The homeless camp in Martin Place, Sydney, is an uncomfortable reminder of a deeper systemic crisis.
The Martin Place camp and others like it should make us uncomfortable. We live in a system that creates and tolerates homelessness.
A Venezuelan police officer at a protest in Caracas.
The spectacle of two countries confronting systemic corruption and bad government says a lot about the state of Latin American democracy.
After a high point in 2011, it looked like a global wave of protest had crested. But another one is surging.
Ninety percent of the protesters at the Women’s March on Washington voted for Hillary Clinton.
Who are those people out there marching on Washington, DC? Researchers at the University of Maryland did a survey to find out.
Enjoying it while they can.
Freedom of protest and dissent could not be more fundamental to the American project. Is it in mortal peril?
If people fall for Trump's idea that we live in a constant crisis, they'll never be able to think clearly enough to save themselves.
People have been rising up against nuclear weapons ever since the first one was used – and it hasn't been for nothing.
The Founding of Australia. By Capt. Arthur Phillip R.N. Sydney Cove, Jan. 26th 1788, Algernon Talmadge R.A, 1937.
State Library of NSW
The marking of our national day has long been fraught, and this year is no exception.
Protesters holding signs next to North Lake Road at Bibra Lake in Perth last month.
Protest poetry has an esteemed history, from the British war poets to writers behind the Iron Curtain. In Perth, poets are protesting against a contentious road extension and their words are charged.
Protests in April and May galvanised the government to crack down on dissent.
The jailing of the two men shows the government of President Nursultan Nazarbayev well understands that it can no longer underestimate the power of new forms of civic activism.
Anti-WTO protesters in Seattle, 1999.
Seattle Municipal Archives via Wikimedia Commons
As the world pulls up its drawbridges, it's time to revive the ideas of a remarkable and unfairly derided movement.
Where does a divided country go from here?
AP Photo/Jeff Chiu
Why is the country witnessing so much division and violence?
There have been efforts to include women in West Bank politics, but they've fallen short. Activists are trying to change things.
Australian Human Rights Commission president Gillian Triggs has warned against laws that violate freedom.
While the debate around Section 18C has raged, a host of other laws that impinge on freedom of speech have been quietly introduced.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2014.
REUTERS/Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY
Like George Washington, Colin Kaepernick is willing to sacrifice for America.
Are NSW citizens adequately engaged in the policymaking process?
Good governance is the right thing to do, and boosts the legitimacy of decision-making. If moral chivalry doesn't appeal, here are two more reasons: it's cost-efficient and delivers better solutions.
Kem Ley’s funeral.
When Kem Ley was shot in broad daylight in Phnom Penh, Cambodia lost a vital voice for freedom. But could his death galvanise a movement against the authoritarian old order?
A brisk ten-minute walk from where I currently live gets me to Place de la République. Before you get there these days you will see large numbers of gendarmes in riot gear, hear the sounds of a largish…
The Knitting Nannas Against Gas could be caught up in a push by the NSW government to criminalise legitimate protest.
It isn’t just the 'bad guys' who are exposed to restrictive powers and tougher penalties. Anyone whose behaviour is regarded as a public safety risk is potentially in the frame.
Did the Roman arenas of political conflict support the common good?
History offers countless examples of social change that is now consolidated and popularly supported, but which was only achieved through protests that were judged at the time to be extreme.