Posts Tagged ‘Australia’

SOS Blak Australia

Image from sosblakaustralia.com

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On this episode Nick looks into the forced closure of Aboriginal communities in Australia. He interviews Bella Bropho about the recent police invasion of the Aboriginal refugee camp at Matagarup in Perth, which is providing a haven for people losing their homes as a result of these closures.

A speech by Damion Hunter [aka King Brown] (embedded below), an actor, rapper, writer and activist, is also featured on the episode – covering the forced closure of Aboriginal communities.

There is also some of Dr Cornel West’s recent talk (embedded below), where he linked the ongoing oppression of Indigenous people in Australia to racism in the United States.

Other stuff covered on the episode is: what you can do to stand up against the forced closure of Aboriginal communities (thanks to the Facebook page Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia), racism in Western attitudes towards Chinese dog slaughter and a plug for Perth Indymedia.

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Clips:

Briggs ‘Bad Apples’, Our Interview with Bella Bropho, Rap News#31: The EuroDiVision Contest – feat. Merkel, Žižek & IMF’, King Brown Protests Kirribili House, Dr Cornel West on the Ongoing Oppression of Aboriginal People in Australia, Run The Jewels feat. Zack de la Rocha ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features our interview with Bella Bropho and an introduction from Nick, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*This quote is taken from the Facebook page Stop the Forced Closure of Aboriginal Communities in Australia.

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Independent journalist Will Potter with the new Rise Against record ‘The Eco Terrorist in Me’, which features a song that is inspired by Will’s work and another with spoken word from Will. The pic is from greenisthenewred.com

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On this episode we’re joined by independent journalist Will Potter from greenisthenewred.com. He discusses: what ‘green is the new red’ refers to (linking the previous “red scare” about communism to the current “green scare” about animal and environmental activists), the way repressive laws target both militant and moderate activists, the ways these laws are creeping into Australia and elsewhere around the world, the power of corporations and their free movement around the world, and coalition building between different social movements united against repressive laws. Will also speaks about his collaboration with Rise Against (as shown above) and the power of punk music in bringing about social change and politicising youth. Also covered is emotional versus physical harm as a result of militant activism and using graphic footage in a way that is consistent with animal liberation – for more on these topics, check out our post-ICAS discussion with Team Earthling.

Some more plugs for Will: buy his book Green is the New Red, check out Team Earthling’s reviews of his book, like Green is the New Red on Facebook, watch his Australian talk, and listen to him being interviewed by our friend Jess from ICAS.

Also covered throughout the episode is: proposed anti-protest laws in Western Australia, the Behind the Mask documentary, our favourite green smoothie recipe and Fox’s Party Rings.

This episode is brought to you by “Generous Jess”. Jess is helping to organise Living Green Festival in Canberra on the 4th October 2015 – like the Living Green Facebook page and follow them on Twitter for updates. Thanks a lot to Jess for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Rise AgainstThe Eco Terrorist in Me’ – clip with lyrics, Rise AgainstReady to Fall’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering), Will PotterPropagandhi Talks About Green is the New Red’, GoldfingerBehind the Mask’ – watch the clip here (trigger warning for graphic images of animal suffering).

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4 things everyone hates

Image from ‘Indigenous incredible indonesian meme’ on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dankindonesianmeme?fref=photo

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This time we’re joined by Nick’s cousin Emil Raji, who runs Sailboat Records and plays in the band A City Sorrow Built (and others). We discuss the colonial implications of the #boycottBali campaign, which was started in reaction to two Australian citizens, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, being executed in Bali for drug trafficking.

We mention the Australian Federal Police’s role in their execution, a Roy Morgan poll on Australian attitudes towards drug smugglers being executed, and tourism and exploitation. We also question the Australian government’s “concern” over human rights, when it has a horrible human rights record itself, as well as supporting other countries despite their human rights abuses, such as China and Saudi Arabia.

We also look into the racist Reclaim Australia movement and the Rally Against Racism counter-movement, starting with the article ‘Reclaim Australia Accidentally Reclaims 1930s Germany‘ by The Backburner on SBS Comedy. We discuss the article ‘Why Were Most of the Anti-Reclaim Australia Protestors White?’ by Sanmita Verma, protesting and privilege, and the importance of intersectionality and people of colour leading social movements. For more on Reclaim Australia and the Rallies Against Racism, check out episode 94.

Also covered throughout the episode is: why nationalism is ridiculous, as well as racism in the live export campaign and animal advocacy generally. You can hear more on this topic by listening to Javed’s talk ‘Class, Race and Veganism’, which we played on episode 54.

