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Matagarup. The frontier wars never ended, were never won

Police moved in to Matagarup (colonial name: Heirisson Island) yesterday, site of the Nyoongar Bibbulman Tent Embassy in Perth (Western Australia) —  some fifty police, including a line of mounted police and dogs. They removed camping equipment, tents and sleeping bags. But the fire continues to burn, the Embassy remains, and there has been a call for donations to re-provision the encampment [cash donations can be made here]. Continue reading

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The Performative Economy of the Racial Speculative

Abstract

This paper focuses on the conjunctures between contemporary financial speculation, national security and border control systems for what these can illustrate about changing practices of race and racism. Pivotal to these systems are procedures that emphasise potential and unspecified threats that may occur in the future alongside an understanding of uncertainty as the condition of economic value. This paper emphasises the interlocking character of racialised panic and economic value that sets about transforming the present in the guise of an imagined future.  Continue reading

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The skin in the political game of SYRIZA and ANEL

There has been a good deal of discussion about the recent elections in Greece and, in particular, SYRIZA’s decision to form a parliamentary alliance with the ultra-nationalist Independent Greeks (ANEL).  Continue reading

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Squares, malls, bridges and highways (A note on infrastructure and #BlackLivesMatter)

Reading about the protests against police violence in the US, like many others I noted the issue of police militarization, but wondered more about the shift from the occupation of squares that has characterized many recent large-scale protests and the blockading of highways, bridges and ports.  Continue reading