11 November: Armistice Day or, Making the World Safe for Big Oil

11 November: Armistice Day

Or, Making the World Safe for Big Oil

Humphrey McQueen, 4 November 2018

The guns fell silent on the Western Front at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month while they continued to blaze on the Eastern Front, in the Far East and – above all – throughout the Middle East as they still do.

Revolution in Berlin, and mutinous troops everywhere, cornered the Allies into offering terms less than unconditional surrender. The German leadership played on the Allies’s fear that the Second Reich would go the way of Czarist Russia and turn Bolshevik.

Having failed in July-August 1914 to block an inter-Imperialist war with the promised general strike, Europe’s working people imposed a cease-fire.

The ‘Peace’ Treaty signed at Versailles in July 1919 did not usher in ‘peace’. The Reparations Clauses were war by other means, as von Clausewitz might have put it.

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Book Review: Best We Forget: The War for White Australia, 1914-18

The most important book on Australia and the Great War

This article came from The Honest History website

Peter Stanley reviews Peter Cochrane’s Best We Forget: The War for White Australia, 1914-18

Best We ForgetThe Great War centenary has seen a goodly trickle – though not the flood we anticipated – of books about Australia’s part in the Great War. We have seen important books on the operational side of the war (Meleah Hampton on the Australians on the Somme, say, or Lucas Jordan on ‘stealth-raiding’) and on the experience of war (Greg Raffin exposing the 1st Battalion protest to scrutiny or Joan Beaumont and her co-authors in Serving Our Country revealing the war experience of Indigenous communities).

Yet, no one (not even Beaumont in her prize-winning 2013 Broken Nation) has fully answered the biggest question of all: why did Australia become involved in such a ruinous conflict, seemingly without a second thought? The conventional answers to that question have been ‘because as a part of the British Empire Australia had no choice, and anyway went willingly’ or ‘no one could have known what the war would bring’. Both of those responses are true, but only up to a point.

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164 Eureka Anniversary - Melbourne

164th Eureka Anniversary - Melbourne

164th EUREKA ANNIVERSARY
Democratic and Workers' Rights Under Attack - the Fight Continues!

Join us for dinner and discussion to celebrate the 164th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion and the continuing struggle for a just, democratic and sovereign Australia.

Thursday 29 November 2018 6.00pm

MUA Auditorium
46-54 Ireland St, West Melbourne, Victoria 3003
(3-minute walk from North Melbourne station)

*NOW TAKING BOOKINGS!*
Catering arrangements and pricing have been finalised for the 164th Eureka Anniversary event.

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"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES."

FOR A JUST, SOVEREIGN AND DEMOCRATIC AUSTRALIA.

The Spirit of Eureka Committee was established in the lead up to the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade in 2004, to give a strong and united voice to the current struggles of Australia’s working people.

The Spirit of Eureka draws on the continuity and relevance of this important event in the history of Australia to present day endeavours and struggles for justice, democracy and sovereignty.

The Eureka rebellion laid the foundations for Australia’s continuing social, industrial and political struggles. It was advanced for its time and represents an important fighting tradition that continues to inspire our fight today.

 

Eureka Day

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Past Eureka Day anniversary commemorations organised by the Spirit of Eureka                         Melb Eureka Dinner 2017     Adel Eureka Dinner 2016      Melb Eureka...
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Our Mining Tax Petition

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Take Action: sign our petition calling for an increase to the Minerals Rent Resource Tax. Australia is a country rich in natural resources. This sovereign...
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Spirit of Eureka Award

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The 2017 and Inaugural Spirit of Eureka Award is open for nominations.

The Award will recognise someone who, in the spirit of the Eureka rebels, has demonstrated an outstanding and ongoing...
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Charter of Rights

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We pay tribute to Australia’s Indigenous people in recognition of their struggles since British colonization in 1788. OUR VISION: The Spirit of Eureka Committee actively seeks to promote a vision and...
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