Issue 1 - Mar

Solidarity Magazine #1

2020 delegates reflect a narrow vision

Kevin Rudd tells us that he is pulling together the "best and brightest" 1000 Australians for his 2020 summit in Canberra in April. Rudd...

Democrats at War

by Jean Parker IF WE needed any proof of the depth of anti-Bush sentiment in the US, from Iraq to health insurance, we need look...

VSU policy leaves political student unionism at risk

In February, the National Union of Students released their new policy alternative to the Howard-era Voluntary Student Unionism (VSU) legislation. The policy calls for...

Cuba Socialism and Castro’s legacy

THE US tried for 49 years to assassinate Fidel Castro and bring down his regime, which made his voluntary retirement as Cuban leader last...

Israel launches murderous assault

Israel has unleashed a new murderous offensive against Palestinians in the Gaza strip. But in the same week Kevin Rudd plans to honour Israel...

Kosovo–independence at what cost

In late February the Balkan mini-nation of Kosovo declared independence from Serbia, sparking protests by Serbs in Kosovo, Serbia and Australia. The vast majority of...

Need for an anti-war movement not going away

After five years, war in Iraq continues without pause. Turkey's invasion of northern Iraq is further evidence that the headaches for US imperialism in...

American terror–a history of the CIA

GEORGE W. Bush has vetoed the bill, proposed by the Democrats, that would have outlawed the use of torture by the CIA. He is...

Shock G20 jail sentence- but protesters defy riot charges

Thirteen people arrested and charged with riot following the G20 protest in Melbourne in 2006 have resolved to fight the charges. Another four people...

Sexism and working women

ON 8 March 1908 15,000 women garment workers marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights. In 1911 socialist...

Government expands punishment policy across Aboriginal communities

There is growing criticism of the welfare quarantining measures within the "intervention" into Northern Territory Aboriginal communities. But the federal government has signalled its...

‘The torture word’

IN LATE February Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The film is about the torture and...

Students organise to defend Aboriginal rights

Students returning from the Canberra Convergence against the NT intervention have begun organising on their campuses. In Brisbane, QUT's social justice collective has already organised...

Debt expert–Rates crisis cutting living standards

Not long ago you wrote that, "An official interest rate of just 6.75 per cent would inflict as much pain as 17 per cent...

Thousands march against NSW privatisation plans

THOUSANDS OF union members marched last month against the NSW government's plans to privatise electricity. Despite industry claims otherwise, two-thirds of the state is...

NSW teachers to strike against deregulation

On Saturday March 8, 300 delegates at the NSW Teachers Federation (NSWTF) state council voted unanimously to strike in opposition to the Iemma government's...

Victorian teachers fight neo-liberal pay limit

Victorian teachers are fighting to break the Brumby Government's pay cap of 3.25 per cent (below the current inflation rate). Following the state-wide Australian...

Garnaut proposes 90 per cent cut

PROFESSOR ROSS Garnaut, establishment economist and China expert, dropped a bombshell in his interim report on climate change, jointly commissioned by state and federal...

Stars in their eyes–Earth Hour 2008

HOW DO we make governments act on the climate crisis? The organisers of Earth Hour believe "the simple action of turning off the lights...

Climate code red network grows

On March 1 more than 80 activists met to create "Climate Code Red Network" (CCRN). This came after more than 200 activists from across...

Labor’s rates policy hurting workers

AGAIN AND again, Kevin Rudd talks of the need to help "working families". He insists that Labor's priority is to fight inflation and that...

Northern Rock–return to state intervention

BRITISH PM Gordon Brown has nationalised the Northern Rock bank after attempts to fend off its collapse failed. In a humiliating back flip, his...

Inflation fight targeted at our living standards

Kevin Rudd's first few months have seen important symbolic breaks with Howard's legacy. The highpoint so far was his apology to the Stolen Generations,...

Afghanistan–Rudd’s good war a catastrophe

Rudd's aggressive determination to support NATO in Afghanistan is almost the flip side to that of his position on Iraq, seeing it as the...

Oil–an American obsession

ONE HUNDRED years ago the United States was the biggest oil producer in the world. California alone accounted for 22 per cent of global...

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