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The Big Ride for Palestine 2019

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SIGN UP IS NOW OPEN To sign up for the Big Ride 2019, complete the registration form and email it to thebigrideaustralia@outlook.com Once registration is processed an invoice will be emailed for payment. Riders can participate for one day ($100) … 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

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Christian Peacemaking Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Rebekah Dowling will be talking about Christian Peacemaking Teams and her time in Iraqi Kurdistan For those who may have missed Rebekah’s talks, she will be speaking and showing slides at Dorothy Day house, 126 Juliette St next Monday night … Continue reading

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Nagasaki day

Day remembered with concert and call to action 74 years ago, on August 9, 1945 the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, after dropping one three days earlier on Hiroshima. The following year, in 1946, the first ever … Continue reading

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University of Queensland doubles down on heritage demolition plan

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The University of Queensland is trying to take down the one space it does not control at St Lucia. This is corporate theft from generations of students and staff. Students built the UQ Union Complex with their union fees and … Continue reading

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Vale Joan Shears

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“In hollows behind outhouses or back of a wall of pepper tree, tanks are sleeping, stirring. They expand, become nervous and rough, and grinning with iron dimples begin to move out to the edge of town to wait for the … Continue reading

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Extinction rebellion – can capitalism save the planet?

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… finally the bankers are starting to listen, as is the insurance industry. We need to start having a serious conversation about this existential threat, amongst ourselves and our community, not hoping that conservative governments will fix the problem – they haven’t for the past 40 years of being asked politely to act. Think about this threat in terms of the future for your children, nephews and nieces, grandchildren etc.” – Trevor Berrill Continue reading

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Vale Ross Taylor

Words said at Ross Taylor’s Funeral Tewantin, 5 August 2019 Ross Taylor did not come from this place, this is not his country. Strangely it is in this place, or somewhere nearby that Ross came undone.  His long-time friend, Brian … Continue reading

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Stanthorpe gets Emu Swamp Dam

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On the 4th August 2019 the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, gave the Brisbane Times a scoop. The minister did not send the media release to the Courier Mail so it didn’t get to run this … Continue reading

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter

Some questions on the eve of Hiroshima Day …

1) What happened at Hiroshima in 1945 and why?

2) Hiroshima was the first use of nuclear weapons against a civilian population, could it happen again?

3) Is the world close to nuclear war now? If so, where?

4) Chernobyl and Fukushima were terrible nuclear catastrophes, what happened and why?

5) Are similar nuclear accidents possible and if so where?

6) For 74 years August the 6th, Hiroshima day, has been a focus for people to stop war and put an end to nuclear weapons … how can ordinary people stand against nuclear weapons?

7) The anti-war movement received a set back in 2003 when the Australian government ignored the pleas of a million people on the streets and went to war against the Iraqi people, is the anti-war movement strong enough to resist future wars? How can the anti-war movement become stronger?

Paradigm Shift

Broadcast on The Paradigm Shift, 2 Aug 2019 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon.

“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

HK Democratic Rights
Ian interviews Hong Kong activists at democracy demonstrations in Brisbane. Lloyd interviews students at UQ protesting the Confucius Institute. (Thanks Lloyd!)

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter
Ian Interviews Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Coalition about the threat of nuclear war.

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Honte Chosi
Urban Guerillas – Americans are coming
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Shima Uta
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon

Liner Notes
Shima-uta is a genre of songs originating from the Amami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture of southwestern Japan. It is also associated with Okinawa. “Shima Uta” (島唄, lit. “Island Song”) is a 1992 song by the Japanese…

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The Big Ride for Palestine

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Here is an inspiring story from the big ride in the UK. The Big Ride for Palestine in Brisbane is from 31st August to 1 September 2019. Cyclists register @ https://thebigrideaustralia.weebly.com/ A personal account of a magnificent day of solidarity … Continue reading

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Australia’s Transport Dilemma

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 7th of August at 7 pm in Unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be addressed by Trevor Berrill on the topic: “Australia’s Transport … Continue reading

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Brisbane: Climate Emergency Declaration

WBT posts this important message by Jonno Sri from the Gabba Ward in Brisbane. __oOo__ Dear residents, We’ve certainly had an interesting week after the Courier Mail ran several misleading and deliberately inflammatory stories about me. I’d like to thank … Continue reading

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Benefit Concert – Palestine Not Silenced, Not for Sale

Benefit Concert, Palestine Not Silenced, Not for Sale Friday, August 30, 7pm Kurilpa Hall West End. Join us for a night of creative solidarity. Bookings: https://www.trybooking.com/527519 Featuring Palestinian American poet Remi Kanazi. Remi is a poet and writer based in New … Continue reading

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Hong Kong – the long march

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No group or collective can claim the student union forum area exclusively as their own because it was built to provide a refuge against the tyranny of the sect, an open place. This is why the corporate university wishes to demolish it and with it student unionism. They re-imagine the space as a shopping mall, a gateway to elite jobs on the back of exploitation of workers and student alike. Continue reading

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Quang Incident: recollections of a university creating change

The First Secretary from the Embassy of South Vietnam in Canberra looked surprisingly unfazed by events. Quang was an ally of the US government and an advocate for war. … Opposition to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War peaked in 1970 in Brisbane, with two national Moratoria protests occurring in May and September of that year. Continue reading

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Democratic Rights struggle at UQ

I am proud to have been one of those supporters of women rights back in 1978. I think it important to actively take the side of women in political struggle. Continue reading

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Foco Neuvo in August

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Foco Nuevo in August Friday, 2nd August, 2019 Doors open 7.00 pm Concert starts 7.30 pm. Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) We’ve returned from a very steamy India back to Brisbane’s winter where we’re looking for some … Continue reading

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Venezuela again

Open letter to the Australian parliament No war on Venezuela – Lift the sanctions The United States government of President Donald Trump has made clear it will do whatever is required, including engaging in illegal activities and even potentially launching … Continue reading

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The greater threat?

Military aircraft entered South Korean Air Defence on Tuesday morning. Missiles were exchanged between North and South. Several countries have an interest in the conflict. Four have nuclear weapons: the U.S., China, Russia and North Korea.

In the Gulf and Mediterranean sea, military personnel have boarded and impounded oil tankers. Four of the participants in the conflict have nuclear weapons: Britain, U.S., Israel and Russia. Yet where are the Peace movements of the West? Continue reading

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Pell’s appeal

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The appeal As we await the appeal verdict a campaign in the Catholic media is being waged to undermine the jury verdict against Australia’s most senior prelate. Culture warrior Keith Windschuttle writes in the Catholic Journal Annals Australasia – A … Continue reading

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Demolitions in Hebron

Heavily armed Israeli occupation soldiers brutally attacking Palestinian farmers in Alkhalil City (Hebron) while bulldozing their properties, occupied Palestine, 16 July 2019.

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26 July Commemoration – Poetry in Motion XVII

It is 60 years into the Cuban Revolution so get along to this if you can! Join our commemoration of the attack on the Moncada Barracks Friday 26 July 6.30 pm The Red Brick Hotel 83 Annerley Road, Woolloongabba Join … Continue reading

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Just Plain Scared

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Townsville relied heavily on what came in and out of its port on steamships. The railway was connected to the port, carrying cattle to the abattoirs, coal and sugar to the wharves, and foodstuffs and people to neighbouring towns. Anyone … Continue reading