Monthly Archives: January 2016

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Film archive reveals two decades that changed Brisbane (1965 – 1985)

The Radical Times Historical archive includes films such as: The Long March (1974), The Whole World is Watching (1981), Manufacturing Dissent (1996) and We Fight (1982). These are only some of the 61 films contained in this archive. Another film … Continue reading

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Laura Street: The Haze (between day and night)

[Publisher’s Note: Perhaps developers eyeing off West End & Highgate Hill should think again. And while I’m at it, the board rooms of corporate Australia should reconsider their attacks on workers rights. Phil Monsour has built up an archive of music videos that support these struggles and others.]

laura street festival 25 nov poster

Laura Street festival poster (archive)

“100 days” is an acoustic flavoured CD that features Sydney Oud player Mohamed Youssef on half of the tracks. The album is a step in the direction of one of Phil’s long term ambitions of blending some Eastern sounds from his family’s heritage with his contemporary acoustic rock style. “100 days” is the Phil Monsour bands third studio album and reflects a cohesive sound developed over time. On many songs electric guitars are swapped for acoustics, and Jon Lloyd has moves off the drum kit to play the Djembe. A number of the songs on the album were previously recorded with the full rock band, but for this project they’re recorded in a stripped back acoustic mode. The songs continue to feature Phil’s unique lyrical concerns and the title track 100 days is about a boat load of Palestinian refugees lost a sea while trying to reach Australia.
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Refugee drugged into submission

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This man from Manus deserves an answer. What he is experiencing is universal throughout the detention camp system- people are drugged into submission. It may stop them killing themselves but it destroys their minds and makes them addicted. Pamela

We have no country, we want our land, our children

Paradigm Shift Summer of 16 4ZZZ fm 102.1 on 29 Jan 2016

Paradigm Shift

[Ian and Andy on Paradigm Shift 29 Jan 2016 4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon]

A round up of stories from the summer of 2016

  1. Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney
  2. Ode to Dundalee
  3. Use of Bail for Political Reasons
  4. George Mann Union Maid @ Illawarra Folk Club

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Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney [GMAR] and supporters will protest outside Family and Community Services [FACS] in Strawberry Hills at 12.30pm today to demand the immediate return of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from a Queensland family and placed in out-of-home care in Sydney.

Kukulangi Grandmother and founder of Brisbane Sovereign Grannies Group, Aunty Karen Fusi, will address the protest to demand a meeting with FACS for the return of her grandchildren. She says she was not even notified when her grandchildren were removed.

Currently, there are more than 15,000…

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Cherries ripe for picking, pickers ripe for organising

Cherry growers in the Adelaide Hills have had a bumpy ride over the last few years. Cherry production yields in a particular season have varied significantly due to unexpected changes in the weather combined with the ruthless price reduction demands … Continue reading

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We have no country, we want our land, our children

Grandmothers Against Removals Sydney [GMAR] and supporters will protest outside Family and Community Services [FACS] in Strawberry Hills at 12.30pm today to demand the immediate return of Aboriginal children forcibly removed from a Queensland family and placed in out-of-home care … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo: Special Event – Celebrate the Labour Movement in Song

Friday, 5th February, 2016 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) Foco Nuevo presents touring US musician George Mann with the Combined Unions Choir and Jumping Fences in this special event, celebrating the labour movement in song. … Continue reading

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Ergon workers defy Qld ALP’s Debt Action Plan

Whilst the management of Ergon may well be a pack of bastards these attacks on working conditions and qualities of services arise from the failing strategy of the ALP government to address the symptoms of a global crisis of capitalism. As difficult as it seems it is the latter we need to overcome – which means resisting and opposing the former. Continue reading

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War Chronicle 28-Jan-2016

1. In Libya U.S. and some European allies are about to take on ISIS 2A. US & Turkey eyeing military operation in Syria against ISIS if peace talks fail 2B. Is Turkey preparing to invade Syria? (Video)  2C. Russian Marines expand into … Continue reading

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Snap Protest at FACS

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No more! FACS is tearing families apart: we are fighting back! Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) have called an urgent protest: Friday 29th January 2016 12.30pm Family and Community Services- FACS- Office Corner of Chalmers St and Cleveland St Strawberry Hills … Continue reading

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The New Inequality Debate

[Publisher’s Note: For those interested in seeing how tensions within the small “l” liberals in the US are working themselves out.] More mainstream economists now find that the income mal-distribution reflects the political sway of elites, not economic imperatives. This … Continue reading

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Latest Productivity Commision report on workplace relations

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Here are recent publications of the report of the Productivity Commission into workplace relations in Australia may set the scene for workers struggles over the next few years. See attached here a 4 page summary of the recommendations prepared by … Continue reading

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G17: Behind the never-ending joke – Police and political corruption in Queensland

