Debunking the myths of Israel/Palestine

Kim Bullimore Over the past 120 years, the Zionist movement and later the Israeli state have constructed a web of fallacies that surround the creation of Israel and the ongoing conflict, and which also seek to justify Israel’s ethnic cleansing and oppression of the Palestinian people. This web of histor...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

How to fix climate change with this one weird trick

James Plested It’s hard not to be pessimistic about climate change. The more attention you pay to the science, the more it seems the world is heading towards catastrophe, and our leaders seem little inclined to do anything about it. A widely shared recent piece by David Wallace-Wells in New York magazin...CONTINUE READING

The US destroys Mosul in order to not save it

Eric Ruder "That place, it was absolute death”, said a man as he fled Mosul’s Old City in search of safety. “We will never be the same. Once the fear has been planted in your heart, you can’t get rid of it.” The US-led drive to eradicate the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from Mosul has succe...CONTINUE READING

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