Robert Narai
Robert Narai
Global military spending record
Robert Narai

World military spending has passed US$2 trillion for the first time, according to new data published by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI). Last year was the seventh consecutive year that world military spending increased; total expenditure has almost doubled this century.

Victory at La Trobe University
Robert Narai

After several months of campaigning, students have forced the withdrawal of the management-controlled La Trobe Student Association (LTSA) from La Trobe University’s Bundoora campus. This is an important victory for student democracy and a blow to the university’s controversial restructuring plans.

La Trobe University lawyers up to crush student democracy
La Trobe Uni crushes democracy
Nahui Ludekens

If you can’t win a vote, send in the lawyers. That is what the La Trobe Student Association (LTSA) board are doing to prevent a student general meeting going ahead that could see the management-controlled “student association” dissolved and force it to hand back its funds to the student-controlled union.

La Trobe University squashes student democracy
La Trobe squashes student democracy
Robert Narai

The management-controlled La Trobe Student Association is an undemocratic farce and should be dissolved.

Myanmar: the coup and COVID-19
Robert Narai

Six months after seizing power in a coup, Min Aung Hlaing’s regime in Myanmar is facing a third wave of COVID-19. Beginning in late May, the outbreak has now engulfed 90 percent of cities and towns across the country, as confirmed cases and daily deaths increase.

A youth-led rebellion in Colombia
Robert Narai

Millions of people across Colombia have joined strikes and demonstrations against the far-right government of Iván Duque. Beginning in response to the president’s paquetazo—an austerity package that includes a value-added tax that would raise the cost of living for millions of poor and working-class Colombians—the youth-led rebellion has moved beyond initial opposition to the tax bill into calls for the resignation of Duque.

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