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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

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The War on Terror Is a War on Youth: Paris and the Impoverishment of the Future

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“Safety can only be achieved if we start to realize and admit to ourselves that these angry young men are a product of our world. They are not just strangers that are driven by some perverted ideology. They are the result of a long series of misjudgments from our part and from our callousness when it comes to identify potential suspects and hit them with bombs and drones in order to restore “order” and “safety.” Continue reading