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The Second Stolen Generation

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The inaugural meeting of the Brisbane Sovereign Grannies group was held at Jagera Hall on 27 Mar 2014. Jagera Hall is at Musgrave Park, 121 Cordelia Street South Brisbane. We meet there every Thursday at 12 noon. All are welcome. … Continue reading

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May Day

May Day – Workers Have the Power On 1st May workers around the world gather to show solidarity with people’s struggles and hopes for a better life. We put forward our own independent working class vision of struggle and a … Continue reading

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Oligarchs of Ukraine

Oligarchical topography of Ukraine. Andrei Fursov – Sociologist, Historian – 14 April 2014 Many domestic and foreign interests coincided to create the Banderite coup d’état in Ukraine. Andrei Fursov, historian and sociologist, explains who needed what out of Ukraine and … Continue reading

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“On 27 March (2014) Pru Goward and the NSW Government passed the most dangerous legislation against vulnerable children and families since Federation. These new Laws are NOT reforms to Child Protection they are Human Rights violations. Pru Goward stated in … Continue reading

The Coup Leadership in Ukraine is Fascist

No commentator has doubted that the 22 February 2014 coup would not have succeeded without the paramilitary violence of the far right that met police blockades with firearms and improvised explosives on 18 February 2014.

“Police fired guns, with both rubber bullets and, later, live ammunition (including automatic weapons and sniper rifles), while also using tear gas and flash grenades in an attempt to repel thousands of demonstrators, who fought back with crude weapons, firearms, and improvised explosives.” <“Four reported dead, more than 100 injured as violent clashes break out near Ukraine’s parliament (live updates)”Kyiv Post. 18 February 2014> “

At least 82 people were killed over the following few days, including 13 policemen; more than 1,100 people were injured.” <“Ukraine Violence Leaves at Least 10 Dead”. ABC News. 18 February 2014.>

The pre-cursor of today’s far-right parties was the openly neo-fascist Social-National Party of Ukraine, a party modeled on Hitler’s Nazi Party, with membership restricted to ethnic Ukrainians. But now, after receiving finance and advice from the US state department, as documented here, the successor parties Svoboda, led by Oleh Tyahnybok, and Right Sector, led by Dimytro Yarosh, describe themselves as “right-wing nationalist”, but not fascistic or anti-semitic, as was the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Dmytro Yarosh has been appointed deputy head of the National Security and Defence Committee of the new unelected government of Ukraine.

The Right Sector is a confederation of several right and far-right organizations and groups such as “Patriots of Ukraine,” the Social-National Assembly, Stepan Bandera’s All-Ukrainian Association “Trident,” Kyiv Organization’s “White Hummer,” and the UNA-UNSO… The paramilitary right sector has de facto power at least in some Western Ukrainian regions, such as the Rivne and Volyn Regions. Anriy Parubiy, the commander of the “Maidan self-defense,” has been appointed the head of the National Security and Defense Council. [Source]

(Anriy Parubiy) founded the Social-National Party of Ukraine together with Oleh Tyahnybok; the party combined radical nationalism and some neo-Nazi features (by its name and the “Wolfsangel“-like sign). In 1998-2004 Parubiy led the paramilitary organization of SNPU, the Patriots of Ukraine. Parubiy co-led the Orange Revolution in 2004 (with Yulia Tymoshenko).  [Source]

For people who ask for evidence that the core group of Ukrainian rebels is neo-nazi, consider this:

The 2004 Orange Revolution was lead by Yulia Tymoshenko and Anriy Parubiy, and that revolution occurred after an election “marred by massive corruption, voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud.” [Source]

And in the recent coup ,”From December 2013 to February 2014 Parubiy was a commandant of Euromaidan. He was coordinator of the volunteer security corps for the mainstream protesters.” [Source]

But what has not been recognised …. Yulia Tymoshenko was herself found guilty of massive corruption, and Anriy Parubiy co-founded a neo-nazi party and his present party is attempting to replace all of the staff at the CEC with people sympathetic to the Right Sector.

