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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)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Israel, Palestine, job placement workers and struggle

The apartheid state of Israel is the watchdog of US imperialism in the Middle East, a region of vital importance to American economic survival and dominance.

The Palestinians have resisted the UN sanctioned genocide against them since 1947.  They are, as Said described them, the victim of victims.

In Egypt the Mubarak dictatorship survives only through massive repression and US support. Its people hate the regime and struggle not only for freedom but against poverty, mass unemployment and starvation wages.

In 2007 and 2008 strikes across the country over wages and skyrocketing food prices shook Mubarak and his cronies. 

Late last year and earlier this year demonstrations against the Israeli invasion of the concentration camp called Gaza began to call for Mubarak’s resignation because of his acquiescence in the invasion and his failure to open up the border crossing.

Only one state for all in the region – Jews, Muslims and Christians – can address the deep and profound divisions between the various peoples and create the conditions for real peace. 

The way to achieving the goal of  a democratic and secular Palestine does not lie in firing rockets from Gaza and killing Israeli citizens or becoming quislings grovelling at the feet of Israel.

 The road to Jerusalem runs through Cairo. 

Well known Egyptian left wing activist and theoretician, Mamdouh Habashi will be speaking in Canberra on Israel, Palestine and struggles in the Arab world on Wednesday 8 April at 6 pm in the Haydon Allen tank at the ANU.

He is also speaking in Melbourne over Easter at Marxism 2009.

Mamdouh has been involved in the Cairo Conferences against the wars in Iraq and Palestine and also participated in the 2008 strikes of the Egyptian textile workers.

You can read some of Mamdouh’s writing here:

We are One in Worldwide Fight against Capitalist Globalization and US Hegemony.

Find out about the 2008 Egyptian strike wave here:

Egyptian textile workers confront the new economic order.

On the same day as Mamdouh’s talk in Canberra, Australian Services Union job placement workers being sacked by Rudd Labor will demonstrate around Australia. In Canberra the protest against Labor’s sackings is from 1 pm outside the Griffin Building in Genge Street in Civic (up the road from Gus’s.) See you there.

The two are linked. It is the profit system in all its manifestations which drives Palestinians from their land and job placement workers from their jobs.

The struggle for a just world is the same, whether it is Australian job placement workers or Palestinians.




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