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Australian imperialism in Indonesia

Tom O’Lincoln Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may just be posturing about Australian intelligence phone taps. But it wouldn’t be surprising if he was genuinely annoyed. There is a long history of Australian imperialism messing with the countries to our north. Before and after independence,...CONTINUE READING

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Ruling class in a bind over China relations

Tom Bramble The Australian government rode into the China-Japan-US crisis with diplomatic guns blazing. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that the Chinese government’s decision to impose an air-defence zone over the East China Sea was “unhelpful”. The Chinese government fired back, demanding Bishop r...CONTINUE READING

Mining multinationals exploit Central America

Patrick Weiniger El Salvadoran anti-mining campaigner Vidalina Morales recently toured Australia to raise awareness about the destruction that OceanaGold, a Melbourne-based company, is unleashing in her country. Red Flag’ s Patrick Weiniger spoke to her about the issues. For nearly a decade, Canadian-based...CONTINUE READING

Returning to a Palestine transformed

Corey Oakley Jameela Jubran had not set foot in Palestine for 33 years. But the death of her father last year, and a desire to see the truth about the Israeli occupation, drove her to return to her homeland. What she found, alongside the horror of Israeli occupation, was an inspiring new union movement...CONTINUE READING

Socialist wins Seattle election

Barry Sheppard Kshama Sawant, an open socialist, won election to the Seattle city council in November’s ballot. One would have to go back to the first half of the twentieth century to find anything similar in the United States. Sawant, who was born in India, moved to the United States and is now a citize...CONTINUE READING

The depravity of the ‘war on terror’

Barry Sheppard A recent report concerning a massacre in Afghanistan by US Special Forces throws light on the moral depravity of Washington’s “war on terror”. Rolling Stone magazine published an article, “The A-Team Killings”, by Kabul-based investigative journalist Matthieu Aikins. The A-Team was a Speci...CONTINUE READING

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PALEA is back! And the struggle continues

After an epic two-year struggle, workers at Philippine Airlines have secured a deal that will see 600 workers reinstated. Organised in the Philippine Airlines Employees Association (PALEA), hundreds of workers have defied the odds – maintaining a protest camp, fending off police and compan...CONTINUE READING

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Philippines: 'they destroy, we suffer'

Statement on Yolanda’s aftermath from Partido ng Manggagawa (Labor Party-Philippines), 12 November. Capitalism is destroying the planet. Now we suffer. The devastating horror unleashed by monster-typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) upon the eastern and central Philippines regions is unspeakable. As o...CONTINUE READING

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Indonesia strike round-up

James Balowski Tens of thousands of Indonesian workers held a national strike on 31 October and 1 November. Police reported that protests were held in 50 towns and cities in 15 provinces. Max Lane previously provided analysis of, and background to, the strike . Here James Balowski sifts through in more d...CONTINUE READING