It is worthwhile focussing on these points in detail.

It is quite a disconnect that Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the All-Ukrainian Union “Fatherland” political party was leading protestors against massive corruption in 2004 when seven years later “a number of criminal cases were brought against her. On 11 October 2011, she was convicted of embezzlement and abuse of power, and sentenced to seven years in prison and ordered to pay the state $188 million. [Source]

And that disconnect hardly compares with the disconnect of Andriy Parubiy, co-founder of the openly neo-fascist Social-National Party of Ukraine and now a prominent leader within the Right Sector, leading the 2004 protests against voter intimidation and direct electoral fraud in the light of the following:

“Pravy Sektor” members together with activists from another nationalist movement, “Spilna Sprava”(Common Cause), have demanded a complete replacement of staff at the CEC, as well as changes in electoral law. The movements are also calling for the prosecution of those MPs they claim were involved in “rigging” previous elections in Ukraine, despite the results being recognized internationally. “The corrupt, criminal composition of the CEC must be completely replaced,” Spilna Sprava activist Aleksandr Shevchenko said in a statement, adding that there was no point in holding elections under the watchful eye of the “world’s best election cheats.” In order to guarantee “fair and transparent elections,”activists will stay in CEC offices to “swiftly inform the Maidan” about any suspicious activity, he said, adding that he was not trying to “exert any pressure.”  [Source]

The same article by RT at Global Research, has this further evidence of Right Sector displaying fascist behavior:

Regional parliament members in a Ukrainian city held a session at gunpoint when one of the radical nationalist opposition leaders came to them, armed to the teeth, as the law of power seems to be prevailing in the tumultuous post-coup country. (Video here)

A Kalashnikov appears to be the best argument in a debate for Aleksandr Muzychko, an activist of the nationalist “Pravy Sektor” (Right Sector) movement and one of the Maidan’s most prominent and controversial leaders. On Tuesday he came to the Rovno regional parliament, where he threatened the regional MPs with a machine-gun and a number of other weapons as he demanded a decision on granting apartments to the families of protesters who were killed during last week’s violent clashes in central Kiev. “Who wants to take away my machine-gun? Who wants to take away my gun? Who wants to take away my knives? I dare you!” Muzychko said. His lobbying methods have apparently been imported from Chechnya, where the man, aka Sashko Bilyi, was fighting alongside separatist forces in the 1990s…

On Monday, the prosecutor’s office in the Volyn region in western Ukraine and members of the Party of Regions in the adjacent Rovno region said they were being pressured and urged to resign by radicals. A statement by the 24 employees of the office in Volyn says that radicals from the Right Sector intimidated them with “physical threats to them and their families… by displaying firearms, entering premises of public institutions, including the prosecutor’s office and demanding the dismissal of management.”

Deputy Chairman of the Party of Regions in Rivne, Alla Ivoylovoy, said that “armed masked youths burst into the homes” of the party’s members, demanding a list of activists who “participated in the so-called anti-Maidan protest, threatening physical violence and arson of houses.” The Ukrainian Communist Party, which has been closely aligned with Yanukovich’s Party of Regions, has also been under attack. The house of the party’s leader, Pyotr Simonenko, was set on fire on Monday.

 And now Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Julia Tymoshenko’s right-wing Fatherland Party is the unelected PM of Ukraine after a Western-financed coup, and members of the previous ruling party of the country are now physically attacked by thugs connected to Right Sector, Svoboda, Patriots of Ukraine, Social-National Assembly, Tryzub (Trident), Bily Molot (White Hummer, УНА-УНСО (UNA-UNSO: Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense) and Spilna Sprava, who roam the streets with baseball-bats to check people’s accents!

This is fascist behaviour, without doubt!

