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Murder in Baghdad

The video—excerpts of running footage captured by a camera mounted on the Apache—depicts soldiers conducting an operation in eastern Baghdad, not long after the surge began. Using the Freedom of Information Act, Reuters has sought for three years to obtain … Continue reading

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Garlic grower jailed

Can’t see anyone stepping forward to fill the role as head of the Australian Garlic Industry Association …                  __oOo__ A Tasmanian woman who put Australia’s agricultural sector at risk by illegally importing garlic bulbs marked as “office supplies” to … Continue reading

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American Factory

American workers use nationalism against Chinese workers. Result: defeat. Whatever happened to ‘workers of all countries unite’! Trailer: “Cultures collide. Hope survives. When a Chinese billionaire re-opens a factory and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans, early days of hope and … Continue reading

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Cruelty

This Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm102.1 Fridays at noon) tells the story of the cruel detention and deportation of a Tamil family who had already been settled in the country town of Queensland called Biloela. It shows the lengths to which … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo tonight!

From the jungles of Borneo, fresh from the Big Ride for Palestine, Jumping Fences perform with two other bands at Kurilpa Hall tonight … Friday 6 Sept 2019 … REMINDER TONIGHT!Foco Nuevo in SeptemberFriday, 6th September, 2019Doors open 7.00 pm Music … Continue reading

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Is Boris Kaput?

Can the Privy Council dissolve the UK parliament? The President of the Privy Council is Jacob Rees-Mogg (a catholic) and is likely to be trying to get the Council members to advise Her Majesty to prorogue the parliament. Her Majesty … Continue reading

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A Moratorium Vibe?

“In the naked light I saw … a thousand people, maybe moreSilence like a cancer grows ” – Simon & Garfunkel I have been at all but one of the climate change events since late last year. I have seen … Continue reading

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Jonno Sri’s campaign for the Gabba

This Saturday arvo from 4pm, we’re holding a campaign intro session at Turnstyle (10 Laura St, Highgate Hill), where we talk about our goals for the coming council election campaign and explain how you can get involved. We’ll also unpack … Continue reading

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International Day of Action for West Papua

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West Papuans are currently engaged in a full-scale, nationwide, nonviolent insurrection. The uprising was sparked by a racist attack on West Papuan students by Indonesian police, military and an Indonesian mob, in the Indonesian city of Surabaya. Outrage quickly spread … Continue reading

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2020 Council Elections

Local government is where the Left should be at because that is where services are delivered to ordinary people. – Editor __oOo__ Do you live in Teneriffe, Bowen Hills, New Farm, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane CBD or the south side of … Continue reading

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Schonell Theatre recommended for heritage listing

The Department of Environment and Science has given notice that the Schonell Theatre be placed in the Queensland Heritage Register as a State Heritage Place. Facts on the groundHowever Arts & Heritage have knocked back submissions claiming that Queensland Union … Continue reading

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The Big Ride for Palestine 2019 in pictures

In early spring 2019, twenty-five riders and eight supporters set out on 160 km journey from Brisbane to Brunswick Heads to raise awareness about Palestine and to raise money for an agricultural project sponsored by union aid abroad APHEDA. Lachlan … Continue reading

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From the grass roots

The person being arrested with a smile is John Pitt who later fought against logging in Terania Creek in the 1980s along with others. They were successful with Neville Wran declaring Terania Creek a National park long before ‘Save the … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in September

Foco Nuevo: the sounds of our town Foco Nuevo in September Friday, 6th September, 2019Doors open 7.00 pm Music starts 7.30 pm. Kurilpa Hall174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Another month where we’ve had an interesting sojourn, this time into the … Continue reading

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March for Democratic Rights

They are at it again. Labor in the State Parliament and Liberals in the Brisbane City Council (BCC) are both trying to turn the clock back by 40 years where ordinary people did not have the right to march and … Continue reading

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A Continuous Thread: Lebanese Presence in South Brisbane, Woolloongabba and West End

Please get along to this important project launch if you can – RSVP to Anne Monsour <monsvarg@optusnet.com.au> by 1st Sept 2019. Anne Monsour is going to trace the Lebanese experience in West End, the Gabba and South Brisbane from a … Continue reading

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Bjelke Blues: Stories of Repression & Resistance in Joh Bjelke-Petersen’s Queensland

The next meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 4th of September at 7 pm in unit 6, at 20 Drury St, West End. The topic will be “BJELKE BLUES: Stories of Repression & Resistance in … Continue reading

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Høj: “I hear what you say”

“I hear what you say, but have you considered … ?” – Sir Zelman Cowen, Vice-Chancellor University of Qld during the Vietnam War Intro: University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Høj was unavailable for radio interview on 4ZZZ, so Paradigm Shift submitted … Continue reading

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Bankrupt but not Beaten

Adani has just sunk to a new low, setting a brutal new standard for corporate behaviour. For the first time in Australia’s history, a company has bankrupted an Aboriginal leader for standing up for the inalienable rights of First Nations … Continue reading

40 years of Australian blockading songs

Terania Creek Blockade (1979) – every week ‘John’ would ride his bike from our share house in Spring Street, West End, to Terania Creek protest to stop the logging of the old growth forest with others. Thanks comrade, its still there. [Photo: David Kemp].

