Issue 1203

Australia

Proposed amendments to the Criminal Code Act of 1995 will make it impossible for media organisations to accurately report on what governments do behind closed doors.

The pretence for this legislative proposal, which was tabled in federal parliament at the end of last year, is...

Australian Education Union (AEU) Victoria branch officials should view the results of the recent branch elections as a warning signal, say rank-and-file candidates.

The results, declared by the Australian Electoral Commission on November 2, show that of 48,083 eligible voters, only 7553...

Kurdish solidarity activists rallied in Sydney on November 4, World Kobane Day.

The day celebrates the heroic resistance of the Kurdish people in repelling an ISIS siege of Kobane three years ago.

Kobane has now been rebuilt despite tremendous challenges and is an inspiring example...

Central coast residents rallied against the proposed Wallarah 2 coalmine in New South Wales on October 31.

Protesters raised concerns over environmental dangers and risks to local drinking water from the mine.

[For more information on the campaign read 'Protests planned as coalmine...

More than 100 people attended a protest to demand the immediate duplication of the Upfield train line in Melbourne’s north on November 3.

Socialist Alliance Moreland councillor and Victorian Socialists candidate Sue Bolton initiated the protest after learning that the state government was...

Faced with a handful of climate activists marching on his Bulleen electorate office on November 7, state Liberal opposition leader Matthew Guy decided to lock the door and pull the shutters down.

According to protesters, which included a number of babies and more than a few with grey hair...

Zombies raised concerns over climate change on Halloween in Newcastle. The demonstrators sought to raise awareness about the coming “climate apocalypse.”

About 50 people held a silent march through the beachside suburb of Manly on November 3 against Aboriginal deaths in custody.

Relatives of five victims of the racist criminal justice system who died in police or prison custody were present. These included the families of David Gundy, who...

Protesters rallied outside an October 7 NSW Independent Planning Commission (IPC) public hearing in Mudgee into plans to construct a huge new coalmine in the picturesque Bylong Valley, north-east of the regional town.

Local farmers, environmentalists and community members then entered the...

About 100 people joined a snap protest outside New South Wales Parliament on November 7 to oppose the state Coalition government’s attempt to amend the NSW Adoption Act 2000 and allow for a new generation of forced adoptions.

Speakers warned the proposed changes would...

Refugee rights activists blocked the main entrance to the Melbourne Cup on November 6. They called on the government to release all the refugees in detention on Manus Island and Nauru.

Whistleblowers, Activists and Citizens’ Alliance (WACA) spokesperson Charlotte Lynch said: “We...

Australian Education Union (AEU) members in Queensland will be joining their Victorian colleagues in walking off the job on November 20, Universal Children’s Day, to demand the federal Coalition government gets kids and their families off Nauru.

Three state AEU branches—NSW Teachers...

The Department of Education and Training Victoria today advised school principals to oppose leave for teachers who wish to participate in the Walk Off for Refugees on November 20.

Teachers For Refugees (TFR) has called on teachers and education support staff to walk off...

Close to 1000 people gathered outside Parliament House in Adelaide on November 3 to protest against federal government plans to build a national radioactive waste dump in South Australia.

Two locations in the state are under consideration for the dump: near Hawker in the Flinders Ranges,...

World

November 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, but not before tens of millions died in the four-year-long unprecedented industrial carnage. Amid all the media coverage, almost entirely missing is the actual story of how such bloodshed and misery was ended: by a mass popular...

Trans and gender diverse people in the US are preparing to fight for their lives — literally — against a push by the Republican religious right to quash life-saving laws protecting them from discrimination.

A leaked memo from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) revealed it...

Coulda been, shoulda been.

The November 6 midterm elections should have been a ringing repudiation of Donald Trump and the Republican Party. And if not for the dismal state of US “democracy” and the two-party system, it would have been.

In Election 2018, a lot more people overall...