The other successor party to the Social-National Party of Ukraine is the All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda (Freedom) Party led by Oleh Tyahnybok. Unlike the Right Sector, Svoboda states that their politics are nationalist, but not fascistic or antisemitic. However, Stephen Grey noted in his article “In Ukraine, nationalists gain influence – and scrutiny” published in the Chicago Tribune on 18 March 2014:

“Expert opinions on Svoboda in particular are divided. Per Anders Rudling, an associate professor at Lund University in Sweden and researcher on Ukrainian extremists, has described Svoboda as “neo-fascist”… But Ivan Katchanovski, a political scientist at the University of Ottawa who has studied the far-right in Ukraine, disagreed that Svoboda was so extreme. “Svoboda is currently best described as a radical nationalist party, and not as fascist or neo-Nazi,” he said. “It is now not overtly anti-Semitic.” Andrew Srulevitch, director of European Affairs for the Anti-Defamation League, an international group based in the U.S. that monitors anti-Semites and other political extremists, said: “Svoboda has been disciplined in its messaging regarding Jews since the Maidan demonstrations started in November, but they have a history of anti-Semitic statements to overcome, and a clear political program of ethnic nationalism that makes Jews nervous.”

In 2004, Tyahnybok was expelled from the Our Ukraine parliamentary faction for a speech calling for Ukrainians to fight against a “MuscoviteJewish mafia,” and celebrated the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists for having fought “Moscovites, Germans, Jews and other scum who wanted to take away our Ukrainian state.”

Members of the fascist “Right Sector” stand in front of the entrance to the Ukrainian parliament to block members from the anti-coup parties from entering.

(posted by Ray Bergmann)

 

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the black diggers and anzac history

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last friday, anzac day, i again made the decision to forgo the main anzac march in the city as i have done for many years. i have found i could honour my australian father who was killed on the kokoda … Continue reading

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Aboriginal activists to go to Turtle Island

Brisbane based Aboriginal activists Boe Spearim and Callum Clayton-Dixon will travel to Canada in August this year using Aboriginal passports. As representatives of the Aboriginal Provisional Government, we hope to develop ties with the Native peoples of Turtle Island (Canada). … Continue reading

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May Day Forum — Workers Inquiry

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To our friends and comrades Our lives are dominated by work, but our experiences as workers is most often ignored by mainstream politics and the media. +++ When Saturday, May 3 at 1:00pm – 4:00pm Where Kurilpa Hall, West End … Continue reading

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Why we need warrior societies

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Don’t take your children to Vegemite Town

Told us what to do and say Told us all the white man’s ways Then they split us up again And gave us gifts to ease the pain Sent us off to foster homes As we grew up we felt … Continue reading

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Aunty Hazel speaks out against DOCS taking aboriginal children

Grandmothers Against Removals say no to another stolen generation WHEN: 11AM Friday April 11th. WHERE: Tamworth DOCS office 14 – 16 Bourke St, Tamworth. WHO: Aunty Hazel, Grand-mothers Against Removals, Gunnedah. David Shoebridge, Greens NSW MP. Karen Fusi, Brisbane Aboriginal … Continue reading

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Race act debate misses the point

the proposed removal of some of s18c of the racial discrimination act is most certainly being highly evaluated and analysed to death. i have produced 2 previous posts on the matter and am now moved to do a third. and … Continue reading

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Stop the squeeze in Annerley

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There has been a call from local residents at Annerley in Brisbane for the City Council to apply its own town planning rules. Local resident, Georgina Curr said ‘Stop the Squeeze’ and talks about the impact of poorly designed high … Continue reading

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Fitzgerald bags attorney general and his cronies

[Editor’s note: The war between the Queensland attorney general and his judges continues unabated. This time the bill to place the Crime and Misconduct Commission under political control is criticised by retired judge Tony Fitzgerald. It was Fitzgerald who headed … Continue reading

