On November 6 the COP26 Coalition is organising to bring thousands of people on to the streets of Glasgow to demand urgent action on climate change. This will be part of a global day of action with protests taking place across the world.Here in Australia we will be having major mobilisations on the streets on Saturday November 6, all across the country.… Go to Article
“In Gaza, beneath the dark evening sky, somewhere between the smoky smell of gunshots and the crying children, my mother gave birth to me. It was underneath the light of the moon that I would exit her womb head first, toward the flames of war. If I had then the cognitive awareness of what war was, I might have slipped back into the refuge of a womb.… Go to Article
In the lead up to Assange’s extradition trial, Free Speech campaigner and author Dr John Jiggens writes his opinion of how Hilary Clinton and the ABC’s Four Corner’s program have sought to undermine Julian Assange as a Russian agent and refuse to recognise his credentials as a publisher and journalist. It was Hilary Clinton who, laughing, celebrated the brutal murder and torture of Libyan President Muammar Qaddafi with the words: ‘We came, we saw, he died’.… Go to Article
Those of you who are graduates of UQ may be aware that elections are currently underway for the UQ Senate, the university’s governing body. Graduates have an opportunity to elect their own representatives. If you intend casting a vote I ask you to consider voting for Lee Duffield. Lee has been a stalwart of our campaign to prevent the demolition of the UQ Union Complex.… Go to Article
When I was 10 years old, Mai Masri a Palestinian filmmaker wanted to document the lives of Palestinian children in the camp. I am one of the children in that documentary talking about my dream to become a doctor. I’m not exactly a medical doctor but I managed to finish a PhD in Chemical Engineering, and currently the co-owner of a successful business “Baladi”.… Go to Article
Open letter to minister on Israeli designation of six Palestinian organizations as “terrorist groups”
To: Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs
Workers BushTelegraph condemns Israel’s designation of six prominent Palestinian Rights Organizations as “Terrorist Groups” with the intention to criminalize those exposing human rights violations stemming from the Israeli occupation of Palestine.… Go to Article
As leaders from countries converge on Glasgow Climate Change Conference of Parties, they could take a leaf out of Cuba’s Energy Revolution begun in the 1990s during the special period where the United States blockade brought the country to the brink of economic collapse.
Here is a slideshow presented in 2011 by Mario Alberto Arrastía Avila at Qld University of Technology on ‘The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil’.… Go to Article
This week, politicians from around the world will gather in Glasgow for Climate Change Conference of Parties. Our own Scott Morrison will be there, showing off his brand new “Australian Way” plan for pretending to do something about climate change. But across Australia over the last few weeks has been a different kind of gathering for climate action.… Go to Article
|In this edition|
ACFS Annual General Meeting‘From Australia to Cuba with Love’Medical Aid from Australia arrives in Cuba ACFS Annual General Meeting
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Tuesday 9th November
6.30 PM QCU Building 16 Peel Street South Brisbane
Please come along to our Annual General Meeting to help build solidarity with Cuba.
At the start of last week I learnt that old friend Max Stahl was hospitalised in Brisbane with throat cancer. I finally tracked him down to the P.A. Hospital, but on the bus to visit him I was informed of his death earlier that morning.
Max’s footage of the 1991 Indonesian military massacre in the Santa Cruz cemetery, Dill/Timor Leste did much to eventually rid this occupied land of the forces of death. … Go to Article
Two years have gone by since that murder when killing the messenger made its debut. Now that we're civilized, wise and intelligent, So surely such practices now are taboo. But you talk to Julian Assange and he'll tell you Or ask Chelsea Manning if this is the case Or Bernard Collaery and his named suppressed clients You'll find that such spitefulness still has its place.… Go to Article
“Basically I’m suggesting that if a local government is planning to rezone a certain neighbourhood for higher density development, it would be better for the council to buy up sites in that neighbourhood before the rezoning occurs, then sell them later to generate revenue, rather than leaving it up to private developers and speculators to do the same thing and pocket the profits for themselves.Obviously… Go to Article
I have written a book about audio engineering for podcasters. It’s only once in your life that you release your first book, so I thought I should tell everyone. It’s called ‘The Podcaster’s Audio Handbook: A Technical Guide for Creative People‘. It has a really good cover.
The book is aimed at beginner and intermediate podcasters, and I have written it to be accessible to different types of learners.… Go to Article
Lee Duffield who was involved in the Save the UQ Unions complex campaign has sent this message around. Lee is a candidate of the left in the postponed elections.
As you may have heard the elections to the UQ Senate, suspended earlier this month, start again on Monday 1 November 2021 and close at 9am on Monday 15 November 2021.… Go to Article
This is a review of “The trials of Bernard Collaery and Witness K” by Stephen Charles published in John Menadue’s Pearls and Irritations.
I worked in the Australian Tax Office for about 20 years. One of the clerks I worked with, Terry Yates, a follower of Dorothy Day, exposed the injustice of the Timor Gap treaty long before Bernard Collaery and Witness K.… Go to Article
An editor’s job is often invisible. Writers and editors work together on a story, but the writer’s name is the one on the book cover. black&write! editors centre First Nations knowledges and approaches into our writing and editorial practice to create a culturally safe space for authors to write their story, their way.… Go to Article
|Out of Abingdon / Jumping Fences |
Friday 5th November
31 Arras Street, Yeronga
Doors open 6.00 p.m.
