Bread and Circuses

Duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses – Juvenal
Only two things does he long for, bread and circuses – Juvenal.

They left only his hat
On Thursday 16 October 2014 at 10 am I arrived at the Sunnybank home of my friend, Ross, a man of 80 years. I had told Ross through other friends (Bernie and Rosslyn) to expect me.… Go to Article

Israeli Weapons Factory shut down in Manchester

In August 2014, Adie Mormech got a Facebook message he will never forget. It was from Wafaa, one of his former students in Gaza. “Adie do u remember Huda that was in your class in Afaq she was my friend”. Of course he remembered Huda: her humour; her quirkiness; how she’d come to class early to tell him stories; the gifts she gave him when he left; her excitement about her upcoming wedding.… Go to Article

Strike against Apartheid

On 21 July 1971 there was a statewide stoppage against the Apartheid State of South Africa and the whitewashing by having the Springboks tour Australia to play football.

The President of the Qld Trades and Labour Council, Jack Egerton, said:

It was disgraceful that the Queensland government saw fit to declare a state of emergency for a football match to support a racist and fascist regime in South Africa, while primary industries in the state were depressed and there was serious unemployment in the central northern and western parts of the state.Go to Article

Ironing

Review of “Ironing” by Navajo

Ironing is a promising debut novella by “Navajo” but the author, whom I think is a male, needs to bone up on his craft so as not to spoil his future fiction with bad writing. The title is catchy and it suggests irony which indeed turns out to be the case as ordinary Londoners face small and large challenges in an uncertain contemporary world.… Go to Article

US Ambassador on her country’s blockade of Cuba

“Irony is the bringing together of contradictory truths, to make out with a contradiction, a new truth, with a laugh or a smile. And I confess that, a truth must come with one or the other, or I count it as false and a denial of the very nature of humanity itself (chuckles).”… Go to Article

Time

There are a lot of working class people in prison’ – Jimmy McGovern

Having been put in prison on four occasions* in two countries of the British Commonwealth I can attest to the authenticity of Time, a 2021 three-part prison drama written by Jimmy McGovern, directed by Lewis Arnold, and starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham.… Go to Article

Looking through a prism: questioning Cuban music and Cuban music research

“One thing is sure, not everything here costs money.” – Cuban rumbero [rumba musician] from Suave, Suave
by Gerardo Alfonso

Sue Monk from Jumping Fences speaking at launch of ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’ campaign. Photo: Lachlan Hurse 1 Jan 2022.

Anyone who has attended Foco Neuvo concerts over the past decade would be familiar with Sue Monk, the author of ‘Looking through a prism …’ and leading member of Jumping Fences.… Go to Article

2022 working for change – peace and environment day

WBT has received this notice from Just Peace and the Quakers:

Dear friends,

We warmly invite you to our first yearly planning event. Brisbane Quakers Friends House, 10 Hampson Street, Kelvin Grove, on Saturday January 15th 2 pm – 4:30 pm. 

PLEASE SHARE TO ALL INTERESTED PEOPLE-RSVP WELCOME
The focus and issues we will discuss can be found on the flyer below. … Go to Article

Vale Desmond Tutu

We have the state, so where’s the power? – Nelson Mandela

I always used to think that Desmond Tutu was a bit of a sell out. When placed alongside Steve Biko, Chris Haney and Nelson Mandela who saw past Christianity and embraced socialism. I felt this most when Desmond Tutu chaired the truth and reconciliation commission after they let Nelson Mandela out of jail after 27 years.… Go to Article

Launch of ‘From-Australia-to-Cuba-with Love’ Campaign

Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse (ACFS) organized an event on the first day of 2022 to launch ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’. This is intended to challenge the blockade that is imposed by the United States on Cuba. It’s been there for over 60 years. On this podcast we’ll hear Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse talking about the ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love‘ campaign.… Go to Article

From Australia to Cuba with Love

Join us to mark the 63rd anniversary of the Cuban Revolution and launch ‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’ where we aim to collectively travel the distance between Australia and Cuba and highlight the injustice of the US blockade. Sign up on the day! Tee-shirts, badges, and more. We’ll have a short walk and/or ride to kick off our campaign.Bring… Go to Article

