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Mat Ward takes a look back at January's political news and the best new albums that related to it.

Climate activist Zane Alcorn looks at a groundbreaking, decade-old report that showed how Australia could have had 100% renewable energy by now.

In a wide-ranging talk, Sparrow traced the history of modern fascism, from Oswald Mosley through the anti-immigrant movements of the 1960s to the internet-based fascist movement of today.

Tony O’Beirne, who passed away last November, demonstrated in a very practical fashion that protecting jobs and the environment are not counterposed.

The Gaza Surf Project aims to establish a surf life saving club in Gaza to teach lifesaving and run a Nippers program for young people. For many Palestinians, particularly children, the beach is the only playground they have left.

Greyhound Australia is the latest to join the growing list of companies refusing to work with Adani on its Carmichael coal mine in Central Queensland, after a targeted campaign by Stop Adani activists.

#SportsGate is just a modest part of an integrated government-business superstructure built on corruption.

When British essayist Samuel Johnson wrote in 1774 the famous words “Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” the context was an aggressive British colonial expansionist push and associated wars with its European colonial competitors.

Climate scientists and other observers often refer to various regions, such as the Arctic, low-lying islands, the Andes and Bangladesh, inhabited by Indigenous and peasant peoples as the canaries in the coal mine when it comes to the adverse impacts of anthropogenic climate change. But Australia is shaping up as one the canaries, writes Hans Baer.

“Not of sound mind when I committed me crime, some said. Others... I'd orchestrated the whole damm thing. On reflection, I do ask meself… Was I morally or legally responsible for what I had done? You see, I never set out to harm anyone, but simply to remind the British empire dat as an Irishman... I wasn't about to stand idle and watch as me fellow countrymen were being hanged for defending their own country.”

So wrote Henry James O'Farrell, an alleged Irish Fenian (as 19th century Irish revolutionaries were known), who made a failed assassination attempt on Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, in Sydney on March 12, 1868.

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