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SoE questions corporate inroads into First Nations’ communities

by Lindy Nolan

8 December 2017

Historiacal Materialism Conference 2018 Syd UniSpirit of Eureka’s Lindy Nolan addressed the Historical Materialism Conference at Sydney University in December 2017. The annual conference brings together academics and others critiquing capitalism. Much of the conference is highly theoretical, and has an international focus. Lindy targeted Australia, specifically the divisive role of the Business Council of Australia in Aboriginal communities. She covered both material from her book ‘Driving Disunity’, her comments (already on our website) at the Sydney and Adelaide launches of the book and more recent research. Her newer material especially on corporate efforts to construct a human face for capitalism, linked to sections from the book, is covered below.

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Support the Longford Workers struggle with Esso

Nationalise the multinationals that refuse to pay taxes and decent wages

Australia's Resources Tax and NationaliseToo many multinational corporations making billions of dollars and paying no tax while ordinary working people and the community suffer!

Australia’s natural resources should be owned by the working people of this country, and used to meet the needs of Australia’s people and the community, not the private profits of giant corporations.

It’s a new year, but the old struggles roll on. Esso Longford (ExxonMobil) Workers still standing strong.
197 days on strike and just getting started. Solidarity with the courageous and determined Longford maintenance workers!

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The Uncertain Future of the Soviet Past

The Ambiguous Legacy of October 1917 in Eastern Europe

by Don Longo

[This article is an edited version of a presentation given at a seminar on the centenary of Red October 1917 hosted by Adelaide’s Left Unity on 28 October 2017]

INTRODUCTION

Lenin Statue Finland StationI want to talk about history wars. These have recently erupted again in Australia, with the IPA claiming that replacing the historical canon with identity politics is leading to the ruin of Australian, and indeed Western, civilisation These wars are of course an extension of politics by other means and are proxies for the continuing struggle over power and wealth, and who has them and who doesn’t.

But what I want to focus on are a different set of history wars in central and eastern Europe: the responses to the end of the USSR and the centenary of the 1917 Revolution in a few countries my wife and I recently visited: Hungary, the Czech Republic and the Russian Federation. For the resurgent extreme right in these countries, 1917 and the communist legacy is an important part of their ideology.

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New War Brewing in Middle East - Australia Involved

This article was an Independent & Peaceful Australia Network (SA) leaflet handed out at a United Nations Australia Association and Women's International League for Peace and Freedom public meeting held in Adelaide, during November.

 IPANSaudi and Israeli leaders, backed and supported by the US, are concocting a war against Iran and their allies, Hezbollah/Lebanon. Syria, Qatar, Turkey, and Russia may well be drawn in by their own alliances.  The ultra-conservative Islamist monarchy of Saudi Arabia, and the ultra-conservative Zionist and apartheid state of Israel, are joined in an unholy alliance because “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. 

Now that Islamic State and Al Qaeda (aided by the Saudis and Israelis) have been effectively defeated in Syria and Iraq, both Crown Prince (and effective ruler) Salman and PM Netanyahu are obsessed with Iran's growing influence in the region.

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Karranjal Endorses Driving Disunity Adelaide Book Launch

by Karranjal John Hartley

17 November, 2017.

John and LindyI firstly acknowledge we gather in the occupied sovereign territories and un-ceded homelands of the Kaurna People. I acknowledge the homelands of the Kaurna have been colonially acquired through theft and murder under the doctrine of terra nullius, a doctrine maintained to this day through deceit, denials and the maintenance of a constitutionally endorsed Status quo. I sit in Kaurna country as a respectful guest and with deep regard for the Kaurna People and Elders.

Firstly, I thank Lindy Nolan for penning such a thought provoking book, Driving Disunity is a timely and much needed analysis of the power dynamics between big business, government agencies and First Nation Peoples. I thank also those from the Spirit of Eureka for inviting me to say a few words here today for the launch of Lindy’s book here in Kaurna country.

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