One of the best protests in years as hundreds blockade Liberal fundraiser

Josh Lees In (actual) Armani suits and pearls they came. Struggling with the unfamiliar surrounds of Redfern, and many making the mistake of having their chauffeurs drop them off before they knew what awaited them; they looked shocked and a little lost. Cashed-up Liberals, doing their bit to boost t...CONTINUE READING
Greens leader Richard Di Natale (L) with senator Lee Rhiannon

Greens leaders move to purge the left

Josh Lees The Australian Greens have lobbed a grenade into their New South Wales branch in a dramatic escalation of the more right wing leadership’s long-running campaign to purge the left wing of the party. The Australian Greens party room, comprising the 10 federal parliamentarians, announced in a...CONTINUE READING

The fightback begins in France

Josh Lees Tens of thousands of Parisians took to the streets on 8 May, the first day of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The protest was an impressive opening salvo from the left in what is sure to be a bitter struggle against Macron’s neoliberal agenda. Macron, who tried to present himself during the...CONTINUE READING

The fight to save Saeed

Josh Lees A desperate fight is being undertaken by refugee activists around Australia to stop the government deporting a man to extreme danger. Saeed is a 60-year-old stateless refugee from a persecuted minority in Iraq, who faces imminent danger if he is returned there. The head of his village was...CONTINUE READING

Dehumanising Human Services – literally

Josh Lees “Our vision is that in the future when you first interact with DHS [Department of Human Services], it’s with a virtual assistant: you outline your circumstance – I’ve just lost my job, my mother has died, I’ve just been kicked out of home – so the virtual assistant will need to be able to...CONTINUE READING

‘We’ve created a revolution in the Northern Beaches’ – Victory at Harrison

Josh Lees, Kate Doherty After 17 days on strike, workers at Harrison Manufacturing, in Sydney’s Northern Beaches, are celebrating a hard-fought victory. As previously reported in Red Flag , the key issue of the strike was union representation. An increasingly nasty and bullying management was refusing to allow wo...CONTINUE READING

The legacy of Obama

Josh Lees So began Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago on 4 November 2008. Eight years later, as the world watches the debacle of Trump vs. Clinton, the two most unpopular candidates in US history, it is fair to say that doubts about the greatness of US democracy are more widespread than ever....CONTINUE READING

How does capitalism work?

Josh Lees Marx and Engels famously wrote in The Communist Manifesto : “The history of all hitherto existing society is the history of class struggles”. They paved the way in arguing that in order to understand any society, we need to begin by stripping away all the ideological fluff and getting to t...CONTINUE READING

New report documents racist bias in legal system

Josh Lees Aboriginal people face harsher sentences due to systemic racism in the judicial system, a new report has concluded. The report, prepared by the University of Technology Sydney, is based on dozens of interviews with judicial staff and lawyers. Researchers summarised one judge’s explanation:...CONTINUE READING