Queensland Remembers Chile

Victor Jara was a Chilean songwriter, poet, teacher, theatre director and political activist. He was a central part of the Nueva Cancion movement, which regenerated Andean folk music in a new form of protest song in the sixties. This was an important element of social change in Chile with the election of Salvador Allende in 1970, which led to improvements to health and education for the Chilean people.… Go to Article

Cuba Friendship Video night – The Trial: The Untold Story

The Australia–Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) invites you to a video showing:

The Trial: The Untold Story
Wednesday 25 September 2013
6.30 p.m.
QCU Level 2
16 Peel St South Brisbane

Entry: by donation or please bring a plate.

The Trial is a documentary by Rolando Almirante, narrated by Danny Glover, telling the story of the unjust treatment of five Cubans who went to the United States to uncover planned terrorism against Cuba.… Go to Article

RoadMap to Apartheid

[PShift (4zzz fm 102.1 Fridays at noon) broadcast on 20 Sept 2013 – ‘Roadmap to Apartheid’]

Six years ago, almost to the day, a Palestinian citizen was killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning in Al-’Ayn refugee camp, west of Nablus, during an Israeli incursion into the refugee camp which began on Tuesday 18 September 2007.Go to Article

Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazón

Jumping Fences does this beautiful song Yo Vengo a Ofrecer Mi Corazon by Argentinian Fito Paez from his album ‘Giros’ where he sings “Who says all is lost; I come to offer you my heart.”

Sue Monk – vocals, guitar, hand percussion
Lachlan Hurse – electric bass
Koji Matsunobu – shakuhachi
Khin Yee Lo – violin

Y hablo de países y de esperanzas,
And speaking of countries and hopes,
hablo por la vida, hablo por la nada,
speak for life, speak of nothing,
hablo de cambiar ésta, nuestra casa,
I talk about changing this, our home,
de cambiarla por cambiar, nomás.

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Striking it Richer

The Evolution of Top Incomes in the United States
(Updated with 2012 preliminary estimates)
Emmanuel Saez, UC Berkeley• September 3, 2013

The recent dramatic rise in income inequality in the United States is well documented. But we know less about which groups are winners and which are losers, or how this may have changed over time.

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Wed 3rd July Meeting of the 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of July at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End. The speaker, currently visiting from Chile, will be Penny Glass. Her topic is LIFE IN CHILE UNDER NEO-LIBERALISM.

Summary: It is well-known that Chile’s military dictatorship was used by the Chicago Boys as a testing ground for neo-liberal economics.… Go to Article

The Australian Green Development Forum hosting Cuban Professor

The Australian Green Development Forum is hosting eminent Cuban Professor for their roadshow on April 1st.

Follow the hyperlink for more information and registration

Professor Fernando Martirena from Santa Clara University in Cuba will be our special guest for the 2013 AGDF Building Resilience Roadshow. Many AGDF members may remember Fernando from our 2008 “Running on Empty” National Roadshow

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May the 1st Club

WERC - May 1st Club
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 democratic rights struggles in the 1970s.

May 1st featured live music, readings, poetry and talks on local and international themes.… Go to Article

Foco Nuevo in November 2012

This month we feature two great guest acts, and a variation on line-up for Jumping Fences!

Tommy Leonard: A fine singer and guitarist, Tommy had been troubadouring in Australia since 1990. His repertoire covers traditional and contemporary music from the english and not-so english-speaking worlds. [website].

Steve Tyson & The Industrious Felons: Steve Tyson’s 2010 solo release “Temple Dog” has been one of the most critically acclaimed folk/roots albums of recent years.… Go to Article

Latin America: the pink tide

I have much to say on Ecuador and Rafael Correa. In short though, I think two things stand out about Correa:

a) Correa has a PhD in economics, speaks 7 languages and has written an excellent book attacking neoliberalism called: Ecuador – From Banana Republic to No Republic. I do not know why it has not been translated into English but I suspect it soon will be.… Go to Article

The Rebellion in Cherán, Mexico

By Laura Woldenberg and Juan José Estrada Serafín

Deportee – a song by Woody Guthrie & Cisco Houston*

Cherán, Mexico is a town of 16,000 indigenous Purepechan Mexicans set up in the western state of Michoacán about 200 miles from Mexico City. For years, illegal loggers, protected by drug cartel gunmen, have ravaged the area’s communal forests and murdered a number of townspeople.… Go to Article

