Sanders Doesn’t Have to Win, He Needs to Make Waves

21/02/2019

Bernie Sanders, one of the few US politicians I can look to with a modicum of respect, has announced that he will be running for President of the United States in 2020. Given the DNC’s shitshow trying to force Hillary Clinton onto the masses didn’t work out so well, public opinion of Sanders so far has been highly positive. While a Sanders presidency would be groundbreaking, attention appears to be leaning towards younger, if slightly less palatable, candidates. But in the end, it doesn’t really matter if Sanders wins or not because he has already inspired a massive grassroots uprising in the US.

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How to Make Refugees

20/02/2019

If the conditions within a country are so terrible as to force their civilian population to flee and seek refuge elsewhere, then we should be doing everything that we can to alleviate their suffering, and everything we can to deescalate whatever tensions sparked such conditions. One country in particular, where the conditions are incredibly abhorrent, receives relatively little coverage – Yemen. But instead of a humanitarian approach to such a devastating situation, the “West” has been directly and indirectly responsible for the suffering of millions since 2015. Australia, usually a bystander unless in coalition with US interests, is now about to actively participate in this suffering.

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Quick Quips: (Literally) Bloody Hell

16/02/2019

I have been slack and haven’t posted in a couple of days – I am still ahead on my goal to reach 365 posts this year, but I’ll admit I was having a bit much fun testing out my new laptop’s capabilities and didn’t get around to writing much. But while I’ve been quiet, the world sure has not been. Neither has our government here in Australia, despite the fact they are so inept they can’t even do their job.

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Calling Out AIPAC and Israel Is Not Anti-Semitic

12/02/2019

The notion that legitimate criticism of a lobbyist group and of Israel’s government is somehow anti-Semitic is absurd. Both the Democrats and the Republicans in the US, however, firmly believe this is the case, as does Israel. So much so that they have introduced laws in defence of Israel that actually restrict the actions of states to participate in any kind of boycott of Israel, laws that stifle freedoms in the land of the free.

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AOC Targets… Everyone in US Politics

11/02/2019

US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has made headlines a number of times before, during, and after the midterm election last November in the US. Depending on your sources, she’s either the hero the country needs, leading younger grassroots campaigns inspired by Bernie Sander’s run for POTUS in 2016, or a spawn of the devil with the word ‘socialist’ written in blood above her head. But her recent line of questioning didn’t stand up to just the Republicans – what she had an uncomfortable room confirm applies to most Democrats as well.

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Disaster Survivors Speak Up

09/02/2019

Over the last few weeks we have had a number of environmental catastrophes, from countless fish dying, to floods in Townsville, to bushfires in Tasmania. Scott Morrison went on a trip to Townsville that brought ire for his lack of response. He was asked about the role of climate change in the increased number of extreme weather events around the world and, on a foray that was simply for public image leading into the election, said he didn’t want to bring politics into the issue. He no longer has the choice – the people are bringing it to him.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.2

06/02/2019

Nationalism and Imperialism

In part 1, I talked about the possibility of a socialist revolution taking place today. The chances are quite small in my view, and one of the reasons for that is the ideological divides and how people perceive different –isms. In this piece, I just want to touch on nationalism and imperialism, with reference to ideas of Lenin’s quoted in Christopher Hill’s Lenin and the Russian Revolution.

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Lenin and the Russian Revolution: A Reflection Pt.1

06/02/2019

Revolution

It took longer than I intended (it was a relatively short book), but I have finally finished Christopher Hill’s brief book on the Russian Revolution, which spoke of it through the lens of Lenin’s ideas and actions. I’ll most definitely have to read some other books about the time period to have a more in depth understanding and context surrounding the Revolution as it was rather limited. Despite this, it did offer a fair amount of introductory insight to the years (approximately) 1903-1924, and there are ideas worth exploring.

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McConnell (US) ‘Admits’ Voter Suppression, Should Be a Warning to Australia

04/02/2019

It is rare in US politics that the real reasons for policy are admitted openly, and the recent statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those occasions. He has accused the Democrats of a “power grab” by putting forward a bill that would ensure that Election Day in America would be a public holiday. God forbid the populace has the chance to actually vote.

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Media Scuffle Among Gulf States

03/02/2019

I spent a fair bit of today either out and about or with a migraine, so another late upload now I’ve gotten to it. I saw an article by Al Jazeera earlier about the Asian Cup, and while I’m not a sporting fan it’s a simple example to explain briefly the bias of media due to ownership and politics.

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