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Morrison receives Jerusalem award – more extrajudicial killing by Israel

Following in the footsteps of infamous war criminals like Thatcher and Bush who used war to further their political ends we now have Netanyahu facing criminal charges of corruption and unable to form government, targetting Islamic Jihad leaders in Gaza … Continue reading

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Grey power support for XR protests

Brisbane City Council have banned all Extinction Rebellion groups from meeting in local libraries and other council premises, with the support of both the LNP and Labor. We pay rates and deserve access to council facilities. Freedom of political association … Continue reading

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First police murder charge on aboriginal death in custody

Twelve years ago the Howard government ordered Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER) – “The Intervention“. Despite claims to the contrary the intervention has proved to be an abysmal failure. The recent death in custody resulting in a murder charge is a sorry … Continue reading

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Brazen Coup in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign on Sunday 10 November 2019 after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his … Continue reading

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News from Kurdistan

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Rebecca Dowling sends news from Kurdistan in northern Iraq. A video on Zewka village displacement:  https://cptik.org/videos-1/2019/11/10/bombing-or-flooding-zewka A reflection by my teammate Julie on being in the bombings: https://cptik.org/reflections-1/2019/10/27/what-was-it-like A new article I wrote a couple of weeks ago on the bombings:  … Continue reading

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We all woke up

Andrew and Jaz do Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Friday at Noon 8 Nov 2019 – featuring current affairs and upcoming events.PlaylistIan Curr – Ballad of a Bulliman Banawurun – BullymenScabz – Feel Good SummerTom Robinson Band – Better Decide … Continue reading

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1956 Shearer’s Strike – Sunday Too Far Away

ReviewThe film Sunday Too Far Away (1975) describes the tough life of a shearer. Often away from home for week’s on end, doing contract work under poor conditions and at the mercy of graziers trying to cut costs. In the … Continue reading

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Save Medevac

SAVE MEDEVAC BRING THEM HERE FROM PNG AND NAURUPERMANENT NOT TEMPORARY PROTECTIONLET PRIYA AND NADES AND FAMILY STAY Speakers include: * Dr Barri Phatarfod – President, Doctors for Refugees* Sandra Eales – Assistant Secretary, Qld Nurses and Midwives’ Union. * … Continue reading

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9/11 – Chile Desperto

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Iraq in Revolt

More than 300 martyrs and more than 12 thousand wounded, and more than 3700 kidnapped! This is a sign of cruelty and a regime that is unmistakably like ISIS itself!

Unconfirmed reports 3 hours ago today (04-Nov-2019) say that pro-Iranian Adel Abdul Mahdi, the current Prime Minister of Iraq, has been kidnapped by USA troops and placed in the American Embassy! Continue reading

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Bulliman running for City Hall

Well, you walk in like a copper, that you areYou put your conscience in your pocket and you’re a movie star,* In 2012 Senior Constable Nathaniel Jones arrested Uncle Kevin Veritz, a Yuggera man, for lighting a sacred fire in … Continue reading

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El derecho de vivir en paz – the right to live in peace

“My guitar is not for the rich no, nothing like that. My song is of the ladder we are building to reach the stars.” – Victor Jara The right to live in peace! Increasingly difficult in a world where right-wing … Continue reading

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Peaceful Assembly without Notice

The conditions of entry, as quoted, are a mis-reading of the Qld Peaceful Assembly Act. For example, you do not need ‘prior authorisation‘ for a ‘peaceful assembly or procession‘ – as stated in the notice. This is because Section 5 … Continue reading

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It has come to this – secondary boycott

“The Federal Court may cancel the registration of an organisation” upon application by anyone with a sufficient interest. – s28C Fair Work (Ensuring Integrity) Bill. “The unlawful behaviour by the CFMMEU and their members … all the fines they’ve accumulated … Continue reading

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In defence of Jonno Sri

Councillor Jonno Sri from the Gabba Ward has been under fire this week for supporting the Debbing Creek mob defending their land. Developers hired armed police to try to get rid of the Debbing Creek First nations camp. Here is … Continue reading

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‘The revolution is a woman’: the women at the front of Lebanese protests

A friend went to the Lebanon solidarity demo in Brisbane and said the people were wearing make-up, high heels and suits … here is an article from THE CONVERSATION – Editor, WBT __oOo__ ‘The revolution is a woman’: the women … Continue reading

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Letter from Iraq – ‘bombing or flooding?’

