The President Decides Who Should Die: Another Assassination in the ‘Forever War’

The United States has taken it upon itself the authority, without trial, to kill anyone it deems to be a threat anywhere in the world.

Booming contributions by First Nations to address Australia’s environmental crisis must be recognised

It is time for climate-change policies and programs at regional, state and federal levels to respond to the productive ‘climate action’ of First Nations people with recognition and respect, and equitable resourcing to allow it to flourish.

World Heat

The problems they face from this extended economy are so far beyond the state mechanisms still at their command, their business as usual, that their fate may well be to utterly discredit ‘reasonable politics’

France’s 2022 Burkini Ban: Ongoing State Policing of Muslim Women’s Bodies

The evidence presented so far points up the hypocrisy of the French attitude towards veiled Muslim women.

Experiencing the Floods: Counting the Costs, Preparing for a Hostile Climate

We must get better at communicating risk so that communities have the best chance to prepare for the coming onslaughts—to make good decisions and take the best actions they can, whether in fires or floods, heatwaves or severe storms.

Hard-Wired for Corruption: Arms Trading and Australia’s Lax Monitoring Regimes

There is little dispute among long-term arms industry researchers that it is the most corrupt industry on the planet.

Ambivalence about Albanese: A Reality Check on the Election

If ‘progressive politics’ cannot overcome growth fetishism and the cold logic of profit-maximisation, then we won’t survive progress in any desirable form.

Monica Vitti and Michelangelo Antonioni

'Nothing appears as it should in a world where nothing is certain. The only certain thing is the existence of a secret violence that makes everything uncertain'

Cruelty by Design: Australia’s Immigration Laws

As a nation we must face the deep root of inhuman cruelty in our national psyche that our politicians so willingly exploit to advance their own power.

Labor Legacies: What can we expect from an Albanese government?

Intergenerational theft is now so embedded in Australia’s policy architecture that young people will need a lot of cultivation.

Collateral Warfare: The US proxy war in Ukraine

Putting themselves above international law, the American and Russian leaders have made Ukrainians into ants, trampled as the elephants fight.

Fast Drums, Slow Genocide: West Papuan group Sorong Samarai at WOMAD

In Papua they say that ‘all men are birds’, meaning that everybody sings and is close to nature…

Indigenous Child Abuse Continues in Australia

No human being should be held in such a dystopian relic, let alone a troubled Indigenous child.

Quarterly Editorial #10: The Election and the Glue that Binds

But nothing in the Labor Party vision speaks to the meaning of the combined crises that reach across personal life, economy, culture and environment, not to mention international borders. Each is a silo for policy.

‘Orthodoxy, Autocracy, and Nationality’: Putin’s Remaking of Imperial Russia

Russia is better viewed as a ‘subaltern Empire in a Eurocentric world’.

I-Me-My-Mine: The Expansion of Mental Health and Individualisation

This pre-occupation with my hurts, my dreams, my entitlements—with the organizing principle that I am, and should be treated as, special—is the garden bed into which the du jour varietal ‘have regard for your mental health’ has been planted.