Vos Guerres Nos Morts

Your wars – our dead. Image from the New Anticapitalist Party in France.

[A statement by the ISO-US]

THE CRIMINAL slaughter of innocent people in Paris by gunmen and suicide bombers acting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being seized upon by the forces of militarism, empire and the anti-immigrant right. They want to exploit the outpouring of horror and shock over the ISIS attacks to widen the ongoing wars in the Middle East, block the tide of desperate refugees to Europe and elsewhere, and strengthen the national security state at the expense of civil liberties and democratic rights.

The International Socialist Organization expresses its utmost opposition to the cruel violence and reactionary politics of ISIS, and to the drive by the U.S. government and its European allies to inflict more suffering through stepped-up wars and repression–the very policies that created the conditions for ISIS’s rise. [Read More…]

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Weapons Conference Warmongers Unwelcome

by Joe Chip At 8am this morning a group of around 150 people began blockading and protesting the annual New Zealand Defence Industry Association conference. The action is set to go on for as long as possible  throughout the day. The action was organised by anti-war group Peace Action Wellington. Many  Wellingtonians were there as […]


Nationalist poison no medicine against the TPPA

by Dougal McNeill There are plenty of good reasons to oppose the TPPA. It’s part of U.S. imperialism’s strategy against China in the Asia-Pacific, working in the economic sphere as the ‘tilt to Asia’ does in the military. It gives greater powers to capitalists, and will be used to water down labour rights and environmental […]

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TPP – Agreement for the Rich

By Joshua O’Sullivan As an International Trade agreement very little within the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) is actually new. The TPPA has been an ongoing process since the early 1980s that has grown in scope and power to now attempt to cover 40% of the world’s GDP. It’s important to place it in its context of […]


Guy Fawkes: Myth and Reality

Remember, remember, the fifth of November, Gunpowder Treason and Plot. I see no reason why Gunpowder Treason should ever be forgot. We all know these words. For centuries they’ve been handed down through the generations, first as a nursery rhyme sung by English children, and more recently popularised by the film ‘V for Vendetta’. David […]


Wellington Living Wage Advance

After a long debate, a meeting of the Wellington City Council on 28th October voted 9 to 6 in favour of security contract staff being paid a Living Wage. The Council already pays its directly-employed staff a Living Wage. Earlier this year the Council had resolved under the Long Term Plan that they would extend […]

Agents of their own liberation: Palestinians in Bethlehem resisting Israeli aggression. (Photo credit: Abed Al Hashlamoun/EPA)

Why we support the Palestinian rebellion

by Kim Bullimore Young Palestinians across the Occupied Territories have continued to clash with the Israeli military, while inside Israel more than 20,000 Palestinian citizens of Israel have taken to the streets to call for an end to the country’s apartheid and occupation polices. Thirty-three Palestinians are now dead, including 7 children. Thousands more are injured. As each […]

Michael Woodhouse: fit to "And wet his cheeks with artificial tears, /
And frame his face to all occasions."

Zero Hours Contracts Treachery

By Martin Gregory Workers cannot put any trust whatsoever in this double-dealing Key government of liars. When it comes to employment law, under the lead of Workplace Relations minister Michael Woodhouse, they have developed a habit of announcing one thing and doing another. They told the public they were going to stop the exploitation of […]

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TPPA: An Agreement for the Ruling Class

By Cory Anderson Agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPPA) was reached early on Tuesday morning.  The final signing could occur in 90 days’ time, with the text likely to be made publically available for the first time during the that period.  John Key and Tim Groser claim that deal will not impact Pharmac’s ability to […]

From the archive

Anzac Day: Against the Carnival of Reaction

mobiliseagainstthewarOn Anzac Day 1967, at the height of New Zealand involvement in the ‘American War’ in Vietnam, with New Zealand troops taking part in the suppression of the Vietnamese struggle for national liberation, members of the Progressive Youth Movement in Christchurch tried to lay a wreath following the dawn service in memory of those killed by imperialism in Vietnam. They were arrested and charged with disorderly behaviour. Feminists a decade later faced down a media-driven public outcry when they laid wreaths to the victims of sexual violence during war.

Lest we forget? It’s more like lest we remember. Anzac Day serves as a carnival of nationalist reaction, a day of public ritual aimed at promoting forgetting: forgetting the real legacy of New Zealand imperialism and militarism in favour of a sentimental nationalism, an anti-political celebration of national unity. [Read More…]


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