Omar Hassan
Omar Hassan

Omar Hassan is the editor of the Marxist Left Review.

Berejiklian's reopening
Omar Hassan

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has a new plan to reopen her state’s economy, likely infecting tens of thousands with the deadly Delta strain of COVID-19. Press reports indicate that Berejiklian has overruled her own health officer to institute this new “roadmap to freedom”, which identifies October 18 as the planned date for shops, pubs, swimming pools, hairdressers, gyms and aged care centres to reopen. They will then be followed by schools on October 25. The trigger for these plans is the dubious target of 70% of people 16 and over having two doses of the vaccine.

Afghanistan disaster goes on
Omar Hassan

The chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan has triggered a flurry of different responses. For those who opposed the war and occupation from the beginning, it's difficult to feel anything but rage.

How can Palestine be free?
How can Palestine be free?
Omar Hassan

The following is a speech delivered by Omar Hassan to a post-rally event co-hosted by Socialist Alternative and Free Palestine Melbourne on 22 May 2021.

The hotel quarantine shambles has trapped people in COVID hell
Quarantine and India
Omar Hassan

In the face of the catastrophe unfolding in India, the Australian government has banned all inbound travel from the country for two weeks. Health Minister Greg Hunt presented the move as an unfortunate but necessary measure to keep Australians safe from the coronavirus, his media statement explaining that “the decision was based on the proportion of overseas travellers in quarantine in Australia who have acquired a COVID-19 infection in India”. 

The Arab Spring
Omar Hassan

The announcement that President Hosni Mubarak had resigned took just 30 seconds. The news electrified the streets of Cairo, then surged across the Middle East and the rest of the world. No-one needed the message translated; the cries and tears of elation from the people congregated in Tahrir Square said it all. A tyrant of 30 years who had been the envy of many of the world’s dictators had fallen at the hands of millions of his victims. 

2020 in hindsight, and a perspective for 2021
Omar Hassan

2020 is gone, but it will not be forgotten. Like 1914, 1929, 1974 and 2001, historians will record it as a moment when the social and economic status quo was radically disrupted and a new era of politics was born. As with each of these evocative dates, the events of last year have both concrete and general aspects; triggered by particular and unpredicted incidents, yet fundamentally conditioned by longer-term contradictions that have been exposed and intensified by the crisis.

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