prediction in the New Yorker: “We are now in the end stages of the Trump Presidency.”

Cohen, Trump’s behind-the-scenes fixer, mostly stayed out of the...

Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by five percentage points and would win Brazil’s October presidential election if he was allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on August 20.

This news came just days the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee...

It had been planned to be a lavish celebration on the Pnyx hill next to the Acropolis in Athens where the citizenry would hold popular assemblies in the ancient democratic period.

The angry aftermath of the forest fires last month put paid to Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras hosting...

Venezuelans braced themselves as a series of long-anticipated economic measures came into effect on August 20, including the launch of a new paper currency called the Sovereign Bolivar.

The new currency brings with it a revaluation of all prices, wages and pensions, which will be cut by...

Flooding due to monsoon rains in mid-August has devastated the southern Indian state of Kerala. Hundreds have been killed and hundreds of thousands evacuated.

In the August 19 statement below the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation accuses India’s hard right BJP...

In recent weeks, a new wave of protests and demonstrations in the streets, civil disobedience and strikes in factories has been sweeping all over the cities and towns of Iran, writes Reza Akbari.

This follows the protest wave in mid-January, when the people,...

More than 600 delegates in Cuba’s National Assembly of People’s Power, the country’s highest decision-making body, approved the draft of a new Constitution on July 22. It came after two days of debate in which more than 100 delegates participated, writes Helen Yaffe.

The...

Venezuelanlaysis.com has been a widely acclaimed source of news and analysis of Venezuelan politics since 2003. It provides a critical look at the nation’s pro-poor Bolivarian Revolution and the mainstream media’s often highly distorted reporting of it. The site’s collective released slightly...

Analysis

The federal Coalition government remains unstable even though Scott Morrison has replaced Malcolm Turnbull as Prime Minister in the August 24 leadership spill. While a Morrison leadership may be less hard right than would have been the case under Dutton, Morrison will be a more capable champion...

There was once a time when racist, divisive and discriminatory commentary would be condemned by many viewers and readers of the establishment media.

There was also a time when the racist utterings of Pauline Hanson were rightfully shunned by the same media.

Those times are long...

Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is an even more menacing enemy — and there’s every reason to suppose that is the case with the reactionaries in the Liberal Party.

Every time a fresh wave of Liberal Party leadership speculation suffocates the media, a general consensus takes hold: this...

Is it any wonder polls show 58% of Millennials think of socialism in a positive way? Many are questioning capitalism for the simple reason they are wondering how they will be able to afford to move out of home.

Housing once was a rite of passage in Australia. Now, it is barely considered...

What a month it's been for public expressions of racism.

We’ve had a nationally syndicated column by a well-known hatemonger calling immigrants “invaders”, followed up by a few cartoons in the same vein.

There was also the crude beat up about an “African gangs” crime wave in...

Here’s a novel idea: Instead of politicians voting themselves another pay rise, how about we give them a pay cut? A real pay cut. We ask them to do what a couple of million Australians are expected to do, week in and week out.

We could have lawmakers legislate that it be a condition of...

Culture

What do you need to lead our nation?

Tell us what you need.

It’s the hardest job in all creation,

Can it be your proper station?

Lust for power and greed.

 

You need callousness to lead our nation

For people lowly born,

Lesser...

See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the people of West Papua
By Maire Leadbeater
Otago University Press, 2018
Paperback, 296 pages

New Zealand solidarity activist Maire Leadbeater’s new book, See No Evil: New Zealand’s betrayal of the...

Legendary soul singer, feminist and civil rights icon Aretha Franklin, who died aged 76 on August 16, was often called the "Queen of Soul" as well as the “Voice of Black America”, noted Common Dreams.

Franklin was especially renowned for her 1967 version of Otis Redding’s “...

At the first preseason NFL games on August 9, players continued to protest racial inequity and police violence by kneeling or raising a fist during the US national anthem.

After two years of players patiently explaining that these are not “protests against the anthem”, or “protests...