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Father free, son detained

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Ridha had been in administrative detention in Israel for over 600 days when he was released —  He faced no charges, he had not been brought before a court. His most basic democratic rights were taken away by the Israeli government.
And now to add one more burden to Ridha and his wife Weam’s fractured lives, Israeli soldiers have taken their son and placed him in detention.
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Wrong city, wrong country

Before all the others to come, there were some unexceptional flowers hand-wrapped in white tissue paper. A breeze whispered up Albert Street. The steps leading up to the blood stains were steep and had a left hand turn. The position of the blood stains at the top of the blue-stone stairs suggested that the death was not as a result of a fall.… Go to Article

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Strengthened Pride – Slavery in Queensland

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It was a pretty brutal place, but there was no slavery in Australia.
– Prime Minister Scott Morrison

Corey writes:
This is about Aunty Dawn Daylight’s experiences as a child slave at the All Hallows’ convent in Brisbane in the 1950’s and 60’s. Aboriginal slavery was common and legal at that time.… Go to Article

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The Door to the Sun

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Story and Drawings by Nyree Divitini

This book was written by Nyree who was then aged six years.

It is published here to encourage other young imaginations.

Library of Congress Number: 064602289X
Published by Learn Press
L.Press
P.O. Box 5093
West End 4101

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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 – 13th January, 2013 – for more details go to Where and When and  ProgramGo to Article

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“New Questions about Recent Wars”: Wed 3 October meeting of the 17 Group

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The October meeting of the 17 Group will take place on Wednesday the 3rd of October at 7 pm in unit 6 at 20 Drury St West End. Tony Reeves, non-fiction author and journalist, will address the topic “New Questions about Recent Wars”.

Here are a short summary and some biographical information:

Summary : new questions about recent wars

THE rising death toll of Australian soldiers in Afghanistan has helped to re-kindled the debate about Australia’s involvement in that gruesome war.… Go to Article

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Back to the Future – The Shape of Things to Come – The Queensland Labour Movement Under Conservative Governments – Then and Now!

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BLHA Symposium: Call for Papers and Participants

BLHA is planning an October symposium which will deal with the Queensland labour movement’s activism, challenges and selected disputes under conservative governments.

We are calling for papers which deal with the broader topic as well as more focussed papers on particular disputes and events.… Go to Article

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Public servant sackings: never forget, never forgive

Queensland public sector unions say up to 20,000 workers employed by state government are losing their jobs as a result of the government cuts.

MORE than 2000 staff are being sacked at Queensland Rail, with the State Government 30 per cent of workers to be placed on the dole queue.

Looking at the politics of the job cut decisions, WBT wants to give workers a chance to tell what effect this has on our lives.… Go to Article

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“Bahrain is burning and the world is silent!”

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Bahraini refugees call for ”understanding” as they rally against mandatory detention in Sydney today

Bahraini Australian Youth Movement joins World Refugee Day Rally in Sydney

Three audio interviews with Bahraini refugees are attached and permissible for use

Refugee rights supporters gathering in Sydney today to mark World Refugee Day will be joined by the Bahraini Australian Youth Movement who are calling for more ‘’understanding’’ from the Australian people about the plight of refugees in this country.… Go to Article

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Workers under siege in Nablus – they have no country

“People of Jenin, all the citizens of Jenin and the refugee camp, this is Jenin-grad. Your battle has paved the way to the liberation of the occupied territories”.[53] — PLO Chairman Yasser Arafat, addressing a gathering of about 200 people in Jenin.

The ‘1948 refugees’ live in Nablus in some of the biggest camps in Palestine.… Go to Article

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Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp Book Launch

Drew Hutton, Green historian and activist, will launch Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp by Dr John Jiggens at Avid Reader, Boundary Street, West End, on Tuesday April 24 at 6pm.

Sir Joseph Banks and the Question of Hemp examines the way the hemp question directed Britain’s colonial policy and naval strategy between 1776 and 1815, a period when Britain lost its first empire in the US and began a second empire, centred on the Pacific.

