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March 2012



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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)



Archive for March, 2012

The real game at the Olympics is profit

Dave Sewell names and shames the Olympics’ fat cat sponsors—and the contractors pocketing millions of pounds of government cash from the project.

Was the rise of Stalin inevitable?

The ultimate defeat of the Russian revolution has little to do with the Bolsheviks at all. Debate about this or that policy of Lenin or the Bolsheviks in the period following the revolution is really a bit of a sideshow to the much more significant fact that the Russian working-class was simply unable to hold onto power.

Martin Luther King on the other America

Reading this speech of Martin Luther King 44 years later, two things stand out. One is King’s radicalism. In the final years of his life, he took up questions of institutional racism, economic justice and imperialist war–all are central to this speech. The other is the fact that all these questions remain with us to this day. King’s statement that African Americans were disproportionately affected by unemployment and living through a “literal depression” could be said about the U.S. in 2012.

Saturday’s socialist speak out

The brilliant victory of nurses in Victoria was won on the back of walk offs and mass meetings. The rest of the union movement, the rank and file especially, should learn this lesson. Strikes can win better pay and conditions and defend jobs.

Will the US go to war on Iran?

In the end, the escalating tensions and threats of war are certain to continue–no matter how obvious it becomes that the supposed “nuclear threat” from Iran isn’t a threat at all. That’s because U.S. imperialism is determined to dominate the Middle East in order to control the flow of the world’s most precious commodity, oil, from the Persian Gulf–and this inevitably means more conflicts with Iran. The West’s ratcheted-up rhetoric and escalating sanctions aren’t about making the region or the world safer from nuclear weapons. On the contrary, they will make war and suffering more likely, not less.

Afghanistan: a war that guarantees atrocities

If the people of Afghanistan have learned anything from the decade-long U.S. war, it is that massacres and mayhem exactly represent the U.S. military. So what is to be done? Get out now. These wars that dehumanize the “enemy” also dehumanize the citizens of warmongering nations.

Resisting job cuts at Sydney Uni

Industrial action will be the only way we can win. We cannot rely on legal challenges or Fair Work Australia, and we must unite to fight this collectively. At the most recent rally, even the mention of the phrase “industrial action” was received with cheers from the crowd. It is clear there is support among workers and the wider community for a serious campaign to stop these cuts. We have what it takes to do it – now it’s a matter of mobilising this sentiment.

Marx becomes a Marxist

Marx developed his idea not just through study. Marx’s Marxism is really the theoretical product of his practical efforts to build a movement for radical change, and his observations of struggles taking place around him.

Freelancers and the Walkleys

I write articles from the viewpoint of the 99%, not that of the one percent which dominates the mainstream media. I use my knowledge and understanding to balance the reporting of the mainstream media and the journalists who are part of or beholden to the one percent.

Will Syria’s regime crush the revolution?

With the SNC increasingly looking to foreign intervention, the Syrian revolution needs an organization that can articulate its democratic demands to win over the hesitant sections of the population.

It must clearly and unequivocally address the rights of religious and national minorities–which the Assad regime cynically pretends to do–while insisting on the sovereignty of Syria against foreign intervention. The revolutionary opposition must also make an appeal based on class by taking up the economic demands of workers and peasants. Only in this way can the revolution undercut the regime’s efforts to manipulate sectarian and ethnic division.

Building such a revolutionary organization amid a brutal military crackdown and foreign pressure is a tremendous challenge. But the resilience of the Syrian movement over the past year shows that the potential is there to do so.