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The peoples’ alternative to imperialist globalisation - Talk at public forum

A talk given at a public forum by Shirley Winton, in Melbourne 22 July, 2016

The forces behind imperialist globalisation

Alternative to imperialist globalisation meetingImperialist globalisation is corporate monopolisation. It’s not a policy that’s been dreamed up or consciously invented by individuals, governments, think tanks or corporations to rescue capitalism out of the economic crisis that it’s in.  It’s the inevitable and natural process of development of monopoly capitalism into imperialism. Imperialist globalisation is a necessity for the survival of the economic system of capitalism.

Equally, imperialist globalisation creates conditions that lead to its own collapse.  The people are the most powerful force that can, and will, put an end to imperialist globalisation.

To survive, capitalism and its global monopoly corporations are compelled to continuously expand and increase the speed of making profits.

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Why Australia refuses to ratify UN Convention on Torture

This article came from Sovereign Union

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"This media media document was released just hours before the Attorney General George Brandis announced the replacement of Brian Martin as the commissioner of the Royal Commission into the Northern Territory's youth detention system. The new commission will be jointly run by Aboriginal man Mick Gooda and former Queensland Supreme Court judge Margaret White. More about Mick Gooda and images in this article."
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Ghillar, Michael Anderson 1 August 2016

PM Turnbull's Royal Commission into juvenile justice in Northern Territory is a cowardly act by a Prime Minister, who is ducking for cover in an attempt to protect his Minister, Nigel Scullion, from being scrutinised by the national and international community, which has been shocked into total disbelief at what was shown on Australian National TV by ABC Four Corners report 'Australia's Shame' on Monday 25 August 2016. We thank Cara Meldrum Hana for her investigative journalism skills to expose graphically what had been ignored by the authorities for so long.

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Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials: Part 1

by C. Doran, and T. Anderson

Crime, Law and Social ChangeThe release of the Chilcot Report in the UK and Andrew Wilkie's (Federal independent member for Dennison and former intelligence analyst in Australia's Office of National Assessments) public statement: “... Prime Minister John Howard took Australia to war on the basis of a lie and stands accused of war crimes. That he has never been held to account, and that his Foreign Minister Alexander Downer is now Australian High Commissioner to London, is quite simply outrageous..." has brought Australians' attention to the travesty of our country participating in the US led invasion of Iraq.

Below is posted a section from the article, "Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials" called Australian responsibility: cluster bomb deaths of civilians from the journal, Crime, Law and Social Change with permission of the authors, Chris Doran and Tim Anderson. This will be followed up by a another section called, Australian responsibility: the assault on Fallujah that will be posted next week.

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Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials: Part 2

by C. Doran, and T. Anderson

Fallujah NovemberThis is the second installment from the article, "Iraq and the case for Australian war crimes trials" called Australian responsibility: the assault on Fallujah from the journal, Crime, Law and Social Change and is posted with permission of the authors, Chris Doran and Tim Anderson.

Australian responsibility: the assault on Fallujah

A second case providing detailed evidence for the war crimes prosecution of Australian officials is their direct responsibility for the brutal assaults on Fallujah in late 2004. There are numerous and well documented accusations of war crimes committed under the direct command of Australian Major General Jim Molan. Noam Chomsky (2006) describes these allegations as ‘far more severe than the [Abu Ghraib] torture scandals’ [20: 73].

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A spectre is haunting capitalism: the spectre of debt

by Humphrey McQueen

A presentation given to Solidarity Breakfast on Radio 3CR, 9 July 2016

‘A financial crash is much more likely than not during 2016. When it strikes, it will be far greater than in 2008. The entire global economy will seize up – as almost happened in October 2008.’

That’s how I began my February contribution to Solidarity Breakfast. Last month, I ended by pointing out that

‘In a couple of weeks from now, the Bank of International Settlements will issue its Report for 2016. If the Bank now says that everything is on the mend, I shall have to eat my proverbial.’

Well, the Report came out on June 26.

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