Issue 1334

News

Three union activists were elected to positions in a delayed election at Geelong Trades Hall Council. Sue Bull reports.

The federal government’s controversial plan to dump and store radioactive waste near Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, is the focus of new protest posters across the CBD. Kerry Smith reports. 

Current and former MPs and other prominent people have called for Kurdish leader Abdullah Öcalan's release to advance a peaceful solution to conflicts in the Middle East. Peter Boyle reports.

The North Sydney Council decided to revert to its former position of opposing the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link toll roads. Andrew Chuter reports.

Two experienced nurses and unionists are heading the Socialist Alliance NSW Senate ticket for the federal elections. Pip Hinman reports.

Socialist Alliance NSW Senate candidate Paula Sanchez explains why she is passionate about the nurses and midwives' campaign for safe ratios and better pay.

Thousands of nurses and midwives went on strike after years of unsafe staffing levels were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Isaac Nellist reports. 

Kuku Yalanji woman Pat O’Shane’s campaign for the seat of Leichhardt for Socialist Alliance in Far North Queensland was launched on February 13. Alex Bainbridge reports.

After several months of failed negotiations, radiology staff at I-MED Victoria stopped work on all sites on February 14. Sarah Hathway reports.

Gail Hickey led the march through Redfern to remember the death of her son, TJ Hickey, 18 years ago. Isaac Nellist reports.

About 10,000 anti-vaccination protesters from around the country converged on Parliament House on February 12. Kerry Smith reports.

Nurses and Midwives strike outside NSW Parliament on February 15, 2022.

The New South Wales Nurses and Midwives Association went on strike on February 15, defying the Industrial Relations Commission’s order to cancel its action, write Pip Hinman and Viv Miley.

After two years of campaigning, and amid threats to cancel the enterprise agreement, the Maritime Union of Australia has reached an agreement with Patrick Stevedores. Jim McIlroy reports.

Climate activists Petrina Harley and Alex Salmon are running for the Socialist Alliance in the WA Senate while Sam Wainwright is standing for the seat of Fremantle. Janet Parker reports.

Paula Sanchez, who is running for the Socialist Alliance in the NSW Senate, has called on the public to back the nurses’ strike on February 15. Pip Hinman reports.

The Hobart City Council has added to the pressure on the federal government to release refugees from indefinite detention in the Park Hotel prison in Melbourne. Chloe DS reports.

Scott Morrison has temporarily shelved its “Religious Discrimination Bill”, after a public outcry. This video footage, by Peter Boyle, was taken at a protest organised by Community Action for Rainbow Rights.

Analysis

Paula Sanchez, Juana Maldonaldo, Ian Ellis-Jones and Ben Radford discuss the rise of struggle in Latin America.

United States anti-war activist Professor Noam Chomsky said regional solutions exist for the two main confrontations today — Ukraine and China — but that the US president is not interested.

As the rich and powerful have always done, Clive Palmer is boasting he will spend $100 million on influencing the outcome of the federal election. Peter Boyle reports.

Rachel Evans and Alex Bainbridge argue Labor's claim that its tactics defeated the Religious Discrimination Bill do not stack up. 

Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins were widely praised for using their National Press Club addresses to highlight politicians' hypocrisy. Sue Bull argues we need action not words.

If we needed more proof that the “religious discrimination” bill was anything more than an attempt to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community, the Australian Christian Lobby provided it, argues Petrina Harley.

Adele Welsh argues that no matter how it is dressed up, the 'let it rip' approach to the pandemic has caused untold harm to families, workplaces and communities.

The propaganda war against China and Russia got a whole lot worse in the past week. The very real danger of war either in our region, or in Europe, was made abundantly clear, argues William Briggs.

World

Ottawa convoy counter-protester

Jeff Shantz describes the community counter-protests that have risen up to challenge the far-right-led "Freedom Convoys" this month.

Fighter jet

It is more than a century since Edward Bernays, the father of spin, invented “public relations” as a cover for war propaganda, writes John Pilger. What is new is the virtual elimination of dissent in the mainstream.

Protest outside the court. Photo: ANF English

A landmark appeal against a 2019 ban imposed on a leading Kurdish publisher and music distributor failed in the German Federal Administrative Court on January 26, reports Kerry Smith.

Illustration by Oscar Coraspe/Utopix

Hugo Chávez broke into Venezuela's political scene 30 years ago at the head of a civilian-military rebellion. Andreína Chávez Alava takes a look at the roots of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Pedro Castillo

Since Peruvian president Pedro Castillo’s electoral victory in June, right-wing and anti-democratic forces have continued to campaign to remove him from office, reports Ben Radford.

Walden Bello

The Party of the Labouring Masses and Fight of the Masses are jointly fielding a slate of candidates in the May 9 national elections in the Philippines. Vice presidential candidate Walden Bello spoke at the election platform launch.

Anti-war protest in the United States. Photo: Code Pink/Twitter

The United States and its backing of far-right forces in Ukraine is the biggest impediment to peace, writes Barry Sheppard.

Justice for Amir Locke

Protesters again took to the streets of Minneapolis, Minnesota — where George Floyd was murdered by cops in 2020 — demanding justice for a young Black man killed by the police, reports Malik Miah.

Culture

Filmmaker Antonia Kilian. Photo: ANF English

A new documentary film, The Other Side Of The River, shows the complexity of the women's revolution in Rojava and its contradictions. Director Antonia Kilian discusses the film.

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Independent journalist and podcaster Rodrigo Acuña has teamed up with journalist Nicholas Ford on a new documentary project about Venezuela, reports Susan Price.