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Indian Farmers Resist Neoliberalism

It is noteworthy that, while farmers have built solidarity across states, between different classes of rural society, and between different castes and communities, the ruling party and its machinery have been working overtime to create divisions between organisations and communities, and accusing the movement of infiltration by separatists and terrorists.

‘We are disposable’: Casual work, low pay and low power

By deliberately misclassifying these workers as casuals, employers have been able to satisfy their ongoing labour needs, benefit from wage penalties, and withhold entitlements at the same time. Who should be regarded as ‘double dipping’ under such circumstances?

Under the Same Moon

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25 Feb 2021

Webtoon: An inter-generational story of migration and place-making.

Myanmar’s Military Coup

Under the 2008 constitution, the Tatmadaw-dominated National Defence and Security Council] can revoke the writ of the elected parliament at any time for any reason.

Neo-fascism and the Culture of Silence

A culture of silence provides us with an important insight into the nature of hegemony: control over the population is best maintained through complicity in one’s own oppression.

Biotech is about more than ownership. It’s about what human beings are

…the notion that (potential) human beings—that life—can be ‘mined’ or even created in order to provide other human beings with the material they need to be healthy and happy represents a momentous shift in how we view human being itself…

The Princeps and the Pauper

…we have seen a collation of pro-gun, anti-abortion, lib-baiting, QAnon-addled, fact-free, anti-republican Republican banshees howling for the blood in the name of Donald J. Trump, America, and Jesus, in roughly that order.

Investigating War Crimes: Israel, the Palestinian Territories and the ICC

Achieving justice through international court processes tends to be celebrated by parties who either benefit directly from them or observe them with a dispassionate eye. For the rest, it’s politics.

Insecure work is a virus, and it’s making us all sick

…a genuine acknowledgment that care workers, cleaners, warehouse workers and food-production workers—among many others—produce significantly more social value through their labour than the average executive is a challenge to the classist hierarchies of work.

Kafka Sunday Morning, Coming Down: Why Julian Assange is still caged

Extradition would be denied because Julian was weak, not because he was right. We should have been happier, given we have worked and waited for Julian’s freedom for ten years, but having worked on this campaign for ten years, we couldn’t quite believe it was over. And it’s not.

What do we mean by a Fairer NDIS for All?

…these are problems that stem from the design of the NDIS as a competitive market of disability services available to only 12 per cent of the disabled population.

Arena Online in 2020

In such a politically loaded time, it is plain that there is a need for serious, radical and critical analysis, and for this to work with practical actions and experiments in new social forms. It is equally plain that the carcass of mainstream media and corporate universities are unwilling and unable to fulfill their democratic function.