Monthly Archives: March 2016

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Nuclear test survivors demand a ban on nuclear weapons in upcoming speaking tour

“Black Mist White Rain” Speaking Tour 4-7 April 2016 Four Indigenous women from South Australia and the Marshall Islands are touring four cities over four days to speak about how nuclear testing has impacted their lives, and why a treaty … Continue reading

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Black Mist, White Rain: Speaking Tour 2016

Metro Arts, 109 Edward St, Brisbane Thursday 7 April 2016 6:00pm – 8:00pm  The 15,600 nuclear weapons that still exist today pose an unacceptable ongoing threat to all humanity. While news headlines remind us of this threat, we must remember … Continue reading

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Auntie is no angel

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In 2011, the ABC broadcast on TV and on its website video footage claiming the Syrian government had massacred its own people. The video was not from Syria, its was from neighbouring Lebanon, the video was shot in 2008, not … Continue reading

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17 Group: “The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia”

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The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 6th of April at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. It will be addressed by scientist and author Emeritus Professor Ian Lowe … Continue reading

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Netanyahu at War

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Even-handed? “Senior players on both sides give their interpretation of events to provide an even-handed and detailed picture of how we got to now in the Middle East.” – SBS Here’s the blurb from the SMH: “It ain’t exactly uplifting … Continue reading

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Zionists censor a Textbook

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Part I – Map Censorship What is the difference between a textbook publisher giving into pressure from Christian fundamentalists seeking to censor the teaching of evolution, and a publisher giving in to Zionists seeking to censor awareness of the ethnic … Continue reading

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In the eye of the storm: Palestine and the new media

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This is your chance to see two of the best known Palestinian new media experts ALI ABUMINAH (The Electronic Intifada) and RAMZY BAROUD (The Palestine Chronicle) as they discuss the challenges of pushing the Palestinian narrative through Israel’s self-described “arsenal … Continue reading

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The Irish Liberation Struggle: some issues arising

Publisher’s Note: Here is a recent article from The Vanguard in Melbourne … albeit with a critical spin on the Irish revolution. Dear readers, it is worth looking too at Gary MacLennan’s  The Easter Rebellion which places the critique in … Continue reading

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War Chronicle 28 March 2016

1) Syrian army retakes Palmyra from ISIS 2) How narratives killed the Syrian people 3) SAS deployed in Libya since start of year, says leaked memo 4) Why was Brussels targeted? Beyond Brussels: 8 Other Cities Attacked by Terrorists in March … Continue reading

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The Easter Rebellion

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We know their dream; enough
To know they dreamed and are dead;
And what if excess of love
Bewildered them till they died?
I write it out in a verse –
MacDonagh and MacBride
And Connolly and Pearse
Now and in time to be,
Wherever green is worn,
Are changed, changed utterly:
A terrible beauty is born. Continue reading

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Rafeef Ziadiah: ‘We teach life’

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Originally posted on Paradigm Shift:
[Paradigm Shift 25 Friday 2016 4ZZZ Fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon]. Ian spoke with Phil Monsour about the National tour of Palestinian performance poet, Rafeef Ziadiah. Rafeef is a Palestinian refuge currently based in London.…

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Special Report: Queensland Nickel

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RIGHT FROM THE get-go, the events unfolding at Queensland Nickel have both shocked and surprised everyone involved from the unions through to administrators. Clive Palmer has dragged the business from one crisis point to another with no regard for the … Continue reading

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Pyne refutes attacks from ETU

Recently the member for Cairns,  Rob Pyne, resigned from the Labor Party and sat on the cross-benches in Queensland state parliament. This means that the Labor party-in-government requires his vote and the vote of the Katter Party to pass legislation. … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in April

Friday, 1st April, 2016 8.00 pm Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary Street, West End (map) After being energised by our tremendous 8th anniversary celebrations we’re keeping the music flowing with guests Old Semeil, and Mark Cryle and Carmel Newman. Hope to … Continue reading

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Qantas pilot’s suicide crash off Byron: report

A Lennox Head based Qantas pilot is believed to have deliberately crashed a light plane into the ocean off Byron Bay, Sydney media has reported. The pilot had been flying passenger jets shortly before his death. The report in the Daily … Continue reading

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CPSU calls off airport strike

CPSU National Secretary Nadine Flood has called off the Easter strike by Customs, Border Force & Quarantine workers. Ms Flood claimed that the reason was because of the need for greater security in the aftermath of the Brussels terrorist attacks. … Continue reading

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Brisbane Free University presents: A short history of the Oranienplatz Refugee Strike Squat, Berlin.

