Posts Tagged ‘politics’

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On this episode, we weigh up the pros and cons of voting, from an anarchist perspective. For our previous episode on this topic, check out episode 36 (part two).

Also covered throughout the episode is: why we’re anarchists, how anarchist ideas have widespread traction in society, elections as theatre, Aotearoa Anarchist Review on the Greens, the state and violence, and Sammy J’s Playground Politics.

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Clips:

The ChaserThey’re All Fucked’, NewstopiaEpisode 1’, Aamer RahmanWhy I’m Not Voting’, The Chaser’s Election DeskEpisode 2’, Chumbawamba ‘Mr Heseltine Meets His Public’, Scott LudlamThanks to You, the Opposition’, Morrissey ‘World Peace is None of Your Business’.

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On this episode we take on the rising Islamophobia in Australia. This is partly due to the subjective nature of what is (and isn’t) labelled terrorism, with violence by Islamic people more likely to be labelled as terrorism. We also discuss the role of the media, as well as politicians like Cory Bernardi, Jacqui Lambie and Tony Abbott in adding fuel to the fire of Islamophobia. We play some of the recent Q and A episode on domestic terrorism, featuring Dr Anne-Azza Aly and Randa Abdel-Fattah. Also discussed is Will Potter’s article ‘Tasmania’s “Protection From Protesters” Bill Is As Bad As It Sounds’ – for more on “eco-terrorism” check out Will Potter’s website greenisthenewred.com and follow him on Twitter @will_potter. Other stuff covered on the episode is: comedian Eddie Perfect’s rant that perfectly sums up current political issues in Australia; upcoming protests against Islamophobia in Melbourne and Perth; conspiracy theories, missing weapons of mass destruction and lizard people.

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Clips:

InternationalHijabiPosseI am a Muslim Woman’, Simon FocusedIslamophobia’, The Lottery ‘Series 1, Episode 9’, Piracy warning from The Adventures of Lano and Woodley, It’s A Date ‘Series 1, Episode 4’, The IT Crowd ‘Series 2, Episode 3’ – Piracy Warning, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 3’, Mad as HellSeries 4, Episode 3’, Q and ABe Alert but not Alarmed’ – featuring Dr Anne-Azza Aly and Randa Abdel-Fattah, Rap News ‘#6: Wikileaks – the Truth is Out There’, Austin PowersGoldfingerIron Fist’.

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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.

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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.

Image from Amnesty International Australia.

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To help us give a human rights perspective on the crisis occurring right now in the Central African Republic, we’re joined by Michael Hayworth – Crisis Response Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia. Michael discusses the war crimes occurring in the Central African Republic, similarities to the genocide in Rwanda, and Amnesty’s campaign against these human rights abuses. We have a return of the segment ‘What you HAVEN’T learnt from the media this week’, discussing ABC radio obsessing over electoral politics in Australia (including recently revealing that Malcolm Turnbull had dinner with Clive Palmer and that he ordered a soup), while neglecting important international issues like the violence in the Central African Republic. You can watch our Youtube song on this: ‘Malcolm Turnbull’s Soup’. We also encourage people to see where they sit on the Global Rich List, we play Coggo’s speech from outside the UK embassy – this was part of the record breaking protest that we covered on episode 57, discuss text messages being banned in the Central African Republic, and we encourage people to watch John Green’s video explaining the crisis.

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(Not so) Alternative Media Recommendation:

The Guardian who have had lots of coverage of the crisis in the Central African Republic and other issues that are generally neglected by other mainstream media outlets, such as drones. We’re going to discuss drones on our next episode.

Clips:

Amnesty International Australia ‘Central African Republic: The Two-Minute Version’, Logic & Last ResortWe’ll Never Know’, George Orwell ‘1984’ (audiobook), Progressive Podcast AustraliaMalcolm Turnbull’s Soup’, BrunoBaby’, The Book of MormonTwo by Two’, Katie’s interview with Michael Hayworth – Crisis Response Coordinator for Amnesty International Australia, CoggoUK Embassy Protest’, Bad ReligionLet Them Eat War’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, which is Katie’s interview with Michael Hayworth from Amnesty International, here: Amnesty International On Violence In The Central African Republic. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.