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Ciaron O’Reilly: Ecuadorian Embassy vigil for Julian Assange update

Greetings Friends from chilly London I’m presently bedding down on the pavement of Hans Crescent/KnightsbridgeLondon on this the 52nd Day if 24/7 solidarity with Julian Assange! U am 20 metres from Julian – held in UK 8 years without charge/6.4 … Continue reading

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Palestinian woman murdered in Melbourne

Some say Melbourne is the Athens of the South. Not so this week. The theme for the 2019 International Women’s Day (IWD) is A Future Free of Men’s Violence Against Women. Sadly IWD’s plea will not save Aiia Maasarwe, a … Continue reading

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Big Shot

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Look what Hollywood did to ‘Big Shot’ You’ve seen the movie on Cinema del popolo @ The Great Flamarion. Now read the story on which it is based. Illustrations are from the movie Big ShotBy Vicki Baum BRANDT, THE SHARPSHOOTER, … Continue reading

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160 Macquarie Street

RALLY AT #160, SUNDAY 2O JANUARY 4PM
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People’s University

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Dozens of protestors were injured, including future premier Peter Beattie, who was hospitalised with suspected spinal damage. The next day, about 3000 outraged students and staff packed the Refectory at UQ and voted for a campus-wide strike. Continue reading

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BREAD: Brisbane Radical Events and Diary

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Swim for the Reef

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Each year now the Wello Pointers team, supported by kayakers and stand-up paddle boarders, swim in Moreton Bay from Wellington Point Reserve beach area to King Is (Yerra-bin), along the western side of the sandbank. It is 1.1km one way. The sandbank is partially made up of coral from an ancient coral reef about 1 kilometre to the east of the bank. Check it out on Google Earth. Moreton Bay is full of coral reefs and we need to protect ALL reefs, for present and future generations.

We plan to swim on Saturday 2 Feb, about 9am, weather permitting. Keep Sunday 3 Feb free also just in case. You will be able to stand up all the way, as it is reasonably shallow water, and walk back to the mainland along the sandbank if you don’t wish to swim both ways. The tide is highest at 2.35metres at about 8:15am on the Saturday. This is a relatively large tide. So at high tide, the sandbank will be covered with water to about waist deep in some places.

Please support us with a donation, encourage your friends to do the same, and even better, come along and join us, swimming or paddling.

I can send you full details – contact Trevor Berrill at tberrill@powerup.com.au
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Invasion Day 2019

For First Nations people, January 26th 1788 marked the start of genocide, dispossession, displacement, and oppression. January 26th is not a day to celebrate a country built on these atrocities. It’s not a day to embrace white nationalism or colonialism. … Continue reading

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Rosa lives!

One hundred years ago this January, Rosa Luxemburg, revolutionary activist, essayist, intellectual, and leading figure of the Communist Party of Germany was assassinated. In the years since, her legacy has influenced revolutionary activists and thinkers around the world. In honour … Continue reading

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Cinema del popolo

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Cinema del popolo has a wide range of films including one film noir (Algiers*), Italian realism, French new wave, documentary and much more. Cinema del popolo is new film theatre emphasizing diversity, different cultures, music and language. In Bertolucci’s 1900, … Continue reading

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‘Betrayal’ in Algiers

‘No, but I like him even less as a foe.‘ – French Paratrooper commander in Algeria, Colonel Phillippe Mathieu on Sartre There is another Algiers and a different Casbah than that depicted in John Cromwell’s ‘Algiers’. The ‘real’ Casbah was … Continue reading

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Assange, product of the anti-war movement?

VID INTERVIEW – Ciaron O’Reilly 30th Day “24/7 Solidarity with Julian Assange Vigil” outside Ecuadorian embassy London.

