Telegrams confirm scale of US complicity in 1965 genocide

Jess Melvin There is much outrage in the United States that a foreign state might have attempted to influence its 2016 presidential election. The release on 17 October of a cache of previously classified telegrams sent from the US embassy in Jakarta provides new and damning evidence that the US is no...CONTINUE READING

Meat pies, kangaroos, class struggle and Holden cars

Andrew Martin A red V8 SS Holden Commodore rolled off the Elizabeth production line in Adelaide on 20 October – the last of 7,687,675 Holdens produced in Australia since 1948. It marked the end of an era, with Toyota already ceasing local production in September and Ford in 2016. On the last day, Holden...CONTINUE READING

The Balfour Declaration: a century of colonisation and resistance

Kim Bullimore As the hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is marked this month, Israel and its supporters – including the British and Australian governments – are celebrating the anniversary, while Palestinians are mourning and protesting it. The Balfour Declaration was a statement of suppor...CONTINUE READING

The myths of Beersheba

Vashti Kenway The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba has been cause for great patriotic celebration among the Australian political elite and the mainstream media. The Battle, a little-remembered incident in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, featured the Australian Light Horse...CONTINUE READING

Russia 1917: when the people rose

Sandra Bloodworth A century ago, Russian workers blazed a new path in human history. Their revolution of 1917 inspired millions around the globe and struck terror into the hearts of the rich.CONTINUE READING

Beating anti-union laws: the Clarrie O’Shea strike

Katie Wood On 15 May 1969, union leader Clarrie O’Shea was jailed for refusing to allow the industrial court access to his union’s accounts. The Tramways Union had been fined under the penal powers, the coercive sections of the Arbitration Act, for taking industrial action. The penal powers had been...CONTINUE READING

The politics of patience

Ian Birchall Tom O’Lincoln will be known to many for his historical writings. But Tom is also a lifelong political activist. Now, turning 70 and facing health problems, he has written an autobiography, The Highway is for Gamblers . For some on the left, an autobiography is an opportunity for self-justi...CONTINUE READING

What Marxists say about religious freedom

Mick Armstrong Defence of religious freedom is the war cry of No campaigners. It is a cynical attempt by the likes of Tony Abbott, John Howard, Eric Abetz and Cory Bernardi to divert the debate away from the core issue of the democratic right of same sex couples to be married in a civil ceremony. Civil m...CONTINUE READING

The role of Queensland Native Mounted Police in genocide

Duncan Hart The premeditated use of murderous violence against Indigenous people by agents of Australia’s early colonial order is often glossed over. For many commentators and politicians, it is too much to admit any element of malice. Take Malcolm Turnbull describing the adorning of statues of Captai...CONTINUE READING