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Current Issue of The Guardian

August 20, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

Dispossession, disempowerment – The Forrest “solution” for first Australians

Mining magnate Andrew Forrest’s “Creating Parity” report is a recipe for wiping out Native Title, clearing outback Indigenous communities off their land, private sector control of their lives and assimilation. It is a simplistic, paternalistic, racist strategy for the dispossession and further disempowerment of Indigenous Australians, produced by a mining magnate and his head office team for the sole benefit of mining corporations.  more ...

Editorial – Gutter politics, gutter media

For several months now The Australian newspaper has been running a scare campaign, with horror stories of Australian Islamists fighting with the terrorist group Islamic State (formerly ISIS).  more ...

Political Prisoner Liliany Obando on hunger strike

COLOMBIA: On Wednesday August 13 Liliany Obando declared herself to be on a hunger strike to protest her illegal and unfair arrest she has been a victim of since August 8, 2008.  more ...

What will happen to the federal budget?

Last week federal Treasurer Joe Hockey defended his budget’s proposed new fuel excise on the grounds that poor people either don’t have a car, or don’t drive very much if they do own one.  more ...

ANZAC Centenary and the CPA response

From a report to the Central Committee August 2, 2014: I offer this as part of the discussion, an exploration of the topic of the ANZAC and Gallipoli centenary to take place next year. The centenary will be particularly important to Communists and other progressive Australians as the official commemorations will provide a backdrop to all other events in the lead up to April 25. Given current trends, the tone of the commemorations can be predicted to be reactionary and militaristic. War preparations on the part of the government will be helped by the endorsement of historic alliances. This will be presented as logically leading to the US alliance and all that entails.  more ...

Liliany Obando – “My only crime is belonging to the Colombian left-wing”

From her latest prison cell, the human rights defender and political prisoner Liliany Obando offers a personal account of her most recent arrest.  more ...

Breaking the wall of silence about the Cuban Five

Ailí Labañino Cardoso is the daughter of one of the Cuban Five still imprisoned in the US after infiltrating ant-Cuba terrorist groups in Miami. The men, known as the Five Heroes in their homeland, were able to forewarn authorities in Cuba about terror attacks from the ruthless expatriate groups in spite of the US administration’s unwillingness to assist. The Five were taken into custody on September 12, 1998, accused of espionage and other politically-motivated charges and subjected to a very flawed trial. It took place in the toxic anti-Cuba atmosphere created in Miami by anti-Communist Mafia groups. Appeals have been dismissed and a media blackout kept over the injustice.  more ...

Israel-trained police “occupy” Missouri

Since the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police in Missouri, the people of Ferguson have been subjected to a military-style crackdown by a squadron of local police departments dressed like combat soldiers. This has prompted residents to liken the conditions on the ground in Ferguson to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine.  more ...

Culture & Life – Slaughter on the Western Front

As assorted politicians on both sides of the House wax lyrical about the supposed “glory” associated with Australia’s participation in the horror that was the First World War, we should spare a thought for the poor young blighters who had been suckered into volunteering for what they thought was going to be a great adventure (from which they would soon be home again).  more ...

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