‘We refuse to appeal to the benevolence of White folk for our lives to matter. We remind them every day that we are still here.’
Despite the promise of Black Lives Matter, it has not been taken up as a central political movement by Indigenous Australians.
‘The call for Black lives to matter is fundamentally a call for peace. And peace must not be confused with the momentary quiet of submission.’
The peace and justice Black Lives Matter seeks require a fundamental transformation of a system that preys on and benefits from Black suffering.
Alternative for Germany (AfD) co-leader Alice Weidel campaigns in front of a banner that reads: ‘Crime by immigration: a flood of refugees leaves its mark!’
Current events show that the old problem of populism is making a comeback, and that populism is indeed an autoimmune disease of our age of monitory democracy.
Unions have loudly challenged the rise of foreign contract workers.
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Workers are getting ABNs and being employed as contractors responsible for their own tax payments. This is undercutting conditions and eroding the most important part of the nation's tax base.
Is populism a poison or a cure for democracy, or both, depending on the circumstances?
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We’re not sure if the cure, the populist outsider, will work and make life better. but we are willing to experiment as the old certainties of representative politics wither.
Foxconn was nominated for the 2011 Public Eye Award, which produced this image as part of its campaign to end labour exploitation.
The first ten years of the iPhone has been a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer.
Why are communities that need government’s help seemingly rejecting it on principle?
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Why are we increasingly seeing voters support candidates whose policies are, superficially at least, against their own interests?
Customers don’t expect their banking documents to be found in a gutter on the other side of the country, let alone have the bank blame them.
One bank customer whose identity was stolen asks: 'Why didn't they call the fraud squad, or the police?' It's a very good question.
So large are the nation’s daily greenhouse gas emissions that if yours is a typical Australian lifestyle you’re contributing disproportionately to climate change.
It would take a lifestyle upheaval to drop most Australians' household emissions to a sustainable level. Even many of us who urge equitable action on climate change act as if this doesn't apply to us.
Wayne Swan has drawn a parallel between the the ALP’s ‘Laborism’ and New Labour’s ‘Third Way’ in the UK.
While both parties may have set out to modernise and renew their ideologies, the ALP's and Labour’s attempts to marry the old and new instead precipitated two separate identity crises.
When Tony Abbott went too far in his advocacy for the coal industry, his government faced a public backlash.
While climate denialism impedes policymaking in both the US and Australia, there are key differences in their political and public cultures.
Voters might be quite rational in refusing to give the green light to those who wield power and benefit from the status quo.
Ambivalence among voters is reason to think about how democracy is working for us as a community. To keep democracy alive we need to be sceptical about the exercise of power and keep it in check.
The Netherlands is where nearly $1 billion from Australia was sunk into two companies liquidated three years later.
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Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has engaged in a series of paper transactions to create a A$936 million loss in Australia – effectively a billion-dollar exercise in avoiding tax.
Political groups of all stripes recognise the enormous power of online mass persuasion, one meme at a time.
Each individual act of posting, linking, commenting and liking may look insignificant up close, but they add up. There is enormous power here for mass persuasion, one viral share at a time.
Children play in the DDT fog left by the ‘fog truck’ in a New Jersey neighbourhood.
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The undermining of environmental science, and the creation of lies and bribes to distort public policymaking, is as old as industries that know their products do harm, but lie to keep them in use.
New Zealand shows up Australia as badly in the field of pharmaceuticals as it does on the rugby field.
Drug prices in Australia are three times higher than in New Zealand. A key reason is the lack of transparency about taxpayer subsidies for Big Pharma and the companies' own finances.
Populism celebrates laypeople without offering them any real autonomy or integrity.
The only exceptional leaders we need today are the ones who help us to govern and take care of ourselves.
This research note on Mexican politics and society was inspired by a recent visit to Mexico City, Puebla and Oaxaca, as a guest of the country’s Instituto Nacional Electoral (INE). Visitors to Mexico are…
Despite global outrage at the cost of its Hepatitis C cure, Gilead reaps huge profits – aided by Australian taxpayer subsidies.
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How much can a multinational take before its social licence to operate in this country expires? How much corporate welfare is too much?
Narendra Modi has described his electoral victory in India as divine.
For decades, India's Hindu and Muslim populations have been at odds, and it comes down to more than just religion.