YouTube Shoutout for Julian

YouTube Shout-out for Julian

After the truly excellent event
“Free Speech: Use it or Lose it!
From Joh Bjelke Petersen to Julian Assange!
That was Then, This is Now!”

organised by Ciaron O’Reilly and the Catholic workers, some of us old hands from the Circle A Gang thought that we really should be doing more.… Go to Article

Celebrate July 26 – the anniversary of the Cuban revolution

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 Unions Building
16 Peel St, South Brisbane

A program of Cuban poetry readings and live music, with food and drinks available.… Go to Article

The Long War — Turnstyle hosts WikiLeakes

‘Those masters plan wars in tall towers
But do they think of the children and the flowers?
They conscript women to kill
But care not a damn
Young people’s blood
Flows out of their bodies
Now buried in the sand
Back in Afghanistan’
Last Train to Mirabad
by Ian Curr

Slideshow/Report/Update – Ecuadorian Embassy London *Short Report Briz Gig for Julian Assange

New blog post here with an update on Julian Assange’s situation and ongoing solidarity outside the Ecuadorian Embassy: http://wp.me/p1rtyw-GT.Go to Article

The Wed. 11th of July Meeting of the 17 Group on Julian Assange

The July Meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 11th of July at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. It will be addressed by Ciaron O’Reilly on the importance of Wikileaks and the latest developments in the apparently international pursuit of its founder Julian Assange, who has taken refuge in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.… Go to Article

Chile Ship of Shame


We are writing to you to let you know of our intentions to carry out a peaceful demonstration at the arrival of a Chilean Navy Ship “La Esmeralda” to Brisbane between the 28th June and 1st July 2012, wherever the ship will dock. We will be there on Saturday 30th of June from 10:00 am.Go to Article

The Battle of Chile – CONFECH-Chile representative in Australia

Welcoming to Australia, Tuesday April 3rd, 2012, 7pm Trades Hall Basement (corner of Lygon and Victoria Streets in Carlton South)

Saturday April 7, 2pm, Marxist conference, Melbourne University – Melbourne

Wednesday April 11, 6:30 pm to start at 7pm, OPEN FORUM – The Battle of Chile for public and quality education and its relevance to Australia, Including last updates on Aysen Struggles, at LHMU(Miscellaneous workers Union) ground floor meeting room, 117-131 Capel St.… Go to Article

Cine Cubano — Australia Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane)

Australia Cuba Friendship Society (Brisbane) presents

Cine Cubano

An irregular screening of Cuban Films!

Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?

A film by Saul Landau

Wednesday 7th September 6.30pm

CEPU Building

41 Peel Street South Brisbane

Admission $10 / $5 concession Funds raised will support a health project in Granma Province.Go to Article

17 Group discussion in May 2011

Race politics and reading practices: two as pects of the New Australia experiment.

Wide eyed romantics and a heartbreak dream
Your motives aren’t what they seem
You’ve got your feet caked in Australian mud
And you can’t deny what’s in your blood
Under Paraguay skies and the nights so cold
You can forsake your country and lose your soul
— ‘Virgin Ground’ by Red Gum

The May meeting of the 17 Group will be on Wednesday the 4th of May at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End.… Go to Article

Alberto Granado es en el otro lado del río

Alas, comrade, you have left us to go to the other side of the river.

So many years after Che.

You have inspired many of us to follow your path.

I remember Che’s MotorCycle Diaries sent to me so long ago by my best friend in medical school. More recently there was the film of the same name.… Go to Article

Last meeting of the 17 Group for 2010 on Wed 1st of December

Next meeting of the 17 Group on this coming Wednesday the 1st of December at 7pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End, and a sort of break-up party for the 2010 series.

The speaker will be activist Coral Wynter, just returned after six months in Venezuela, speaking on the problems and difficulties currently facing the ongoing Bolivarian Revolution and its popular power process.… Go to Article

Ecuador: The masses defeat a right wing coup in only half a day

[Editor’s Note: Thankyou Jaime for your snapshot of the crisis unfolding in Ecuador.

Readers  might also like to peruse some of the accounts of the coup at Ecuador Rising – Hatarinchej

Good effort, Jaime. I hope we see more from you on this.]


Expecting to replicate the coup d’état in Honduras against President Manuel Zelaya in June last year, with the concealed support and collaboration of the White House, and emboldened by its success, right-wing forces in Latin America plotted last week to overthrow the democratically elected government of Rafael Correa in Ecuador.… Go to Article