Issue 1300

News

False charges of have been dropped in a political trial against a Korean-Australian citizen, reports Jim McIlroy & Michael Hatrick

 

Environment groups slammed the NSW government’s new koala habitat policy that will remove protections for the vulnerable species, reports Jim McIlroy.

As the NSW deputy coroner delivered its finding that Anaiwan-Dunghutti man Nathan Reynolds' death was by 'natural causes', another three First Nations people died in custody. Pip Hinman reports.

Residents called an emergency action on March 10 to stop the auction of a home in Glebe, reports Kerry Smith.

Women’s rights activists called for an end to family violence, saying “Enough is enough”, at International Women’s Day on March 8. Chloe de Silva reports.

Australia must cut all military and business ties with the Myanmar/Burma military coup regime, a Burmese community leader told Peter Boyle at a recent protest.

A national day of action was organised to mark the third year since a Tamil asylum seeker family were taken from their home in Biloela, Queensland, and placed in detention on Christmas Island. Chloe de Silva reports.

Sarah Hathway reports on an International Working Women's Day breakfast and march organised by Geelong Women Unionists Network. 

The Redfern Legal Centre is calling on the NSW Police to release its internal operating procedures on investigating an alleged sexual assault, writes Kerry Smith.

International Women's Day march in Brisbane in 2019.

Women, allies and supporters have had enough when it comes to sexual assault and rape. That is why they will be taking to the streets and surrounding parliaments on March 15, reports Kerry Smith.

Refugee rights activists gathered in Parliament Gardens to support the release of a Tamil family detained on Christmas Island, reports Chris Slee.

Pride in Protest in Sydney. Photo: Chloe de Silva

Pride In Protest organised a colourful and successful Mardi Gras march down Oxford Street, taking the event back to its protest roots, reports Rachel Evans and Oscar Bray.

Analysis

Christian Porter and Scott Morrison have tried their hardest to confuse the issues surrounding credible allegations of rape. Sarah Hathway and Kamala Emanuel argue grassroots mobilisations like #March4Justice can have a major impact.

Ongoing foreign occupations have lasted more than 20 years in Afghanistan and 18 years in Iraq. Neither has brought justice or peace to the region, argues Alex Bainbridge. 

The weaponisation of our economy, police, politics and society is becoming normalised, argues Wage Peace.

Dakota Tait argues we need to talk up good policy, guided by science, and reach out to those heading for conspiracy territory.

Warming is already set on course to reach dangerous levels. But, if we do next to nothing — the course we are on — it could get a lot worse, writes Peter Boyle.

David Brophy argues Clive Hamilton’s stance on China has led him to make common cause with the hard right. What we need instead is solidarity with victims of repression in China and opposition to racism at home.

Clive Hamilton argues that those who interpret the China question, including the question of Chinese state interference in Australia, as a question of race are wrong.

Janine Hendry, Sarah Hathway and Kamala Emanuel discuss the issues around sexual assault and profile the March4Justice on March 15.

World

Kavita Krishnan reports on disturbing proposals by figures in Narendra Modi's government to subject women to greater state surveillance for their "protection".

A crowd-funding campaign has been launched for Australian Jock Palfreeman, who is fighting Bulgaria’s effort to expel him from the country and the European Union, writes Kerry Smith.

With the ongoing killing of anti-coup protesters in Myanmar/Burma, pressure is mounting on Australian companies to end their support for the country’s military, writes Allen Jennings.

The Brazilian Supreme Court has annulled convictions against former president Lula da Silva, opening the way for him to run in the 2022 election, write Geisa Marques, Leandro Melito and Igor Carvalho.

Five years have passed since social leader and environmental activist Berta Cáceres was assassinated in her home in La Esperanza, Honduras, reports People's Dispatch.

After many years of campaigning, Argentina’s feminist movements booked a historic victory when abortion was finally legalised, writes Virginia Tognola.

Thousands of Kurdish and Turkish women and LGBTI groups in Istanbul defied a government ban to march on the eve of International Women's Day on March 8, writes Kerry Smith.

Enough has emerged to begin to see the outlines of United States President Joe Biden’s foreign policy in key areas, writes Barry Sheppard.

Culture

Even before it was released and became a New York Times bestseller, Gayle Tzemach Lemmon’s book The Daughters of Kobani made headlines, writes Marcel Cartier.

The Clash fans the flames of anti-fascism at the Rock Against Racism carnival in 1978

In the early 1970s, the National Front was on the rise in Britain. So a ramshackle group of DIY leftists organised Rock Against Racism and took on the fascists. White Riot is a celebration of their struggle and victory, writes Barry Healy