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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 'Oppression'

Martin Luther King – oppressed and oppressors

Freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed.


Laurie Penny in New Statesman – we can’t let the bigots steal feminism

Laurie Penny has written an excellent article in New Statesman explaining why the racism of the bigots and their false claims about cultural differences explaining sexual assault are lies designed to give cover to bigotry.

She says among other things:

“The sensible thing to do in response to the Cologne attacks would be to call, as many German feminists are doing, for a far more rigorous attitude to rape and sexual assault across Europe. Instead, the solution on the table seems to be to clamp down on migration. That fits in with the shibboleth that only savage, foreign men and hardened criminals rape and abuse women – despite the fact that most rapes, in Germany and elsewhere, are committed by people known to the victim, …and migrants have not been shown to be more or less sexually aggressive than any other group. As usual, white supremacist patriarchy only concerns itself with women’s safety and women’s dignity when rape and sexual assault can be pinned on cultural ‘outsiders’. ”

To read the whole article click here. After Cologne we can’t let the bigots steal feminism

The fight for equal love

As part of the magnificent tradition of fighting back against oppression the gay and lesbian movement in Australia has organised equal love demonstrations to pressure the Gillard Labor government to recognise same sex marriage. Join us in those demonstrations.

Apartheid Israel

There’s a recent paper from the Human Social Research Council of South Africa arguing that Israel is practising apartheid and colonialism in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. There is a link here.

Ban Sarkozy, not the burqa

Sarkozy’s proposed ban on the burqa is ‘liberation’ from above, and as Iraq and Afghanistan show, that is never successful. Sarkozy is the Bush of the burqa.

Cuba supports Tamil genocide

I see Cuba, that great bastion of ‘socialism’ according to some sections of the Left, has supported Sri Lanka’s massacre of the Tamils.  There is a brief discussion in this month’s Socialist Alternative.  (Corey Oakley Stalinist states back Sri Lanka). Stalinism is not socialism, as John has written previously.  (Cuba: Stalinism is not socialism).  John is speaking on […]