By Nick OlleJuly 30, 2013
Unaccompanied teenagers and young adults are among the hardest hit by the Australian government’s “abusive” treatment of “irregular maritime arrivals” seeking asylum.
He left his native Iran the day after his 17th birthday a marked man in every sense of the word.
A regular civil rights demonstrator with the pacifistic “Green Movement”, a pro-democracy group born in the wake of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s contested 2009 election victory, the young man now living in Melbourne matter-of-factly outlines how he’d been arrested, tortured and blacklisted.… Go to Article
Gangplank to a Warm Future By ANTHONY R. INGRAFFEA
New York Times Opinion, July 28, 2013
ITHACA, N.Y. — MANY concerned about climate change, including President Obama, have embraced hydraulic fracturing for natural gas. In his recent climate speech, the president went so far as to lump gas with renewables as “clean energy.”
Brad’s in chains for us, We’re on the loose for him!Three hours before the Bradley Manning verdict was to come down Tuesday (NSA HQ Ft.Meade, Maryland USA 1pm/ London 6pm), supporters of Bradley Manning gathered at the Eros statue in Picadilly Circuls London. The 15 gathered, included folks from Aotearoa, Australia, England, Ireland, Iraq, Italy, United States.… Go to Article
Basewatch welcomes two peace advocates to Darwin this Tuesday 23rd July 6.30pm Railway Club, Parap. Come to hear of peace actions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region and in Guam.
Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero is an indigenous Chamoru writer and teacher from Guam. She will talk on the rapid expansion of the massive US bases in their Pacific Island of Guam, strongly opposed by local people.… Go to Article
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. The topic is “The Whiskey Au Go Go Night club Firebombing Case”. Tony Reeves, well-known true crime author, has been researching it for over two years and has found out what has been obscured for decades about it.… Go to Article
Just in – Bradley Manning was found guilty by a military judge of all counts except for the most severe of “aiding the enemy.”
For the “crime” of exposing US war crimes, the 25-year-old whistleblower now faces the possibility of 136 years in prison.
As Amnesty International said in its reaction: “It’s hard not to draw the conclusion that Manning’s trial was about sending a message: the US government will come after you, no holds barred, if you’re thinking of revealing evidence of its unlawful behavior.”… Go to Article
Once again warm yourself on a winter night with music from these great guest artists, Caroline Hammond and Paris Dreaming.
Caroline Hammond is an original singer/ songwriter of insight and earthiness, influenced by a diverse range of musical styles from Blues, to Gospel, Reggae, African ‘hi-life’ and coffeehouse folk.… Go to Article
Phil Monsour News and Information Hi
Special “Old school new books” show coming up for the full band on Friday August 2 at the Beetle Bar. The night features great musicians from various bands showcasing their new work and new line-ups.
Also very pleased to announce that we will be performing at the first “These Machines Cut Razor Wire” show in Brisbane on 7 September at Kurilpa Hall in West End.
attached is a letter of complaint we wrote to both the sydney lord mayor, ms. clover moore, and to the nsw police minister, mike gallacher, on behalf of the rocks police, arising from a savage assault against an isja member, ms. colleen fuller, during a failed attempt to evict those who were there at the occupy sydney site in sydney’s martin plaza, along with their supporters.… Go to Article
attached is the agreed media release from the sydney and melbourne indigenous social justice associations and the flemington kensington community legal centre, melbourne re the flawed response from australia to the gail hickey complaint and submission to the united nations human rights committee.
gail hickey’s communication to the un on behalf of her son tj hickey, an aboriginal youth who lost his life during a policing operation in redfern in 2004 has been registered by the un human rights committee.… Go to Article
> An elderly Hazara woman died suddenly last week. She and her two daughters had been out of detention on bridging visas for only a few weeks. Within days the Hazara community organised and paid for the funeral and traditional ceremony. Today at Springvale in the cold biting wind, 140 members of the Hazara community came to pay their respects to a woman most had never met.… Go to Article
Police Prosecution claims Talisman Saber protestors halted millionsof dollars of equipment and personnel
Greg Rolles and Graeme Dunstan appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning after blockading a convoy of US Marine Humvees inside Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area yesterday.
The police brief of evidence tendered in Graeme’s case stated that “By conducting these activities, the defendant has disrupted the exercise Talisman Saber 2013 and has caused many millions of dollars of equipment and personnel to be put on standby whilst they were dealt with.… Go to Article
Personal feelings on the verdict for those of you consistently and willfully ignorant of social justice:
The verdict is not surprising in the least, because Trayvon never had a chance at fair chance at justice to begin with. The verdict is simply demonstrative of the institutionally and culturally racist hegemony we live under.
Talisman Sabre protestors in court this morning after a night in jail
The two peace pilgrims who entered Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area with an aim to disrupt the Talisman Saber military training exercise will appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning (Thursday July 25).
Just in:MEDIA RELEASE
24 July, 2013
Peace Pilgrims remain in Shoalwater Bay Military Training Facility
Photos of the peace pilgrims inside Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area are being posted online, including of their makeshift camp where they stayed overnight. They have reported that they heard helicopter and large vehicle movement until the middle of the night.… Go to Article
Upcoming campaign events
Kevin Rudd’s speech on Friday has motivated many people who have empathy with refugees to get active again. Sunday’s rally in King George Square drew the biggest crowd at a Brisbane refugee protest for years (400-500 people, it was impossible to count). Due to the anger and disbelief towards Labor’s new policy from many quarters the refugee rights campaign has geared up in response.… Go to Article
Basewatch welcomes two peace advocates to Darwin this Tuesday 23rd July 6.30pm Railway Club, Parap. Come to hear of peace actions throughout the Asia-Pacific Region and in Guam.Victoria-Lola Leon Guerrero is an indigenous Chamoru writer and teacher from Guam. She will talk on the rapid expansion of the massive US bases in their Pacific Island of Guam, strongly opposed by local people.… Go to Article
‘First they globalised management and now they’ve globalised workers’ – long time unionist and economic refugee
I attended the inaugural anti- G20 meeting at Trades & Labor Council (QCU) Building in South Brisbane on Thursday 18 July 2013. A couple of people at the meeting asked what the G20 was and what the meeting was about.… Go to Article
The US Marine jets are in Australia participating in US-Australia joint military exercise Talisman Saber, which sees 18,000 US and 9,000 Australian troops engaging in combined land, sea and air training, primarily at Shoalwater Bay, just north of Rockhampton in central Queensland.
Rudd has just announced devastating and inhumane measures against refugees, meaning that any refugee that arrives in Australia by boat, will be moved to PNG and will not be able to resettle in Australia.We need to reiterate that seeking asylum by boat is not a crime, and people have a human right to seek asylum and be resettled in Australia.… Go to Article
Peace activists will this morning block the gates of the Rockhampton barracks as a response to the Talisman Saber military training exercises. The Talisman Saber exercises, which involve 18,000 American and 9,000 Australian troops, are a key part of the Australian – US alliance.