The Good, the Bad and the Deadly: The WHO, EDTA-dependent-PTCP, and AstraZeneca

…the public deserves not to be put at risk when simple precautions can be taken to screen for and guard against possible bad side effects of vaccines, however rare these side effects might be.

NT Laws reproduce carceral politics governing Aboriginal children

It is a blight on our nation that we continue to lock up Aboriginal children when we should be keeping them on Country.

Universities and Palestine: three kinds of silence

If antiracism can be switched on and off as a principle—repeatedly asserted in print, but abruptly suspended when the question of Palestine is raised—then its expressions are degraded into mere performances.

After Trump?: Cancel culture and the new authoritarianism

After the failed insurrection at the US Capitol building, an event irreconcilably both absurd and frightening, Donald Trump, for so long a master of the attention economy, finally got ‘cancelled’. While many of his Republican colleagues made a last-minute decision (motivated by self-interest) to dump him, the real blow for Trump was the response by corporate America. Facebook and Twitter blocked the president’s social-media accounts, Shopify terminated stores affiliated with him, YouTube removed channels questioning…

‘Recover the land to recover everything’: The patient journey of the Colombian Cauca Regional Indigenous Council

The land is not only a physical space in which to live with dignity but also it is the source of Indigenous laws: indeed, mainstream representations of Indigenous territories, taking into consideration the topographic and biologic dimensions of the earth’s surface, have forgotten the pluriverse of organic and inorganic beings that make and negotiate their social living together with Indigenous peoples’ ecological and spiritual relations.

Julian Assange could finally walk free—if we seize the moment

For the first time in more than a decade, there’s cause for hope.

Protests in the city of fear: Hong Kong’s anti-government movement under the COVID-19 pandemic

a girl’s voice called out from within the crowd. In Cantonese, she cried ‘Liberate Hong Kong’. Her chant echoed from the building walls and amplified her voice. The crowd responded swiftly, chanting in unison: ‘Revolution of Our Time’.

Yi Hak-nae and the Burma–Thailand Railway

In 1946–47, Australia conducted twenty-three war-crimes trials in Singapore, with sixty-two defendants. It found eighteen guilty and sentenced them to death, acquitted eleven, and sentenced an additional thirty-three to varying prison terms.

The Trump Mediation

What Sinclair Lewis had warned in It Can’t Happen Here—a Hitler-esque rise to power at the centre of the democratic world—anticipated by all sides from the early days of Trump’s apotheosis, seemed actually to be materialising.

COVID Among the Palestinians

As the pandemic raged, it appeared that Israel’s disregard for Palestinian life, an institutionally entrenched position, would be costly not only for Palestinians but for Israelis themselves.

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’.

Casual Wage Theft in the Corporate University

Our challenge is to see our predicament for what it is: the displacement of class conflict between staff and senior management into the day-to-day interactions and inequities among different groups of staff—a divide-and-conquer strategy that keeps us all under the thumb.

New Arena!: #5 After the Showdown—Biden’s America

Arena Online

11 Mar 2021

Issue #5 considers the forces that shaped the extraordinary year of 2020, and how they will continue to shape life now and into the future.

Editorial: Political Mutations

Liberalism and neoliberalism, and thus unthinking economic and cultural globalisation, see only a larger, albeit more diverse, pond over which liberal governance can expand.

Professor Alison Bashford, please reconsider the Dan David Prize: an open letter from academics, researchers and students

This year’s prize rewards scholars who have contributed to advances in and understanding of medicine and public health. In reality, however, accepting it serves to legitimise and normalise Israel’s colonial violence and apartheid.

Lifters, Leaners and Vaccination: The ‘Free Riders’ of Herd Immunity

Although the development of a COVID-19 vaccine broke records for speed, never before have virtually limitless financial and scientific resources suddenly been made available.

Stand in Solidarity with Ken Loach: against the Israel lobby’s smear campaign

… in February 2021 the Master of St Peter’s College, Oxford, Judith Buchanan, apologised to Jewish students for offering a speaking invitation to Loach, who is one of its alumni, a veteran film-maker, a globally respected human rights activist, and a champion of socialist human solidarity.