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Saturday’s socialist speak out

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth has been met with a magnificent demonstration of over a thousand people.  With the Occupy movements continuing around the world, the smug one percent, including the Queen and the butchers gathered in Perth to celebrate their butchery, have reason to be worried.

in Australia the one percent continue to do nothing about climate change. A carbon pricing mechanism passed the House of Representatives and will soon pass through the Senate. It will do nothing about addressing climate change.

It will, as I have written previously, lock in gas fired power generation, not renewables. And if there is no international market in carbon units, then it will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions at all. It is highly unlikely to be such a market  that will have enough of the major polluting countries to be effective or workable.

The QANTAS dispute continues and two Liberal state premiers have called for Gillard Government intervention. The solution is simple. Guarantee job security and pay large wage increases to the people who produce the wealth – the QANTAS workers. If not, then those workers could shut the airline down until Alan Joyce came crawling to them for a settlement.

The Arab spring continues. Syria, Yemen and Bahrain continue to kill, torture or imprison their people. The Egyptian revolution is deepening along class lines, but it is early days yet.

And in old news, US imperialism continues to murder people around the world. Their puppet regime in Iraq has  had enough of their fellow butchers and told the imperialists to leave.

The one percent in the US have now turned their brutality against their own 99 percent and have tried to shut down the Occupy movements. They savagely attacked protesters in Oakland, including an Iraqi vet who was hit in the head and critically injured by a tear gas canister. 

People are now beginning to draw the obvious conclusions; the real enemy is the one percent. Not Iraqis, or Afghans but the US one percent and their paid politicians.

There have been calls for a general strike in Oakland in response, a very very important development because it shows the way forward against the one percent. Cut off their profits.

To have your say or read what others are saying hit the comments button.

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Comment from MarianK
Time October 29, 2011 at 8:08 am

‘The Arab spring continues. Syria, Yemen and Bahrain continue to kill, torture or imprison their people.’

The only purpose that kind of rhetoric will serve is to lead Syria into a Libyan-style bloodbath.

As with Libya, the Syrian ‘democracy movement’ is a well-planned, well-organised, foreign-backed terrorist coup d’etat – and damn any death toll. From the beginning, these ‘peaceful democracy protestors’ have been actively engaged in murders, mutilations, decapitations, dismemberments, kidnappings and rape – and all backed up by one-sided Western propaganda. These peaceful lovers of democracy are directly responsible for the deaths of dozens, indeed hundreds, of police and other security forces.

Unlike Yemen and Bahrain, whose leaders will be well protected by the West should their regimes topple, the Syrian government has to tread a fine line between legitimately cracking down on terrorist violence and acknowledging the demands of the (few) genuine protestors. The president continues to change the constitution – abolishing emergency law, repealing legislation to allow other parties to be established and setting a timeline for elections.

As any kind of change takes time and patience, the Syrian government should at least be acknowledged for doing its best under very trying circumstances.

Comment from John
Time October 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

The only terrorists in Syria are the criminals whose dictatorship cuts down their own people. This is a popular movement against a dictatorship, not foreign backed gangs. A political revolution. I am on the side of the masses. I look forward to the day the filth in charge are lined up and shot by the people.

Comment from MarianK
Time October 29, 2011 at 4:38 pm

‘I look forward to the day the filth in charge are lined up and shot by the people.’

I’m absolutely stunned! What catastrophically dangerous and irresponsible idealism. That kind of callous naivete, riding on the back of a sociopathic Western geo-political military strategy, has resulted in the deaths of at least 100,000 Libyans and the complete destruction of their country.

Should it become necessary, you are obviously prepared to inflict that same catastrophe on the Syrian people in order to fulfill the cliched Western progressive wet-dream of overthrowing tyranny.

Both you and your website have lost all credibility in my eyes, John. While I suppose that is neither here nor there to you, it actually makes me very sad.

Comment from John
Time October 29, 2011 at 4:53 pm

I stand on the side of the revolution, not the criminal filth who run Syria. Victory to the Syrian revolution.

Comment from Ross
Time October 29, 2011 at 11:28 pm

We need to also address the criminal filth who occupy the US Federal Reserve and Congress.They are more devious than Ron Paul or all your manifestations of evil capitalism and liberalism.The Criminal banksters have created 2 world wars,Vietnam,Iraq,Libya,Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan conflicts, poverty and death never seen on our planet, yet you John , fail to debate the core issues.ie the banksters control of our productivity. They not only own it,but manifest it as debt.