We shall return
the nightingale told me
when we met on a hill
that nightingales still
live there in our dreams
and that among the yearning hills
and people, there is a place for us
-Sanarjou Yawman – فيروز – سنرجع يوما
(sung by Fairfous)
Publisher’s Note: In 2015, I asked Palestinian author, Ghada Karmi, the following question:
After the death of Yasser Arafat in 2004, you went to Ramallah as a consultant to the Palestinian Authority which had policed its own people opposing the settlements all over the West Bank and entered into deals with the Americans and with Israel.… Go to Article
[Publisher’s note: Readers may remember what happened to a democratically elected popular government in Chile in 1973 – the Generals coup and the subsequent economic hardship inspired by the Chicago School. Greeks already knew this lesson because a left wing parliamentarian, Grigoris Lambrakis, was assassinated by extremists because he had called for Greece to disarm and withdraw from NATO.… Go to Article
Amerli was surrounded by the non-Islamic non-Staters for 3 months with 9 year old Turkman kids and their mothers bearing kalashnikovs to aid the men defending Amerli. No Iraqi army, no peshmerga, no Shia militias came to their rescue until now when the non-Islamic non-Staters just melted away before the bombing started and the peshmerga and Shia militias turned up!… Go to Article
Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence Nov 8-16, 2014
Global Call to action
The G20 Leaders Summit will bring the leaders of the worlds’ 20 largest economies to Brisbane in November this year. The “austerity” budget that has just been delivered to Australians is a small taste of what people around the world have been experiencing under G20 driven economic systems — systems which prioritise profit over community welfare and the environment.… Go to Article
Whatever your politics, you’re not likely to feel great about America right now. After all, there’s Ferguson (the whole world was watching!), an increasingly unpopular president, a Congress whose approval ratings make the president look like a rock star, rising poverty, weakening wages, and a growing inequality gap just to start what could be a long list.… Go to Article
This is the story of how the Syrian war reached out 5,000 miles across the globe and destroyed at least 29 Lebanese lives in the Indian Ocean. It is a story of tragic irony; the destitute Lebanese families who wanted to live in Australia and left their arid villages in the hills of the northern Akkar plateau had been warned by their relatives not to leave their homes, and they died just off the coast of Indonesia – Robert Fisk
But it is also a story of how the Australian government supports the US government which helped fatten the Islamic State to take on the Assad regime in Syria and now wants to curtail its power in Iraq trading arms to the Kurds in exchange for fighting the Islamic State (IS).… Go to Article
Profitable armaments industries assure that wars generated by the great powers proliferate one after another and are preferred to diplomacy and justice in resolving conflicts. The current ‘Terror War’ has seen the US-UK led alliance actively generating enemies using false flag incidents to convince sufficient numbers of people that the world is under increasing attack by radically violent terrorists.
"I say to the resistance, 'Don't be afraid, don't give up,
don't do anything before taking revenge for my brother
and my nephew and my two other cousins and take the revenge
for the whole country ... and take revenge for the world
and all the sad people with no home'."
Europeans, you must open this book and enter into it. After a few steps in the darkness you will see strangers gathered around a fire; come close, and listen, for they are talking of the destiny they will mete out to your trading-centres and to the hired soldiers
who defend them.
Justice for Palestine Brisbane – Boycott Sodastream walking tour
Gather at 11am in King George Square for a guided tour of stores in Brisbane which stock Sodastream products made in an illegal settlement in Occupied Palestine.
In light of the on-going brutal military assault on Palestinians in Gaza and elsewhere, effective actions, particularly in the shape of BDS campaigns, are needed to show solidarity and pressure Israel to end its regime of occupation, colonialism and apartheid.… Go to Article
Israeli Ground Invasion of
Gaza began on Thursday
17 July 2014 ... from the east, from the north
by land, by sea and by air
with tanks, guns, F16s
heliocopter gunships, apache
rockets, iron drome ... ... an invasion on a territory smaller than Surfers Paradise
The wiles of Labour politicians – the futility of fearful and reactionary Labour leaders have been revealed in this record, and the lessons I and others so bitterly learned should preclude any further waste of time and enthusiasm in vainly endeavouring to make figs blossom and fruit on barren trees.
— Ernie Lane in Dawn to Dusk
[Editor’s Note: By request, I have decided to re-publish this work by Ernie Lane, a rebel who wrote a critique of the Labor Party before the second world war.… Go to Article
Get Ready, Get Set, Get On the Road to Ground the Drones
May 21, 2014Walk with us part of the 165 miles from the Boeing corporate headquarters in Chicago (where the manufacture of drones and conventional war planes are managed and designed) to the Michigan Air National Guard Facility at Battle Creek, control site of armed drones.… Go to Article
Military spending and mythology in Australia have taken on a life of their own. We need an Iraq War inquiry and a more realistic view of the last century of war, writes Jake Lynch
A large chunk of humanity tumbled into World War I just over a hundred years ago. Now it’s consigned to be yet another centenary, clearly visible in backward view as an opportunity for commemoration.… Go to Article
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 how the events of 2014 had been in the making for years.… Go to Article
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.
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 track during ww2 in other more private ways.
i have, however, been attending the black diggers march beginning at the redfern park cenotaph and after the laying of wreaths and some speeches we march to the block for more speeches and a feast of pies generously supplied by harry’s cafe de wheels.… Go to Article
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 significant economic forum in the world. It serves to streamline neoliberal policies across the 20 leading economies and is a very real threat to our communities and environment.… Go to Article
Photos have now surfaced of Manus Island immigration detainees. Here, IA provides moving first-hand accounts from them speaking about their appalling conditions – along with more images detailing Australia’s shame.
Manus mother washing Manus mother washing.
Is it because we have no family already in Australia? This was one question they asked us when interviewing us before we left Australia. … Go to Article
i know this is a long post but i believe it is more than necessary
whatever the true facts are on mannus island’s detention camp riots/attacks over recent days there is one salient truth that stands above all the abbott/morrison secrecy and that is that both have more blood on their hands by their fascist, racist and xenophobic ‘solutions’ to the continuing flow of asylum seekers attempting to find relief and succour in this country.… Go to Article
Pilbara Aboriginal people commemorate of one of Australia’s largest massacres
West Pilbara Aboriginal people are gathering this Sunday 23 February at King Bay, site of the world famous Burrup rock art, to commemorate one of Australia’s largest massacres – known as the Flying Foam Massacre.… Go to Article
LOST DOCUMENTS ( by Australia) PLACE PEOPLE IN INDEFINITE DETENTION
The information debacle in immigration which has seen 10,000 names and details of refugees exposed online has many faces. The first families who were taken to Manus are still in mainland detention centres becasue of lost Documentation. This has left the first victims of the harsh Manus solution in long term arbitrary detention by a department which just ignores the problem.… Go to Article
A SPECIAL FOUR CORNERS / THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER INVESTIGATION
Monday 10 February 2014
The Israeli army is both respected and feared as a fighting force. But now the country’s military is facing a backlash at home and abroad for its treatment of children in the West Bank, occupied territory.
Coming up, a joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention.… Go to Article
I’ve just returned from Haiti and America where I’ve been filming my vulture capitalism documentary with New York film-maker Thor Neureiter (Papua New Guinea was visited late last year and Afghanistan is next on the list).
Haiti is a challenging place and more than four years after the devastating earthquake the nation remains mired in poverty.… Go to Article