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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)



Tag: Brazil

A world cup for the rich in Brazil

Big sporting events are designed to build government popularity and create a sense of social and national cohesion writes Joel Windle in Red Flag. Brazil’s hosting of the World Cup has instead exposed both the country’s deep class divisions and the private interests served by those in power.


Brazilian trade union federation calls for solidarity with strikes on the eve of the World Cup

A Wave of Strikes Shake Brazil

It is time for strikes. After the huge mobilizations last June, primarily the youth, now it is the working class and they are shaking Brazilian cities.

The World Cup and the battle for Brazil’s cities

One of the most important movements in this struggle is the National Articulation of Popular Committees. This is a national coalition of activists against the World Cup’s social impacts. It has opposed emergency laws and defended housing, freedom of protest and the right to the city. Actions and demonstrations are planned before and during the World Cup, including a national day of protest on 15 May.

With one month to go, the only certainty we have about the World Cup is that it will see much struggle in Brazil. And international solidarity can help the fight.

Fighting back in Brazil: some background

Sean Purdy, a member of the Party of Socialism and Freedom (PSOL) and activist in the Free Fare movement in São Paulo, gives some background in Socialist Worker US to the escalating events in Brazil. Although written only a few days ago the mass demonstrations of hundreds of thousands across Brazil against neoliberal capitalism that have broken out occurred after this was written.

Brazil is on fire too!

Happening NOW! More than 100,000 Brazilians hit the streets in eight major cities protesting against transport fare rises, political corruption, and poverty.