Posts Tagged ‘refugees’

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

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On this episode we’re joined by Dr Tim Dymond who speaks about Unionists for Refugees and APHEDA – the Australian Council of Trade Union’s overseas humanitarian aid program.

We also discuss the recent racially-motived terrorist attack in South Carolina and link the language used by the shooter to the racist Reclaim Australia movement in Australia. We also take on Reclaim Australia’s hijacking of progressive causes and their fake “concern” for feminism, animal rights and queer rights – you can share our meme on this (below) on Facebook and Twitter.

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Other stuff covered on the episode is: call in culture versus call out culture, who is to blame for animal exploitation?, and we read out a tweet (embedded below) which debunks the idea of being socially progressive but economically conservative.

We also promote our very first Progressive Podcast Australia meet up. This will be on Wednesday 8th of July at 6.30pm at the vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters – 175 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne. RSVP by the 3rd of July through the Facebook event page or by emailing us at progressivepodcast@gmail.com.

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Clips:

Mr GrevisThe Refugee Song’, Interview with Dr Tim Dymond, The Awful TruthStrikebreakers’, Colour Me Wednesday(I’m Not Coming to Your) BBQ’, Less than JakeHopeless Case’, PropagandhiThe Only Good Fascist Is A Very Dead Fascist’.

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Nick's message of support queer refugees

Nick’s message of support for queer refugees. This picture was taken at the End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island stall where Nick met Aaron and we set up this discussion.

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Nick is joined by Aaron from End Queer Lockdown on Manus Island for the entire episode. We discuss the intersections between queer and refugee issues, with the Australian government’s policies such as “offshore processing” of asylum seekers harming refugees as a whole, but queer refugees in particular. We also read a letter from a queer refugee, discuss refugee activism and the importance of individual stories in changing attitudes, violence and/or the threat of violence preventing people’s free movement around the world, Emma Goldman’s ‘Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty’, and punk rock music and social change.

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Anti-FlagI’d tell you but’, Rise AgainstBehind Closed Doors’, Simon Taylor ‘What an Amazing Journey’ – from the album ‘Funny’, Rage Against the Machine ‘War within a Breath’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our opening discussion on the Australian government’s policies towards queer refugees and what we can do to stand up against these policies, below. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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This is our meme – in the notes below we’ve provided links to share it around on Facebook and Twitter.

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On this episode we discuss themes of refugee rights and animal rights in the Paddington movie. We discuss the article ‘Why the new Paddington movie is really an asylum seeker story’, read a review of the movie from an immigration lawyer, as well as promoting the Free Paddington Facebook page by the Refugee Rights Action Network (RRAN) and the #FreePaddington hashtag. In our discussion on Paddington and animal rights, we encouraged people to watch the video ‘Death Row’, which shows the fear animals face before they are slaughtered, in a non-graphic way.

We have done a few memes relating to the movie, which we encourage people to share around. You can share around our meme on Paddington and refugees (pictured above) on Facebook and Twitter. We also saw a great pro-migrant Paddington meme, which we encourage people to share on Facebook and Twitter. You can also share our meme on the Paddington movie and adopting companion animals on Facebook and Twitter.

We start off the episode by discussing the horrible new laws regarding asylum seekers that our government has introduced (yet again!). For analysis of these laws, check out the Guardian, New Matilda and ChilOut. We also mention the opposition to the new laws from Jacqui Lambie and other Senators.

Other stuff covered is: getting active for refugees, incrementally moving towards a borderless world, Karl Stefanovic becomes a ‘social justice warrior’ and takes down Abbott, the campaign against the East-West Link is successful, and the true meaning of the Washington Redskins.

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Clips:

Senator Sarah-Hanson YoungThe Immigration Minister is a Sociopath’, The PresetsMy People, Paddington  preview, Legally Brown ‘Series 1, Episode 8’, Austin PowersBBC World ServiceThe True Meaning of the Washington Redskins’, Serj TankianBorders Are…’.

