How Western imperial power set out to destroy Syria

The Syrian conflict has never been about democracy, or human rights. It has always been about Assad’s relationship with Iran and Russia. In the first of this two-part series, we examine some of the media myths in relation to Syria, and the extent to which corporate media-state power continues to demonise the country’s president through the use of propaganda.

Marriage and convenience

This September, Australians will be asked to participate in a national windsock poll to help irresolute politicians decide whether to allow the institution of marriage to encompass gay unions. Critics can’t have it both ways, writes Rachael Bolton. Either marriage is an historically sexist property exchange between two men or it’s a modern, secular, legal arrangement entered into willingly by two adults.

From Jakarta Governor To Inmate: The Story of Ahok

Jakarta Governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama – informally known as Ahok – quoted the Quran in a bid to persuade voters to elect the next governor based on policy, rather than faith. That decision would land him in jail. Journalist Eden Gillespie explores the role that religion, identity politics and social media played in his political downfall.