It goes against the basic principles of humanity and common sense to prohibit weapons in international conflict, but allow them to be used against civilian protesters.
The call to defund the police forces us to reconsider our priorities: more police and prisons or investments in social housing, mental health services, domestic violence and family support programs?
Over the past 50 years, protesters’ voices have found power in unison. But activists and onlookers have increasingly been exposed to new sounds that aim to shatter rather than gather the crowd.
Protests don’t simply turn violent because people have “nothing to lose”. Police behaviour and group psychology also plays a part.
Had Trump read the text he held, he would have found a story of liberation for slaves, a divine preference for the poor, and a damning critique of any empire that oppressed its people.
At this critical juncture in American history, the decision to publish a piece to “send in the troops” suggests a failure of nerve from an esteemed publication.
Corporate support for the protests against institutional racism in the US signals the rise of ‘political corporate social responsibility’.
Australia has a mandatory legal review of every death in custody. But the system itself often prevents families from speaking out – a significant barrier to getting justice.
Attack the press, and you attack the very system that has made places like the US and Australia among the safest and most prosperous in the world.