ALL DAY PUBLIC SEMINAR/FORUM: COLONIAL LEGACIES TODAY: INDONESIA AND THE NETHERLANDS ALl Welcome. Venue: IRRE Rooms, Lombokstraat 40, 1094 AL Amsterdam, Netherlands Date and Time: Saturday, 18 May 2019 from 10:00-17:00 UTC+02 (Click here for FACEBOOK EVENT) This seminar will bring together two themes. One is colonialism in the Netherlands Indies as a form of racism, […]

Venezuela and the World – 3

VENEZUELA and the World 3. Some little reflections: It is necessary to understand that the conflict in Venezuela manifests a war between classes, not between factions of the one class, as in elections in “normal” bourgeois democracies.. The victor will not be inclined to give the other side a chance to come back into power […]

Venezuela and the World – 2. – a short reflection.

Venezuela and the World – 2. Judging compromises with the opposing class, or retreat before it in a battle situation, requires a close to precise understanding of the balance of forces; the capacities from all angles of the opposing sides, even as they change from moment to moment. Even those participating in the struggle engage […]


VENEZUELA AND THE WORLD The coup attempt by the United States, assisted by the EU and supported by Australia, against the legitimate government of Venezuela, headed by the elected President, Maduro, is ongoing. This colonialist coup threatens the social gains made by the Bolivarian process since the election of the late President Hugo Chavez, already […]

Contending Rhetoric in Indonesia’s Presidential Elections: An Analysis by Max Lane

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  The policy content in the sharpening rhetorical contestation in Indonesia’s presidential campaign remains shallow.  The policy manifestos of both camps contain the usual generic promises of economic and technological progress and social justice. However, the essential difference between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto in the main thrust of their campaign message […]

“An Empty Start to the 2019 Indonesian Election Campaign.” by Max Lane.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY  A primary feature of Indonesia’s transactional politics since 2014 has been the shallowness of policy and ideological discourse.  The public process of the formation of coalitions in support of presidential candidates Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto were marked by transactionalism regarding electoral standing rather than ideological and policy differences, and this […]

Jim Percy, 1948-1992 

Jim Percy, 1948-1992  Jim Percy, national president of the Democratic Socialist Party, died quietly as a result of cancer, at his home in Sydney on October 12. He was 43 years old and had devoted 27 years of his life to revolutionary socialist politics. Like so many of his generation, Jim came into radical politics […]