Issue 1325

News

Refugee activists shut down the offices of the Department of Home Affairs in Meanjin (Brisbane) on November 11. Isaac Nellist reports.

Relatives of Gomeroi man Mark Mason marked 11 years since his killing by NSW Police and called for justice, Adam Trumper and Rachel Evans report.

A cross-party alliance has come behind a renewed call for the forcibly merged councils in NSW to de-amalgamate. Pip Hinman reports.

The United Sudanese Youth of Western Australia and supporters protested against the military coup that tried to overthrow Sudan's transitional government. Alex Salmon reports.

The people triumphed over fossil fuel magnates in an epic street theatre tug-of-war on November 6, the global day of action for climate justice. Kerry Smith reports.

First Nations and Pacific islander voices were front and centre in the Sydney COP26 climate action march, reports Peter Boyle.

COP26 global day of action

Australia-wide rallies were organised to coincide with the COP26 global day of action demanding climate justice. Alex Bainbridge reports.

Analysis

A Royal Commission found Crown Casino was unfit to run the Southbank complex in Melbourne. But, as Shane Pemmelaar reports, it will not lose its licence.

Greta Thunberg told the massive Fridays for Future rally in Glasgow that the COP26 climate summit was a “failure” because global leaders were refusing to commit to real action. Alex Bainbridge argues the bright spot is the leadership coming from the streets.

Residents of Inner West Council face growing threats to their public assets, particularly since the forced merger of the three previous councils. Bernadette Smith explains what's at stake.

There was a dangerous underestimation of the scale of the climate crisis we face at COP26, argues David Spratt. Targets for 2025 and 2030 need to be the focus.

As Scott Morrison wipes the egg from his face following his dismal performance at COP26, Sue Bull argues that climate campaigners have to step up their campaign to force a just transition.

 

The manoeuvring between French president, the Australian PM and the US President was on full display at the G20, writes Binoy Kampmark.

World

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso's neoliberal economic policies and proposals are facing determined opposition from diverse social sectors, Harvey Goldberg reports.

Imprisoned HDP leader Selahattin Demirtas

November 4 was the fifth anniversary of the imprisonment of Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) co-chairs Figen Yüksekdag and Selahattin Demirtas by the Turkish state, writes Devriş Çimen.

Greenland’s Inatsisartut (parliament) passed a law on November 9, reinstating the country's ban on the prospecting, exploration and exploitation of uranium, reports Peter Boyle.

The US Department of Commerce revealed on November 3 that it would be adding Israeli-based spyware developers NSO Group and Candiru to its blacklist, reports Binoy Kampmark.

Political leaders continue to ignore the consequences of their inaction, but history will judge them poorly and we will not accept it, argues Greta Thunberg.

The journey to a new era in Chile has two important paths: the writing of the new constitution and the presidential election on November 21, reports Vijay Prashad.

Afghanistan, a country gripped by misery, tyranny and an uncertain future, is having moments of joy and pride, thanks to the men’s national cricket team, reports Yasmeen Afghan.

Binoy Kampmark sums up the second day of the extradition appeal by the United States against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Recent elections in the United States have exposed the limits of the Democratic Party establishment and the challenge facing the Black Lives Matter movement, writes Barry Sheppard.

Culture

Chris Slee reviews Red Roulette, which gives an insight into the corruption that accompanied the process of capitalist restoration in China.

In a new book, Stan Cox dismisses the anti-science and racism of climate denialists, strips bare the insincerity of the Biden administration, and uncovers the lurking dangers of energy denial, writes Don Fitz.

Italian historian Marcello Musto's stimulating account of Karl Marx's last decade shows he did not fade as he aged, but engaged with developing his theories, reviewed by Barry Healy.

Left-wing columnist Jeff Sparrow's new book dissects the origins of the climate crisis, arguing that ordinary people are not to blame, but are the source of the solution, writes Barry Healy.

Barry Healy reviews a new film on the life of Eleanor Marx, the fourth daughter of Jenny and Karl Marx, and a lifelong socialist writer, translator and organiser.