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Spring 2020

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More than meets the eye – the CPA(ML) in NSW Part 1 Bert and Syd


The breadth of the work of the Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist) has never been readily apparent to those looking on. But there’s more than meets the eye. 
For several decades after its formation in 1964, the CPA (ML) worked in a hostile environment in Sydney where the old CPA, dissolved in 1991, was strongest.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 26


Abetz controversy: Fight every attack on democratic rights


The recent pressure placed on three Chinese-Australians to condemn China’s Communist Party and Government by Liberal Senator Eric Abetz must be unconditionally condemned.
The three were appearing before a Senate inquiry into the Morrison government’s Foreign Relations Bill, which would give Canberra a veto over state government and university deals with overseas powers. Senator Abetz is chairing the inquiry.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 25


Paying Attention To Cultural Diversity Essential In Building A Strong Working Class Movement


Recently I learned about a struggle of migrant workers in a food processing factory that had some good lessons worth sharing.

About thirty workers in this factory were employed by a contractor to clean machinery each day after production had finished. They had regular work as long as their boss kept the contract with the food processing owner. About twenty of the workers were from the same Asian country. Some ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 24


Bolivian elections: Return of MAS a rebuff to US imperialism


The return of the Movement for Socialism (MAS) to office in Bolivia has provided a massive boost for progressive movements and Indigenous peoples across Central and Latin America and elsewhere.

The previous MAS presidential administration successfully challenged US-led neo-liberal economic agendas and directives issued through international financial institutions under their control.

They also withstood a massive US-led destabilisation campaign.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 22


Ukrainian miners persist in major strike


As these lines are written, 22 brave miners of the Oktyabrskaya mine in Krivoy Rog remain on strike underground.

Hundreds of their comrades from various mines - including women - have already risen to the surface. Their demands have only been partially met, but they remain committed to their struggle. New, desperate battles lie ahead, against capital and for a decent life for Ukrainian workers. For the first time in ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 21


I-Spy: Japan and the Five Eyes


Moves by US-led regional defence and security planning to consider Japan as an additional member of the elite Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network have revealed a further escalation of Cold War diplomatic tensions taking place with China.

Japan, while historically a northern regional hub for 'US interests' and military operations, was bound by a pacifist constitution and, therefore, unable to assist their war plans. Japan's governments recently, however, re-interpreted the relevant ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 20


Mightily resist Duterte's laws and rules on state terrorism


The implementing rules and regulations issued by Duterte's Anti-Terror Council (ACT) details how the so-called Anti-Terror Law will be used to stifle dissent and suppress civil and political rights. It attempts to give the law a facade of "respect for human rights" but its fascist fangs are revealed in the details.

Section 4.4 is particularly deceptive which lists advocacy, protest and other similar exercises of civil and political rights as ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 19


Queensland Working Class Warrior’s death sorely felt. Vale Peter Simpson


Peter Simpson, former state Secretary of the Queensland NT ETU died in late September after a 4-year battle with Melanoma. His death came after 40 years of growing stature within the working-class movement in the north of Australia. He also had a national reputation for courage, integrity, decency, reliability and his staunch working class character and action.

Simmo’s death reverberated across the country.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 19


Police attempt to COVID-normalise repression of Protest


A few hundred students and some friends protested Commonwealth increases to University fees for non-STEM courses and other issues at Sydney University on Saturday 10 October. They were chanting and waving banners at their most assertive.

Many if not most wore masks. Some effort and some lack of success at keeping distance was in evidence.

Dozens of police including 4 mounted and several police vehicles trailed the demonstration without interfering ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 19


Marxism Today: Quote from Left wing Communism


The fundamental law of revolution, which has been confirmed by all revolutions, and particularly by all three Russian revolutions in the twentieth century, is as follows: it is not enough for revolution that the exploited and oppressed masses should understand the impossibility of living in the old way and demand changes; what is required for revolution is that the exploiters should not be able to live and rule in the ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 19


Corporations are the Big Brothers watching you.


