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Current Issue of The Guardian

July 27, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Stop the racist right!

The election of Pauline Hanson and other One Nation candidates to the Senate is just one indicator of an alarming trend. Hanson has ridden a wave of racism, nationalism and anti-scientific attitudes into Parliament. These sentiments had already been stirred up by major conservative parties and by hate-mongers in the corporate media. The resuscitated career of the anti-intellectual icon from Queensland and the emergence of a brace of other extreme right political forces are not an exclusively Australian phenomenon.  more ...


Editorial – Olympics as political tool

Judging by the celebratory nature of the “revelations” claiming systemic, government-sanctioned drug use among Russia’s athletes, the world must conclude that the scourge of drugs-in-sport has been at last wiped out. And the finger of blame and guilt is pointed squarely, and only, at Russia. Yet, when Western news media react in unison to universally push a negative story about Russia it has the telltale hallmark of a Pavlovian response. Somebody rings a bell and suddenly the media are salivating like well-trained hounds.  more ...

Forum told of teaching

Participants in a forum on Indigenous education have heard there are significantly fewer Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people taking up and completing teaching degrees than non-Indigenous people because of racism, family responsibilities and negative experiences at school.  more ...

VET privatisation failures

VET (vocational, education and training) researcher and analyst Dr John Mitchell shows how a new government-commissioned report lays bare the failures of privatisation.  more ...

Marxism and the way forward

The 19th century witnessed great human discoveries, opening up new vistas of scientific knowledge, literary genius, liberal and rational thought, great art and culture.  more ...

Taking Issue – Europe’s not the problem; capitalism is

The successful “leave” vote in the British plebiscite on whether to stay in the European Union or to leave it was presented by its campaigners as a victory for British sovereignty, the regaining of power from the grasp of bureaucrats in Brussels. But is it?  more ...

Plea to stop Trump

On Friday, June 8, I invited elected officials, community leaders, and members of the public to convene at the National Action Network’s (NAN) House of Justice in Harlem. I called for this gathering to develop a tangible plan of action to address the crisis of racialised police terror in the United States. I called for the meeting because I lost my son, Eric Garner, to racist police violence two years ago. I called for the meeting because our family, and the families of other victims, continue to fight with thousands of people behind us, yet the murders continue. We need to develop a strategy to make this movement stronger, to keep it going, and to make our demands heard.  more ...

Culture & Life – Yes to Peace – No to NATO

The following is an interview from the Communist Party, Turkey’s (KP) weekly newspaper Boyun Eğme, with Iraklis Tsavdaridis, Executive Secretary of the World Peace Council (WPC) on the upcoming NATO summit.  more ...

Quote of the Week

Comrades, We Communists are people of action. Ours is the problem of practical struggle against the offensive of capital, against fascism and the threat of imperialist war, the struggle for the overthrow of capitalism. It is precisely this practical task that obliges Communist cadres to equip themselves with revolutionary theory, for theory gives those engaged in practical work the power of orientation, clarity of vision, assurance in work, belief in the triumph of our cause.

George Dimitrov, Against fascism and war

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