Ahmed Faraz, Poet of Love and Hope

In Pakistan, where the poor have little recourse to justice, poetry accompanies and comforts those living a harsh existence.

Who has the right to self-defence, the occupier or the occupied?

Arena Online

Ali Kazak

10 Nov 2023

All colonialists and occupiers have called the resistance they have faced ‘terrorism’, from the French, British and Dutch colonialists to the Nazi, fascists and South African apartheid regime.

We are Spartacus

In my lifetime, the United States has overthrown or attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most democracies.

Designated Indigenous Seats in the Senate

Vesting authority in local Aboriginal communities gives the people tools to overcome dysfunction where it occurs, revives community integrity and enables people to plan for a healthy and vibrant Aboriginal society.

Lost in Translation

After the first paragraph, he paused and took a breath. The interpreter started speaking in Pitjantjatjara. You could see the prime minister wasn’t expecting it. After all, who was he translating for?

Play Half-Earth: Planning Fantasies and Eco-Politics

The game simulates a postrevolutionary future in which a planetary sovereign has emerged, and lo and behold, YOU sit at the head of a planning console that governs the next sixty years via successive five-year plans.

Imperial Fiasco: Half a century of failed US adventures, from Vietnam, to Afghanistan

In each case, the US president of the time advanced an ideological and geopolitical justification for America’s involvement and claimed a kind of victory.

The Government is Criminal!: The Robodebt report is to be commended, but there are deeper social processes in play

John Hinkson

7 Nov 2023

The accusation that a government is criminal is usually a throw-away line, a sign of disaffection over some action that outsiders or opponents regard as immoral. It is not actually a legal claim. In its stronger forms, it may be a wish that the act in question could be addressed legally, but usually it is a statement based in political division.

Indian Rope Trick?: The US thinks India is no more than an anti-China bulwark while Modi remakes Asia

Binoy Kampmark

7 Nov 2023

In all of the foamy self-congratulatory rituals, it was hard to forget that Modi was banned from travelling to the United States in 2005...

The Long Siege of Gaza

The long-term, systematically planned nature of the siege needs re-emphasising as a fundamental aspect of the causation of the massacres that have taken place on either side of Israel’s militarised border.

Palestina Libera: Palestine march, Milan 21 October

Horrible and seductive eyes stare down on exhausted working people, people who just spent the day screaming at the top of their lungs to stop the genocide.

On Returning from Israel: An Email to the Editors 

Since the beginning of this nightmare, while being there, I carefully listened to Israeli TV and radio news programs, all devoted now to war pornography.

The Only Path to Peace in the Middle East

Arena Online

Ali Kazak

26 Oct 2023

The solution is based on the peaceful coexistence and the equality of all citizens, regardless of their religion and ethnicity, in one democratic state.

PODCAST: Bombs Bursting In Our Air: AUKUS, Australia and the course set for war?

An audio recording of the Arena public discussion hosted by the Institute for Postcolonial Studies (IPCS).

Gas Town, Darwin: Greenwashing fossil fuel expansion in northern Australia

That the Australian taxpayer is funding this dystopian vision during an escalating climate crisis is a national scandal.

The Password is ‘Sugar’

A prolegomenon to the indirect contributions of Atlantic chattel-slaveries to the revolution inside capital