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Gaza and the Politics of Grief: Witnessing the devastation of Gaza, outrage is not the only feeling

Why focus on grief right now? Grief offers a practical reference point—maybe even a frame—which helps many of us articulate the depression and roiling helplessness we are experiencing about the events in Palestine.

The One Unforgivable Thing: On Policing Male Violence

Our justice system cannot truly compensate victims of gendered violence, and it is built in such a way that those victims are subjected to even more cruelty if they are brave enough to seek justice.

‘Radical’: A film to provoke thinking

For those of us who work in education systems, we can only empathise with Sergio who suffers an ‘existential crisis’ from having to teach the curriculum. The effect is soul destroying for both him, and his students.

Preferred Genocide

A political cartoon about preferential genocide.

From the river to the sea, the world is becoming the Gaza laboratory

During the Vietnam war you couldn't say 'fuck' on a theatre stage, but you could make the political proposition that an army our own soldiers were fighting should prevail. Now pro-Palestine marchers pass bus stops in which government-run anti-HIV ads feature men talking about how they fuck, chanting a geopolitical opinion that the government may well ban. What has occurred?

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.

The Mask of Curfew in Alice Springs

The recent execution and looming possibility of a reinstated youth curfew are unlikely to quell well-established divisions between the town’s Aboriginal and settler-Australian populations.

Reply to Robinson on ‘Degrowth?’

Disturbingly, the inference is that Robinson believes in economic development, growth and technology, even consumptionism.

It’s the voice of ‘rural nullius’ on ABC’s Jim Crow Country Hour

Farmers in the south of Israel were granted nearly as much ABC air-time in the four weeks before the Voice vote as all the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nations across all of Australia.

New Zealand’s AUKUS Capabilities

The agreement may have locked the country into an alliance with the declining superpower for decades while taxpayers subsidise its massive ‘national security’ budget.

Monsters from the Id: On ‘Forbidden Planet’ (1956)

The luminous sheen of progress and technological advance, which promised the Krell an endlessly ascending future, was undermined at last by atavistic impulses, sprung from roots sunk in their evolutionary past.

Perpetrators: Israel under The Zone of Interest

Where were your grandparents during the war? The question sits upon my tongue when I meet a German. Israelis will soon find that a similar gaze will descend upon them.