Monthly Archives: February 2016

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What is Trotskyism?

‘Leninism is the knowledge and ability to turn culture, i.e. all the knowledge and skills amassed in previous centuries, to the interests of the working masses. Therein lies the essence of Leninism.’ – Leon Trotsky [Publishers Note: Dear comrades, Just … Continue reading

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Justice For Palestine News 2016

Dear supporters of the Palestinian People Who can believe that we are already in March 2016 and reporting on the year that was 2015. I know for us at JFP it was a busy year with lots of successful events/fundraisers … Continue reading

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The Blood Vote

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100 years ago the Australian Government attempted to trick and cajole people into voting for conscription during the first world war. Billy Hughes stage managed two referenda but to the credit of the people, they voted it down on both … Continue reading

#LetThemStay Fieldnotes 2: Updates and Meeting reflections

The struggle between idealist and organizational wings of the workers movement continues unabated.

The Word From Struggle Street

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Since the announcement that Asha would be placed in community detention, to return to Naura at some future moment, Peter Dutton stated that ‘over the last couple’ of weeks another boat had been turned back to Sri Lanka and Julian Burnside has reported another example of the violent abuse of asylum seekers by guards on Nauru . This news of business as usual should steel us about the nature of the terrain we are on; and sharpen our diagnosis that the mandatory detention of refugees as part of an aggressive process of reinforcing the border is (rather than simply a moral failing of conservative politicians) structural and systemic to the order of society itself. (My comrades who read Agamben often quote him that the camp is the ‘biopolitical nomos of the planet’)(2000, 45).

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War Chronicle 28-February-2016

1. Is The U.S. Preparing A “Color Revolution” In Russia? Tensions with US will Rise; 2. SAA advance on Turkey-Saudi-backed militants in Hama Province; 3. Syrian opposition groups agree to 2-week truce – Ceasefire is a Huge Victory for Russia; … Continue reading

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While Palestinians are evicted from their homes, Airbnb profits off stolen homes

 Stop listing vacation rentals in Israeli settlements built on stolen Palestinian land and deemed illegal under international law. Why is this important? Airbnb is listing properties for rent in Israeli settlements that violate international law and occupy Palestinian land illegally. … Continue reading

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Political solution in Syria?

Publisher’s Note: Yesterday, I was told a story about a town between Damascus and Amman where the citizens put up a Syrian flag despite the town being in rebel held territory. Townspeople wanted the war to be over. Rebels came … Continue reading

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Pilliger Push: Women fined after locking to Santos gates in Narrabri against CSG company bullying

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A 26 year old woman from Newcastle locked herself to the gates of the Santos Depot in Narrabri, North West NSW to highlight the ongoing struggle against gas companies faced by landholders in Queensland and New South Wales. Laura Smith … Continue reading

Desert songs

Wonderful songs of country genre, with beautifully conceived liner notes added by Andy … watch, listen, read and enjoy … the central desert always calls you back …

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Riding through India’s Rajasthani Desert for a couple of days on the back of a camel, I thought often about the Australian desert and its endless red horizons. It’s a few years since I’ve been there, something I look forward to changing this year. But contemplating the landscape and how we relate to it, I also thought of three amazing songs that all encapsulate that desert in different ways.

John Williamson and Warren H Williams – Raining On The Rock

Warren H Williams is an Arrernte man from Hermannsburg in Central Australia. His father Gus was also a well-known country singer. In Raining On The Rock (co-written with country music legend John Williamson), he takes us to the desert; to “come out of the Mulga where the plains forever roll, and Albert Namatjira has painted all the scenes”.

Like the famous watercolour painter, Warren finds a sense of belonging in the desert…

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G17: “Promise, practice and the public library”

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The next talk to the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 2nd of March at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be given by public librarian and business analyst Tim Mather … Continue reading

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From ‘The Vanguard’: Crush the ABCC and third wave of economic crisis

Just over a year since Jorge Castillo-Riffo was crushed to death in a scissors lift accident on the Royal Adelaide Hospital building site, another worker has lost his life. Like Jorge, he was crushed in a scissors lift, caught between … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 23-February-2016

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1. Yemeni Army & Houthis make important advances 2. Syria accepts US-Russia ceasefire plan, continues fight against terrorists 3. EU, Russia and China should Work Together to fight Western Hegemony 4. US and Russia keep announcing ultimately fruitless ceasefire efforts … Continue reading

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Shire Council fallout from the 2007 GFC

Shire councils have settled their class actions against rating agencies nine years after risky speculation in the American housing market. Their high risk investment is explained in this clip from the Hollywood film The Big Short. The Queensland’s publicly owned … Continue reading

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‘Sounds like fun’: Aussie diplomats mocked reports of Indonesian rape

A photo by Peter Rodgers of a starving East Timorese in 1979. Photo: Peter Rodgers Australian diplomats in the Jakarta embassy mocked reports of the rape, torture and execution of East Timorese after the invasion of Indonesia, remarking that it … Continue reading

