Federico Fuentes interviewing Maria Paez in Venezuela. Photo by Joe Montero, taken from an article on greenleft.org.au

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We’re joined by Federico Fuentes, a writer for Green Left Weekly, who gives a first-hand account of the current situation in Venezuela.

Federico at a community assembly in Santa Teresa in San Fernando de Apure. We have a strong focus on this grassroots democracy at the community level in this episode.

You can listen to Federico’s talk from the ‘Eyewitness Report back from Venezuela’ event here.

For a policy analysis of US intervention in Venezuela, check out our last episode #223. The notes for this episode also have links to heaps more sources to learn more.

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Clips:

Sole ft DJ Pain 1 and Decomposure ‘Capitalism is Tearing Us Apart’, Anti-Flag ‘America Got it Right’.

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This episode features politics professor Jason Brownlee on current US meddling in Venezuela and whether or not direct military intervention by the US is likely, in the context of US foreign policy historically.

Jason also briefly touches on the US media coverage of the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, which we covered last episode #222.

For more on the history of US foreign policy, check out Jason’s book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance and Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance.

If you’d like to hear first-hand accounts of what is going on in Venezuela, check out Mike Prysner, Max Blumenthal and if you’re in Melbourne you may be interested in going along to the upcoming event Eyewitness Report back from Venezuela.

Other sources we and/or Jason recommend on Venezuela are: Intercepted, Secular Talk and Democracy Now!. You can see our tweets about Venezuela for more sources.

Clips:

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran; The Beach Boys ‘Barbara Ann’; Rolling Stones ‘My Sweet Neocon’, David Bowie ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, PropagandhiA People’s History of the World’.

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We discuss the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, Aotearoa (New Zealand) including playing an interview with author, lawyer and human rights activist Qasim Rashid from Democracy Now!

We focus on the importance of challenging Islamophobia and racism all along the spectrum of discrimination and violence (pictured below), and not only at the most extreme and horrific end. This spectrum of violence/discrimination can be used to understand homophobia, as well as Islamophobia, racism and other forms of discrimination.

Image from the chapter ‘Disability and the Continuum of Violence’ by Dr Andrea Hollomotz – from the book Disability, Hate Crime and Violence.

We also discuss the labelling of terrorism depending on race and religion, plus reactions to the attack from Donald Trump, Fraser Anning and Milo Yiannopoulos.

Clips:

Frank TurnerMust Try Harder’, Pussy RiotMake America Great Again’.

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On this episode we discuss the recommendations that came out of the Banking Royal Commission. We also discuss the shared views on economic issues amongst the different factions within the Liberal party.

We also cover a challenge to the government’s “Robo-Debt” where they try and get money out of people receiving welfare benefits without sufficient evidence. Check out our 157th episode for more on this issue. Also check out fakejustice.net for more on how the law is applied very unequally to different groups.

We finish the episode by discussing Nick’s article ‘Solidarity and Intersectionality at Invasion Day Narrm (Melbourne)’. We promoted this protest last episode #220.

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Clips:

Sole ‘Yeah’, John C. Reilly ‘Guilty As Charged’ – from the movie Walk Hard, some sound effects stolen from Threedom podcast, Spinifex Gum featuring Felix Riebl and Marliya ‘Ms Dhu’ – you can read more about this song on NITV News.

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*Title inspired by a quote from the show Kath & Kim.

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Gary Foley giving the speech featured on this episode. Image from Blackfulla Revolution on Facebook: facebook.com/ourcountryourchoice

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This episode features historian, activist and actor Gary Foley discussing Aboriginal resistance on Invasion Day and beyond. This talk is from last year’s Invasion Day event in Melbourne – audio here and you can also watch a video of the talk and read a transcript thanks to Blackfulla Revolution on Facebook.

Get along to an Invasion Day/Survival Day event in your city! The Narrm (Melbourne) protest is Saturday, 26 January 2019 from 10:30 to 13:00 at the Parliament of Victoria. See below for the details of other Invasion Day protests and please contact us with the details of any other events and we’ll add links here and share the details on social media.

Narrm (Melbourne) Abolish Australia Day event.

Narrm (Melbourne) Abolish Australia Day event.

Other stuff covered on the episode:

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Clips:

The Last KinectionBlack & Deadly’, Gary Foley’s Invasion Day 2018 speech: the resurgence of a movement governments can’t ignore, Anonymous: the truth about Australia Day, Russell Brand ‘Apocalypse Sweden! Why is this happening?’, Briggs ‘The Children Came Back’ feat. Gurrumul & Dewayne Everettsmith.

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Let me die at home

Photo from an anti-live export rally in Perth – an example of the nationalistic focus of the campaign.

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In light of the recent industry-imposed live export (very partial) ban, this episode features the talk ‘An Anarchist Analysis of the Campaign Against Live Animal Export’ by Jess Ison and Nick. In this talk, we critique the campaign based on anarchist, anti-racist and animal liberation perspectives. This talk was recorded at the 2018 Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair and you can see links to all of the sources referred to in the description of the talk on archive.org – you can also hear the full talk including a section from Lara Drew at that link.

For more on connections between animal liberation and anarchism, check out episode 202 and you can also hear about the Fast for Freedom mentioned in the talk on episode 192 and listen to episode 131 for more on mental health and animal advocacy.

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Clips:

AJJNow that I’m at the top of my game’; Talk ‘An Anarchist Analysis of the Campaign Against Live Animal Export’ by Jess Ison, Lara Drew and Nick; Anti-FlagRacists’.

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Image from monarchhousing.org

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This episode features Launch Housing CEO Bevan Warner on the “housing first” approach to addressing homelessness. You can donate to Launch Housing to support those sleeping rough to get into safe, long-term housing, check out The Australian Homelessness Monitor – commissioned by Launch Housing to give insight into the current state of homelessness in Australia and look into the Everybody’s Home campaign which calls for a better, fairer housing system for everyone.

We also play part of an interview we did with Kelly from the Roominations show on 3CR at the #PublicHousingParliamentaryVigil – which we covered last episode #217. You can watch this full interview on Youtube, Facebook and listen to the whole thing on Soundcloud. You can also hear Kelly discussing homelessness on our 160th episode.

Finally, we play an interview Nick did on ABC Radio Tasmania with Melanie Tait on the issue of dogs being considered property under the law. This interview is based on Nick’s article on the ABC ‘The perils of pet ownership: your dog isn’t a ‘fur baby’, it’s your property’.

If you’d like to hear more on this issue, check out Nick’s discussion on ‘Pets and Animal Liberation’ with PhD candidate Zoei Sutton – on Freedom of Species radio show on 3CR.

Clips:

Adam Ruins EverythingAdam Ruins Housing’ (season 1, episode 19), Bomb the Music IndustrySlumlord’, Interview with Launch Housing CEO Bevan Warner, Interview with Kelly from the Roominations show on 3CR, Interview Nick did on ABC Radio Tasmania with Melanie Tait, LowkeyThe Death of Neoliberalism’.

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