Posts in: International

Cronulla Riot: Unions must mobilise against racism and fascism

Summer/Autumn 2006

Out of the sewer. Long time Nazi fanatic, James Saleam, founder of the thankfully defunct National Action, has rallied a small group of thugs, ultranationalists and racists into an outfit called the Patriotic Youth League, which orchestrated the Cronulla riot. Drunken racist goons, who wanted to defend “their” beaches and “their” women attacked anybody who… Read more »

Indigenous rights emergency! Don’t sit out the Stolenwealth Games

Summer/Autumn 2006

Just a little over five years ago, Australia witnessed its largest ever protests. A quarter of a million Sydneysiders marched across the Harbour Bridge, and hundreds of thousands of people turned out all around the country to participate in the walks for reconciliation. These were hopeful mass mobilisations of people wanting a new era for… Read more »

End the Imperialist war: Troops out now!

Summer/Autumn 2006

The Iraq war is illegal and based on lies. John Howard sent young Australians to war for two reasons. One was to lend a hand to the Neocon gang that holds power in the White House. Two was to make certain that Australia’s strategic interests in the Middle East, in particular its agricultural trade, were… Read more »

Bert Fagin 1926 – 2005: A life dedicated to working class struggle

Summer/Autumn 2006

Bert Fagin was a subscriber to the Freedom Socialist Bulletin and a visitor with his friends to big events at Solidarity Salon. We first met him at an FSP forum exploring how radical Arabs and Jews could work together to win lasting peace in the Middle East. Bert was a generous man who won our… Read more »

Rescue plan needed for Socialist Alliance

Summer/Autumn 2006

In February 2001 the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) attended a meeting of socialists in Sydney, which reached an historic agreement to establish the Socialist Alliance (SA). The FSP was jubilant about this historic breakthrough. In the next edition of the Freedom Socialist Bulletin (#25), we argued, “the time has never been more urgent or more… Read more »

Ali’s story: Powerful weapon in the struggle for justice for refugees

Summer/Autumn 2006

“What we have is the Minister of Defence saying in the immediate post Tampa environment, don’t humanise the refugees.” This is a quote from the October 2002 Senate report on the “Children Overboard” affair. The Howard Government has deliberately tried to suppress individual stories of refugees — who are to be kept nameless and faceless…. Read more »

Defend the Aboriginal Tent Embassy! Resist the racist ban on camping!

Summer/Autumn 2006

The National Indigenous Times calls the Aboriginal Tent Embassy “one of the enduring icons of Aboriginal dissent.” However, the Parliament of Australia webpage asks if the Tent Embassy “is an icon or an eyesore?” The Howard Government — true to its assimilationist mission — has clearly made up its mind. Past attempts to close down… Read more »

The role of socialists in the union movement today

Summer/Autumn 2006

This article is an edited and updated version of a talk given by Alison Thorne at a Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) meeting on 31 August 2005. Thorne is a workplace delegate in the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and an activist in the rank and file caucus, Members First. CPSU workplace delegate, Alison Thorne,… Read more »