Author: Zahrah Sahib

Invasion Day: Always Was, Always Will Be

There is nothing more stereotypically Australian than going for a swim, hosting a barbecue, getting on the beers, and watching fireworks on 26 January. As children, we are taught how the day holds significance as it signposts the 1788 arrival of Captain Arthur Phillip and his First Fleet. By raising

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Day One Of Four: The Christchurch Terror Hearing

In the first of four days, the High Court in Christchurch has relived the horrifying details of New Zealand’s worst peacetime massacre. The actions of an Australian terrorist – who will not be named in this article –murdered 51 people, across two Islamic places of worship in March 2019. His

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Something Smells Funny: The Trumps’ Love For Goya Beans

2020 has characterised this new decade through a state of instability, emphasising long-standing inequalities. By recognizing the divisions along the lines of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and socioeconomic status, we can begin to understand how there has been a lack of a cohesive and consistent public health response to current Coronavirus

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The Infodemic Of COVID-19: From Miracle Cures To 5G Towers

The days have blended, and the weeks are defined based on the newest bingeable series. As we adopt social distancing and self-isolation measures, these attempts to reduce the spread of the novel COVID-19 virus have shifted our definitions of ‘normal’. A return to a pre-coronavirus world is unfeasible – the

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Women’s Day 2020: Now Is The Time For A Reality Check

Earlier this month, the world commemorated the 109th ‘International Women’s Day’. Through acts of courage and determination, the day honours the advancements that women have accomplished across the sociopolitical, economic and cultural spheres. This year, global celebrations encapsulated the theme: “I am Generation Equality: Realising Women’s Rights”. It recognizes how

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16 Days Of Activism: Islamophobia And Australian Muslim Women

Last week in Sydney’s multicultural hub, a group of friends sat at the front of a Parramatta café, pondering the menu while chatting. CCTV footage shows that the three women—all hijab-wearing, with one heavily pregnant—were approached by an older man who began seemingly innocuous conservation. Within mere seconds of this

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One Night in Sofia: Jock Palfreeman Unexpectedly Released On Parole

Sentenced initially in 2009, Paul ‘Jock’ Palfreeman was found guilty of the murder of Bulgarian law student, Andrei Monov, and of intent to murder Antoan Zahariev. The Australian, who was travelling abroad in Bulgaria’s capital, was handed a 20-year sentence for his involvement in a 2007 street brawl: Palfreeman stabbed

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Australia’s Epidemic Of Violence Against Women

Within the previous fortnight, seven Australian women were murdered. Except for two friends, these victims did not know each other – they were from across Australia, from various ages with different socioeconomic backgrounds and relationship statuses. Yet, they share a thread that indirectly weaves their experiences together: all women met

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“Fails The Human Rights Test”: Australia’s Cashless Welfare Card

Since its 2016 trial beginnings in rural Australian towns, the Coalition’s enforcement of the Cashless Welfare Card has been a contested issue. Now, with the Morrison government’s new plans to expand the scope of its power, further restrictions will limit the spending habits of welfare recipients from selected towns. While

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Robert Mugabe Dies At 95

Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s first post-independence leader, has died. The 95-year-old was periodically receiving hospital treatment in Singapore for ill health and old age. His death was announced by his successor and erstwhile deputy, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, via Twitter. Describing Mugabe as an “an icon of liberation, a pan-Africanist who dedicated

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The Uluru Climb: Another Political Stunt By Pauline Hanson

In her campaign against the impending climbing ban placed on Uluru, last week Pauline Hanson travelled to the Northern Territory. Her sights were set on hiking up the iconic Australian natural landmark. It is a decision which has been criticized as an attention-seeking ploy that clearly disregards Indigenous cultural sensitivities.

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Bodies In Water: Humanizing Refugees

Earlier last week, a single photo reminded the world of the real people affected by extreme and inhumane border policies. In what has horrifically been labelled as “America’s own Alan Kurdi moment”, Julia Le Duc’s photo captures the lifeless bodies of a Salvadorian migrant father and daughter. Óscar Alberto Martínez

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Romania’s Former President Charged With Crimes Against Humanity

Former Romanian President Ion Iliescu, alongside two other high-ranking officials, were formally charged with crimes against humanity in early April. Sending shockwaves through the country, the 2-time president has been indicted for his active contribution in the 1989 Romanian Revolution. In the violent revolt against dictator Nicolae Ceausescu’s communist regime,

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