State of the World
Radical simply means grasping at the root
– Angela Davis
Over the past two years, while WBT was in recess, I have been writing and publishing essays about the state of the world.
Here are some of them with some great images. The banner image is of Hiroshima in 1945. Hopefully we are not going to repeat that mistake.
– Ian Curr, 1 Nov 2018
To select an essay Click on See More… and you may read the entire essay.
I have just heard that Hughie Williams has passed away.
Hughie (born 3 September 1933) was a former state secretary of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) and grew up on the Hunter Valley coalfields where the Chifley labor government had sent troops to break the great coal strike of 1948. Starving miners were forced back to work.
As an active unionist, Hughie tried to build the working class movement…
Thanks to the Labour History Association and the Cloudland Collective for putting on this discussion.
SUNDAY 29 OCTOBER 4PM BOUNDARY ST HOTEL, WEST END SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Associate Professor Andrew Bonnell, Jeff Rickertt, Brisbane labour historian and activist, & Alison Stewart, Cloudland Collective (more details below).
“Unhappy the land where heroes are needed” – Brecht
Concerts by American ‘punk artist’ Amanda Palmer at the Brisbane Powerhouse were organised and sponsored by “MELT 2017: A Celebration of Queer Arts and Culture” and supported by local commercial and community radio.
In 2009 Palmer’s hero, Leonard Cohen, ignored a concerted campaign by Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in the U.S. and the UK f…
I’m glad Jill Jolliffe and her old friend, fellow journalist and legal guardian, Fiona Gruber, told this story … it’s shows how necessary support is for people with Alzheimer’s or any cognitive disease … the alternative of being looked after by the public trust or public guardian is so much worse … you can’t trust the public trustee.
Jill Jolliffe has b…
What a nightmare, ‘public guardians’ in the USA! In the US typically they have privatise the role of public guardian. In Queensland they outsource care of the vulnerable to NGOs under control of the public guardian. In both cases the result is the same, assets taken for the benefit of a heartless industry.
Note that in the article below about the U.S. aged care system it was private lawyers, privat…
Paradigm Shift (4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) broadcast on 30 June 2017 – Corruption in local government.
Special guest: former Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale.
IN 2017 Paul Pisasale faces criminal charges including extortion, assault, and attempting to pervert justice. In 2016, Mr Pisasale was re-elected Mayor of Ipswich with 83.45 per cent of the vote. Something is broken at councils in south-east Queensland. On 10 October 2017 Pisasale was charged with Official Corruption , Fraud – Dishonest application of property, Misconduct in Public Office, Perjury…
What is Brisbane’s Town plan? A concrete jungle?
The original Brisbane transport plan was authored by Wilbur Smith* and implemented by Lord Mayor Clem Jones.
Their idea was to build freeways in Brisbane as the Americans had done in Los Angeles.
I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land and to recognise the ground we stand on is a place of learning and knowledge.
I wish to pay respect to elders past, present and emerging.
So what does the union movement have to offer in regard to a Peaceful and independent future? The Union movement has everything to offer!
In January 1900, Anton Chekhov’s famous story ‘In the Ravine’ appeared in Zhizn (Life), a Russian magazine published then in Saint Petersburg. The magazine was run by a group called The Legal Marxists operating under Czarist censorship. Chekov’s idea was that evil would come from the evolution of peasant into bourgeois society.
In 1991, film director Kumar Shahani adapted the Chekhov short story to…
we heard their taunts
of ‘people’s Anne’
sure they were anti-Vietnam
There is “extreme suspicion of the public when it comes to donations, particularly [from] developers”- Moreton Bay Mayor Allan Sutherland at the Crime & Corruption Commission (CCC) hearing into Local Government Corruption in South-East Queensland.
Thirty years after the Fitzgerald Inquiry, the child of the Criminal Justice Commission, the CCC, has issued a report calling for a ban of political dona…
“When I see an actual flesh-and-blood worker in conflict with his natural enemy, the policeman, I do not have to ask myself which side I am on.” ― George Orwell, Homage to Catalonia.
Civil war in Spain?
Catalunyas are chanting in their thousands, roughly translated, they are shouting: “We will always own the streets!” “National Police go away!” “Viva the People!” – from a video filmed on 3 Oct 201…
Twenty-seven refugees leave Nauru for the US
Refugee Action Coalition, September 27, 2017
Twenty-seven refugees left Nauru this morning bound for Port Moresby, the first leg of a 50-hour long journey to be resettled in the USA.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to you for your support in 2017. In August this year, across three days, 22 riders cycled 195 km from Brisbane to Byron Bay. We rode for Palestine. We rode to give participants and volunteers a chance to open a dialogue with each other and the community about the situation in Palestine.
In the 1970s under Wilbur Smith scheme the Southeast freeway destroyed Woolloongabba which had a vibrant multicultural community. Today, in 2017, Brisbane City Council is attempting to do the same thing in East Brisbane. Therefore I published here this is excellent letter by Nicki Cassimatis from the Lytton-road-is-wide-enough group to those concerned. – Ian Curr 21 Sept 2017
Open letter to members…
Surely this will be the last opportunity for me to address you.
The Air Force has bombed the towers of Radio Portales and Radio Corporación. My words do not have bitterness but disappointment.
May they be a moral punishment for those who have betrayed their oath: soldiers of Chile, titular commanders in chief, Admiral Merino, who has designated himself Commander of the Navy, and Mr. Mendoza, the …
This morning I attended a house occupation and picket objecting to the demolition of homes. Residents don’t want a thoroughfare through East Brisbane. They say Lytton road is wide enough and does not need a freeway.
The Lytton-Road-is-Wide-Enough group challenged Councillor Quirk at a ‘civic cabinet’ meeting at the Russian Club hall on Wednesday night (30 Aug 2017). Their concerns were rebuked by …
Photo: Squatters occupy resumed houses 3 Sept 2017
Community defends homes
I attended a picket this morning to hear residents saying that Lytton Road, East Brisbane is wide enough.
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