Monthly Archives: July 2020

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Israel buys world’s best cyclist, Chris Froome

Israel has a long history of sportwashing its brutal occupation and annexation of Palestine. This strategy is also used in the arts and entertainment industries. Israel bought Eurovision Song contest in 2019 despite Palestinian BDS efforts to prevent it. Continue reading

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National Aboriginal Day

Today is National Aboriginal Day known as NAIDOC (The acronym stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee). Forty-two years ago Sam Watson Jnr gave a speech in King George Square about the Queensland Acts which kept Aboriginal people … Continue reading

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Foreign Influence

The Editor The Canberra Times Thursday, July 9, is the 120th anniversary of Royal Assent to The Commonwealth of Australia Act. Neither plebiscites among enfranchised Australians nor motions in the colonial parliaments could bring about Federation. That required an Act … Continue reading

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Gone with the Wind

We publish a letter by Humphrey McQueen to the Canberra Times about taking the film Gone with the Wind from YouTube etc. __oOo__ The EditorThe Canberra Times Gone with the Wind should be permanently taken down from streaming platforms because you … Continue reading

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In My Blood It Runs

I remember going out onto country with an Arrente Auntie and two strong aboriginal women from Meanjin. One was a proud Kuku Yalanji sister whose father was taken from country and told to walk to Cherbourg. The Arrente Auntie was … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Hope

A very good film about a refugee’s optimism in the face of indiscriminate bombing of his city, Aleppo . When asked by the immigration officer who did the bombing, he said I don’t know. It happened while I was at … Continue reading

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National Weekend of Action: Stop Black Deaths in Custody

NATIONAL WEEKEND OF ACTION: STOP BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY4-5 July 2020 Today kicks-off a weekend of protests around the country to Stop Black Deaths in Custody. The first National Weekend of Action Protest will kick off in Kempsey on today, … Continue reading

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Climate Denial by Murdoch Press

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The US Murdoch media empire has a hold over Australian life in every aspect.  In particular the Murdoch media voice is upholding subservience to the US military industrial complex and the constant US wars. Just Peace and friends met at … Continue reading

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IPAN: increase in military expenditure unjustified and destabilising

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A number of groups have come out strongly against the $270 billion to be spent on defence announced by the Australian government last week. A local group, the Independent & Peaceful Australian Network (IPAN), has issued this press release. Increase … Continue reading

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New Coal Mines in Australia

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We will be loud against the silenceAngry at the greedWe will not begWe are defiantTell it like it is– Phil Monsour and the crisis actors, ‘Our House is on fire‘ The global climate deal reached at the Paris climate talks … Continue reading

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Mass arrests at KP Blockade

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An Account from One of the Sunday Arrestees on the Arrests, a Trip to the Watchhouse, and What Police Do When Nobody’s Watching “We tried to feed the men inside home-cooked food from a local refugee-run restaurant. We placed the … Continue reading

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Australia’s Grand Military Plans

This week, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced that his government would not sacrifice our sovereignty. Strangely there is bipartisan support for joint defence facilities on Australian soil. These include Pine Gap, Northwest Cape, Maralinga, Woomera – all part of … Continue reading

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Marxist Interpretation of the History of Chile

Interpretación Marxista de la Historia de Chile by Louis Vitale [or Marxist Interpretation of the History of Chile] was published in 1967. It was one of the books that were destroyed and burned by the dictatorship after the military coup … Continue reading

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George Floyd – ‘Cancelling America’

We know the internet abounds with conspiracy theories. Here is one by Paul Craig Roberts, a former economics adviser to the Reagan administration: “The evidence is clear. George Floyd was not killed by racist police. But try getting that fact … Continue reading

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Palestinian Film – ‘It Must Be Heaven’

About the film Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to … Continue reading

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Eastern transitway – more car doors less corridor

Queensland Main Roads department plans to build a transitway to replace it’s earlier promise of an eastern busway from Brisbane CBD to Capalaba. Previously the busway project ran out of money by the time it had reached Stones Corner. Old … Continue reading