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EditorialThatcher’s ‘Miracles’ Live On
With the death of Margaret Thatcher we might reflect that we certainly need political leadership in a new key after the debacles unleashed by the leaders of the 1980s.
EssaysTearing Syria Apart by Jeremy Salt
A war is being waged in and on Syria. Protecting the people from the dictator is no more than the usual pretext for attacks on Middle Eastern countries.
Against the currentPutting Syria Back Together Again by Firas Massouh, Yoni Molad and Stephen Pascoe
A response to Jeremy Salt
Much of what Firas Massouh, Yoni Molad and Steve Pascoe write in response to my article is based on assumptions about how I think and how I frame events which have no relationship to how I do think or frame events.
Arts and CultureReal Justice, by Barry Dickins
In a series of articles Barry Dickins interviews staff and reflects on Australia’s first Neighbourhood Justice Centre, in Collingwood, Victoria.
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EditorialWhy Settler Colonialism?
John Hinkson’s introduction to Issue 37/38 (2012): Stolen Lands, Broken Cultures: The Settler-Colonial Present
Commentary, Articles and EssaysRemarks on Utopia in the Age of Climate Change
2011: Issue 35/36.
Kim Stanley Robinson gives an account of his utopian novels.
2008: Issue 29/30.
Desmond Manderson on how the language of ‘emergency’ is used to suspend legal principles.
2008: Issue 29/30.
Simon Cooper on the limits of Bruno Latour’s Actor Network Theory.
Call for papers: ‘Modernity in the Middle East’
From the Deserts of the Maghreb to the Rivers of the Mashriq
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The latest issue of Arena Journal – Stolen Lands, Broken Cultures: The Settler-colonial Present No 37/38 – is now available from Arena and bookstores. It accompanies our recent issue of Arena Magazine ‘Intervention’ No. 118. Both are available for a combined price of $31.90 (posted in Australia).
Comment on Arena Journal 37/38
Rich in historical detail and sharp in theoretical foci, the essays in this book lay bare the enduring authority of settler colonialism around the world. Collectively, the essays perform two crucial tasks concerning colonialism under conditions of prevalent globality. First, they expertly trace the theoretical and substantive outlines of the burgeoning field of settler colonialism in the global milieu. Second, they tease out the persistent, if unstable, dynamics and architecture of settler colonialism in Australia, the United States, including Hawaii, and the Middle East. In the process, they operationalize a line of inquiry that is as nuanced as it is forceful in revealing that colonialism is a ‘historical structure, not an event’, and that it has ongoing consequences in the ‘global present’.
-Nevzat Soguk, Professor of Globalization, RMIT University