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 banning nuclear weapons is urgently needed. Sue Coleman-Haseldine, Kokatha-Mula, and Abacca Anjain-Maddison, Republic of the … Continue reading Nuclear test survivors demand a ban on nuclear weapons in upcoming speaking tour

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 the nuclear tests conducted in Australia and the Pacific from the 1940s until the 1960s, … Continue reading Black Mist, White Rain: Speaking Tour 2016

Auntie is no angel

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 2011. The ABC’s trusted source (Reuters) had even placed a caveat on the footage saying … Continue reading Auntie is no angel

17 Group: “The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia”

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 on the topic of his latest book, “The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia”. Ian’s summary: I … Continue reading 17 Group: “The Lucky Country? Reinventing Australia”

Netanyahu at War

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 https://youtu.be/Tp67S7k_brM Here's the blurb from the SMH: "It ain't exactly uplifting but this thorough documentary on the life and times of Benjamin Netanyahu is both … Continue reading Netanyahu at War

Zionists censor a Textbook

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 cleansing of Palestine? Neither phenomenon is a matter of opinion or perspective. One act of … Continue reading Zionists censor a Textbook

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

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 of internet tools” and its mega-funded hasbara (propaganda) into the public arena as well as … Continue reading In the eye of the storm: Palestine and the new media

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 perspective, particularly how socialists at the Post Office in Dublin during Easter uprising in 1916 … Continue reading The Irish Liberation Struggle: some issues arising

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 5) Living With ISIS - Documentary Published on Jan 26, 2016 …………………………………………………………………. 1A) RT VIDEO … Continue reading War Chronicle 28 March 2016

Rafeef Ziadiah: ‘We teach life’

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. She is heavily involved in the Palestinian resistance being a representative on the cultural boycott committee and involved in the International BDS campaign.

Listen on demand to Paradigm Shift here

During the second half of the show and be interviewed Libby Connors about the famous Aboriginal resistance warrior Dundali

Playlist
Rafeef Ziadah – We Teach Life
Lorno Munro – Colours
Phil Monsour – Ghosts of Deir Yassin
Rafeef Ziadiah – Shades of Anger

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Special Report: Queensland Nickel

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 security and well - being of his employees. As many will be aware, we witnessed … Continue reading Special Report: Queensland Nickel

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. Electrical Trades Union (ETU) state secretary, Peter Simpson, said Mr Pyne had "betrayed" members of … Continue reading Pyne refutes attacks from ETU

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 see you next Friday, Lachlan and Sue. Old Semeil sings songs from the heart, and … Continue reading Foco Nuevo in April

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 Telegraph says that pilot Paul Whyte had been struggling with a broken marriage and rented … Continue reading Qantas pilot’s suicide crash off Byron: report

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. A more likely reason for calling off the strike was Malcolm Turnbull's declaration that he … Continue reading CPSU calls off airport strike

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

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 role, please send us a message here (brisbanefreeuniversity or on facebook). DETAILS: When: Wednesday 23rd … Continue reading Brisbane Free University presents: A short history of the Oranienplatz Refugee Strike Squat, Berlin.

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. Mayor Brent finally went under after using his family to protect himself from findings of … Continue reading Corruption pays off in local government

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 documents in Parliament alleging misconduct, corruption, breaches of the Local Government Act, bullying and harassment … Continue reading The Powerful Mayor Syndrome

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 (Translation: After pulling their ground troops out the Saudis will gradually stop their costly air … Continue reading War/Peace Chronicle 20-March-2016

War/Peace Chronicle 18-March-2016

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 about the Uighurs? Off to Libya!?! Syrian Democracy is the Last Defense against Federalization Syrian … Continue reading War/Peace Chronicle 18-March-2016

Sovereignty and Solidarity

aboriginal tent embassy on heirisson island
Aboriginal tent embassy on Heirisson Island in Perth WA

Paradigm Shift

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

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 that war which has opened a pandora's box of killing, maiming, devastation of housing and … Continue reading Stop the wars from which refugees have fled

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 atoms of uranium keep poisoning: These can not be seen. The women still wail in … Continue reading Legacy of the Gulf War

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 latest list of events for Australia for our PALM SUNDAY Walks and Actions. Tell all … Continue reading Palm Sunday in Australia – M19 across the world

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in turmoil amid toxic culture claims

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 Seeker Resource Centre quit last year, including one who lodged a successful WorkCover claim for … Continue reading Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in turmoil amid toxic culture claims

Walk for Justice for Refugees

• 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 permanent protection to many more refugees. • We believe in a society that is shaped … Continue reading Walk for Justice for Refugees

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, on behalf of corporations, carried out the savage neoliberal assault on the working poor. Now … Continue reading The Revenge of the Lower Classes and the Rise of American Fascism

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 like gay rights with the #LetThemStay campaign is wrong-headed. Claims in the ALL OUT flyer … Continue reading Reading ‘Lolita’ in Fortitude Valley