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Laura Street: The Haze (between day and night)

[Publisher’s Note: Perhaps developers eyeing off West End & Highgate Hill should think again. And while I’m at it, the board rooms of corporate Australia should reconsider their attacks on workers rights. Phil Monsour has built up an archive of music videos that support these struggles and others.]

laura street festival 25 nov poster

Laura Street festival poster (archive)

“100 days” is an acoustic flavoured CD that features Sydney Oud player Mohamed Youssef on half of the tracks. The album is a step in the direction of one of Phil’s long term ambitions of blending some Eastern sounds from his family’s heritage with his contemporary acoustic rock style. “100 days” is the Phil Monsour bands third studio album and reflects a cohesive sound developed over time. On many songs electric guitars are swapped for acoustics, and Jon Lloyd has moves off the drum kit to play the Djembe. A number of the songs on the album were previously recorded with the full rock band, but for this project they’re recorded in a stripped back acoustic mode. The songs continue to feature Phil’s unique lyrical concerns and the title track 100 days is about a boat load of Palestinian refugees lost a sea while trying to reach Australia.

Gaza: the dark tunnels …


[Editors Note: Thanks to Callum Clayton-Dixon for this excellent video] Half a century ago, the Yolngu people in the Northern Territory pushed for recognition of the rights of First Nations peoples – recognition of their inherent right to land ownership … Continue reading


Bugger the Bankers


Re-lighting the sacred fire at Musgrave Park in Brisbane on Invasion Day, 26 January 2013. This video shows speeches about sovereignty, identity and  culture — it shows aboriginal dance and smoking ceremony. The sacred fire is currently banned by order … Continue reading


Syrian government still strong

Assad should never have put down the struggle for democratic rights in Syria. He weakened the rights of the people by using force against them. He should have embraced that struggle. Then the US armed an intervention from outside the … Continue reading


Top 5 videos on BushTelegraph

According to You Tube these videos are Bush Telegraph‘s all time top videos 1. 1982 Land Rights Struggle – Brisbane Cmwlth Games 2. David Rovics – ‘Laissez les bon temps rouler’ (Let the good times roll) 3. Letter from Camp … Continue reading


Swimming Free Palestine!

Swimming Free, Palestine

Emad, Gareth and I walked to the
starting line at Wategos beach, near the
Byron Bay lighthouse.

As we entered the water with the other
swimmers, the organisers called off
the race because of treacherous
conditions. Loud speakers announced
that we would be ‘swimming at our
own risk’.

We swam anyway.

Many other swimmers did the same.

As we rounded the point from Wategos beach,
Emad was dumped by a two metre
wave and had to be rescued.

We wish to thank the selfless swimmers
who kept Emad afloat until the Surf Life
savers arrived in their Zodiac.

Gareth and I continued swimming wide
of the big breaking waves. I came
across Gareth and could hear him distinctly
above the sound of the waves
and a nearby surf boat — as Gareth took
each breath in mid-stroke he yelled:
Free Palestine, Free, Free Palestine‘.

About one kilometer further on we
arrived near main beach at Byron Bay
where we were both hammered by big
breaking waves.

Gareth’s goggles were wiped off his
face and my swimming cap with the
Palestinian Flag emblem was lost in the
cauldron along with one of my flippers.

Gareth and I walked up the beach
alongside others swimmers saying how
their legs had cramped up as they came
into the beach.

We returned to the stall where Maxine
had spent the last hour engaging with
people asking questions about
Palestine and the campaign by MECA to
provide clean drinking water to children
in the West Bank.

We were happy to be re-united with
Emad who told the story of the bravery
of the swimmers who saved him in the
big swell. In his words he said ‘I
drowned’. But he was saved!

Some time later two young girls in
swimming costumes came up to the
stall holding my Palestinian flagged
swimming cap lost in the sea about 20
minutes earlier.

Maxine yelled out ‘Ian, these girls found
your cap!” I turned and asked how they
knew the cap was mine. The 11 year old
girl with braces on her teeth said she
and her friend saw the flag flying high
on the foreshore and looked at the flag
on the cap and put two-and-two

Gareth said: ‘What are the chances of
that happening!” and Maxine rewarded
the girls with a sumptuous home made
cake. Thanks girls!

We are swimming to raise money for
the Middle East Childrens’ Alliance so
Palestinian kids can have clean drinking
water despite Israel’s best efforts to
desiccate them.

You can sponsor us by making
donations at MECA to help meet the
basic needs of Palestinian children and
give them opportunities to learn, play,
and envision a better future. Go to

A special thank you to Gareth and
Maxine for making this small
contribution to Palestinian kids lives

Free Palestine!

‘The Other Side’ by Phil Monsour on ‘Ghosts of Deir Yassin’ see