You can listen to a short (7 minute) version of this episode, which features our closing discussion on gradually moving towards the free movement of people around the world, here: Incrementally Moving Towards A Borderless World. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

 

 

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On this episode we discuss the Aboriginal protests at the G20 Summit in Brisbane, where the Warriors of Resistance (WAR) was introduced. Also at Aboriginal protests during the G20, the Australian flag and effigies of Aboriginal “leaders” labelled as “sell outs” were burnt. We discuss the outrage at the burning of the flag from some white Australians, drawing on a Facebook post from Aboriginal activist Sam Watson, and the way that this anger should be directed towards actual injustice such as Aboriginal deaths in custody and gap in life expectancy compared to the overall Australian averages. We also mention Abbott’s horrible “nothing but bush” comments during the G20, the tokenism of people like Abbott towards Indigenous Australians, and being an ally to Indigenous people. For more coverage of protests against the G20, see Indymedia Australia and our 74th and 75th episodes.

There’s also discussion on police violence against African-American people in the US and solidarity actions in Australia and the UK. We refer to “that hug” in Portland and structural critiques of the police (the problem is bigger than the individual!), anarchist alternatives to the police, and direct action for refugees in Perth (listen to RTR Indymedia’s interview with Victoria Martin – one of the participants in this action – for more on this). We also encourage people to listen in to our 21st episode to hear “the usual Jon” on the self-identification of Maori people in Aotearoa and the 17/11/2014 episode of RTR Indymedia for an interview with Aboriginal activist Iva Haywood, on the Western Australian government closing Aboriginal communities.

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Clips:

Whiteblackatcha (WBA)Coz I’m Aboriginal (One Direction, What Makes You Beautiful Parody)’, Bill HicksBurning Issues’, Austin PowersHurray for the Riff RaffHurray Transmission’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on police violence against African-American people in the US and solidarity actions, here: In Solidarity With Ferguson. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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Image from @JarlathKearney on Twitter: ‘ITN news. In #Gaza, it’s military-grade body armour. In Tel Aviv, it’s a smart evening suit. Says it all really.’ https://twitter.com/JarlathKearney/status/489465966896885761

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On this episode we are 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) for most of this episode. They discuss the recent escalation in Gaza, the Israeli government censoring the fact that the Israeli citizens who were kidnapped were killed right away – in order for anti-Palestinian sentiment to grow, challenge the idea that criticisms of Israel’s human rights abuses are anti-Semitic and cover the broader context behind the recent escalation in Gaza. Also covered on the episode is Tamil refugees being imprisoned on a locked ship while the High Court decides their fate, Amnesty International’s website about Australian government refugee policy secretsandlives.com.au, us crashing a government press conference and we introduce the new segment ‘Let’s Talk Hockey’.

You can listen to the second part of the interview with Naama and Mark here: Episode 63: Take Action Against Occupation!. Naama and Mark recommend people check out The Electronic Intafada for more information on Israel/Palestine. You can also listen to our 16th episode Long Live Palestine, where we gave an introduction to the conflict. We’re only two members away from 30 members. If we get to 30 by the 24th of July, we’ll upgrade our account so all of our episodes (including our 16th on Palestine) will be available on iTunes, Stitcher and Cyber Ears – rather than only the most recent 30 or so. You can find out about becoming a member of our show here and you can see the new mics we’ve been able to buy thanks to our members here.

Clips:

Propagandhi ‘Dear Coaches Corner’, DamOh Gaza – New Year’, Part 1 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Lowkey ‘Everything I Am’, Our interview with Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott, Part 2 of our interview with Naama Blatman-Thomas and Mark Thomas, Suheir HammadGaza’.

You can listen to a short (8 minute) version of this episode, where Naama and Mark discuss the recent escalation in Gaza, here: Gaza Under Siege. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.