Revolution in Rojava: Democratic Autonomy & Women’s Liberation in Syrian Kurdistan
By Michael Knapp, Anja Flack & Ercan Ayboga (translated by Janet Biehl)
Pluto, 2016
285 pp., $38.95

Rojava, which is Kurdish for the “west”, is to be found in Northern Syria. In the middle of a conflict zone, marked by the war against the Assad regime, a Turkish invasion and ongoing conflict with the brutal jihadists of ISIS and al-Nusra, the Kurds and their allies are creating a new kind of democratic system.

Anti-vilification bill passed

By Tom Flanagan

The New South Wales Anti-Discrimination Act has been amended to outlaw vilification on the basis of a person's homosexuality. The private member's bill, introduced by independent MP Clover

Writers Defiled: Security Surveillance of Australian Authors and Intellectuals 1920-1960
By Fiona Capp
McPhee Gribble, 1993. 239 pp., $19.95 (pb)
Reviewed by Phil Shannon

Intelligence organisations are in the business of "security", which,

MELBOURNE — Community groups and environmentalists are highlighting the threat to Port Phillip and Westernport Bays by the oil industry and the danger to the Altona and Williamstown area from the proposed expansion of the Mobil Altona refinery.

Banks 'ripping off customers'

Australian Banks, by increasing their margins — the difference between the cost of funds to banks and how much they lend them for — over the past year, have cost customers an estimated $790 million.

Oz Shorts
Two feature length programs screening on alternate nights until mid-DecemberAcademy Twin, Paddington and then in selected cinemas in most capital cities
Reviewed by Norm Dixon

When I was a just a little tacker, the highlight of the

Hospital workers win a battle

By Roberto Jorquera

MELBOURNE — After eight days of Industrial bans, management at the Austin Hospital was forced to back down and reach agreement with the Health Services Union (HSUA) on procedures to be

Timber workers

This weekend (26-29 November) environmentalists from all over the country will be congregating in East Gippsland as part of the ongoing campaign to stop woodchipping. In the past woodchipping campaigns have been fought as a battle

Testimony blocked in child rape case

By Dave Wright

HOBART — A Supreme Court judge has refused to swear in a 12-year-old boy because he did not believe in God. The boy was called to give evidence against the man accused of raping him.

CIA paid off Haiti coup leaders

US officials have admitted that the Central Intelligence Agency paid key leaders of Haiti's military from the 1980s at least until 1991, when the army deposed elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in a bloody


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