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165th Anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion Celebrated in Melbourne

CONTINUING THE STRUGGLE FOR AN INDEPENDENT AUSTRALIA AND THE FIGHT FOR WORKERS' AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS!

Over 160 people, including unionists, community activists and Spirit of Eureka supporters gathered at the Maritime Union of Australia Hall in Melbourne on Thursday November 28, 2019 to commemorate and celebrate the 165th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion.

Spirit of Eureka Co-convenor Dirk van Dalen opened proceedings with a speech highlighting the continuing relevance of the struggle for a truly independent Australia today. Next Clinton Fernandes, academic and author of books such as Island of the Coast of Asia and What Uncle Sam Wants, addressed the crowd with a thought provoking speech. Long-time unionist and working class activist Dave Kerin gave an inspiring speech about the state of the union movement today and how it might chart a way forward. Lastly, guests were left feeling inspired and motivated after long-time activist Joan Coxsedge spoke on her long history of struggle.

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Anti-imperialist Vigil in Solidarity with Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua

Tuesday 19 November on the steps of South Australian Parliament House Stephen Darley, Convenor of IPAN(SA) spoke to a protest rally against the US conspired coups in Bolivia, South and Central America.

Bolivian Coup Adelaide Protest"I immediately assume the presidency of the State and I undertake to take all necessary measures to pacify the country," said Áñez in Bolivia.  The senator proclaimed herself president only with a minimum presence of deputies, all from the opposition.  She also declared “The Bible returns to the Palace,”  in an attack against indigenous communities. She made this clear: "I dream of a Bolivia free of satanic indigenous rites, the city is not for the Indians who should stay in the highlands or the Chaco". 

It is important to recall that Bolivia has suffered a series of coups, often conducted by the military and the oligarchy on behalf of transnational mining companies. Initially, these were tin firms, but tin is no longer the main target in Bolivia. The main target is its massive deposits of lithium, crucial for the electric car.

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Worried about agents of foreign influence? Just look at who owns Australia’s biggest companies

This article was first published on The Conversation website

by Clinton Fernandes

Clinton Fernandes - professor of international and political studies. Author of several books including "What Uncle Sam Wants - US Foreign Policy objectives in Australia and Beyond" and "Island Off the Coast of Asia". He will be one of the main speakers at the Spirit of Eureka's annual dinner in Melbourne, November 28.

The attention being given to possible covert influence being exercised by China in Australia shouldn’t distract us from recognising that very overt foreign influence now occurs through investment.

Right now US corporations eclipse everyone else in their ability to influence our politics, through their investments in Australian stocks.

Using company ownership data from Bloomberg, I analysed the ownership of Australia’s 20 biggest companies a few days after the 2019 federal election in May. Of those 20, 15 were majority-owned by US-based investors. Three more were at least 25% US-owned.

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Here come...THE SCUMMOS

Scummo AwardsCapitalism has crapped on this continent and its islands for too long, blaming everyone else for its stinking mess. Now its our turn! In a stinker of a system, NOMINATE YOUR LEAST FAVOURITE MULTINATIONAL CORPORATION HERE OR ON SPIRIT OF EUREKA'S FACEBOOK PAGE AND TELL US WHY.
Who’s cooking corporate books and hiding profits in Bermuda? Who’s demanding corporate welfare but ripping off the poor? And just who’s killing us with silica or selling us U.S. weapons to use in U.S. wars?

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Stop the political repressions in the Philippines! Stop the attacks!

Solidarity with the people of the Philippines fighting political repression and attacks against the progressive people's movement.

Human Rights in the PhilippinesUrgent call for solidarity with the people of the Philippines to stop widespread political repression and attacks.  Sunday 10 November 4.30 pm Federation Square.

In the last few days, the US/Duterte government has escalated violent attacks and repression against the progressive people's movement in the Philippines.  More than 62 progressive activists have been arrested and their organisations raided.

Shirley Winton
co-convenor
Spirit of Eureka (Vic.)

See below for the recently released statement by the International League of People's Struggles (ILPS). Spirit of Eureka is an affiliate of ILPS.

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