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ISSUE 57December 2014


Editorial notes

This issue of the Australian Marxist Review reflects a broad cross section of the world-wide struggle against capitalism and imperialism. There have been gains and causes for optimism for the ultimate success of the great cause of socialism in recent times. But there have been many setbacks, particularly in countries like Australia where the Abbott government continues to strip away gains made by workers and other exploited people over many decades. The movement opposed to this theft is still disorganised and screaming out for leadership of the sort that can only be provided by a strong and united Communist Party.   more ...

Closing down and opening up “spaces”

by Bob Briton
Europe’s Romance languages use the word “spaces” in a political context to mean platforms, forums or media where political participation can take place. It is being used more frequently in English in this sense in recent times, as well. A feature of the latest phase of capitalism in developed countries like Australia is the shutting down of spaces where progressive forces can express their opposition. Sometimes the debate-limiting objective is reached slowly and subtly, sometimes quite abruptly. The challenge before us is re-open spaces and/or to open effective alternative ones.  more ...

The United States and Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region

by Dr Hannah Middleton
In November 2011 US President Obama announced that, after a decade of war in the Middle East, the US was “pivoting” its military, economic and diplomatic focus to the Asia-Pacific.  more ...

Some thoughts on constitutional recognition of the first Australians

Dr Hannah Middleton
Starting in 2007 with former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard, the Australian Government has been pushing for ‘Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples’.   more ...

Chinese ideo-political education at the university level – equipping tomorrow’s builders of socialism

The project of socialist construction taking place in China today is one of the most significant political and economic tasks of the 21st century whose success or failure will affect the course of history. Socialism with Chinese Characteristics has provided an example to the rest of the socialist world on how to move forward after the loss of the Soviet Union and the resurgence of world capitalism. At the same time, the Communist and worker’s parties of the capitalist world are studying the progress of their Chinese comrades and looking for lessons that they too will need to apply when the time comes.  more ...

16th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Guayaquil November 13-15, 2014

by Vinnie Molina
“The role of the Workers and Communist parties in the struggle against the imperialist and capitalist exploitation which brings about crises and wars and gives rise to fascist and reactionary forces. For workers and peoples’ rights and national and social emancipation; for socialism!”   more ...

16th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Guayaquil November 13-15, 2014

Portuguese Communist Party
On behalf of the Portuguese Communist Party, we want to greet the parties present at the 16th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties and particularly the Communist Party of Ecuador which hosts our meeting, reaffirming our commitment to contribute to the strengthening of our cooperation and international solidarity.  more ...

16th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties, Guayaquil November 13-15, 2014

Communist Party of Britain
Our thanks to the comrades here in Ecuador and to the preparatory committee for their work. For Communists in Britain the renewal of the world Communist movement and the strengthening of our unity is a great encouragement.  more ...


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Editorial Board Members:

Dr Hannah Middleton (editor), Michael Hooper (assistant-editor), David Matters, Bob Briton.

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