Published in Overland Issue 202 Autumn 2011 · Main Posts Editorial Jeff Sparrow Today, injustice goes with a certain stride, The oppressors move in for ten thousand years. Force sounds certain: it will stay the way it is. No voice resounds except the voice of the rulers And on the markets, exploitation says it out loud: I am only just beginning. But of the oppressed, many now say: What we want will never happen Whoever is still alive must never say ‘never’! Certainty is never certain. It will not stay the way it is. When the rulers have already spoken Then the ruled will start to speak. Who dares say ‘never’? Brecht’s words describe the extraordinary events we’ve just lived through as, in the space of a few weeks, the dictatorships in Tunisia and Egypt disintegrated and tumbled. When history moves, past certainties become retrospectively improbable. Today, the leaders of the West proclaim the triumph of liberty in Egypt. Yet, as recently as December 2010, Kevin Rudd was meeting with Mubarak to hail ‘the strength of this important bilateral relationship’. Back then, with the US funnelling billions to keep the dictatorship in tanks and tear gas, freedom seemed entirely utopian. Now we wonder that tyranny lasted so long. The essays in Overland 202 focus on freedom, oppression and resistance, at home and abroad from the saga of WikiLeaks to the impact of the Northern Territory Intervention. This issue contains the successful poem from the 2010 Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets, as well as the judge’s report from new poetry editor Peter Minter. It features a story by Helen Dinmore, another from outgoing fiction editor Kalinda Ashton, and the first fiction selected by new editor Jane Gleeson-White, Clare Strahan’s story, ‘Finders Keepers’. We’re also proud to publish the inaugural essay in the ‘CAL Connections’ series, a project showcasing work from emerging writers from cultural backgrounds outside the literary mainstream, with David Donaldson, a young queer author, examining on the politics of the ‘homosexual advance’ defence. ‘Who’s to blame if oppression remains?’ asks Brecht – and then answers, ‘We are.’ It’s not enough to cheer events from afar, when there’s injustices aplenty here in Australia. But the revolt shaking the Middle East should still provide inspiration. Brecht again: Because the vanquished of today will be tomorrow’s victors And never will become: already today! © Jeff Sparrow Overland 202-autumn 2011, pp. 2–3 Like this piece? Subscribe! Jeff Sparrow Jeff Sparrow is a Walkley Award-winning writer, broadcaster and former editor of Overland. More by Jeff Sparrow › Overland is a not-for-profit magazine with a proud history of supporting writers, and publishing ideas and voices often excluded from other places. If you like this piece, or support Overland’s work in general, please subscribe or donate. Related articles & Essays First published in Overland Issue 228 10 November 202311 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the final day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s most important members get to have their say Editorial Team BORIS A quick guide to another year of Overland, from your trusty feline, Boris. I liked the ginger cat story, though it made my human cry. I liked the talking cat, too, but I’m definitely in the “not wasting my time learning to talk” camp. But reading is good. And writing is fun, though it’s been challenging […] 1 First published in Overland Issue 228 9 November 20239 November 2023 · Subscriberthon 2023 On the second-last day of Subscriberthon, Overland’s co-chief editor Evelyn Araluen speaks truth to power Editorial Team To my friends and comrades, I’m not sure if there’s language to communicate how this last month has utterly changed me. This time a few weeks ago the busyness and chaos of bricolage arts and academic labour had so efficiently distracted me from my anxiety about the upcoming referendum that I forgot to prepare myself for its inevitable conclusion.