ga('send', 'pageview');
John Passant

Site menu:

February 2020
« Jul    



RSS Oz House



Subscribe to us

Get new blog posts delivered to your inbox.


Site search


Keep socialist blog En Passant going - donate now
If you want to keep a blog that makes the arguments every day against the ravages of capitalism going and keeps alive the flame of democracy and community, make a donation to help cover my costs. And of course keep reading the blog. To donate click here. Keep socialist blog En Passant going. More... (4)

Sprouting sh*t for almost nothing
You can prove my 2 ex-comrades wrong by donating to my blog En Passant at BSB: 062914 Account: 1067 5257, the Commonwealth Bank in Tuggeranong, ACT. More... (12)

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)



Tag: Africa

Somalia – more on toxic western waste

Al-jazeera had a good article recently on the piracy/toxic waste issue. It was prompted by the demands of pirates for money to redress the death and destruction the 2004 tsunami unleashed – the radioactive western waste for example that washed up on Somali shores and killed hundreds. One of the comments points out the US wants to keep […]


The awful truth about Western dumping in Somolia

Reader David Johnston-Bell rightly asks what evidence I have for saying that the 2004 tsunami washed large amounts of radioactive and other waste onto Somalia’s shores and killed 300 people. (See my article on this site – I’m with the ‘pirates’.) Al-Jazeera ran an article in October about toxic waste being dumped off the coast […]

I’m with the “pirates”

This is an article by Ruth Braham in the current edition of Socialist Alternative ( called ‘The truth about Somali “pirates”. ‘ On November 15, Somali pirates seized a Saudi oil tanker carrying 2 million barrels of crude oil and demanded a $25 million ransom for its release. [It has now been released after someone […]


I am preparing a talk on the new imperialism in Africa.  I will base it in part on an article “Oil and Empire: The new scramble for Africa” by Ben Hillier in the October edition of Socialist Alternative (  Anbody have any other suggestions for reading to inform my talk?  Both heavy and more accessible.