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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Egypt: Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain – add you name

Freedom for Haitham Mohamedain – To sign this statement click on the link at the bottom of the page

We condemn the arrest and detention of Haitham Mohamedain by the Egyptian army on 5th September in Suez. Haitham is a well known labour lawyer and revolutionary activist who has represented hundreds of workers arrested on picket lines or facing court hearings as a result of victimisation by their bosses or assaults by the police. Just two weeks ago he was in Suez defending steel workers whose strike for higher wages was broken up by the Army.

As a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists, Haitham has also been one of only a small number of revolutionary activists prepared to publicly condemn the brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood by the Army in recent weeks, including the killing of hundreds of protesters on 14th August.

We call for Haitham’s immediate release and the withdrawal of any charges against him.

Signed: Dave Smith, Chair, Blacklist Support Group; Unjum Mirza, Political Officer, London RMT; Ian Bradley, Unite the Union treasurer London & Eastern construction branch (LE/0555); Professor Laleh Khalili, School of Oriental and African Studies, London; Joanne Landy, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy; Audrey Bomse, National Lawyers Guild; Tony Philips, Branch Secretary, UNISON London Fire Authority

Annika Blomberg,  Wayne Heimbach,  Andrew Pollack Kambiz Boomla, BMA Sarah Irving,  Bill Lambert,  Dalia Gebrial, Stop the War Volunteer Bo Stefan Nielsen, International Socialists (Denmark) Prof. Laleh Khalili, SOAS Jonny Jones, National Union of Journalists Joanne Landy, Co-Director, Campaign for Peace and Democracy Danny Brown,  Sherrl Yanowitz-Rogall, retired Nathan J Bolton,  Parisa Nasrabadi,  Ciara Squires, NUS Adrian Cousins, Unite (rep) Dr Mark Harvey,  Matt Wood, CWU, UK Kevin Brice, International Socialists Canada Can Irmak Özinanır,  John Sinha, Campaign Against Climate Change Trades Union Groups Seref Isildak,  Simon Furze, UNISON Birmingham local government Martin Empson, Treasurer,CaCC TU group Zhaleh Sahand,  Canan Şahin,  Martin Chapman, Unison Senior Steward Michael Letwin, Former President, Association of Legal Attorneys/UAW Local 2325; U.S.-MENA, Global Solidarity Network waldo mermelstein, PSTU-Brazil phil turner, unite Dirceu Travesso, CSP Conlutas – Brasil Tim Nelson, Unison/Rep Dr. Stephen Oren, n/a Mayar Ahmed,  Karin Flöjte,  VALERIE LANNON,  Simon Hester, Chair, Haringey TUC JAKE LAGNADO, UNITE BRANCH ORGANISER Audrey Bomse, National Lawyers Guild Riya Al’sanah,  Riya Al’sanah,  suzy franklin,  Simon Hagan, NUT Sandy Nicoll, SOAS UNISON Branch Secretary Roger Mamo,  Simon Englert, UCU Derek Williams, Unite Noah Samuel Brown, NUS garry maclachlan, unite the union Mona Dohle, Unite  Nathan Stuart, Republican Network for Unity Dr Richard Bradbury, OUBUCU Jan Hoby, Vice-President of the National Association of Social Educators Denmark, Copenhagen Ozan Tekin, DSIP/Turkey Alia Al Ghussain,  Evan Johnston, CUPE 3906   Nathan Stuart, Republican Network for Unity Christopher Baines , Unite  Iris Cohen

What you can do:

  • Sign the statement above calling for Haitham’s release and the dropping of all charges. Add you name here.
  • Write urgently to the Egyptian authorities calling for his release and an end to the harassment and prosecution of the military’s political opponents. Rush messages of protest to General Abd-al-Fattah al-Sisi, Commander in Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces. Email General al-Sisi here copy in Kamal Abu Aita, Minister of Labour ( and the Egyptian Ambassador to Australia ( or your country.
  • Print out this sign for solidarity pictures and send to us via Facebook or Twitter @menasolidarity
  • Sign and circulate our Emergency Statement on Egypt which condemns the army’s crackdown


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