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         July 2020


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When silence is deafening

 

An official media response from a government can often be revealing about inner workings of the corridors of power; diplomatic silence, by contrast, can often be far more revealing.
Recent moves by the Japanese government to not deploy a US anti-missile system, for example, has met with blanket silence from both the Trump administration and Pentagon.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jul 01

 

EDITORIAL: Fight over statues and history is class struggle

 

JULY 2020 VANGUARD EDITORIAL: The toppling of statues around the world representing colonialists and racists has received wide publicity in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

It is right that they come down. Statues of colonists, monarchs, and slave owners reflect the values of the ruling classes of the era in which they were erected. They are an affront to the people whose lands they had stolen, to ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Jul 01

 

US influence over Australian cyber security a threat to rights and liberties

 

The appointment of Kirstjen Neilson to a Canberra-based position created to develop Australia's Cyber Security Strategy (CSS) is a worrying sign of strengthened US involvement in our parliamentary system.

While few would deny a sensible CSS is a necessity for all countries in the modern world, the present Australian Morrison coalition government commitment contains some highly dubious agendas and is not straightforward. In light of a recent report about cyber-based ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 28

 

Neither the U.S. nor China - Independence for Australia!

 

Australia is trapped between two conflicting imperialist powers. On one side, subservience to the United States politically, militarily and economically in our role as regional representative of the interests of US imperialism. On the other, reliance on China as our biggest trading partner, a major export market for raw commodities, and the main supplier of manufactured goods in the global supply chain.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 27

 

ILPS-ICOR Joint Statement On the Current Crisis of Capitalism amid Covid-19 Pandemic

 
The International League of Peoples Struggles (ILPS) and the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organisations (ICOR) have issued a joint statement on the current crisis of capitalism and the Covid-19 pandemic. The CPA (M-L) welcomes this joint initiative of the two important organisations, working together through the Anti-imperialist and Anti-fascist United Front (AIAFUF). more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 27

 

India-China clash: Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star statement

 

Stop War mongering; Settle border disputes through bi-lateral discussions! We don’t want another border war; People primarily want bread, shelter.

17 June 2020

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 23

 

Australia and India completely subservient to US imperialism in Indo-Pacific region

 

A recent diplomatic stand-off between India and China has now included an added dimension with increased Indian naval activity in a sensitive area of the Indian Ocean, raising regional tensions and hostilities still further.

Recent high-level diplomatic initiatives from Australia have included India establishing a formal military co-operation agreement, drawing Canberra even closer to the likely real-war scenarios.
The developments have taken place against a back-cloth of increased US-led diplomatic ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 23

 

Government’s economic spin not making us any steadier

 

An economic assessment by the present Morrison coalition government in Canberra with projections of boosting GDP growth by an average of 3.5 per cent is not realistic under present trends.

Other factors, including Australia's alliance with the United States, also include major economic and political considerations seriously affecting GDP growth rates.
more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 18

 

The Five Eyes in Crisis

 

In early June an announcement that the elite Five Eyes intelligence organisation composed of the United States, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, had agreed to seek closer working relations 'and alliances with economic security emerging as a key strategic threat', revealed underlying problems. (1) All five countries have entered a period of prolonged economic crisis and decline.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 16

 

Stop the Minerals Council agenda for attacks on the people and the environment.

 

The ruling class constantly discusses its tactics and refines its agenda in preparation for fresh attacks on the people.
Social, economic and climate crises are favoured moments for such reassessments. The Covid-19 pandemic has been one such crisis, with Morrison giving the green light to industry to “lead the way” out of the crisis with new policy frameworks designed to promote growth in the profitability of major foreign and local ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 15

 

Science must serve the people

 

Recent, reactionary comments from a successful scientist in my field have emphasised the continued relevance of Marx's contention that “ the weak points in the abstract materialism of natural science, a materialism that excludes history and its process, are at once evident from the abstract and ideological conceptions of its spokesmen, whenever they venture beyond the bounds of their own speciality.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 15

 

Replies to a reader: Part 3 of 3 (Australian independence)

 
A reader has sent us three questions. Our responses required collective discussion with the Executive Committee of our Central Committee as there were details that are poorly remembered or were not personally experienced by some of us. After all, the questions relate to matters that stretch back four decades. The first deals with China’s Gang of Four and our past and current views on this group. The second deals with ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 14

 

Selling the Farm - More Dairy Farms Snapped Up By North American Capital

 
A prominent dairy production company, Beston Foods, has sold its four dairy cattle farms located in the South East of SA near Mt Gambier.
Buying and selling of dairy farms is nothing new. However, this particular sale is an example of how foreign capital is bit by bit buying up prime agricultural land in Australia. The farms are being sold to Aurora Dairies who already manage 18 dairy farms in ...
more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 13

 

Replies to a reader: Part 2 of 3 (The Theory of Three Worlds)

 

A reader has sent us three questions.  Our responses required collective discussion with the Executive Committee of our Central Committee as there were details that are poorly remembered or were not personally experienced by some of us.  After all, the questions relate to matters that stretch back four decades. The first deals with China’s Gang of Four and our past and current views on this group. The second deals with ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 10

 

ICOR: Forward to worldwide rebellion against racism and anticommunism of imperialism!

 

The International Coordiination of Revolutionary Parties and Organisations (ICOR) has released the following resolution on the world-wide Black Lives Matter movement. 

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 09

 

Replies to a reader: Part 1 of 3 (Gang of Four)

 

A reader has sent us three questions.  Our responses required collective discussion with the Executive Committee of our Central Committee as there were details that are poorly remembered or were not personally experienced by some of us.  After all, the questions relate to matters that stretch back four decades. The first deals with China’s Gang of Four and our past and current views on this group. The second deals with ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 09

 

Economic crisis belts the working class: Will the ACTU fight or fizzle?

 

In the wake of the coronavirus crisis, the Morrison government is taking desperate measures to restore the security and profits of the capitalist class and their foreign monopoly mates.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 07

 

a concrete floor / a cell door / and John Pat

 

In the wake of the huge nationwide Black Lives Matter protests drawing together struggles here and internationally, we reprint an article published days after the inquest into David Dungay’s death in March 2019. David’s death, one of the 430-plus since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody 30 years ago, was referred to at rallies around the country and has become a symbol of justice denied.

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 06

 

Northern Territory pushed closer to real war scenario

 

Residents of the Northern Territory should be in no doubt what the US-led wave of militarism across the Indo-Pacific means for their state and well-being. The NT is being pushed into a front-line position for real war scenarios across the region.
 

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 05

 

Essential to the people…but apparently not essential for the system

 

During the Covid-19 pandemic, it has become clear that frontline and public sector workers are essential to society. In fact, we know that workers in general are essential to society functioning. Without them how would the capitalist class get their profits and power? Each day since the crisis began, we have heard state and federal governments say that frontline and public sector workers are vital in getting us through this ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Jun 05

 

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