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Hey BFUers! Just an update on our next session! Sorry we’ve been so quiet over the past few months. We’re aiming to get back to monthly/fortnightly sessions over the coming weeks. If anyone is interested in taking on an organisational … Continue reading

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Corruption pays off in local government

All established mayors in the big councils were re-elected on Saturday in Queensland’s local government elections. With the exception of John Brent, corrupt mayor of the Scenic Rim, recent local government elections have demonstrated that corruption wins in mayoral elections. … Continue reading

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The Powerful Mayor Syndrome

“The Powerful Mayor Syndrome” is seriously hampering good governance throughout Queensland. Cairns Labor MP, and one time councillor Rob Pyne, is calling for an Independent Inquiry into local government corruption in Queensland. In an unprecedented move Mr Pyne has tabled … Continue reading

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War/Peace Chronicle 20-March-2016

Breaking News: Cash-strapped Saudis retreat from Yemen Two Systems (by Colonel W. Patrick Lang); The Islamic State Is Pretext To Again Mug Libya; Syria & Burundi – War-Theatres between the China/Russia Axis & US/EU Axis …………………………………………………………….. Breaking: Cash-strapped Saudis retreat from Yemen … Continue reading

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War/Peace Chronicle 18-March-2016

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BREAKING NEWS: Kurdish National Council in Syria condemns federalism declaration by Kurdish rival Federal region of “Rojava-North Syria” proclaimed. Federation of Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Syriacs, Turkomans, Armenians, Circassians and Chechens. … Chechens!?! The Chechen head-choppers can’t go back to Russia. What … Continue reading

Sovereignty and Solidarity

aboriginal tent embassy on heirisson island

Aboriginal tent embassy on Heirisson Island in Perth WA

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Decolonise our land, not your mind
                             -Anon

Ian on Paradigm Shift [4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 18 Mar 2016 at noon] presents two aspects of the struggle for Sovereignty and Solidarity.

  1. Campaign against nuclear waste dump. In the wake of the Mukaty victory against a nuclear waste dump on their land, Meret and Hilliary go on a grand tour of the 6 proposed sites put up by the federal government. The government is seeking for communities to take responsibility for the failure of the nuclear industry. Six communities say no to the federal government. Communities will speak with government when the nuclear industry stops making more waste.

    A podcast of 6 week summer 2015/16 road trip through the 6 proposed nuclear waste dump sites in Australia. Including interviews with community members across the country. covering issues of radioactive waste, community health, water, and connection to country. More information at beyondnuclearinitiative.com/ …

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Stop the wars from which refugees have fled

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This year Palm Sunday falls on the 13th anniversary of Shock and Awe the opening bombing campaign of Operation Iraqi Freedom!!! it has been anything but! LEST WE FORGET! Our country along with the USA and UK was responsible for … Continue reading

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Legacy of the Gulf War

(with apologies to Douglas Stewart) Sigh, wind in the dunes Mothers, weep as you go For uranium munitions were used here Not that awfully long ago. In the streets and market places The debris has been swept clean But the … Continue reading

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Palm Sunday in Australia – M19 across the world

This PALM SUNDAY is shaping up to be a momentous day. This is our time where we the people deliver a message of hope and love for humanity reflecting the traditional symbols of peace on this day. Here is the … Continue reading

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Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in turmoil amid toxic culture claims

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A beat-up? ASRC CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis Australia’s largest asylum seeker service is in upheaval after an exodus of its most senior staff and claims of a toxic work environment, mismanagement and bullying. Six out of seven directors at the Asylum … Continue reading

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Walk for Justice for Refugees

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• We believe that everyone has the right to a life that is free from persecution and life-threatening situations. Seeking asylum is a human right. • We believe that Australia can and should be more generous and provide resettlement and … Continue reading

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Rob Pyne: Independent Inquiry into Qld Councils

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Joanna Kesteven Secretary QLGRA Inc Phone: 07 54635304 Mobile: 0413 242 893

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The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying – Bob Dylan College-educated elites, … Continue reading

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Reading ‘Lolita’ in Fortitude Valley

Orientalism is “the basic distinction between East and West as the starting point for elaborate theories, epics, novels, social descriptions, and political accounts concerning the Orient, its people, customs, ‘mind,’ destiny and so on.” – Edward Said Conflating social issues … Continue reading