Long half-life

Ian Lowe has put out another book, this time about the Nuclear Industry in Australia. Here is an interview I did with Ian some time ago touching on uranium, environment and the military industrial complex. https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/inerview-with-ian-lowe-about-the-military-industrial-complex-and-the-environment Australia has been directly involved in the nuclear industry for more than a century, but our involvement has never … Continue reading Long half-life

Public Advocate investigates Public Trustee

Should workers follow the biblical edict Matthew 22:21 'Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's' ? A recent report published by the Public Advocate looked at case studies "that show the lived experience of some Public Trustee administration clients and demonstrate the ‘real world’ impact of the Public Trustee’s policies and practices on their … Continue reading Public Advocate investigates Public Trustee

Trev’s weather forecast from 3 Aug

Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 3 Aug – and Windsurfing again!! Finally got a good windsurf in off Wello Point yesterday. Wind was a consistent south-easterly at 14 to 16 knots, with clear skies and only 2 other sailors out. Sometimes it can get crowded on Moreton Bay, believe it or not. … Continue reading Trev’s weather forecast from 3 Aug

The US Has No Business Lecturing Cuba About “Free and Fair” Elections

There is no doubt where the Cuban people would stand should the US government attempt to invade Cuba or take over their government by force. We post this article here by Peter Bolton published first in Counterpunch - Ian Curr, 2 Aug 2021. In the weeks following the protests in Cuba on July 11 questions … Continue reading The US Has No Business Lecturing Cuba About “Free and Fair” Elections

Spy ships and Pine Gap

'... for the US, access to Pine Gap and its intelligence is much more important than whether Australia provides some peripheral military forces to a new war.' - Brian Toohey If this statement is true this does not bode well for either Australia or the region that have such strong ties with China economically and … Continue reading Spy ships and Pine Gap

Hiroshima Day 2021

Anti nuclear friends, You are invited to join peace groups in Brisbane in commemorating the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on the 5th and 8th August.Seventy six years ago, without warning, the US dropped a nuclear bomb on the city of Hiroshima, followed three days later by one on Nagasaki. The impact of such a cataclysmic event … Continue reading Hiroshima Day 2021

FOCO NUEVO IN AUGUST

Tin Star / Jumping FencesFriday 6th August31 Arras Street, YerongaDoors open 6.00 p.m.Music starts 6.30 p.m.$10 admission(Eftpos available)COVID hasn't stopped us yet! Come along and bask in the warmth of live music at our backyard house concert. Joining Jumping Fences this month will be special guests Tin Star. Mulled wine, savouries, cakes, tea, and coffee will be available. Please feel … Continue reading FOCO NUEVO IN AUGUST

Covid interactive map

If you’re having trouble keeping up to date with outbreaks and exposure sites, you might like to check out this interactive map which automatically amalgamates location data from different state and territory government sources and makes it really easy to identify any exposure sites you or your loved ones might have visited. https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/1606ae83c91e4dc68c95170e7f37e9e9 This Web App gathers … Continue reading Covid interactive map

Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 27 July

Trevor's weather report does not include sound this week ... he is on R & R. However he filed this report from Point Lookout on Minjeribah. Close Encounters with Stingrays Well we just had two fantastic days on Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island). Glen, Sue and I kayaked from Amity Point south towards Wallum Creek on … Continue reading Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 27 July

The Crime of not Knowing your Crime: Ric Throssell against ASIO

BOOK LAUNCH The launch will be online (zoom and FB livestream) on Thursday 29 July at 6 pm. The book will be launched by Jeff Sparrow and Karen will talk about the book and read excerpts. The event is free but please register using the link at https://www.facebook.com/events/888053548451010?ref=newsfeed For more information go to the FB event https://www.facebook.com/events/888053548451010?ref=newsfeedContinue reading The Crime of not Knowing your Crime: Ric Throssell against ASIO

On the chain

He’s on the chain, he’s on the chainShoulder to shoulder on the chainDid his grandfather’s ghost softly shudder,Will the victories and losses fade in history,Who pays the price, who’ll make the gain,When his livelihood comes up for sale?On the Chain by Jumping Fences Here is a truly awful story about a mid level meat processing … Continue reading On the chain

Slaves and Skins

We post this article Skin Deep by Humphrey McQueen on skin colour describing superficial characteristics that defined early relationships in the colonisation of Australia. George Augustus Robinson I remember being shocked in my Anatomy II class in 1971 where the size of a skull was equated with intelligence. The School of Anatomy Museum at the … Continue reading Slaves and Skins

Van Diemen’s Land – war lords, liars, thieves and murderers

“… quas vento accesserit oras; qui teneant, nam inculta videt, hominesne, feraene, quaerere constituit, sociisque exacta referre” “to seek out what regions he has reached by the wind, to seek out who occupies the land (for he sees it is uncultivated), whether humans or wild beasts, and to report his discoveries to his companions.” – … Continue reading Van Diemen’s Land – war lords, liars, thieves and murderers

Ben and Jerry Ice-cream observe BDS

Zionists are up in arms about Ben and Jerry Ice-cream makers deciding to comply with International law and instruct their Israeli distributors not to sell their brand in the Israeli colonies built on stolen Palestinian land in the West Bank. Interestingly those who talk endlessly about peace and two state solution oppose boycotts of any … Continue reading Ben and Jerry Ice-cream observe BDS

West End: Cars rule on Montague

The pangs of over-development ... as far as i know there are two buses, Routes 60 & 192, go along busy Montague Road which stretches from South Brisbane to Orleigh Park at Hill end. I noticed yesterday that the banana buses (Route 60) have trouble negotiating the roundabouts. Councillor Sri: Car-Centric Streetscapes Discourage Pedestrian Flow … Continue reading West End: Cars rule on Montague

Think Tanks, Economic Liberalism and Industrial Relations

Think Tanks, left and right, have impacted heavily on the right to organise in trade unions. The Prices and Income Accord came out of a left wing think tank, adversely affecting many workers, none more so than the SEQEB workers in Queensland who were sacrificed on the altar of labour unity by the Hawke/Keating Labor … Continue reading Think Tanks, Economic Liberalism and Industrial Relations

Why Food Irradiation?

