IYSSE Meetings
1914 to 2014:
The glorification of World War I and the preparations for World War III


The Australian government has begun a truly grotesque campaign to “celebrate” World War I. It is aimed at promoting nationalism, patriotism and militarism as conflicts between the major powers escalate, creating potential flashpoints all over the world. These meetings of the International Youth and Students for Social Equality (IYSSE) at campuses across Australia and in New Zealand in March will review and discuss the causes and consequences of World War I and the necessity for a socialist perspective to fight the threat of a new world war.

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More than a bottle of wine involved in ousting of Australian state premier
17 April 2014
The scandal that led to NSW Premier O’Farrell’s sudden resignation is about effecting a further lurch to the right by governments at the state and federal level.
Australian, New Zealand citizens killed by US drone strike in Yemen
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Canberra and Wellington both indicated their approval for the extra-judicial assassinations, setting a dangerous new precedent for attacking legal and democratic rights.
Ex-Australian foreign minister voices concern about unconditional support for Israel and the US
14 April 2014
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Australian government to target pensions in budget
14 April 2014
The Abbott government’s first budget will contain major attacks against pensioners, together with deep cuts in public spending.

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Australia: Socialist Alliance holds bogus “defend Geelong jobs” rally
12 April 2014
Far from being a fight to defend jobs, the rally was aimed at promoting the Labor Party and unions, which bear full responsibility for the devastation of cities like Geelong.
US defence secretary’s provocative tour of Asia
12 April 2014
Hagel’s trip has been an emphatic declaration that the US will not back away from its “pivot to Asia” against China, even as its confrontation with Russia over Ukraine intensifies.
Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific
12 April 2014
The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.
Australian treasurer calls for “a global age of responsibility”
11 April 2014
Australian Treasurer Joe Hockey outlined a fundamental assault on social spending in Australia and internationally, in line with the demands of the global financial elite.