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Foreign Influence

The Editor The Canberra Times Thursday, July 9, is the 120th anniversary of Royal Assent to The Commonwealth of Australia Act. Neither plebiscites among enfranchised Australians nor motions in the colonial parliaments could bring about Federation. That required an Act … Continue reading

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Gone with the Wind

We publish a letter by Humphrey McQueen to the Canberra Times about taking the film Gone with the Wind from YouTube etc. __oOo__ The EditorThe Canberra Times Gone with the Wind should be permanently taken down from streaming platforms because you … Continue reading

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In My Blood It Runs

I remember going out onto country with an Arrente Auntie and two strong aboriginal women from Meanjin. One was a proud Kuku Yalanji sister whose father was taken from country and told to walk to Cherbourg. The Arrente Auntie was … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Hope

A very good film about a refugee’s optimism in the face of indiscriminate bombing of his city, Aleppo . When asked by the immigration officer who did the bombing, he said I don’t know. It happened while I was at … Continue reading

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National Weekend of Action: Stop Black Deaths in Custody

NATIONAL WEEKEND OF ACTION: STOP BLACK DEATHS IN CUSTODY4-5 July 2020 Today kicks-off a weekend of protests around the country to Stop Black Deaths in Custody. The first National Weekend of Action Protest will kick off in Kempsey on today, … Continue reading

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Climate Denial by Murdoch Press

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The US Murdoch media empire has a hold over Australian life in every aspect.  In particular the Murdoch media voice is upholding subservience to the US military industrial complex and the constant US wars. Just Peace and friends met at … Continue reading

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IPAN: increase in military expenditure unjustified and destabilising

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A number of groups have come out strongly against the $270 billion to be spent on defence announced by the Australian government last week. A local group, the Independent & Peaceful Australian Network (IPAN), has issued this press release. Increase … Continue reading

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New Coal Mines in Australia

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We will be loud against the silenceAngry at the greedWe will not begWe are defiantTell it like it is– Phil Monsour and the crisis actors, ‘Our House is on fire‘ The global climate deal reached at the Paris climate talks … Continue reading

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Mass arrests at KP Blockade

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An Account from One of the Sunday Arrestees on the Arrests, a Trip to the Watchhouse, and What Police Do When Nobody’s Watching “We tried to feed the men inside home-cooked food from a local refugee-run restaurant. We placed the … Continue reading

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Australia’s Grand Military Plans

This week, Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, announced that his government would not sacrifice our sovereignty. Strangely there is bipartisan support for joint defence facilities on Australian soil. These include Pine Gap, Northwest Cape, Maralinga, Woomera – all part of … Continue reading

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Marxist Interpretation of the History of Chile

Interpretación Marxista de la Historia de Chile by Louis Vitale [or Marxist Interpretation of the History of Chile] was published in 1967. It was one of the books that were destroyed and burned by the dictatorship after the military coup … Continue reading

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George Floyd – ‘Cancelling America’

We know the internet abounds with conspiracy theories. Here is one by Paul Craig Roberts, a former economics adviser to the Reagan administration: “The evidence is clear. George Floyd was not killed by racist police. But try getting that fact … Continue reading

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Palestinian Film – ‘It Must Be Heaven’

About the film Elia Suleiman escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors: however far he travels, from Paris to … Continue reading

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Eastern transitway – more car doors less corridor

Queensland Main Roads department plans to build a transitway to replace it’s earlier promise of an eastern busway from Brisbane CBD to Capalaba. Previously the busway project ran out of money by the time it had reached Stones Corner. Old … Continue reading

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Exile on Main Street – refugee rights and policy wrongs

“The unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps.” … Continue reading

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Black Lives Matter

June 26, 2020 Friday 12:00 – 1:00 PM Welcome to the Paradigm Shift on FM 102.1 4ZZZ Fridays at noon. We challenge the assumptions of our current society, to resist oppression … Susan interviews Peter Gray from Radical Times in the United States. There … Continue reading

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Boycott Israel – stop annexation of West Bank

