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Revolution Issue #12 – April-June 2000

Revolution Issue #12 – April-June 2000

'revolution' magazine of politics, economics, culture, science and social transformation, produced in Christchurch, New Zealand; read around the world in Australia, Japan, Argentina, Mexico, the USA, Canada, Ireland, England, Scotland, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa - available in book and mag shops around new zealand and by subscription

issue #12 April-June 2000,

p1/Cover: the irish model and eyewitness in Serbia


p3/Editorial: a government of low expectations

p4/Letters from the USA and Portugal

p5/A Tale of Two Deaths At the end of 1999, Christine Clarke, who was knocked down by a hostile driver forcing his way through a picket line, became only the second person to lose their life in an industrial dispute in NZ in the 20th century. Philip Ferguson looks at the way the two deaths have been treated.

Special feature on the Irish economic miracle p6-8/More Irish mythology? From Dublin, 'revolution' subscriber Ronan McKerlie gives his impressions on Ireland today and the 'Celtic Tiger' scenario p9/The tiger that won't roar James Heartfield reviews Denis O'Hearn's 'Inside the Celtic Tiger: the Irish economy and the Asian model', which shows what's really behind the 'miracle'

p10-12/The student revolt of the 60s In the 60s students fought to change the world, and campus struggles grew out of this; by contrast, the latest round of student protests in NZ are reconcilable with yuppie ambition, argues Philip Ferguson

p13-14/A thousand years of human progress John Edmundson celebrates the positives of the last millenium and argues for a new leap forward, out of capitalism

p15/Fortress Australia From Melbourne, Angela Mitropoulos reports on the latest clampdown on refugees

p16-17/The exhaustion of Australian social democracy Angela Mitropoulos argues that the labourite tradition in Australia is beyond salvage

p18-19/British Labour's consensual authoritarianism Mick Hume argues that 'New Labour' is the main force for social conservatism and authoritarianism in Britain today

Special feature on Yugoslavia p20-24/ Yugoslav sojourn Michael Parenti reports from Serbia, after the NATO bombings p25/What's in a mass grave? Not much, despite NATO propaganda, says Macdonald Stainsby

p26-27/Organising 'revolution' Sharon Jones reports on the progress of the mag, after three years in existence Plus ads for the emperors-clothes film 'Judgement', which shows how a major international news corporation faked pictures to suggest a Serb refugee centre was a 'concentration' camp; and subscription info

Living section p28-29/Making the ordinary extraordinary British author Allan Sillitoe ('Saturday Night and Sunday Morning', 'The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner' etc) talks to Brendan O'Neill about the degradation of the working class hero in recent British fiction Plus notification of a conference on the late Raymond Williams, to be held in Melbourne on June 10. p30/Camp of Freedom? James Heartfield reviews the British gay drama series 'Queer as Folk', currently screening on TV4 in NZ

Reviews p31/New politics or old left-overs? Linda Kearns reviews 'The New Politics: a third way for NZ' and suggests what would really be new is dumping attempts to make capitlaism palatable and organising for its demise p32-35/Lost in transit? Patrick Bond reviews a range of approaches to understanding apartheid capitalism and the transition, suggesting a focus on the accumulation process is essential

Backtalk p36/Pope declares 'Screw the Meek' The Catholic Church withdraws the blessed status of the meek

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