The Irishman

This Hollywood film by Martin Scorsese is about Jimmy Hoffa, the leader of the Teamsters Union in the USA. It is an interesting film about politics, trade unions and the mafia in the United States. Image is from Portside - see comment below The film alleges the election of John F Kennedy as president of … Continue reading The Irishman

Eulogy for a Black Man

Native title is not Land Rights and Reconciliation is not Justice - Gary Foley at Sam Watson's funeral. revisiting childhood through that time-gauze of greyingfeather,back to a timewhen the road seemed widerbut had the same volume of insanity Dad always concrete at the wheelMum in the "Worry" seatsharing with Dad,the worries sometimes reaching the backseatas … Continue reading Eulogy for a Black Man

Uprising in Iraq – many protestors martyred in Nasiriyah on 29 Dec 2019

The Dhi Qar Governorate Police Command in the city of Nasiriyah (south east of Baghdad) imposed a curfew on late Thursday 28 November after witnessing a bloody morning where they said 17 protesters were wounded about 100 others injured, most of them shot with live bullets. Lt. Gen. Jamil al-Shammari had taken over the security … Continue reading Uprising in Iraq – many protestors martyred in Nasiriyah on 29 Dec 2019

Reimagine Meanjin (Brisbane) postponed out of respect for Uncle Sam Watson

Uncle Sam Watson (1952 - 2019) Hi everyone,For those of you who haven't heard yet, it's my sad duty to notify you that respected Aboriginal elder Uncle Sam Watson passed away yesterday. As such, we've made the difficult decision today to postpone this weekend's Reimagine Brisbane conference, with the exception of two sessions either side … Continue reading Reimagine Meanjin (Brisbane) postponed out of respect for Uncle Sam Watson

Vale Sam Watson: warrior, poet, comrade

It is with great sadness that Solidarity comrades have learned that comrade Sam Watson has passed away, in Brisbane, 27 November.    Sam has been a giant on the Brisbane and national left his whole political life. From the 1967 referendum, to the Black Panthers in Queensland, to the struggles against black deaths in custody, … Continue reading Vale Sam Watson: warrior, poet, comrade

Vale Uncle Sam Watson.

Sincere condolences to the immediate and extended family members of Brisbane Murri elder Sam Watson, an inspiring leader and courageous advocate for indigenous and human rights in every field of community responsibility, social healing, and justice, who strived passionately to make this world a better place.May peace, love and family supports surround all his loved … Continue reading Vale Uncle Sam Watson.

Catholic Church vs Jury System

I suppose it should come as no surprise how little faith the Catholic church has in the jury system. In this article, a church that invented the Spanish inquisition points the finger at the Victorian Appeals Court for upholding the jury conviction of Cardinal George Pell. George Weigel and Anthony Charles Smith join a long … Continue reading Catholic Church vs Jury System

Letters from Palestine

2020 is likely to be a turning point for Palestinians. WBT has been receiving a number of reports from NGOs in Palestine. Some News agencies seem to have closed down; one in particular, namely Maan News reported daily from the occupation under difficult circumstances. Maan has been shut down. Here one of NGOs (Hebron Freedom … Continue reading Letters from Palestine

Crimes against humanity in Iraq

'... murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against any civilian population, before or during the war; or persecutions on political, racial or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where … Continue reading Crimes against humanity in Iraq

Automation, Union Busting & the Attacks on MUA Wharfies & Dockers Worldwide

At a presentation at the International Dockworkers Council IDC Paul Keating of the Maritime Union of Australia reported on the threat of automation, union busting and the attacks on the MUA and dockers around the world including the ILWU. https://youtu.be/gqxmCdLsUgo This presentation was made on 11/19/19 at the 2019 IDC conference in Lisbon, Portugal. Australia … Continue reading Automation, Union Busting & the Attacks on MUA Wharfies & Dockers Worldwide

Reimagine Brisbane: Ideas Fiesta and Policy Conference

Imagine a city where getting around is cheap, convenient, sustainable and healthy for everyone... a city where all residents are guaranteed a home, regardless of their social status or income level.Imagine a city that embraced deliberative democracy, and gave local residents more power to decide how their neighbourhoods change and evolve, while respecting Indigenous sovereignty … Continue reading Reimagine Brisbane: Ideas Fiesta and Policy Conference

Banks of Marble

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 22 Nov 2019 Friday at NoonBanks of MarbleMedevac & Refugees in detention in PNGInterviews1) Anna Bligh, former Premier of Qld and CEO of the Australian Banking Association (satire).2) Jacob Rice, former teacher at Australia’s detention centre on Manus Island.3) Fr Gerry Heffernan, member of Catholic delegation to Australia’s detention centre … Continue reading Banks of Marble

Westpac Bank – shall one of the four pillars fall?