Every family in Palestine loses a heartbeat with the unexpected call or knock on the door. Every family in Palestine knows someone who has been murdered by Israel. Be it by assassin’s bullet, a “settler’s” firebomb, or the toddler denied … Continue reading

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Slander against MUA organiser

“The only passion that guides me is for the truth … I look at everything from this point of view” – Che Guevara In May 2019 Paul Petersen was re-elected as assistant branch secretary in the Qld division of the … Continue reading

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Protect the Arts, Humanities, the Social Sciences at Australian Universities

Governments never waste an emergeny in order to push through crazy new rules like this one. This campaign is important and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding. You can read more … Continue reading

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Left challenges corporate America from inside the Democratic Party

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Ryan Knight interviews progressive candidates who are running for Congress to fight for fundamental change to heal United States. In this #AmpedUp podcast Ryan chats with Shahid Buttar about his grassroots campaign to replace Nancy Pelosi to ‘liberate California’s 12th … Continue reading

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Heros of the V1!

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Originally posted on Space for Cycling Brisbane:
An open letter to TMR and Brisbane City Council: We are very much looking forward to the opening of Stage E of the V1 Veloway, which is scheduled for mid-2020. This will provide…

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The Case of John Dyson Heydon

“The truth is that the modern world is in part created by the way language is used. Modern linguistic usage suggests that the present age is one of ‘emergencies’, ‘crises’, ‘dangers’ and ‘intense difficulties’, of ‘scourges’ and other problems. They relate to things as diverse as terrorism, water shortages, drug abuse, child abuse, poverty pandemics, obesity and global warming, as well as global financial affairs … The great maxim of governments seeking to widen their constitutional powers would be: ‘Never allow a crisis to go to waste.’ ” Continue reading

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Surviving Autocracy – the ‘rule of words’

WBT posts this discussion with Masha Gessen to helpunderstand what is happening in the lead up to the November 2020 US Presidential elections – ed. __oOo__ In the run-up to the 2016 election, The New Yorker’s Masha Gessen stood out … Continue reading

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Cuba’s Gift

Cuban medical brigades have treated more than 100,000 COVID-19 patients worldwide Professionals of 34 Cuban medical brigades, who joined those who provide services in 59 countries, have so far treated 109,211 patients with COVID-19, Bruno Rodriguez, Cuba’s foreign minister, reported … Continue reading

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Is democracy obsolete in so called australia?

Ancestress (AKA Teila Watson) shares her thoughts on democracy in Australia. When we think about science and what gives us life, we don’t often think of up in the sky or out in space, where there’s no trees to give … Continue reading

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Watch Bernard Collaery, Witness K and the trial the media can’t cover

WBT posts this message from a local correspondent from the Catholic Worker Community. Please note our previous stories on this topic in the relevant articles boxes below. -Ed. __oOo__ “They tell me patriotism is the last refuge to which a … Continue reading

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Exile on Main Street – changing of the guard

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“For those who’ve come across the seas we’ve boundless plains to share ” – Ali Kadri, spokesperson for Islamic Council, sent by his father to Australia after the 2002 Gujarat riots. He was speaking in Pineapple Hotel Park on 21 … Continue reading

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Baghdad Central

Baghdad Central is a six parts series about post-Saddam Iraq. While the story traces the life of an Iraqi family’s resilience in the face of the US-led occupation, it shows how grim ‘shock and awe’ was for daily life in … Continue reading

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Exile on Main Street – National Day of Action for refugees

4ZZZ has been providing independent news and current affairs since its inception in 1975. The newsroom is entirely volunteer based and provides Zedlines bulletins on the hour each weekday from 8-11AM, plus a dedicated one hour news and current-affairs program, … Continue reading

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Where is Justice?

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Refugees … face all sorts of problems, as well as losing their minds – Pamela Curr SMH 10 Oct 2015 In his article Cracks in the wall of refugee cruelty Andy Paine writes: “Another momentary crack has appeared in that seemingly … Continue reading