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David King's famous 1978 Rock Against Racism Carnival poster

Anyone familiar with 1970s British left-wing movements such as the Anti-Nazi League, Rock Against Racism or the Anti-Apartheid Movement, is familiar with the work of David King, writes Barry Healy.

A poem for the times, by playwright and performer Jepke Goudsmit.

Originally from Austria, Billy Wilder was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood from the 1930s, gathering 28 Oscars in his illustrious career. Reviewed by Barry Healy.

Returning from his time as a US Army Special Forces medic in Afghanistan and Iraq, Graham Barnhart had much to think about and utilised poetry as his sounding board, writes Barry Healy.

Ash Brennan Conjola

Ash Brennan will never forget New Year’s Eve 2019 when he lost his house to a raging firestorm in Conjola Park. Peter Boyle spoke to him about his new film, We are Conjola, which will have a special online release this New Year's Eve.

Barry Healy reviews two books – one a novel, the other a narrative history – that reveal the personal costs of Vietnam's fight, first against French colonialism and then the US-led invasion.

Political albums artwork November 2020

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

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Climate and Capitalism editor Ian Angus presents seven new books to kick off your summer reading.

There’s a new comic book superhero in South Africa and she is fighting climate change, capitalism and COVID-19, write Mandy Moussoris and Dale McInley.

Alex Salmon reviews Catrine Clay's Good Germans, which focuses on six resisters, who risked their lives to oppose the Nazi regime in Germany from 1933-45.

Barry Healy reviews The Furnace — a road trip (by camel) mixed with a western-style shoot-‘em-up centred on stolen gold.

Jim McIlroy reviews Comrades! Lives of Australian Communists, which brings together 100 short biographies of militants from the original Communist Party of Australia (CPA).

The name of Friedrich Engels is invariably invoked in the same breath as that of Karl Marx, writes John Green, but who is aware of Engels’ own contribution to the political philosophy of what we today term ‘Marxism’?

Denied jobs at Wollongong’s steelworks, working-class migrant women refused to accept discrimination. They began a campaign for the right to work that lasted for 14 years. Women of Steel tells their story, writes Kerry Smith

Reading Joe Sacco is to walk, albeit briefly, in the shoes of those who suffer most from the unjust global balance of power, writes Andrew Chuter.

Mindful of what Deaths of Despair explains, writes Barry Healy, when US President Donald Trump said his healthcare plan was “cheaper drugs”, it was clear he was promising his base cheaper opioid addiction.

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