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‘The revolution is a woman’: the women at the front of Lebanese protests

A friend went to the Lebanon solidarity demo in Brisbane and said the people were wearing make-up, high heels and suits … here is an article from THE CONVERSATION – Editor, WBT __oOo__ ‘The revolution is a woman’: the women … Continue reading

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Letter from Iraq – ‘bombing or flooding?’

Zewka village calls on Turkey to stop bombing. They also call upon their own government and international humanitarian agencies to provide aid so they no longer face the terrible choice of being bombed or being flooded. Continue reading

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Big Riders for Palestine climb Kombumerri country

‘There is only one way to “improve” a national park and this is to leave it absolutely alone.’ – Romeo Lahey At Meanjin (Brisbane) International airport you can inspect the plane that Kingsford Smith flew across the Pacific in the … Continue reading

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Rendition in Palestine

A Palestinian father calls for justice for his son, a World Vision worker imprisoned by Israel for 3 1/2 years, tortured, but never allowed to testify against the preposterous charges of which he is accused. I searched in vain for … Continue reading

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Qld Government launches phony renewables fund

Following in the footsteps of a Joh dream, the Queensland Labor government has established a $15 million industry development fund to support hydrogen projects in Queensland. This is being driven by the fossil fuel industry and conservative pollies to control … Continue reading

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Book ‘From the Edge’ out now!

Writers Anthology Group has just published the aptly titled ‘From the Edge’ – its eighth short-story and poetry anthology – by authors from Moreton Bay Region. You can order it from IngramSparks. Here is what the editor had to say: … Continue reading

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Julian Assange in a ‘Kafkaesque Slow Motion Crucifixion’ – O’Reilly at 17 Group

The next meeting of the 17 Group will take place in unit 6 at 20 Drury St, West End at 7 pm on Wednesday the 6th of November at 7 pm. The speaker will be long-time non-violent activist Ciaron O’Reilly. … Continue reading

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Profit & greed will not put water back in the river

If we are to survive, let alone feel at home, we must begin to understand our country. If we succeed, one day we might become Australian. – Bill Gammage Canberra was a farm when Australia rode on the sheep’s back … Continue reading

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Chile’s inequality challenge: What went wrong and can it be fixed?

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Chile, known as one of Latin America’s wealthiest, most stable and peaceful countries, is in the grip of a political and economic upheaval with thousands of people protesting since Oct. 6 after the government increased public transportation … Continue reading

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Queensland Parliament bans extra-parliamentary opposition to coal

As the world economy slides inexorably, governments around the world are punishing the workers, the poor and marginalised, while shoring up the fortunes of the rich and powerful. In Queensland the state government, fearful of losing its AAA credit rating, … Continue reading

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UQ Union complex – ‘history not fabric’

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I hear what you say – Sir Zelman Cowen, Vice-Chancellor University of Qld during the Vietnam War Heritage Council hears case for protecting Union complex at University of Queensland Advocates for protecting the student Union complex at Queensland University have … Continue reading

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Pots & pans ring out in solidarity with Chile

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Pots & pans rang out across Brisbane Square in front of the casino sounding out people’s dissatisfaction with the turn of events this week. Chile, like Australia, is a country with a big middle class and is often used as a model of economic reform for the Americas. Yet now it has erupted into mass demonstrations and looting as a direct result of economic inequality and state repression. The poor have run out of choices … Continue reading

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Stalingrad

Published in English for the first time, Grossman’s 1952 novel is a masterly requiem for the Soviet citizens who died in the epic battle with Hitler’s Germany Continue reading

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Signora Bella’s Grand Tour

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“What is life if you do not have the courage to fight.” – Giuseppe “Pippo” Fava. A Review of Signora Bella’s Grand Tour by Lesley Synge.Even though this poetry book was not written with me in mind, I have no … Continue reading

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Vale Mohammad Mohsen

A 33-year-old Bangladeshi asylum seeker, Mohammad Mohsin, has committed suicide, at a mosque in Lakemba, on Sunday, 20 October. Mohammad arrived by boat in 2013, but was only recently allowed to lodge his protection application. His initial application was rejected, … Continue reading

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So, that never again in Chile

So that never again in Chile the secret dungeons, Bite again the humanity of my people, so that never again in Chile hunger is again in the mouth of my humble people – ‘Para Que Nunca Mas en Chile’ – … Continue reading

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50 years since the moratorium …

Call for volunteersto help organise the celebration  of 50 years on from the Vietnam Moratorium Campaign or offers of memorabilia from that campaign for display.Please pass this on to your members or friends who might be interestedTo make it national, … Continue reading

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Monopolising Addictions

An excellent review of a 2018 film Birds of Passage, (Pajaros de verano – literally ‘Birds of Summer’) by Humphrey McQueen, 14 October 2019 ‘Savage capitalism’ headlined the Sydney Morning Herald’s review of Birds of Passage, (28 September) the 2018 … Continue reading

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Don’t Tame My HAIR

On Saturday night, I went to see the musical HAIR on the Gold Coast. It was an interesting night, enjoying the memories and most of the music. The cast was good and there was a lot of energy on stage. … Continue reading

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Electricity after BREXIT

The text of the almost impenetrable Brexit Article 9  Single electricity market  The provisions of Union law governing wholesale electricity markets listed in Annex 4 to this Protocol shall apply, under the conditions set out in that Annex, to and … Continue reading

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Foco Nuevo in November

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 10 PM Kurilpa Hall 174 Boundary St, West End 4101 Tickets · $12 – $8 Pay at event This month we feature women singer-songwriters with two concerts and a workshop over Friday … Continue reading

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The Campaign Against Nuclear Power and the Right to March

Over the past 50 years the opposition to conservative National and Labor governments in Queensland has been extra-parliamentary. On 4th September 1967 street marches were banned by Premier Frank Nicklin to stop the anti-vietnam war demonstrations growing. 126 people were … Continue reading

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Marching backwards

International Women’s Day held on 11 March 1978 came up with a novel tactic – marching away from a police blockade. Police Commissioner Lewis claimed that professional agitators  took over the rally. The rally, held in Roma Street Forum with … Continue reading

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Protected: The policeman who mistook his hat for a lie

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Reclaiming the Streets!

Broadcast on Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 11 Oct 2019. Ian interviews: Adela from Reclaim the NightEdwina from Bjelke BluesNoelene from Extinction Rebellion at occupation of the William Jolly Bridge. Reclaim the Night is a women’s rally and march … Continue reading

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10th Palestinian Film Festival

From 24 October to 10 November, the Palestinian Film Festival Australia will be returning to audiences across the country to celebrate its 10th anniversary.  This year’s Festival presents the very best in Palestinian cinema to audiences in Sydney (24 Oct-3 Nov), … Continue reading

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Che: Patria o Muerte!

Che paid the ultimate price for his challenge to imperialism, he was murdered in Bolivia on the 9 October 1967, 52 years ago. The film, ‘Cuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism,’ was an extremely interesting account of how ordinary Cubans defend … Continue reading

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Can Roadblocks Help Change the Political Climate?

The clock’s been ticking for a while now. If we keep walking this track we’re on, our children and grandchildren will inherit a war-torn planet where only the very rich have reliable access to healthy food and clean water. Our … Continue reading

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CUBA: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism

Cine Cubanopresents CUBA: Defending Socialism, Resisting ImperialismTuesday 8 October 20196.30 pm for 7 pm startQCU Level 216 Peel Street South Brisbane Entry by donation / light food, tea and coffee availableCuba: Defending Socialism, Resisting Imperialism is a 2010 British film … Continue reading