For many years now governments at state and local levels have been using CCTV cameras in public spaces such as city streets and lanes, parks, sports stadiums to track people's movements. 

This has had some positive benefits regarding safety, especially for women. On the negative side for the people is that CCTV enables organs of government to identify people involved in street demonstrations in support of all sorts of issues.  ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 11


Greek fascist party convicted of criminality


Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi organisation that was the third-largest party in the Greek parliament in the 2012 elections, has been convicted by the Athens Appeals Court of being a criminal organisation.
In 2012, the party won 18 seats on an anti-immigrant, racist ant-worker platform.  There are no seats held by the party in the current parliament.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 08


Himalayan conflicts serve US plans to confront China


Comrade Sanjay Singhvi, of the Asian Coordinating Group of the International Coordination of Revolutionary Parties and Organisations (ICOR) has circulated statements by two affiliated parties on a growing conflict between India and Nepal.
Although confined to a small area of disputed land, both the Nepal Communist Party (Mashal) and the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Red Star have warned that the conflict is in danger of being internationalised, with US ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 07


“The Iceberg Principle Explained”: a reader’s response


The following response to our earlier article on revolutionary organisation has been written by a non-member comrade who draws on international experiences.  We thank him for this response.

The recent Vanguard article, “Revolutionary Organisation: The Iceberg Principle Explained”, 14 September 2020, provided a timely reminder about effective political organisation in the present Cold War, with several references to previous problematic periods of class and state repression.

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 07


Australia and Japan: clutching at imperialist straws


High-level diplomatic talks between Australia and Japan show how dependent the United States has become on the two regional hubs for 'US interests'.

The term 'US interests' includes widespread military and security considerations which rest upon numerous trade agreements. As waves of US-led militarism sweep the Indo-Pacific, it has also been important to note recent developments in northern Australia where planning is underway with rapid deployment facilities for US-led troops ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Oct 01


A US-led military plan for Bowen: far-reaching implications for local people.


An announcement by the Australian Space Agency (ASA) that there were plans being made to establish a third launch site at Bowen, in Queensland, have revealed sensitive information about its strategic location, with the plans being directly linked to US regional foreign policy. (Two other launch sites have been established near Pt Lincoln in SA and near Nhulunbuy in the NT).


more...- Posted on 2020 Sep 30


Working from home: The future of cities and impact on the working class


Covid-19 outbreaks have seen major cities become virtual ghost towns for different lengths of time. 

In Australia the worst effected has been Melbourne in the last two months. However other capital cities in Australia have not returned to pre – Covid-19 levels of activity and people.

more...- Posted on 2020 Sep 26


US arms sales to Taiwan a regional provocation


The announcement that the Trump administration was increasing arms sales to Taiwan has resulted in further diplomatic tensions with China.

The recent US diplomatic stand-off with China has focused on several regional flashpoints, with the South China Seas being a central concern. The relationship of Taiwan to the South China Seas and their own strategic territorial claims has, however, been quietly pushed down US agendas to avoid unfavourable publicity.

more...- Posted on 2020 Sep 24


ICOR Statement on the Events in Belarus


Lukashenko’s bourgeois-reactionary, authoritarian ruling regime in Belarus also using open terror is characterized by detachment and alienation from the masses of the Belarusian people and is justifiably and massively losing popularity. Many citizens believe that it committed violations of democratic procedures and massive election fraud in the August 9 presidential elections. This provoked protests from opposition supporters, claiming the victory of their candidate Tsikhanovskaya. Tsikhanosvskaya is promoted by bourgeois forces.The ...

more...- Posted on 2020 Sep 24


US swashbuckling can’t hide its decline


An escalation of US-led diplomatic tensions toward China in the Asia-Pacific region has seen one aggressive foreign policy initiative launched after another.

Regional allies have already been drawn closer to the US through military alliances. In the lead-up to US presidential elections in November, diplomatic tensions toward China have escalated.

more...- Posted on 2020 Sep 21


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