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Advocates for the Nordic Model for sex work argue that this approach does not target sex workers themselves, only their clients. However, Jane Green and Cameron Cox dispute these claims and argue that it is decriminalisation that leads to the best outcomes for sex workers. Jane Green is a sex worker who is on the Executive Committee of the Scarlet Alliance. Cameron Cox is a sex worker who is involved in a sex worker outreach organisation. Beyond the Nordic model and decriminalisation, Jane and Cameron also discuss the “rescue industry”, transphobia, unions for sex workers, and sex work phobia/whorephobia – follow @AnarchaSxworker for more on whorephobia. We’re going to play part two of the interview with Jane and Cameron on an upcoming episode – subscribe to our podcast on iTunes and/or follow our blog on the left hand side of this page to be notified when this episode is out. For more on sex work, you can listen to our 44th episode: Rethinking Porn and Sex Work.

We also give some updates on Israel/Palestine, which we covered on episodes 62 and 63. We mention that Israeli products have a barcode of 729, for those looking to boycott Israeli products as part of the BDS movement. We also mention other actions being taken beyond BDS, such as an Israeli arms factory being shut down in the UK – update: these activists have since been arrested. Other updates include: Israel admits Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Israeli teens, Amnesty International challenges Israel’s claims about Hamas using civilians as “human shields”, BBC bias over Israel leading to a BBC journalist resigning (a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald has also resigned for similar reasons), the use of social media by Palestinians – see here and here for examples of tweets, the Israeli government paying uni students to circulate pro-Israeli information on social media networks, and cartoons portraying Hamas and Israeli’s spark outrage. For more on Israel/Palestine, check out our last two episodes and also the article ‘Busting Israeli Occupation One Liners’ by Sara Saleh, Amnesty International Australia’s spokesperson. You can also read Nick’s article on Israel/Palestine, the first on our new blog!, here: ‘A Response to Sam Harris Blaming Muslims for the “Careful” and “Compassionate” Killing of Palestinian Civilians‘.

Also covered on the episode is our new “studio”comments from our listeners on the story ‘Church of England Votes to Allow Women to Become Bishops’, new “counter-terrorism” measures proposed by the Australian government, the Girls on Film Festival, and really important issues such as the upcoming David Brent movie and Nick turning 30. Shout outs to the Queer Punx Podcast!

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Clips:

Frank Turner ‘Photosynthesise’, Green DayThe Grouch’, Dead Prez ‘Scar Strangled Banner’, Part 1 of our interview with Jane Green and Cameron CoxAustin PowersSubhumans ‘No’ (live).

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Jane and Cameron on the Nordic Model, here: Nordic Model is Nor Good for Sex Workers. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this episode we are once again joined by Naama Blatman-Thomas (a PhD candidate from Israel who has done field work with Palestinian groups in Karmiel) and Mark Thomas (an American activist who has lived in both Israel and Palestine, including spending years in Palestinian refugee camps). They discuss how you can take action against the Occupation of Palestine, focused on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign – which includes boycotting companies benefiting from the Occupation. You can find out more information about the BDS campaign at Pacbi.org. They also discuss the one state and two state solutions to the conflict, growing fascism in Israel, and Israeli’s and Palestinian’s working together for human rights. You can hear the first part of this interview on our last episode: Episode 62: Exaggerated Threats and the Bombing of Civilians – Israel/Palestine 101.

Before we get into the interview, we give some updates. We discuss the end of the 12 hour truce and mention that the Palestinian death toll has gone over 1000 – 75% of those killed were civilians, according to the United Nations. So far there have been 45 Israeli deaths – 42 soldiers, 2 Israeli civilians and one Thai agricultural worker. We also discuss the protests around the world against Israeli human rights abuses – including in France, Perth and about 10 000 people protesting in the West Bank. The West Bank protest was in reaction to the bombing of a United Nations shelter, which was strongly condemned by the UN. We also condemn Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain.

