Losing Santhia, part two: from cubs to Tigers

Ben Hillier Along the Pannai causeway linking Jaffna peninsula with Mandaitivu and Kayts islands, egrets, black-headed ibises and Eurasian wigeons bathe in the shallows of the Palk Strait, which stretches to Tamil Nadu, India. “They have no passport or visa”, the translator says. “But they have more f...CONTINUE READING

The hidden history of the women who rose up

John Pilger Like all colonial societies, Australia has secrets. The way we treat Indigenous people is still mostly a secret. For a long time, the fact that many Australians came from what was called “bad stock” was a secret. “Bad stock” meant convict forebears: those like my great-great grandmother, M...CONTINUE READING

Losing Santhia. The death of a Tiger and the fate of a nation, part one 

Ben Hillier Half a dozen young men, ex-cadres dedicated to national defence, sit on plastic chairs beneath the seven-storey Marian Shrine of Graha Maria Annai Velangkanni (Our Lady of Good Health), an imposing Indo-Mughal-styled Catholic temple in Medan, northern Sumatra. In turn, each bares his wound...CONTINUE READING

The truth about the 1965 Indonesian massacres

Jess Melvin As Indonesia commemorates 20 years since the fall of the New Order military dictatorship, the foundation myth of the regime (and, indeed, the post-New Order state as well) remains stubbornly in place. According to official state narratives, the military was forced to step in to save the na...CONTINUE READING

Karl Marx, journalist

Perhaps the most surprising thing about these writings is that Marx was published in a US newspaper. How did Marx come into his journalism phase? Marx was a journalist more or less all of his adult life. He started writing for the Rheinische Zeitung (“Rhenish Newspaper”) in 1842, and found...CONTINUE READING

1968, a year of wonders

John Scott The scene on which the sun rose in 1968 was one which, in the years since World War Two, had shown a remarkable recovery. Not a return to the 1930s, but a seemingly stable environment of rising living standards, a mixed economy, expanded opportunity, a welfare state and a liberal cultural...CONTINUE READING

Two apartheid states, two massacres

Mick Armstrong On 21 March 1960, the apartheid state of South Africa carried out one of its most notorious massacres, unleashing murderous fire on 5,000 Blacks gathered outside the police station in Sharpeville. They were protesting against the racist Pass Laws, which severely restricted the movement of...CONTINUE READING

How Marx became a Marxist in five easy steps

Todd Chretien On 5 May 1818, Karl Marx was born into a world on the cusp of a great social transformation. As he and his lifelong political partner and friend Frederick Engels wrote in the Communist Manifesto in 1848: “The bourgeoisie, during its rule of scarce one hundred years, has created more massiv...CONTINUE READING

The assassination of Martin Luther King

Barry Sheppard This year marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr Martin Luther King. The murder of one of the great Black leaders of the time by white racists with the complicity of the US government, most likely the FBI, stunned African Americans in the country. Immediately, violent uprisi...CONTINUE READING