Australian members of International Forces East Timor (INTERFET), talk to a citizen in Dili, East Timor. (Photo by PH3 Dan Mennuto)

Indonesia: From Anti-Imperialism to Imperialism

24th October 2019

In August, East Timor (Timor Leste) celebrated 20 years independence from Indonesia. The 1974 left-wing coup in Portugal led to the dismantling of its colonies including what was then called Portuguese Timor. Indonesian forces commenced covert attacks, then invaded in 1975. An estimated 100,000 conflict-related deaths through the entire period 1974 to 1999, including 18,600 […]

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Capitalism’s Holy Grail

24th October 2019

Here’s an easy question – what’s your view of censorship? If you’re a socialist and a democrat, you’re probably against it. After all, you argue, the only really effective way to combat bad ideas is to bring them out in the open and put them up against good ideas, and you can’t do that if […]

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Dobbiamo davvero mettere Marx in soffitta?

31st August 2019

Il nostro movimento è per il socialismo rivoluzionario, marxista. Ma se venisse meno la fondatezza della critica economica di Marx al principio di funzionamento del capitalismo, verrebbe forse meno la fondatezza delle ragioni della nostra lotta? No, per almeno tre motivi.  1.    La teoria del valore-lavoro non è completamente stravolta, ha ancora una funzione per la lotta […]

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Africa: Can it help feed us all?

31st August 2019

Africa’s Potential Bread Basket ‘It is people who make the world: the bush has wounds and scars.’ – a Malawian proverb Global food security is one of the most serious concerns of our time. The global food system is at the root of many environmental and health crises. Humans have made the African savanna their […]

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El Socialismo nunca ha sido probado

26th August 2019

En nuestra egoísta sociedad actual, cualquier conversación sobre una sociedad basada en la solidaridad encontrará poco más que un gesto desdeñoso. “No me digas -¡otra colecta más para unos pobres diablos! Ya estoy harto de estas colectas, ya no creo en ellas”. Por tanto, cuando los socialistas tratan de explicar que una sociedad basada en […]

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SYRIZA: GREEK CAPITALISM’S REPAIR CREW

21st August 2019

In January 2015 there was dancing in the streets of Athens as a left-wing anti-austerity party, Syriza, a ‘coalition of the radical left’, made up of various left and Green groups, Eurocommunists and some Trotskyists, had just won the Greek elections. There was rejoicing too amongst like-minded people outside Greece. The fightback against austerity was […]

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AN AWFUL LOT OF COFFEE IN BRAZIL

21st August 2019

Two bumper harvests in Brazil have flooded the international market with so much coffee that the price farmers can get has plummeted to below $1 a pound (BBC News, 11 July ). Since coffee is a cash crop that farmers sell instead of growing food they could actually eat, when the price hits the floor […]

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BIG PHARMA

21st August 2019

This is your capitalist brain on drugs Drug firm Pfizer has discovered that its own arthritis treatment drug Enbrel also seems to cut the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 64 percent (New Scientist, 15 June, p7). Great, you might think. Over to Pfizer to start cranking out Enbrel by the container load. Oh […]

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HUAWEI: IS IT REALLY JUST CYBERSECURITY?

3rd July 2019

Competition for markets, sources of raw materials and the control of strategic routes is the lifeblood of capitalism. This competition inevitably translates into rivalry between nation states, which serve the capitalist interests within their borders. Trade wars ensue with all the skulduggery that governments can muster and can lead to bloody conflict. We have seen […]

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COLOUR PREJUDICE

3rd July 2019

The description of the aristocracy as blue-bloods was very much based on class where fair skin highlighted a person’s blue veins which showed that they did not toil in the outdoors in the fields like the peasants. Today the problem is confused by the idea of race which human beings impose on themselves, an issue […]

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