Issue 1348

News

The public launch of the Bondi Memorial at Marks Park to honour lives lost and survivors of LGBTI hate and violence was a moving commemoration. Rachel Evans reports.

Justice campaigners are renewing their calls for Don Dale Youth Detention Centre to be closed, following reports of an attempted suicide by a child detainee. Stephen W Enciso reports.

Western Sydney University (WSU) and Western Sydney University College staff and supporters took strike action for job security, casuals’ rights, fair workloads, a decent pay rise and a healthy work-life balance. Kerry Smith reports.

Public servants are demanding fair pay rises and the permanent abolition of the 2.5% wage cap. Jim McIlroy reports.

Senior Lawman and Tiwi Traditional Owner Dennis Tipakalippa is challenging the federal offshore oil and gas regulator’s decision to approve Santos’ plan to drill the Barossa gas field. Naish Gawen reports.

The Next Generation is making another attempt to build a huge incinerator in Western Sydney. Kerry Smith reports.

Activists oppose the NSW government's move to declare a coal mine expansion in the Sydney water catchment to be “state significant infrastructure”. Jim McIlroy reports on the campaign against the Dendrobium coal mine expansion.

The NSW Teachers' Federation State Council has called on the new Labor government to oppose AUKUS and reject the 'obscene military escalation' spearheaded by its predecessor. Kerry Smith reports.

Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the Thornbury Theatre to say “no” to Hindutva hatred and to oppose fascist Tejasvi Surya from speaking at a conference. Chloe DS reports.

Climate activists from Drum Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion protested outside the Environment and Water Minister Tanya Plibersek’s office calling on the new government to stop supporting new fossil fuel projects.

Newcastle bus drivers are campaigning for a 7% pay rise over two years. Niko Leka reports.

Analysis

Asked recently how he would act on his promise to help Julian Assange, Anthony Albanese implied he was working to bring the matter to a close. Binoy Kampmark wonders if he will.

Socialist Alliance’s Far North Queensland branch took up the challenge posed by the conservative strongholds of Warren Entsch and Bob Katter in Far North Queensland and helped increase the progressive vote. Jonathan Strauss reports.

 

We are being told that there is a gas shortage and the coal industry is failing because it has been run down in favour of renewables. Sue Bull argues these claims are fraudulent.

The Labor government has reignited hope that First Nations peoples will be included in decision-making. But the lasting impact of colonisation in how laws are applied also has to be addressed, argues Isaac Nellist.

Stephen Bates marches with RAFFWU members on Labour Day

Retail worker and unionist Stephen Bates, now the federal MP for Brisbane, spoke to Alex Bainbridge about his reasons for joining the Greens and his approach to his new job.

Scientific disagreements happen all the time. But when 'scientists' deny human-induced global warming, elevating the contrarian view to convey the pretence of scientific disagreements among experts, it has to be called out, argues Rupen Savoulian.

Paul Silva talks to Paul Gregoire about prospects for real change for First Nations peoples under the new Labor government. 

Water campaigners are optimistic that new minister Tanya Plibersek will deliver the Murray-Darling Basin Plan in full. Tracey Carpenter reports.

World

A new government database tracking pregnancies in Poland has sparked fears that medical data will be used to prosecute women who obtain abortion care. Julia Conley reports.

Mike Pompeo and Julian Assange

Former CIA director and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been summoned to testify on the conduct of a private security firm hired to spy on Julian Assange while he was in the Ecuadorian embassy, reports Binoy Kampmark.

Anti-war protest

Anti-war sentiment continues to grow inside Russia, as the death toll rises among soldiers from some of Russia's most ethnically marginalised and poorest peoples, reports Dick Nichols.

Francia Márquez and Gustavo Petro

A political earthquake struck Colombia last month, when the left-leaning Historic Pact won the first round of the presidential elections after getting 40.3% of the vote, write Vijay Prashad and Taroa Zúñiga Silva. Can the left break the cycle of violence to win the second round on June 19?

Line Barfod

The radical left Red-Green Alliance shook up Danish politics in November, coming first in the elections for Copenhagen City Council. Line Barfod headed its ticket and is now in charge of urban renewal and development, climate, housing and traffic. She spoke with Green Left’s Dick Nichols.

MIchelle Bachelet in Xinjiang, China

United Nations Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet's visit to China last month was seized on by the United States to ramp up its anti-Chinese rhetoric, writes William Briggs.

A protest against ZEDEs

Honduran President Xiomara Castro signed a decree on April 25 that repealed the law creating the country's nefarious Economic Development and Employment Zones (ZEDEs), reports Ben Radford.

British soldiers in Iraq

A secret memo published by Stop the War UK details an April 2002 meeting between Tony Blair and George W Bush concerning military intervention to topple Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, reports Kerry Smith.

Tony Blair has blood on his hands

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will receive a knighthood on June 13, but more than 1.2 million petitioners say he should be sent to The Hague as a war criminal, not honoured at Windsor Castle.

Culture

Climate protest

Thomas Klikauer and Meg Young review Hans A Baer's latest book, Climate Change and Capitalism in Australia — An Eco-Socialist Vision for the Future, which invites readers to imagine a world beyond capitalism.

Free by Lea Ypi

Alex Miller reviews Lea Ypi's fascinating memoir, which paints a vivid picture of growing up in Albania during Communist rule and the country's descent into casino capitalism and civil war.

Cricket player

The Sri Lankan government is hoping the Australian cricket tour will distract from the economic and political crisis engulfing the country, writes Binoy Kampmark.

Kapital: Sparks of Revolution game

Viv Miley reviews Kapital: Sparks of Revolution, a city building, resource management, simulation video game with a class antagonism basis.

Jack Lowden in Benediction (2021)

Barry Healy reviews a new film about Siegfried Sassoon, who was to become one of the great anti-war poets of World War I.

Coup D'Etat Factory film poster

A new documentary by Brazilian duo Victor Fraga and Valnei Nunes dissects the role of media in creating the conditions to dismantle democracy and pave the way for the rise of Jair Bolsonaro. Liván García-Duquesne reviews.

The Forger

Barry Healy reviews a new film based on the World War II experiences of Cioma Schönhaus, who was recruited into a circle of artists using their skills to create fake documents for Jews on the run.