Posts Tagged ‘civil liberties’

Nick refers to this book in his talk that is featured on this episode.

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This episode features Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”. You can view the PowerPoint presentation for this talk here and it is also embedded below. This talk is from the most recent Institute for Critical Animal Studies (Oceania) conference – see the show notes for episode 179 for links to listen to all of the talks from this conference. Thanks to Adam from VeganSci for helping out with the recordings this year!

We start off the episode by discussing civil liberties concerns about new counter-terrorism laws in Australia. Also covered throughout the episode is: the SBS show ‘Sex, War, Robots’; join us at the Animal Activists Forum; and updates on episode 173, which covered the Grenfell Tower fire, economic inequality under neoliberalism and the labelling of terrorism.

For more information on the topic of “eco-terrorism”, see the links in Nick’s PowerPoint above and we also recommend our interview with Will Potter from episode 98.

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Clips:

Jamaica Plain ‘I Wish I Knew’, Nicks’ talk: ‘They’re calling me a terrorist’ (but they probably shouldn’t): The Social Construction of “Eco-Terrorism”, LowkeyTerrorist’, If A Tree Falls documentary, Lowkey ft. Mai Khalil ‘Ghosts of Grenfell’.

*This quote is from US Senator David Hinkins who said new laws were needed to stop “terrorists” such as “the vegetarian people” who “are trying to kill the animal industry”.

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Image from choice.com.au

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Nick is joined by Dr Matthew Rimmer, a Professor in Intellectual Property and Innovation Law, who takes on the Copyright Amendment (Online Infringement) Bill 2015. This proposed Bill has support from both the government and the “opposition” Labor party and it has troubling implications for civil liberties and online freedom. Email Labor politicians to encourage them to oppose the Bill.

During the episode Nick encourages people to sell or give away stuff they’re no longer using for environmental and human rights reasons. He also promotes the new Australian sketch show Open Slather.

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Clips:

Open SlatherHome of Thrones’ – from ‘Series 1, Episode 3’, SmooveThe Revolution Will Be Televised’, Open Slather ‘Series 1, Episode 3’, Our interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, Bad ReligionUnacceptable’.

You can listen to a short (10 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Dr Matthew Rimmer, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

*The title of the episode is taken from a quote from Dr Matthew Rimmer, where he described the Copyright Bill and the associated report as ‘love letters to Foxtel and News Corp’.

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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).

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which features a shortened version of our interview with Will Potter, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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If you were planning on kayaking through the streets of Brisbane this week, you’re out of luck. Kayaks are one of the things that are banned in central Brisbane during the G20.

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This time we take aim at the agenda of the Brisbane G20 Summit of world leaders and discuss some of the protests against it. We play an interview with Robin Taubenfeld of BrisCAN-G20 on their Peoples Convergence and march opposing the G20. Robin is interviewed by Karun Cowper from Indymedia on RTR92.1FM. If you’d like to get involved in G20 protests and alternative events, including attending/volunteering/donating, go to briscan.net.au.

We also discuss the police state measures introduced for the meeting, including additional police with extra powers (that threaten the right to protest and have been justified partly due to concerns about terrorism), Big Brother-like surveillance technology in place, and some bizarre banned items. To find out more about the additional police powers during the G20, you can listen to this episode of the Radio National show Big Ideas. We also go through the first G20-related arrest and protest, billboards from activist groups being banned (you can sign a GetUp! petition against this) and a farmer resorting to using his own field for his pro-environment message for the G20, Amnesty’s petition pushing for a greater focus on combating ebola at the meeting, and vegan omelettes.

There are also some updates on our last episode, including 36,000 people in Japan signing a petition calling for misogynist pick-up artist Julien Blanc not to be allowed into the country. Shout out to Indymedia Australia.

*update: we do a recap on the G20 and some of the protests against it on episode 75.

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Clips:

Rap News ‘G20 Rap with Tony Abbott – feat. Scott Ludlam [RAP NEWS 29]’, Robin Taubenfeld interview, Rap News ‘G20 Rap with Tony Abbott – feat. Scott Ludlam [RAP NEWS 29]’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features some of our discussion on the huge police operation in place for the G20 to restrict protests, here: Enjoy the G20, Leave Your Kayak at Home. 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.