Issue 16 June 2018

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In this issue:

Reflections on the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx

Two hundred years after his birth, the legacy of Karl Marx is a brutal social experiment under communist rule in the East, and in the West a cultural revolution whose effects are still being worked through today.

Significance of report into shooting down of MH17

The latest report of the international commission investigating the downing of Malaysian Airline flight MH17 that killed nearly 300 people, of whom about 40 were Australian citizens or residents, in July 2014 has confirmed that the missile which shot down the airliner came from a Russian military unit, the 53rd Anti-Aircraft Brigade, based in Kursk, Russia.

Lee Rhiannon: too Bolshie or not Bolshie enough?

At least with Lee Rhiannon, you pretty much knew what you were getting.

Wading further through the Greens party bilge

The Greens party platform is replete with outlandish statements such as, “iconic ecosystems like the Great Australian Bight are under threat from exploration by oil and gas companies”.

Vatican document nails some of the causes of the GFC

In the 1990s Democratic political adviser James Carville quipped that he used to think that if there was reincarnation, he wanted to come back as the president or the Pope. “But now I would like to come back as the bond market. You can intimidate everybody.”