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Spirit of Eureka Statement on US Intervention in Venezuela and an Independent Australian Foreign Policy

4 February 2019

Spirit of Eureka condemns the Morrison government and the ALP Opposition’s compliant endorsement of the US intervention and preparations for a “regime change” in sovereign Venezuela. 

This points to the urgent need for an independent Australian foreign policy that upholds and promotes the sovereignty and independence of countries to determine their own destiny.

Less than four days after the US announced the removal of its diplomatic recognition of the elected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and declared its support for Juan Guaido, a self-proclaimed and little-known Opposition politician as the new President of Venezuela, the Morrison government dutifully echoed US policy. The toadying Australian government condemned the democratically elected government of President Maduro and called for his replacement by the un-elected and largely unknown Guaido.

The shameful fawning by the Australian government to US imperialist plotting in the affairs of sovereign Venezuela was mirrored in an ALP public statement signed by Bill Shorten, Leader of the Opposition and Penny Wong, Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister. The ALP statement recognises the un-elected Juan Guaido as the new President of Venezuela, withdrawing diplomatic recognition of Maduro. 

In effect the two main parliamentary parties obediently threw their support behind the US intervention and preparations for an illegal and undemocratic regime change.

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First Nations Mobilise Massive 2019 Invasion Day Rallies

Invasion Day 2019 MelbourneThe legitimacy of 26 January was once again challenged this year as the date to celebrate 'Australia Day'. Each year opposition to 'Australia Day', or what is really Invasion Day, grows exponentially. The biggest Invasion Day rallies were in Melbourne (80 000) and Sydney (50 000) where people demonstrated their enmity to First Nations' dispossession and colonisation. These rallies in fact overshadowed the official Australia Day parades.

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‘The Centre Cannot Hold’: Ten lessons for leftists from France’s Yellow Vests

by Don Longo

France, again

Yellow Vests 1

Once again, France provides salient lessons in radical social change. In May 1968 there was a student and union alliance that almost brought down De Gaulle and the 5th Republic. We now have the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ (Yellow Vests) movement. It has been called a ‘citizens’ revolution’ and their vests a ‘symbol of resistance worn with pride by the downtrodden’. They have been likened to Trump’s deplorables and the UK’s brexiteers. They have been copied in Canada, Germany, Portugal, Italy. They have been claimed by the left and the right. The ambiguous and polymorphous nature of the movement makes it impossible to assess clearly either its nature or direction, but for leftists there are lessons to be drawn from it even as it is still taking place in the streets of France. I have proposed ten, in no particular order.

 

 

 

The famous French Revolution painting by Delacroix, "Liberty leading the

people" modified with yellow vests

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Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word? (Elton John song title)

by Lyn Longo

In October last year, Scott Morrison delivered his “Sorry” speech to the Australian Parliament. This was an important acknowledgement of the shameful sexual abuse of children in institutions. It was passionate, well delivered and appeared to be more than a “cheap act of redemption.” While in absolute accord with the disgust that all should feel for these crimes, I found myself in a moral dilemma.

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US imperialists order Australia to confront China over South China Seas

By Richard Stone

Following a dramatic boost to Japan’s military budget, at the behest of the United States, the Pentagon has now issued an important regional directive for Canberra to follow.

It was not coincidental.

Japan and Australia are formally part of a triangular diplomatic relationship with the US, specifically for defence and security initiatives aimed at China. War-games and military exercises increasingly contain scope for real-war scenarios with the South China Seas a likely 'theatre of war' for future operations.

Over the Xmas holiday period, Randall Schriver, US Assistant Secretary of Defence for Asian and Pacific Affairs, called upon Australia 'to boost their military presence in the South China Sea, to send a signal to China'. (1) Schriver, as the top Pentagon official for the region, also used the opportunity to warn about possible planning by China to establish a military base in the region.

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