Posts Tagged ‘BDS movement’

Make Juice Not Walls.
A photo from Dilan and Harley’s visit to Palestine, which they discuss on this episode.

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Harley McDonald-Eckersall and Dilan Fernando discuss what you can do to help Palestine, based on conversations they had with Palestinian people on their recent visit to the country. They focus on supporting the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement and correcting myths about Palestine. Check out our last episode #226 to hear more about these myths and responses to them from Dilan and Harley.

Also covered regarding Palestine is: recent bombings, the academic article ‘´Etat de si`ege: A dying domesticating colonialism?’ By Ghassan Hage, John Pilger’s documentary Palestine is still the issue, connections between veganism and the BDS movement as both involve a political consumer boycott, the film clip for the song ‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to F**k)’ that highlights more subtle police racism in the USA, and the Palestine Animal League. You can hear Harley and Dilan discuss the Palestine Animal League and animal advocacy under Occupation in Palestine on Freedom of Species.

Finally, Nick has written two articles on the recent coup attempt in Venezuela: ‘Cheerleading for the Coup: An Analysis of Media Coverage of Venezuelan Politics’ and ‘Hoping For More Prayers Rather Than Bombs: A Response to Donald Trump’s Comments on Venezuela’. Follow our blog at progressivepostings.wordpress.com to get an email each time we write an article on that blog.

Clips:

Palestine Unit Group ‘We Teach Life Sir’, Lowkey ft Frankie Boyle and Maverick Sabre ‘Long Live Palestine 3’.

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This episode features an interview with Samah Sabawi, a Palestinian Australian Canadian writer and human rights advocate. She discusses the ongoing oppression Palestinian people face, even when the bombs are not dropping and most of the media is ignoring the issue. To learn more about this topic, she recommends people look into: bdsmovement.net, electronicintifada.net and palestinechronicle.com. You can find out more about the BDS conference she will be speaking about here. You can also listen to our previous episodes on this issue – episodes 16, 62 and 63 and read Nick’s article ‘A Response to Sam Harris Blaming Muslims for the “Careful” and “Compassionate” Killing of Palestinian Civilians’.

Samah Sabawi also leaves us with her powerful poem ‘Red Shirt. Blue Jeans’ (embedded below) about Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who recently drowned, sparking changing discussions about asylum seekers. We discuss this further, mentioning that the image of this boy and the EU refugee crisis generally have led to very different discussions and policies towards asylum seekers in Australia. We refer to Waleed Aly’s video from The Project on the EU Refugee crisis and we also mention Tad Tietze’s article looking into who is to blame for harsh refugee policies in Australia – politicians or the public? For further analysis of the EU refugee crisis, check out RTRFM Indymedia (7/9/15 episode).

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Clips:

Serj Tankian ‘Occupied Tears’, Nick’s interview with Samah Sabawi on Palestine, Ambassador MCFree Palestine’, Samah SabawiRed Shirt. Blue Jeans‘ (embedded below).

You can listen to a short (4 minute) version of this episode, which features Samah Sabawi’s poem ‘Red Shirt, Blue Jeans’, about Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian toddler who recently drowned, sparking changing discussions about asylum seekers, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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There has been widespread opposition to Israel’s bombing of Gaza and Occupation of Palestine. This has included direct action in the UK (which we covered on episode 64), which has now spread to Australia and the US too. We’re joined by Sam Castro from the Whistle blowers, Activists and Citizens Alliance (WACA), who discusses the direct action they carried out with a bunch of other groups in Melbourne against Elbit systems, a company profiting from the bombing of Gaza. This is the action pictured in the image above and you can find more photos from the action here. Sam also discusses the importance of direct action and gives advice to others looking to take direct action. We encourage people to check out WACA’s site waca.net.au, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Before we get into the interview, we discuss our new blog progressivepostings.wordpress.com, feedback on Nick’s article on Israel/Palestine, disputing the “can’t we all just get along?!”/“Kum Ba Yah” approach to Israel/Palestine, information from Jewish Voice for Peace, and links between Israel and South Africa, including an article from 1989 arguing that South Africa shouldn’t be singled out. We also introduce the new segment ‘Taking the “o no” out of ec-o-no-mics’, including government information revealing the Abbott government’s budget hits the poor the hardest, Joe Hockey’s apology, and the book Battlers and Billionaires by Andrew Leigh. Shout outs to Stic’s album The Workout as well as to the Melbourne Street Medic Collective for promoting our show at the Melbourne Anarchist Bookfair! Check out our 57th episode to hear Coggo from the Melbourne Street Medic Collective discuss their World Record Breaking protest, which they carried out with WACA and other groups.

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Clips:

WACAElbit Systems You Can’t Hide!’, Pink FloydAnother Brick in the Wall’, Peep Show ‘Series 2, Episode 2’, South ParkKumbayah’, Interview with Sam Castro from WACA – part 1, NOFX ‘The Marxist Brothers‘, CNNNN ‘Series 1, Episode 1’, The Guardian ‘Joe Hockey Sorry’, Interview with Sam Castro from WACA – part 2, Rage Against the Machine ‘Killing in the Name of’.

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Sam Castro, here: Direct Action for Palestine in Australia! You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Advocates for the Nordic Model for sex work argue that this approach does not target sex workers themselves, only their clients. However, Jane Green and Cameron Cox dispute these claims and argue that it is decriminalisation that leads to the best outcomes for sex workers. Jane Green is a sex worker who is on the Executive Committee of the Scarlet Alliance. Cameron Cox is a sex worker who is involved in a sex worker outreach organisation. Beyond the Nordic model and decriminalisation, Jane and Cameron also discuss the “rescue industry”, transphobia, unions for sex workers, and sex work phobia/whorephobia – follow @AnarchaSxworker for more on whorephobia. Part two of our interview with Jane and Cameron is featured on episode 105 (sorry for the delay!). For more on sex work, you can listen to our 44th episode: Rethinking Porn and Sex Work.

