I was in a Carlton bookshop, browsing but not buying. I opened “And the weak suffer what they must” at a random page and read compulsively. Written by Yanis Varoufakis after resigning as Greece’s Finance Minister, this was no economic treatise and certainly no dry text book. It turned out to be...
It’s so simple it sounds ridiculous. They take everything they can lay their hands on and commodify anything left. The commonwealth is replaced by private assets and the earth is left bare.
Privatisation as Orthodoxy
Not just the SEC and the Board of Works, not just the tollways and the ports an...
Inevitable but sad news, reprinted from Tom Dispatch, 17 April 2015. On Monday, Eduardo Galeano died of cancer.
So we must fly a rebel flag, As others did before us, And we must sing a rebel song And join in rebel chorus. "Freedom on the Wallaby", by Henry Lawson, written as a comment on the 1891 Australian shearers' strike, published by William Lane in the Worker in Brisbane, 16 May 1891.
Reflections on Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, Bill Gammage’s The Biggest Estate on Earth, Melissa Lucashenko’s The First Australian Democracy and Abdullah Ocalan’s The Roots of Civilisation
Above: Jospeh Lycett's Aborigines using fire to hunt kangaroos 1817, National Library of Australia
Brexit has put the cat amongst the pigeons. Stock markets in chaos and currency overboard left right and centre. The comment is mainly along thelines of "how could they be so stupid?" but the real dangers lie with international capital flows.
Frederike Geerdink has reported on Kurdistan for nearly 10 years, until she was deported just before Xmas. She wrote this open letter with restraint, something Erdogan and the Turkish state know little about.
Aah Amerika - if only we knew what we do not know. As Argentinian writer Alberto Manguel wrote “. . with the passing of the years my ignorance in countless areas . . . has become increasingly perfected.”