However at the grass roots, Palestinians are a revolutionary society in the midst of a deadly struggle against apartheid Israel. For example, in the occupied territories, when the Israeli army come to detain someone, Palestinians allow the person to flee through their home even though it is likely Israeli soldiers will bust in and interrogate all, even children. None will surrender information easily to the occupier. Palestinian children run out onto the street and throw stones to distract the soldiers from their quarry. In short, a society where struggle is reborn each year, each generation
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. What followed is deeply disturbing and a worry to anyone in solidarity with the Greek people in their current struggle. I have included a review of the film written in 1969 The film "Z" is about one of these things: about the assassination, six years ago, of a leader of the political opposition in Greece. It is also about all the rest of them. For Americans, it is about the My Lai massacre, the killing of Fred Hampton, the Bay of Pigs. It is no more about Greece than "The Battle of Algiers" was about Algeria. It is a film of our time. It is about how even moral victories are corrupted. It will make you weep and will make you angry. It will tear your guts out.
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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 … Continue reading Iraq’s unity and equality for all Iraqis
Brisbane Community Action Network - G20 http://www.briscan.net.au http://www.facebook.com/briscan.g20 Visioning another world Brisbane G20 Peoples Convergence Nov 8-16, 2014 Global Call to action Dear Friends, 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 … Continue reading G20 Peoples Summit: call for presenters/invitation
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 … Continue reading How America made ISIS
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 … Continue reading Humanitarian aid, arms trade and refugees.
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 … Continue reading Changed “Terror War” strategies?
"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'." — Muntaser Bakr in … Continue reading ‘Don’t be afraid, don’t give up’ – boy in Gaza
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. --- Jean-Paul Sartre [Editor's … Continue reading Wretched of the Earth
Take action for Palestine Saturday July 26 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 … Continue reading Take action for Palestine
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 in Queensland,housing 1.7M defenceless people.The stars are not wanted … Continue reading Middle East: ‘stop all the clocks’
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 … Continue reading Dawn to Dusk – reminiscences of a rebel
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 … Continue reading Get on the road to ground the Drones
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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 … Continue reading A fitting codicil to a century of war
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. Also how Russia … Continue reading Oligarchs of Ukraine
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 … Continue reading The Coup Leadership in Ukraine is Fascist
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 … Continue reading the black diggers and anzac history
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 … Continue reading The Cloudland Collective: G20 is neoliberal and dangerous
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 … Continue reading Open letter to Australia from Manus Island detainees
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, … Continue reading Death-in-custody on Manus
STAND UP FOR THE BURRUP 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. The massacre, which which … Continue reading Flying Foam Massacre Remembrance Day
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 … Continue reading MANUS has many victims
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 … Continue reading Stone Cold Justice
Scores of asylum seekers have been injured, some seriously as gangs of armed PNG police and locals go from compound to compound attacking any asylum seekers they can find.Asylum seekers were left defenceless when all staff and G4S guards were evacuated from the detention centre. Tension with groups of locals had been building throughout the … Continue reading Police and locals run amok on Manus Island: scores injured
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 … Continue reading Vulture Capitalism