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Let Them Stay! They Don't Give a Shit in that Parliament by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode covers the High Court ruling that offshore detention is legal, which clears the way for the Australian government to return about 250 asylum seekers in Australia, including 37 babies, to Nauru.

We also play some of the speeches from outside the Department of Immigration at the Melbourne ‪#‎LetThemStay‬ rally for refugees (embedded at the bottom of this post). See the Soundcloud description for more information on the speakers.

We finish the episode by discussing: getting active with the Refugee Action Collective, different activist tactics (check out episode 118 for more on this), Amnesty International find that the Australian government paid people smugglers and the How to Make Trouble and Influence People 2016 Diary.

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Clips:

PropagandhiNote to Self‘, Speeches from the Melbourne ‪#‎LetThemStay‬ Rally for Refugees, LogicHumans‘.

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*Quote taken from Christalo’s speech from the Melbourne ‪#‎LetThemStay‬ rally for refugees, which was played on the episode and is also embedded above.

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Episode 124: Hitting Racism for Six with Tamil Eelam Cricket by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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Nick is joined by Sarah Ross from the Refugee Rights Action Network and Kaliyugan Pathmanathan, Project Coordinator of Tamil Eelam Cricket. Cali had to leave Sri Lanka as a refugee to Australia himself and he co-founded this project in order to create a platform for the Tamil diaspora around the world to participate in national and international cricket competitions and also to bridge the gap between newly arrived Tamils in the local community and the pre-existing Tamil community.

We also discuss the importance of the voices of refugees in the movement for refugees, strategies for effective refugee activism and who is to blame for harsh policies towards asylum seekers?

Cali and Sarah also give some critiques of the counter movement against Reclaim Australia. For more critiques, check out Tad Tietze’s article ‘Tackling Reclaim Australia Requires More than a Good Shirt Fronting: So What to Do?’, Sanmita Verma’s article ‘Why Were Most of the Anti-Reclaim Australia Protestors White?’ and our 97th episode.

We finish by playing some of the panel discussion linking human rights, animal rights and environmentalism – featuring Nick, Sarah and Jeff Hansen from Sea Shepherd. We also discuss attitudes towards animals in human rights movements.

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Clips:

Pussy RiotRefugees In’, Kaliyugan Pathmanathan on Tamil Eelam Cricket, Kaber Vasuki ‘Ulagathin Sondhakaran’, Panel discussion linking human rights, animal rights and environmentalism – featuring Nick, Sarah and Jeff Hansen from Sea Shepherd, M.I.A.Borders’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on refugee activism in Australia, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from the M.I.A. song ‘Borders’, which we finished the episode with.

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Episode 123: The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode features Nick’s talk ‘The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep’. This talk is embedded below and you can also listen to the full talk as well as the Q and A afterwards here. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here (it is also embedded below). This presentation features visuals and links to all of the sources referred to throughout the talk.

Videos from the talk:

We also discuss how central veganism should be to the animal advocacy movement (in reaction to the Q and A following the talk played on this episode), mention Nick’s article on vegan dogs and encourage people to support Vine Sanctuary – check out Jess’s interview with pattrice jones from Vine Sanctuary for more about this sanctuary.

Book Recommendation:

Unlikely Loves by Jennifer S. Holland.

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Clips:

The Smith Street BandWhen I Was a Boy I thought I was a Fish’, LowkeyTell Me Why’, Nick’s talk ‘The Emotional Lives of Animals – Adrenalin Junkie Orangutans and Individualist Sheep’ – PowerPoint for the talk and full version with Q and A, Western AddictionAnimals and Children’.

You can listen to a short (4 minute) version of this episode, which features our book recommendation for ‘Unlikely Loves’, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Episode 122: #FloodTheSystem – ‘It’s Time we do more than March’* by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode features an interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective on the recent #FloodTheSystem direct action for climate justice. This was an Australian-wide action and Coggo focuses on the Melbourne action, where activists shut down the entrances to Westpac, BHPBilliton and part of the CBD. You can see videos of the action on the No Frontiers Facebook page and Counteract have done a write-up on the event. In the interview with Coggo, he also discusses critiques of climate marches, Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett says he will only tolerate “passive” protests, the importance of direct action and the need for social movements to always encourage people to do more.

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Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

Also covered on the episode some analysis of the Paris Climate Agreement, thanks to Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith from RTR92.1FM Indymedia. You can listen to episodes of this show here and you can listen to individual interviews through perthindymedia.net and Soundcloud. You can also read the full Paris Climate Agreement here. There is also some discussion on Malcolm Turnbull’s (in)action on climate change.

We finish the episode with some points on the science show Cosmos and anti-capitalism.

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Pic from @InsurrectNews on Twitter.

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Clips:

The LurkersWhose Got a Padlock and Chain?’ – see a video of #FloodTheSystem activists singing this during the action, Indymedia – 14/12/15 episode – with Alex Whisson and Caroline Smith, Interview with Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective, Logic ft Muslimah ‘This is our World’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Coggo on #FloodTheSystem, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*Quote from the Logic song ‘This is our World’, which we finish the episode with.

