Highway to Hell: We are being AUKUStrated!

AUKUS makes Australia a US garrison, and locks us in with US warfighting so securely that we will be unable to stay out of any American war.

A challenge to Israel and its lobby: Tell us where the borders of Israel are?

Arena Online

Ali Kazak

29 Jun 2023

How can the Labor government justify its role, through then foreign minister Herbert Vere Evatt, in partitioning Palestine into two states, and then recognise one state and not the other?

The ‘China Threat’: Can we escape the historical legacy of anti-Chinese racism?

Marilyn Lake

29 Jun 2023

The ‘Chinese threat narrative’, as it has recently been labelled, was constitutive of Australian nationhood.

Editorial: The New Washington Consensus

The United States will still be a civilisation in decline, except for the massive power of its capacity for surveillance, war and social terror, which may hold it together before e unum pluribus.

Illusory Imperatives: AUKUS commits us to futile wars; an independent defence is possible

AUKUS is an investment in US shipyards rather than the Australian economy. We are not buying submarines so much as subsidising the US Navy’s submarine budget.

Looking for Eros in the long hard rain of climate collapse

As climate collapse accelerates there will be massive material effects. But what are the consequences that will befall inner life?

Big Tech Goes Ballistic

The idea of an algorithmic catastrophe waiting for us down the road is from this perspective clearly limiting. The catastrophe is already here, and unfolding.

Subverting the Grievances of Anti-Racism and the attack on Diane Abbott MP

The evils of the slavery and colonialism gravy-train—of which apartheid Israel is the only latest manifestation—are absented from history and the Western racist-imperialist agenda can be spun as a giant white saviour narrative.

I’ve Seen This Before: On Noah Baumbach’s film of Don DeLillo’s White Noise

The recurrence of this interface between the individual and resonances of the uncanny in late capitalist reproduction in DeLillo’s work is something that Baumbach obviously ‘gets’.

Outside In: AUKUS and the contradictions of sovereignty

The dilemma for Australian First Nations people is that they are getting a foothold on sovereign claims within the nation, at the same time as the sovereignty that was to be divided is being given away as a whole package.

World’s biggest spying alliance issues warning about spying

Unfortunately, the irony of “the world’s most complete and comprehensive” intelligence alliance issuing such warnings seems to have been lost on many Western commentators.

You’d Have to be Crazy to Work Here: The Precarity of the Workcover Scheme

This indicates that the risk of psychological injury remains disturbingly high and a consequence of this is a loss of experienced workers in areas of the economy where staffing shortages are already endemic.

‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’: A review of Aaron Fa’Aoso’s So Far So Good

Why does Fa’Aoso tell his story now? The reason is a shame and stain on this country, and not one that many whitefellas in their midforties would have for writing their memoir: early death.

The Metaphysics of Planetary Hope: Exploring texts on faith and practice in a technocapitalist world

A new consciousness cannot be built solely on a better scientific understanding of the world; it must be rooted in a different ontology, a different conception of reality.

Gangsta Grannies and Taser Torments

No Royal Commission could possibly deal with all the social and structural issues that afflict the treatment of the aged in a country where they are commodified and forgotten.

Which Family?

US-based queer theorist Sophie Lewis returns the family to political critique by refurbishing arguments against it for a new generation, but ultimately offers the reader few resources to spotlight some pathway towards the future.