Manufacturing terrorism

Reeshan Zakiyya The US state is in the business of manufacturing terrorism. Since the 9/11 attacks, law enforcement agencies apparently have entrapped hundreds of Muslims in terror plots, and created a siege-like atmosphere throughout the country. Human Rights Watch and Columbia Law School have released a...CONTINUE READING

According to Brandis, free speech is only for bigots

Liz Walsh What keeps attorney general George Brandis up at night is the noble cause of freedom. “Fundamental human rights”, according to Brandis, are being trampled, and he won’t stand for it. He’s not talking about the 153 Tamil asylum seekers who have been disappeared by the Australian Navy, presu...CONTINUE READING

Palestinian football is no game

Nick Everett If you have been following the World Cup, you won’t have seen the Palestinian national football team. But don’t fret. The team won its first qualifying match for the Asian World Cup last month, and will be down under to play against Japan, Jordan and Iraq in Melbourne next January – that i...CONTINUE READING

The only thing worse than being talked about...

Corey Oakley Oscar Wilde’s famous assertion that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about has, on occasion, led people astray. But insofar as Wilde was pointing to the fact that lack of interest equals death, he had a point. It is something that, two months after Joe Hocke...CONTINUE READING

Sneering elitism won’t undermine Palmer and co.

Sandra Bloodworth Pejorative terms roll off the lips of usually grovelling media spivs when it comes to the “jester”, the “merry prankster”, the “bizarre” MP Clive Palmer. And when talking about his “litter of pups” – as some wit labelled the Palmer United Party senators – they just can’t help themselves. T...CONTINUE READING

Socialists aren’t the extremists

James Plested “Extremism” is a common trope of the establishment commentariat when decrying anyone whose views fall outside the narrow neoliberal political range of the major parties. From the perspective of arch-conservatives at newspapers like The Australian , even the Greens appear as wild-eyed fanat...CONTINUE READING

Death of a ruling class warrior

Jerome Small The Australian ruling class is in mourning. One of its most capable and dedicated class warriors, former mining company executive Ray Evans, died on 17 June. Evans was one of the founders of the HR Nicholls Society, an influential right wing ginger group that sought to rewrite the rules of...CONTINUE READING

Time to listen to the wisdom of youth

James Plested In the world of the conservative culture warriors at The Australian and other esteemed institutions of Australia’s ruling elite, there is a sharp generational divide between those who deserve the title of “adults”, and the rest of us – little children who really just need a good smack. Sin...CONTINUE READING

The lunatic right who make bankers seem sane

Corey Oakley There are a lot of things for which Andrew Bolt will one day be held to account, in this world or the next. The standout for me, though, is the remarkable job he and fellow frothy-mouth Alan Jones have done of making an investment banker seem like a reasonable guy. Malcolm Turnbull’s caree...CONTINUE READING