Bogus claims in SOS video

There is a video circulating calling for help for first nations people in the Northern Territory where there is a lot of confusion about Covid-19. Aboriginal people are hesitant of vaccination. This because many first nations people have underlying medical conditions which increase the level of risk by Covid-19 and by some treatments for the disease.… Go to Article

Covid-19: doctors, lawyers, politicians and billionaires

I mark in every face I meet
Marks of weakness, marks of woe

– William Blake in ‘London

Are waged medical staff in the public hospital system middle class (are their interests separate from the workers and marginalised people whom they treat)? Of course many doctors, physios, psychologists and other professionals run their own businesses and so they are by definition petit bourgeois and their class interests may be different from the bulk of their patients.… Go to Article

International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

On the 29th of November, 1947 the United Nations adopted resolution 181 which called for the partition of Mandatory Palestine into an Arab State and a Jewish State. (Mandatory Palestine, under British control, was established by the League of Nations in 1922). 

The associated 4-part Plan, devised in cooperation with Jewish organizations, was accepted by the Jewish Agency for Palestine, This was the first Deal of the Century (20th).… Go to Article

Vale Stuart MacIntyre

One of the first serious history books I picked up as a teenager at the local council library was Stuart Macintyre’s ‘The Reds’, a history of the Communist Party of Australia. While I almost certainly didn’t get 90% of what he was saying, I remember being so thoroughly impressed by the book, and the very concept that one could devote their lives to the study of the past, let alone those who wanted to change the world.… Go to Article

Covid confusion – view from a wooden chair

Announcer: This is Ian from 4 PR – voice of the people and we’re presenting a speech given by a registered nurse over the weekend during the anti-vaccination demonstrations in Australia. It is interesting to listen to this speech, whilst it makes a number of very good points about the importance of a community response to the pandemic.… Go to Article

Coal, Uranium – minerals of menace

Anti-uranium Picket on Hamilton No 4 Wharf in Brisbane (Meanjin) in August 1977

In the late 1970s we used to stop trains delivering uranium at Hamilton No 4 wharf in Brisbane by sitting on the railway tracks … actions made possible and safe by railway workers and wharfies … we went around the unions asking wharfies and seamen for help … they used to stop work when we got on the wharves saying it was not safe to load the uranium while we were on the wharves.… Go to Article

Anti-Vaxers, Racists and Fascists

Two left groups in Brisbane (Socialist Alternative & Anarchist Communists Meanjin) have joined forces to oppose the far right over vaccination against Covid-19. While it is true that the right is on the move worldwide, it is hard to see how the tactics followed by the far right groups are going to be successful here in Australia.… Go to Article

Australia’s long march into Asia

The reappearance on 10 November 2021 of Paul Keating at the National Press Club after an absence of 26 years does demonstrate one thing, at least: that each new prime minister of Australia is worse than the one previous. Put it another way, Keating is streets ahead of Morrison. Keating correctly points out that Australia cannot go to war with China over Taiwan.… Go to Article

Refugee Solidarity revisited

The Paradigm Shift today [12 November 2021] was about connecting with the refugees locked up by our inhumane government. Andy chats with Dane De Leon from Refugee Solidarity Meanjin to get an update on what that group’s been up to since the lengthy occupation at Kangaroo Point last year.

And also to Keyna Wilkins – who is this week launching an album she has made collaborating with detained refugee Jalal Mahamede.… Go to Article

East Timor Burning 1975 – 1991

Unfurl the banner
Onto the street
Only seven
But seven marched
For a peoples freedom.

– Joseph Monsour

Thirty years ago LeftPress published its 1992 Left Directory that included an analysis by Lachlan Hurse and a poem by Joseph Monsour about East Timor.

On this the 30th anniversary of the massacre of East Timorese at the Santa Cruz cemetry in Dili we republish this work as a commemoration of lives lost in the struggle for freedom by the people of Timor Leste.… Go to Article

East Timor: remember the Santa Cruz Martyrs

The Santa Cruz Massacre that was carried out 30 years ago by the Indonesian military (TNI) on 12 November 1991 was one of the worst massacres that occurred during Indonesia’s illegal and brutal 24 year occupation of East Timor. 