Then we'd own those banks of marble With a guard at every door And we'd share those vaults of silver That workers sweated for - 'The Banks are Made of Marble' composed by Les Rice, apple farmer. Accountants across Australia looked cautiously when the Banking Royal Commission decided to investigate AMP. They knew already how … Continue reading Westpac Bank – shall one of the four pillars fall?

Heat and Fire on the Southern Downs

“I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” - Anne of Green Gables by L.M.Montgomery I was in Stanthorpe yesterday for the funeral of a friend's sister. The deceased woman had lived in Stanthorpe for many years and had done a lot of voluntary work for the Rural Fire Brigade in … Continue reading Heat and Fire on the Southern Downs

2019 Intifada in Iraq

We publish here an opinion piece by former Baghdad based journalist, Louay Alzaher (pictured at the chess board). - Ed. __oOo__ In the Midst of the Iraqi Uprising ... "Iraq is a stockpile of great events that turned into a book which shows the suffering of its people from occupations and injustice of internal and … Continue reading 2019 Intifada in Iraq

Medical treatment of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu

Warning: sensitive material. Events relating to medical treatment of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu. [Please note this is a provisional timeline based on reports (shown in Endnotes)]. Sources claim medical staff within the community were evacuated following a series of break-ins[i]. Other government workers also depart e.g. Yuendumu police advise teachers to leave on Friday night[ii]. … Continue reading Medical treatment of Kumanjayi Walker in Yuendumu

Corbyn to nationalise internet, rail & water

“I don’t want anyone to be able to say, a few years into a Labour government, that nothing ever changes or that politicians are all the same.” - Corbyn Outlining the proposal in Lancaster, Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the proposal would guarantee what was now a basic utility, encourage social cohesion, bolster the economy … Continue reading Corbyn to nationalise internet, rail & water

Bushfires, Climate Change and Capitalism

Prime Minister Morrison denies climate change because he wishes to support multinationals, to enable them to make money. Former US Vice president Dick Cheney preferred the term climate change to global warming because he thought it would be easier to defend against claims that it was caused by humans. Massive plumes of smoke, atomic in … Continue reading Bushfires, Climate Change and Capitalism

Wish you were here – Asylum Seekers & Julian Assange

Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak'd ten years war in Afghanistan Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison No Wikileaks today about Sapper Jamie Larcombe No mention of his Afghan mate Both dead in Mirabad - Ian Curr "Last Train to Mirabad" Paradigm Shift 15 Nov 2019 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at … Continue reading Wish you were here – Asylum Seekers & Julian Assange

Morrison receives Jerusalem award – more extrajudicial killing by Israel

Some may feel to compare Israelis to Nazis is not helpful, or even a bit lazy. However I can see no problem with the Zionist/Nazi analogy in the letter by Gareth Smith posted below. Both National Socialists (Nazis) and Zionists wanted a state based on race: one of Aryans in Germany, the other of Jews in Palestine (Israel).

Grey power support for XR protests

Brisbane City Council have banned all Extinction Rebellion groups from meeting in local libraries and other council premises, with the support of both the LNP and Labor. We pay rates and deserve access to council facilities. Freedom of political association is important. We've famously disobeyed before and now demand this draconian directive is REVERSED FOR GOOD. We will … Continue reading Grey power support for XR protests

Medical authorities refuse to attend dying man in Yuendumu

Warning: Some of the people in this story have passed away, murdered by a corrupt and racist system. "Into whatever homes I go, I will enter them for the benefit of the sick, avoiding any voluntary act of impropriety or corruption ... " - Hippocratic Oath (Ορκος) taken by all doctors. The recent death in … Continue reading Medical authorities refuse to attend dying man in Yuendumu

Brazen Coup in Bolivia

Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced to resign on Sunday 10 November 2019 after senior army and police chiefs called on him to do so following weeks of right-wing unrest and violence against his Oct. 20 elections victory, in what his government has called a coup by opposition forces in the country. On the same day … Continue reading Brazen Coup in Bolivia