Arts and culture
John Pilger: a critic of empire
Nick Everett

John Pilger was a writer, journalist and film maker who pulled no punches. His work was hard hitting and scathing about the rich and powerful, both in Australia and globally. Pilger died in London on 30 December of pulmonary fibrosis, aged 84.

The missing socialist movement
Jordan Humphreys

If We Burn: The Mass Protest Decade and the Missing Revolution 

UFC: 30 years of blood, sweat and exploitation
UFC: blood and exploitation
Daniel Dadich

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), the flagship mixed martial arts sports league, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. From inauspicious beginnings, it has been built into a multibillion-dollar enterprise, raking in profits from the blood, sweat and broken bones of its exploited fighters. 

Why journalists must speak out about Gaza
Journalists should stand with Gaza

The following piece was written by Aja Arnold, Rae Garringer, Rebecca Chowdhury, Tina Vasquez, Irene Vazquez, Victoria Bouloubasis, Charmaine Lang, Nour Saudi, and Lewis Raven Wallace. It was first published at a number of critical and left-wing websites in the United States. We believe it is also relevant to the Australian media.

Review: 'How to blow up a pipeline'
Cormac Mills Ritchard

If eight people could build two bombs with $700 worth of material and destabilise the global oil market, “What does that say about the tactics currently being employed in the climate movement?” Quoted in an interview with Vulture, this is the premise of Daniel Goldhaber’s environmentalist thriller How To Blow Up a Pipeline.

Stop worrying and love the doll?
Eddie Stephenson

Barbie, Mattel and Greta Gerwig’s multi-million-dollar confection of nostalgia and hot pink, is a blockbuster hit and a bona fide cultural phenomenon. The film has taken in more than a billion dollars at the box office and inspired scores of breathless articles, everywhere from the mainstream press to the far left, extolling it as an artistic and political masterpiece.

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