Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Foco Nuevo in November

Foco Nuevo in November Friday, 6th November, 2015 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map)Come along to another night of great music! Our guests this month are Ella Fence and Caroline Hammond. Hope to see you on … Continue reading

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Shine a light on work

The book will be launched at the West End Library on Saturday morning, 31st October 2015

Time: 10:30 am for 11 am start

Place: Upstairs at West End Library 178-180 Boundary St West End

Price: The book will be sold at the launch for $20 (RRP $25).

The book will be introduced by Julie Cork and Abraham and Dan O’Neill.

Music by Jumping Fences

Refreshments are available.

[Please note that the rooms where the launch is being held is up a flight of stairs and affords a panoramic view of West End. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access.] Continue reading

If I throw a stick, will you leave?

Paradigm Shift

[Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 fridays at noon 30 Oct 2015]

Ian and Carl play speeches from the death-in-custody rally last Saturday.

Speeches by Sam Watson, Fred Coolwell & Lionel Fogarty about black deaths in custody/police murder. Lionel Fogarty talks about terrorism against his people.

In the last 15 minutes of the show Carl talks about the Marxism 2016 Conference in Melbourne on the Easter Weeken 24 – 27 March. Guest speakers include Farah Kobaissy (Lebanon), Panos Petrou (Greece), Mandla Nkos (South Africa), & Ali Abunimah (Palestine).

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Black RageLauryn Hill

Sukamani – Aewon Wolf and Mashayabhuqe KaMamba

Fists like this – MC Tricks and Black Shield

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Aboriginal protesters and their supporters marched on Queensland Police headquarters calling for justice for Shaun Coolwell, on Saturday 24 October. He is the latest fatality in an ongoing epidemic of Aboriginal deaths in custody.

On 2 October, Shaun was at…

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BDS Action at Toyworld, Brisbane

News and information Dear supporters of the Palestinian People The Boycott National Committee in Palestine has called on people around the world to stand in Solidarity with the Palestinian popular resistance and to Boycott Israel now! Don’t forget tomorrows action. … Continue reading

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Driftwood

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Driftwood
You entrust yourself to a wide green pool, on loan from the latest tide.
You float on your back, ears stopped, cool water tickling the exposed skin a busy
breeze has just dried.
You open your eyes to find above, artfully displayed in a blue bowl of sky:
half a pale and marbled moon;
one small white cloud, soft cotton-wool;
a shimmery disc of gold, the afternoon sun
slowly
sinking.
(Straddie, October 2015)
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Strong message for Minister: ‘Mandatory detention kills’

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​ BRISBANE, 30 OCTOBER 2015. Brisbane residents have staged a protest at Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s office to condemn the assault of women in offshore detention and demand an end to the government’s violent policy of deterrence. Residents are calling … Continue reading

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“Fair Play for Palestine” Protests at ABC and Federal Politicians’ Offices

Keystones of Australia’s identity are “fair go” and “mateship” but Australian governments consistently shout foul when the non-violent, non-racist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign supports fair play for Palestine. In the UN Australia toes the US/Israeli line blocking any resolutions … Continue reading

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Manus refugee camp – is it legal?

Interesting UPDATE FROM PNG COURT on legality of Manus Camp #‎Manus‬ Update from Ben Lomai on the court hearing on Thursday 30 October 2015. I said to give you and others a brief of what happened in Court today. Following … Continue reading

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Australia: Damning evidence of officials’ involvement in transnational crime uncovered

New evidence gathered by Amnesty International suggests that Australia’s maritime border control operations now resemble a lawless venture with evidence of criminal activity, pay-offs to boat crews and abusive treatment of women, men and children seeking asylum. Through interviews with … Continue reading

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Indigenous voices: new exhibition Walan Giiny coming soon

> In November, join kuril dhagun for the final thought-provoking conversation on sustainability and traditional Indigenous cultural practices at our A night by the fire forum. Plus, kuril dhagun’s next community exhibition, Walan Giiny (strong heart)opens next weekend, with guided … Continue reading

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Peter Dutton opens Refugee Welcome Festival, the death of satire!

Nov. 4th. 8 am Court Solidarity: Peter Dutton opens Refugee Welcome Festival, the death of satire! *Wednesday Nov 4th 8-9am outside Brisbane Magistrates Court corner of George & Turbot St. City Centre ** Prosecution of Dave Sprigg for throwing his … Continue reading

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RELOAD live sessions presents – Playabout Productions’ The Writers Show

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October 2015 BETTER.pdf Friday, October 30 at 6:30pm Reload Espresso Bar 9, Chrome Street, Salisbury An intimate night of easy-listening storytelling and poetry performance complemented by mouth-watering food, beverages and conversation. Join us for a joyful celebration of Australia’s wonderful … Continue reading

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Turnbull Minister makes pilgrimage to Israel

It seems that you can’t get into power in the US without supporting Israel Now it is that way here as well — Ian Curr, WBT Wyatt Roy headed to start-up nation Israel Tel Aviv is calling for Wyatt Roy, … Continue reading

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Knitting Nannas, Senator Waters & Drew Hutton support George Bender at Brisbane Knit-In

Dozens of Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAGs) from Qld and NSW will gather in Brisbane on Wednesday to support George Bender’s family in its battle against unconventional mining. The Nannas will visit the offices of several coal seam gas (CSG) … Continue reading

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G17: The Growing Mental Health Crisis in Australia

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 4th of November in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The topic is “The Growing Mental Health Crisis in Australia”. It will be addressed by … Continue reading

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First Dog on the Moon: Art imitates life on Guano Island

Who is Free speech champion Biff Bootface? Was Biff the press secretary for Fauntleroy Velveteen-Ballcup? Did Biff get privileged access to Nauru? Did Fauntleroy ‘do a Malcolm’ when Peter Dutton put his foot in it again? Who is the Leunig … Continue reading

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What We Want!

