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ISSUE 58June 2015


Editorial notes

The centenary year of the Gallipoli landing has been a challenging one for progressive participants in the battle of ideas. The resources of all levels of government and the corporate media have been thrown behind the myth-making and exploitation of the waste of Australian and other lives during that ill-conceived WW1 campaign. This issue of the AMR contains a contribution on the ANZAC centenary, by Nic Maclellan, that challenges the self-serving official commemorative themes of the “defence of our way of life” and the “birth of a nation”.  more ...

Gallipoli and forgetting

by Nic Maclellan
Australia’s “baptism of fire” has become a potent blend of memory and mythology. And for a few weeks recently, retailing also became part of that mix when Woolworths and other corporations tried to boost their profits on the back of the slaughter at Gallipoli. The fresh food people wanted us to keep the ANZAC soldiers “fresh in our memories” and celebrate ANZAC Day as “the birth of the ANZAC spirit that we now pass on to all young Australians.”  more ...

Charlie Hebdo and Crisis in Capitalism

by Sepehr Samiei
The year 2015 began with news of a violent and deadly strike carried out by terrorists on a French magazine headquarters in response to its publication of offensive material against believers of the Islamic faith. The shock-waves of this incident, now publicly known as the Charlie Hebdo massacre, provoked global reactions, spreading like shrapnel from a bomb. Mainstream media reported relentlessly on the incident, offering heedless radical statements of condemnation with possible racist and undemocratic interpretations.  more ...

New Government in Greece –The revolution that wasn’t

Steve Mavrantonis
Since the election of the current government in Greece, there has been a lot of public debate, not only among Greeks but in the wider international community as well, about a “significant” change (according to Greek and international media) that has taken place in the political situation in Greece..   more ...

The secret country again wages war on its own people

John Pilger
Australia has again declared war on its Indigenous people, reminiscent of the brutality that brought universal condemnation on apartheid South Africa. Aboriginal people are to be driven from homelands where their communities have lived for thousands of years. In Western Australia, where mining companies make billion dollar profits exploiting Aboriginal land, the state government says it can no longer afford to “support” the homelands.  more ...

Pacific Intervention on Demilitarisation of Indigenous Lands and Waters

Submission by: Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice, Guam to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Presented by Dakota Alcantara-Camacho  more ...

Thoughts on Public Housing from the 1940s

Max Solling
Affordable housing is a basic right for all Australians and an obligation of the Commonwealth Government to provide public housing to Australians who cannot afford to buy a home. The impressive inclusive housing policy developed in the 1940s has been hijacked, and completely betrayed by the rise of neo-liberal ideologies and practices from the 1980s.  more ...

Dialectics of History

Lars Ulrik Thomsen
The world economic crisis in 2008 completely changed the political future for capitalism. It raised the questions of whether this was an existential crisis and how the ruling classes could manage it. To understand the new conditions for the Communist and labour movement, it is necessary to look at the dialectics of history over a longer period, and the class roots of the various movements.  more ...

Contribution of the German Communist Party to the 16th annual International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties

The capitalist crisis of 2007/08 had its repercussions in Europe, and in particular in the European Union member countries. But, foreseeably, those nations are suffering much worse, which since 2002 have been without the option to devaluate their currencies because they had adopted the common European currency, the Euro. Meanwhile, Germany has expanded its role as the principal exporting nation.  more ...

More on Left Unity

Alan Miller
In an article entitled “Left Unity”, published in the March 1986 (New Series No 14) issue of the Australian Marxist Review, I wrote: “It is becoming clearer to our Party that Left unity is a matter of profound political importance which requires more theoretical and practical attention”.  more ...


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Editorial Board Members:

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

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