palestine and israel

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.

This episode is brought to you by “Man Next Door Michael”. We encourage people to follow Michael on Twitter –@mikkelbot. Thanks a lot to Michael for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

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.

Image from Amnesty International Australia.

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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.

This episode is brought to you by “Generous Jess”. Thanks a lot to Jess for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

(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.

coggo and S-Ludz

Coggo the anarchist “selling out” by admiring Senator Scott Ludlam on the day of their record breaking protest :p Also pictured are CJ Wallace and Zoidberg from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective.

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This time Nick is joined by Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective (Melb SMC) for the entire episode. Melb SMC and many other groups formed the Wage Peace Convoy that broke the world record for most protests in one day. Unfortunately Guinness refused to include them, maybe because they’re too busy reporting on really important records like the most business leaders attending a networking event. The Wage Peace Convoy did an amazing 29 protests on the day. One of these was with The First Nation people of Australia, where they demanded that those Indigenous people who perished in the Frontier Wars of Australia’s genesis be remembered at the Canberra War Memorial. The other 28 were aimed at those profiting from, and advocating for, war. Nick and Coggo also discuss: the anti-budget protests in Melbourne, updates on the tunnel picket actions for rail not roads, and the impact of the use of horses by police – both on the horses themselves and protesters.

To find out more about these record breaking protests, see this article by Melb SMC, which features pictures and videos from the day. You can watch Coggo’s speech from the day here. We also encourage people to follow Coggo and Melb SMC on Twitter and like Melb SMC on Facebook. You can hear more from Coggo and Melb SMC on our 29th episode and check out our 35th episode for more on companies profiting from war.

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Clips:

DJ LobsterdustRightNowRightNow (Beastie Boys vs. Love Psychedelico)’, Scott LudlamSpeech Outside Asio’, Austin Powers, PJ HarveyThe Words That Maketh Murder’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode here: Guinness Can’t Handle This World Record. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this one we take on the budget – introduced by the grubs in government. We start off by discussing “grubgate” – where Liberal party politician Christopher Pyne apparently called Labor leader Bill Shorten a “grub”. We discuss the “nitty gritty” of the budget, covering a number of different aspects. A starting point is that this is not really an austerity budget significantly reducing government spending, but rather there are some cuts and some increases. Economist Richard Denniss has pointed out that military spending has gone up, for example. We explain that this is a “class war” budget that will increase the already vast wealth inequality in Australia. Greater inequality results in poor health outcomes and other negative results across the board. Cuts have been made to essential services despite the fact that the “budget emergency” does not exist.

One way the poorest and most vulnerable people will be affected is the new $7 co-payment for doctor visits. Treasurer Joe Hockey has dismissed this as costing ‘less than two middies’ but we argue this is a significant move towards a US model of healthcare. It has already led to less people visiting doctors in Australia and will lead to less preventative healthcare. Stevie has written a powerful article on how these policies would affect people close to her. There have also been changes to education such as the deregulation of uni fees, meaning they can charge students as much as they like – which only the UWA Vice-Chancellor is happy about. Meanwhile, it has been revealed that Tony Abbotts’ daughter received a $60 000 scholarship from one of Abbott’s political donors. On welfare, the budget proposes that people under 30 should wait 6 months to receive payments. Another unpopular part of the budget is raising the retirement age to 70 – which is opposed by 70% of Australians. This unpopularity was also shown in the Q and A episode where Joe Hockey was roasted on the budget by a crowd made up of many Liberal party voters.

There is widespread opposition to the budget in parliament as well – a number of political parties have pledged to block many of the budget proposals. Despite this, a double dissolution election is unlikely. Even if it did go ahead, Labor has followed a neoliberal agenda just like the Liberal party, showing the importance of social movements in opposing the budget. On this topic, we play an interview with March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge. He is interviewed by Caroline Smith on the Indymedia show. We also discuss an article on the potential for technology to be used to exploit animals (following on from our discussion on the role of virtual technology in bringing about positive social change) and we encourage people to check out The Angry Hippie’s Podcast.

This episode is brought to you by “Man Next Door Michael”. We encourage people to follow Michael on Twitter – @mikkelbot. Thanks a lot to Michael for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

W.Paulo S ‘What Did Christopher Pyne Call Bill Shorten’, Rap News (featuring Christopher Pyne) ’Australia, Yeah C**t – Australia’s new National Anthem’, Q & A featuring Treasurer Joe Hockey, Q & A with Hockey, ClerksVilification’, Q & A with Hockey, Austin PowersInterview with March in May organiser Alex Bainbridge by Caroline Smith on the Indymedia show, Anti-Flag (featuring a special guest vocalist) ‘The Project for the New American Century’.

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You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode here: Prog Podcast vs the Budget. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.