Category Archives: History

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Protected: Conscience, Law and Order — “hiding in the thickets of the law”

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Peace, tourism and political games in Kashmir

While praise is heaped on tourism, its actual contribution to Kashmir’s economy is unknown [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera  – Opinion – Al Jazeera English] For a second summer in a row, the Indian establishment and media are agog with Kashmir’s bumper … Continue reading

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“Taking to the Streets” Exhibition

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“Taking to the Streets – two decades that changed Brisbane 1965 – 1985” – Museum of Brisbane Exhibition 2006. The exhibition was opened on 6 April 2006. After an extended season and over 80,000 visitors later the exhibition was closed … Continue reading

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Lost film of the street marches

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History is an angel being blown backwards into the future History is a pile of debris And the angel wants to go back and fix things To repair the things that have been broken But there is a storm blowing … Continue reading

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Historic film: If U Don’t Fight U Lose

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The video you see was put together after the Queensland state election in 1977. The video you see was shot and edited under difficult circumstances over 35 years ago, after the Queensland state election in 1977. It was compiled by … Continue reading

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The Third Metropolis: talk on the beginnings of English studies at UQ

Many of you may be interested in the talk advertised below. At 1 pm on Friday 20th September in room 601 in the Michie Building at the University of Queensland: A talk by William Hatherell, author of the groundbreaking book … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo: May Day Special !!

Friday 3rd May, 2013. 8.00 p.m. May Day Special !! Kurilpa Hall at 174 Boundary Street West End. Thanks to everyone who made our April event so enjoyable. This month we have a May Day special, to celebrate through song … Continue reading

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Thatcher: silver bullets, garlic and a wooden stake

Thatcher is not dead. She is not dead because Thatcherism is going strong. Thatcherism is not dead because capitalism is still fighting to expand. Thatcher was never more than the chair of one executive committee of monopolising capitals. Like Howard, … Continue reading

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The man who shot Don Mackay

Almost 40 years ago I was editor of The Murrumbidgee Irrigator newspaper at Leeton, and I was the conduit for information obtained by the late Don Mackay which I fed to the day editor of The Daily Telegraph, Harry Sherring, … Continue reading

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Marxism 2013: African American civil rights campaigner and Black Panther

African American civil rights campaigner and Black Panther BILLY X JENINNGS Speaks at Marxism 2013 conference Saturday 30th March, 2pm University of Melbourne, Student Union Building TICKETS ARE SELLING FAST! http://www.marxismconference.org Read below about the interconnection between the American Black … Continue reading

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Traditional owner supports tent embassy in Musgrave Park

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Deepen the Conversation: A Burning Landscape

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Historian Bill Gammage explodes the myth that pre-European settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people. Inspired by early European accounts that some of the Australian environment resembled well-groomed English … Continue reading

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Tortured for Giving Care – Rula al Saffar Speaking Tour

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Dear friends of the Bahraini Australia Youth Movement, I hope this email finds you well. Please find below the details of BAYM’s upcoming speaking tour of Rula al Saffar, President of Bahrain Nursing Society, starting next week! We will be … Continue reading

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Top 5 videos on BushTelegraph

According to You Tube these videos are Bush Telegraph‘s all time top videos 1. 1982 Land Rights Struggle – Brisbane Cmwlth Games 2. David Rovics – ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’ (Let the good times roll) 3. Letter from Camp … Continue reading

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PShift: Anarchist Summer School – what, where and when?

This discussion with organisers of the Brisbane Anarchist Summer School (BASS) was broadcast on the Paradigm Shift [Fridays at noon  on 4ZZZ fm 102.1] on 21 Dec 2012. What The Brisbane Anarchist Summer School will be held on 12th – … Continue reading

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Protected: The Uprising

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May the 1st Club

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Back in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was a need for political culture. In West End appeared the the first coffee club in Brisbane – May the 1st Club which was a regular event organised by activists from the … Continue reading

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Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars

Talk by Humphrey McQueen at the Railway Club, Darwin, 17 July 2012. In paying acknowledgement to country I want to do more than mention custodianship and sovereignty. Too often those values are made to sound passive or legalistic. The reality … Continue reading

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Refugee Italian Detention in Australia

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As we struggle to understand our nations obsession with detention, it is helpful to examine who else in our short history we have chosen to lock away “in the national interest”. Australia a nation founded on the need for England … Continue reading

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Stromboli – a review

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“I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’” — … Continue reading

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The 5th September Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 5th of September in unit 6 at 20 Drury St. West End at 7 pm. The speaker will be Shakti and his topic will be: “Has Politics … Continue reading

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BLHA October Seminar 2012

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1982 Commonwealth Games Land Rights Protests

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Bring back Gough and Malcolm – save us from this lot!

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[Editor’s Note: Syria took over a million refugees after US army’s ‘Shock and Awe’ invasion of Iraq in 2003. Lebanon has taken over 60,000 refugees during the civil war in Syria in the past few months. In comparison Australia has … Continue reading

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Celebrate July 26 – the anniversary of the Cuban revolution

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The Australia–Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)presents Poetry in Motion X Day of solidarity with Cuba Celebrate the beginning of the Cuban Revolution — the 59th anniversary of the assault on the Moncada Barracks Thursday July 26 6.30 p.m. Qld Council of … Continue reading

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Yes, Virginia, there are conspiracies

By Humphrey McQueen(Text of speech at Canberra Friends of Wikileaks, Coombs Lecture Theatre, Australian National University, 27 June 2012.) Once more, I have the honour of sharing a platform with Christine Assange. Since we were at the Sydney meeting in … Continue reading

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Who took Ridha?

“The ghosts of those he annihilated at Dayr Yasin, all those whom he made disappear from time and place, so that through that absence he could impose the conditions of his own presence on the time and the place – … Continue reading

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Socialist Alternative Meeting: The Civil Rights Movement in America

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Today, despite America’s first Black president, there has been little change and there is now little hope for African Americans. They are bearing the brunt of the economic crisis, with unemployment among Blacks at almost 16 per cent, and with … Continue reading

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Important meeting re National Museum of Labour – Thursday 3rd May

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Dear Comrades and Friends, The Brisbane Labour History Association and the Queensland Council of Unions are holding a meeting with Kim Sattler, Unions ACT Secretary, to promote the National Museum of Labour. Kim has been involved in the setting up … Continue reading

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The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll

‘Two sides of every story’? Related to this title is the the death of the man who ‘inspired’ the song by Bob Dylan.Compare the facts as told by Dylan and those described in The Times (Ben Hoyle January 12, 2009 … Continue reading