Do You Value Independent Arts Journalism & Would You Like To Help Us Produce More? Find Out More

The infestation of self-serving political language

croach
News & Commentary |

To infest: (of insects or animals) be present (in a place or site) in large numbers, typically so as to cause damage or disease. “The house is infested with cockroaches.” Late Middle English (in the sense ‘torment, harass’): from French infester or Latin infestare ‘assail’, from infestus ‘hostile’ – Oxford Dictionary People of good heart don’t

Read More

Today is World Refugee Day: you can help

SST
News & Commentary |

Today is World Refugee Day, and apparently a ‘record’ that has been broken. A new United Nations report overnight calculates that, in 2017, the number of people forcibly displaced from their homes around the globe came in at a record rate of 44,400 per day. There are no World Cups or gold medals in this

Read More

Julian Assange is a journalist, not Putin’s bitch

Julian2_Assange_20091117_Copenhagen_2
News & Commentary |

“Journalism is not a crime”. Really? I’d say this slogan is hardly unassailable. I’d say this slogan, which began to appear in hashtag and t-shirt form when the Australian journalist Peter Greste was detained for his journalism practice, needs a second, a third, a seventeenth unflinching look. Surely, Sarah Ferguson’s fantasy Putin trilogy, which concluded

Read More

Anthony Bourdain, our kitchen hero

1AB4292818365_ab1f604a46_o-e1412113741470-938x535
News & Commentary, Screen, TV |

Sydney’s Chinatown is a familiar place to me. I know most of the turns, food courts and spruiker scripts like a good friend thinks they know another’s sensibilities. It’s a place I’m accustomed to since I began truanting high school as a 14 year old in the mid-eighties. After dropping out of school I scored a

Read More

Newsletter Signup