Monthly Archives: August 2019

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Høj: “I hear what you say”

“I hear what you say, but have you considered … ?” – Sir Zelman Cowen, Vice-Chancellor University of Qld during the Vietnam War Intro: University of Queensland Vice-Chancellor Høj was unavailable for radio interview on 4ZZZ, so Paradigm Shift submitted … Continue reading

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Bankrupt but not Beaten

Adani has just sunk to a new low, setting a brutal new standard for corporate behaviour. For the first time in Australia’s history, a company has bankrupted an Aboriginal leader for standing up for the inalienable rights of First Nations … Continue reading

40 years of Australian blockading songs

Terania Creek Blockade (1979) – every week ‘John’ would ride his bike from our share house in Spring Street, West End, to Terania Creek protest to stop the logging of the old growth forest with others. Thanks comrade, its still there. [Photo: David Kemp].

Terania Creek Blockade 1979. Photo: David Kemp

It was July 1979 that a group of activists began the first forest blockade in Australian history. That was at Terania Creek in northern NSW. It predated the more famous Franklin River blockade and forced the Wran Labor government to ban logging in Terania Creek and have it declared a National Park. To celebrate these 40 years of activism here are great local protest songs reviewed by Andy Paine (Paradigm Shift, 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) …

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the beginning of the Terania Creek forest blockade – the birth of frontline forest activism in this country. The best way to celebrate is by locking on to a machine that’s destroying the planet for profits. But the second best way is by playing some great songs from Australia’s blockading history.

3CR recently put together a radio show celebrating the songs of the Terania blockade, and some of those same tracks were included on a rad historical compilation called Lock On! But like Australia’s frontline environmental protest history, our tradition of blockading songs is rich and varied. Here is a bit of a sample.

Terania Creek had plenty of songs sung around the campfire and on the picketlines. A more detailed collection can be found in the links above, but one of the most memorable is The Bulldozer AllstarsTonka…

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Forest Blockade songs

Terania Creek Blockade (1979) – every week ‘John’ would ride his bike from our share house in Spring Street, West End, to Terania Creek protest to stop the logging of the old growth forest with others. Thanks comrade, its still there. [Photo: David Kemp].

Terania Creek Blockade 1979. Photo: David Kemp

It was July 1979 that a group of activists began the first forest blockade in Australian history. That was at Terania Creek in northern NSW. It predated the more famous Franklin River blockade and forced the Wran Labor government to ban logging in Terania Creek and have it declared a National Park. To celebrate these 40 years of activism here are great local protest songs reviewed by Andy Paine (Paradigm Shift, 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) …

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Hong Kong in the Crosshairs of Global Power and Ideological Struggles

WBT posts this article and podcast from Popular Resistance. Surely the test is how workers in both HK and mainland China are treated? Is this exploitation any different in either place? Chinese goods in Australia are cheap because they exploit … Continue reading

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World’s greatest descent

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The Brisbane Valley Rail Trail forms the backbone of exploration, adventure, and tourism in the valley, and there are big plans to improve this service. Continue reading

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Kashmiri Rally in Brisbane

Kashmiri community members and other supporters of human rights and democracy will rally in Brisbane on Saturday. Rally details: Date: Saturday 17 August 2019 Time: From 11am Venue: Brisbane Square (Reddacliff Place, cnr Queen & George Sts, Brisbane)

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NTEU: Blue Stocking Week

Bluestocking Week 12-16 August 2019 Bluestocking week is now in its seventh year and the NTEU, together with NUS (National Union of Students) has seen the event grow in both scope and size. With more university campuses participating each year, … Continue reading

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Rebel Yell!

