Monthly Archives: April 2014

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University gave Joh doctorate after sacking SEQEB workers

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It is 30 years on from the SEQEB dispute where 1005 workers were sacked by the Bjelke-Petersen government and replaced by fewer contracted labour. Over the intervening years successive governments have been forced to employ more workers because of the … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day – Workers Have the Power On 1st May workers around the world gather to show solidarity with people’s struggles and hopes for a better life. We put forward our own independent working class vision of struggle and a … Continue reading

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Oligarchs of Ukraine

Oligarchical topography of Ukraine. Andrei Fursov – Sociologist, Historian – 14 April 2014 Many domestic and foreign interests coincided to create the Banderite coup d’état in Ukraine. Andrei Fursov, historian and sociologist, explains who needed what out of Ukraine and … Continue reading

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Qld Dossier

Radical Times brings us yet another historic video. This time it is a documentary shot in various places around Queensland in 1978 linking Bjelke Petersen’s ban on street marches with the State’s repression of opposition to uranium mining and Land … Continue reading

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‘Sorry’ doesn’t mean taking our children

On 27 March Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations. Pru Goward stated in Parliament … Continue reading

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“On 27 March (2014) Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations. Pru Goward stated in … Continue reading

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Wed 7th of May meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will be held on Wednesday the 7th of May at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. As this year is the centenary of the outbreak of World War … Continue reading

Red tape (again) and Obama’s support – Melbourne’s Workers’ Memorial Day 2014

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1982 Commonwealth Games – Land Rights

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The (Ex)Secretary’s Speech: Jobs Plans, Unemployment And Illusions of the Future.

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Thus capital presupposes wage labour; wage labour presupposes capital. They reciprocally condition the existence of each other; they reciprocally bring forth each other.(Marx 1978, 33)  To my friends in the union movement I say this: Every worker needs a successful … Continue reading

The Coup Leadership in Ukraine is Fascist

No commentator has doubted that the 22 February 2014 coup would not have succeeded without the paramilitary violence of the far right that met police blockades with firearms and improvised explosives on 18 February 2014.

“Police fired guns, with both rubber bullets and, later, live ammunition (including automatic weapons and sniper rifles), while also using tear gas and flash grenades in an attempt to repel thousands of demonstrators, who fought back with crude weapons, firearms, and improvised explosives.” <“Four reported dead, more than 100 injured as violent clashes break out near Ukraine’s parliament (live updates)”Kyiv Post. 18 February 2014> “

At least 82 people were killed over the following few days, including 13 policemen; more than 1,100 people were injured.” <“Ukraine Violence Leaves at Least 10 Dead”. ABC News. 18 February 2014.>

The pre-cursor of today’s far-right parties was the openly neo-fascist Social-National Party of Ukraine, a party modeled on Hitler’s Nazi Party, with membership restricted to ethnic Ukrainians. But now, after receiving finance and advice from the US state department, as documented here, the successor parties Svoboda, led by Oleh Tyahnybok, and Right Sector, led by Dimytro Yarosh, describe themselves as “right-wing nationalist”, but not fascistic or anti-semitic, as was the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Dmytro Yarosh has been appointed deputy head of the National Security and Defence Committee of the new unelected government of Ukraine.

The Right Sector is a confederation of several right and far-right organizations and groups such as “Patriots of Ukraine,” the Social-National Assembly, Stepan Bandera’s All-Ukrainian Association “Trident,” Kyiv Organization’s “White Hummer,” and the UNA-UNSO… The paramilitary right sector has de facto power at least in some Western Ukrainian regions, such as the Rivne and Volyn Regions. Anriy Parubiy, the commander of the “Maidan self-defense,” has been appointed the head of the National Security and Defense Council. [Source]

(Anriy Parubiy) founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine together with Oleh Tyahnybok; the party combined radical nationalism and some neo-Nazi features (by its name and the “Wolfsangel“-like sign). In 1998-2004 Parubiy led the paramilitary organization of SNPU, the Patriots of Ukraine. Parubiy co-led the Orange Revolution in 2004 (with Yulia Tymoshenko).  [Source]

For people who ask for evidence that the core group of Ukrainian rebels is neo-nazi, consider this:

The 2004 Orange Revolution was lead by Yulia Tymoshenko and Anriy Parubiy, and that revolution occurred after an election “marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud.” [Source]

And in the recent coup ,”From December 2013 to February 2014 Parubiy was a commandant of Euromaidan. He was coordinator of the volunteer security corps for the mainstream protesters.” [Source]

But what has not been recognised …. Yulia Tymoshenko was herself found guilty of massive corruption, and Anriy Parubiy co-founded a neo-nazi party and his present party is attempting to replace all of the staff at the CEC with people sympathetic to the Right Sector.

