The Great Betrayal: A song of solidarity for Rojava

The Great Betrayal: A song of solidarity for Rojava

Donald Trump’s October withdrawal of US troops from the Rojava region of north-east Syria, home to the Kurdish allies who fought off Isis, and the subsequent Turkish invasion, created an instant humanitarian catastrophe with more than 300,000 internally...
Letter to Barack Obama: It’s time to close Guantanamo

Letter to Barack Obama: It’s time to close Guantanamo

January 11, 2015 marked 13 years since the opening of US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As part of the international campaign for its closure, Dr. Aloysia Brooks, torture prevention advocate, and songwriter and human rights advocate, Les Thomas, have...
It’s time we ended the stigma of depression

It’s time we ended the stigma of depression

Robin Williams’s death has prompted an avalanche of comment about depression and suicide, most of which has been sympathetic, celebrating what he generously gave the world through his art, but some of it has been blindly judgmental. When depression is ignorantly...

Hey Joe, don’t you know? You’re gonna hear our budget reply!

Last Sunday saw the first large protests against Joe Hockey’s disgraceful first (and hopefully last) budget and I was very happy to be able to perform “Budget Reply” which was written the day after the budget was delivered. Of course, no one that I...

A march of a thousand miles begins with a single step

  Three days on from March in March and I’m still buzzing from the experience. In the last 19 years I’ve probably been to more rallies than polite company would tolerate, but there are a number of things that make March in March significantly...