Peter Boyle

Anthony Albanese and Bill Shorten

Labor’s federal election post-mortem ignores a giant elephant in the room — culpability for its defeat lies in its decades-long embrace of neoliberalism and abandonment of progressive “traditional Labor values”.

Twelve men were detained under Malaysia’s Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) on October 11–12, among them two state parliamentarians from the Democratic Action Party (DAP), part of the Pakatan Harapan ruling coalition.

One of the many street artworks that have emerged as part of Lebanon's rebellion against corruption.

There is a real rebellion taking place. It is time to choose sides.

A protest against Turkey's invasion of Rojava, in Sydney on October 12.

Several trade unions, the Senate and the local Australian-Kurdish community have called on the federal Coalition government to condemn Turkey’s invasion of north-eastern Syria, a region commonly known as Rojava.

On October 9, after many months of military build up and threats, the Turkish military began a new invasion of north-east Syria where, seven years ago, Kurdish freedom fighters established a federation of democratic self-governing cantons popularly known as "Rojava".

This attack came just days after United States President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US military units from the area and gave an implicit “green light” for Turkey's invasion.

Greens MP Jamie Parker condemns Turkey's invasion of Syria

On October 8, NSW Greens MP for Balmain Jamie Parker addressed the first of a round of emergency protests against Turkey's invasion of the Kurdish-liberated democratic autonomous territories in northern and eastern Syria, popularly known as Rojava.

Extinction Rebellion's (XR) Spring Rebellion kicked off in Sydney with an occupation of the busy intersection in front of Central Station on October 7.

A colourful and dramatic 'Bee-mergency' action was held in Sydney's Hyde Park on October 8 — Day 2 of Extinction Rebellion's (XR) Spring Rebellion.

Family members of three Aboriginal children murdered in Bowraville on the mid north coast of NSW between 1990 and 1991, together with Black Lives Matter supporters, marched through Sydney CBD on September 29 to demand that NSW Parliament change the law so that a new trial can be held.

Dr Pavin Chachavalpongpun, an associate professor at the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, has since 2014 been branded an 'enemy of the state' by Thai authorities. He spoke to Green Left Weekly's Peter Boyle.

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