Monthly Archives: August 2020

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Facsimile Whale on Minjerribah

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It is to be displayed in an 11 million dollar timber and glass cabinet on top of a grassy lightly timbered headland overlooking the coral sea forever tormented by humans who ogle, point and stare while his kin are free … Continue reading

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Idiot Wind – the West End Racketeer

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“The students believe that our society develops continually an ethos of war, where values of love, sincerity, honesty and respect are sacrificed to a rule of thumb called expedience …” – Brian Laver The ‘West End Racketeer’ is a play … Continue reading

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Wangan and Jagalingou blockade Adani mine

We have made it abundantly clear to the world — as we have been doing for some time — that when we say no, we mean no. We put our culture before coal. – Adrian Burragubba Last Thursday, senior cultural … Continue reading

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Register now for the Big Ride for Palestine!

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The Big Ride for Palestine is an initiative by supporters of the Palestinian people that combines a love of cycling (walking or running) with practical solidarity and awareness raising. While I appreciate difficulties currently faced in certain parts of Australia, The … Continue reading

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Refugee #HomeSafelyWithUS Campaign

Ever since the Kangaroo Point Prison blockade started up in response to refugee demands mainstream media have been drawn back to the issue of refugee detention in Australia. The blockade has continued unabated since 22 June 2020 despite repression from … Continue reading

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Tel al-Zaatar: the siege of the Hill of Thyme

I remember Vanessa Redgrave coming to Brisbane in 1977 to launch a film about the siege of Tel al-Zaatar (Arabic: حصار تل الزعتر‎) in northeastern Beirut. The siege occurred in August 1976, 44 years ago. Remembering Tel al-ZaatarThe stories of … Continue reading

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Olfat Mahmoud … stateless

“She’s smart … for a woman. I wonder how she got that way” – Peggy Seeger. On 4th August 2020, there was a huge explosion in Beirut killing over 200 people and injuring thousands. This has been in the news, … Continue reading

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Peace activists disrupt Boeing in Brisbane

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Peace activists have disrupted work at the Brisbane office of Boeing Defence this morning, saying the company’s construction of weaponised drones and other autonomous weapons is part of a militarism that is out of control. A group of 20 people … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo – ‘The Quiet of the Winter Moon’

The monthly concert hosted by Jumping Fences, streaming during the Covid-19 pandemic. Guests this month are Duo Jade (Cuba) Toache (Mexico) and Silvio Alejandro (Cuba). Jumping Fences (Sue Monk and Lachlan Hurse) are joined by Robin Etter Cleave, Ovidio Orellana … Continue reading

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Union support for Palestinian refugees in Beirut

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Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) interview with Ken Davis – a long-time unionist and social justice campaigner. Ken is a member of the Coalition for Justice and Peace in Palestine in Sydney and works for Union Aid … Continue reading

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Kashmir Solidarity

More than 70 years after the last Maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir signed up his princely state to be part of India, the issue of Kashmir’s status has still not been resolved. Modi’s Indian government has given citizenship to Indian … Continue reading

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The Big Ride for Palestine 2020

The Big Ride for Palestine is an initiative by supporters of the Palestinian people that combines a love of cycling with practical solidarity and awareness raising. We’re organising The Big Ride for Palestine 2020 differently this year to make the … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo streaming this Friday 7th August

Foco Nuevo Streaming on 7th August 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time. To start, click HERE. During these uncertain times we are continuing to stream Foco Nuevo via our Jumping Fences Facebook page and we are pleased to again feature contributions from … Continue reading

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Beirut has its own Hiroshima

While being an industrial accident, one cannot ignore the political,
social and military situation either. More than half of the people in
Lebanon live below the poverty line after a Ponzi scheme run by the
Central Bank crashed the Lebanese currency and economy. Government and
business corruption, warfare and Coronavirus epidemic have made the
country ungovernable, so there are bound to be serious breaches of
regulations, failures in reporting of dangerous substances, etc. And
given the violence in the region over many years, there are bound to
be all sorts of dangerous things stored everywhere without
accountability. This is a recipe for continuing disasters! (And one
can’t totally discount the possibilities of assassination and other
political things – next Friday a UN backed international tribunal will
deliver its verdict over four men related to Hizbullah who are accused
of planting the truck bomb that murdered the former Prime Minister
Rafic Hariri some 15 years ago. But the incident might be totally
unrelated to that.

Wikipedia has added this disaster to its timeline of major disasters
caused by self-sustaining decomposition, or SSD), of Ammonium nitrate
NPK fertilizers which has also been responsible for the loss of
several cargo ships.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammonium_nitrate_disasters Continue reading

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A break from Covid … climbing O’Reilly’s in the southern ranges

We rode up to Green Mountain on Queensland’s Lamington Plateau yesterday. Fifty-three kilometers and one of Australia’s hardest climbs. My sister Pamela locked down in Melbourne, joked: Did we drive up or bike? We did Alberto Contador proud … although … Continue reading

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Stop Israeli annexation of Palestine

An update from Justice for Palestine (Brisbane) and BDS Australia…. More than 700 Australian academics and artists have signed a letter calling on Canberra to publicly oppose Israeli plans to annex large parts of the West Bank. Last month, Australia … Continue reading

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Leaving academia, going political

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“The philosophers have only interpreted the world in various ways; the point is to change it.” – Marx’s 11th thesis on Feuerbach. I remember courses at Universities in the 1970s cropping up talking about utilisation of space, how to make … Continue reading