Archive for November, 2015

nazi

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

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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amongst white supremacists as a result of the resignation from the United Patriots Front by Sherman Burgess – he has been replaced by the Nazi Blair Cottrell.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’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion on Reclaim Australia, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

France profile

Image from @AJENews on Twitter.

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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’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our reflections on the recent violence in Paris, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Nick is joined by “Mother” aka sociologist Dr Theresa Petray for the entire episode. We discuss some of her research on the opportunities and limitations of using the Internet to bring about social change, as well as some of the ways it can be used more effectively by activists.

For more on these issues, check out Theresa’s articles ‘Self-Writing a Movement and Contesting Indigeneity: Being an Aboriginal Activist on Social Media’ and ‘Protest 2.0: Online Interactions and Aboriginal Activists’, her talk ‘The Revolution will not (just) be Tweeted: Social Media and Social Movements’ and her video ‘Slacktivism…or Saving the World?’. See more of Theresa’s publications here and you can also hear her on our 45th episode, discussing Indigenous self-determination.

Revolution

Also covered throughout the episode is: the effectiveness (or lack of) in waving the rainbow flag on Facebook, queer critiques of same-sex marriage, huge government spending on monitoring social media use, the “digital divide” – with only about 40% of the world having internet access, Nick’s article ‘Australian Media Hegemony and the Internet’, the book Ready Player One, Sam Graham-Felsen’s article on the importance of encouraging supporters to ‘up the level of engagement’, and Aicha Marhfour’s article ‘Hashtags Won’t Save Palestine In War Of Words And Clicks’.

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Clips:

Fresh Meat ‘Series 3, Episode 6’ – ‘Occupy’, Chumbawamba ‘Pass it Along’, Omar Offendum with The Narcicyst, Freeway, Ayah and Amir Sulaiman ‘#Jan25 Egypt’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the discussion on online activism, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

violence

This cartoon is from the Financial Review.

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Nick is joined by Kathryn Joy for this entire episode. The first half of the episode is a critical look at the feminist campaign calling for American singer Chris Brown to be denied entry into Australia because of his conviction for assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Rhianna. We draw on Nick’s article ‘Don’t judge me: Chris Brown and the real task of tackling violence against women’, Clem Bastow’s article ‘The Problem with the Ban Against Chris Brown’ and Katie Robertson’s article ‘Violence Against Women In Australia, Bad; Violence Against Women In The Care Of Australia, Acceptable’ (content warning for discussion of sexual violence).

GetUp

We also discuss GetUp! cancelling their campaign against Brown and apologising due to the racist narrative it perpetuated, Maori support for Brown, his (court ordered) involvement with domestic violence intervention services, misogynist lyrics in Brown’s music, his ongoing problematic behaviour that suggests he may not have changed, as well as a more general discussion on whether the feminist movement should ever support restrictions on immigration – not just for Brown but in general (such as against sexist pick up artist Julien Blanc).

In the second half of the episode we discuss some critiques of identity politics, which emphasises the importance of personal experience. We draw on Michael Brull’s article ‘The Debate we have to have: Identity Politics and the Left’ and discuss how identity politics fits with a range of other issues, including intersectionality, same-sex marriage and sex work.

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Clips:

Jeffrey Lewis and the RainWWPRD’, Aamer RahmanPeople Have a Right to be Bigots’, PortlandiaSeries 5, Episode 7’ – ‘Feminist Men Meeting’, Strike AnywhereAllies’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the discussion on the campaign against Chris Brown, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

stereotype this

Image from: mrsmcclass.blogspot.in

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This episode features a continuation of the discussion on progressive parenting from episode 115, featuring Katie, Luc and Stevie from Team Earthling animal rights podcast, and B. This part of the discussion covers: gender-neutral parenting, gender-neutral pro-nouns and “proper” English, as well as Trans and intersex issues. Please support B’s run for Aboriginal kids and check out Luc’s blog howdoidad.wordpress.com.

gender

Image from: queerguesscode.wordpress.com

Other stuff covered on the episode is: fish, dolphins and speciesism, Myq Kaplan and Charlie Stern covering gender and masculinity on Hang Out With Me podcast, Curtis Redd’s talk ‘Transgender Bodies And The (in)human(e)’ from the recent ICAS Oceania conference – you can find links to audio of all of the talks from this conference in the show notes for our 108th episode.

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Clips:

Luc’s welcome to Progressive Podcast Australia, 10,000 ManiacsYou Happy Puppet’, part 1 of parenting discussion, Not right ‘Balls’, part 2 of parenting discussion, Against Me!Black Me Out’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the discussion on gender-neutral parenting, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.