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Rivermouth

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I had plans to save the planet but they got washed down a stormwater drain it’s all too big, it’s all too hard dropped my guard, and i missed the last train compass needle spinning now i’m lost inside my … Continue reading

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The Far Left in Australia since 1945

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Aussie progressives choose long hard roads Seventy years of Left activism in Australia Far Left In Australia Since 1945, editors Jon Piccini, Evan Smith and Matthew Worley, Routledge, London and New York, 2019.  Book review by Bernie Dowling THIS book, … Continue reading

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Climbing Mt Glorious

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My climbing partner says not many people climb Mt Glorious. So on my 68th birthday we began the ascent from Jolly’s Lookout. The BOM had predicted a 38 degree Celsius day so we began at 8 am. On previous ascents … Continue reading

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From My Lai to Helmand Province

We publish Base Culture – this land is Helmand by Lyle Jeremy Rubin, a former US Marine. The article that appeared first in n+1 magazine. We do so to compare the US military involvement in Vietnam to its current war … Continue reading

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Bonds

My bond. I will have my bond.– Shylock, The Merchant of Venice, Act 3, sc. 3. Holidays are coming up – a time to venture into the new and the demanding. On this summer morning, we’re plunging into the global … Continue reading

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Vale Jon Baird

Jon Baird was a fighter. He came out of the Democratic Rights movement in the late 1970s. Jon was a student activist at Griffith University in the anti-uranium movement and the right to march campaign (1977-79). Like thousands of others, … Continue reading

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No Principle in East Timor Oil

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 “I am recommending a pragmatic rather than a principled stand but this is what national interest and foreign policy is all about …” – cable from Richard Woolcott to Gough Whitlam in 1975 when Indonesia invaded East Timor. Anniversary of … Continue reading

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Saving UQ Union complex

The 4ZZZ event held yesterday at the Schonell to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the station’s eviction from UQ was a success. The panel was excellent and the contributions from audience members, many of whom had been associated with Zed … Continue reading

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Tales of corrupt times past

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Queensland political activist relives the 1970-80s Book Review: Iraqi Icicle and The Second Father WITH the current surge of audiobooks here are two unlikely bedfellows in popular writing. Both books are set in Brisbane during the bad years of the Bjelke-Petersen … Continue reading

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Mandela: long walk to freedom

Recently I visited an exhibition at Melbourne’s Museum of the struggle against apartheid through the eyes of Nelson Mandela. For those that can’t see the exhibit see below for some of the images I saw. Contrary to the slogan ‘Victory … Continue reading

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4ZZZ remembers eviction from University

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Steven Stockwell explained how he became involved in the station. Even though still a school student he was struck by the harsh racist policies of the Queensland Government used repeated baton charges by Queensland police against anti-apartheid activists at the Tower Mill motel in July 1971. In 1973, as a young journalism student, Stockwell joined a media committee of the University of Queensland Student Union. It was this committee set up by Jim Beatson that helped steer the union support for an fm radio licence. In December 1975 radio station 4ZZ in 1975 went to air (another Z was added later). Continue reading

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Book Reviews: ‘Iraqi Icicle’ and ‘The Second Father’

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With the current surge of audiobooks here are two unlikely bedfellows in popular writing. Both books are set in Brisbane  during the bad years of the Bjelke-Petersen government. I know both the authors Bernie Dowling and Domenico Cacciola. We lived … Continue reading

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Foco tonight

Foco Nuevo in DecemberFriday, 7th December, 2018NOTE EVEN NEWER STARTING TIME!!Doors Open 7.00 pm — Music starts 7.30 pm Kurilpa Hall174 Boundary Street, West End (map) The people have spoken! We had a very democratic decision taken by audience members … Continue reading

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Save Mowbray Park

Brisbane is a river city but you wouldn’t know it from what Brisbane City Council is doing in East Brisbane. Council has been increasing private access to the Brisbane River and to a large part of Norman Creek near Mowbray … Continue reading

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Assange – speed bump before extradition

By 22 November 2018 it had became apparent that my friend and fellow long time Australian antiwar activist and later 2006 founder of the world shaking WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, was under imminent threat of armed extraction from the Ecuadorian embassy … Continue reading

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Roma – massacre in Mexico

Roma is a 2018 drama film written and directed by Alfonso Cuarón. Cuarón also produced, co-edited and photographed the film. It stars Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Marco Graf, Daniela Demesa, Enoc Leaño and Daniel Valtierra. Set in the early 1970s, the film is … Continue reading

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Students and teachers unite against coal

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Thursday 29th November 2018 by Andy Paine It’s heating up in the schools and universities of Queensland, and not just because we’re set for another record-breaking summer of temperatures. 4ZZZ reporter Andy Paine spoke with students and teachers who are … Continue reading