Issue 65 - Mar

Stopping Operation Sovereign Murders

One day after the calculated murder and bloody retribution at the Manus detention camp, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison stood in front of news cameras and told a concocted, now completely discredited, story.

Transfield boycott wins a victory for refugee rights

Artists who boycotted the Sydney Biennale over its links to Transfield have won an important victory for refugee rights.

Letter from Manus Island: ‘G4S attacked us—they killed Reza’

This letter was written by one of the injured Manus asylum seekers and smuggled out of a Port Moresby hospital where he was sent for treatment. It gives an eyewitness account of the attack on 17 February. It has been slightly edited to protect identities.

Abbott effect saves Labor in South Australia, but hard lessons in Tasmania

The Coalition was expected to march to victory in both Tasmania and South Australia’s March state elections. Yet Labor, with the support of one independent, will hold onto power in South Australia, defying predictions.

Axe flies at Qantas—but where’s the fight for jobs?

Tony Abbott has cheered on the announcement of 5000 job cuts at Qantas, salivating at the prospect of a company prepared to take on the unions. But neither Labor nor the union leaders are prepared to back the fight to save the jobs that is sorely needed.

Millers Point fights housing sell-off to the rich

Residents of Sydney’s historic Millers Point has vowed to fight eviction plans, following the NSW Liberals’ decision to sell off their homes.

WA workers face fines as Liberals begin war on CFMEU

The Abbott government has the CFMEU construction union in its sights.

Public sector facing Abbott’s job cuts, pay freeze

Abbott came to power promising 12,000 job cuts in the public service. Already this has risen to 14,500 over four years, after discovering Labor had already factored these cuts into the budget before it left office.

Macquarie Uni lecturers teach a lesson about pay, casualisation

Staff at Macquarie Uni in Sydney staged a 24-hour strike on 11 March to demand a reduction in casualisation and reject a below-inflation pay offer from management.

Cutbacks prompt fightback at La Trobe

A two-day strike was planned at La Trobe Uni as Solidarity went to press, after management announced 350 job cuts across its Melbourne and regional campuses. Its five faculties will be merged into just two as part of a restructure plan.

Right-wing protests aim to exploit Venezuela’s problems

Venezuela has again been rocked by right-wing protests intent on overthrowing the democratically elected government of Nicholas Maduro.

Ukraine crisis ignites tensions between Russia and the West

Russia’s seizure of control of the Crimea has taken Ukraine to the brink of war and escalated tensions between the US and Russia.

Can workers run the world?

Erima Dall begins our series answering common questions about socialism

The myth of soaring welfare costs

The Liberals’ claims that welfare spending is unaffordable and must be reined in don’t stack up, argues Daisy Farnham

Militarism and the myths of Anzac

As First World War centenary celebrations begin, David Glanz looks at the Anzac myth, and how it is used to promote nationalism and the glorification of war

Australia, China and the US pivot to Asia

Tom Orsag looks at the US military’s efforts to face China, and the implications for Australia

Hitchens on trial: Islam, religion and the left

Richard Seymour’s latest book Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens exposes one of the most celebrated public intellectuals of the last 30 years.

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