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Rebel Yell is a fundraising concert to support frontline climate change activists. It’s being organised by the Extinction Rebellion Group Lismore at the Italo Australia Club on August 24. Lots of great artists performing (including JATIKA with Janey Conway, Karen … Continue reading

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Community Arts & Resilience Delegation to Palestine

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Eyewitness Palestine’s Community Arts and Resilience Delegation has arrived in Palestine/Israel and is currently in Jerusalem. ​The delegation will be sharing Eyewitness Accounts, photos, and videos from the ground over the course of the next two weeks. Follow the delegation … Continue reading

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Jerusalem – open city

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There are two sides to the occupation of Palestine, one is the military industrial complex and the other is the propaganda supporting the occupation; both work to consolidate and extend control of land from Egypt in the south to Lebanon … Continue reading

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Bjelke Blues Book Launch

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Forty-five short stories & memoirs by Queensland writers.  Stories of corruption & violence.  Stories of repression & resistance.  More than 250 pages that peel back the rotten banana that was life in this state under Gerrymander-Joh… Plenty to feed the … Continue reading

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Schonell Theatre missing from $300m UQ redevelopment plan

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We post this article by Brendan O’Malley in the Westside News about Queensland university’s moves to demolish the UQ Union complex. It is a shame people can’t see how important it is to keep the whole space built by students … Continue reading

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Christian Peacemaking Teams in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Rebekah Dowling will be talking about Christian Peacemaking Teams and her time in Iraqi Kurdistan For those who may have missed Rebekah’s talks, she will be speaking and showing slides at Dorothy Day house, 126 Juliette St next Monday night … Continue reading

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Nagasaki day

Day remembered with concert and call to action 74 years ago, on August 9, 1945 the US dropped a nuclear bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, after dropping one three days earlier on Hiroshima. The following year, in 1946, the first ever … Continue reading

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University of Queensland doubles down on heritage demolition plan

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The University of Queensland is trying to take down the one space it does not control at St Lucia. This is corporate theft from generations of students and staff. Students built the UQ Union Complex with their union fees and … Continue reading

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Vale Joan Shears

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“In hollows behind outhouses or back of a wall of pepper tree, tanks are sleeping, stirring. They expand, become nervous and rough, and grinning with iron dimples begin to move out to the edge of town to wait for the … Continue reading

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Extinction rebellion – can capitalism save the planet?

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… finally the bankers are starting to listen, as is the insurance industry. We need to start having a serious conversation about this existential threat, amongst ourselves and our community, not hoping that conservative governments will fix the problem – they haven’t for the past 40 years of being asked politely to act. Think about this threat in terms of the future for your children, nephews and nieces, grandchildren etc.” – Trevor Berrill Continue reading

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Vale Ross Taylor

Words said at Ross Taylor’s Funeral Tewantin, 5 August 2019 Ross Taylor did not come from this place, this is not his country. Strangely it is in this place, or somewhere nearby that Ross came undone.  His long-time friend, Brian … Continue reading

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Stanthorpe gets Emu Swamp Dam

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On the 4th August 2019 the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, gave the Brisbane Times a scoop. The minister did not send the media release to the Courier Mail so it didn’t get to run this … Continue reading

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter

Some questions on the eve of Hiroshima Day …

1) What happened at Hiroshima in 1945 and why?

2) Hiroshima was the first use of nuclear weapons against a civilian population, could it happen again?

3) Is the world close to nuclear war now? If so, where?

4) Chernobyl and Fukushima were terrible nuclear catastrophes, what happened and why?

5) Are similar nuclear accidents possible and if so where?

6) For 74 years August the 6th, Hiroshima day, has been a focus for people to stop war and put an end to nuclear weapons … how can ordinary people stand against nuclear weapons?

7) The anti-war movement received a set back in 2003 when the Australian government ignored the pleas of a million people on the streets and went to war against the Iraqi people, is the anti-war movement strong enough to resist future wars? How can the anti-war movement become stronger?

Paradigm Shift

Broadcast on The Paradigm Shift, 2 Aug 2019 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon.

“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

HK Democratic Rights
Ian interviews Hong Kong activists at democracy demonstrations in Brisbane. Lloyd interviews students at UQ protesting the Confucius Institute. (Thanks Lloyd!)

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter
Ian Interviews Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Coalition about the threat of nuclear war.

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Honte Chosi
Urban Guerillas – Americans are coming
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Shima Uta
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon

Liner Notes
Shima-uta is a genre of songs originating from the Amami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture of southwestern Japan. It is also associated with Okinawa. “Shima Uta” (島唄, lit. “Island Song”) is a 1992 song by the Japanese…

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