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Section 18C is no threat to freedom of speech

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian As Australians, we should be thankful for the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. The PM, in cooperation with other ultra-right politicians, anti-immigrant xenophobes and the NewsCorp media empire, have highlighted the reason why all of us are groaning under the weight of a tyrannical dictatorship curbing our freedom […]

Coral Sea Mythology: Malcolm Turnbull’s Fictions

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The sea and bodies of water are as good as any in creating myths. Out of the water come creation myths: the heaving gorgeousness of Venus, emerging from raised foam, vitality captured in the enduring painting by Sandro Botticelli.

The Abdel-Magied Anzac controversy teaches us valuable lessons about ourselves

By Rupen Savoulian Professor Michelle Grattan, journalist and expert commentator on Australian politics at the University of Canberra, wrote an article regarding the ruckus that erupted around the Anzac Day comment of Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied.

Fleeing the RatPac: James Packer, Gambling and Hollywood

AFP photo   By Binoy Kampmark To tabloid filled US audiences, Australia’s billionaire and casino mogul, James Packer, has tended to be associated more with having a hand on Mariah Carey’s voluptuousness than decent deals and sound business prowess.

Understanding Islamic State, death cults and empty slogans

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In Australia, politicians of all stripes are conducting a national conversation about the origins, rise and ways to challenge the fundamentalist militia Islamic State (IS).

Being grateful – the monotonous refrain that needs to stop

Reuters photo   By Rupen Savoulian A few months back, I wrote of a constant refrain in my life – being told to go back to where I come from. I elaborated the reasons why this particular slogan keeps recurring, why it is totally unnecessary, counterproductive and irritating, and why it should stop. This phrase […]

The Saudi war on Yemen enters its third year

Khaled Abdullah/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian This month marks two full years since the start of the Saudi-led, US-supported war on Yemen. As this war completes two years, involving a blockade of Yemen and the consequent collapse of the nation’s economy, the prospect of famine is now appearing very real.

Cyclone Watch in Australia

EPA photo   By Binoy Kampmark The curious, sweaty mammals of North Queensland in Australia are bracing themselves for yet another cyclone with an anodyne name. Cyclone Debbie might have impressed you as a person who turns up at the door asking for donations for the Red Cross Appeal. But cyclones are rarely disposed to […]

One Nation Train

AAP photo   By Binoy Kampmark The global populist fever is catching. Put the nation first before all else, patria before sense. Make America Great Again. One Nation before any other. Australia has been a fairly non-responsive patient to that effect, keeping its symptoms to the rural fringes of the country, or the more bitter […]

Britain’s Shame: IICSA child sex abuse inquiry public hearings under way

AFP photo   By Hazel Speed I watched the commencement of this Hearing, television preamble interviews and discussion. It is a shocking indictment against all the perpetrators involved.

One Nation – the UKIP-ization of Australian politics

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian One Nation, the anti-immigrant ultra-right wing political party, has made a huge comeback into Australian politics in the wake of the July 2 2016 federal election. This requires a number of observations to explain its rise, the underlying factors for its reemergence into national prominence, and its impact on […]

Sport and political issues have always mixed

AP photo   By Rupen Savoulian In an article for The Conversation, Daryl Adair, a professor of Sport Management at the University of Technology, Sydney, makes a pertinent observation regarding the interaction between sport and politics:

The Grinch at Christmas; reflections from a Red Diaper Baby

Brendan Smialowski/AFP   By Rupen Savoulian The following series of articles, prompted by reflections around the Christmas-holiday season, will contain a mixture of the personal and political.

Dutton’s remarks, and being told to go back to where I come from – a constant refrain my whole life

AAP photo   By Rupen Savoulian Australia’s current Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, made a number of ignorant and bigoted comments in recent weeks regarding the presence of Lebanese Muslims in Australia.

New Zealand – the small nation that is mightily important

By Rupen Savoulian Australia – it is high time to stop treating New Zealand as a second-rate cousin.

