Chile: Dismantling the Dictatorship

Rodrigo Acuña

16 May 2022

In Australia Chilean activists and researchers will continue to press to declassify the archive, which would reveal the extent of Canberra’s intelligence activities in helping to overthrow a democratically elected government at the behest of Washington.

Gentle Creatures: Brisbane’s bush stone curlews in the shadow of extinction

Dean Biron

16 May 2022

Now it is the curlew that crouches like a ghost in the shadows of all of those lost creatures, waiting for that future time when it too will exist only in photographs or behind museum glass.

As Politics Narrows, Divisions Deepen: A Note of the Election and the Left

Should Labor come to power on 21 May, the Left will have to think carefully about the terms in which it frames its opposition to what is sure to be a disappointing government.

Exposure: COVID and the long, cold winter of the American homeless

If biopolitics is power that is realised through the organisation of how people live, then necropolitical power is realised through dictating the limits of who gets to live and who dies.

Anti-Material Functions

John Kinsella

29 Apr 2022

For me, poetry and art are anti-material functions, and it's their ephemerality that is relevant: they should be recyclable and renewable and impermanent. Anti-structures.

Controlling the Ukraine Narrative

This means it is almost impossible within mainstream opinion to simultaneously acknowledge Putin’s insupportable actions and forge a path out of the war that does not involve escalation, and the further destruction of Ukraine.

Unexplained Ordnance: A Missile on Aboriginal Land and a Breakthrough Legal Complaint

Saab, a Swedish multinational, had instant access at the most senior level, to both the state and federal government agencies responsible for dealing with the Saab missile problem, yet Andrew and Robert Starkey were fobbed off by all concerned.

Threading the Needle: A Review of John Lyons’ Dateline Jerusalem

Lyons has been witness to the activities of the pro-Israel lobby in Australia, as Zionist functionaries relentlessly and deliberately intimidate newspapers and other media organisations into self-censorship...

Loving Machines: Mental Health by Algorithm Is Reshaping Care and Sociality

Woebot may sit at the outer rim of digital mental health technologies, but we can see the shape and trajectory it implies for understanding mental health, the care relation and, beyond that, the person generally. Where the CBT-AI combination sets up a relentlessly positive artificial other—an interlocutor that is never awkward or demanding, and becomes naturalised as ‘what I like’—real-world relationships are bound to be found unsatisfactory.

What Lies Beneath: The Russia–Ukraine War

Simplistic, black and white judgements are dominant right now, but there is good reason to think that this war may turn out to be much more than a struggle over a lily-white democratic versus autocratic principle.

From the Archive

‘Fire’ may be an appropriate way to think and talk about the climate-change emergency, not just because we are literally dealing with a burning world but also because it does not bring with it the concerns associated with ‘rule by emergency’.

From the Archive

There is a curious and seldom-told backstory and parallel story to the high-profile Cambridge Analytica scandal, one that makes the notorious firm seem like the tip of the democracy-sinking iceberg.

Sold Out: The United Australia Party’s Nihilistic Patrician Populism

The reality recognised by the UAP, its candidates, and any genuine supporters seems to be that in an intensely competitive world, we would do well to align ourselves under the protection of a patrician.

A biting question: Mosquito disease and development

Diseases once confined to the tropics, like dengue fever, will find the warming conditions conducive to southerly migration. Currently dengue is confined to sites 200kms north of Brisbane.

Wayward Growths: Permaculture, low tech and the ‘Freedom Movement’

Because permaculture is perceived as benign, generally harmless and peace-loving, its presence at freedom rallies speaks against the impression that the far Right is violent and dangerous.

The Left’s Right Turn: Behind the media myth of neoliberal Blairite social ‘achievements’

Are UK Labour and other such subverted parties globally that are ostensibly of the Left still worth voting for?

The War in Ukraine and Imperial Decline

This apparently old-fashioned land war seems to be exposing the extreme fragility of global capitalism, a system we have been told is the only possible future. This is a further rip to the fabric of these illusions, which have recently been cast asunder by an apparently old-fashioned plague, and some very cutting-edge climate catastrophes.  

Neoliberalism, the Deluge and the Logic of Government Inaction

There is an obscure but very real connection between a Queenslander being ferried by a neighbour in a tinny from their inundated home in the recent floods, and a small gathering of economists and others in a Swiss Village in 1947.