Monthly Archives: December 2015

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Aurizon, a train wreck?

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Minister (Steven Miles): Well last week there were 40 jobs lost in Rocky and 34 in Townsville so it looks like 74 jobs all up in Queensland. But overall 800 jobs will be lost as the resources slump curbs demand for Aurizon’s coal haulage services. Continue reading

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How appropriate are arguments for and against Zionism based on blood, genes, ethnicity, or race?

Judaism had been “a dynamic and proselytizing religion at least between the second century BCE and the eighth century CE.” Jews later grew cautious about conversion, not wanting to offend the dominant Christian and Moslem authorities. But converts and their … Continue reading

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Review of Political Assembly in Qld

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While preachers preach of evil fates Teachers teach that knowledge waits … But even the president of the United States Sometimes must have to stand naked – Bob Dylan ‘Its alright Ma (I’m only bleeding) In 2013 the Queensland Parliament … Continue reading

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The Dirty War in Syria

Publisher’s Note: Thanks to John Jiggens we have an interview in three parts with Tim Anderson who has written a book called The Dirty War in Syria. The first part was broadcast on Brisbane Line (4ZZZ fm 102.1). Workers BushTelegraph … Continue reading

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Carbon Credit Cargo Cult?

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Publisher’s note: Some years ago a former CSIRO scientist asked a panel of people at Brisbane Trades Hall concerned about climate change if the problem can be solved under capitalism?  The panel included Ian Lowe and Jack Mundy (the originator … Continue reading

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War Chronicles in December 2015

[Publisher’s Note: AllBornEqualRights puts together yet another compilation of Western Media fantasies about the Dirty War in Syria. The failure of the western peace movement to mobilise and to oppose this and the wars leading up to it in Lybia … Continue reading

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Police use bail as a political weapon

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[PN: In the past in Qld, bail was used to make the struggle for democratic rights costly. After mass arrests police would set cash bail higher so that more money went into state coffers. After a large demonstration over $30,000 … Continue reading

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Ningla A’Na – Hungry for Our Land

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I’ve seen most this documentary before but not in one sitting. It is an extraordinary document (one of the landmark events in the ongoing struggle). “The single most important film on the Aboriginal political struggle in the last 50 years” … Continue reading

Are we hostage to mining?

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Paradigm Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1  at noon, 18 December 2015.

Andy and Ian present a show about the Brazilian dam disaster caused by BHP Billiton and Samarco. Ian talks with Weliton Menario

Track 1 – What happened when the dam walls burst. Mariana is the most affected town. People praying in the square. Whole population sending water and food.  People can’t grow their own food, farming impossible.

Track 2 – Environmental Crisis. ‘Ark of Noah’ operation where local people and researchers collect native species fish and transport them to fresh water for breeding and return to the Rio Doce when it recovers. People are poor and their livelihood wiped out. No alert given for the catastrophe. Samarco negligent. Fish can’t breathe.

Track 3 – Effect on Indigenous People. Brazil is a wealthy country. People can’t produce food now making handicrafts. Govt fined Samarco. Economic Crisis in Brazil. No really rich…

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Jac Nasser, chairman BHP Billiton, on the Samarco mining disaster in Brazil

Today Paradigm Shift [4ZZZ fm 102.1, Fridays at Noon] is talking with chairman of the board of BHP Billiton, Jac Nasser. PShift: Please introduce yourself. Jac Nasser: My name is Jac Nasser. I was born in Lebanon and came to … Continue reading

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A vulnerable time…

ABC News Breakfast – Suicide prevention – Christmas period a vulnerable time ABC News Breakfast – Suicide prevention – Christmas peri… View on http://www.youtube.com Preview by Yahoo Suicide – a catastrophic humanitarian crisis Suicide – a catastrophic humanitarian crisis View … Continue reading

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Chris Hurley stood down pending hearing

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CONTROVERSIAL former Palm Island cop Chris Hurley has been stood down from ­official duties. The Queensland Police Service yesterday issued a brief statement saying a 47-year-old senior sergeant from the south eastern region had been ­suspended. Several police sources said … Continue reading

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War Chronicle – Secrets & Lies

War Chronicle 16 Dec 2015 (1) Secrets and Lies: The international affairs issue of moderndiplomacy.eu 13 December 2015; (2) Russia-Turkey relations are slipping into chaos, by Shah Rukh Hashmi; (3) Why is Russia bombing Syria? by Alexey Khlebnikov; (4) Qatar Unplugged, by Ghassan Kadi; (5) … Continue reading

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Birthday Solidarity Vigil with Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning Six years behind bars so far. Chelsea Manning will turn 28 years of age on Thursday 17th December 2015, and birthday vigils, meals and other commemorations like letter writing to prisoners sessions, will be held by supporters to … Continue reading

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Latest refugee detention and community statistics

> The latest detention statistics have come out. > The ASRC Wonderful Vollie team update these on our website so they will be updated today. > > http://www.border.gov.au/ReportsandPublications/Documents/statistics/immigration-detention-statistics-30-nov-2015.pdf > > Also, FYI in regards to community stats, the latest stats … Continue reading

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Construction workers and firefighters clench their fists

On 8 December, for more than 2 hours, the streets of CBD Melbourne echoed loudly with angry protests by thousands of unionists from the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union and the United Firefighters Union. The 8,000 construction workers and … Continue reading

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Transfield Carols this Thursday 17th!

