Facsimile Whale on Minjerribah

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 to roam north and south at will , with the seasons. - Mark Balczun in … Continue reading Facsimile Whale on Minjerribah

Idiot Wind – the West End Racketeer

"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 LaverThe ‘West End Racketeer’ is a play on words.  The person concerned has long history of sexist and dishonest dealings with people taking … Continue reading Idiot Wind – the West End Racketeer

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 leader Adrian Burragubba issued Adani with an eviction notice, demanding the company cease and desist … Continue reading Wangan and Jagalingou blockade Adani mine

Register now for the Big Ride for Palestine!

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 Big Ride (walk or run) for Palestine Australia 2020 from 5-20 September is a walk or … Continue reading Register now for the Big Ride for Palestine!

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 Queensland and Federal governments. In this interview Kelly Higgins Devine (ABC) speaks with Pamela Curr … Continue reading Refugee #HomeSafelyWithUS Campaign

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 the survivors still live in memory. Only the very old and some women survived, they … Continue reading Tel al-Zaatar: the siege of the Hill of Thyme

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, we have seen the visit by the French President Macron promising help. What the news … Continue reading Olfat Mahmoud … stateless

Peace activists disrupt Boeing in Brisbane

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. https://www.facebook.com/wagepeaceau/videos/1926008997530720/ A group of 20 people gathered in the lobby of the Boeing office at 150 Charlotte Street, at 7am … Continue reading Peace activists disrupt Boeing in Brisbane

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 and Oscar Orellana. First streamed on 7th August, 2020 on Facebook https://youtu.be/yYbTMcB7CWU Bravo Jumping Fences. … Continue reading Foco Nuevo – ‘The Quiet of the Winter Moon’

Union support for Palestinian refugees in Beirut

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 Abroad (APHEDA) projects in Palestine and Lebanon. Here Ian and Ken discuss how Australian unions … Continue reading Union support for Palestinian refugees in Beirut

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 nationals and is trying to change the demography of Kashmir, formerly an independent state. In … Continue reading Kashmir Solidarity

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 ride safer for people taking part during the Covid19 pandemic. We are asking people to … Continue reading The Big Ride for Palestine 2020

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 international guest musicians. This month we bring you performances by Silvio Alejandro and Duo Jade … Continue reading Foco Nuevo streaming this Friday 7th August

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

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 I faltered on the final ascent but Graeme and Lachlan Hurse, up ahead, inspired me … Continue reading A break from Covid … climbing O’Reilly’s in the southern ranges

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 was one of only two countries to vote against a United Nations Human Rights Council … Continue reading Stop Israeli annexation of Palestine

Leaving academia, going political

“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 car parks more friendly, things like that. The multi-level carpark was in its infancy then. … Continue reading Leaving academia, going political