Bolivarian movement wins big in Venezuela’s municipal elections

Venezuela has just had municipal elections and the result was a landslide victory for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). There were also important wins for candidates standing for grass roots (communal) organisations, some of which are critical of the PSUV. Together this accounted for about 75 percent of the vote and the taking of 90 percent of the contested positions. Continue reading Bolivarian movement wins big in Venezuela’s municipal elections

University of Sydney removes professor for criticism of war propaganda over Syria Iraq and Palestine

The University of Sydney has suspended Professor Tim Anderson for showing students an info graphic,  including a Nazi swastika over the Israeli flag. It is nor antisemitic. The purpose was to provide a view on the nature of the Israeli government’s ongoing physical attacks on the Palestinians. Tim Anderson  is appealing the suspension. Continue reading University of Sydney removes professor for criticism of war propaganda over Syria Iraq and Palestine

Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, the Indonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 are known about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

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Build unity to get rid of the Coalition

By Jim Hayes

Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for Labor winning the federal election next year. The alternative of an ongoing Coalition government would be a disaster in many ways. More so, when it is hell bent on transforming the Australian political landscape into an ugly expression of entrenched inequality, exploitation and repression, which is far worse than anything experienced before. Continue reading Build unity to get rid of the Coalition

Australia no longer trusts what passes for democracy here

By Joe Montero

The Museum of Australian Democracy and the Institute for Governance and Policy analysis at the University of Canberra have just released their findings from joint research. It tells us what everybody knows already, that Australia does not trust politicians and the existing political institutions. Continue reading Australia no longer trusts what passes for democracy here

Coalition has incentive to neuter federal corruption watchdog

This article by Eva Cripps and published by the Aim Network (27 November 2018) shows why Australia should be wary, of the Morrison government’s turnaround to support the creation of a federal corruption watchdog. She suggests that after its recent crushing electoral losses and finding itself in a minority government, it was compelled to change its strategy. But the intention to prevent disclosures that would embroil the government remains as solid as ever, which means that whatever is set up, will be intended to be a toothless pup.

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Government’s intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress

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The Morrison government’s $323,000 a year intended cut to the Foodbank has drawn widespread condemnation. So it should, especially as we enter the Christmas season. It means that families and individuals are going to do it hard. Continue reading Government’s intention to cut Foodbank funding was based on a wrong view on how to achieve progress

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