Coming of age in immigration limbo

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

Bridge to Nowhere

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.”

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LONDON – Bradley Manning Verdict Day Solidarity

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

Peace not war

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

Bradley Manning verdict and Brisbane action

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

Foco Nuevo in August

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Friday August 2
8.00 p.m.

Kurilpa Hall
174 Boundary Street
West End

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

Phil Monsour News and Information
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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.

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Sydney city council and rocks police assaults at occupy sydney

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

Flawed response to gail hickey

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

Hazara community responds

> 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 millions of dollars of equipment and personnel

MEDIA RELEASE

3.30pm 25 July, 2013

Police Prosecution claims Talisman Saber protestors halted millions of 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

Brisbane peace action update

Begin forwarded message:

From: gml

Subject: Brisbane peace action update

Date: 24 July 2013 3:44:30 PM AEST

Hi folks!

Yes we are doing our weekly rally/vigil for Manning, Assange etc in King
Georges Square tomorrow Thursday 4-5:30 pm.

Bradley Manning’s trial is likely to end in the next week or two, so
please keep an eye out for the verdict.

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Peace Pilgrims enter Shoalwater Bay

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

QNU protests axing of experienced nurses to make way for graduates

The Queensland Nurses Union have been informed that up to 140 experienced nurses in the Metro North district will lose their jobs to open up positions for 140 graduate nurses.

This week a letter was sent to nurses informing them of the plan and offering voluntary redundancy packages.

It is set to take effect on July 31.… Go to Article

Not in my name

Hundreds protest Kevin Rudd’s new policies on asylum seekers

Submitted by news 4ZZZ on Mon, Jul 22, 2013 – 11:30am
Over 100 people rallied at King George Square yesterday to protest Kevin Rudd’s new offshore processing and resettlement policy, vowing to continue the action every week until the plan is revoked.
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Refugee Action Collective – Upcoming events


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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

The Snowden Files

There was the incident in which the plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced down in Europe over alleged suspicions that it was carrying Edward Snowden from Moscow to asylum in Bolivia

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Model of US Spy base at Pine Gap, central Australia.

British newspaper wants to take its aggressive investigations global, but money is running out.… Go to Article

Peace not war

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

What has the anti-globalisation movement achieved?

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

Bombs dropped on Great Barrier Reef raise alarm bells

Friends of the Earth Brisbane
Peace Convergence
www.peaceconvergence.wordpress.com
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Friends of the Earth Brisbane is alarmed at the disclosure that two US Harrier jets have dumped 500 pound bombs on the Great Barrier Reef earlier this week. (article below and at:
http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/07/19/.UeoUfym4zA0.twitter )

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.

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Refugee Protests

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

Activists disrupt military exercise: Talisman Saber

Activists disrupt military exercise

Place: Rockhampton Barracks
Canoona Road, Rockhampton
Time: 10am

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.

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