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A Lion Returns

This low budget controversial new Australian film, written and directed by Serhat Caradee, deserves many accolades and should be classified as mandatory viewing. Jamal is a Muslim who returns to Australia to visit his terminally ill mother. He’s regarded as a terrorist in Australia, disowned by his father for bringing much shame and misery to […]

Facebook ‘bans’ Sydney ska musicians

By ALEC SMART Musicians from Inner West Sydney were among thousands worldwide who were randomly picked as ‘racists’ by social media giant Facebook. Their online profiles were suspended on 9 June in a massive membership cull that was a misguided attempt by the corporation to synchronise with the Black Lives Matter social movement targeting systemic […]

BLM rally a difficult but necessary choice

Opinion by JOSEPH O’DONOGHUE Concerns over the health risks caused by the Black Lives Matter protests on Saturday 6 June, were valid. After two months of lockdown, we’re finally beginning to see some thaw. Day-to-day life has been inching back towards normal again. A mass gathering that threatens these valuable gains is surely a risk. […]

Swastika drawn on Aboriginal flag

by ALEC SMART An Aboriginal flag mural in Camperdown Park, in Sydney’s inner west suburb of Newtown, was defaced with a swastika, prompting quick community action to cover the offensive graffiti. On 24 April, DiegoAndres Barberini RothseyRodriguez was walking through the park when he caught sight of the racist graffiti, and took a photo with […]

Covid-19-related racism on the rise

By ALLISON HORE Video has emerged of one of latest in a series of racist attacks on Chinese people fuelled by the ongoing coronavirus crisis. The video, posted to YouTube on Monday 30 March, shows a man cracking a bullwhip while on a racist tirade outside the Chinese consulate in Camperdown, in Sydney’s inner west. […]

Racism not Goodes enough

BY ALEC SMART The allegation that racism was at the heart of the relentless crowd booing that irked Australian Rules’ football player Adam Goodes has reignited, following recent screenings of a documentary film on his career, The Final Quarter. It was further augmented by ABC sports commentator Charlie King, himself of indigenous descent, who singled […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE PARANOIA AUSTRALIAN PARTY (PAP!)

Scaremongering has always been a part of the political process but has reached an even more insidious level in recent years with the manipulation of social media like Facebook, US style attack adverts and politicians fanning the flames of paranoia. Donald Trump has made a fine art of it with his blatant appeal to a […]

Not tolerating intolerance

BY SORAYA PEREZ MOHAMMED A slew of prominent Australian community members came together to fight racism last week, vowing to push back against the government's racist changes to immigration laws. Comedian Jennifer Wong, Pakistani clothing designer Zara Ahmed, Artist and poet Candy Royalle, Greens MP Jenny Leong and DJ/Artist Sezzo Snot were among a diverse […]

Sydney University academic suspended over offensive emails

Sydney University Professor Barry Spurr was caught exchanging offensive emails with university colleagues last week. Sent from his university email account over a two-year period, the emails included a series of offensive remarks. In one instance, Mr Spurr referred to Sydney University Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson as an “appalling minx”. The emails, uncovered by New Matilda, […]

White supremacist group resurfaces in inner Sydney

A white supremacist group has begun a new racist campaign around Sydney’s inner city suburbs this week. The group, called Squadron 88, made themselves known to inner city residents in late August when they began distributing anti-Semitic flyers around the eastern suburbs. A series of media reports on the campaign seemed to lead the group […]