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ISSUE 63December 2016


Editorial notes

Welcome, readers, to the final instalment of the Australian Marxist Review for 2016. In the months leading up to the publication of issue #63, two international conferences were held that are of great relevance and interest to Communists around the world. They were the 7th World Socialism Forum (WSF) and the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties (IMCWP). This issue is dedicated to making a selection of the speeches and proceedings of those meetings available to our readers.  more ...

Reliable friends of China

Bob Briton & Michael Hooper
For many years, the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) has been drawing attention to the drive of US imperialism to isolate, encircle, disrupt and, eventually, dismember and exploit the People’s Republic of China. The US has sought to exclude China from trade arrangements and applied pressure to its allies to do the same. It has ignored and then abused international institutions such as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) in a flagrant and hypocritical manner to attack the interests of China, including those in the South China Sea.   more ...

Several “degrees” to be grasped in the deepening of reform

Feng Daojie
Reform is fundamentally determined by basic contradictions in a socialist society. In this sense, reform is the direct driving force and runs through development in a socialist society. The purpose of reform is, in essence, to achieve self-development and improvement of the socialist system, instead of changing its fundamental character or destroying it.   more ...

Ecological agriculture as policy will strengthen Marxism and promote ecological civilisation

Wadi’h Halabi
An ecological civilisation is one of the outstanding goals of the Communist Party of China. As the CPC has pointed out, achieving it requires a comprehensive, Marxist approach to meet human needs.   more ...

The South African Communist Party in the context of the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union

Gregory F Houston
After more than twenty years since the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union, the South African Communist Party (SACP) is one of the few socialist parties in the world in an alliance with a ruling party (with similar parties in the same situation in countries such as Brazil, Venezuela and Nepal in recent years) or in power (e.g. the Communist Party of China and the Communist Party of Cuba). A number of ruling parties such as the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the Mozambique Liberation Front (FELIMO) officially changed their party ideologies in the 1990s from Marxism-Leninism to Social Democracy. This contrasts sharply with the 1970s and 1980s, when a significant number of socialist parties were in power in countries around the world. This evident retreat of socialism is widely recognised to be a consequence of the changing balance of forces internationally following the collapse of socialism in the Soviet Union in the late 1980s.  more ...

The task of our time

Michael Hooper
In 1949, just months before the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China, Mao Zedong accurately identified the basic attitude of Imperialism towards China. He said: “The imperialists and their running dogs, the Chinese reactionaries, will not resign themselves to defeat in this land of China.” “Make trouble, fail, make trouble again, fail again ... till their doom; that is the logic of the imperialists and all reactionaries the world over in dealing with the people’s cause, and they will never go against this logic. This is a Marxist law.” Mao Zedong’s analysis has been proven by over sixty years of US crimes against the people of the world.  more ...

Contribution of the Portuguese Communist Party to the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties

The Portuguese Communist Party expresses its fraternal greetings to the parties participating in the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties and particularly to the Communist Party of Vietnam, reaffirming its everlasting solidarity and friendship to the heroic Vietnamese people and wishing the best success to the CPV in the important tasks it is engaged in, in the economic and social development of their homeland, to answer the aspirations of the Vietnamese workers and people, to build socialism.  more ...

Contribution of Tudeh Party of Iran to the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties

The Tudeh Party of Iran (TDI) would like to take this opportunity to thank the fraternal Communist Party of Vietnam and through them the leadership of the People’s Republic of Vietnam, for facilitating the 18th International Meeting of Communist and Workers’ Parties. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all fraternal parties for extending internationalist solidarity with the people of Iran in their complex struggle for peace, democracy and social justice.  more ...


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Editorial Board Members:

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

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