Turkey: West's ally Erdoğan pushes deadly electoral strategy

Funeral in Cizre of civilians killed by Turkish state.

The Turkish right wing takes winning elections seriously.

The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is so serious about achieving the result it wants in parliamentary elections on November 1, it is pushing the country to civil war.

Britain: Can Corbyn end Labour's slavish support for war?

Jeremy Corbyn. Photo:

Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader has raised hopes for people who oppose Britain's wars. More than in any other area, it will take a mighty effort to make those hopes real.

There is no other area in which national politics so ignores the population at large. On the economy, health, education and so on, there is at least debate.

‘We must say no to bombing Syria’

September 21 was declared International Peace Day by the United Nations.

This is an abridged version of a speech given by Pip Hinman on behalf of Sydney Stop the War Coalition to protest against the bombing of Syria at a rally on that day.

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Stop the War Coalition (STWC) adds its voice to those saying Australia should not join the latest “Coalition of the Killing” and the disastrous bombing of Syria.

Refugee crisis: those most responsible are the least affected

Zaatari refugee camp, Jordan. There are an estimated 1,400,000 Syrian refugees in Jordan.

Tragic photos and videos of masses of asylum seekers and immigrants from the Middle East and Africa have recently shocked the world. But these ordeals have been going on for a long time.

ILLUMINATE — A retrospective in images & music on 40 years of Kinetic Energy Theatre

Celebrate KINETIC ENERGY THEATRE COMPANY turning 40 with special guests Kevin Hunt (25th) and Don Reid (26th). $25/ $20/ $15. Reserve tickets by email or ph 9665 6489. Venue: St Luke's Hall, 11 Stanmore Rd Enmore.

Event date: 
Fri, 25/09/2015 - 8:00pm - Sat, 26/09/2015 - 8:00pm

Novel investigates fear and self-loathing in Gaza

Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Mustafa Ouda
By Ahmed Masoud
Rimal Press, 2015
US$20, 205 pages, pb

There is an act of violence in Ahmed Masoud’s Vanished: The Mysterious Disappearance Of Mustafa Ouda that reverberates throughout the novel. An act done in a perfunctory way, described in a short sentence that compels the reader to sit up, if not choke.

UN report slams Sri Lanka's 'pattern of abuse' against Tamils

The Australian Tamil Congress (ATC) has welcomed a September 16 report released by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which "identified patterns of grave violations in Sri Lanka between 2002 and 2011, strongly indicating that war crimes and crimes against humanity were most likely committed by both sides to the conflict".

English Greens MP Caroline Lucas: ‘Corbyn win a boost for progressives’

British Greens member of parliament for Brighton, Caroline Lucas, has welcomed the election of socialist MP Jeremy Corbyn as Labour Party leader.

Lucas said: “Jeremy’s success in this contest is a real boost for progressive politics. For the first time in my memory Labour will be led by someone who stands up for the radical changes demanded by the challenges we face.

Hypocrite warmongers call Jeremy Corbyn 'disrespectful'

I come from the same generation as Jeremy Corbyn. We were all born into families who had lived through the war.

My dad joined up as soon as he could and was in the navy for five years. My mum was in a reserved occupation. Her first boyfriend was a rear gunner who was shot down over Berlin in 1943, aged 19.

One of my uncles lost his leg at Niemagen. My primary school had air raid shelters. Most of the dads of my friends had been in the services.

Rise of Jeremy Corbyn spreads hope, but the left's fight just begun

When veteran left-wing activist and MP Jeremy Corbyn entered the race for British Labour Party leader, sparked by former leader Ed Miliban's resignation in May, he did so reluctantly on grounds it was “his turn” to be the “token socialist”.

But in a stark sign of the depths of anger at brutal anti-poor austerity and disillusionment with mainstream politics, Corbyn was declared the overwhelming victor on September 12 with almost 60% of the vote – more than a quarter of a million votes in total. His nearest opponent got 19%.

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