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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?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

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)



Yarmouk: trapped between two counter-revolutions

Some 18,000 Palestinians are trapped in the Yarmouk refugee camp in the Syrian capital Damascus, as battles rage between Bashar al-Assad’s regime and Isis, writes Socialist Worker UK.

The history of Yarmouk shows how the suffering of the Palestinians has been shaped by imperialism in the Middle East.

The camp was set up in 1957 to house refugees who had been expelled from their homes in Palestine after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

It has since grown into a vast, impoverished slum.

Palestinians in Yarmouk rose up against the Assad regime as part of the Syrian revolution in 2011.

They protested against regime-affiliated groups inside the camp. And they took in Syrians fleeing government repression.

The regime responded by laying siege to the camp, pounding it with barrel bombs.

The dire conditions caused by the assault forced most of the camp’s residents to flee—its population falling from around 200,000 to 18,000 today.

Those that remained are trapped between two counter-revolutions, with the regime on one side and Isis on the other.

Isis is a purely reactionary force—its claims that it is “liberating” the camp are false.

But the responsibility for the growth of Isis lies with the West. The collapse of the Arab revolutions, and the sectarianism in Iraq fostered by the US after the invasion of 2003, created space in which Isis could grow.

Now Palestinians are paying the price.



Comment from Kay
Time April 12, 2015 at 4:02 pm

“But the responsibility for the growth of Isis lies with the West.” Rubbish!

The growth of ISIS, a more extreme version of Al Qaeda, was possible because of the collapse of several strong and corrupt Middle East dictatorships – the US was only responsible in Iraq. Throughout the rest of the Middle East, dictators were removed by popular uprisings – uprisings that were fully supported by the Left, as well as most other people! The ‘Arab Spring’ created a power vacuum that ISIS could easily exploit to continue the ages-old Sunni war against Shia Muslims and non-believers of all types, including Christians.

Comment from John
Time April 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm


Comment from Kay
Time April 15, 2015 at 9:06 am

So you did not applaud the ‘Arab Spring’? And the Middle East is not once again being subjected to Sunni/Shia conflicts and atrocities – more extreme now because of the existence of ISIS? Any other dictators removed by the US other than Saddam Hussein?

You must live on another planet!

Comment from John
Time April 15, 2015 at 12:08 pm

Of course I applauded the Arab Spring. But they who half make a revolution condemn themselves. The problem is not that it went too far but that it didn’t go far enough. Its failure to push ahead condemned it to the real possibility of counter-revolution across the Middle East and that is what we are now seeing. Much of that counter-revolution (eg Sisi in Egypt) has strong US backing.

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