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Clips:

Bunga HitamSetara’, Payung TeduhUntuk Perempuan Yang Sedang Dalam Pelukan’, CJ Reay aka The Casual Terrorist on Queer Punx podcast, Hikari Todoじかん’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our discussion with Emil on the colonial implications of the Boycott Bali campaign, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this episode we take on the new counter terror laws introduced by the Australian government, the National Security Amendment Bill (No.1). We raise civil liberties concerns, mention that the laws had bipartisan support – there was no opposition from the “opposition”, and also highlight the impact the laws will have on the media (even mainstream journalist Laurie Oakes has gone rogue and criticised the laws!). To further the discussion on the effect the laws will have on the media, we play an interview with journalist Tony Serve. This interview is from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM and Tony is interviewed by Karun Cowper and Caroline Smith. We encourage people to follow Tony on Twitter @perthtones, as well as following Karun @karun777 and Caroline @Cas_Flaneuse.

We also discuss Australian troops entering Iraq (you can hear Antony Loewenstein on Australian troops returning to Iraq on episode 67). There has also been direct action against this – anti-war protesters recently entered a military base in Victoria to disrupt this invasion. These activists faced brutality from the soldiers there. To find out more about this action, go to the website swanislandpeace.org and follow #SIPC14. We mention that Abbott is up in the polls as hysteria about terrorism provides a distraction from the budget and other important issues, such as domestic violence. We finish the episode by talking about the hashtags #HeyASIO and #stopdataretention, as well as the role of social media generally in putting forward alternative ideas to those promoted by the mainstream media and the government. Shout outs to Critical Transit podcast, Antony Loewenstein and the Melbourne Street Medic Collective.

This episode is brought to you by “Comrade Clare”. You can hear Clare on episode 8 discussing refugees and episode 26 talking about vegan cats. Thanks a lot to Clare for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too.

Clips:

1984 audiobook, Sneaky Sound System1984’, Robert’s ProductionsCensor Beep’, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 2’, Interview with journalist Tony Serve from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM – by Karun Cowper and Caroline Smith, Austin PowersMad as HellSeries 4, Episode 2’, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 1’, The Office (UK) ‘Series 1, Episode 2’, Colour Me WednesdayShut’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on the hashtag #HeyASIO and the role of social media generally in challenging the new counter terror laws introduced by the Australian government, here: Hey ASIO. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

Listen to this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes. You can also listen to this episode on StitcherCyber Ears or download it on Archive.org (31MB). 

We’re joined by awesome independent journalist Antony Loewenstein (@antloewenstein). He discusses Australian troops set to enter Iraq and Syria, his article ‘Of course Australia is going back to Iraq: That’s how a US client is expected to behave’, hysteria about terrorism in Australia and the poor state of (most of) the Australian media. You can hear more from Antony Loewenstein on our 41st episode.

We also draw on The Hunger Games to question whether this truly is a “humanitarian” mission, especially after Australia recently cut all foreign aid to Iraq. We discuss the reactions to the military intervention from different states at the UN security council and the need for UN reform. We also analyse whether the proposed air strikes are terrorism, according to s1 of the UK Terrorism Act.

Other issues covered on the episode are: Thai people read George Orwell’s book 1984 in public (as a form of protest against the dictatorship), “biological” sex as a social construct, and another direct action in Melbourne – this time activists take on Lockheed Martin. You can hear more about direct action on our 65th episode.

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

Clips:

Nerina PallotEverybody’s Gone to War’, The Hunger Games ‘Catching Fire’, Interview with Antony Loewenstein, Lowkey ‘Terrorist’, Peep Show ‘Series 7, Episode 2’, Lowkey ‘Cradle of Civilisation’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Antony Loewenstein, here: Antony Loewenstein On Australian Troops Back In The Middle East. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

The image above is from March in March.

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On this episode we cover the March in March protests, which are expressing a vote of no confidence in the Abbott government. These protests are taking place all around Australia from March the 15th to the 17th. We’re joined by Tim Jones, national co-ordinator of March in March, who discusses why we need these marches, the way they are not tied to a particular political party or other group, how people who weren’t previously politically active are getting involved in the marches, and the importance of getting out from behind computer screens and onto the streets. Tim also recommends that people check out Ted Mack’s Henry Parkes Oration. You can find a March in March near you here. For more critiques of the policies of the Abbott government, you can listen to our 49th episode and our 39th episode.

Before we go to the interview with Tim, we discuss deaths in immigration detention in the UK and Australia, the viral speech from Greens politician Scott Ludlam, “inspiring” stuff from the Courier Mail on the Abbott government, and the Liberal Party continue to lie about asylum seekers being illegal, even though it is them who are breaking the law when it comes to their policies towards asylum seekers. We cover the upcoming federal Senate re-election in Western Australia and Labor not giving their preferences to the Greens, Scott Ludlam speaking out against the TPP agreement, and why we’re voting in this election (see episode 36, part 2 for an in-depth discussion on arguments for and against voting). You can view our Progressive Podcast Australia how to vote for the election here – please let us know if you have any feedback on this (even if you’re not in WA).

