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Mahir Ali

Remembering Red Rosa: The ‘inspiration’ behind Lenin?

Germany was transformed on the eve of the November 1918 armistice, largely through direct action by soldiers, sailors and workers.

17 Jan 2019 12:15 AM

The depths of patriarchal depravity

It is by no means only men, though, who construe menstruation as “unclean”, nor is the phenomenon restricted to Hindu culture.

10 Jan 2019 12:00 AM

A sour note in Dhaka, US still in a flux: 2019 has shaky start

The Bangladesh election was a sour note at the end of what has generally been a dismal year.

03 Jan 2019 1:13 AM

Trump’s move to leave Syria & Afghan leaves West in a tizzy

Trump’s dismay at US foreign engagements evidently extends to Afghanistan, where a somewhat more gradual disengagement is on the cards.

27 Dec 2018 12:26 AM

Doing politics over Jerusalem, Oz PM fails in bid to please all

Australia’s Morrison never had much credibility to start with, and now, like Aesop’s misfortunate miller, he’s also lost his ass.

20 Dec 2018 12:12 AM

Has Macron imbibed any lessons so far?

Macron’s popularity, meanwhile, has been in the low 20s, and one recent poll has it down to 18 per cent.

13 Dec 2018 12:10 AM

Noam: An international living treasure

Chomsky has more than 100 books to his credit, and remains an erudite and clear-minded presence on alternative TV and in the lecture hall.

06 Dec 2018 6:25 AM

Saudi Arabia needs drastic restructuring

The UAE is complicit, after all, in the misguided aggression against Yemen. Reports suggest it has even employed Israeli-supplied contractors.

29 Nov 2018 12:05 AM

Beatles’ 1968 White Album is in tune with today’s world

“Revolution 9” would almost certainly have been discarded had producer George Martin’s favoured option of a single disc not been overruled.

22 Nov 2018 6:35 AM

Poetry & war: The monstrous anger of guns

The Latin quotation from Horace translates as: It is a sweet and honourable thing to die for one’s country.

01 Nov 2018 6:46 AM

Electing Bolsonaro is a self-goal for Brazil

Brazil, by far the biggest country in South America, is the world’s fourth largest democracy.

25 Oct 2018 12:31 AM

An American tragedy, with potent acts of defiance

The international record holder, John Carlos, came third as fellow team member Tommie Smith set a new world record.

18 Oct 2018 2:20 AM

The price of a journalist’s criticism in Saudi Arabia

Sadly, there is every reason to suspect that the allegations are not unfounded, notwithstanding Saudi Arabia’s vociferous denials.

11 Oct 2018 12:44 AM

Hysteria over Kavanaugh: US Prez firm on SC rightward shift

It’s hardly a state secret, of course, that the US SC features a bench broadly divided between conservatives and liberals.

04 Oct 2018 12:06 AM

What will the question be if there is a 2nd vote on Brexit?

The electorate could be asked whether or not it accepts the deal negotiated by its government with the EU.

27 Sep 2018 12:12 AM

‘Re-educating’ Xinjiang: How the Chinese rule Uighurs

The Uighurs are Turkic Muslims, and official Chinese fears of fundamentalist radicalisation are not exactly unfounded.

20 Sep 2018 1:45 AM

Europe shift: Swedes flirt with politics of far-right

The obvious alternative is a centrist coalition transcending the ideological divide.

13 Sep 2018 2:06 AM

Yemen tragedy is escalating amid growing Mideast mess

The scale of the humanitarian tragedy in Yemen, however, extends far beyond the direct carnage of conflict.

07 Sep 2018 6:53 AM

Power games in Oz: After Morrison, what’s next?

Both Dutton and Morrison detested the very idea, with the latter’s aversion apparently rooted in his evangelical Christianity.

30 Aug 2018 12:13 AM

Prague 1968: Why ‘socialism with a human face’ had failed

Students in Prague mounted a protest, and demanded to speak to Dubcek.

24 Aug 2018 5:43 AM