Culture

DJ deck with dove of peace

With the escalating conflict in Gaza, the disproportionate violence and ongoing occupation of Palestine, a group of DJs, and performers in Sydney started talking about ways they could demonstrate their solidarity with people feeling the pain of war, reports Kerry Smith.

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Darren Saffin reviews Ken Loach's film The Old Oak, which is set in a dying northern English village following the arrival of Syrian refugee families.

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Bill Nevins revews Paul Lynch’s Booker Prize-winning novel, set in a near-future Ireland, where fascists have come to power.

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Poetry by Tamara Pearson.

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John Tully reviews Boris Frankel's memoir, which recounts his family's eye-opening experience emigrating from Australia to the Soviet Union in 1956.

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February 24 marks the two-year anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Ever since the war began it has generated debate on the left, which is why these two new works reflecting on the conflict are essential reading, writes Federico Fuentes.

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Derek Wall reviews Hall Greenland’s biography of Michel Pablo (1911‒96), an Egyptian-born Greek revolutionary leader.

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Stuart Rees responds to months of genocide in Gaza and the West Bank.

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Lenni Brenner's edited volume, 51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration With the Nazis is important reading today in the context of the United States-backed Israeli genocidal war in Gaza, writes Barry Sheppard.

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Zane Alcorn reviews Kings of the New Age, the debut futuristic novel by Muloobinba/Newcastle-based author and musician Nathan Bell, set in his home town.

Protest albums from January 2024

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

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From killer insects to trash to degrowth, Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents six new books for understanding and changing the world