Ahmad Fo’ad Nijm (1929–2013): revolutionary hero

Jameela Jubran “Build up your palaces in the farming fields From our own sweat and toil And unleash your dogs [to attacks us] in the streets Build pubs beside factories and prisons in place of parks… Nevermind, we found our path.” This is a song written by the poet Ahmad Fo’ad Nijm. It was sung by him an...CONTINUE READING

The contradictions of Christianity

Diane Fieldes “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? … Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless . “[We live...CONTINUE READING

Books, TV, Films: summer suggestions

Rjurik Davidson Summer is a time for big projects, for big books, long movies and intense television. Below are projects that Red Flag readers might like to take on. Each is a fine stand-alone project, but I’ve suggested works that complement each other thematically. I’ve chosen to focus on meditations on...CONTINUE READING

Studies find class affects the brain

Robin Laycock Australian workers are experiencing greater levels of stress, according to a new Australian Psychological Society report. Seventy-five percent of respondents to the third “Stress and wellbeing in Australia” survey claimed that stress is having an impact on their physical health; 68 percent...CONTINUE READING

How ‘the economy’ kills our better angels

Corey Oakley One of the most successful con-jobs carried out by those who run the world is convincing the rest of us that there is something natural and inevitable about the way society is currently organised. There are two important concepts they use to do this. The first is the idea that the drivers...CONTINUE READING

An activist’s life in Joh’s Queensland

Sandra Bloodworth The Queensland Liberal National government’s attacks on civil liberties and increases to police powers are prompting many to make comparisons with Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s reactionary rule from 1968 to 1987. Sandra Bloodworth was an activist under Petersen’s government. I attended my first sm...CONTINUE READING

Twenty-five past midnight in Portugal

Tom O’Lincoln The revolution began at 25 minutes past midnight, with the popular tune Grandola Vila Morena , a song banned by the dictatorship: “Grandola, brown village in a land of brotherhood”. When the song played on radio, the Armed Forces Movement (MFA) – an underground organisation of military off...CONTINUE READING

Why the Palestinians don’t have a partner for peace

Kim Bullimore US Secretary of State John Kerry in early November chaired the latest round of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. His visit to the region was downbeat, highlighting once again the failure of the US-backed “peace process”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pr...CONTINUE READING

Mrs Barbour’s army

Llanon Davis Glasgow, 17 November 1915 : 20,000 households in Glasgow – all the major munitions districts – are on rent strike. Thousands of working class women, collectively known as “Mrs Barbour’s army”, along with thousands of engineering and shipyard workers, march on the sheriff’s court in Glasgow...CONTINUE READING