Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Ukraine-style disruption strategy turns to Venezuela

The leaders of the 2014 anti-government protests in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are the same US-supported mainstream Venezuelan opposition leaders who supported and collaborated in the 2002 coup in coordination with the US Embassy in Caracas. According to Mahdi … Continue reading

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Boko Haram vs Nigeria’s Crooks

In a truly heartwarming gesture, China says it will send “specialists” to aid the hunt for the missing girls. This is really about China’s race for Africa’s resources and its growing competition there with the US and Europe. The US … Continue reading

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Wars of Myths: ancient and new

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Dear friends, a group of people from all over the East coast gathered in Canberra for the week between Easter Sunday and Anzac Day, for an annual Peace Convergence. Attached is an article I have written reflecting on the event … Continue reading

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Aboriginal Land: more ‘bucket loads of extinguishment’ …

Minister for Natural Resources and Mines, Andrew Cripps, announced on 9 May 2014 further amendments to the Land Act 1994 to make way for the wholesale privatisation of communal land held by Aboriginal Trustees in remote communities like Yarrabah and … Continue reading

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Thatcherism in Queensland Housing

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event … Continue reading

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March in May against Hockey’s Budget

The 2014 Federal budget will be significant for its brutality. As Australia’s first austerity budget, the grounds for the budget are political rather than economic. Nobody believes that voters will thank the LNP “for doing what is absolutely necessary” as … Continue reading

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National Action Group formed to combat child removals

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+++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press ++++++ Stop Press +++ Today, Thursday 8 May 2014, people who have experience of continuing stolen generations from Perth, Brisbane, Gunnedah, Alice Springs, Sydney, South Coast, Melbourne and Bundaberg formed a National … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Target Review – This review is designed to hurt solar

As you have probably heard, the Renewable Energy Target – the program that has helped you and 2 million other Australian families go solar – is under review. But, the lesser known fact is that this is the second review … Continue reading

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Award Modernisation: WorkChoices revisited

Industrial Relations Laws enacted by the Queensland LNP government have been described as “WorkChoices for Queensland”. The laws strip back Awards, contain significant attacks on public sector and local government employees and allow the employer to take away the right … Continue reading

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Asylum seeker mother and baby separated again.

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Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?

Great Barrier Reef: Mega Ports or Marine Park?Dear Norma At a time when the reef needs stronger protection, the Queensland Government is fast tracking port developments and giving special treatment to the mining industry. Join us on Wednesday 14 May … Continue reading

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The Second Stolen Generation

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The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held at Jagera Hall on 27 Mar 2014. Jagera Hall is at Musgrave Park, 121 Cordelia Street South Brisbane. We meet there every Thursday at 12 noon. All are welcome. … 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

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Photos from Foco Nuevo tribute to Pete Seeger

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  FOCO NUEVO: May Day Special Tribute to Pete Seeger We celebrate this May Day with a tribute to Pete Seeger, who sadly passed away earlier this year. His music inspired working people for most of his 94 years. Joining … Continue reading

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Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine – May 17th 2014

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Commemorating al Nakba: Celebrating Palestine 2014 Featuring Phil Monsour – Songs of exile and return Phil will perform a selection of songs and share stories and videos about Palestinian refugees and the right of return. 15th May 2014 will be … Continue reading

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Commission of Audit wrong on costs of asylum seekers

ASRC spokesperson, Pamela Curr said today: According to the C of A report it currently costs $239,000 a year to keep one asylum seeker detained in Australia and more than $400,000 to detain an asylum seeker in offshore detention. The … Continue reading

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A fitting codicil to a century of war

Military spending and mythology in Australia have taken on a life of their own. We need an Iraq War inquiry and a more realistic view of the last century of war, writes Jake Lynch A large chunk of humanity tumbled … Continue reading

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May Day Special – Tribute to Pete Seeger

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FOCO NUEVO: May Day Special Tribute to Pete Seeger Friday, 2 May 2014, 8.00 p.m. Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street West End Combined Unions Choir / Ian Dearden / Fox Hat / Mark Dalton / Jumping Fences Cakes, tea and … Continue reading