The mountain of reporting on the Israeli invasion of Gaza and the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 has buried discussion of new laws that Federal Attorney General Senator George Brandis is attempting to pass through parliament. The National Security Legislation Amendment Bill (2014) will produce a significant shift in the way Australian intelligence agencies can collect information and collaborate.
Last night’s actual, courageous gesture of solidarity towards Gaza by Malaysian cyclist Azizulhasni Awang was preceded by a raft of false ones.
‘Atrocity’, ‘massacre’, ‘crime against humanity’: one thinks of Conrad’s reference to ‘the old, old words worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage’. But there are times when such terms ring true – and we’re living through one of them. Whatever Hamas has or hasn’t done, attempts to justify a military assault on a city of millions necessarily rely on a terrorist logic: it’s the imposition of a collective responsibility that holds every Gazan guilty simply because they live in Gaza.
To what extent has Iggy Azalea’s femaleness and her sexualised performances made her an obvious mark? The same criticism has not been leveled at the British male duo Jungle, recently dubbed the ‘hottest band in Britain.’
This year, Overland turns sixty – and to celebrate that important milestone, we′re throwing a party!