Terania Creek Blockade 1979. Photo: David Kemp

It was July 1979 that a group of activists began the first forest blockade in Australian history. That was at Terania Creek in northern NSW. It predated the more famous Franklin River blockade and forced the Wran Labor government to ban logging in Terania Creek and have it declared a National Park. To celebrate these 40 years of activism here are great local protest songs reviewed by Andy Paine (Paradigm Shift, 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) …

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Terania Creek forest blockade – the birth of frontline forest activism in this country. The best way to celebrate is by locking on to a machine that’s destroying the planet for profits. But the second best way is by playing some great songs from Australia’s blockading history.

3CR recently put together a radio show celebrating the songs of the Terania blockade, and some of those same tracks were included on a rad historical compilation called Lock On! But like Australia’s frontline environmental protest history, our tradition of blockading songs is rich and varied. Here is a bit of a sample.

Terania Creek had plenty of songs sung around the campfire and on the picketlines. A more detailed collection can be found in the links above, but one of the most memorable is The Bulldozer AllstarsTonka…

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Forest Blockade songs

Terania Creek Blockade (1979) – every week ‘John’ would ride his bike from our share house in Spring Street, West End, to Terania Creek protest to stop the logging of the old growth forest with others. Thanks comrade, its still there. [Photo: David Kemp].

Terania Creek Blockade 1979. Photo: David Kemp

It was July 1979 that a group of activists began the first forest blockade in Australian history. That was at Terania Creek in northern NSW. It predated the more famous Franklin River blockade and forced the Wran Labor government to ban logging in Terania Creek and have it declared a National Park. To celebrate these 40 years of activism here are great local protest songs reviewed by Andy Paine (Paradigm Shift, 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) …

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Hong Kong in the Crosshairs of Global Power and Ideological Struggles

WBT posts this article and podcast from Popular Resistance. Surely the test is how workers in both HK and mainland China are treated? Is this exploitation any different in either place? Chinese goods in Australia are cheap because they exploit … Continue reading

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World’s greatest descent

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The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail forms the backbone of exploration, adventure, and tourism in the valley, and there are big plans to improve this service. Continue reading

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Kashmiri Rally in Brisbane

Kashmiri community members and other supporters of human rights and democracy will rally in Brisbane on Saturday. Rally details: Date: Saturday 17 August 2019 Time: From 11am Venue: Brisbane Square (Reddacliff Place, cnr Queen & George Sts, Brisbane)

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NTEU: Blue Stocking Week

Bluestocking Week 12-16 August 2019 Bluestocking week is now in its seventh year and the NTEU, together with NUS (National Union of Students) has seen the event grow in both scope and size. With more university campuses participating each year, … Continue reading

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Rebel Yell!

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Rebel Yell is a fundraising concert to support frontline climate change activists. It’s being organised by the Extinction Rebellion Group Lismore at the Italo Australia Club on August 24. Lots of great artists performing (including JATIKA with Janey Conway, Karen … Continue reading

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Community Arts & Resilience Delegation to Palestine

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Eyewitness Palestine’s Community Arts and Resilience Delegation has arrived in Palestine/Israel and is currently in Jerusalem. ​The delegation will be sharing Eyewitness Accounts, photos, and videos from the ground over the course of the next two weeks. Follow the delegation … Continue reading

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Jerusalem – open city

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There are two sides to the occupation of Palestine, one is the military industrial complex and the other is the propaganda supporting the occupation; both work to consolidate and extend control of land from Egypt in the south to Lebanon … Continue reading

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Bjelke Blues Book Launch

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Forty-five short stories & memoirs by Queensland writers.  Stories of corruption & violence.  Stories of repression & resistance.  More than 250 pages that peel back the rotten banana that was life in this state under Gerrymander-Joh… Plenty to feed the … Continue reading

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Schonell Theatre missing from $300m UQ redevelopment plan

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We post this article by Brendan O’Malley in the Westside News about Queensland university’s moves to demolish the UQ Union complex. It is a shame people can’t see how important it is to keep the whole space built by students … Continue reading