Articles by Paul Gregoire

When “Just Following the Rules” Becomes a Crime


The world watched in horror as footage of Dr David Dao being dragged off a United Airlines flight by Chicago Aviation security officers went viral earlier this month. Airline officials said employees were just following “established procedures,” but to many the incident looked more like an assault. Indeed, United Airline employees were actually following standard operating procedures. ...

A World Without Bars: the Prison Abolition Movement


The transatlantic slave trade existed for well over three hundred years, with European nations abducting millions of people from Africa and taking them to colonies in the Americas to be sold into involuntary servitude. Indeed, the wealth of the United States was built upon the backs of slaves. The profits were so lucrative and the practice ...

Recreational Cannabis: Regulate and Reap the Benefits


While there are moves to provide access to medical cannabis for sufferers One in five US citizens now lives in state where the use of recreational marijuana is permitted. On November 8 last year, another four US states voted in favour of marijuana legalisation, bringing the total number of states to eight, as well as the District ...

Replacing Prison Bars with GPS Tracking Devices: An Interview with Professor Mirko Bagaric


The Australian prison system is failing, as incarceration rates are at an all-time high. As of June last year, there were 38,845 adult prisoners in corrective services custody, making the national imprisonment rate grow to 208 per 100,000 adults. The number of inmates on remand (awaiting the finalisation of their cases) has skyrocketed in recent years. At the ...

The Healing Hand of Restorative Justice: An Interview with ANU’s Dr Miranda Forsyth


The Australian criminal justice system has come under criticism for incarcerating growing numbers of people. With recidivism rates closing in on fifty percent – meaning nearly half of those released from prison are back within 2 years – many believe a punitive system that produces “revolving door” criminals can’t be the answer. But, there are alternatives. Restorative ...

Always Independent: An Interview with Murrawarri Republic Chair Fred Hooper


This weekend in Brisbane, the Referendum Council is holding the last of the Dialogues: a series of meetings with First Nations peoples to discuss the issue of recognising the nation’s Indigenous people within the Australian constitution. The findings from the meetings will be reported at the First Nations Convention at Uluru in late May. However, ...

Is War Looming with China and North Korea?


Veteran documentary maker John Pilger’s new film the Coming War on China screened on television last Sunday night. In it, Pilger “breaks the silence” on the US government’s recent military build-up that’s aimed directly at China. The Australian journalist explains that the US has succeeded in virtually encircling China in “a perfect noose” of 400 military bases, ...

Decriminalisation and a Regulated Drug Supply Market are the Key to Success


The Portugal model of drug decriminalisation is acknowledged globally as a resounding success. In 2001, the Portuguese government decriminalised the personal use and possession of all illegal drugs. Since then, rates of HIV infections and overdoses have dramatically decreased. And despite what detractors predicted, drug use did not skyrocket after decriminalisation. A lesser known fact is that Costa ...

Military Might in the Middle East: The Political Posturing of the Powerful


In little over a week, US president Donald Trump has carried out three acts of military aggression that appear to be targeting not only the countries directly involved, but also send a clear message to an alliance of nations that traditionally oppose the United States. Trump rose to power on a campaign built on anti-war rhetoric and isolationist ...

At the Frontline of Gender Activism: An Interview with Norrie


The rights of transgender and gender diverse people have come a long way over the last decades. Now, high-profile trans celebrities like Laverne Cox and Australian model Andrej Pejić have moved into the spotlight, while Cate McGregor is a high-ranking officer in the Australian Defence Force. A recent South Australian development has allowed transgender and ...