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

Sheryl Sandberg’s CEO manifesto

Jade Eckhaus Sheryl Sandberg’s new book LEAN IN: Women, Work and the Will to Lead is being peddled as a “sorta feminist manifesto”. It’s closer to an updated version of The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. Sandberg is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, who last year took home $26.2...CONTINUE READING

Killed for being black

Barry Sheppard When the “not guilty” verdict in the trial of George Zimmerman for murdering Trayvon Martin was announced on 13 July, spontaneous protest demonstrations were held in cities and towns across the country. They have continued to this day. All black, civil liberties and civil rights organisati...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

Israel to escalate ethnic cleansing

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has approved the first reading of the Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev . More commonly known as the Prawer-Begin Plan, the bill allows for mass forced expulsions of the Palestinian Bedouin community from the Naqab (the Arabic name for the Nege...CONTINUE READING

Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua defy US, offer asylum for Snowden

Barry Sheppard President Nicolas Maduro of Venezuela has offered asylum to Edward Snowden, the courageous whistleblower who has exposed vast National Security Agency spying on every US citizen and on people throughout the world. Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua followed suit. Meanwhi...CONTINUE READING