We mention that the US (kind of) condemns Israel’s bombing of civilians and also gives $47 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians, while continuing to donate $3 billion to Israel’s military and being the only country to vote ‘no’ on a UN resolution against killing civilians in Gaza. For further information on Israel/Palestine, Naama and Mark recommend: electronicintifada.net, adalah.org, 972mag.com, benwhite.org.uk, jonathan-cook.net, annainthemiddleeast.com, aljazeera.com, imemc.org, and maannews.net/eng/.

Also mentioned on the episode is vegan cats and shout outs to Mad Cowgirls Vegan Grocery and Friends of the Earth Café. You can hear activists from Friends of the Earth on our 5th episode on the carbon tax, which has recently been abolished. We discuss the data on the results of the carbon tax, green capitalism and free public transport as a more effective solution to environmental (and social) problems.

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Clips:

Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’ – featuring Dam, BBC Global News – 14 July,  Part 1 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Part 2 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’, Remi KanaziThis Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, where Naama and Mark discuss the BDS campaign, here: Boycott Israel’s Apartheid! You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Image from @JarlathKearney on Twitter: ‘ITN news. In #Gaza, it’s military-grade body armour. In Tel Aviv, it’s a smart evening suit. Says it all really.’ https://twitter.com/JarlathKearney/status/489465966896885761

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On this episode we are joined by Naama Blatman-Thomas (a PhD candidate from Israel who has done field work with Palestinian groups in Karmiel) and Mark Thomas (an American activist who has lived in both Israel and Palestine, including spending years in Palestinian refugee camps) for most of this episode. They discuss the recent escalation in Gaza, the Israeli government censoring the fact that the Israeli citizens who were kidnapped were killed right away – in order for anti-Palestinian sentiment to grow, challenge the idea that criticisms of Israel’s human rights abuses are anti-Semitic and cover the broader context behind the recent escalation in Gaza. Also covered on the episode is Tamil refugees being imprisoned on a locked ship while the High Court decides their fate, Amnesty International’s website about Australian government refugee policy secretsandlives.com.au, us crashing a government press conference and we introduce the new segment ‘Let’s Talk Hockey’.

You can listen to the second part of the interview with Naama and Mark here: Episode 63: Take Action Against Occupation!. Naama and Mark recommend people check out The Electronic Intafada for more information on Israel/Palestine. You can also listen to our 16th episode Long Live Palestine, where we gave an introduction to the conflict. We’re only two members away from 30 members. If we get to 30 by the 24th of July, we’ll upgrade our account so all of our episodes (including our 16th on Palestine) will be available on iTunes, Stitcher and Cyber Ears – rather than only the most recent 30 or so. You can find out about becoming a member of our show here and you can see the new mics we’ve been able to buy thanks to our members here.

Clips:

Propagandhi ‘Dear Coaches Corner’, DamOh Gaza – New Year’, Part 1 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Lowkey ‘Everything I Am’, Our interview with Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott, Part 2 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Suheir HammadGaza’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, where Naama and Mark discuss the recent escalation in Gaza, here: Gaza Under Siege. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this one Nick is joined by Dan (@verydangry) from Anarchist Affinity for the entire episode. We discuss a range of issues, including: the police, our visit to Villawood Refugee Detention Centre with Dan (you can read Nick’s article about this, published on the ABC here), austerity in Europe and Australia, apparently we’re all middle class in Australia (despite the evidence!), how the post-World War Two “glory years” weren’t glorious for everyone, “white labourism” compared to the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at The Block in Redfern, Obama’s new policy to get around child trafficking laws, basic income, challenging ideas about “good” and “bad” asylum seekers, and activism for refugees.

Dan recommends people check out David Graeber’s articles ‘Are You An Anarchist? The Answer May Surprise You!’ and ‘On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs’, Selma James’s book ‘Sex, Race and Class’, Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair, Black Swan, the Melbourne Street Medic Collective, and Novara Media podcast.