This episode is brought to you by Kieran (‘Hello there’). Thanks a lot to Kieran for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips:

Scott LudlamWelcomes Tony Abbott to WA’, OnsindBA77’, Peep Show ‘Series 1, Episode 4’, Austin PowersThe IT Crowd ‘Series 2, Episode 1’, Interview with Tim Jones on the March in March protests, Logic ft. Lowkey & Renee SoulI Wish’.

*This is a quote from Tim Jones, from the interview.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of the interview with Tim Jones, here: Join Us in Marching Against the Abbott Government. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Image from @KieraGordan. *Thanks to Luc from Team Earthling who we got this term from.

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of the episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here. You can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here or download part 1 on MediaFire here (14MB) and part 2 on MediaFire here (24MB). 

We’re here to discuss the Abbottocalypse and though we can’t say the word, we can help you through it. We draw on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’ by Andrew P Street to explain some of the positives for the Left in Tony Abbott winning. In part one we recap the Australian federal election, bragging that we called the election result on our 8th episode and discussing the results in the House of Representatives, Adam Bandt from the Greens holds onto his seat in Melbourne but James Diaz loses his, Nova Peris becomes the first Indigenous female in Australia parliament, a record number of “informal” votes, and this would only happen in Australia! We also question whether Abbott will be “a leader for everyone” as he claims – even from his victory speech and him being congratulated by mining companies it’s clear what the party really cares about. We challenge whether he is a leader for Indigenous Australians, people in poor countries whose aid he is cutting or the environment. We also cover the media coverage of the election, including the Murdoch media’s role in Abbott’s victory – with not just one front page calling for an Abbott victory but many, as well as the mainstream media generally leaving out the Greens and discussion on environmental policies. Also covered on part one of this episode was: Malcolm Turnbull has a The Thick Of It incident regarding an internet filter, more on the dodgy “postal voting” scam, and some updates on our 35th episode, which covered Stop the Arms Fair: we encourage people to listen to Kirsten Bayes on In the Sprawl and Al Jazeera and you can see a recap and photos of some of the Stop the Arms Fair actions here.

In part two of the episode, we continue the discussion on the article ‘Why an Abbott Election Victory would be Good’, comparing Street’s predictions of a hostile Senate that will block Abbott’s proposals with the final results. There was some surprising results in the Senate, with minor parties getting in with virtually no primary votes, due to preference deals. As a result, The Greens and others have called for reforms in the Senate voting process. We discuss how Wikileaks did in the Senate, Julian Assange on Rap News being one of the key events of the election (see picture 14), Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa asks Assange to stop making fun of Australian politicians, and Rap News interviewed on mainstream media. Also covered is individuals controlling four different parties in the Senate, and Stevie and ICAS Oceania on the Animal Justice Party’s preferences – you can also read Team Earthling’s statement and listen to their podcast episode on this issue. While The Greens have done very well in the Senate and things look good for their future, Andrew Wilkie has pointed out that the Senate won’t be as hostile to Abbott’s right-wing policies as many of us would have hoped. Even though this is the way it has worked out, there is still the opportunity for social movements to get active to limit the damage cause by the Abbott government. There are so many examples of this already occurring, with vegan activism, refugee rights protests against Abbott and Rudd, and even some satirical protest all happening on election day. We also discuss the event ‘We Need to Talk about Tony’ organised by a broad coalition of leftist groups in Perth, a growing number of protests occurring all around the world (shown visually here), recommendations for alternative media and music, unfuckitup.com, the human rights program that Katie encourages people to donate to, and we accidentally create the new segment ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week?’ – which this time includes the show Kitchen Cabinet.

This episode is brought to you by Coggo from Melbourne Street Medic Collective. You can hear Coggo and the Melbourne SMC team interviewed on our show on our 29th episode! Thanks a lot to Coggo for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Clips (part one):

9 News ‘Tony Abbott Claims Victory’, The Simpsons shared by News.com.au, Anti-Flag ‘The Economy is Suffering…Let it Die’, Malitia Army ‘Back in Time Sound Effect’, Progressive Podcast Australia ‘Episode 8’, Back to the FutureTime Travel Sound Effect’, CNNNN ‘Series 2, Episode 1’, Austin PowersSharks with Lasers’, The Thick of it (Series 1, Episode 1), PropagandhiAnd We Thought Nation States Were A Bad Idea’, NotChukkov ‘Tony Abbott – Ladies Man (Ding Dong Song)’ – we also encourage people to watch Leigh Sales pwning Abbott – which is briefly featured in that song we played, Austin Powers, Flight of the Conchords, The Chaser ‘BABY parody – Tony Abbott’.

Clips (part two):

Lowkey ‘Soundtrack to the Struggle’, Knowing Me Knowing You ‘Bald Brummies Are Back!’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist (part two)’, Derren Brown ‘Guess Whom’, The Chaser’s War on Everything ‘Doctor Who’, The Micallef Program ‘Series 2, Episode 5’ – Question Time, Howard Zinn ‘Civil Disobedience’, The Hamster Decides ‘Episode 5’, Katie GoodmanI Didn’t Fuck It Up’.