The Reports on Sarah and Saleem

This is a Palestinian film that shows another side of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. Israeli Sarah and Palestinian Saleem have an affair. Both are interrogated and Saleem is imprisoned. Sarah is called a traitor. Sarah is forced to testify that Saleem recruited her to obtain information about military raids in Bethlehem and Ramallah conducted by her husband who is a colonel in the Israeli army.… Go to Article

Russian court orders oldest civil rights group Memorial to shut

Police officers restrain a supporter of the human rights group International Memorial outside a court building during a hearing of the Russian Supreme Court to consider the closure of International Memorial in Moscow, Russia December 28, 2021. The placard reads: "We will live forever"
Image caption, Supporters hold placards saying “we will live forever” with Memorial’s flame symbol above the Russian word “we”

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered the closure of International Memorial, Russia’s oldest human rights group.

Memorial worked to recover the memory of the millions of innocent people executed, imprisoned or persecuted in the Soviet era.… Go to Article

Intelligence: Five Eyes to become Seven?

Israeli Foreign Minister cum James Bond look-a-like

One of our readers is concerned about Israel’s close military ties to Australia. He writes: This is what we have to combat! Australia is up to its neck in complicity with terrorist apartheid Israel. IDF Palestinian child killers are living amongst us. Border Force urgently needs to impose the strongest possible vetting for all Israeli visa applications and ASIO needs to track down those already here so they can be booted out.”… Go to Article

Queensland’s largest superannuation fund invests in nuclear weapons and depleted uranium

At a recent rally opposing the Australian government’s acquisition of nuclear submarines Marianne Hanson told us that QSuper had investments in nuclear weapons. Marianne Hanson teaches and researches in the field of international politics. She is also Vice-Chair of ICAN Australia – the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear weapons, and she spoke about the problems that nuclear submarines will pose to our efforts to eliminate nuclear weapons.… Go to Article

Vaccines and Allergies

Some people may be allergic to Covid Vaccine. We post this research paper as a guide to those people who may (or whose friends or family members) may suffer from allergies.

Have you (or the person in question) had any of the following symptoms after having PEG or aluminium oxide?

1.… Go to Article

Certificate of Exemption

Commonwealth of Australia

Aborigines Protection Act 1909 – 1943, Section 18c

This document entitles the bearer to leave the reservation or mission at which they live – to go to work.

Additional benefits include:
To walk freely through town without being arrested.
Note: curfews apply
Into a shop or hotel (you may or may not be served – at the proprietor’s discretion)

Special conditions
Speaking in native language – prohibited
Engaging in dance rituals native customs – prohibited
Associating with fellow indigenous people (including family) – prohibited

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Immunologist: ‘Sydney’s sleep walking into a catastrophic disaster in January’

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong,
(War is over if you want it)
For the rich and the poor ones,
The road is so long.

– John Lennon

“The problem on Christmas Day is you walk in to your family’s household, and grandma and grandpa are there, your parents are there, your aunt who has cancer is there, the kids are there… virtually everybody can catch Omicron, we risk turning Christmas day into a simultaneous super spreader event all across Sydney in thousands of households.Go to Article

Palestine

We post the first chapter of his book A World to Win by the International Socialist, Tony Cliff, about growing up in Palestine where he later worked with little success as a full time revolutionary before his migration to England in the 1940s. This memoir makes for compelling reading for those interested in Zionism.Go to Article

Skies above Hebron

But we Arabs hold a principle. We believe that if we buy Israeli products the profit will end up with their army. They might buy bullets and those bullets will kill Palestinians. – Marwaan, young Palestinian boy living under occupation in Hebron in Palestine.

Growing up Palestinian in occupied West Bank

Three Palestinian boys grow up in the divided heart of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.… Go to Article

The making of a rebel

Here is a talk given by Jeff Rickertt about Ernie Lane on the making of a Queensland rebel. Full transcript below. In his talk about the making of a rebel Jeff refers to a time when the early and tiny radical community in Brisbane saw both class and environment as part of the whole anti-capitalist project.… Go to Article

Assange gets support from a strange quarter

SPEAKERS

John Jiggens (Bay FM), John Shipton (Julian’s dad), Barnaby Joyce (Deputy Prime Minister), 4PR – Voice of the People.

4PR – Voice of the People

It was not a good week for Julian Assange. The UK High Court overruled the lower court decision that denied the US extradition request and it was reported that Assange suffered a stroke while viewing the High Court decision.… Go to Article