Revolutionaries and reformists in contemporary Australia – by Max Lane

By Max Lane — Rosa Luxemburg wrote the booklet Social Reform or Revolution in response to the writings of Eduard Bernstein. Bernstein was advocating an “evolutionary” path to socialism, counter-posed to revolution. “Reform or revolution?” became a fundamental question for the socialist and labour movements at the beginning of the 20th century. Defining the division […]

Mixing Marx and Indonesia by Mohammed Cohen

BALI – Max Lane is a Marxist and leading authority on Indonesia. That’s somewhat ironic since Indonesia has been a bulwark of anti-communism since the 1965 coup that brought General Suharto to power and led to the killings of up to 3 million alleged communists. Yet Lane says that Indonesia turned him into a Marxist. […]

Poem: Refugees I

Cartridge poppy fields drones not bees buzz above Stranger soldiers stand atop of armoured cars Turrets turning pointing spitting Roadside revenge awaits to mame   Mother father boy girl radar surrounds searching for a future Cloak swaggering corruption advised by straightened ties Escape, escape the pings on the radar speak A boat brings them to […]

Review: Refugees and Rebels: Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia, by Jan Lingard

Refugees and Rebels: Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia, by Jan Lingard (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2008) Jan Lingard’s book, Refugees and Rebels – Indonesian Exiles in Wartime Australia is a humane, interesting, informative and readable book. Every person interested in the history of the Australian and/or Indonesian people should read this book. It should be on the reading lists […]

AUSTRALIA: “Labor stirs anti-refugee hysteria”

Kerry Vernon has written a new article on the current mistreatment of people trying to reach Australiaby boat via Indonesia hoping to apply for residence in Australia as refugees. She starts by saying: “Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, diverted from entering Australia and put on the Australian Customs ship Oceanic Viking, had been refusing food […]

AUSTRALIA: The fear of idealism, Rudd and refugees

78 Tamil refugees still refuse to leave the Australian customs ship which rescued them from their boat just under two weeks ago. They were heading for Australia but the Australian took them back to Indonesia. This is a part of the Rudd government’s plan for the “Indonesian solution” whereby more refugees trying  to get to […]