Trump's social media ban, free speech and the left

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Article
Category
Freedom of speech
Politics

No-one, except our political opponents, particularly cares about, or is monitoring, our consistency on free speech. The consistency that does matter to people is about substantive political content – whose side we’re on, which causes we defend, what reforms we’re campaigning for. What makes the positions of the left consistent is, quite simply, the political goals they embody.

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Review
Category
Politics

Revisiting America’s anticommunist crusade

The Jakarta Method meticulously traces the role of the US in the events in Indonesia and connects them to a wider ‘monstrous international network of extermination’ that existed in the second half of the twentieth century. Bevins does a brilliant job of connecting the dots between various instances of violence against the Left, from Guatemala to Brazil, Indonesia and Chile.

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Article
Category
Aboriginal Australia
Activism
Poetry

Poetry | when can we heal

Giving it away to the first white man that put his hand up / and its okay cos we are Black and Indigenous / it’s okay to quarter and divide our mother up / this is Country / not Auschwitz / the Thames or Rome / this aint the valley of the kings / or Paris or any catacomb / this aint Times Square / just a place to bear the colony’s bastard children

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Article
Category
Invasion Day

Straya Day

Australia Day is for the Gubs. Not just some Gubs, but all Gubs. It is inclusive in that, whether it is loved or hated, it can’t be ignored. For those who are into great streaks of zinc cream across their faces, it is a great day for beaches, bbqs and a bit of burqa bashing if that is their bent. For the Balmain bolshies, it is a great day to reminisce about the Bridge walk and lament the fate of their blak brothers and sisters.

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Article
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Fiction

Fiction | Caryatid

Symmetrically proportioned with clear eyes, long lashes, even nose and sumptuous lips. Glowing, unblemished skin that reflects the light. A long graceful neck. Smooth décolletage. Perfectly-rounded pert bosom, narrowing to hand-span waist. She would call her—Caryatid, formally, from the Greek. In ancient times, sculpted female figures serving as architectural supports. In Jane’s case, her architectural visage. A mask. An appendage. Her pillar of strength.