The courage of Bradley Manning

John Pilger The critical moment in the political trial of the century was on 28 February when Bradley Manning stood and explained why he had risked his life to leak tens of thousands of official files. It was a statement of morality, conscience and truth: the very qualities that distinguish human bein...CONTINUE READING

Fast food workers: ‘$7.25 is not enough’

Barry Sheppard Workers in fast food companies McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Kentucky Fried Chicken and others mobilised in the streets at the end of July in seven cities across the US. They are highlighting miserable wages and working conditions, and demanding the right to form unions in the virtuall...CONTINUE READING

Military trying to crush Egyptian revolution

Tom Bramble Nine hundred people have been killed in Egypt in the past week, the vast majority of them supporters of the former Muslim Brotherhood government led by President Morsi. Brotherhood supporters have been protesting in their tens of thousands demanding the reinstatement of Morsi, who was over...CONTINUE READING

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Indonesian unions divided on next steps

Sherr Rinn During July and August, the Indonesian government firmed up its resistance to any further large increases in the minimum wage. Regulations are to ensure that wage increases don’t exceed companies’ “capacity to pay”. The regulatory offensive is meant to consolidate a several months long cou...CONTINUE READING

Greece: SYRIZA leadership cracks down on the left

Mick Armstrong Greek workers have provided the most inspiring resistance to the sharp economic crisis that has rocked the capitalist heartlands of Europe and North America. Last month they staged their twenty-seventh general strike since the beginning of the austerity measures that are destroying million...CONTINUE READING

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Australian colonialism in Papua New Guinea

Tom O’Lincoln In the earliest days of colonisation, Australia was a spearhead for the British Empire. But in the 1850s, gold rushes caused economic boom. The accumulated wealth began seeking outlets in the surrounding region, giving rise to an expansion drive. The colonists themselves became imperialist...CONTINUE READING

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Neo-colonialism in PNG

Tom Bramble The decision to dump up to 3,000 refugees at a time on PNG’s Manus Island tells us as much about Austraia’s neo-colonial relationship with its former dependency as it does about its racist disdain for the rights of vulnerable asylum seekers. Although nearly 40 years have passed since PNG w...CONTINUE READING

Manning verdict a broadside against democracy

Barry Sheppard While the capitalist press has focused on the decision of the judge in the court martial of Bradley Manning to find him not guilty of aiding the enemy, his conviction on 20 other charges amounts to a full-scale assault on democratic rights. The court martial now enters the penalty phase. M...CONTINUE READING

Chile on the edge of crisis

Jorge Jorquera This year Chile marks 40 years since Pinochet’s bloody coup of 11 September 1973. The coup brought the ideas of Milton Friedman and the “Chicago school” of economics into practice. After four decades of economic restructuring, Chile remains a model for neoliberalism. On 1 July the World Ba...CONTINUE READING