The moral depravity at the heart of Australia’s refugee policy

Omar Hassan At a rally early last month in Sydney, the crowd heard from a refugee on Manus Island, Walid Zazai, who repeated a painfully simple refrain: “We are human beings”. The words have refused to be forgotten, reverberating and cascading as the conditions on Manus worsened. The significance of t...CONTINUE READING

Media silence as Western-backed alliance destroys Yemen

Omar Hassan For decades, the people of Yemen have suffered the moral and material indignities of foreign intervention, elite corruption and the social and economic underdevelopment that comes with them. Even before the conflict escalated to its current state, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middl...CONTINUE READING

Lebanon on a knife edge

Omar Hassan Tensions in Lebanon are escalating once again as Saudi Arabia threatens to open up yet another front in its cold war with Iran. The trigger for the latest crisis was the resignation of prime minister Saad Hariri, who has been the Saudi’s main representative since the assassination of his f...CONTINUE READING

Only a fool or a liar would accept the Saudi ‘reform’ story

Omar Hassan The US alliance with Saudi Arabia has been something of an embarrassment for the political establishment for years now, what with the Saudi monarchy’s total hostility to the most basic democratic freedoms, its ultra-bigoted policies targeting women and religious minorities and the country’...CONTINUE READING

Corbyn consolidates left turn in UK Labour

Omar Hassan The British Labour Party’s annual conference, held in Brighton during the last week of September, was a remarkable event. Thousands of members took part over four days, buoyed by the astounding election result earlier this year. Attendance figures are not yet available, but it seems likely...CONTINUE READING

Welcome to the right side of history

Omar Hassan “Welcome to the right side of history!” bellowed Tim Blackman, just one of the many impassioned speakers at the historic rally for marriage equality on 10 September in Sydney. The declaration was met with deafening applause and cheers from the 50,000-strong crowd, the largest protest for L...CONTINUE READING

What’s behind the Saudi-Qatar standoff?

Omar Hassan Political tensions in the Middle East have risen yet again after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed diplomatic sanctions and a harsh economic siege on Qatar. While the Saudis claim that the trigger was Qatari support for terrorism, the move reflects a series of strategic disputes produced...CONTINUE READING

Every response to terrorism is political

Omar Hassan Dozens of people have died as a result of the horrific bombing in Manchester this week. This is not the first time that civilians in the West have suffered from a large-scale terrorist attack in recent years, and likely won’t be the last. There are obvious questions to ask: what is behind...CONTINUE READING

New Hamas charter codifies a dead-end strategy

Omar Hassan Hamas has offered significant concessions to Israel and the collaborationist Palestinian Authority in the long-awaited update to its political charter. Released on 1 May after months of speculation, the charter cements the increasing moderation of the party under the leadership of Khalid M...CONTINUE READING