Tag: refugees

Ai Weiwei and the Superficial Politics of Victimhood

12 Feb 2016

The image of Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei lying prostrate on a stony beach in Greece, recreating the now iconic photo of drowned Syrian infant Alan Kurdi, has predictably gone viral and generated fierce argument about the role of art and politics. The problem with an image of this sort is that its meaning is endlessly debatable.

Generosity and Barbarism within the Empire of Affect, by Simon Cooper

Displaced compassion in the refugee crisis

Genocide in Myanmar? by Grazyna Zajdow

The plight of the Rohingya

Malice in Wonderland, by Desmond Manderson

The Abbott government and the erosion of the rule of law

Story-telling: Justice and recognition in the narratives of those who have suffered, by Kirsty Sangster

The justice process is tied to telling stories and to telling the truth. All around the world, victims of human-rights abuse are judged on their stories.

Why Settler Australia Needs Refugees by Lorenzo Veracini

A specifically settler society relation to our borders

What ‘Democracy’ Occludes

By Alison Caddick

Producing Refugees (Editorial 1) Permission to Abuse (Editorial 2)

By John Hinkson

Australian Guantanamo

Pamela Curr asks if strategies of systematic de-humanisation in Australian detention centres owe anything to US torture techniques.

Commemorating the SIEV X

Julie Stephens

Detention and Deportation: A Continuing Scandal

GLENN NICHOLLS argues for fundamental reforms in the treatment of detainees and deportation legislation.

Anaesthetising the National Conscience

Julian Burnside The Howard Government's Refugee Policy is a Hypocritical Contradiction of the oft-espoused rhetoric of the 'Fair Go'