Empire of the Dead: The Fossil Fuel Order and the clean-energy rebellion

The reality is that none of our cherished futures are possible if the burning of coal, oil and gas remains business as usual; the fond horizon will be a bitter mirage for as long as the Fossil Fuel Order stands.

The Archibald, the Packing Room Prize and the eternal return of the avant-garde

The Packing Room Prize never veers at all. The winning portrait usually depicts a person famous in the media, and it is always either the most strictly realist portrait in that range, or very occasionally a comic, but highly worked, caricature. Nothing varying from the job of accurate representation has ever made the cut.

Journey to the East South West: Part II

Arena Online

UB

10 Jun 2021

Spotting unnatural movement, Monkey stopped and pointed towards group of giant snails-like creatures, some sprouting human limbs and faces.

Losing Appetite: Australia’s War Crimes Investigation Stumbles

In 2021, the Australian effort to pursue the matter risks going under or, at the very least, losing steam. For one, events on the ground in Afghanistan are moving quickly. The Taliban forces are resurgent and eagerly awaiting the finalised departure of foreign-led forces.

Treaty: All ship, no cargo

I can’t help but be disappointed that we find ourselves some fifty years into a Treaty movement, and in the middle of various concurrent Treaty processes, and yet we continue to lack a vision for an outcome or outcomes.

Editorial, Arena no. 6: Borders and Grounded Community

…there is the absolute obligation to our citizens that there is somewhere on earth whose care for them is absolute.

Cheating: The Harvard Culture

Structural plagiarism in the United States has become conventional practice for many senior academics with large research budgets.

A review of Bill Bowtell’s Unmasked: The Politics of Pandemics

Bowtell’s story is wrapped in a larger view of the relationship between science and politics. Crudely put, he sees science as good and true, and politics as compromised and bad. Science should trump politics in a pandemic.

COVID-19: Principled Europe’s Vaccine Rollout Flawed but Instructive

Europe’s vaccine tardiness has hurt its reputation as a sophisticated continent with a handle on high technology, not to say its self-image as home to some of the best health systems in the world…

China Games

China responded to the US presence in the Bashi Channel by sending Su-30 and J-16 fighter aircraft and Xian H-6 bombers into the area, where they simulated missile attacks on the US vessels.

From the Archive

Australian society is being slowly fractured into classes of differential vulnerability, to whom different laws and rights apply.

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’.

‘It’s Raining Motorcars’: Mining and the destruction of Aboriginal Sacred Sites

We were out in Gudanji country, a place some of us older people know well. But we didn’t know where we were. The river had gone, huge mountains of waste rock were piled high in the sky, blocking our view of The Barramundi Dreaming… We were lost in our own country.

French Crack Down on Protestors: Solidarity and Violence

…many people have been asking: ‘Would the protest have been banned if it had been pro-Israel?’

Missing a Nakba in 2021 is unforgiveable

Across a differential and fragmentary geography in all of historic Palestine, the structure of settler colonialism, which has until this point been invisible, is now visible.

Militarising Bulldozers: Demolition in Israel/Palestine as Settler-Colonial Policy

Is the solution a two-state solution...or should we be looking for a process of decolonisation?

Between detention and neighbourliness in Darwin’s shadowlands

Australia’s policy of indefinite detention has been recognised by the UN as a form of torture. We are adding irreversible psychological trauma to already highly fragile lives.

We Can Hear the Drums of War, But Who Is Beating Them?

China has now advanced to the point that it is a serious rival to the United States as both military hegemon in Asia and central pivot of the global economy. This is what the brewing war…is all about.