We don’t want to take terrorism home with us. We don’t want anger in our backyard — Lionel Fogarty, poet & author It became clear yesterday that the killing of Shaun Coolwell by police on Brisbane’s southside on 2 October … Continue reading

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This time, in November: ‘Boonie, our brother’

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Marchers pay a silent tribute to Daniel Yock A peaceful 4000 Daniel Yock’s brother Lionel Fogarty, left, speaking at the protest forum yesterday. Fears that violence would mar a day of Aboriginal protest evaporat ed when 4000 demonstrators marched silently … Continue reading

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Life asserts itself for locked out Hutchison workers

Friday October 16 marked ten weeks since the start of 24 hour community assemblies outside Hutchison Ports in Sydney and Brisbane. Late the following afternoon Paul McAleer, Sydney Branch Secretary of the Maritime Union of Australia, was deeply worried. Like … Continue reading

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Good article on Europe

Heinrich’s Article on Good German Politics I knew vaguely about Heinrich from his work on The Tendency for the Rate of Profit to Fall and his argument that Marx had no such theory or changed his mind, but I never … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Chris Maver – community/ gay/ human rights activist, West End/ Brisbane legend and always full of mischief.

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R.I.P. Chris Maver – community/ gay/ human rights activist, West End/ Brisbane legend and always full of mischief. It was with great sadness that I learnt of the death of Chris Maver this morning. I first met Chris in the … Continue reading

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New book in reading group

A Group to read Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain, translated by John T Woods, in the Everyman Library edition. In case some people on this list may be interested, I thought I would notify you of the fact that the … Continue reading

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Why is no one questioning the TURC narrative?

The case of Johnny Lomax and the Trade Union Royal Commission shows how this process can go wrong. While the Trade Union Royal Commission has raised legitimate concerns about union governance, it’s extraordinary how weak some of the evidence is … Continue reading

Film and resistance in West Papua

Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 23 Oct 2015

Wensi, Tali, Marcellino and Ian present show about filmmaking in West Papua as a form of struggle.

Important community announcement
But first Ian reports on the response to police murder of Shaun Coolwell, a young aboriginal man in his prime cut down by the Queensland Police Force.

No more police murder
SATURDAY 24TH. OCTOBER.
RALLY AT PARLIAMENT HOUSE AT 11AM.
MARCH ON THE POLICE HQ AT ROMA STREET
 

Indonesian security forces have never been held accountable for the brutal murders of free west papuaPapuans on the island of Biak in July, 1998. In the last 3 years, they have killed 29 unarmed, peaceful members of KNPB, an activist group in Papua. Since December last year, Indonesian security forces have killed at least 10 young unarmed and peaceful Indigenous Papuans. These killings are committed with total impunity and, yet, the Australian Government claims…

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Plea for assistance from Palestine

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Dear Friends, I hope this finds you well. Today I am writing with a request for help from my friends in Palestine. As I’m sure you have seen on the news, Palestine is facing extremely hard times at the moment. … Continue reading

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Vale Chris Maver 1958-2015

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The funny, sad and short life of  ‘The Girl in the Lime Green Bikini’. I have only recently heard of the passing of Chris Maver, who was a well-known performance artist around West End in Brisbane through the turbulent 70s … Continue reading

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PAPUA short films with WENSI in BRISBANE

TRIFECTA FILM EVENT! Come to one, or immerse yourself in all three.. TONITE!!! BLACKSTAR coffee shop GIG: 7pm, WEDNESDAY 21 OCTOBER .. mosy on over to the west of end .. for moments of motion, emotion and mesmerising memory, tremors … Continue reading

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Bringing out the dead in Kansas City

[Publisher’s Note: For those interested in revolutionary politics, read this excerpt from a memoir http://louisproyect.org/2015/10/19/bringing-out-the-dead-in-kansas-city/ that wbt reproduces here under Fair Use. Thanks to comrade Gary for sending me the link. Ian Curr, October 2015.]

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URGENT COMMUNITY NOTICE. ANOTHER BLACK DEATH IN CUSTODY.

SHAUN COOLWELL DIED IN POLICE CUSTODY AT LOGAN ON THE 2ND. OCTOBER. THE FAMILY HAD CALLED FOR AN AMBULANCE AS SHAUN NEEDED URGENT MEDICAL ATTENTION. HE WAS LOSING BLOOD FROM A CUT ARTERY. ‘TEN COP CARS TURNED UP. SHAUN NEEDED … Continue reading

Australia you’re standing in it part 1: the pulse rate of accumulation

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Something is going on. Something is changing. There is a shift in the trajectory that capitalism in Australia is taking. At the recent National Reform Summit Martin Parkinson, a former head of Treasury remarked that ‘Unless we actually grab this challenge by the horns and really get concrete about what are the priority issues, we are actually going to find ourselves sleepwalking into a real mess’(Martin 2015). The metaphor of Australia sleepwalking towards recession is now resonating in the echo chamber of the political class and sums up their dual concerns: on the one hand a decline in the accumulation of capital; and on the other that the political apparatus and the broader society seems unable to do anything to change course, perhaps is even aware, and is moving without, or despite of, conscious control. Australia is slouching towards, or is already sunk in, political and economic malfunction.

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