Posts Tagged ‘Anzac Day’


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Once again Nick is joined by Kim Socha, who is an English professor, grassroots animal liberation activist and author. We discuss sexism in the atheist movement and efforts to challenge it, Rebecca Watson and “ElevatorGate”, focusing on sexism in the West and not just pointing the finger elsewhere, the satirical article ‘Not Without Her Make-Up’, Leila Ahmed on the veil, and criticising discriminatory elements of Islam, while being considerate of the broader context of Western imperialism and Islamophobia – as reflected in attacks such as the Chapel Hill shooting. You can hear more from Kim on episode 87 and we also recommend you listen to her being interviewed on Freedom of Species.

Also covered on the episode is: the 100 year anniversary of Anzac Day, challenging transphobia, the article ‘In Search of Liberal Purity’, Queer Punx Podcast on the importance of trigger warnings and consent, the deadline for papers for the ICAS Oceania conference has been extended, and Nick’s articles ‘Gluten Free Funds Terrorism!!!!’ and ‘When Will Moderate Whites Condemn the NAACP Bombing?’. We also encourage people to check out Which Side podcast, which Nick will be on soon.

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No DoubtJust a Girl’, Nick and Kim Socha on sexism in the atheist movement, Against Me! ‘FuckMyLife666’ (acoustic), Mad as Hell ‘Series 5, Episode 3’, Nick and Kim Socha on atheism and Islam, Frank TurnerGlory Hallelujah’.

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We’re back and once again we take aim at a nationalistic celebration – this time we set our sights on Anzac Day – a day where Australians celebrate soldiers running into machine gun fire for the sake of Western imperialism. To help us move beyond the simplistic slogans we hear around Anzac Day, Ederm Koc joins us. He is a journalist and journalism lecturer at La Trobe Uni, as well as editor of Upstart Magazine. We encourage people to read his great article on Anzac Day, ‘Anzac Debate Marches Down Wrong Track’. We also discuss conservative politician Steve Irons’ pamphlet on Anzac Day, Ruby Murray’s article ‘The false nationalism of Anzac Day and football’, Indigenous Australians being excluded in discussions about war, militarism and sport, neoliberalism and “corporate wars”, anti-war activism, the documentary The Weather Underground, and 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military.

We also cover minimalism and sustainability, good news for abortion rights in France, Derren Brown’s psychology, the death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chumbawamba’s CD, as well as comments from Billy Bragg and Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson on Thatcher’s death.

Book Recommendations

1984 by George Orwell and An Ordinary Persons Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy.


Gallipoli, Propagandhi ‘Bullshit Politicians’, South Park movie, Blackadder ‘Series 4’, Bill Hicks ‘Polls‘, Bill Hicks ‘Gays in the Military’, Nick Pendergrast interviews Erdem Koc on Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.1FM (1st April 2013 episode), Propagandhi ‘Dear Coaches Corner’, CNNNN, Rap News ’Big Brother is WWWatching You’, Austin PowersVegan SmythePreachy Vegan Dogs’, Scrubs ‘Series 5, Episode 16’, Billy Bragg on Margaret Thatcher – on Democracy Now!, Warsaw Pact ‘We Conquer’, Rise Against ‘State of the Union’, Naomi WolfFake Activism’, System of a Down ‘B.Y.O.B.’.