Maxine McKew’s Class Act is sub-headed “Ending the Education Wars”. But it’s actually another shot in the war against teachers and poor, working class public school kids. There’s nothing original
Pride is the brilliant and true story of Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), a solidarity group set up to raise money for British miners during their historic strike of 1984-1985.
There is a strong sense of déjà vu for refugee rights activists. Many of the battles waged against the Howard government, like opposing long-term detention and Temporary Protection Visas, are
Charlie’s country is a beautifully shot and brutally honest portrayal of life under apartheid in the Northern Territory.
Meredith Burgmann’s new book Dirty Secrets brings together chapters from left activists and other well known Australians written after accessing their own files.
Award-winning comedian Chris Lilley is back with six-part “mockumentary”, Jonah From Tonga, following the life of Year 9 student Jonah Takalua. But Jonah from Tonga is a racist travesty.
Mark Isaacs spent almost a year as a Salvation Army worker on Nauru. The Undesirables is his compelling firsthand account of the horror, injustice and disaster of offshore detention.
Richard Seymour’s latest book Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens exposes one of the most celebrated public intellectuals of the last 30 years.
Based on the life of Solomon Northup, published as a book in 1853, Twelve Years a Slave is a serious attempt to deal with the substance of slavery.
Heather Kirkpatrick's documentary, Mary Meets Mohammad, captures two worlds colliding in “Australia’s least multicultural town” of Pontville, where Tasmania’s first refugee detention centre was
The Act of Killing, Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer
Legally Brown, SBS One
Antony Loewenstein’s latest book explores the corrupt and destructive alliances between governments and multi-national corporations. Loewenstein labels this vulture capitalism, where
Undesirable: Captain Zuzenko and the workers of Australia and the world Kevin Windle, Australian Scholarly Press $39.95 RRP Alexander Zuzenko arrived in Brisbane in 1911, exiled after taking
Night Games Anna Krien Penguin, $29.95 Anna Krien has achieved something quite remarkable with her terrible new book, Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport. She set out to write a “balanced and
Latin America’s Turbulent Transitions By Roger Burbach, Michael Fox and Federico Fuentes Zed Books $34.95 The new millennium has seen the rise of new left governments across Latin America, from
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Directed by Mira Nair Coming to DVD Mira Nair’s film The Reluctant Fundamentalist is particularly outrageous viewing in light of the racist backlash to the Woolwich
The Company You Keep Directed by Robert Redford In cinemas now The political commotion of the late 1960s and early ‘70s gave rise to many radical organisations, including America’s Weathermen,
Alienation: an introduction to Marx’s theory by Dan Swain Bookmarks This useful little book provides a very good introduction to Marx’s theory of alienation. For Marxists, the term alienation has
“Not dead yet: Labor’s post-left future” Quarterly Essay 49 By Mark Latham, Black Inc $19.99 Former leader of the Labor Party, Mark Latham, has made a name for himself as a crazy and occasionally
The Failure of Capitalist Production By Andrew Kliman, Pluto Press $39.95 Since 2007 the world economy has faced its most serious crisis since the 1930s. Its ongoing failure to recover suggests
A People’s History of the Second World War By Donny Gluckstein Pluto Press $35 from Solidarity Donny Gluckstein’s A People’s History of the Second World War illuminates a crucial distinction that
The Future of Our Schools Lois Weiner Haymarket Books $24 The nauseating consensus between Gillard and the Liberal premiers over education policy, where they all agree that teachers are to blame
After Zionism: One State for Israel and Palestine Edited by Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor Saqi Books In their collection of essays After Zionism editors Antony Loewenstein and Ahmed Moor
Lincoln Directed by Steven Spielberg In cinemas now Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln is a fantastically rendered account of the passage of the 13th Constitutional Amendment which outlawed slavery once
The Invention of the Jewish People By Shlomo Sand Verso, $25 “Zionism is the Jewish national movement of rebirth and renewal in the land of Israel—the historical birthplace of the Jewish people.
Argo, Ben Affleck’s gripping, highly entertaining and commercially successful thriller, depicts a little-known episode within the infamous 444-day hostage crisis that followed the Iranian
Occupy By Noam Chomsky $9.95, Penguin Occupy by Noam Chomsky is the first of the Zuccotti Park Press/Occupied Media Pamphlet Series produced by the US Occupy movement. The short book is a
Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship By Jeff Sparrow $29.95, Scribe The left is tangled up in knots over the politics of pornography. Left-wing academics like Clive Hamilton are trying
The Casual Vacancy J.K Rowling Little Brown and Company $39.95 (Hardback) It may not be as “socialist” as Britain’s Daily Mail thinks, but JK Rowling’s new novel lays bare the class divide in