Honouring early Aboriginal resistance

Kim Bullimore In April 1770, James Cook became the first European to see the east coast of the continent now known as Australia. Claiming the territory for Britain, he declared the land terra nullius, despite it being far from empty. As Cook sailed down the coast, his expedition was observed by the Dhar...CONTINUE READING

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute rescinds award to Angela Davis

Kim Bullimore The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute announced last year that it would bestow its highest honour, the Fred L. Shuttlesworth Human Rights Award, on Birmingham native and civil rights activist Angela Davis. Davis was to receive the award on 16 February and deliver a keynote speech at the in...CONTINUE READING

Sued for standing against apartheid

Kim Bullimore Why did you write to Lorde? Abu-Shanab: It was important to write to her because we rightly believed she was likely to change her mind. Sachs: Israel is sinking a lot of resources into getting artists to play in Israel. For them, it’s a frontier for fighting BDS and normalising apartheid....CONTINUE READING

Understanding US aggression against North Korea

Kim Bullimore Often called the “forgotten war”, the Korean War (1950-53) holds the dubious honour of being the first armed conflict of the Cold War. It was born out of the division imposed on the Korea peninsula from without – a division that had no legitimacy in the eyes of most Koreans. Varying estima...CONTINUE READING

In Palestine, two heroes of the resistance are finally freed

Kim Bullimore After eight months in an Israeli prison, 17-year-old Palestinian Ahed Tamimi and her mother Nariman Tamimi were released on 29 July. The Tamimis were arrested in December, after Israeli television screened a video, shot by Nariman, of Ahed and her cousin Nour confronting a heavily armed Is...CONTINUE READING

Apartheid becomes official in Israel

Kim Bullimore The Israeli Knesset (parliament) has enshrined decades of apartheid policy, voting 62-55 for the Jewish Nation State Bill. Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu gloated that it was “a defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel”. He is not wrong. The lie pedd...CONTINUE READING

Israel blacklists supporters of Palestine

Kim Bullimore After months of denying its existence, Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry on 7 January announced a blacklist of 20 organisations whose members and supporters would be barred from entering the Zionist state from 1 March due to their endorsing the Palestinian boycott, divestment and sanctio...CONTINUE READING

The Balfour Declaration: a century of colonisation and resistance

Kim Bullimore As the hundredth anniversary of the Balfour Declaration is marked this month, Israel and its supporters – including the British and Australian governments – are celebrating the anniversary, while Palestinians are mourning and protesting it. The Balfour Declaration was a statement of suppor...CONTINUE READING

Israel attempts to silence Palestinian media

Kim Bullimore Israeli occupation forces raided 10 Palestinian media offices in the occupied West Bank on 18 October, arresting several media workers, confiscating media production equipment, welding shut building doors and closing down production facilities for six months. Carried out simultaneously in...CONTINUE READING