Bush’s “War on Terrorism” has the sickening stench of racism — as wars for profit always do. In the previous world war, Uncle Sam saved “Western Civilisation” from “Asian hordes.” Today, he’s going after “Islamic terrorists” from the Middle East and Asia. According to Fred Nile, Christian fundamentalist Member of Parliament in New South Wales,… Read more »
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In 1992, Indigenous Nations celebrated the Mabo Judgement, which finally recognised, partially, their traditional ownership of their country. Since then, both major parties have stacked the High Court with judges hostile to civil rights in general and Indigenous rights in particular. On December 12, a five-to-two majority effectively annulled Mabo — part of a ruling… Read more »
Campaigners for Aboriginal justice lost a champion with the death of Veronica Brodie on the 3rd of May. Veronica, a respected elder, was a tireless freedom fighter from Ngarrindjeri-Kaurna nations. She was born Veronica Wilson at Point McLeay Mission, South Australia (SA) in 1941. Until the mid 1960s, her life was completely controlled by the… Read more »
12 September 1981 was the fifth anniversary of the death of the radical black South African activist, Steve Biko, in police custody. That day, the South African rugby union team, the Springboks, was playing a match against the New Zealand (NZ) rugby union team, the All Blacks (named for the playing colours they used). Members… Read more »
Support continues to swell for the campaign to force the dropping of all charges against Lex Wotton, the respected Aboriginal community member accused of leading a riot on Palm Island in 2004, following the death in custody of Mulrunji Doomadgee. To the streets. On 5 April 2008 nearly 200 people marched through the streets of… Read more »
Viva la Raza: A History of Chicano Identity and Resistance by Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish, Red Letter Press (2008), 368 pages. ISBN 0-932323-28-6. Yolanda Alaniz and Megan Cornish have produced a comprehensive critique of Chicano oppression and resistance. While the focus of the authors’ attention may not be of central interest to many Australian… Read more »
Right now, the cops are responsible for policing themselves, with terrible consequences for the public.
What this historic event can tell us about movement-building and political leadership.
Black athletes revive political protest in the sports world.
“I’m back — but not alone.” Pauline Hanson, leader of the extreme-right One Nation party, made a parliamentary comeback in Australia’s federal election this past July. These taunting words are from her “maiden” speech to Parliament on September 15. In 1996 Hanson was elected to the House of Representatives, but lost her seat two years… Read more »