It is worthwhile focussing on these points in detail.

It is quite a disconnect that Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” political party was leading protestors against massive corruption in 2004 when seven years later “a number of criminal cases were brought against her. On 11 October 2011, she was convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power, and sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay the state $188 million. [Source]

And that disconnect hardly compares with the disconnect of Andriy Parubiy, co-founder of the openly neo-fascist Social-National Party of Ukraine and now a prominent leader within the Right Sector, leading the 2004 protests against voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud in the light of the following:

“Pravy Sektor” members together with activists from another nationalist movement, “Spilna Sprava”(Common Cause), have demanded a complete replacement of staff at the CEC, as well as changes in electoral law. The movements are also calling for the prosecution of those MPs they claim were involved in “rigging” previous elections in Ukraine, despite the results being recognized internationally. “The corrupt, criminal composition of the CEC must be completely replaced,” Spilna Sprava activist Aleksandr Shevchenko said in a statement, adding that there was no point in holding elections under the watchful eye of the “world’s best election cheats.” In order to guarantee “fair and transparent elections,”activists will stay in CEC offices to “swiftly inform the Maidan” about any suspicious activity, he said, adding that he was not trying to “exert any pressure.”  [Source]

The same article by RT at Global Research, has this further evidence of Right Sector displaying fascist behavior:

Regional parliament members in a Ukrainian city held a session at gunpoint when one of the radical nationalist opposition leaders came to them, armed to the teeth, as the law of power seems to be prevailing in the tumultuous post-coup country. (Video here)

A Kalashnikov appears to be the best argument in a debate for Aleksandr Muzychko, an activist of the nationalist “Pravy Sektor” (Right Sector) movement and one of the Maidan’s most prominent and controversial leaders. On Tuesday he came to the Rovno regional parliament, where he threatened the regional MPs with a machine-gun and a number of other weapons as he demanded a decision on granting apartments to the families of protesters who were killed during last week’s violent clashes in central Kiev. “Who wants to take away my machine-gun? Who wants to take away my gun? Who wants to take away my knives? I dare you!” Muzychko said. His lobbying methods have apparently been imported from Chechnya, where the man, aka Sashko Bilyi, was fighting alongside separatist forces in the 1990s…

On Monday, the prosecutor’s office in the Volyn region in western Ukraine and members of the Party of Regions in the adjacent Rovno region said they were being pressured and urged to resign by radicals. A statement by the 24 employees of the office in Volyn says that radicals from the Right Sector intimidated them with “physical threats to them and their families… by displaying firearms, entering premises of public institutions, including the prosecutor’s office and demanding the dismissal of management.”

Deputy Chairman of the Party of Regions in Rivne, Alla Ivoylovoy, said that “armed masked youths burst into the homes” of the party’s members, demanding a list of activists who “participated in the so-called anti-Maidan protest, threatening physical violence and arson of houses.” The Ukrainian Communist Party, which has been closely aligned with Yanukovich’s Party of Regions, has also been under attack. The house of the party’s leader, Pyotr Simonenko, was set on fire on Monday.

 And now Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Julia Tymoshenko’s right-wing Fatherland Party is the unelected PM of Ukraine after a Western-financed coup, and members of the previous ruling party of the country are now physically attacked by thugs connected to Right Sector, Svoboda, Patriots of Ukraine, Social-National Assembly, Tryzub (Trident), Bily Molot (White Hummer, УНА-УНСО (UNA-UNSO: Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense) and Spilna Sprava, who roam the streets with baseball-bats to check people’s accents!

This is fascist behaviour, without doubt!

The other successor party to the Social-National Party of Ukraine is the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party led by Oleh Tyahnybok. Unlike the Right Sector, Svoboda states that their politics are nationalist, but not fascistic or antisemitic. However, Stephen Grey noted in his article “In Ukraine, nationalists gain influence – and scrutiny” published in the Chicago Tribune on 18 March 2014:

“Expert opinions on Svoboda in particular are divided. Per Anders Rudling, an associate professor at Lund University in Sweden and researcher on Ukrainian extremists, has described Svoboda as “neo-fascist”… But Ivan Katchanovski, a political scientist at the University of Ottawa who has studied the far-right in Ukraine, disagreed that Svoboda was so extreme. “Svoboda is currently best described as a radical nationalist party, and not as fascist or neo-Nazi,” he said. “It is now not overtly anti-Semitic.” Andrew Srulevitch, director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League, an international group based in the U.S. that monitors anti-Semites and other political extremists, said: “Svoboda has been disciplined in its messaging regarding Jews since the Maidan demonstrations started in November, but they have a history of anti-Semitic statements to overcome, and a clear political program of ethnic nationalism that makes Jews nervous.”