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Clips:

Michael Parenti speaking on Choking Victim ‘Money’, Mischief BrewThanks Bastards’, Dead Prez ‘Police State’ featuring Chairman Omali Yeshitela, Propagandhi ‘Fuck the Border’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, where we argue for an internationalist approach to unionism that advocates for ALL workers – rather than a nationalistic focus of “local jobs first”, here: Workers of the World Unite vs White Labourism. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this one we discuss “Big Buzzfeed”, Facebook and online privacy. We finish the episode with a discussion on the human rights implications of drones, drawing on an article in the Guardian by Senator Scott Ludlam: ‘Two Australians were killed by US drones. Of course that’s our business’. Also covered throughout the episode is avoiding pointless debates online, privilege and witches. Shout outs to Team Earthling and Crimethinc podcast.

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Clips:

Colour Me WednesdayCat Hair’, The IT CrowdThe Last Byte’, The Onion News NetworkFacebook CIA Project’, Austin PowersScrubsAnal Is Not A Dirty Word’, Jamie KilsteinConan O’Brien Show talking War Torture Drones’, Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’, ‘Drone/Alone’ from Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which focuses on privilege, here: You Can Say You Don’t Believe In Privilege, But That Doesn’t Mean You Don’t Have Privilege. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this episode we take aim at FIFA and the human rights abuses associated with the World Cup. We discuss the $11 billion spent on the tournament by the Brazilian government, at the expense of much needed government services. We also mention that thousands of people have been evicted from their homes and sex workers have been pushed out of the city. We play an interview with a mem­ber of the Comité Po­pu­lar da Copa in Sao Paulo, a co­or­di­na­ti­on of groups and individuals against the FIFA World Cup and its negative effects. This interview is thanks to Anarchist Radio Berlin and we encourage people to listen to the entire interview here (we play a shortened version). We also mention that gay players have been encouraged to come out at the World Cup, as well as discussing nationalism and militarism in ice-hockey, pointing out that Nick is so normcore he doesn’t even have to try, and giving shout outs to the Queer Punx and the Angry Hippie.

This episode is brought to you by Ben “not a corporate shill” Spink. Thanks a lot to Spink for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

NHL Final Series 2014 – LA vs NYR (game 5), Propagandhi ‘Dear Coaches Corner’, Interview with a mem­ber of the Comité Po­pu­lar da Copa in Sao Paulo thanks to Anarchist Radio Berlin – you can listen to the entire interview here, Austin Powers, Happy Endings ‘Series 1, Episode 4’, Mélange Lavonne ‘Gay Bash’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which focuses on gay players being encouraged to come out at the World Cup, here: Coming Out at the World Cup. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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To help us give a human rights perspective on the crisis occurring right now in the Central African Republic, we’re joined by Michael Hayworth – Crisis Response Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. Michael discusses the war crimes occurring in the Central African Republic, similarities to the genocide in Rwanda, and Amnesty’s campaign against these human rights abuses. We have a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’, discussing ABC radio obsessing over electoral politics in Australia (including recently revealing that Malcolm Turnbull had dinner with Clive Palmer and that he ordered a soup), while neglecting important international issues like the violence in the Central African Republic. You can watch our Youtube song on this: ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s Soup’. We also encourage people to see where they sit on the Global Rich List, we play Coggo’s speech from outside the UK embassy – this was part of the record breaking protest that we covered on episode 57, discuss text messages being banned in the Central African Republic, and we encourage people to watch John Green’s video explaining the crisis.

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(Not so) Alternative Media Recommendation:

The Guardian who have had lots of coverage of the crisis in the Central African Republic and other issues that are generally neglected by other mainstream media outlets, such as drones. We’re going to discuss drones on our next episode.

Clips:

Amnesty International Australia ‘Central African Republic: The Two-Minute Version’, Logic & Last ResortWe’ll Never Know’, George Orwell ‘1984’ (audiobook), Progressive Podcast AustraliaMalcolm Turnbull’s Soup’, BrunoBaby’, The Book of MormonTwo by Two’, Katie’s interview with Michael Hayworth – Crisis Response Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia, CoggoUK Embassy Protest’, Bad ReligionLet Them Eat War’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which is Katie’s interview with Michael Hayworth from Amnesty International, here: Amnesty International On Violence In The Central African Republic. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.