In recent weeks, senior judges in the loftiest halls of the Spanish legal system — the Supreme Court, the National High Court and the Constitutional Court — have been exposed as subverters of a fair legal process, lackeys of Spain’s almighty banking elite and bumbling incompetents, writes ...

As Palestine’s national day on November 15 and the 34th consecutive Friday of the Great March of Return set for the next day approach, Palestinians in Gaza look set to be handed an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire deal. Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, meanwhile, look set to face the death...

November 6 marked 43 years of Morocco’s occupation of the Western Sahara, which has forced the Saharawis to continue living in precarious conditions in the desert.

On that day in 1975, a mass demonstration was held by the Moroccan regime to force Spain to hand over the disputed province...

A group of youths who identify as LGBTI travel at a distance from the larger group of thousands of Central American migrants who are moving north towards the US border.

The group of at least 40 Honduran LGBTI youths say they face harassment at home and even along the route of the caravan...

Renowned intellectual and political activist Noam Chomsky said the United States was responsible for the conditions that have led to the mass exodus from Central American countries.

“People are fleeing from the misery and horrors for which we are responsible ... people fleeing from severe...

Turkish troops fired across the border on November 1, killing a six-year-old girl in the northern Syrian village of Til Findir.

The murder was part of a pattern of harassment by the Turkish army against the Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (DFNS). The DFNS is a liberated area...

The cabinet picked by Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO) is the most progressive in generations, despite some dubious choices, writes Ryan Mallett-Outtrim from Puebla.

Mexico’s first left-wing president in decades is one month away from...

Demonstrations on successive weekends in London last month shone a spotlight on major political rifts — in the major parties and in the political left.

On October 13, an extreme right-wing Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA) march was out-mobilised and disrupted by anti-fascist...

Analysis

While the transphobes in the federal Coalition government have not given up on pushing their anti-trans agenda, they face some stiff challenges, according Transgender Victoria spokesperson Sally Goldner.

Last year’s marriage equality postal survey caused a lot of pain for the LGBTI...

By calling Armistice Day on November 11 “Remembrance Day” we miss the point. The original Armistice Day in 1918 was a day of joy, celebrating the end of a hugely bloody war. As one newspaper at the time described it: “Whole country goes wild with joy at news of peace”.  

Traditionally,...

One of the usual threats trotted out by governments proposing what would otherwise be considered radical attacks on civil liberties is national security.

The Australian newspaper reported on June 8 that Attorney-General Christian Porter was demanding urgent passage of two...

A year on from the result of Australia’s marriage equality postal survey, it is timely to look at the grassroots campaign that made this historic victory possible, and some of the remaining challenges ahead for the LGBTI community.

The same-sex marriage ban was enacted under former...

It seems ridiculous that children have got to the point where they realise that the adults who are supposed to be in charge are not doing enough to protect our futures from dangerous climate change. So, together with kids from Kindergarten to Year 12 we have decided to strike from school to show...

Strong support for climate action is adding to the nationwide pressure on proponents of the controversial Adani coalmine in central Queensland.

On November 1 new Adani chief executive Lucas Dow (formerly of BHP Billiton) announced that its proposed mega coalmine for Queensland’s Galilee...

The Big Money Club clearly lives by its own perverse rules.

An individual can go to jail for simply stealing a pack of chips — especially if you are Aboriginal. But when bankers cheat customers out of millions of dollars, they barely get a fine.

So I guess we shouldn't be surprised...

Culture

Kunturu Kulini — Heart Listening
ARTSITE, Sydney
Until November 25

A week of action was launched on November 4 in support of the historic Uluru Statement from the Heart, released last year by delegates to an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander...

“At a time of an information onslaught, the critical differences between fact and fiction are blurred,” says radical filmmaker John Pilger of the “Power of the Documentary: Breaking the Silence” festival he is curating in Sydney from November 28 to December 9.

“Documentary films are a...

Kenya’s War of Independence: Mau Mau & its Legacy of Resistance to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990
By Shiraz Durrani
African Books Collective, 2018

The public relations department of the colonial government in Kenya never...