Monthly Archives: September 2013

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National Day to call for justice on Black Deaths in Custody

john pat apology by wa plt. and the sydney nda around australia, on the stolen lands of the traditional owners, actions were held to support and incorporate the call for justice for not only the mother of john pat, mavis … Continue reading

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Protected: Democratic Rights Struggle Queensland 1977

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Protected: Rabbit proof fence

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Black death in custody: peter hampton inquest

Why was Peter Clarkes death not treated as an Aboriginal Death-in- Custody Did any member of the Government bodies such as: The Dept of Corrections N.T. (Including the Prison Doctor/Staff) The Coroners Office The Health Dept (including the Medical Supt. … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in October

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Kick off the long weekend with another great night of music! Come along and enjoy performances by Tim and Mia O’Brien, Rumba Sol and Jumping Fences in a special rhythmic mode! Tim & Mia O’Brien are an all acoustic vocal … Continue reading

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G20: dissent, police powers and international reviews of security implement

[Editor’s Note: This forum was put on by Caxton Legal Centre Inc, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and The University of Queensland] Thursday, 26 September 2013 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM Banco Court 415 George Street #Ground floor … Continue reading

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Rally & March to Stop Black Deaths in Custody

from Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy Saturday, Sept 28th, 12 pm at Qld Parliament on the corner of Alice and George Streets … Rally to stop Black Deaths in Custody on the anniversary of John Pat’s death in police custody.

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Cuba Friendship Video night – The Trial: The Untold Story

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The Australia–Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) invites you to a video showing: The Trial: The Untold Story Wednesday 25 September 2013 6.30 p.m. QCU Level 2 16 Peel St South Brisbane Entry: by donation or please bring a plate. The Trial … Continue reading

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letter to dpp/new dic/peter clark fund

find below a copy of the letter to the dpp, for the second time, urging his office to proceed the matters of adam salter, roberto laudisio curti and the latest referral from the police integrity commission dealing with the events … Continue reading

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Capital can’t be reasoned with …

Capital can’t be reasoned with … the importance of affective politics by Joseph Kay Sep 19 2013 10:10 When we limit ourselves to reasoned critique we cut ourselves off from the everyday experiences of life under capitalism from which any … Continue reading

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Refugees, sea shepherds, and bankers…

Hi folks, Greetings from France, where the European leg of my world tour has begun…  Next is Germany, Denmark, Norway and Belgium, then North America.  The venue for tomorrow’s gig in Freiburg, Germany has been changed due to harassment by … Continue reading

Man trouble is murder for Annie

Annie: Bernie, what are your thoughts
on my character?
Bernie: Funny you should ask, Annie…
FREDERICK Lee Brooke could be creating a new literary sub-genre – the relationship thriller.
Like all good thrillers, Collateral Damage crackles along at a merry pace while the reader eagerly awaits the denouement of Annie Ogden’s entanglements with three men.

Ex school teacher/ Iraq War veteran/ part time private eye Annie is engaged to her tubby partner in crime solution Salvatore. But her former lover in Iraq Michael bobs up Stateside to stir residual amorous feelings. Michael’s eccentric behaviour is still attractive though his recent addiction to methamphetamine is not so much.
Another man to return to Annie’s life is her creepy brother-in-law, Todd who has deserted her sister Alison. Todd is a journalist doing a story on what life is like for homecoming vets. (I am a journalist and I swear only in fiction do you find a creepy journo)
When the first dead body hits the page, Michael is banged up as chief suspect and Annie is determined to get him out of jail which displeases fiancé Salvatore more than a smidgin.
Michael, of course, cannot do much sleuthing but Annie and her ex-army buddy June can and do. Salvatore and Todd, also team up in a hostile partnership to see who the killer is and who gets the girl.
If you told me the plotline of Collateral Damage, I would have provably said “pass” as in “pass me a neo-noir”.
But I read the book in three sittings and I turned the pages eagerly. Characters are believable and well-drawn. Pacing is executed with precision and there are some deft touches as when a distraught Salvatore seeks comfort in food. And I did want to know who gets the girl as much as the who and whys of the central mystery.
There is a fair bit of business about food and drink in the novel but everyone likes eating and imbibing.
I am not a big fan of prodigious questions in a thriller which seem designed to help the slower reader keep up. They are plenty of plot recaps here but for the most part they are fairly unobtrusive.
Author Brooke is clever in not overstating the serious theme in the book of problems of war veterans in adjusting in civil society. The message comes across finely with subtle handling of the topic.
I know almost zero about the romance genre, but I imagine some of its fans might jauntily cross over to this thriller. If you are a fan of romance, mystery and thrillers you may well have hit your literary jackpot here.
I believe Collateral Damage is the third in the Annie-Ogden series. I feel confident reception will be positive enough to encourage a fourth.
Here is out song tribute, a lovely singer, no blonde hair, though. You have to read the book to get my in-joke. Sorry.