Zewka village calls on Turkey to stop bombing. They also call upon their own government and international humanitarian agencies to provide aid so they no longer face the terrible choice of being bombed or being flooded. Continue reading

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Big Riders for Palestine climb Kombumerri country

‘There is only one way to “improve” a national park and this is to leave it absolutely alone.’ – Romeo Lahey At Meanjin (Brisbane) International airport you can inspect the plane that Kingsford Smith flew across the Pacific in the … Continue reading

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Rendition in Palestine

A Palestinian father calls for justice for his son, a World Vision worker imprisoned by Israel for 3 1/2 years, tortured, but never allowed to testify against the preposterous charges of which he is accused. I searched in vain for … Continue reading

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Qld Government launches phony renewables fund

Following in the footsteps of a Joh dream, the Queensland Labor government has established a $15 million industry development fund to support hydrogen projects in Queensland. This is being driven by the fossil fuel industry and conservative pollies to control … Continue reading

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Book ‘From the Edge’ out now!

Writers Anthology Group has just published the aptly titled ‘From the Edge’ – its eighth short-story and poetry anthology – by authors from Moreton Bay Region. You can order it from IngramSparks. Here is what the editor had to say: … Continue reading

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Julian Assange in a ‘Kafkaesque Slow Motion Crucifixion’ – O’Reilly at 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End at 7 pm on Wednesday the 6th of November at 7 pm. The speaker will be long-time non-violent activist Ciaron O’Reilly. … Continue reading

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Profit & greed will not put water back in the river

If we are to survive, let alone feel at home, we must begin to understand our country. If we succeed, one day we might become Australian. – Bill Gammage Canberra was a farm when Australia rode on the sheep’s back … Continue reading

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Chile’s inequality challenge: What went wrong and can it be fixed?

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile, known as one of Latin America’s wealthiest, most stable and peaceful countries, is in the grip of a political and economic upheaval with thousands of people protesting since Oct. 6 after the government increased public transportation … Continue reading

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Brisbane Noir?

Robert “Bomber” Perrier’s debut novel Where Angel Fears To Tread is the story of Frank Angel, a hit man for a syndicate of Brisbane high-fliers. Between kills, Frank lives in a Highgate Hill penthouse listening to Bach, looking at Peg … Continue reading

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Queensland Parliament bans extra-parliamentary opposition to coal

As the world economy slides inexorably, governments around the world are punishing the workers, the poor and marginalised, while shoring up the fortunes of the rich and powerful. In Queensland the state government, fearful of losing its AAA credit rating, … Continue reading

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UQ Union complex – ‘history not fabric’

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I hear what you say – Sir Zelman Cowen, Vice-Chancellor University of Qld during the Vietnam War Heritage Council hears case for protecting Union complex at University of Queensland Advocates for protecting the student Union complex at Queensland University have … Continue reading

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Pots & pans ring out in solidarity with Chile

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Pots & pans rang out across Brisbane Square in front of the casino sounding out people’s dissatisfaction with the turn of events this week. Chile, like Australia, is a country with a big middle class and is often used as a model of economic reform for the Americas. Yet now it has erupted into mass demonstrations and looting as a direct result of economic inequality and state repression. The poor have run out of choices … Continue reading

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Stalingrad

Published in English for the first time, Grossman’s 1952 novel is a masterly requiem for the Soviet citizens who died in the epic battle with Hitler’s Germany Continue reading

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Signora Bella’s Grand Tour

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“What is life if you do not have the courage to fight.” – Giuseppe “Pippo” Fava. A Review of Signora Bella’s Grand Tour by Lesley Synge.Even though this poetry book was not written with me in mind, I have no … Continue reading