Erin Russell
The persecution of David McBride
Erin Russell

David McBride, the former military lawyer who exposed Australian war crimes in Afghanistan, will face trial next year after Commonwealth lawyers intervened to suppress the use of crucial evidence that reportedly would have granted him whistleblower protection.

Nauru’s corporate face of cruelty
Erin Russell

US prison company Management and Training Corporation (MTC) has signed a deal with the federal Labor government to take over the running of Australia’s refugee prison on Nauru. The company will be awarded $47.3 million to oversee the detention of 111 refugees over a two-month period. At a time when the ALP government is telling us all to tighten our belts, it will be spending $425,000 for each refugee to be detained for two months for the “crime” of seeking safety in another country.

Reformasi! The Indonesian student movement that toppled Suharto
When Indonesian students rebelled
Erin Russell

While student radicalism is most often associated with 1960s Paris or Vietnam-era US campuses, there is a similarly rich history of university student rebellion outside of the advanced capitalist countries. One of these rebellions took place in Indonesia in 1998, when students led a movement that ended the 30-year rule of General Suharto. The movement involved hundreds of thousands of ordinary Indonesians in a fight for democracy, encapsulated by the slogan reformasi total (complete reform).

Democracy movement faces off against Russian invasion: the 1968 Prague Spring
The 1968 Prague Spring
Erin Russell

In March 1968, the Observer newspaper described an occupation of the Slavonic House in Prague by thousands of students and intellectuals: “Jammed with excited men and women, suffocation-tight all the way down the stairs and out to the pavement; questions on screws of paper coming down like snow-flakes from the galleries; speakers talking like free men. A woman, long imprisoned, denounced President [Antonin] Novotny for his part in the show trials. A playwright says the public prosecutor has eleven judicial murders on his conscience.

WA border should stay shut
Erin Russell

The contrast couldn’t be starker. The “let it rip” strategy imposed on most of Australia during the Omicron wave has led to mass sickness, growing numbers of daily deaths, overrun hospitals and supply chain chaos. Meanwhile, in Western Australia, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is negligible. While community transmission has become more of a concern recently, daily new cases remain in single-digit territory.

resistance in South Korea
Erin Russell

Half a million South Korean workers walked off the job on 20 October, demanding the abolition of irregular work, the nationalisation of key industries and greater decision-making power for workers in times of crisis.

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