Refugee crisis set to get worse, not better

UNICEF photo   By Amnesty International Wealthy countries have shown a complete absence of leadership and responsibility, leaving just ten countries, which account for less than 2.5% of world GDP, to take in 56% of the world’s refugees, said Amnesty International in a comprehensive assessment of the global refugee crisis published.

Laos and the long shadow of an American criminal war

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama visited the small nation of Laos in early September 2016. He is the first sitting American president to set food in that country. He did so after attending the G20 summit in China, a meeting of the largest economies and central bank officials, the purpose […]

The Long Tan commemoration: A manufactured controversy

By Rupen Savoulian In August 2016, Australian government officials and the corporate media denounced a decision by the Vietnamese authorities to downgrade the scale of the fiftieth anniversary commemorations of the Battle of Long Tan.

Children held at Australian camp suffer assaults and sexual abuse – leaked documents

David Gray/Reuters   By Colin Packham More than 2,000 incidents, including sexual abuse, assault and attempted self-harm, were reported in about two years at an Australian detention centre for asylum seekers in Nauru, more than half involving children, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Australia: Appalling abuse and neglect of refugees on Nauru

Angela Wylie   By Amnesty International Around 1,200 men, women, and children who sought refuge in Australia and were forcibly transferred to the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru suffer severe abuse, inhumane treatment, and neglect, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International stated.

The Russian scientist, indigenous people and the Australian connection

By Rupen Savoulian Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay (1846-1888) was a Russian anthropologist, biologist and explorer who lived and worked in Sydney, NSW for a total of nine years, establishing himself as a respected member of the NSW scientific community.

Australians should be interested in Antarctica

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an engaging article published in The Conversation online magazine earlier in July 2016. Entitled ‘Why Australians should care about the South Pole’, the essay is a summary of a book on that subject by Associate Professor Elizabeth Leane from the University of Tasmania.

Iran Air Flight 655 – Lest We Forget

By Rupen Savoulian The title above comes from an article in the Washington Post published in 2013, referring to the shooting down of civilian Iranian Air Flight 655 back in 1988. The Iranian airliner was on a routine flight from Tehran to Dubai, when it was shot down by two surface-to-air missiles launched from the […]

Reflections on Anzac Day: Respect the dead, heal the wounded, end all imperialist wars

By Rupen Savoulian April 25, 2015 marked exactly one hundred years of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corp (Anzac) offensive against the forces of the Ottoman Turkish empire at Gallipoli. There were many moving, and emotional commemorative activities on the day, as Australians like myself remembered those who fell in what was an ultimately […]

Obama in Vietnam – a view from Australia

EPA photo   By Rupen Savoulian US President Barack Obama made a well-publicised visit to two Asian countries in May 2016 – Japan and Vietnam. Specifically, he toured Hanoi, addressed the Vietnamese national congress and its ruling Communist Party, and then went on a historic tour of Japan.

Dear corporate media – Radovan Karadzic is a European Christian terrorist

By Rupen Savoulian The title above is intended to be deliberately provocative, and it is not original either.

Poetry

By Rashida Murphy

‘Haunting and Other Stories’ by Sunil Sharma: A Review

Review by Rob Harle Haunting and Other Stories is Sunil Sharma’s latest publication of literary treasures, this time an eclectic collection of truly astonishing short stories. Sharma is a brilliant story teller, he cleverly combines facts and fantasy, hard hitting realistic scenes with deeply emotional personal interactions. His writing style I believe is quite unique.

Terrorism and the Growing Violation of Human Rights

  By Anant Mishra “We should all be clear that there is no trade off between effective action against terrorism and the protection of human rights. On the contrary, I believe that in the long term we shall find that human rights, along with democracy and social justice, are one of the best prophylactics against […]

CONSTRUCTION OF THE ASIAN BANK IN CHINA IS A THREAT FOR HEGEMONIC POWERS

  By Muhammad Waqas Awan China has inaugurated the new Asian Bank with an investment of 50 billion dollars. Almost 50 countries have signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the aim of boosting infrastructure investment.