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Unity for Peace Conference injects energy into the Australian anti-war movement

Winter/Spring 2006

The Unity for Peace Conference, held in Melbourne on 27 May, attracted nearly 300 activists from around the country to discuss strategies for the movement. Alison Thorne, who represented the Freedom Socialist Party, assesses the conference. Delegates from 80 organisations and individual anti-war activists filled the hall at the Maritime Union for a day of… Read more »

Injustice: Families struggle to hold cops to account for deaths in custody

Winter/Spring 2006

There’s something very familiar about the images in the documentary Injustice. We see grieving families and angry protesters demanding justice and a wall of racist indifference from authorities. The stories could be from Palm Island, Redfern or Perth. But they are actually from England, where more than a thousand people died in police custody between… Read more »

The future of Socialist Alliance

Winter/Spring 2006

In the last issue of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (Number 34), we published an article, “Rescue Plan Needed for Socialist Alliance.” The piece contained our analysis of the problems which beset the Socialist Alliance and criticised decisions taken by the Democratic Socialist Perspective, which we believe damaged Socialist Alliance. We ended this piece with a… Read more »

Talking to Andrea James about Yanagai! Yanagai!

Summer/Autumn 2007

Andrea James describes herself as a proud descendent of the Yorta Yorta and Kunai nations. She is a theatre worker and the current Artistic Director with Melbourne WorkersTheatre. Andrea is also an extraordinary playwright. In 1994, inspired by the decision of the YortaYorta people to lodge a land claim with the Native Tribunal Tribunal, she… Read more »

Noongar Native Title victory: Treaty Now!

Summer/Autumn 2007

It’s taken more than 200 years, but at last one of Australia’s first nations has been recognised by the courts as the original sovereign over a major urban area. In a rare display of justice for Indigenous Australians, a Federal judge ruled in September that the Noongar people of southwestern Australia still have Native Title… Read more »

“My Israel Question”: A powerful critique of Zionist wrongdoings

Summer/Autumn 2007

Antony Lowenstein’s book, My Israel Question, was published last August. Within days, a second print run was announced and the book became a best seller. Speaking to a crowd at Melbourne Trades Hall, Lowenstein laughed and said, “It sounds bizarre now, but before the book was published my publisher was concerned that it might be… Read more »

Workers resist union busting in Thailand

Summer/Autumn 2007

Goodyear is a union busting employer. In the U.S., members of the United Steelworkers Union at Goodyear just ended a 12-week strike with a settlement that will result in massive job cuts. In Thailand, the company uses fixed-term contracts as a union busting tool. Many workers have been employed by Goodyear Thailand for more than… Read more »

Kabul in Winter: the ravages of war and religious rule in Afghanistan

Summer/Autumn 2007

Kabul in Winter: Life without Peace in Afghanistan (Metropolitan Books, Henry Holt and Company, New York, 2006) hits hard in the gut while absorbing the mind. The book is a scathing indictment of U.S. policies that promoted the rise of Islamic fundamentalism, used the plight of Afghan women to justify an unjust war, and finally… Read more »

Permanent Revolution for the 21st Century

Winter/Spring 2006

Murry Weiss’ pamphlet, titled Women’s emancipation and the future of the Fourth International, is a collection of three short essays written between 1978 and 1982. It also includes an obituary that introduces the reader to Weiss who is described as “a quintessential revolutionary.” Of what interest are the seemingly dated essays to students of the… Read more »