Monthly Archives: January 2014

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Songs of Struggle & Resistance

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Places of Sanctuary

This is a discussion we have to have- there is now no alternative. I have taken names off the stream of contributions for obvious reasons. Please read through to inform your view. The roundup is likely to begin in 8 … Continue reading

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Construction capital – a crock of crooks

The press hounds are baying again about union corruption. The Coalition can spare its budget the expense of another Royal Commission. All that it needs to do is to summarise the findings of corrupt bosses from Reports across 100 years … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in February 2014!

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FOCO NUEVO IN FEBRUARY Welcome to another year of Foco Nuevo! As we head towards our 6th birthday, we’re really pleased to be starting 2014 with guest acts new to Foco Nuevo; TwoCrows and Para Você. TwoCrows are ARIA-nominated singer … Continue reading

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Response to “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria”

Later on the same day that Thomas Friedman published the op-ed in the New York Times entitled “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria” Jeffery Grossman wrote a response to it in his article ‘Thomas Friedman. “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria”: Israel Has the … Continue reading

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New Petition for Palestine

[Attachment(s) from Fay Waddington included below] Just Peace has drawn up the attached petition in response to comments made by the Foreign Minister during a January 2014 official visit to Israel which questioned the illegality of Israeli settlements in the … Continue reading

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What do Israel and Australia have in common?

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Opinion 26 Jan 2014 What do Israel and Australia have in common?Australia’s crimes during its colonial history resemble those of Israel.By Vacy Vlazna Dr Vacy Vlazna is Coordinator of Justice for Palestine Matters. Australia’s indigenous peoples have struggled for decades … Continue reading

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Shouting into a dust storm: “WikiLeaks, Drought and Syria”

JAN. 21, 2014 by Thomas L. Friedman, Op-Ed Columnist, New York Times In the 1970s, I got both my bachelors and masters degrees in modern Middle East studies, and I can assure you that at no time did environmental or … Continue reading

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Stop Maules Creek Mine

It’s time: construction of the Maules Creek coal mine in Leard State Forest has begun, and we need your help.If construction goes ahead, the coal from this mine would release carbon emissions almost equivalent to the yearly pollution of New … Continue reading

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17 Group on Anti-Bikies Legislation

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The first of the 17 Group Meetings for 2014 will be held on Wednesday the 5th of February in the usual location at the usual time, unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End at 7 pm. The topic will … Continue reading

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NO rule of law in Nauru

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THE MORE PRESSING QUESTION is what does this mean for the “transferees”? Nauru deports former media adviser Rod Henshaw Updated 2 hours 43 minutes ago Photo: Nauru’s Immigration Act was amended during a late-night sitting of parliament. (en.wikipedia.org) Related Story: … Continue reading

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IPAN National Peace Conference- please forward widely

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> > > Draft Conference Brochure v2.pdf

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Supreme Court Win for Papua New Guinea Opposition over the Asylum Seekers Issue

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Papua New Guinea Opposition Leader Hon.Belden Norman Namah advised, just earlier today: “We just won supreme court reference on the question of my standing in the asylum seekers case. The five (5) men Supreme Court Bench unanimously ruled in my … Continue reading

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Labour calls on government to apologise over miners’ strike

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[Editor’s Note: It was claimed by a speaker at a recent civil liberties meeting [https://soundcloud.com/ian-curr/q-a#t=31:30] that  investigative journalism of the ABC’s Kerry O’Brien stopped Abbott from wining the 2009 federal election and that papers like The Guardian brought down Margaret … Continue reading

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Brisbane Blacks: Invasion Day 2014 MixTape

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What about the workers?

Is anyone interested in the union member’s perspective these days? … there was no attempt in this article by Headless Thomas [The Australian] to find out what actually happened … no attempt to contact the 23 union members suspended and … Continue reading

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10 years of conspiracy and lies

10 facts for 10 years of conspiracy and lies! let us get some facts straight. right here, right now. fact 1 17 year old tj hickey died of the wounds of his impalement on a spiked fence on 14 february, … Continue reading

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cops wa tasers assault court

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like many others, isja has been following the tasering incident of kevin spratt in september 2008 with much interest. we, along with others, sought a just outcome from that tasering incident by two over-zealous officers and their unnecessary but extreme … Continue reading

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Public forum – ‘Queensland’s War on Civil Liberties’

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You are welcome to attend an upcoming meeting on civil liberties in Queensland. Title: Queensland’s war on Civil Liberties. 7pm Tuesday 28 January Jagera Arts Centre 121 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane Three prominent activists, central to the 1970’s civil liberties … Continue reading

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Do unions need a Left?

Sam Gindin, former advisor to the Canadian Auto Workers Union, on why unions need a left … http://shout.lbo-talk.org/lbo/RadioArchive/2013/13_12_19.mp3

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Refugee National Boat Day now Monday 27th JAN 2014

Dear Friends, We have received some concern from members of the community about the timing of National Boat Day. The 26th January is a day recognised by many Australians as Survival Day or Invasion Day. In the interests of ensuring … Continue reading

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Lets tell the 60% some home truths

[Editor’s Note: This poll was conducted by the ALP pollster UMR Research. UMR says that the poll was conducted online with 1,000 interviewees with a margin of error of 3.1%. This is only a poll with all the inherent weaknesses … Continue reading

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Refugee sworn affidavit of past torture by Australian Navy

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The military man raised his handgun (it was dark almost black and had a shiny side). He pointed it at my head. He was about two metres away. He then lowered his gun and pulled back the metal slide on … Continue reading

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Sharon

“We will re-build everything on the basis of resistance and  Sharon must be aware of the resistance of the Jenin camp for all his life”  — young girl standing in the rubble of Jenin in 2002. Jenin is dedicated to … Continue reading

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Reporting the Brisbane G20

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I want to try to spend tonight inspiring some of you to become reporters. What’s in a name? I use reporter because the word, journalist, is a too lofty for me – a name popularised by the self-important – journalists! … Continue reading

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Free and fair vote for all

[Editors Note: No one talks about workers democracy anymore … why is that? Do people even know what it is? You know, going on strike, organising for better pay, conditions, for a better political system where workers have a say … Continue reading

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Has Scargill sold out the workers?

[Editor’s Note: As readers may know, there were many attempts by the Murdoch and Tory press to discredit Arthur Scargill when he was leader of the 1983 Miners Strike against Thatcher. Some were extravagant lies like the one by Robert … Continue reading

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Gomeroi community demands protection

Gomeroi community demands Federal Environment Minister Hunt protect family graves from Whitehaven mine Gomeroi community demands Federal Environment Minister Hunt protect family graves from Whitehaven mine Gomeroi Elders and community members have issued a statement today (attached) imploring Federal Environment … Continue reading

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John Pilger on ‘Utopia’

find below a short interview with jonathon green and john pilger talking about john’s latest success, ‘utopia’. the film had its inaugural public showing at the block in redfern on friday night where a free public screening was successfully held. … Continue reading