Sanctions against Russia also target Germany

Barry Sheppard The US Senate on 14 June passed a new sanctions bill against Russia, supposedly as punishment for its “meddling” in last year’s presidential election. The vote was 98 to 2, indicating strong bipartisan support. However, a key aspect of the bill reveals that Germany is the real target: it s...CONTINUE READING

Australian crimes in Afghanistan

Louise O’Shea Australian troops are being investigated for war crimes in Afghanistan, the ABC has revealed. The investigation, being undertaken by the inspector general of the Defence Forces, is looking into a number of cases of unlawful killing carried out by Australian special forces between 2009 and...CONTINUE READING

What’s the agenda behind Trumponomics?

Lee Sustar Given the chaos emanating from the White House, it can be difficult to track the progress, or lack of it, of Trump’s economic program. Is he really implementing the nationalist agenda he promised? Trumponomics, as it is inevitably called, is full of contradictions. Like the rest of the Tru...CONTINUE READING

Could the Hamburg g20 protest be the catalyst to something bigger?

Phil Butland The international anti-capitalist movement is back on the streets. On 8 July, 76,000 people demonstrated against the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany – the largest such mobilisation in at least 10 years. Many people did everything possible to prevent such a large gathering, not least Hamburg...CONTINUE READING

Weakening encryption is an attack on our freedom

Michael Kandelaars In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in London, there is a renewed attempt by global governments to increase surveillance of the internet. Taking aim at encryption, Malcolm Turnbull stated that, despite it being “a vital piece of security for every user of the Internet … encrypted m...CONTINUE READING

Global environment choking on plastic

James Plested Every year, enough plastic is produced to match the entire weight of humans on earth. A large portion of this, between 5 and 13 million tonnes, ends up in the ocean. Researchers at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation estimate that by 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic, by weight, than fis...CONTINUE READING

Super rich rip off tax office, accumulate more loot

Tom Bramble “Behind every great fortune there is a great crime”, 19th century French novelist Honoré de Balzac is supposed to have written. Two centuries later, this same precept applies. An international university research team based in Norway has just published its finding that the super rich syste...CONTINUE READING

Asking the wrong question about Gaza

Noura Mansour Every couple of years, since Hamas was elected in 2006, the international community grants Israel an opportunity to carry out a major attack on Gaza. All the leaders of the “free world” then stand together in supporting Israel’s right to “defend itself” from besieged, unarmed Gazan civilia...CONTINUE READING

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