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Current Issue of The Guardian

October 22, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

National Curriculum – The right imposes its biases

It looks like the Abbott government wants to turn every crank and conservative critic of public education loose on the struggling system. Biases and assumptions are running riot as cash-strapped schools brace themselves for the introduction of another national curriculum. “Rigour”, the “basics” and making students “industry ready” are among the chants of assorted Coalition-friendly “reformers”. They want to turn back the clock for Australian students.  more ...

Editorial – Ebola: We live in one world

For a period in the 1980s in the US there were limited outbreaks of tuberculosis. Those infected included wealthy individuals in gated communities where undocumented workers from Mexico and other South American countries worked as cooks, child minders and cleaners on pittance wages. Infectious diseases recognise no borders or class lines, but it is a class question.  more ...

Government rage as ANU bans polluters

On October 3 the council of the Australian National University (ANU) voted to divest itself of $16 million worth of investments in seven companies involved in coal and gas extraction, because of the association of those industries with climate change.  more ...

Push for fracking fires up community

As the Earth’s climate continues to demonstrate its volatility more frequently and in more extreme ways, community action around the outdated fossil fuel industry is gathering strength and making its way into the mainstream of thinking.  more ...

Taking Issue – Australia and the War on Terror

Not so long ago Australia enjoyed a relatively a peaceful society where diverse and different cultures and ethnicities coexisted in harmony. Today, however, signs and symptoms of increasing cultural clashes and racism are perceptible. Although these sentiments are disproportionately exaggerated by mainstream media, still it is clear that some ethnicities do not enjoy the same placid life they had within Australian society about a year ago. What triggered this change? Where did this change start and how far is it going to go? What other important changes could pertain to this awakening social cleavage and what impacts might ensue?  more ...

Celebrating the past – looking to the future

For Communists across Australia, November 7 – the Great October Revolution – is a time of celebration: it signals that for almost nine and a half decades, the Communist movement has been organising, campaigning and leading the struggle for the liberation of the working class in this country.  more ...

ISIS is a scenario to destroy Russia

The UN Security Council unanimously, which is a rare occasion during the recent years, adopted a resolution on the fight against terrorism. Pravda.Ru interviewed executive secretary of the Presidium of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems, Araik Stepanyan, about old and new threats in the Middle East and in the whole world.  more ...

Culture & Life – Resurgence of the military industrial complex

In the 1960s, with the glaring injustice and horror of the Vietnam War raging on their TV screens and claiming thousands of young Americans’ lives, many people around the world became aware of the influence of the military-industrial complex on all aspects of modern life under capitalism. They spoke out against it and actively campaigned to curtail its influence. But how could its influence be reined in when military budgets continued to grow at almost exponential rates?  more ...

Pete's Corner

Over 10 years worth of sharp humour from The Guardian's very own cartoonist Pete Andrew can be accessed from the main menu – or just click here.

Discover The Five

This is the story of the Cuban Five, five men in US prisons. The five who? Cuba? Let’s start at the beginning. You know Cuba is an island off the coast of Florida. The people there made a revolution in 1959 and the US government broke diplomatic relations. Not much has changed, the conflict continues.

16 years is too long – Free the Cuban Five

Published on Sep 16, 2014: Australia-Cuba Friendship Society members express solidarity with the campaign to free the Cuban Five on the 16th anniversary of their incarceration.

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