In 2004, Tyahnybok was expelled from the Our Ukraine parliamentary faction for a speech calling for Ukrainians to fight against a “MuscoviteJewish mafia,” and celebrated the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists for having fought “Moscovites, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state.”

Members of the fascist “Right Sector” stand in front of the entrance to the Ukrainian parliament to block members from the anti-coup parties from entering.

(posted by Ray Bergmann)

 

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Wed 5th of March Meeting of 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 5th of March at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be about the inauguration of a new progressive Queensland-based thinktank, … Continue reading

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Interesting forum on working lives for May 3rd

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The May Day Group has organised a “workers inquiry” in association with the May Day celebrations. It is to be held on Saturday May 3rd, and should be a new direction for those of us interested in developing the working … Continue reading

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the black diggers and anzac history

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last friday, anzac day, i again made the decision to forgo the main anzac march in the city as i have done for many years. i have found i could honour my australian father who was killed on the kokoda … Continue reading

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Anzac – the hiss of a spent lie

[Anzac – the hiss of a spent lie was broadcast on PShift (4zzz fm 102.1 fridays at noon) on 25 april 2014] Tunnelling through the night, the trains pass in a splendour of power, with a sound like thunder shaking … Continue reading

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Aboriginal activists to go to Turtle Island

Brisbane based Aboriginal activists Boe Spearim and Callum Clayton-Dixon will travel to Canada in August this year using Aboriginal passports. As representatives of the Aboriginal Provisional Government, we hope to develop ties with the Native peoples of Turtle Island (Canada). … Continue reading

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May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

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To our friends and comrades Our lives are dominated by work, but our experiences as workers is most often ignored by mainstream politics and the media. +++ When Saturday, May 3 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where Kurilpa Hall, West End … Continue reading

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Racial Discrimination Laws – a political twist

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[Editor’s Note: A Sydney Uni professor, Jake Lynch, who supports the Boycott Divestment and Sanction Campaign against Israeli settlements is being prosecuted under section 18C (and other sections) of the Racial Discrimination Act by a pro-israel group, Shurat HaDin. So … Continue reading

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Acland Sustainable Energy Plan – An alternative to coal mining

Dear Friends and Colleagues Please find attached a revised version of my Acland Sustainable Energy Plan – An Alternative to the New Hope Acland Coal Mine. Please feel free to distribute and to use for media releases. The Acland Coal … Continue reading

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‘Won’t get fooled again’?

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Time that is intolerant Of the brave and innocent, And indifferent in a week To a beautiful physique, Worships language and forgives Everyone by whom it lives; Pardons cowardice, conceit, Lays its honours at their feet. — W H Auden … Continue reading

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Prime Minister held captive: the Zionist Lobby under fire in Oz

Now after the Labor Government’s defeat, Carr is once again in retirement, and his published diary tells the whole story re UNESCO, and the power of the Zionists over Gillard, albeit she was their willing ally. Not surprisingly he has … Continue reading

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Why we need warrior societies

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Don’t take your children to Vegemite Town

Told us what to do and say Told us all the white man’s ways Then they split us up again And gave us gifts to ease the pain Sent us off to foster homes As we grew up we felt … Continue reading

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Orwell guilty of terrorism?

If George Orwell and Laurie Lee were to return from the Spanish civil war today, they would be arrested under section five of the Terrorism Act 2006. If convicted of fighting abroad with a “political, ideological, religious or racial motive” … Continue reading

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Take action: tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s torture prisons#StopG4S

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Take action: tell Bill Gates to divest from Israel’s torture prisons #StopG4S Dear friend, Sign the petition now: Tell Bill Gates to divest from G4S! We’re writing to ask you to support an important campaign against G4S, the British private … Continue reading

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Peace and Nuclear Disarmament on Palm Sunday 13th April

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Refugee letter from Nauru

As we hear today that the UN Rapporteur on Arbitrary detention has been un-invited from visiting Nauru, we are not surprised. Why would Australia and Nauru want witnesses reporting on the persecution of people in the Nauru camps. A letter … Continue reading

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Rallies for Refugees and Peace

Hello everyone Hope you can come along and join The Cloudland Collective at both these rallies – Stop the War on Refugees 12/4 and Palm Sunday Peace Rally 13/4/2014. Kind regards Greg for The Cloudland Collective Stop the War on … Continue reading

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Aunty Hazel speaks out against DOCS taking aboriginal children

Grandmothers Against Removals say no to another stolen generation WHEN: 11AM Friday April 11th. WHERE: Tamworth DOCS office 14 – 16 Bourke St, Tamworth. WHO: Aunty Hazel, Grand-mothers Against Removals, Gunnedah. David Shoebridge, Greens NSW MP. Karen Fusi, Brisbane Aboriginal … Continue reading

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