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Man on Roof to Challenge Bank Sale of Community Centre

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Friends of Ahimsa House Press Release

At 10am on the morning of Wednesday 14th December 2011 Friend of Ahimsa House activist, Bernie Neville, will climb onto the roof of AHIMSA (Peace) House, 26 Horan Street, West End and hang a banner in opposition to the impending sale of this community space, slated to be finalised this Thursday the 15th December.… Go to Article

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Rally at Labor conference: not in malaysia – not in nauru – end mandatory detention – refugees are welcome

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Hi all,

The rally for refugees at the national Labor Party conference is now just over a week away. We are pleased to be able to announce that Ged Kearney, President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions has now confirmed to speak. Also, for those who can’t make it on the march, please come direct to the Darling Harbour convention centre, which is where our main speakers will appear, outside the Labor conference.… Go to Article

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*Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange, High Court, The Strand, London

MONDAY DEC 5th. *from 8.30 a.m. *Solidarity Vigil for Julian Assange, High Court, The Strand, London

An anti-war solidarity vigil will be held outside the High Court, The Strand, London on Monday Dec 5th against the extradition of Julian Assange. The vigil is organised by Veterans for Peace http://veteransforpeace.org.uk/ and London Catholic Worker http://londoncatholicworker.org/

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45th anniversary of wave hill walk-off and strike.

the 45th anniversary of the wave hill walk-off and 9 year strike, the longest in australia i believe.

back in 1966 we were into the 17th year of the menzies (pig iron bob) federal government and there was no government sympathy for aborigines and land claims nor workers on strike. the only message from the liberal government was to return to work for lord vesty and a promise of one pound per week (1966 = $2) to be paid at some future date.… Go to Article

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Australia shatters its party to the Convention on the Rights of the Child

by Gerry Georgatos

It is indeed now common knowledge that Australian adult prisons are incarcerating children as young as 13. The human rights struggle to free these children from our adult prisons has been an arduous one, with the major obstacle the Australian government and the horrific prejudices and stereotypes they have shoved down throats so as to perceptually modify views.… Go to Article

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Human rights day forum in support of Tamil asylum seekers

The international celebration of UN Human Rights Day, observed annually on 10th December to mark the anniversary of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A public forum to support the human rights of the Tamils of Sri Lanka, including those who seek safety in Australia.… Go to Article

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Petition to Save AHIMSA house

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We call on people who support community organisation to help defend AHIMSA house at 26 Horan Street West End from unconscionable sale by Challenger Bank, now owned by National Australia bank by signing the petition below.

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Following attendance at the auction of AHIMSA house which was passed in, two letters have been sent to the Premier with a simple request about a shocking embezzlement by ‘friends’ of the owner in cohort with the bank.Go to Article

Last Days on the Trams

“They lie, the men who tell us, for reasons of their own,
That want is here a stranger, and that misery’s unknown;
For where the nearest suburb and the city proper meet
My windowsill is level with the faces in the street”

— ‘Faces In The Street’ by Henry Lawson

Before freeways, old comrades celebrate public transport!
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Vale Robert Francis Walker

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This story I’m about to tell,
About a bloke you all know well.
A Union Rep. here on the job
And known by all of us as Bob.

He fought the cause on our behalf,
With his neck stuck out like a big giraffe.
An upright man he’d stand and fight,
As he knew the cause he fought was right

— from ‘Bob Walker: The twenty-third point’ by Poet Unkown

Robert (Bob) Walker was born at Hopetown, Victoria, on the 11th October 1924.… Go to Article

Something remarkable is happening in Indian country

Editor’s Note.

Les Malezer has sent this interesting article around and so I reprint it here. I hope the National Geographic Society do not mind, I notify the editor of that magazine and credit the author (Charles Bowden) and photographer (Jack Dykinga) here. This may infringe copyright, I don’t know but the force of the article begs that it be distributed widely.… Go to Article

The Hollow Men

Between the idea
And the reality
Between the motion
And the act
Falls the Shadow

Yesterday, Sunday 15 August 2010, I went to a rally and march against global warming in Brisbane’s King George Square (KGSq).

KGSq, or Fred Patterson*  Square as we used to call it in the street march days,  is a horrible place to have a rally — gone are the lawn and the water fountain now replaced by warm glare and ugly,  hot, grey, brick pavement.… Go to Article

Questions to the candidates in the Federal election 2010

Development

Why do none of the political parties support ‘ecologically sustainable development’?

Energy

If the ALP and the federal Labor government support clean energy why is coal going gangbusters here in Queensland?

Climate Change

Do the candidates think that climate changes can be fixed under capitalism?

War and Higher Education

Why have political parties done so little to stop the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?… Go to Article

The Paradigm Shift on the Intervention

The Paradigm Shift on the Intervention (NTER)

By the paradigmshift on August 8th, 2010

In early July there was a Defending Indigenous Rights Conference in Mparntwe (Alice Springs), Northern Territory, so this week we spoke to two people from Brisbane who participated: Ewan and Tanya of the Aboriginal Rights Coalition.

The Conference was in opposition to the on-going Northern Territory Emergency Response (NTER), more commonly known as the Intervention, which was initiated by the Howard government in 2007.

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