Issue 1309

News

Fund our future, not gas. Photo: Pip Hinman

Kerry Smith reports that thousands of school students and supporters took to the streets around Australia on May 21 to demand: "Fund our future not gas".

Unions, peace and aid groups are condemning Israel's air strikes and calling on the Australian government to demand Israel cease fire. Isaac Nellist reports.

Activist Stephen Langford is refusing to pay a fine for using liquid chalk to make a statement about the treatment of refugees, reports Kerry Smith.

Commuters in Sydney’s eastern suburbs are angry with the New South Wales government’s plan to cut 25 bus routes in the south-eastern suburbs, reports Jim McIlroy.

We should protect whistleblowers, not punish them, protesters said as they rallied in defence of Bernard Collaery and Witness K. Jim McIlroy reports.

Tamil Remembrance Day on May 16 was marked in Sydney and Melbourne. Rachel Evans and Chris Slee report.

The campaign for the de-amalgamation of three Inner West councils is gaining traction in the lead-up to council elections on September 4, writes Peter Boyle.

The campaign to save historic Willow Grove in Parramatta from being torn down to make way for the new museum is ramping up, writes Susan Price.

The Democratic Kurdish Community Centre (NSW) is calling on the US President to stop supporting Turkey's massacre of Kurds. Peter Boyle reports.

Mental health nurses from Belmont, John Hunter, Morriset, Maitland and the Waratah Mental Health branch are calling for a real wage rise and better conditions. Kerry Smith reports.

Video from the 2000-strong rally in Meanjin/Brisbane to commemorate the 73rd anniversary of the Nakba and to protest Israel's current terror in Sheikh Jarrah. 

Brisbane. Photo: Alex Bainbridge

Thousands turned out to protests around Australia to commemorate the Nakba, the Catastrophe, when Israel began its ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in 1948, reports Alex Bainbridge.

Analysis

Rihab Charida, Antony Loewenstein and Abe Quadan discuss Israel's latest assault on Palestine and what makes this moment historic on the latest episode of the Green Left Show.

Refugees are the target of new inhumane laws passed by the Coalition and Labor, reports Sue Bolton.

Free Palestine rally in Sydney

The insistence on Israel’s “right to exist” is really a demand for the maintenance of a supremacist “Jewish’’ state, in which Palestinians are second-class citizens, argues Sam Wainwright.

Journalists, media workers, writers and commentators have released a statement calling on the mainstream media to improve its coverage of Palestine, including avoiding “both siderism”.

Filipino-Australian community groups have launched a petition to demand the Australian government stop military aid to the Philippine, reports Patricia Arcilla.

Devron Brock is one of many people who never planned on becoming an activist, but the ongoing bipartisan cruelty to refugees has turned her into one.

Graham Matthews argues that now that the National Disability Insurance Scheme has matured, the federal government wants to disown it, down-size and destroy it.

World

Independent and progressive candidates won more than a two-thirds majority in the Constitutional Convention, which will draft Chile’s new constitution, reports Tanya Wadhwa.

Despite reports of US President Joe Biden pressuring for a ceasefire, the US has thrown its full support behind Israel’s murderous war against the Palestinians, writes Barry Sheppard.

Dockworkers in Livorno have mobilised to protest the arrival of a cargo ship loaded with rockets destined for the Israeli Defense Forces amid Israel’s war against the Palestinian people, writes Giacomo Turci.

The show trial of 108 leaders, elected representatives and activists from the Peoples’ Democratic Party was resumed after being delayed by a 17-day COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey, reports Peter Boyle.

India's response to COVID-19's second wave must prioritise the needs of the most marginalised, says Sion Kongari.

The Norwegian Refugee Council has confirmed that 11 of the more than 60 children killed by Israeli air strikes in Gaza over the past week were participating in its program to deal with trauma.

With negotiations over forming a Catalan government bogged down and a repeat election looming, pro-independence forces have reached an unexpected agreement, reports Dick Nichols.

Hundreds of Kurdish villagers have been forced to flee their homes in the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region of Iraq due to Turkish bombing, reports Steve Sweeney.

Palestinian flags flying in Sydney

The Kurds and the Palestinians are fighting the same struggle against oppression, writes Sarah Glynn, but it is worrying to see debates among Kurds about support for the Palestinians, and antagonism from some Palestinians towards the Kurds.

Defending the trans and gender nonconforming population must be a priority for the labour movement, Black Lives Matter struggle and the women’s rights movement, writes Malik Miah.

Culture

Ian Angus presents seven new books about capitalist environmental destruction and the fight to save the Earth.

Lucas Till as anti-racism campaigner Bob Zellner in Son of the South

Barry Healy reviews Son of the South, the true story of Bob Zellner, a white student in Alabama who broke from the prevailing Jim Crow apartheid and nearly lost his life in the anti-racist struggle.

Paul Gregoire reviews a new the ground breaking four-part documentary series that puts genocide at the core of the western expansionist project.