Monthly Archives: August 2020

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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