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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (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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Sick kids and paying upfront

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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. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Syria: From Trump’s bombs to Turnbull’s crocodile tears

For Trump, Turnbull and others, Assad killing his own people is okay, as long as it’s not with chemical weapons because then it constitutes ‘war crimes’, I write in Independent Australia.

To read the whole article click here: Syria: Trump’s bombs and Turnbull’s crocodile tears

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Support the Syrian people – neither Washington nor Moscow

Much of the left internationally has given open or covert support to the Assad regime in Syria. The Morning Star in Britain went so far as to call the defeat of Aleppo a “liberation”. Why do left-wingers support a murderous regime instead of people fighting for their freedom? What is the role of Islamist forces […]

Lessons of the Syrian Revolution: Interview with a Syrian socialist

Syrian socialist Ghayath Naisse, a member of the Revolutionary Left Current, spoke to Simon Assaf in International Socialism about the brutalisation of Syria, the goals of those intervening and the prospects for socialists in the region.

From Gaza to Aleppo – a guide to defending war crimes

This is from an article written in October this year but is even more relevant today as Aleppo and its people are destroyed and the Stalino-Assadists ramp up support for ‘their’ war criminals.

Aleppo crushed by counterrevolution

The Syrian regime and its Russian ally are in the last barbaric stages of an onslaught against Aleppo. In Socialist Worker US Ashley Smith analyzes the consequences of the rebel stronghold’s fall.

The war in Syria and the western left

The Syrian war is not just a tragedy writes Corey Oakley in Red Flag. It is a crime of immense proportions. And it is clear as day who is culpable.

For the left to be relevant in the future, we need to solidarise with movements of the oppressed in the Arab world (and beyond), and at the same time form the alliances necessary in the West to take on the oligarchs that rule our countries for the 1 percent. The old “anti-imperialism” that targeted only the West will not do. And neither will a politics that subordinates domestic questions in the West to litmus tests of international politics, or allows hostility to Russia to turn into accommodation with Western imperialism.

Our rulers can ease Syria’s torment by pulling out and leaving it alone

The Syrian war is an obscenity, a brutal meat-grinder that consumes mainly the innocent, writes Alex Callinicos in Socialist Worker UK. The initial popular revolutionary impulse that dictator Bashar al-Assad tried to crush by brute force still weakly survives. But it is now subsumed by the rivalries of imperialist powers and their local clients and allies. The fighting goes on because it is in these powers’ interests.

When will the left hear the cries from Aleppo?

In a response to articles by journalist Max Blumenthal, Ashley Smith in Socialist Worker US challenges the view that the Syrian Revolution has been manipulated by the U.S. from the beginning. We must stand in solidarity with genuine liberation struggles from below, regardless of which imperial camp they are challenging. Our slogan is neither Washington, nor Moscow, nor Beijing, nor Damascus, nor Tehran, nor Riyadh, but self-determination for oppressed nations and international socialism.

The real face of terrorism in Australia

Our first response must be to defend Kurdish Australian journalist Renas Lelikan. Our second response must be to try to build a mass movement against the normalisation of racism and right wing terrorism, driven by the State and the media, in Australian society today.

The Assad regime’s horrible history

Lachlan Marshall in socialist magazine Solidarity explains the Syrian regime’s history of deals with imperialism and attacks on its own working class in order to boost its own wealth and power.