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The Red and the Black

The workers’s flag is deepest red, It shrouded oft our martyr’d dead And ere their limbs grew stiff and cold, Their hearts’ blood dyed its ev’ry fold. Black is the traditional color of anarchism, and red is the traditional color … Continue reading

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Mater nurses and midwives need your support TODAY

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Dear friends, as I’m sure you are aware the public health system is under intense attack – both at a national level, but also currently by the Queensland government. The method they are using at present is to reduce the … Continue reading

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Cloudland Collective on the Queensland Doctors’ Dispute

The Newman government’s attempts to push public hospital doctors onto unfair individual contracts is an attack on our public hospitals and on the rights of all those who work in the Queensland public sector. The proposed contracts will replace existing … Continue reading

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NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors dispute

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The Cloudland Collective presents a community meeting…. NASTY MEDICINE – Qld Health and the doctors’ dispute Speakers include: Dr Brian Senewiratne Meeting details: 7pm Thursday 20 March Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary St, West End The Newman government wants to impose … Continue reading

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March in March — Brisbane

The March in March was a festive vote of no confidence in the Abbott government.  (Refer https://www.facebook.com/events/501397403315324/) The Brisbane event is part of the national March in March movement and began in Matthew Donovan’s bedroom. He got on facebook and … Continue reading

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Stephen Keim SC on how the bikie laws deny the right to work

Stephen Keim SC spoke at the meeting on ‘Punitive Populism and the neoliberal agenda of the Newman government’. He spoke about how some of the provisions of the anti-association laws breach a fundamental human right – the right to work. … Continue reading

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Toronto G20 – Main Conspiracy Group

[Editor’s Note: In the lead up to Brisbane’s G20 leaders summit in November 2014, activists would be well advised to read about the charges and how they came to be laid against activists before and during the Toronto G20. Toronto … Continue reading

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But then it was too late

An encroaching nightmare What no one seemed to notice was the ever widening gap, after 1933, between the government and the people. Just think how very wide this gap was to begin with, here in Germany. And it became always … Continue reading

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TJ Hickey – 10 years

A NON-APOLOGY FOR AN ALLEGED NON-COMPLIANCE a friend asked me yesterday why i had not made any statement appertaining to the hickey march on friday 14th february. i told her that i was waiting for the commander of redfern police … Continue reading

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The Cloudland Collective: G20 is neoliberal and dangerous

The G20 may not make decisions that can be imposed on member states. It may not have a public service working for it that can monitor to what extent member states have implemented G20 recommendations. Yet it is the most … Continue reading

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First Nations response to G20 meeting

DECOLONISATION BEFORE PROFIT PROGRAM Brisbane 8-14 November 2014 Saturday 8th Rally and march from Roma St Forum to Musgrave Park.  Welcome to Country ceremony.  Set up camp in Musgrave Park. Activities with a focus on First Nations and decolonisation in the … Continue reading

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What is the meaning of ‘an aboriginal purpose’?

R v Wharton & Chitts: defence of the sacred fire — Brisbane Central Magistrates Court, 26 February 2014. On 30 April 2012 two men, Wayne Wharton and Hamish Chitts, were arrested by armed police for ‘obstruction‘ while attending an aboriginal … Continue reading

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cops, lies and tasers

Published by aneartotheground on Feb 25, 2014 Sam Watson speaks at protest against the tasering of Sheila Oakley by Logan police.

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brisCAN-g20 working together discussion

(FB event) https://www.facebook.com/events/322438161214440/ Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:00am Justice Place, 5 Abingdon Street Wooloongabba Allies, associates, adversaries take heed! At the first meeting of BrisCAN-G20 we asked people what they DID WANT and DID NOT WANT at actions against the … Continue reading

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“The Whole World is Watching”: 1982

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“The Whole World is Watching” (25 minutes) The idea of the video was to mobilise support for the Aboriginal protests planned to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane in 1982. The filmmakers interviewed Oodgeroo Noonuccal (Kath Walker), Gary Foley, … Continue reading