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Cannot Buy My Soul: Music industry tribute to Kev Carmody

Winter/Spring 2007

Kev Carmody Cannot Buy My Soul is a tribute album, paying homage to singer and songwriter, Kev Carmody. The album, produced by Paul Kelly, is musically brilliant and will bring the gutsy songs of Carmody to a whole new audience. Describing the project, Carmody said: “this is the old folk tradition where old songs and… 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 »

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 »

History provides invaluable lessons in how to stop fascism in its tracks

Summer/Autumn 2006

The Fight Against Fascism in the U.S.A., by James P Cannon, Farrell Dobbs, Joseph Hansen, Leon Trotsky and Murry Weiss, Resistance Books (2004), ISBN 1876646179, 237 pages, $19.95. In January 1997, a fascist outfit, National Action (NA), opened a bookshop in the multicultural Melbourne suburb of Fawkner. This development led to the reactivation of Campaign… 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 »

Arundhati Roy’s eloquent answer to the neoliberal spin doctors

Winter/Spring 2005

Arundhati Roy came to prominence when her first novel, The God of Small Things, won the 1996 Booker Prize for literature. She has gone on to write several works of fiction and non-fiction. Roy is an outspoken, internationally popular anti-globalisationist and Indian feminist. Her latest book, The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire, is a collection… Read more »

Uncharted Waters: Social Responsibility in Australian Trade Unions

Winter/Spring 2005

A significant theoretical contribution by Marx is the idea that workers are alienated from the product of their labour. Workers produce things, but at the end of the day it is the capitalist who owns what they produce.  Uncharted Waters is an important new book which features periods in Australia’s history when workers have collectively… Read more »

Is casualisation eating us up?

Winter/Spring 2005

Melbourne Workers Theatre (MWT) is a cutting edge theatre company with a brief to produce work “for, with and by working class and disenfranchised communities.” Andrea James, artistic director for the company says, “our theatre is rude, it’s naughty and it’s un-Australian. We’re hitting where it hurts.” James explains, “as the nation steels itself for… Read more »