Monthly Archives: December 2010

Sacred Site Damage at Port Stephens

Hi Folk,

A very Happy New Year to all, like many Aborigine folk I have watched very closely the proceedings in Tasmania over many months and much editorials plus T.V. items on this most important issue.

Like those Tasmanian Aborigines we Aborigines on this main land have also raised many similar issues that resulted in the destruction of Sacred Cultural Traditional sites such as our burial sites and carvings now controlled by NSW National Parks of NPWS who are not doing recognised as doing a capable work ?.. Continue reading

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wikileaks public meeting 4th jan

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WIKILEAKS AND WHY THE SYSTEM BREEDS ENDLESS WARS This meeting will discuss the revelations behind Wikileaks’ leaked documents about the wars of occupation in Afghanistan and Iraq, and how they make the case for why the rich and powerful and … Continue reading

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Death in Custody QLD – no charges

another sad example of queensland justice, especially when qld. cops are involved. surely the two police officers involved are culpable for the death of andrew bornen. if they did in fact need to handcuff and restrain him and laying him … Continue reading

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Australian BDS Movement Begins to Emerge

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From http://www.bdsmovement.net By Phil Monsour 2010 may yet prove to be a turning point in the Palestine solidarity movement in Australia.

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Dear friends, I rang Sandy and we decided instead fo having the vigil at Enoggera we would join the vigil planned for Anzac Square on 3pm Friday 24 Dec 2010. WHERE: ANZAC SQUARE (Under the tunnel from Central Station) TIME: … Continue reading

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ABOUT A BOY – locked up on Christmas Island.

On this night like any other night Maybe raining maybe clear In a world exploding is any heart open? Can you hear us? Can you hear? — from ‘Article 14’ by tony mockeridge. Editor’s Note: Thanks to Tony Mockeridge and … Continue reading

Asylum Seekers Christmas Island (ASCI) Newsletter

Please find (attached) from Christmas island – Asylum Seekers Christmas Island (ASCI) Newsletter

ASCI DECEMBER 2010.pdf

Visy Workers Victorious

The struggle is long but hope is longer

Hi everybody,

The Visy dispute in Dandenong has ended in victory for the workers. The final sticking points were dropping all charges against workers and community members, as well as out of work payments. These were worked out in deal on Friday. All charges against workers and community members have been dropped. Continue reading

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Eureka Day Celebrations in Adelaide 2010

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Eureka Day Celebrations in Adelaide. The Eureka Flag flew from Parliament house. A delegation then attached the Eureaka Oath to the gates of Government House. [Thanks Don] See

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kooii this weekend

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Eureka 2010: Stations of the Southern Cross

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Stations of the Southern Cross – 156th anniversary of the Eureka Rebellion On one level the Eureka stockade was a dispute over mining licences at Ballarat gold diggings in 1854. However when we look at the people that made up … Continue reading

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The Lies that Built the Northern Territory intervention 6pm Wednesday December 15 Dinner from 5.00pm Turnstyle Social Place, 10 Laura Street, Highgate Hill also, 6pm Friday December 17 Dinner from 5.00pm Paddington Workers Club, 2 Latrobe Terrace, Paddington. Bar available. … Continue reading

Free Palestine: organising opposition to Israel’s apartheid

Sunday film at GOMA – A River Called Titas

You might be interested in this film at GOMA this Sunday 11 Dec 2010 (free entry)

Titas Ekti Nadir Naam (A River Called Titas) 1973 Ages 18+

Based on a celebrated Bengali novel, this film is a spare and beautiful portrait of the life and ultimate dissolution of a fishing community on the banks of the river Titash in East Bengal during the 1930s.

Interspersed within its lyrical recording of the rhythms and rituals of the community is the tale of a couple separated by a kidnapping.

The wife escapes her captors and finds shelter with the fisherfolk while her husband goes mad with grief.

For Ghatak, whose childhood and early youth were spent in East Bengal, the film confirms the inevitability of change and the terrible cyclical power of loss and resurrection. — Harvard Film Archive

The money-lenders destroy the lives of villagers in this beautiful country of flooding rains and hard working people.

Contact: Sun 12 Dec 2.30pm / Cinema A

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, STEREO, 123 MINUTES, INDIA-BANGLADESH, BENGALI (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: RITWIK GHATAK / PRODUCER: HABIBUR RAHMAN KHAN / SCRIPT: ADVAITA MALLA BURMAN, RITWIK GHATAK / CINEMATOGRAPHER: BABY ISLAM / MUSIC: USTAD BAHADUR KHAN / EDITOR: BASHEER HUSSAIN / CAST: KABARI CHOUDHURY, ROUSHAN JAMIL, PROBIR MITRA, RITWIK GHATAK, RAHMAN KHAN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: WORLD CINEMA FOUNDATION, RITABAN GHATAK/RITWIK MEMORIAL TRUST / SCREENING FORMAT: DIGITAL BETACAM

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I am a middle-aged rail fan – ‘the trains that were murdered’

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“This train don’t carry no con men, this train; This train don’t carry no con men, this train; This train don’t carry no con men, No wheeler dealers, here and gone men, This train don’t carry no con men, this … Continue reading

Ciaron O’Reilly reports from outside Julian Assange’s London court appearance

I had been concerned for Bradley Manning since his original military detention in Iraq and subsequent transfer to isolation at the Quantico Base in Virginia. I became more concerned when I attended a “Stop the War Coalition” (StWC) meeting in Conway Hall/ London promoted as celebrating the recent release of Biritsh military resister Joe Glenton. Coincidently, the evening meeting occured on the day the first Wikileaks occured. Every speaker celebrated the Wikileaks and no metion of the guy who was banged up for it!.

It further distressed me to learn that the FBI had arrived at a terraced house in Haverford-west/ Wales to harrass Bradley Manning Welsh Catholic mother Susan……..
……..”Susan Manning’s sister, Sharon Staples has described how “these guys in dark suits” – who she took to be FBI officers questioned her sister who has been in and out of hospital after a series of strokes” (Guardian Dec 1st. 2010)
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/nov/30/wikileaks-c…nning

Please write letters of support to Bradley:
Bradley Manning
c/o Courage to Resist
484 Lake Park Ave. #41
Oakland, CA 94610
USA

Yesterday (Dec 7th. 1010), I was part of a Catholic Worker/ Plowshares vigil at the U.S. embassy in London in solidarity with five of our people on their first day of trial in Tacoma, Washington USA for a plowshares action at the Trident Nuclear Submarine base.
http://www.indymedia.ie/article/98387

During the freezing 11 am – 1 pm vigil, I received a text that Julian Assange had appeared at a police station. I discovered that Assange hoped to appear voluntarily and be awarded bail conditions.

I got some general directions, dumped my excess anti-Trident related placards on Dan and ran off to Bond St. tube, I finally found Hoseferry Rd. and sprinted up toward the court entrance. There were 80+ folks crammed in a circle around the entrance.

So I caught my breath, licked my lips and started street speaking – a skill well honed in the Brisbane Mall free speech campaign of the early ’80’s.

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