Losing Santhia. The death of a Tiger and the fate of a nation, part one 

Ben Hillier Half a dozen young men, ex-cadres dedicated to national defence, sit on plastic chairs beneath the seven-storey Marian Shrine of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni (Our Lady of Good Health), an imposing Indo-Mughal-styled Catholic temple in Medan, northern Sumatra. In turn, each bares his wound...CONTINUE READING

Why the government is determined to deport a Tamil family from Biloela

Ben Hillier At first there is confusion. Federal Circuit Court judge Caroline Kirton takes only two minutes to uphold a decision of the Immigration Assessment Authority (IAA) not to grant a Sri Lankan Tamil family safe haven in Australia. Priya, Nades and their two infant daughters, born in Australia,...CONTINUE READING

As an anti-Semitic fascist movement grows, Zionists attack the anti-fascist left 

Ben Hillier, Daniel Taylor Far right politics is making a comeback. And with it comes political anti-Semitism. In the English-speaking world, quasi-fascist “alt-right” milieus increasingly consider the “JQ” (“Jewish question”) an important component of their political war against immigration, liberalism, socialism a...CONTINUE READING

Australian war crimes

Ben Hillier How many civilians have Australian special forces killed in Afghanistan? We don’t know and may never know. But it is becoming clearer that war crimes of a scale not previously reported or acknowledged have been carried out by some in Australia’s most venerated military units. Documents lea...CONTINUE READING

I watched the royal wedding. And I loved it.

Ben Hillier I’m supposed to write about the wedding of prince Harry and Meghan Markle being a disgusting display of opulence by a bludging waste-of-space family whose titles are both affronting and anachronistic. It was. They are. Yet I am caught up in it. For a brief escape from the small agonies of...CONTINUE READING

Using money to strangle debtors

Ben Hillier The Hayne royal commission into the finance sector continues to uncover aspects of a toxic corporate culture. Lying, cheating, fraud, cover-ups – you name it, someone did it, was paid good money for it and left some customer worse off as a result. Yet, as disgraceful as the exposed schemes...CONTINUE READING

Banking inquiry shows how capitalism sucks

Ben Hillier Not even the dead are safe from the predatory practices of big capital. Scarcely a month into a year-long (now possibly longer, given the scale of the crimes being uncovered) banking royal commission, we have a steady stream of revelations about bribery, deception and conning customers. AM...CONTINUE READING

A family snatched at dawn, fighting for their lives

Ben Hillier It’s the stuff of nightmares. A family with two infant daughters, their house raided by 20 or more armed strangers, bundled into vans, flown half a continent away, imprisoned for a week before again being put into vans, flown thousands of kilometres and placed on another aircraft bound for...CONTINUE READING

What do we mean by socialism?

Ben Hillier What the hell is socialism, anyway? Over the last decade, it has been one of the most frequently looked up words in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. And it’s easy to see why so many people feel the need for clarification. Right wing politicians and commentators call anything they are agains...CONTINUE READING