Get Palestinian children out of military detention

Nick Everett “I had barely fallen asleep when I woke to find an armed Israeli soldier hovering over my bed. He told me to get up quickly and put on a jacket. Half asleep, I was handcuffed, thrown into an army jeep, and taken to be interrogated. They had already taken my 16-year-old cousin, Ahed, the ni...CONTINUE READING

Aung San Suu Kyi: the smiling face of Myanmar’s military regime

Nick Everett Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy (NLD), was released in 2010 after nearly two decades of house arrest by Myanmar (formerly Burma)’s military regime. “She is kind of the Mandela of our moment”, lauded U2 front man Bono. “She’s a character of great grace. Her str...CONTINUE READING

Is Labor about to abandon Israel?

Nick Everett A resolution expected to pass at the NSW Labor state conference in late July, urging “the next Labor government to recognise Palestine” has been touted as a dramatic shift in Labor policy by the pro-Israel Murdoch press. “Labor will formally abandon almost 40 years of explicit ideological...CONTINUE READING

Murdoch Uni’s unprecedented attack

Nick Everett In a move unprecedented in the higher education sector, Murdoch University commenced proceedings in the Fair Work Commission to terminate its staff enterprise agreement. If Fair Work accedes to the University’s demands, the wages of more than 3,500 staff could be slashed by up to 39 percen...CONTINUE READING

‘A loss to all of Palestine’

Nick Everett At 2am on 6 March, gunfire echoed through the el-Bireh district of Ramallah in Palestine’s occupied West Bank. Heavily armed Israeli troops stormed an upstairs apartment and, in a hail of bullets, shot dead 31-year-old activist Basil al-Araj. The soldiers then seized al-Araj’s body and rem...CONTINUE READING

WA Liberal Party goes from boom to bust

Nick Everett The Western Australian Liberal Party has suffered its worst electoral defeat in decades. A 16 percent swing against the Liberals resulted in at least four ministers losing their seats. With two-thirds of the vote counted, Labor is set to win around 40 seats in the 59-seat parliament, doubl...CONTINUE READING

Beeliar Wetlands defenders protest to stop tollway

Nick Everett In 1984, a group fewer than 100 in number linked arms and fought a pitched battle against developers and the Melville and Cockburn councils to stop a road being carved through one of Perth’s last remaining wetlands. Beeliar Wetlands, nestled between Kwinana Freeway and North Lake Road, has...CONTINUE READING

Why I won’t be partying on 26 January

Nick Everett In 1979, my year four class went on a school excursion. We were bussed to Perth Esplanade, where we dutifully lined up in rows to witness men dressed in red and white soldier uniforms disembark from landing craft onto the Swan River shore with rifles slung across their backs. A Noongar dan...CONTINUE READING