Making money from emergency healthcare

I’ve spent 10+ years investigating the issue of disaster capitalism around the world. Here’s my latest story, published in Australia’s major outlet The Saturday Paper, on the company Aspen Medical, its role during the Covid-19 pandemic and highly profitable contracts around the world. Aspen Medical’s Covid-19 contracts | The Saturday Paper

The 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize speech and Q&A

At the recent ceremony of the 2019 Jerusalem Peace Prize, one of Australia’s leading peace awards that I won, I gave a speech on the themes of the night and then spoke with esteemed journalist Mary Kostakidis about my work on Israel/Palestine, drugs, disaster capitalism, Wikileaks etc. Here’s the video of my speech and Q&A…

My Jerusalem Peace Prize acceptance speech

Last week I was awarded the Jerusalem Peace Prize in Melbourne Australia for my 15 years of work on Israel and Palestine. It was a surreal and rather overwhelming evening at Victoria’s Parliament House in front of 150 people. The audience was a diverse combination of Palestine supporters, Palestinians, Arabs and dear friends and family.…

In defence of human rights in Chile – open letter to the Australian community

Happy to sign the following important letter, partly initiated by my friend Dr. Rodrigo Acuña: Sydney, 24 November 2019 We express our deep concerns about human rights violations taking place in Chile, including the de facto war that billionaire President Sebastian Piñera has unleashed on his people. On 18 October, Chilean students took to the streets to protest…

Talking serious drug reform at the Melbourne Town Hall

During my recent Australian tour for my book, Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, the biggest event, organised by Drug Policy Australia, was held at the Melbourne Town Hall in front of 700 people. Alongside star panelists Fiona Patten, Mick Palmer, Laura Turner, Greg Barns and Tania de Jong, and host…

Let’s establish a Ministry of Happiness

My story in today’s Canberra Times: Australia is facing an epidemic of loneliness, depression and suicide. These problems aren’t being solved by usual medicines or policies. What if federal, state and territory governments established a Ministry of Happiness to investigate the causes and find rational, achievable and funded solutions that looked beyond the typical remedies…

How serious drug reform happens

During my recent Australian book tour for Pills, Powder and Smoke: Inside the Bloody War on Drugs, the Canberra Times consistently featured the work and its themes (likely due to the fact that this progressive Territory is very open to drug reform and just legalised cannabis for personal use). Last weekend the paper published yet another…