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The Hollow Myths of a ‘Maverick’ Empire

Ironically Star Wars was produced towards the end of a historical period of idealised counter-cultural iconography. Its heroes were rebels. In Top Gun: Maverick the earlier film’s dynamics are appropriated in support of the American empire.

Much More than a Mirror Man: John Pilger’s life of truth-telling, remembered

Pilger’s lengthy career marked the high-water mark for a certain type of journalism that could still at the time make it into various mainstream outlets. This eventually altered.

We are Spartacus

In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most democracies.

The Coming War: Speak up. Now.

Within a few years, the cult of 'me-ism' had all but overwhelmed many people's sense of acting together, of social justice and internationalism.

Defenestrating Democracy: The status of democracy in the lead-up to Joe Biden’s summit

Alison Broinowski

6 Apr 2023

Now, the defence of democracy is being cited as a pretext for another war.

The betrayers of Julian Assange

Will Albanese back Australia or Washington on Julian Assange? If he is 'sincere', as the more do-eyed Labor Party supporters say, what is he waiting for? If he fails to secure Julian's release, Australia will cease to be sovereign. We will be little Americans. Official.

Three Recommendations for Your Summer Reading Pile

Three extraordinary books—an activist’s memoir, a journalist’s eyewitness account and an academic’s lockdown project—are deeply interlinked.

Assange in Extremis: The Atlantic powers are determined on extradition

Should Assange find himself shackled in the less than salubrious surrounds of the US carceral system, he will face one of the country’s most vicious statutes. The Espionage Act of 1917, also known as 18 USC 793, has worried the US legal profession for decades.

Silencing the lambs. How propaganda works

Or do we live in a Media Society where brainwashing is insidious and relentless, and perception is filtered according to the needs and lies of state and corporate power?

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.

The Judicial Kidnapping of Julian Assange

What was truly shocking last Friday was that the High Court  judges ... who read out their words – showed no hesitation in sending Julian to his death, living or otherwise. They offered no mitigation, no suggestion that they had agonised over legalities or even basic morality.

The Long Night Before Dawn: The Assange Appeal

Thirty former US officials have come forward to reveal aggressive spying on Assange and his associates by the CIA, including the outlining of options for Julian’s abduction or assassination.