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In post-9/11 Afghanistan, music and cricket became an escape from the twin violence of United States occupation and Taliban terrorism. Farooq Sulehria reports that with the return of the Taliban these cultural activities are now under attack.

Renfrey Clarke expresses the plight of the working class first-home buyer.

Deniz Agraz spoke to Christian “Bong” Ramilo, a Filipino-Australian musician and community arts worker based in Darwin, about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts sector.

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Ian Angus introduces six new books for your ‘must read soon’ list.

Hans Baer reviews a new book by former Greens senator Scott Ludlam.

Ross Davidson presents two new free publications that provide some essential background to the Cuban Revolution and Washington’s implacable hostility to it.

Clayne Crawford, Sepideh Moafi and Chris Coy in the bleak but stunning The Killing of Two Lovers

Barry Healy reviews an intense and stunning thriller written and directed by Robert Machoian, set in the Utah mountains.

Not content with f#%*ing our planet, billionaires are now competing in a self-indulgent race to f#%* space, while thousands die of COVID, writes Helchild.

POlitical albums from August 2021

Mat Ward takes a look back at August's political news and the best new music that related to it.

The primary inspiration for The Red Deal was the People’s Agreement of Cochabamba, adopted at the World People’s Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth in 2010, writes Simon Butler.

Actor Luke Hewitt in Every Brilliant Thing

Barry Healy reviews Every Brilliant Thing, a new play from Black Swan Theatre in Western Australia.

French journalist Valentin Gendrot spent two years infiltrating the French police. Barry Healy reviews his disturbing account.

Barry Healy reviews a laid-back, feel-good (and forgettable) film starring Jake Johnson and Susan Sarandon.

Alex Salmon reviews a new book on the radical activism of Black and migrant communities in Los Angeles between 1960 and 1973, who fought against racism, oppression and poverty.

Chris Slee reviews David Brophy's new book, which looks behind the fear campaign about China, and the issues of human rights, the US-Australia alliance and economic rivalries.

Filmmaker Alfred Pek's new documentary exposes Australia’s cruel border protection policy by telling the moving stories of three refugees stuck in limbo in Indonesia.

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