Gentrification Blues: Corruption in Brisbane’s Suburbs

Where once were barbeques and old beer crates are now rarely used swimming pools

Blasted Sea: A fossil fuel cacophony in Bass Strait

Seismic exploration has the central contradiction that has been with us since the first nuclear explosions opened the new epoch: the combination of the highly rational and the entirely mad.

Whose voice counts on Aboriginal heritage?

Nothing has been achieved, even after promises that things would change following the international scandal that was the destruction of Juukan Gorge.

‘Breaking the Cycle’?: Criminalising youth in Alice Springs‘

Government approaches that frame young street-walkers as ‘anti-social’ individuals who have followed the wrong ‘path’ are inherently divisive.

Bearer of War: How Asia views AUKUS

Fundamentally, AUKUS must be seen as a critical capitulation to Washington’s power interests and a danger to Australia’s neighbours.

The Kumanjayi Walker Inquest: Bodycam, fear and the unmaking of intercultural relations

The quest to understand the death of Kumanjayi Walker has progressively opened out to reveal a wider plain of consequence. Withdrawal, disengagement, lack of trust, betrayal.

Hypocrisy and shaky premises: New Zealand and the War in Ukraine

The foremost reason for New Zealand’s involvement in the conflict—to demonstrate support for the United States—is the first to be mentioned

AUKUS and the Labor Tradition: Has Albanese completed or betrayed the Curtin legacy?

In supporting the Coalition government’s decision on AUKUS, the Albanese government has made the most significant departure from the party’s defence and foreign policy tradition in the last forty years.

Nuclear Frisson: On ‘Oppenheimer’

What concerns me is that Oppenheimer, far from shaking us out of our slumber, is unable to grasp the radical nature of what happened in the New Mexico desert or connect what happened there to our current techno-scientific moment.

Blame Profit, Absolve Technology?

In the tech world profit acts as a great ‘enshittifier’, but we also need to think critically about the materiality of the technologies themselves: their embedded alienation and their resource-intensive and polluting nature.

Rainbow Gunboat: Progressivism in the service of Western geopolitics

Progressive politics has become increasingly accommodating of state power in the last two decades, reversing positions that have historically underpinned left-liberal politics.

Sex Up Against Culture

The simple and seemingly commonsensical conversation around consent makes it difficult to turn a critical eye to the concept.

Sitting on a balcony in Marseille

The police shooting has reminded the French of the basic racist nature of their society that is so entrenched and pervasive it seems reductive to blame the problem on racist police - it isn’t racist police, it is a society that is divided in every way by race.

The Eighth Day of Creation: How the new cultural technologies take us into the posthuman

Human solidarity depends on the sense that we are all equal in coming from nature, and that attempts to reengineer ourselves will prove corrosive of this deeper equality.

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?