1968: the year the unthinkable happened

Vashti Kenway 1968 has become known as the year of the student. Across the world, campuses were aflame with political activity. Students challenged university administrations and demanded student control over student life; they railed against racism and inequality in their own countries and fought imper...CONTINUE READING

College hazing rituals: turning today’s little darlings into tomorrow’s corporate monsters

Vashti Kenway A journalist once reportedly asked Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi what he thought of Western civilisation. “I think it would be a good idea”, he is said to have replied. The release of a new report into hazing rituals at elite Australian university residential colleges has yet a...CONTINUE READING

1968: the year the world shook

Vashti Kenway 1968 – 50 years ago – was the highpoint of the radicalism that had been sweeping the globe through the mid-60s from Belfast to Berlin, from Mexico to Melbourne, from Paris to Prague. It was a year of revolution and repression, of struggle and solidarity, of wild optimism and crushing defea...CONTINUE READING

Melbourne protesters defy cops, challenge Milo Yiannopoulos

Vashti Kenway Last night in Melbourne, several hundred anti-fascist protesters joined with residents of the Flemington and Kensingston commission flats to protest notorious alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos. In defiance of police, out in force to facilitate a Nazi gathering, demonstrators congregated a...CONTINUE READING

The myths of Beersheba

Vashti Kenway The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba has been cause for great patriotic celebration among the Australian political elite and the mainstream media. The Battle, a little-remembered incident in the Middle Eastern theatre of the First World War, featured the Australian Light Horse...CONTINUE READING

How to beat the far right

Vashti Kenway Britain in the 1970s was a place of increasing political tensions. The economy was on a downswing and unemployment was rising. Racism towards migrants and the Afro-Caribbean population was being stoked by the government and was amplified by an increasingly confident far right. The main for...CONTINUE READING

Councils are right to ditch Australia Day

Vashti Kenway The decision by two Melbourne councils to stop referring to 26 January as Australia Day and to replace their usual citizenship ceremony with an event to mark the “loss of Indigenous culture” has prompted a swift conservative backlash. Representatives of the council declared the day to be o...CONTINUE READING

Fascist terrorism demands a world-wide response

Vashti Kenway On Friday night, hundreds of white supremacists and neo-Nazis marched through the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia, with flaming torches. The scene was reminiscent of vengeful racist lynch mobs of past decades. They chanted “Blood and soil!”, “Jews don’t rule us” and “Heil Trump!” Some...CONTINUE READING

Chelsea Manning’s story should inspire us to fight for a better world

Vashti Kenway Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is a person of conscience and bravery who has withstood the most humiliating of punishments. If anyone can claim to have spoken truth to power and suffered the consequences, it’s her. From 2007 to 2009, Manning, an intelligence analyst for the US military, had...CONTINUE READING