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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)



A report from John Mullen in Paris on the one million strong mobilisation in defence of free speech

This is a report by John Mullen from his blog John Mullen à Montreuil -Blog anticapitaliste on the mobilisation on Sunday in defence of free speech in Paris. He says in part:

It seems to me there are two myths going round about the political meaning of these rallies. Firstly on the mainstream news there has been a lot of exaggerated nonsense about the idea that this national unity between left and right will transform French politics and improve life for everyone. This illusion will probably not last long.

The other, from some sections of the radical Left, has been that these rallies were a reactionary movement supporting a national unity which would stop all other conflicts, or even an anti muslim movement. These critics exaggerated the political importance of the presence of fifty heads of state for twenty minutes in the middle of the demo. Their analysis seems to me absolutely mistaken. The complete absence of anti-Muslim slogans at the demos, and the absence of the Front national show it is not true. It is also quite mistaken to talk of a “union sacrée” simply because there were right and left wing organizations calling people to go on the demonstrations. A “union sacrée” would exist if significant sections of the radical left had declared a halt to class struggle, and to movements against austerity or racism, in order to support the government in a time of national emergency. This is not the situation.

To read the excellent report I full click here.

Here is a Vine video by Emre Demir showing the scale of the crowd.