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Socialist Alliance: Let the Tibetans decide their future

By Dick Nichols

April 26, 2008 -- The protests and arrests in Lhasa and the demonstrations and counter-demonstrations around the Olympic torch relay has re-focused the world on the plight of Tibetans. This has, in turn, sparked a debate on the left about whether the Tibetan struggle is a just one, or not what it seems. The Socialist Alliance national executive decided at its April meeting that the right to self-determination applies as much to the Tibetans as to any other people. It’s not for others to decide according to some private benchmark of oppression whether or not the Tibetans are “really” oppressed. Obviously, the protests in Lhasa and other centres reflect deep feelings of discrimination and alienation: these things cannot be manufactured.

In this context it is irrelevant that some in the West, especially high-profile Hollywood followers of the Dalai Lama, believe in the weird delusion that old theocratic Tibet was a Shangri-la that was cruelly destroyed by the “Chinese communist dictatorship”. The fact that the Tibetan resistance army up until 1959 was funded and trained by the CIA is also irrelevant.

Climate action now! Socialist Climate Change Charter

Climate action now! Socialist Climate Change Charter

It happens to be an emergency...

Climate action now!

  • Download the Socialist Alliance Climate Change Charter here
  • Download easy-to-print version of the Socialist Alliance Climate Change Charter (with references) here
  • To see how the charter was created click here
  • SUMMARY:

    Warnings that can’t be ignored

    Climate scientists have been warning us about global warming for

    A revolutionary response to the climate change crisis

    ``We need an emergency mobilisation of society, a five- or 10-year plan to achieve a drastic reorientation of our economy and use of energy. Anything else is simply not serious.''

    April 3, 2008 -- Dave Holmes, a veteran leader of theAustralian Democratic Socialist Perspective (DSP), is one of the authors of the pamphlet Change the System Not The Climate (Resistance Books 2007) who will be participating in the Climate Change | Social Change Conference, April 11-13 in Sydney Australia. The other authors of the pamphlet, renowned Marxist John Bellamy Foster and Links editor Terry Townsend, are speakers at the conference.

    Peter Boyle of the DSP spoke to Holmes about the key issues the conference needs to address.

    DSP Congress reaffirms commitment to broad left regroupment

    By Peter Boyle
    January 7, 2008 -- The 23rd Congress of the Democratic Socialist Perspective, a Marxist endency in the Socialist Alliance in Australia, reaffirmed its commitment o broader left regroupment.

    The Congress noted that a new political terrain was opening up with the
    election of the Rudd Labor government on the back of a mass campaign of opposition to the anti-worker "Work Choices" laws introduced by the former Liberal-National government.

    Statements on Burma

    Statements on the Burmese struggle for democracy from the Socialist Party of Malaysia, the Indonesian solidarity movement, the Australian Socialist Alliance and the Philippines' Partido ng Manggagawa.

    Socialist Party of Malaysia

    PRESS STATEMENT : 27 SEPTEMBER 2007

    The Democratic Socialist Perspective and the Socialist Alliance

    The following resolution was adopted by the DSP's 22nd Congress in Sydney, January 5-8, 2006, following extensive internal discussion about the experience as a leading force within the Socialist Alliance since its formation in 2001.

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    Work Choices: a huge challenge for organised labour in Australia

    By Graham Matthews

    Work Choices is the Orwellian name given by the Australian federal Liberal-National (conservative) Coalition government to its second wave of industrial relations legislation, passed through parliament on December 2, 2005, and proclaimed as law on March 27.

    Resolution on work in the Socialist Alliance

    from the Democratic Socialist Party

    This resolution was adopted by the Twentieth Congress of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party [DSP], held in Sydney from December 28, 2002 to January 1, 2003. For an explanation of its background, see Peter Boyle's article in this issue.

    This Twentieth Congress of the Democratic Socialist Party:

    Australia: Letter to Socialist Alliance National Executive

    September 3, 2002

    1. State of the Socialist Alliance
    2. The international context
    3. The potential for and constraints on the Socialist Alliance
    4. Political basis for greater unity
    5. The Democratic Socialist tendency and the Socialist Alliance

    Dear comrades,

    I am writing to you on behalf of the National Executive of the Democratic Socialist Party to advise you that we have initiated a discussion in our party about making a radically bigger commitment towards left unity within the Socialist Alliance.

    Steps toward greater left unity in Australia

    By Peter Boyle

    In September 2, 2002, the Democratic Socialist Party [DSP] national executive adopted the perspective of making the Socialist Alliance the party its members build by transforming the DSP into an internal tendency within the Socialist Alliance. The sole purpose of the Democratic Socialist tendency (DST), as it was to be called, would be to complete the process of left regroupment while preserving for the Socialist Alliance our main political gains (such as a popular weekly newspaper, our nationwide network of activist centres, and a politically educated cadre). Apart from carrying out this transition, the DST would not seek to be a permanent political tendency.

    The national executive decided to conduct a thorough DSP membership discussion on this proposal, leading up to the party's Twentieth Congress (December 28, 2002-January 1, 2003) while arguing the case for this new step in left regroupment in the Socialist Alliance and facilitating a broader discussion in Green Left Weekly.

    Australian Socialist Alliance takes a new step for left unity

    By Peter Boyle and Sue Bolton

    Peter Boyle is a member of the incoming Socialist Alliance national executive and a member of the DSP national executive. Sue Bolton is a member of the national trade union committee of the Socialist Alliance and a member of the DSP national executive. Conference documents are available from <http://www.socialist-alliance.org>.

    CONTENTS

    Reviving militant unionism

    Perspectives debate

    United front approach to ALP, Greens

    Developing socialist policy

    Tendency rights protected

    Prospects for the Socialist Alliance

    What happened in globalisation?

    By Humphrey McQueen

    Humphrey McQueen is a leading Marxist writer in Australia and an activist in the Socialist Alliance. A version of this article appeared in the Journal of Australian Political Economy, No. 51 (Jime 2003).

     

    CONTENTS

    Globalising capitals

    Labour times

    Money-capital

    Commodity-capital

    Production-capital

    The nation-market-state

    Summing up

    Notes

     

     

     

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