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Current Issue of The Guardian

July 20, 2016 - click here for index of articles.

Hypocrisy that threatens war

The decision of the arbitral tribunal in The Hague is nothing short of provocative. As is the response of the Australian and US governments. They wasted no time in springing to the defence of the ruling of a tribunal that has found against the People’s Republic of China’s historical claim to a disputed maritime zone in the South China Sea. The authority of the body to determine such a question is doubtful, as is the process used. But that hasn’t stopped the usual supporters of US military and economic interests from lecturing China about respect for “international law” and threatening grave consequences starting with sanctions.  more ...


Editorial – On war

The ongoing commemorations marking battles in World War I continue, glorifying the carnage and death of the first global conflict fought for the division of markets. In Australia ANZAC Day commemorations this year took place in the growing shadow of the build-up of US military forces in Australia’s north. It is natural that families wish to recall the memories of the tens of thousands who have been killed and wounded in the succession of wars in which Australian servicemen and women have been involved.  more ...

CPA calls for release of Han Sang-Gyun

On Monday July 4 the Seoul Central District Court sentenced Han Sang-Gyun, President of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) to five years in jail.  more ...

Union rights – The battle ahead

The Abbott/Turnbull’s Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) is a reincarnation of former PM John Howard’s ABCC, but with additional draconian, anti-union measures. It imposes hefty penalties of $36,000 for individuals and $180,000 for trade unions for each offence. These are three times higher than for other workers under the Fair Work Act.  more ...

Black Lung: Tip of iceberg

In an announcement that is sending shockwaves through the mining industry, a report from medical experts investigating rates of Black Lung disease amongst Australian miners has revealed the problem is much worse than anticipated.  more ...

Mediscare and Medisense

Ross Gittins’ Sydney Morning Herald article could not be more wrong when he says – “The real winners of the Mediscare campaign are doctors and the medical industry” – SMH July 6, 2016.  more ...

Smilely-faced monopolists

Wonderful, bountiful. The ever-youthful prince of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, told the world that he and his wife Priscilla Chan would be giving away 99 percent of their shares to charitable causes during the course of their lifetimes. A gesture so bold and generous: almost enough to rekindle the notion that tech billionaires were something different. A far cry from those grey and grubby bankers clutching their bonuses in so unseemly a fashion, or the brash property tycoons with exclusively located follicles and vacant consciences.  more ...

Free Sundiata Acoli

I wrote this poem in response to hearing that political prisoner Sundiata Acoli, 78 years old and a former Black Panther Party activist had been denied parole again. He has spent 42 years in jail for struggling against injustice and racism. There is a campaign to win his release through a presidential pardon.  more ...

Culture & Life – US OK with Brexit?

Here’s a question for you: Did Britain’s Brexit vote really upset the USA? Yes, I know US Secretary of State Kerry shot off to Europe in a hurry immediately after the vote, ostensibly to mend fences but there could have been a much more serious reason.  more ...

Quote of the Week

You can’t have capitalism without racism.

Malcolm X

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