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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

Sick kids and paying upfront


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)



Archive for 'Intervention'

Libya: the invasion has begun

The victory of the Libyan revolution now, I believe, depends on the deepening of the revolutions in the region, in Egypt and Tunisia in particular, to defeat the dictatorships still in power there and the American imperialism which supports and profits from them.


No to intervention in Libya! Victory to the Arab revolutions!

The only effective way to remove Gaddafi and to break the Libyan military in the interests of workers and the masses is the development of the process of revolution across the Arab world – in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere. That is not an abstract idea. The glorious movements that tore down Ben Ali and Mubarak have continued to demand further political and social change. This is the hope for the region and the world.


The decision to attack Libya and impose regime change – for that is what the
UN resolution means – may have been authorised by the Security Council. But
it was instigated by the despots of the Arab League, desperate to secure deeper
western involvement in the region to save them from their own peoples. And it
will be implemented by the same powers which have wreaked such mayhem
throughout the Arab and Muslim worlds over the last ten years and longer.

Libya, Japan and reformers – have your say in Saturday’s socialist speak out

So there you have it. A simple formula really. The US backed dictators in the Arab League sacrifice one of their own to save themselves. All they had to do was call for a no-fly zone against Gaddafi in Libya and they got the green light from the US to kill those demonstrating for freedom and justice elsewhere and so keep themselves in power.

Libya, Bahrain and imperialism

Not all the Libyan revolutionaries want a no-fly zone. A no-fly zone is an invasion. It is war. Imperialism will invade,  if it does, to destroy the revolution. The excuse imperialism uses to justify its brutality is always ‘humanitarian’ in some form. The reality is always death. Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti all come to mind. The US, […]

The pro-war left in Australia and intervention in Libya

The best solidarity we can show to the revolutions in North Africa and the Middle East is to support the deepening of the Egyptian and other revolutions in a working class direction and not be sucked in by the siren song of imperialist intervention and the continuation of its brutal rule in the region. To stand against imperialist intervention is to stand with the revolutions.

Libya – no to intervention; yes to revolution

US intervention will occur, if it does, not to stop the killing but to stop the revolution.

The real intervention that can win is of Libyan workers as workers taking over their workplaces and running society democratically and winning the lower ranks of the armed forces to the side of the revolution.