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Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Can Islam be Reformed?


Here is the link to my review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Heretic: Can Islam be Reformed? It was in the June 2015 edition of Quadrant magazine:  http://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2015/06/can-islam-reformed/ And here, for interest's sake, is a link to the review I did of her previous book, Nomad, which originally appeared in the September 2010 edition of Quadrant magazine: http://darylmccann.blogspot.com.au/2013/07/courage-in-flight-complete.html

Sunday, 28 June 2015

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Distorting Prism

ABC mobile studio caravan used for concerts presented by the ABC in the Second World War


Here is my piece on the ideology of the ABC: http://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2015/06/abcs-distorting-prism/

Monday, 22 June 2015

A Revolution Within A Revolution


Here is a great documentary on the YPJ. This picks up at the half-way mark but you can rewind to the beginning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=1633&v=uqI0a4VgEs8

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

The War of Burgers



Who is to say that young writers cannot tackle some of the bigger issues facing civilization? http://adelaidereview.com.au/features/general/burger-wars/

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Kobani and Cizire Cantons Now Linked


Smiling Turkish soldiers "arrest" (or is it chaperone) smiling fleeing Islamic State soldiers (courtesy of BasNews)

YPG takes Tel Abyad: http://www.basnews.com/en/news/2015/06/16/islamic-state-fighters-flee-to-turkey-as-ypg-takes-tel-abyad/


Friday, 12 June 2015

Women Against Feminism

http://salisburyreview.com/


The latest edition of The Salisbury Review (Summer 2015) is out and here is my contribution:


As early as 1949, Simone de Beauvoir, (who pimped young girls for her lover Jean-Paul Sartre) in her book The Second Sex touched on the problem of what we might call ‘liberal feminism’ versus ‘socialist feminism’. Being a Marxist of sorts, de Beauvoir wondered whether or not an individual woman achieving any kind of personal success in Late Capitalism struck a blow for the liberation of women in general, given that genuine human emancipation – for both men and women – would have to await the revolution and the founding of an international socialist community.