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Monday 20th of February 2017 (UTC)

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Not always and only broken: some responses to Roger Cohen’s New York Times article

– by Janet Galbraith with Behrouz Boochani “I don’t want to be written as a broken man”, says Behrouz Boochani, Kurdish journalist and writer incarcerated in Australia’s immigration prison camp in Papua New Guinea, after reading Roger Cohen’s ‘Broken Men in Paradise’ published December 9, 2016 in The New York Times.  “I have punched the […]

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When Michael met Mina – a review

I have to make a disclosure right at the very start of this review. I am an unabashed Randa Abdel Fattah fan. I have been ever since I read her book “Does my head look big in this?” That assessment of Randa was then confirmed when I read her “Ten things I hate about me” […]

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Ken Loach, the Palme D’Or award and a film on the horrors of neoliberal austerity

The world we live in is at a dangerous point right now. We are in the grip of a dangerous project of austerity driven by ideas that we call neo-liberalism that have brought us to near catastrophe. It has led to billions of people in serious hardship and many millions struggling from Greece in the […]

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Talking to my Country – The book that every Australian should read

For a long time I have wondered about Stan Grant and his recent profile in respect of Indigenous issues and matters of race. My feeling was (and it appears that of a number of friends of mine) that this was somehow a recent phenomenon that we were witnessing. How wrong we were. I have just […]

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The photographic exploitation of victims of economic depression

“I wish she (Lange) hadn’t taken my picture. I can’t get a penny out of it. She didn’t ask my name. She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” Florence Thompson How could it be that someone could take a photograph of someone else, which photograph […]

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The poetry of Ahmed Fouad Negm (1929-2013)

If the sun drowns in a sea of clouds And extends a wave of darkness onto the world And vision dies in the eyes of the vigilant And the road is lost in lines and circles O shrewd traveler in straight lines and in circles, You have no guide but the eyes of speech  Ahmed […]

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Carol Tarlen and poetry that speaks of the struggle and humiliation of precarious existence

“Small Deaths” by Carol Tarlen I tear my hair like the mad queen of hearts. “What? you used a whole cube of butter to fry one eggs?” Leah’s eyes drop; I refuse to see the lashes cast shadow on her cheeks, too busy thinking, I must wipe dust from under the coffee table, and I’m […]

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Anna Akhmatova: If All Who have Begged Help

“If all who have begged help From me in this world, All the holy innocents, Broken wives and cripples, The imprisoned, the suicidal- If they had sent me one kopek I should have become ‘richer Than all Egypt….’ But they did not send me kopeks Instead they shared with me their strength, and so nothing […]

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Tom Waits contemplates the eternal mystery: The Ballad of Georgia Lee

“I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things” Tom Waits. For me there is no more powerful Tom Waits song than Georgia Lee, a song from his 1999 CD Mule Variations, which is arguably his finest CD. The song very nearly was dropped from the CD, but Wait’s teenage daughter apparently convinced him to include […]

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Another tale of WA’s forgotten and hidden history: Don McLeod and the 1946 Pilbara strike

“He basically waged war against the West Australian government. He collected an enormous cache of documentation; he was going to run this huge High Court case based on legislation back in the late 1800s to try to achieve land rights for Aboriginal people. Pretty much to his dying day he was in there boots and […]

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