A response to Shane Bentley on Portugal

Tom O’Lincoln Shane Bentley ( Red Flag , Issue 16) raises three important issues about the 1974-75 Portuguese revolution. The first is that I called the PRP the “most promising” far left group. Shane rightly identifies the PRP’s lack of a clear Leninist perspective as a serious weakness. But he still us...CONTINUE READING

Women in the Russian Revolution

Louise O’Shea The Russian Revolution transformed the lives of women and struck a blow against sexism in a way no event before or after has done. The advances for women in the months following October 1917 – free abortion on demand, civil marriage, no-fault divorce, guaranteed state support for women wit...CONTINUE READING

Operation Coldstore in Singapore

Josh Kamil In the 1950s and 1960s, the British colony of Singapore was ablaze with radicalism. An insurgent workers’ and students’ movement gripped the Island. The demands were independence from Britain, better conditions for the masses, greater political freedom and unity with Malaya. But on 2 Febru...CONTINUE READING

Daniel Bensaïd’s Slow Impatience

Dougal McNeill Daniel Bensaïd, An Impatient Life , trans. David Fernbach (Verso, 2013) This absorbing, affecting memoir is a beautiful testament to a richly productive and dignified life. Daniel Bensaïd spent over forty years as a partisan of the revolutionary left in France, writing, campaigning, organi...CONTINUE READING

The Zapatistas’ legacy of rebellion

Patrick Weiniger Magdalena García Durán is an indigenous Mazahua woman from San Antonio Pueblo Nuevo in central Mexico. Commenting in the run-up to 20th anniversary of the Zapatista uprising in the distant southern state of Chiapas, she tells an interviewer: “Living as an indigenous woman in a big city is...CONTINUE READING

Some unanswered questions about the 'Carnation Revolution'

Shane Bentley MUA member Shane Bentley responds to an article by Red Flag 's Tom O'Lincoln . Articles about a western European country in the throes of revolution, such as Tom O’Lincoln’s on Portugal’s “Carnation Revolution” ( Red Flag #13 ) are always an inspirational read. However, sadly lacking from...CONTINUE READING

The Cockatoo Island occupation – 25 years on

Steph Price The ACTU delivered the news. “That’s it, it’s finished”, Bill Kelty told Cockatoo Island Dockyard workers. It was 1987. The Hawke Labor government was closing them down. The 2,000 who worked there were done. “It was a fait accompli”, says Claude Sandaljian, who was a boilermaker on the isl...CONTINUE READING

‘The challenge is to harness opposition’

Alexis Vassiley Antony Loewenstein is a Sydney based journalist, activist and author. He spoke to Red Flag’ s Alexis Vassiley about his latest work, the recently published Profits of doom: how vulture capitalism is swallowing the world. Tell us a bit about the book. Profits of doom looks at the way in whi...CONTINUE READING

Which side are you on? A tribute to Pete Seeger

Janey Stone The Victorian Trades Hall Council is flying its flag at half-mast. Their epitaph says it all: “Pete Seeger, your work is your monument”. The Facebook site for the 30th anniversary of the British Miners’ strike is overwhelmed by tributes. All around the world, people are mourning the world’...CONTINUE READING