Music starts 6.30 p.m. $10 admission
We’re very happy to be able to reschedule
Out of Abingdon for our November Foco Nuevo.
Hopefully a good sign for the future! Come along and join us for some welcome live music at our backyard house concert.
“Misplaced faith in political utopias has led to ruin” – quote from Oxford Languages
Foco can mean a central space, however in revolutionary politics Che Guevara gave it real meaning in guerrilla warfare against military dictatorships around the world. It was a place from which the poor and oppressed could launch their attack on the ruling class.… Go to Article
The long struggle for the land rights continues
Fifty years after the the Whitlam Labor government gave Gurynji their land back in the Northern Territory, land rights struggles continue in Queensland with mixed results
This week Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon) covers indigenous issues from around the state:
- Andy speaks to Kuku Yalanji woman Chrissy Grant about their nation taking joint control over national parks,
- to Jinibara man BJ Murphy about whether people should climb Mt Beerwah on the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and
Andy gets an update from Djaki Kundu, where Kabi Kabi protectors last week were arrested playtesting against a highway going through Kabi Kabi Land near Gympie.… Go to Article
Last Train to Mirabad Julian Assange took on the US Wikileak'd ten years war in Afghanistan Julian roams downstairs in Woolwich Court Thinking what would Pilger and Ellsberg do now? Waiting to be taken through tunnel to Belmarsh Prison Where ghosts of IRA meet Guildford Four in special secure unit No Wikileaks today about Sapper Jamie Larcombe No mention of his Afghan mate Both dead in Mirabad - Ian Curr
As international politics shifts to the right, Julian Assange, who recently turned 50 years of age, remains holed-up in Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom.… Go to Article
Will the Queensland government honor this week’s agreement with the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people in its historic agreement handing back control of the Daintree? Only time will tell. We post here a report from the ABC Far North office.
The world’s oldest living rainforest has been returned to its custodians in a historic handback ceremony in Far North Queensland.… Go to Article
I am not sure that these repeated calls for inquiries into the practices of the Public Trustee is the answer. What is needed is for the government to return the public trustee under the control of the public service and for the office to be made fully accountable and for ordinary people with limited assets be provided with a free service to wind up the financial affairs of their family and friends when they die.… Go to Article
A formal letter of complaint to Queensland Police Minister regarding police harassment of a Brisbane City Councillor and assault of a librarian has fallen on deaf ears. Police committed a serious assault on a NTEU union member that occurred on 25 October 2020. See Man Down at KP Prison. This complaint was never followed up by senior police or by the minister.… Go to Article
Queensland police refuse to remove traditional owners occupying Adani’s coalmine site
Miner says group is ‘trespassing’ but police have acknowledged their cultural rights under human rights act
Queensland police have told a group of First Nations people occupying the site of Adani’s Carmichael coalmine for the past five weeks that they have no intention of removing them from the area “at this time”.… Go to Article
Italian film festival suggestions
The Italian film festival returns to Brisbane after a pause for Covid 12. Here are some suggestions.
Barracks SAT 23RD OCT 1:10pm
Barracks SAT 23RD OCT 6:00pm
Barracks FRI 29TH OCT 6:30pm
Barracks THU 4TH NOV 6:30pm
James St FRI 5TH NOV 1:15pm
Barracks SAT 6TH NOV 8:00pm
Barracks SUN 7TH NOV 4:00pm
James St TUE 9TH NOV 7:00pm
IFF21 Three Floors
James St THU 11TH NOV 8:20pm
Barracks SAT 13TH NOV 1:30pm
James St SAT 13TH NOV 6:00pm
James St SUN 14TH NOV 6:30pm… Go to Article
Bill Tully (1937-2021)
If there were a good cause getting underway in Canberra in the decades after 1970, Bill Tully was lending a hand.
Bill and I met when he enrolled for history honours at the ANU, writing his thesis on the New Guard. When I moved flats, he turned up to help re-stack the bookcases.… Go to Article
“Most of them have come across from a little island called England. Their mob are fairly old and at one time they used to be pretty close to the land.” – Tommy in Kaitcha Sung
“‘Bullshit!’ Macow spat the word out before resuming in his own tongue.
‘No boy.… Go to Article
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” George Orwell
“Semites are people who speak Semitic language, so really “Anti-Semitism” should be defined as “fear or dislike of people who speak Semitic languages.
Semites are speakers of Semitic languages and this term was coined by German linguists – Semitic languages included Arabic, Hebrew, Aramaic and some other languages of Africa and Asia.… Go to Article
Why wait for the planes to come
When everybody’s got us on the run
South Pacific carry on
Here come the Hercules
Here come the submarines
Sinking South Pacific dreams
– Midnight Oil
Andrew and Bevan from APAN have put together this critique of the Australian government’s AUKUS deal with the United States and Britain.… Go to Article