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

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


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