Issue 1327

News

Sivaguru 'Rajan' Navanitharasa with Tamil Refugee Council member Renuga Inpakumar Photo: TRC/Facebook

Chloe DS reports that Sivaguru “Rajan” Navanitharasa, who endured one of the longest periods inside Australia’s detention centres, was finally released into community detention on November 25.

The NSW Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill 2021 was due to go to a lower house vote. But a small group of MPs have proposed a host of last-minute amendments to delay its passage, reports Suzanne James.

Despite efforts by librarians and City of Melbourne councillors to provide library services to refugees detained in the Park Hotel prison it has still not been approved. Marlon Toner-McLachlan reports.

A Stop the Far Right protest was held in response to the growing presence of far-right protesters on the streets of Melbourne in recent weeks. Conor Bond reports.

The Trans Day of Resistance was marked in Newtown with speakers addressing the ongoing struggle for rights by trans and gender diverse people. Pip Hinman reports.

Supercars, council transparency and Stockton Beach’s sand erosion problems were key discussion topics at a Newcastle lord mayoral candidates’ forum. Kathy Fairfax reports.

Unionists and locals joined Better Read Than Dead workers at a rally in solidarity with their struggle for a new workplace agreement, Isaac Nellist reports.

Don't fall for far right lies: vaccines save lives

A counter rally against the far right anti-vax demonstration was organised on November 20. Photos by Alex Bainbridge.

 

United Workers Union members across seven Toll Group distribution centres accepted a new offer from Toll. Jim McIlroy reports.

Analysis

Not everyone at the “Freedom” protests is right wing, but the protests are and so are the organisers. Their growth should be a serious cause of concern for the left, argue Jacob Andrewartha and Sue Bolton

The Green Left Show features Charlie Murphy of Pride in Protest.

Refugees protest in Manus Island detention centre. Photo: Abdul Aziz Adam

Australia’s cruel, immoral and illegal refugee policy is supposedly being carried out in our name. Janet Parker argues we must do everything within our power to bring it to an end.

Jordon Steele-John

The pathway that Australia’s major political parties are putting us on is one where tensions in the region are escalating. But it does not have to be this way, argues Jordan Steele-John.

"Surveillance" by jonathan mcintosh

In these paranoid times, it is somewhat sobering to acknowledge that the mass monitoring of the population is an offspring of the turn of the century, writes Paul Gregoire.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been promoting “can do capitalism” when Australia needs policies that treat all equally, argues Stuart Rees.

There are valid concerns about pandemic lockdowns. But, as Zane Alcorn argues, so-called 'freedom' protestors have never marched for other's rights nor been concerned about keeping people safe from COVID-19.

World

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has wasted no time in deploying defence and federal police personnel to the Solomon Islands. Binoy Kampmark looks at the motivations behind the move.

The United Socialist Party has landed a comprehensive victory in Venezuela’s regional and local elections, winning 83% of the governorships, reports Paul Dobson.

Spain is experiencing a wave of industrial unrest, as workers fight for secure jobs and to regain lost wages and conditions, reports Dick Nichols.

The recent criminalisation of Palestinian human rights groups is the logical outcome of decades of impunity and repression against any challenge to Israel’s regime of apartheid, writes Maureen Clare Murphy.

Fourteen months after the Narendra Modi government introduced new farm laws, the Prime Minister has had to announce their repeal  in the face of unprecedented farmers’ resistance.

Red-Green Alliance members preparing to campaign for the Copenhagen municipal elections on August 22

Following the recent Danish municipal elections, Andreas Thomsen interviewed Eva Milsted Enoksen, a long-time member of the Red Green Alliance and a former member of the party’s Copenhagen leadership.

Taliban beating woman in public in 2001 cr RAWA

November 16 marked exactly three months of Taliban occupation of Kabul, reports Yasmeen Afghan. The world cannot turn its back.

Malcolm X poster

A federal judge exonerated Muhammad Aziz and Khalil Islam for the assassination of revolutionary Black rights leader Malcolm X, reports Malik Miah.

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Teenage vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz at a Black Lives Matter protest last year, reports Malik Miah.

Culture

Suzanne James reviews a new book on the security implications of climate change and the sociopolitical, cultural and scientific factors that influence the black-ops diplomacy of foreign policy.

Fighting Union Busters book cover

Alex Salmon reviews an inspiring memoir of the fight against union busting inside a North Carolina carpet mill.