Defying authority, challenging the system: 50 years of high school activism

Nick Everett “Professional activists” were “orchestrating” an “appalling political manipulation” of school students, federal education minister Dan Tehan told the Daily Telegraph on 17 February. He was referring to the 15 March Strike for Climate Action. Tehan asserted: “What is most appalling is [the...CONTINUE READING

Elliott Abrams, Washington’s ‘new’ Cold Warrior, plots regime change in Caracas 

Nick Everett The Trump administration set a 23 February deadline for Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro to bow to US demands and cede power to self-appointed “president” Juan Guaidó. Sanctions imposed by former US president Barack Obama have been extended and deepened, costing Venezuela US$38 billion...CONTINUE READING

The battle for Aboriginal heritage on Perth’s foreshore 30 years on

Nick Everett Thirty years ago this month, Noongar activists set up a protest camp at Gooninup, the site of the derelict Old Swan Brewery on Perth’s foreshore. This marked the beginning of a four-year long struggle to secure recognition of an Aboriginal sacred site. Aboriginal protesters and their suppo...CONTINUE READING

Student strike offers a way forward for climate action

Nick Everett Thousands of students walked out of school to demand action on climate change on 30 November, defying prime minister Scott Morrison’s argument that schools not be “turned into parliaments” and for there to be “less activism in schools”. Protests took place in all mainland state capitals an...CONTINUE READING

Palestinians strike against racist law

Nick Everett Palestinians across the occupied territories and Israel observed a general strike on 1 October in protest against Israel’s Jewish Nation-State Law, adopted by the Knesset (parliament) in July. The strike coincided with a bitter fight to resist Israel’s planned demolition of West Bank Bedou...CONTINUE READING

Palestinians defiant in face of Israel’s latest massacre

Nick Everett Across the occupied territories, Palestinians are preparing for more protests demanding recognition of refugees’ right to return to their homeland and to the villages erased and ethnically cleansed by Israel in 1948. After an orgy of violence by Israeli occupation forces in Gaza, which kil...CONTINUE READING

NTEU endorses proposed Murdoch University agreement, declaring it a ‘win’

Nick Everett A meeting of 200 National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU) members at Murdoch University on 14 March voted overwhelmingly to endorse a new enterprise agreement. The meeting’s vote clears the way for an all-staff ballot beginning on 22 March. However, in a move described as undemocratic by s...CONTINUE READING

Get Palestinian children out of military detention

Nick Everett “I had barely fallen asleep when I woke to find an armed Israeli soldier hovering over my bed. He told me to get up quickly and put on a jacket. Half asleep, I was handcuffed, thrown into an army jeep, and taken to be interrogated. They had already taken my 16-year-old cousin, Ahed, the ni...CONTINUE READING