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High court upholds government's controversial fast-track refugee process

Iranian man fails in bid to overturn fast-track refugee determination for boat arrivals before 2014<p>• Sign up to receive the top stories in Australia every day at noon<p>The high court has upheld the Australian government’s controversial fast-track refugee assessment process after finding that a new …

Immigration

The Entire Archives of Radical Philosophy Go Online: Read Essays by Michel Foucault, Alain Badiou, Judith Butler & More (1972-2018)

On a seemingly daily basis, we see attacks against the intellectual culture of the academic humanities, which, since the 1960s, have opened up spaces …

Philosophy

Dutton’s dark victory

It’s a fine December morning in the northern Canberra suburb of Belconnen, and in the cafe opposite the Department of Home Affairs a crowd watches …

The Case for Getting Rid of Borders—Completely

No defensible moral framework regards foreigners as less deserving of rights than people born in the right place at the right time.<p>To paraphrase Rousseau, man is born free, yet everywhere he is caged. Barbed-wire, concrete walls, and gun-toting guards confine people to the nation-state of their …

Society

Ship of fools

For other uses, see Ship of fools (disambiguation).<p>The <b>ship of fools</b> is an allegory, originating from Book VI of Plato's <i>Republic</i>, about a ship with a …

“Border Liners”. The Ship of Fools Tradition in Sixteenth-Century E...

1Lunacy has always been central to human interest, especially in Europe where the binary opposition of common sense and insanity gains decisive …

Sushi Atelier: ‘Impressive without being neurotic’ – restaurant review

Tracking down great-quality Japanese cooking at a price that won’t make you weep is very hard – until now, that is<p><b>Sushi Atelier, 114 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6PH (020 7636 4455). Meal for two, including drinks and service: £70-£110</b><p>Good restaurants make us think better of ourselves. They …

Japanese Food

The problem with “critical” studies

When I was an undergraduate, I believed that the prevalence of positivism in the social sciences – the idea of studying social phenomena in an …

Beyond the wire: 'I can’t remember my past and I don’t know if I have a future'

Dennish has been tossed around like a football, Sajjad hears gunshots each night, Aslam is in constant pain: these are the unvarnished stories of those who call Manus home<p>‘Help us’: the Australian-made purgatory of Manus drains the refugees of hope<p>default

Australia
Art
Ai Weiwei

Foucault audio and video recordings

There are many audio and video recordings of Foucault found in various places online. I’ve tried to compile all these and put them in chronological …

UC Berkeley

In Cinemas December 8

Travel Photography

'The difficulty is the point': teaching spoon-fed students how to really read

When the logic of capitalism means universities are run as businesses, much is lost. Reclaiming literature is crucial to understanding the times we live in<p>I’ve recently finished marking 40-odd exams, mostly written by people between the ages of 18 and 21. In them our students had to answer …

Teaching

What we know so far about the new Home Affairs portfolio: a quick guide – Parliament of Australia

7 August 2017<p>PDF version [323KB]<p>Cat Barker and Stephen Fallon <br>Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security<p>On 18 July 2017, the Prime Minister announced that …

Damaged souls caught in third wave of suffering - National

Insiders say refugees like Mr Jafari can be confident that their applications will ultimately be approved, though it could take another 12 months. …

A letter from Manus Island

For many months, the refugees living inside Manus prison have had to endure extraordinarily oppressive conditions orchestrated by the Australian …

Australia

The Promise in Elena Ferrante

In a year so crammed with both cultural stasis and accelerated political mania that it resembled nothing else so strongly as a trash fire, there was …

This is our Guantanamo

This week<p>Mike Seccombe Malcolm Turnbull is intent on launching the government into a series of Howard-era culture wars. The problem is he’s not very …

Australia doesn't have a constitutional right protecting freedom of the person – it needs one

The recent wrongful detention of two Australian citizens by immigration authorities highlights that our Constitution offers inadequate protection for …

Magna Carta

Is it too late to save the world? Jonathan Franzen on one year of Trump's America

‘As the ice shelves crumble and the Twitter president threatens to pull out of the Paris accord’, Franzen reflects on the role of the writer in times of crisis<p>If an essay is something <i>essayed</i> – something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s …

Costa Rica

Cat and dog crackdown: Asylum seekers now need the government's permission to buy a pet

Thousands of asylum seekers in Australia will now require permission from Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's department if they want to get a …

The ‘Problem of Evil’ in Postwar Europe

The first work by Hannah Arendt that I read, at the age of sixteen, was <i>Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil</i>.1 It remains, for me, …

Slavoj Žižek

In a London café, Anja Steinbauer chats with the philosopher who invented the word ‘idiosyncratic’.

Indigenous Peoples

Thirty years on, what should we make of Bruce Chatwin’s song to the songlines? | Richard Cooke

“Epic of Gilgamesh” is Google’s answer to “what is the oldest known literature”. Unknown scribes in the city of Ur picked the poem out in cuneiform …

From The Second Sex to The Beauty Myth: 10 of the best feminist texts

Twentieth-century polemical writing that changed the way we think about gender<p>Read the rest of the Observer’s 100 political books series here<p><b>The Second Sex by</b> Simone de Beauvoir (1949)<p>To ask what influence this book had on gender politics is akin to wondering what the sun ever did for the earth. …

Feminism

Kirby, Triggs damn Kafkaesque refugee laws

Prominent legal figures Michael Kirby and Gillian Triggs have rallied against the nation's offshore detention of refugees, describing the policy is …