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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)



Archive for 'Malalai Joya'

Malalai Joya on the attack on 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Pakistani Taliban because she did not remain silent about the ongoing crimes and brutalities against women; because, despite her young age, she had the consciousness to stand for her rights and say ‘no’ to the terrorism and misogyny of the creatures of the Stone Age. The world should know that the West, and in particular the U.S. government, have nurtured, supported and armed these dirty inhuman bands for the past three decades.


Withdraw from Afghanistan now

Today marks 11 years of the unjust war and occupation of Afghanistan. A good time to remember these words from Malalai Joya: “Afghans can govern ourselves without foreign interference. Democracy is possible here but can never be imposed at gunpoint.”

End this disgusting war in Afghanistan: an interview with Malalai Joya

We have a responsibility to commit ourselves to anti-war activism. Joya agrees. She sees a central role for international solidarity. As she says: ‘These Western governments also betray their own people. They’re wasting the blood of their soldiers and their taxes. That’s why you must raise your voice against your own government’s wrong policy. They must end this disgusting war.’

This ANZAC Day let’s raise a glass to Malalai Joya

So this ANZAC Day, as beer companies take it over, I’ll be raising a glass – a cup of tea – to Malalai Joya and her message to the Australian and other invaders of her country, Afghanistan. Get out now.

Sarbi and sabre rattling: let slip the dogs of war

End the occupation of Afghanistan. Bring the dogs home. Bring the troops with them.

Why is the U.S. afraid of Malalai Joya?

The denial of a visa for Malalai Joya was meant to prevent her views from being heard. Hers is a case of what the American Civil Liberties Union calls “ideological exclusion,” the prevention of perspectives that are critical of the U.S. government, from reaching audiences in the U.S. The reality–that crimes against humanity are part of the daily practices of U.S. imperialism–is exactly what the U.S. government is afraid of people learning domestically.

“End this disgusting war”: an interview with Malalai Joya

Today the situation for women in Afghanistan is as disastrous as it was under the domination of the Taliban.

Afghanistan: but the dead are many

Bring the troops home from Afghanistan. Labor, like the Liberals, won’t do that. Only a mass movement like the one the Left built against the Vietnam war can end our participation in this criminal invasion and occupation.

No nation can liberate another

Afghan MP Malalai Joya says that the withdrawal of one enemy – the U.S. occupation forces and the corrupt mafia system of Hamid Karzai – will make it much easier to fight the enemies that are left.