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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.

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.

The Backward-Looking Cult of Beatle Worship

What’s really sucking the life out of things is this traditionalist drive to be borne ceaselessly backwards, a program that diminishes the dozens of equally transcendent recording artists who’ve roamed the fallout zone since punk detonated the Beatles-led classic-rock hegemony circa 1976.

Systemic reckonings and online learning

The paradox of teaching then is that teachers are attempting to create contexts for students to think for themselves, to stay sane in an age of division while operating within an institutional structure designed to create compliant and obedient workers, a goal that is continually reinforced by the state for neoliberal purposes.

Casualisation: Abuse by an other name

Whole sections of departments in our universities are now staffed by temporary workers. The casualisation of the workforce by university managers means that the lives of these women and men are held in suspension…

Vertigo: Images of the turmoil of seeking asylum in Persian miniatures

a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by the hard life experienced by precarious asylum seekers; giddiness.

Australia’s exit from Afghanistan: Niche empire and false expectations

The Australian commitment has been slavish, apelike, and automatic in both the deployment of troops and their withdrawal.

Apocalypse Wow!: The thing about conspiracies

When you realise that the very same itch to get to the bottom of things underlies the book of Revelation, The Wizard of Oz and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, you can begin to perceive what a big, rough beast the apocalyptic genre really is.

Proboscises Unbound: The psychopathology of Silicon Valley

…the acceleration of net worth enjoyed by the digital czars is unlike anything history has ever seen: Musk’s net worth increased by US$25 billion in a single day in March 2021.

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.