The literary mother load

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Article
Category
Writing

Incredibly and against all odds, my modest writerly dreams, for what they were, came true. But culminating in my early thirties, prime child-bearing age, they coincided with the births of two children, complicating things in the way that parenthood has been complicating the lives of men and women forever.

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Polemic
Category
Culture
Debate

When poetry is racist

Michael Brown was killed on 9 August 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. He was eighteen. He had just graduated high school. He was black. He was shot at least six times by a white police officer.

homeopathic_remedies
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Article
Category
Science

You can take them to water

The thing that angers me most about homeopathy is not that the principle behind it makes no sense, but that many purveyors of homeopathy believe (or pretend) that homeopathy is based on science. There are homeopathic institutes worldwide with fancy buildings and slick websites claiming to do ‘high-quality scientific research’.

Landscape
Type
Reflection
Category
Culture
Identity

Catch them unawares!

Currently, Nguyen is the seventh most popular Australian surname. In the White Pages, an outdated directory book, the surname was printed over twenty pages. I know because I once counted it myself. Within ten years, Nguyen will overtake Smith, especially in the denser cities like Melbourne and Sydney.

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Type
Reflection
Category
Politics

A measure of our defeats

For those with progressive instincts, Malcolm Fraser’s recent advocacy for human rights and refugees is likely to colour our attitude towards him. Indeed, in recent days, many on the left have lauded the former prime minister, but we’d do well to have a more circumspect attitude. His career was divided into several chapters – the latest one was by no means the most historically important.

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Reflection
Category
Culture
Politics

‘Black’: your label, not mine

I am African Australian. I am literally ‘black’ by name (my surname ‘Lemoh’ means ‘black’ in the Mende language of Sierra Leone). I am brown of face, but unlike some, I do not choose to identify primarily as Black in this country. To me, ‘Black’ in Australia has meant ‘Aboriginal’ – not in the racial sense, but in the political sense.

self-image
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Article
Category
Activism
Syriza

Teaching from the south

Syriza’s stunning victory in Greece’s election has been a win for the left in Europe. Naturally, there has been plenty written on this but I would like to contribute some lessons Syriza can learn from recent history that are worth thinking about in their attempts to overcome the neo-liberal model.

vandervelden-image
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Article
Category
Climate politics
Science

Earth hour approaches

Now, more than ever, technological and ecological impacts of ‘human activity’ cannot be explained ‘outside’ the mode of private ownership and control of money capital, means of production and accumulation priorities of capitalist economy. While most Anthropocene advocates structurally connect the post-Holocene transition with the Industrial Revolution we ignore the political economy driving this accelerated transformation at our collective peril.

Caplice article
Type
Reflection
Category
Culture
Science

Our bodies, our lives

I have stage IV colorectal cancer. In the coverage and discussions, our voices are unheard, our lived experience silenced from a discussion that impacts our lives in a way that journalists and think-piece writers and even doctors cannot understand. I struggle sometimes when I hear stories of people with cancer that most likely would be cured if only they followed the treatment regime suggested by their doctors who make the decision to follow a CAM remedy.