Episode 121: Black Dogs Don’t Get Adopted – Linking Human Rights and Animal Rights by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode, which marks four years of the podcast, the focus is on dogs. We play Nick’s talk ‘Black Dogs Don’t Get Adopted – Linking Human Rights and Animal Rights’ (embedded below). This talk looks into some connections between animal rights and human rights issues, using the fact that black dogs are less likely to be adopted as a starting point. For links referred to throughout the talk, see the description on the Soundcloud page.

We also play an interview Nick recently did on the issue of “dangerous” dog breeds and breed specific legislation (embedded below).

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Clips:

FrozenReindeer[s] are better than people’, Nick’s interview on “dangerous” dog breeds, Nick’s talk ‘Black Dogs Don’t Get Adopted – Linking Human Rights and Animal Rights’, Martin Luther King Jr ‘I’m Black and Beautiful’, Myq Kaplan ‘Flags and Lies’ – from the album ‘Vegan Mind Meld’, Dr Jonathan BalcombeOn Animals Valuing Their Lives’ from Animal Voices podcast, Star Fucking Hipsters ‘Empty Lives’.

You can listen to a short (5 minute) version of this episode, which features Nick’s interview on “dangerous” dog breeds, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Blair Cottrell, the new leader of the United Patriots Front. Image from @slackbastard on Twitter – he doesn’t throw around the accusations of Nazism willy nilly – Cottrell has said he wants a photo of Hitler in every school and a copy of Mein Kampf given to every Australian student: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/20/the-upf-and-reclaim-australia-arent-concerned-parents-or-a-bad-joke

Episode 120: United Patriots Front, Reclaim Australia and their #50shadesofwhite (Supremacy) by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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This episode is about challenging the anti-Islamic, white supremacist movement in Australia, featuring the United Patriots Front and Reclaim Australia.

We play Ray Grenfell’s interview with anti-fascist activist Barry Cade on the Melbourne fascist rally (and anti-fascist counter rally) from the weekend, as well as discussing tactics against fascism. This interview is from RTR92.1FM Indymedia – you can listen to episodes of this show here and you can listen to individual interviews through perthindymedia.net and Soundcloud.

We discuss groups like Reclaim Australia using Muslims and other minorities as scapegoats for the economic inequality caused by neoliberal policies, a hilarious denial of racism from a Reclaim Australia participant and equally hilarious in-fighting amongst white supremacists as a result of the resignation from the United Patriots Front by Sherman Burgess – he has been replaced by the Nazi Blair Cottrell.

Also covered is the “Islam is not a race” card that racists love to play, Radio National’s segment on Reclaim Australia and the United Patriots Front, and a Senate enquiry finds that Halal doesn’t fund terrorism – what a surprise! You can share our meme about this (based on Nazeem Hussein’s stand-up) on Facebook and Twitter (tweet embedded below).

We recommend the book Don’t Think of an Elephant! For more on Reclaim Australia and challenging white supremacy in Australia, check out episodes 94 and 107.

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Clips:

Not Right ‘Tory Scum’, Ray Grenfell’s interview with anti-fascist activist Barry Cade, Eddie Perfect from the Rock Against Howard CD, The Great Aussie Patriot wants to reclaim Australia from Islam, Anti-FlagThis Machine Kills Fascists’.

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Episode 119: Compassion and Context in the Wake of the Paris Attacks by Progpodcast on Mixcloud

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On this episode we look into the recent violent attacks in Paris, including the context and the reactions. We discuss: selective grief and outrage, disproportionate media coverage of violent acts, the implications for migrants, and links between the response to the Paris attacks and the response to the 9/11 attacks.

We play two interviews. The first one is Karun Cowper’s interview with US Iraq war veteran Vincent Emanuele on the historical context behind the Paris attacks. We also play Alex Whisson and Ray Grenfell’s interview with Muslim activist Marziya Mohammedali on the Islamophobic backlash following the attacks. To hear more from Marziya, check out our 70th episode, which features a speech she gave opposing Islamophobia. Both of the interviews played on this episode are from RTR92.1FM Indymedia – you can listen to episodes of this show here and you can listen to individual interviews through perthindymedia.net and Soundcloud.

We also discuss the new show The Verdict and play Katie’s live TV debut – discussing terrorism on the show Opinionated. You can watch her being interviewed from 9.19-14.09 of this video – embedded below.

Katie mentions the PKK during this interview – for more on the PKK and anarchism, gender equality, resistance to ISIS etc, check out our 72nd episode and Crimethinc podcast episodes 36 and 39.

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Clips:

Waleed Aly on The ProjectISIS is Weak’, Useless ID ‘State of Fear’, Karun Cowper’s interview with US Iraq war veteran Vincent Emanuele, Katie on the TV show OpinionatedSeries 1, Episode 3 – Part 2’, Alex Whisson and Ray Grenfell’s interview with Muslim activist Marziya Mohammedali – from the 16/11/15 episode of RTR92.1FM Indymedia, Nerina PallotEverybody’s gone to war’.

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