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Arena Online

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31 Dec 2021

Everyone smells like fish... What's wrong with just being human...? Maybe this is just a bad dream. All I need to do is hold my breath and swim for the surface...

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.

Suture Shock: Humanity goes Under the Knife

As we become ever more remote from ‘meatspace’, it’s worth considering the role the scalpel and the needle may play in that development.

Morrison, ICAC and the Berejiklian Gambit

The prime minister may have stopped the revolving door of palace coups and knifed leaders, but he has also ensured the thriving of a mephitic culture in desperate need of an airing by an integrity commission.

Darwin Calling

The reality, the ‘truth’ of this situation, is that there is no way in the world white Australian children would be detained in such a place. This really is apartheid. How has Australia descended this low?

It’s the Stupidity, Stupid! On Technocratic Populism

…while it is clear that Australians in general are more persuaded by ‘positive liberty’ arguments than the new libertarians would like to imagine, it is striking that the case for lockdown, or indeed for mandatory vaccinations, is only rarely made in those terms.

The Research-Rent Curse

The corona crash has done nothing to shift this mining-town view of education. If there are no international students to exploit, what’s the point of funding universities? Do we keep digging when we run out of gold?

Green Prometheans and the Fossil Brown Right

Now begins a new process, and for many from a ‘red–green’ nexus informed by past struggles and ides, it is a bittersweet moment.

Framing the Crisis: COVID-19

‘This is a crisis’ is not a mere empirical observation that can be unproblematically represented in a semantic act. Instead, ‘This is a crisis’ is a logical observation—it is a claim. And it is, moreover, a conceptual claim.

The Australian Way of Delusion: The Prime Minister at COP26

The Australian Way meant ‘technology, not taxes’. The airy assumption here is based upon technology that has yet to bear fruit and upon a total absence of modelling and detail.

Crimes Against Humanity on the Polish-Belarusian Border

These stories are drastic and sound like a Nazi horror film—but this is what is happening in an EU country right now.

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.