Remembering Abdul Mun’im Ramahi, 1940 – 2017

Jameela Jubran Abdul Mun’im Ramahi (also known as Abu Maxim), has passed away after battling cancer for the past five years. A long-time Palestine activist and leftist since his early youth, he will be sorely missed among the Palestinian community in Melbourne. I spoke with his eldest daughter, Olga, abo...CONTINUE READING

Global refugee crisis continues to worsen

Con Karavias The scale of the global refugee crisis is unprecedented. According to a new report by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, 65.6 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homes. The report, “Global Trends – Forced Displacement in 2016”, details unimaginable tragedy...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

A system that let working class people burn

Corey Oakley The horrific fire that destroyed Grenfell Tower in London, killing at least 58 people and possibly many more, was not simply a tragedy. The disaster has exposed in the starkest possible terms the true horror of an austerity-racked, class-divided society, and the inhuman, brutish nature of...CONTINUE READING

British election shows that left wing politics can appeal to millions

Tom Bramble The general election result in Britain is a stunning vindication of Jeremy Corbyn’s left wing leadership and a damning indictment of all those on the right of the Labour party who have, since his election as leader in 2015, tried to bring him down. It is also an indictment of the right in...CONTINUE READING

ASIA FOCUS

Martial law in the Philippines

Ben Reid Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law across the southern island of Mindanao on 23 May in response to an outbreak of fighting between the military and the “Maute group”, in Marawi City. Thirty-one years after the so-called “people power” revolution brought an end to the...CONTINUE READING

The United States has always loved dictators

Robert Narai The US liberal media seem to be suffering from amnesia. In response to Donald Trump’s praise for Vladimir Putin, and his crawling visit to Saudi Arabia, numerous establishment doyens have complained that the US tradition of championing democracy and freedom throughout the world is being se...CONTINUE READING

Theresa May wants to use London Bridge attack to step up Islamophobia and repression

Prime minister Theresa May is deliberately using the deaths of seven people last night, Saturday, to boost the Tories and encourage revenge against Muslims. A horrific attack saw seven people killed and around 50 injured at the capital’s London Bridge and Borough Market. Police shot dead t...CONTINUE READING

The struggle in Venezuela

Roberto Jorquera Ever since the election of Hugo Chávez in 1998, the political terrain in Venezuela has been volatile. On the one hand has been the increasing confidence of the working class to demand a restructuring of the social, political and economic system in the country. On the other hand, the ruling...CONTINUE READING