Who is up for further campaigning to stem the destructive tide of food irradiation? For new activists, a reminder of what food irradiation is, what is FSANZ, and who sets food policy: FOOD IRRADIATION Pamphlet printed by Leftpress for citizens concerned about food irradiation in the 1980s - the authorities didn't listen then and they … Continue reading Why Food Irradiation?

The politics of the bicycle lane

Here is an interesting take on the Bike Lane in India: In recent years there is demand for bicycle lanes by a section of the bicycle community in India. It comes mainly from Metro cities and people who demand are also younger people who use fancy/professional bicycles and are members of various bicycle clubs. Ordinary … Continue reading The politics of the bicycle lane

Everyone is dying’: Myanmar on the brink of decimation

This is personal story of recent covid explosion in Myanmar. It highlights the importance of oxygen to help the sick. The military dictatorship has take possession of all the surplus oxygen in the country. Elsewhere on the sub-continent it was claimed by the Modi government that there was no oxygen to treat the sick. However … Continue reading Everyone is dying’: Myanmar on the brink of decimation

Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 20 July

Winter is definitely here. We’ve had some wild days of strong westerly winds last week and more are predicted this week, on Wednesday, and also the weekend, as cold fronts sweep across the south-east of Australia. Westerly winds tend to be very gusty as they flow over the land which is a very rough surface … Continue reading Trev’s Brisbane Forecast for next 7 Days from 20 July

David Rovics called an anti-semite for supporting Palestine

 Who are Gilad Atzmon and Matthew Heimbach, and what do they have to do with why some people are saying I'm an antisemite?  I'll try to explain. - David Rovics On 18 August 2010 I recorded a concert organised by Justice for Palestine (Meanjin) at the Electrical Trade Union building in South Brisbane.⁠ David Rovics … Continue reading David Rovics called an anti-semite for supporting Palestine

Solidarity with Cuba – Poetry in Motion XIX

Join with friends and supporters of Cuba in our annual 'Poetry in Motion' celebration of the 26th July. It's Cuba's National Day of Rebellion, marking the 68th anniversary of the attack on the Moncada Barracks. Now in our 19th year we will be celebrating as usual, with Cuban poetry and music. We'll also have an … Continue reading Solidarity with Cuba – Poetry in Motion XIX

Dan O’Neill – the long march through the existing institutions

The long march through the existing institutions - Rudi Dutschke At little while ago a friend and I were searching Wikipedia to find out the date of birth of the retired university lecturer, Dan O'Neill. Of course Wikipedia is awash with Dan O'Neill's but no entry for the radical thinker we have known in this … Continue reading Dan O’Neill – the long march through the existing institutions

Boycott PUMA – walk against apartheid

Don't walk in Israeli Apartheid shoes, boycott Puma! Boycott Puma WalkSaturday 31 July 2021 at 1 PMKing George Square, Brisbane We will be walking around the city to retailers who stock Puma and asking them to boycott Puma products.More details to come.Just a few kilometers away from where Palestinians are struggling in occupied East Jerusalem, … Continue reading Boycott PUMA – walk against apartheid

Group of 17 – “The rise and rise of Australian authoritarianism”

This is an advance notice of the second 17 Group talk for this year on Wednesday the 8th of September.  The full and formal notices will, as usual, go out a week before the event.  Given that the country is still yet, so to speak, residually covidized, and that nobody knows whether masks and physical distancing … Continue reading Group of 17 – “The rise and rise of Australian authoritarianism”

Viva Cuba!

Members and friends of the Australia-Cuba Friendship Society gathered in Brisbane today to say ‘USA, Hands Off Cuba’. Cars, decorated with messages of solidarity and flags travelled in convoy around the streets of Highgate Hill, South Brisbane and West End convoy! The criminal blockade must be lifted. #BloqueoNoSolidaridadSi Without doubt, the refusal by the US … Continue reading Viva Cuba!

Should Meanjin host the 2032 Olympics

Image: Helmets, armor, etc. used by opponents in the Sanrizuka struggle (Narita struggle). Photographed at Narita Airport and Community Historical Museum (Shibayama, Chiba) with permission. The ABC report reads: "A Qantas charter flight arrived at Narita Airport last night, before they spent hours waiting for saliva tests to confirm nobody is carrying the virus. The … Continue reading Should Meanjin host the 2032 Olympics

USA Hands off Cuba – Convoy for Cuba

CONVOY FOR CUBA18th JULY 2021‘USA Hands Off Cuba!’ Convoy##BloqueoNoSolidaridadSi Join with us to say clearly ‘USA, HANDS OFF CUBA!'’ Sunday 18 July 9.30 AM Meet at the Rotunda, Highgate Hill ParkDornoch Terrace, Highgate Hill Let us know you're coming to 'Convoy for Cuba' Why are we doing this? Without doubt, the refusal by the US … Continue reading USA Hands off Cuba – Convoy for Cuba

Report from Iraqi Kurdistan

We post here a report from a community worker in northern Iraq about the dire situation in that country. Since I was away the team has been doing some brilliant and hard work in documenting the cross-border bombings and amplifying our partners voices, especially since the Turkish military launched operation Claw-Lightning and began taking control … Continue reading Report from Iraqi Kurdistan