The world needs a new radical left, and now

Corey Oakley It is as bad as anyone imagined. In the days after Trump’s shock win, the anxious and despairing comforted themselves with the hope that his vile far right rhetoric was just campaign trail bluster. Surely once in office, a more moderate Trump would emerge. It was a fairy tale. Less than tw...CONTINUE READING

The Western left and the Syrian war

Corey Oakley The Syrian war is not just a tragedy. It is a crime of immense proportions. And it is clear as day who is culpable. First, the Assad regime, which in 2011 met the demands of a protest movement for social justice and democratisation with bullets and torture cells, and when that failed, and...CONTINUE READING

Anti-Muslim prejudice is racism – we need to name it and resist it

Corey Oakley There’s no doubt the Essential Poll revealing that 49 percent of Australians support a ban on Muslim immigration is shocking. But it shouldn’t be surprising. Racism has been at the core of Australian politics and identity since invasion. From the genocidal wars waged against the Indigenous...CONTINUE READING

‘Abolish 18C’ bigots don’t give a damn about free speech

Corey Oakley In 2014, George Brandis announced that, with the imminent abolition of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, “Never again in Australia will we have a situation in which a person may be taken to court for expressing a political opinion”. Stirring words. We can only imagine the kind...CONTINUE READING

Outlawing anti-fascism

Corey Oakley Let racist thugs terrorise Melbourne’s migrant heartlands unopposed. Allow openly fascist and Nazi groups to organise on the streets. Cower. Capitulate. Roll over. That’s the message of the hysterical campaign waged by the Herald Sun and the Age in the wake of last weekend’s protest where...CONTINUE READING

Fascists driven out of Coburg

Corey Oakley “Finally, I see so many people standing here together, standing in solidarity. We are uniting against these bigots, these clowns.” These were the words of Rasheed, one of a hundred or so young Muslim locals who joined several hundred socialists, anarchists and other local residents to driv...CONTINUE READING

An election that raises real issues but presents few real alternatives

Corey Oakley If there was one thing the Liberal government didn’t want, it was an election dominated by the politics of class and wealth inequality. That’s the reason the 2016 budget abandoned the language of “ending the age of entitlement” and “lifters versus leaners”, opting instead for the inoffensi...CONTINUE READING

A revolution that will not die

Corey Oakley Over the last four years, the Syrian people have paid a horrendous price for having the audacity to rise up against dictatorship and demand their freedom. Liberated cities have been reduced to rubble, pulverised by relentless waves of barrel bombs, chemical weapons, and most recently attac...CONTINUE READING

Fairfax bosses are either racists or cowards. Or maybe both.

Corey Oakley In July 2014, Mike Carlton wrote an article describing Israel’s war on the civilians of Gaza. “The images from Gaza are searing, a gallery of death and horror”, he wrote. “A dishevelled Palestinian man cries out in agony, his blood-soaked little brother dead in his arms. On a filthy hospit...CONTINUE READING