Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley award-winning writer, editor and broadcaster. His latest book is Crimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating, published by Scribe.
Human destruction of the environment is not inevitable. It’s rooted in the capitalist economic system, writes Jeff Sparrow in this edited extract from his latest book, Crimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating, published by Scribe.
There's a long and sinister history behind Trump's claims that "Antifa-led anarchists" are behind the movement for racial justice in the US.
With every Australian government in recent years obsessing about repelling Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka, one could be forgiven for thinking the interests of ordinary people in the two countries are diametrically opposed. That’s why it’s worth remembering the role played by an Australian activist in the struggle for independence and social justice on the island.
Organisers of the UN’s COP26 conference have postponed the world’s most significant international climate summit. Paradoxically, the cancellation has taken place as scientists noted a fall in the very carbon emissions that COP26 was to discuss. The same COVID-19 pandemic that rendered the summit unviable delivered a result that three decades of talks hadn’t managed: a substantive reduction in greenhouse gases.
“We stab out our eyes rather than regard Aboriginal achievement in this country.” Bruce Pascoe’s claim in in a recent Meanjin essay has, ironically, been confirmed by the agitation against his own work, the subject of a prolonged conservative smear campaign culminating in his referral to the Australian Federal Police.
The war in Afghanistan is approaching its end – and no-one in Australia seems to much care. Last week, Washington’s chief negotiator, Zalmay Khalilzad, announced a framework for peace, based upon a supposed Taliban commitment to prevent terrorist groups using the country as a base.