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The Need for a New Economic System

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My new book, “The Need for a New Economic System”, has just become available at the Irene Publishing Store, although it will be about a month before it appears on Amazon. A review of the book by Dr. Dorothy Guyot … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 21-February-2016

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CONTENTS:  Peter Oborne Reports from Aleppo – 21st February 2016 Syrian Army closes on Latakia-Idlib border; Syrian Army Completes East Aleppo Cauldron; 800 ISIS Fighters Trapped; Russia Defense Report – 20 Feb 2016: Russian Military Grouping in Syria; Tiger Forces … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 20-February-2016

1. Crisis News & International Military Reviews – Syria, 19 Feb 2016 & 18 Feb 2016 2A. Libya 2.0? At least 40 reported dead following strikes on northern city of Sabratha 2B. US airstrikes target Islamic State militants in Libya … Continue reading

Nuclear disarmament

Paradigm Shift

Two things are infinite: 
the universe and human stupidity; 
and I’m not sure about the universe!
                   - Albert Einstein

[Paradigm Shift on 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 19 Feb 2016]

There are nine countries with nuclear weapons: USA, China, Russia, France, India, Pakistan, Israel, North Korea, and the UK.

Andy and Ian discuss the movement to ban nuclear weapons. They play a 3CR Melbourne show about “The New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons”.

This is a crucial time in world affairs because of threats by Turkey and Saudi Arabia to escalate the war in Syria. Three states neighbouring Syria have access to nuclear weapons: Turkey, Russia and Israel not to mention nuclear states United States, Britain and France who have provided rebel groups with weapons to overthrow the Assad government in Syria.

Listen to the show at http://ondemand.4zzzfm.org.au/paradigm-shift/2016-02-19

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Billy Bragg – Think again

Operation: Cliff Clavin – Forgotten not gone

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Fight to let them all stay—fight to close the camps

The High Court decision that offshore processing is lawful has triggered a massive wave of defiance and protest, from the churches to the Labor Party.Tens of thousands have demonstrated, signed petitions, and called MPs to demand that the 267 asylum … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 19-February-2016

1A. Turkish troops crossed into Rojava 1B. Russia warns Turks – “We may bomb your troops” 2. Russia’s UN Rep. provided names of ISIS recruiters that operate in Turkey’s Antalya 3A. Ankara Bombing Fails To Achieve Strategic Changes 3B. 2,000 … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 18 February 2016

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1. Turkey and Russia are now at the brink of open, hot, warfare 2. 17 Feb 2016 Attack In Ankara Could Be A False Flag Incident 3. Erdogan Defies Security Council Call to Stop Shelling Syria 4. The “Crazies in … Continue reading

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Why I Choose Optimism Over Despair: An Interview With Noam Chomsky

“We can be pessimistic, give up and help ensure that the worst will happen,” says Noam Chomsky. “Or we can be optimistic, grasp the opportunities that surely exist and maybe help make the world a better place.” (Image: Jared Rodriguez … Continue reading

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#LetThemStay: optimism without faith?

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A dagger in the heart of refugees and their supporters. Continue reading

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Beware of thieves bearing Greeks

The cry from the bosses for a tough budget includes clawing age pensions out of family homes. This grab is the newest version of ‘from those who have not shall be taken away the little they have’. For a start, … Continue reading

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Parliament protest against Qld Public Trustee 16/2/16

The Committee to Expose the Public Trustee will be protesting against the Public Trustee outside Queensland Parliament House on Tuesday 16th February, between 9 and 11 am. A small group will hold a banner, 3 m x 1m, saying “Stop … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 14-February-2016

1. Turkey and Saudi Arabia: to fight or to flight?; The “Cold War” Over Syria…Will Remain Cold 2. Week Eighteen of the Russian Intervention in Syria: a dramatic escalation appears imminent; Turk Army Enters Syria After 2nd Day Of Shelling As Saudi … Continue reading

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Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez urged to boycott Israel

As reports of concert dates swirl on social media, activists ask stars to stand in solidarity with Palestinian people.Activists have called on Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez to join a boycott of Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian people [Mario Anzuoni/Reuters] … Continue reading

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Students occupy Peter Dutton’s Office

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Early Friday morning in Brisbane, university and TAFE students occupied federal immigration minister Peter Dutton’s office. Sitting in the cramped public space, we chanted: “Say it loud, say it clear! Refugees are welcome here!” We kept the beat with the … Continue reading

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Financial crash in 2016?

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A financial crash is much more likely than not during 2016. When it strikes, it will be far greater than in 2008. The entire global economy will seize up– as almost happened in October 2008. This morning, I won’t go … Continue reading

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Link-Up (Qld) invites Rosalie Kunoth-Monks as Guest Speaker on Apology Day

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