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The first meeting of the 17 Group for 2016 will be held on Wednesday the 3rd of February at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be addressed by best-selling author Matthew Condon on … Continue reading

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Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Grannies will rally at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra

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The Brisbane Aboriginal Sovereign Grannies Group is the local chapter of the national network Grandmothers Against Removals (GMAR) which is led by Aboriginal families directly affected by the forced removal of children by child welfare agencies. On February 11, 2016, … Continue reading

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Bashed in custody: Justice now for 11-year-old Denzel

We have no country We are refugee, aborigine This is a country of words Cell door, concrete floor Ian Curr On 22 December three prison guards at Wacol Youth Detention Centre in Brisbane brutally bashed 11-year-old Aboriginal boy Denzel, leaving … Continue reading

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Vale Harley West

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Harley Robert John West  (11 Dec 1951 – 17 Jan 2016) Why don’t you work like other men do Now, how can I work when there’s no work to do Hallelujah, I’m a bum, Hallelujah, bum again Hallelujah, give us … Continue reading

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MV Portland crew and MUA fight for all workers

  Alice M. The two month struggle by the crew of MV Portland and their union, the Maritime Union of Australia, with the US-based multinational miner and steel producer Alcoa, points to a long fight ahead for the working class … Continue reading

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Aiding and Abetting Terrorism

to letters Dear Editor, Australian politicians visiting Israel may find themselves in breach of the Counter-Terrorism Legislation Amendment (Foreign Fighters) Bill given that Israel openly admits assisting al Nusra front terrorists. Former IDF colonel Miri Eisen, stated that Israel had … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 21-Jan-2016

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[Digest from All Born Equal Rights on the war without end] (1) Syria – Some Preliminary Positioning For An Endgame (while conflict mounts) (2) How Australia’s Colonial History Helps Shape Its Racist Approach to Syria (3) International Military Review – … Continue reading

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Remembering Ellen Meiksins Wood

[Publisher’s Note: Interesting insight into the New Left … especially, for me, was the debate between Ellen Meiksins Wood and Robert Brenner about the origins of capitalism. Ian Curr, 21 Jan  2016] Ellen Meiksins Wood showed so many of us … Continue reading

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I won’t lose hope

The chasm between me and the outside world feels like it’s getting wider and wider, and all I can do is let it happen In December, the colors outside my window turn from the greens, yellows and blues of summer … Continue reading

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The New Movement to Ban Nuclear Weapons

Fifteen thousand, eight hundred nuclear weapons spread across 14 nations. One thousand, eight hundred ready to be launched within minutes of a warning. This is not the cold war, but the present reality – the daily existential threat with which … Continue reading

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Are you serious – Is this how Police should be responding ?

 Brisbane Aboriginal rights campaigners are calling for a Royal Commission into Police across the country following another incident of unnecessary aggressive behavior which shocked and upset many. A video of the incident  captured by a family member  and  shared  on … Continue reading

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Days of Hope & Glory Over

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During the economic downturn we have already seen disputes involving job security e.g. at Hutchison’s in Brisbane & Sydney, Patricks in Melbourne & Sydney, and Queensland Nickel’s Yabulu refinery near Townsville and now Dulux at Rocklea. Continue reading

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Support Petition to Change the Date of JJJ Hottest 100

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SIGN AND SHARE NOW Triple J’s Hottest 100 countdown is held on January 26th, the date marking the invasion of the First Fleet in 1788. The British flag was raised in Sydney Cove for the first time and this date … Continue reading

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Refugee EXAMPLE of Economic Competence in Nauru

Forgetting the moral and ethical issues for one moment – show this to hard nosed friends to illustrate the incompetence of the Australian Government and corruption of the Nauru Government. What a team- together they spent $26 million to produce … Continue reading

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Introducing Woolloongabba

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Originally posted on andypaine:
For many non-Queenslanders, Woolloongabba is probably one of the few Brisbane suburbs they could name. When the footy or cricket is on, it is the destination for thousands of people from around the country, but the…

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MUA Strike at Patricks in Melbourne

The Port of Melbourne is in the grip of three days of strikes, as dock workers shut down Australia’s largest stevedoring business for the first time since the 1998 waterfront dispute. Strikes on Monday at Patrick Stevedores terminals in Melbourne, … Continue reading

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War Chronicles – January 2016

(1) Syrian Arab Army report on attack by 30 suicide bombers in al-Baghilea, Deir al-Zoor (2) Twilight of the rebels south of Damascus (3) Former Australian soldiers caught up in Yemen’s civil war (4) International Military Review – Yemen, 14 … Continue reading

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ISIS in Gaza

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Publishers Note: WBT reposts this article by Sarah Helms from New York Review of Books | January 14, 2016. It analyses from a western perspective the effect of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza and how post-Oslo* children in Gaza are recruited … Continue reading