Issue 1316

News

Peace groups have used the 76 year anniversary of the United States' bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan to demand the federal government sign the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Kerry Smith reports.

A resident-initiated meeting drew good numbers to discuss the case to de-amalgamate the Inner West Council, reports Markela Panegyres.

A vigil for Alana Garlett, who died homeless on the streets last month, was organised to say 'never again'. Petrina Harley reports.

The Federal Court has ruled that Qantas unfairly sacked and outsourced thousands of baggage handlers, ramp workers and cabin cleaners late last year, using the pandemic as the excuse. Jim McIlroy reports.

Stood-down workers from the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre and others protested against the inadequate levels of pandemic support and JobSeeker. Isaac Nellist reports.

Alex Salmon reports on a solidarity action for activists charged with protesting a new gas hub proposed for Western Australia's north west.

Two hundred frontline workers at Westmead Hospital had to take industrial action before management agreed to supply them with personal protective equipment. Jim McIlroy reports. 

A second report on COVID-19-driven anti-Asian racism by the Asian Australian Alliance makes chilling reading. Pip Hinman reports.

Isaac Nellist reports that workers, who took on the management of a "progressive" inner-city bookshop to improve their working conditions, have had a win.

A key focus of The Greens' campaign in the City of Sydney local government elections is council investment in affordable and public housing. Jim McIlroy reports.

Analysis

Refugees on hunger strike against indefinite detention in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation are so ill their bodies are shutting down. Chloe DS spoke to Arya, one of the hunger strikers.

In nations built on occupation and racist dispossession, First Nations athletes are celebrated as “heroes” for their sporting achievements one day, then condemned and vilified the next, argues Sue Bull.

The Tokyo Olympics, which may become another COVID-19 super spreader, reveals the influence that corporate capitalism has over governments and politicians, argues Hans Baer.

The federal government has failed to consult Ngemba elders about a new development at the Ngemba Fish Traps in Brewarrina. Rachel Evans and Gill Boehringer report.

The federal goverrment's Disaster Payment, now revised, is still not enough for many. Isaac Nellist reports on this and the campaign to raise JobSeeker.

As the breakout of the Delta variant continues to grip Sydney, Sam Wainwright argues that it is obvious that the corporate-profits-first logic is incapable of dealing with the challenge efficiently or fairly.

The fastest growing demographic for homelessness in Australia is women over the age of 55.

After a lifetime of raising children and contributing to the country’s wealth, women are being hung out to dry by state and federal governments, writes Suzanne James.

The significant numbers at the July 24 anti-lockdown protests are a symptom of the failure of federal and state governments to put the health and safety of communities before corporate profits, argues Rachel Evans.

World

There is growing concern that the Nicaraguan government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Murillo is using the threat of United States intervention to clamp down on dissent and hold onto power in the upcoming elections, reports Allen Jennings.

Guatemalans have been mobilising across the country since July 29 against government corruption scandals and the mismanagement of the COVID-19 pandemic, reports People's Dispatch.

Despite the economic blockade, emergency food relief is reaching Cuba, thanks to international solidarity, reports Ian Ellis-Jones.

Without pressure, governments will likely continue their greenwashing while we suffer deadly floods and extreme heatwaves, writes John Molyneux.

Federico Fuentes speaks to housing activist Thomas McGath about the campaign to liberate housing in Berlin from the market.

The US feigns empathy with the Cuban people in their quest for food and other necessities, but its policies have been designed to cause hardship, writes Ian Ellis-Jones.

US President Joe Biden is seeking to exploit the recent protests in Cuba to punish Cubans and destabilise the country, reports Barry Sheppard.

Not content to wait for US President Joe Biden's government to act, more marches and rallies are planned to defend the right to vote, reports Malik Miah.

Culture

Filmmaker Alfred Pek's new documentary exposes Australia’s cruel border protection policy by telling the moving stories of three refugees stuck in limbo in Indonesia.

Political albums from July 2021

Mat Ward looks back at July's political news and the best new music that related to it.

Alex Salmon reviews a new book by anti-Apartheid activists about how sport both upheld the racist status quo and became a crucial site of resistance.

Dave Holmes launches the memoir of a lifelong Australian socialist.

Ten Myths About Israel

Alex Salmon reviews Ilan Pappé's book, Ten Myths about Israel, which debunks Zionist propaganda and proposes a just solution for the Palestinians.

Rachel Sennott and Danny Deferrari as the young student, Daielle, who is selling sex to get through

Barry Healy reviews a social satire set at a Jewish wake in New York City.

The cast of York telling the history of racist murder in the early settlement of the district

Barry Healy reviews a new play that delves into the intricate, complex and terrifying history of white settlement in Western Australia.