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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

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)

Catering arrangements and pricing have been finalised for the 164th Eureka Anniversary event.

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No Social Licence through INVICTUS Games

No Social Licence through the INVICTUS Games



IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network) Media Release
16th October, 2018  


-      Invictus Games begin 20 October for military personnel with disabilities caused by their service

                      -      Weapons dealers and manufacturers sponsor the Invictus Games
Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) wholeheartedly supports the mission of the Invictus Games, “[a]n international sporting event for wounded, injured and ill veteran and active service personnel…[which] highlights the power of sport to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation, and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country.”


Founded by HRH The Duke of Sussex in 2014 the Games have been well received and Australia is hosting them this year from 20-27 October in major venues throughout Greater Sydney.


However, IPAN does not support weapons dealers, and weapons manufacturers and developers, cynically using the games to build their social licence to operate through sponsorship. Many of the people involved in the games, who suffered physical and emotional trauma, could well have been injured by the weapons very much like those made and supplied by these companies.


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Breaking the rules gets harder

by Humphrey McQueen

28 August 2018

Morrison and DuttonThe horns of the dilemma got longer and sharper with the Coalition’s crack-up. Dutton would have been worse for us. That’s not because of his policies and practices but because he is unelectable and the ALP know it. Morrison is a tad harder for the ALP. No matter who is PM, the Coalition’s implosion is still a horror-show for us.

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