We also give some updates on Israel/Palestine, which we covered on episodes 62 and 63. We mention that Israeli products have a barcode of 729, for those looking to boycott Israeli products as part of the BDS movement. We also mention other actions being taken beyond BDS, such as an Israeli arms factory being shut down in the UK – update: these activists have since been arrested. Other updates include: Israel admits Hamas was not responsible for the kidnapping and killing of Israeli teens, Amnesty International challenges Israel’s claims about Hamas using civilians as “human shields”, BBC bias over Israel leading to a BBC journalist resigning (a journalist from the Sydney Morning Herald has also resigned for similar reasons), the use of social media by Palestinians – see here and here for examples of tweets, the Israeli government paying uni students to circulate pro-Israeli information on social media networks, and cartoons portraying Hamas and Israeli’s spark outrage. For more on Israel/Palestine, check out our last two episodes and also the article ‘Busting Israeli Occupation One Liners’ by Sara Saleh, Amnesty International Australia’s spokesperson. You can also read Nick’s article on Israel/Palestine, the first on our new blog!, here: ‘A Response to Sam Harris Blaming Muslims for the “Careful” and “Compassionate” Killing of Palestinian Civilians‘.

Also covered on the episode is our new “studio”comments from our listeners on the story ‘Church of England Votes to Allow Women to Become Bishops’, new “counter-terrorism” measures proposed by the Australian government, the Girls on Film Festival, and really important issues such as the upcoming David Brent movie and Nick turning 30. Shout outs to the Queer Punx Podcast!

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Clips:

Frank Turner ‘Photosynthesise’, Green DayThe Grouch’, Dead Prez ‘Scar Strangled Banner’, Part 1 of our interview with Jane Green and Cameron CoxAustin PowersSubhumans ‘No’ (live).

You can listen to a short (9 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Jane and Cameron on the Nordic Model, here: Nordic Model is Nor Good for Sex Workers. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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On this episode we are once again 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). They discuss how you can take action against the Occupation of Palestine, focused on the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) campaign – which includes boycotting companies benefiting from the Occupation. You can find out more information about the BDS campaign at Pacbi.org. They also discuss the one state and two state solutions to the conflict, growing fascism in Israel, and Israeli’s and Palestinian’s working together for human rights. You can hear the first part of this interview on our last episode: Episode 62: Exaggerated Threats and the Bombing of Civilians – Israel/Palestine 101.

Before we get into the interview, we give some updates. We discuss the end of the 12 hour truce and mention that the Palestinian death toll has gone over 1000 – 75% of those killed were civilians, according to the United Nations. So far there have been 45 Israeli deaths – 42 soldiers, 2 Israeli civilians and one Thai agricultural worker. We also discuss the protests around the world against Israeli human rights abuses – including in France, Perth and about 10 000 people protesting in the West Bank. The West Bank protest was in reaction to the bombing of a United Nations shelter, which was strongly condemned by the UN. We also condemn Anti-Semitic attacks in Britain.

We mention that the US (kind of) condemns Israel’s bombing of civilians and also gives $47 million in humanitarian aid for Palestinians, while continuing to donate $3 billion to Israel’s military and being the only country to vote ‘no’ on a UN resolution against killing civilians in Gaza. For further information on Israel/Palestine, Naama and Mark recommend: electronicintifada.net, adalah.org, 972mag.com, benwhite.org.uk, jonathan-cook.net, annainthemiddleeast.com, aljazeera.com, imemc.org, and maannews.net/eng/.

Also mentioned on the episode is vegan cats and shout outs to Mad Cowgirls Vegan Grocery and Friends of the Earth Café. You can hear activists from Friends of the Earth on our 5th episode on the carbon tax, which has recently been abolished. We discuss the data on the results of the carbon tax, green capitalism and free public transport as a more effective solution to environmental (and social) problems.

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Clips:

Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’ – featuring Dam, BBC Global News – 14 July,  Part 1 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Part 2 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Rap News ‘Israel vs Palestine RAP NEWS 24’, Remi KanaziThis Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, where Naama and Mark discuss the BDS campaign, here: Boycott Israel’s Apartheid! You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

This image is from The Sabbah Report.

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In this episode we give an introduction to the Israel/Palestine conflict, looking at what’s going on right now as well as giving a broader historical perspective. To help us discuss these issues, we are joined by the co-convenors of Friends of Palestine Western Australia, Sarah Haynes and Alex Whisson. Some of the specific topics we cover are: the maps showing Palestinian loss of land, John Pilger’s great documentary ‘Palestine is still the Issue’, Rachel Corrie, Big Brother series one contestant Sara-Marie Fedele’s attempt to solve the conflict, comparisons between Israel and Apartheid South Africa, the boycotts divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement in Australia and beyond, as well as a rally in Perth for Gaza (look online for a rally near you). We also have a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’, with a focus on Israel/Palestine. Beyond this topic, we also cover sustainable transport and Hurricane Sandy, Transgender Awareness Week and Australia’s only active street medic collective: Melbourne FACT.

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Clips:

Jamaica Plain ‘I Won’t Run’, Interview with Sarah Haynes on Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.1FM – with Nick Pendergrast and Karun Cowper, Alex Whisson from Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.1FM19th November 2012 episode, Billy Bragg ‘The Lonesome Death of Rachel Corrie’, CNNNN ‘Season 1, Episode 5’, Peep Show (series 1, episode 4), John Safran vs GodEpisode 6’, LowkeyLong Live Palestine’.

*The title of this episode was taken from the Lowkey song with this name, which we play on the show. You can watch the film clip for this song here.