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Love Makes a Way would like to invite you to a Carols Service at Broadspectrum (Transfield). WHEN: 5pm (sharp) to 6pm on 17 Dec. 2015. (This is a slight change from the 4pm start advertised in last week’s email update). … Continue reading

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The future of human rights in Australia

[PN: Here is a good summary of Human Rights from a liberal perspective … the author, Gillian Triggs askes ‘should we invest in companies that service offshore detention centers?’ I say all public and private companies should divest from the … Continue reading

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SpotLight – a film about abuse in the Catholic Church

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Exclusive Preview Screening Tuesday 15 at 2.30pm Indro Shoppingtown Cinema YOU’RE INVITED TO AN EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW SCREENING OF SPOTLIGHT Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning investigation, SPOTLIGHT is the riveting true story of a team of Boston Globe journalists who … Continue reading

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Paris: new capitalists enter renewable energy era

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[PN: This brief media release from  Beyond Zero Emissions announces that the  ‘Renewable Energy Era has Arrived’. If people think that a new generation of green capitalists backing renewables is somehow is a solution to the world’s problems, think back … Continue reading

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War Chronicles 2015

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[PN: Here is an extensive digest and a number of short videos from All Born Equal Rights on the war without end] 13-Dec-2015 Tariq Ali on Jeremy Corbyn and Stop the War Coalition (in the UK) 13-Dec-2015 George Galloway on … Continue reading

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A Common Wealth of Words

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Kath Walker’s appearance at the Commonwealth Writers festival was not without controversy, some activists argued that Kath should have boycotted the Writers Festival. Not long after, the 1982 Commonwealth Games protests brought the attention of the whole world to the form of apartheid practiced by the Bjelke-Petersen government in Queensland.

This discussion by the Commonwealth poets is interesting in the light of subsequent events during the 1982 Commonwealth Games. While few were concerned about what poets said at the writers festival, it was a different story when it came to disrupting a sporting event – then, ‘the whole world was watching’. Continue reading

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From the Black Panthers to Black Lives Matter

Fifty Years of Activist Art by Emory Douglas #BlackLivesMatter—the movement, not just the hashtag—is the most significant broad-based human rights coalition for black Americans since the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. The struggle today could not be fought in its … Continue reading

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BDS Carols Dec 19th

Dear supporters of the Palestinian People On the morning of Saturday 19th December Justice for Palestine Brisbane will be serenading Mr Toys Toyworld customers, staff and passersby to help them understand that buying Israel made goods for Christmas (or ever) … Continue reading

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50 years of Pine Gap

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‘Reclaim Australia’ poem

Reclaim ‘RECLAIM AUSTRALIA’ from the sad-sacks of shit No straighter road to reclaiming Australia exists than the one the Gurindji took reclaiming Wattie Creek from the Lords Vestey by walking off in ‘66. Only Aborigines and Torres Islanders can re-claim … Continue reading

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British military veterans discard medals at Downing St. in protest at bombing of Syria

> VIDEO – British military veterans discard medals at Downing St. in protest at bombing of Syria > > http://tinyurl.com/njjeov3 > > Ciaron O’Reilly > Blog http://ciaron.wordpress.com/ > > > “The poor tell us who we are, > The prophets … Continue reading

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Digest for Brisbane Anti-War Co-ordinating Committee

Several people have told me over the past few weeks that they miss the articles on the Middle East wars that I used to share on this forum. I’ve been posting links to interesting articles onto my Facebook page, but … Continue reading

Breaking the law (and the lessons learned)

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Occupy – Post Office Square, 2 Nov 2011

The law and its enforcement is an impediment to justice. So where are these just masters that we appeal to? Ian Curr.

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The first time I was arrested, it was my first night in Brisbane. I was lucky enough to meet that afternoon a few people who would go on to become great friends, and that night they were going dumpster-diving. As somebody who lived (and still lives) off supermarket waste as well, I happily went along with them.

At the bin, the manager came out and told us to leave and put the stuff back. One of my companions refused to. When the manager threatened to call the cops, he responded “go on, call them”.

I had only met these people a few hours earlier, but it felt wrong to leave – I had been happy to join them for the free food, so surely I should be there for the consequences. So the police turned up and, looking a bit embarrassed about the whole situation, put us in the back…

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Australia’s offshore processing policy being examined by High Court in Canberra

[PN: There are a number of refugees being currently being held in detention in Australia awaiting the outcome of a high court case which will determine whether they will be deported to Nauru or not. This ABC report gives some … Continue reading