Tag: colonialism

Statement Against Racism in Western Australia

Colonialism is a system of violent occupation, theft and exclusion, and systematising of this occupation through generations and into any imagined future.

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.

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…

Relational Medicine

Re-mediating the oldest intimate communication practices—a message from a caring friend or relation—is helping to counter diabolically antisocial influences.

The Decline and Fall of the NT Legal System

The malaise that besets the NT legal system is symptomatic of Australia’s fall from grace as a country.

Lest We Forget: The Harmful Policy Legacies of the Northern Territory Intervention

Fourteen years on, one looks back sadly at the devastation and havoc wreaked by the Intervention, with contemporary morbidity—long-term ill effects—experienced by many whom the imposed measures were supposed to heal and restore.

‘It’s Raining Motorcars’: Mining and the destruction of Aboriginal Sacred Sites

We were out in Gudanji country, a place some of us older people know well. But we didn’t know where we were. The river had gone, huge mountains of waste rock were piled high in the sky, blocking our view of The Barramundi Dreaming… We were lost in our own country.

Missing a Nakba in 2021 is unforgiveable

Across a differential and fragmentary geography in all of historic Palestine, the structure of settler colonialism, which has until this point been invisible, is now visible.

Militarising Bulldozers: Demolition in Israel/Palestine as Settler-Colonial Policy

Is the solution a two-state solution...or should we be looking for a process of decolonisation?

‘Recover the land to recover everything’: The patient journey of the Colombian Cauca Regional Indigenous Council

The land is not only a physical space in which to live with dignity but also it is the source of Indigenous laws: indeed, mainstream representations of Indigenous territories, taking into consideration the topographic and biologic dimensions of the earth’s surface, have forgotten the pluriverse of organic and inorganic beings that make and negotiate their social living together with Indigenous peoples’ ecological and spiritual relations.

Again and Again: Settler-colonial extractivism and the Juukan Gorge inquiry’s interim report

…it seems the First Nations of Australia will be left with another empty promise that governments and mining companies, together so invested in their ongoing dispossession, will act in good faith to ‘protect’ them and their heritage. Surely nobody can reasonably believe this by now.

Justice Beyond Recognition: What Djab Wurrung Trees Tell Us

Systematic overwriting of one form of injustice with another reiterates the claim that settler law is not on the side of the First Nations. The innate unfairness in the system begets greater injustice by weighing economic interests against Indigenous rights that are incommensurable.