On that day, a crowd of East Timorese people gathered for the funeral of  a young East Timorese man – Sebastiao Gomes – who had been murdered by the TNI in the Motael Church in Dili.… Go to Article

Gary Foley wins Jerusalem peace prize

Australians for Palestine (AFP) and the Australia-Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) are thrilled to announce the winner of the 2021 Jerusalem (Al Quds) Peace Prize as Aboriginal Gumbaynggirr intellectual, activist, academic, writer, storyteller and actor, Dr. Gary Foley.The award will be presented at an online event on Tuesday, 30 November 2021.
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Eureka!

On one level the Eureka stockade was a dispute over mining licences at Ballarat gold diggings in 1854. However look at the people that made up the rebellion and the allegiance they swore to each other, namely:

“We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to defend our rights and liberties

We can see that it was more than a licence dispute.… Go to Article

Leaky Subs

The contretemps around lying to the perfidious French has made no mention of the long-standing calls for Open Diplomacy. That is what the Bolsheviks did when they exposed the Sykes-Picot-Sazonov scheme to divide the Middle East for what has become ‘the Peace to End All Peace,’ as Field-Marshall Viscount Wavell put it.… Go to Article

Australian government’s shameless wages fraud

Image: Border Force poster in the Bundaberg region (& presumably elsewhere). “You may shame your family” – Australian government attempt to shame workers on 457 visas.

Last week fruit pickers (some being paid $13 an hour) were awarded a minimum wage of $25 per hour. The National Farmers Federation, labour hire firms and government officials shaming workers is the response.… Go to Article

Adani set to destroy cultural heritage

Under cover of darkness, Adani has begun bulldozing a highly significant Wangan and Jagalingou cultural heritage site. Adani have now laid explosives, and plan to detonate our sacred site to make way for their expanding coal mine pit. They must be stopped.

We need your urgent help to stop Adani from further desecrating and destroying sacred Wangan and Jagalingou sites – tell Minister Craig Crawford to STOP WORK now!Go to Article

Fight for climate justice

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On November 6 the COP26 Coalition is organising to bring thousands of people on to the streets of Glasgow to demand urgent action on climate change. This will be part of a global day of action with protests taking place across the world.Here in Australia we will be having major mobilisations on the streets on Saturday November 6, all across the country.… Go to Article

Assange: the right to know

In the lead up to Assange’s extradition trial, Free Speech campaigner and author Dr John Jiggens writes his opinion of how Hilary Clinton and the ABC’s Four Corner’s program have sought to undermine Julian Assange as a Russian agent and refuse to recognise his credentials as a publisher and journalist. It was Hilary Clinton who, laughing, celebrated the brutal murder and torture of Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi with the words: ‘We came, we saw, he died’.… Go to Article

Save UQ Union endorses Duffield for UQ Senate

Those of you who are graduates of UQ may be aware that elections are currently underway for the UQ Senate, the university’s governing body.  Graduates have an opportunity to elect their own representatives. If you intend casting a vote I ask you to consider voting for Lee Duffield.  Lee has been a stalwart of our campaign to prevent the demolition of the UQ Union Complex.… Go to Article

I’d draw the Earth

Farah

When I was 10 years old, Mai Masri a Palestinian filmmaker wanted to document the lives of Palestinian children in the camp. I am one of the children in that documentary talking about my dream to become a doctor. I’m not exactly a medical doctor but I managed to finish a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and currently the co-owner of a successful business “Baladi”.… Go to Article

Palestinians are NOT terrorist, Israel IS guilty of war crimes

Open letter to minister on Israeli designation of six Palestinian organizations as “terrorist groups”

To: Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs

Dear Minister,

Workers BushTelegraph condemns Israel’s designation of six prominent Palestinian Rights Organizations as “Terrorist Groups” with the intention to criminalize those exposing human rights violations stemming from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.… Go to Article

Cuba’s Energy Revolution

As leaders from countries converge on Glasgow Climate Change Conference of Parties, they could take a leaf out of Cuba’s Energy Revolution begun in the 1990s during the special period where the United States blockade brought the country to the brink of economic collapse.

Here is a slideshow presented in 2011 by Mario Alberto Arrastía Avila at Qld University of Technology on ‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’.Go to Article