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Mounting fear in Darwin camps among Vietnamese asylum seekers

[Editor’s Note: Why do Australians go as tourists to countries (like Vietnam) that experience such poverty and social turmoil? What benefit does it do impoverished Vietnamese people to watch wealthy western tourists traipse around their country slinging a few dollars … Continue reading

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RoadMap to Apartheid

[PShift (4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) broadcast on 20 Sept 2013 – ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’] Six years ago, almost to the day, a Palestinian citizen was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning in Al-’Ayn refugee camp, west of … Continue reading

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Resurrection of powerful building regulator under examination

by Steve Riggall, Reporter & Co-ordinator 4ZZZ  News fm 102.1 Brisbane Fri, Sep 20, 2013 – 12:51pm After striding into office after a comfortable election victory, Mr Abbott and his team are invoking that magical political word much beloved by … Continue reading

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Feminism and the crisis in the British Socialist Workers Party

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Feminism and the crisis in the British Socialist Workers Party Feminism and the crisis in the British Socialist Workers Party Freedom Socialist Party Statement Toward the end of 2012, two members of the British Socialist Workers Party charged a national … Continue reading

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Refugees shot trying to leave

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WILL THIS BE AUSTRALIA NEXT WEEK? Two Palestinian refugees killed in emigration attempt from Egypt Two Syrian-Palestinian refugees killed attempting illegal passage from Alexandria to Europe Zeinab El Gundy, Wednesday 18 Sep 2013 Two Palestinian refugees, formerly detained at El-Gomrok … Continue reading

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dpp rally and new nsw police investigatons

please be reminded that isja will be holding a snap rally outside of the nsw dpp’s office, 175 liverpool st., sydney at 12 noon on this coming friday, 20 september, 2013. we will be rallying to strongly urge mr. babb … Continue reading

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Brisbane remembers Sabra and Chatilla

In 1982 there was a demonstration in Brisbane King George Square to protest the Sabra and Chatilla Massarce [Arabic: مذبحة صبرا وشاتيلا.] There was worldwide condemnation of the attacks including this small demonstration in King George Square organised by the … Continue reading

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‘Roadmap to Apartheid’ screens in Brisbane

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Hi Just a reminder that JFP is screening the excellent documentary Roadmap to Apartheid on Saturday. See the details below. As another round of the endless “negotiations” are announced the colonisation of Palestine continues and the Apartheid system is further … Continue reading

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Sounds of Dis-ORIENTation

15th October 2013 Visy Theater Brisbane Powerhouse Online ticket sales for ‘Sounds of Dis-ORIENTation are now open from the Brisbane Powerhouse Website. Follow the link below and please share. http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/2013/10/15/sounds-of-dis-orientation/ For live updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/638615536156801/ A little about the performance… ‘Sounds … Continue reading

Annie get your man before he gets you

I’m BAAACK.
Haven’t been around my blog for a while but I am back with the news of  a thriller


Protagonist Annie Ogden’s ex-boyfriend Michael Garcia reappears and she has to confront a lie dating back to her service in Iraq.
Will she go back to hot, passionate Michael, who has developed a disturbing interest in meth, or stick with her pudgy PI partner and fiancé, Salvatore?
The dilemma gets more core concentrated when Michael is arrested for murder and  Salvatore refuses to help investigate, Annie is forced to try to find the killer herself.
At the same time, Annie’s sister’s creepy husband, Todd, is making more of an arse of himself than usual.
Annie’s problems with these three obsessive men suddenly pale in significance when she realizes the killer has set his sights on her.
Changing his mind about helping her, Salvatore is the only capable of finding the killer before it’s too late.
Frederick Lee Brooke is the author of the Annie Ogden mystery series, which includes Doing Max Vinyl, Zombie Candy, and now Collateral Damage.
Find the author online at http://www.frederickleebrooke.com on Twitter and Goodreads.
A five-star review by Nanakulikane says:
“This is an intense, can’t put down book, that clearly shows the problems of returning Vets to mainland USA life. Even though this is primarily a well written mystery book, with P.I.’s at the forefront, this also shows the reality of PTSD of returning Veterans and the intense disfunctionality they, and we, have to deal with.
And here is our Annie song:


Cheers,
Bernie

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Why care about G-20? Some initial thoughts…

Dear Friends, Imagine if the leaders of all these countries, finance ministers and central bank govenors were meeting in your town to set the global economic agenda: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Republic of … Continue reading

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ANU Palestine Conference Threatened

As members of Byron Friends of Palestine we attended the above conference for an update about the current state of Palestine under Israel’s military occupation and its future prospects. International law Professor Richard Falk, ex UN Special Rapporteur for the … Continue reading

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Rain of fire: US attempt to destablise Middle East

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“I dream of snakes … I kill one and a yet bigger one appears …” – Cuban troubadour, Silvio Rodriguez I refer to the NYT article With the World Watching, Syria Amassed Nerve Gas which does not give any detail … Continue reading

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Warren Mundine and Tony Abbott

thanks again to gary (foley) for once more getting me over a hurdle, that hurdle being warren and a wish to look at what he has done, what he is doing and what he will do. like gary i was … Continue reading

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Battle for Musgrave Park continues …

1982 Commonwealth Games Commemoration 4-6 October 2013 Musgrave Park [organised by Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Embassy (BASE) Contact for more info: 0424 610 492] Last year (2012) the 30th Anniversary of 1982 Commonwealth Games protests were held in Musgrave Park a … Continue reading

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Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón

Jumping Fences does this beautiful song Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazon by Argentinian Fito Paez from his album ‘Giros’ where he sings “Who says all is lost; I come to offer you my heart.” Sue Monk – vocals, guitar, … Continue reading

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Striking it Richer

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The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States (Updated with 2012 preliminary estimates) Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley• September 3, 2013 The recent dramatic rise in income inequality in the United States is well documented. But we know less about … Continue reading

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Struggle for Kanak Independence

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“Ce souffle venu des ancêtres” [This breath came from ancestors] — Jean-Marie Tjibaou In August 1975, I visited an island in the Pacific called Ouvea which is part of the Loyalty Islands group to the east of New Caledonia. Australia … Continue reading