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Jeff Sparrow

Writer, editor, broadcaster, and an Honorary Fellow at Victoria University.

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Fairfax turns on Carlton as we increasingly shoot the messenger

Fairfax turns on Carlton as we increasingly shoot the messenger

August 7, 2014 16 Comments

Here and abroad, there's a pattern emerging where the harshest punishments are reserved for those who expose crimes rather than those who may have committed them, writes Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

The dangerous essentialism of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic cartoons

The dangerous essentialism of anti-Semitic and Islamophobic cartoons

August 5, 2014 17 Comments

In Australia, there should be no place for reactionary essentialism while we debate politics and ideas, says Overland editor Jeff Sparrow.

Afghanistan withdrawal deadline has lots of wriggle room

Afghanistan withdrawal deadline has lots of wriggle room

April 17, 2012 14 Comments

Neither Gillard nor Obama has the political capital to stare down public opposition forever.

Do you know what it says on the death certificate for anyone who’s executed?

Do you know what it says on the death certificate for anyone who’s executed?

September 23, 2011 24 Comments

The Troy Davis execution reminds us that capital punishment in the US has an intimate relationship with race, and while plenty of US liberals are against the death penalty, three times as many Americans say they strongly favour executions.

Why the Palestine Papers matter to the peace process

Why the Palestine Papers matter to the peace process

January 25, 2011 16 Comments

Why do al-Jazeera’s Palestine Papers matter so much? Well, because they puncture the central fictions upon which the so-called peace process has always depended.

The social significance of the Arizona massacre

The social significance of the Arizona massacre

January 13, 2011 14 Comments

We are now seeing a concerted attempt to obscure and confuse the meaning of the terrorist act that took place in Tucson, Arizona.

Our moral duty to stay in Afghanistan

October 14, 2010 51 Comments

Everyone knows that much of Afghanistan’s current misery can be traced back to the willingness of the Soviets and the US to fund various groups of cut-throats during the cold war. We’re doing exactly the same today.

The war in Afghanistan remains out of the sight out of mind

July 23, 2010

Most Australians now oppose the conflict in Afghanistan. Yet, perversely, its very unpopularity has led to less rather than more public debate about the war.

Afghanistan: another 30 years?

June 15, 2010 43 Comments

Last week, with very little fanfare, Afghanistan became the longest war in US history. Where are the mea culpas from all the experts whose earnest predictions about Afghanistan went so terribly awry?

War criminal to hero … a dangerous precedent

February 15, 2010 1 Comment

A campaign of assassination of local leaders thought to be loyal to the Taliban contains an obvious potential for human rights abuses, especially since it’s almost impossible for the media to monitor what undercover troops actually do.