Mana MovementMana’s foundation in 2011 inspired great hopes. It was part of a pattern of general worldwide resistance: this was the year of Occupy and the Arab revolutions. In Tunisia and Egypt decades-old dictatorships were overthrown by mass movements led by the organised working class. In Greece, an anti-capitalist alliance, Syriza, went from insignificance on the margins to hold the balance of power as the largest single party in a country of 11 million.  We hoped that in Aotearoa too we would see a resurgence of the left, and greeted Hone Harawira’s break from the Maori Party with enthusiasm. [Read More…]

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Iraq: the Price of the Club

‘I pay in blood, but not my own’, runs a recent Bob Dylan lyric. It could well be the theme song to National’s foreign policy. From the smiling mediocrity boasting about the ‘price of the club’ and the benefits of spying alliances to the shouty, ranting mediocrity bellowing about evil and infidels in the House […]

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Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson The Moorings, 31 Glenbervie Terrace, Wellington Until 1st March. Tickets $18/$14 0800 BUY TIX http://www.fringe.co.nz Reviewed by Daniel Simpson Beck. Call Mr. Robeson is written and performed by Tayo Aluko. Through monologue and song, he brings to life the memory of a man who the American ruling class would rather we forgot. […]

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Vale Dick Morrison

We were saddened to learn of the death earlier this month of Dick Morrison, a veteran of the socialist movement in Aotearoa and a pioneering leader in the Gay Liberation movement. Morrison was part of the generation radicalized by the movement against the Vietnam War, the struggle for black liberation in South Africa and the […]

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Abortion (lack of) rights in New Zealand: One Story

There’s so much pressure on women to be amazing all-rounders – the working mother of countless TV commercials who has the energy to cook, clean, and bake, all the while balance a fulltime job – you’d think that with that pressure might come the assumption we’re capable of making decisions about our own bodies and […]

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Old MacDonald Had A Strike: The story of striking fast food workers across the globe

In September 2012, 100 New York fast food workers went on strike. They were employed by such big franchise names as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and others. They had two core demands: that they receive a $15 ‘Living Wage’, and; that they have a Union presence in their worksites. Despite tremendous employer intimidation, severe anti-Union […]

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Islamophobia and scaremongering to attack our civil rights

There is a history of political terror in this country, one we should never forget. In the 1990s farmer Allan Titford set fire to his own homestead, hoping to blame the arson on local iwi Te Roroa. He later led tense anti-Treaty protests and provocations. In the South Island fascist Kyle Chapman has convictions for fire-bombing a marae, and has thrown Molotov cocktails at Ngai […]

Some 10,000 people demonstrate in Washington, D.C., to demand justice for the victims of police terror (Fusebox Radio)

#BlackLivesMatter looks to the future

Danny Katch (for socialistworker.org) listens to activists around the country to see where the discussion about what’s next for the movement is headed, and what that means for the struggle. THE MURDER of Mike Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last August–as horrific as it was–is far from unique. More than 150 years after the […]

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Review: POATA: SEEING BEYOND THE HORIZON

Reviewed by Shomi Yoon Tama Te Kapua Poata [Ngāti Porou; 1936 – 2005] was born in Tokomaru Bay, on the East Coast. He represents the generation of Māori who migrated into the cities, and continued on to become leaders and fighters in the vanguard of the working class. He was part of all the key […]

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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