Editorial

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Editorial

children roast in the fires of this terrible century
and no love is enough no elegy sufficient

That’s regular Overland contributor Alison Croggon in her 1997 poem, ‘Ode to Walt Whitman’. Her words circulated on social media recently, at a time when the powerful seemed to have declared war on children.

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Issue 216

Contents Regulars Jeff Sparrow – Editorial Alison Croggon Mel Campbell Giovanni Tiso Stephen Wright Contributors FEATURES Laurie Penny Why I write Words against power JOHN MARNELL Imagined worlds Queer writing in Africa Various The future of magazines A survey of…

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Culture
Politics

The politics of racial attraction

When my gaysian brothers seethe at profiles on dating or hook-up apps that state ‘no Asians’, or the glibly cutting ‘no rice no curry’, I sympathise with their hurt and anger. I know that seeing these statements over and over again will make even the most confident men doubt not only their sexual desirability but the possibility of finding camaraderie in the gay community.

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Culture
Politics

Knowing and not knowing: denial and asylum seekers

In a recent Overland article, Christopher Mayes noted the way the ‘officialise’ of Operation Sovereign Borders ‘creates realities that permit us to do some things and not others.’ It’s worth thinking more on the effects of such language, particularly after Morrison’s appearance at the Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention.

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Article
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Culture
Politics

Gaza and the limits of ‘objective’ reporting

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been a lopsided affair. On 14 July, US satirist Jon Stewart highlighted the disparity in the ‘war’ between Israel and Gaza. Playing an NBC news clip, Stewart noted the clothing of the two correspondents. In Tel Aviv, Martin Fletcher wore a breezy polo shirt, while in Gaza Ayman Mohyeldin was equipped in a full flak suit.