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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 'Middle East'

The rivalries that are tearing the Middle East apart

Eric Ruder in Socialist Worker US untangles the crisscrossing web of antagonisms in the Middle East and argues that ‘the latest military escalations by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia threaten to further destabilize a Middle East in which open hostilities and humanitarian disasters have multiplied, from Libya to Yemen, and Syria to Iraq .’


The fire of revolution still burns in the Middle East

Gilbert Achcar, a veteran socialist who grew up in Lebanon, is the author of numerous books on the Middle East, including The People Want: A Radical Exploration of the Arab Uprising and most recently Marxism, Orientalism, Cosmopolitanism. He spoke with Eric Ruder for Socialist Worker US in December on the eve of the third anniversary of the Arab uprisings. Achar will be speaking at Marxism 2014 over Easter in Melbourne.

The real battle is against US imperialism

There has been almost no discussion of the context for these protests – decades of U.S. imperialist intervention in the Muslim region. In reality, the film has become a symbol of the contempt with which the U.S. government holds the people of the Middle East and North Africa.

Gaddafi out; another Western puppet to take over?

No to Gaddafi. No to NATO. Yes to the masses in Libya and across the region.

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.

Socialists are at risk in Zimbabwe

Forty-five activists were charged with treason and “subverting a constitutionally elected government” in a Harare court last week. The attack is part of a general clampdown organised by the dictatorship of Robert Mugabe. He fears that the wave of uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa could spread south.

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.

From the Middle East to the Midwest: Will this democracy disease infect Australia too?

I wonder if, like Tahrir Square in Egypt, we in Australia need a place of protest and occupation in say Sydney or Melbourne to take the struggle forward for aboriginal people, for women workers, for gays and lesbians, for peace, not war, for refugees, for better public health, housing, education and transport, for real action to address climate change, for union rights, for better pay and conditions, in short a struggle for all working people?

From the Middle East to the US?

Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, Algeria, Libya, Jordan, Syria… With 30,000 workers demonstrating against budget cuts can we now add Wisconsin, and after that New Jersey and California?

Tunisia’s tyrant toppled

Victory to workers and peasants across the region – not only in Tunisia but in Algeria, in Libya, in Egypt, in Saudi Arabia, in Syria to name a few. Spread the revolution.

The developing revolution in Tunisia shows the way.

But don’t accept half measures. Don’t stop until total victory. Take over and run the workplaces. Seize the land. Set up a government of workers and peasants, not remnants of the regime or those who have bowed before it.

The liberation of Palestine comes a step closer if the dictators are swept aside and the iron grip of US imperialism shaken loose. The road to Jerusalem runs through Tunis and Cairo.