Issue 1194

Australia

Former Geelong Trades Hall Council (GTHC) secretary Tim Gooden has been preselected as the Victorian Socialists lead candidate for the Western Victoria Region Legislative Council electorate in the November state election.

Gooden is a lifelong trade unionist who has consistently fought for...

Food delivery giant Foodora is leaving Australia owing $28.3 million in debts to workers and small business, plus more in unpaid taxes.

This huge debt is small change for Foodora’s parent company, Delivery Hero, which is worth $14.7 billion. Based in Germany, Delivery Hero trades in 40...

“Wage theft is rife in the food delivery industry,” Transport Workers Union (TWU) spokesperson Tony Sheldon told a rally of delivery riders and unionists on August 29 organised by the union and On-Demand Workers Australia.

The action demanded that the federal government puts in place a...

Daniel Gasparri, the Charge d’affaires at the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, was welcomed at a 60-strong dinner on August 26, hosted by the Communist Party of Australia.

Gasparri’s address covered the country’s current economic difficulties, with a reminder of the...

The Victorian Socialists launched its policy manifesto on August 24 at the Brunswick Town Hall, attracting about 600 people.

The Manifesto outlines a comprehensive set of policies the Victorian Socialists are taking to the state election on November 24, the key ones being affordable...

Australia Workers' Union (AWU) members at Alcoa refinery plants and bauxite mines in Western Australia have been on strike since August 8. At stake in the dispute is the job security of 1600 workers.

Workers decided to take indefinite industrial action following a breakdown in the 21-...

The Tamil Refugee Council is relieved that Peter Dutton’s attempt to become leader of the federal Liberal Party has failed. But the Scott Morrison-led Coalition will continue to offer only inhumanity to refugees and asylum seekers.

In his brief tenure as immigration minister in the Tony...

World

The Argentine Senate’s rejection of a bill to legalise abortion did not stop a Latin American-wide movement, writes Fabiana Frayssinet. The movement is on the streets and expanding in an increasingly coordinated manner among women’s organisations in the region with the...

Prisoners across the United States launched a prison strike for August 21-September 9, which has since spread into Canada.

Vox.com said that, as part of the strike, inmates across the US have refused to work and, in some cases, refused to eat to draw attention to poor prison conditions...

Mexico’s next president, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO for short) is still three months away from taking office, but some of his campaign trail promises already seem distant, writes Ryan Mallett-Outtrim from Puebla.

Back in July, AMLO became the first left-...

John Bellamy Foster is editor of Marxist journal Monthly Review, whose books include Marx’s Ecology (2002) and The Ecological Revolution (2009). He spoke to Fiona Ferguson, a Belfast-based ...

"I don't want to lie to myself anymore. I don't want to create the illusion that my presence in the government means we're up to the challenges, and so I've decided to quit the government." With those words, France's environment minister Nicolas Hulot announced during a live radio interview that...

Democracy Now! has looked back at the life and legacy of John McCain, the six-term senator and two-time presidential candidate, who died on August 25 at the age of 81. McCain began his decades-long political career after he was a naval pilot in the Vietnam War, where he spent more than...

Analysis

Newly appointed Coalition Prime Minister Scott Morrison is the first PM to emerge from the Church of Pentecostalism, a relatively small Christian evangelical denomination popular for its large stadium-sized sermons.

Apart from Morrison’s affiliation with the Horizon Church in Sutherland,...

Fairfax and the ABC reported on mass demonstrations against corruption in Romania, on August 12. Fairfax claimed Romania is “one of the European Union’s most corrupt states”.

These things only happen “over there”, right? Nothing like this could develop in our functioning democracy.

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Deposed Liberals Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the factional implosion in his party as “a kind of madness” and it sure looked like it.

Peter Dutton, Tony Abbott and their hard right faction did more than just fail in their bid to take control of the party.

Their...

On February 9, 2017, then federal treasurer Scott Morrison appeared in parliament brandishing a lump of coal. Lacquered so as not to sully the ministerial fingers, the coal had reportedly been pressed on him by the extractive-industry peak group, the Minerals Council of Australia.

“This...

A lot of people are alarmed at the rate at which prime ministers get changed these days.

Personally, I’d be happy to have a new PM every week so long as none of them torture any innocent people in isolated offshore prison camps.

Rotate it constantly, as long as whose ever day it is...

Shortly after #libspill, United States President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to Scott Morrison, who replaced Malcolm Turnbull as prime minister on August 24. The two have a lot in common.

While we may be feeling relieved former Queensland cop and hard right MP Peter Dutton...

Culture

Six new books for reds and greens, as recommended by Climate and Capitalist editor Ian Angus.

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A Marxist History Of Capitalism
Henry Heller
Routledge, 2018

Henry Heller’s short account shows that capitalism has always been a...

The Production of Money: How to Break the Power of the Bankers
Ann Pettifor
Verso
London, 2017
192 pages
Fictitious Capital: How Finance is Appropriating Our Future
Cederic Durand
Translated by David...

BlacKkKlansman
Directed by Spike Lee
Starring John David Washington, Adam Driver, Laura Harrier & Topher Grace.
2018, in cinemas now

BlacKkKlansman is based upon the 2014 memoirs Black Klansman by former Colorado...