Posts Tagged ‘war’

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This episode features politics professor Jason Brownlee on current US meddling in Venezuela and whether or not direct military intervention by the US is likely, in the context of US foreign policy historically.

Jason also briefly touches on the US media coverage of the white supremacist terrorist attack in Christchurch, which we covered last episode #222.

For more on the history of US foreign policy, check out Jason’s book Democracy Prevention: The Politics of the U.S.-Egyptian Alliance and Noam Chomsky’s Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance.

If you’d like to hear first-hand accounts of what is going on in Venezuela, check out Mike Prysner, Max Blumenthal and if you’re in Melbourne you may be interested in going along to the upcoming event Eyewitness Report back from Venezuela.

Other sources we and/or Jason recommend on Venezuela are: Intercepted, Secular Talk and Democracy Now!. You can see our tweets about Venezuela for more sources.

Clips:

Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran; The Beach Boys ‘Barbara Ann’; Rolling Stones ‘My Sweet Neocon’, David Bowie ‘I’m Afraid of Americans’, PropagandhiA People’s History of the World’.

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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’.

You can listen to a short (6 minute) version of this episode, which features our discussion on “eco-terrorism”, here: We Need To Stop Terrorists Like These Vegetarian People. You can subscribe to these short versions of our episodes through Omny.

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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.

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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.

america-syria-memeThe image above is from Mehedi. 

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 (18MB) and part 2 on Archive.org here (20MB). 

This episode is all about Syria – in part one we give you the latest updates as well as a broader historical perspective/background. Katie has been at the United Nations Human Rights Council, listening in on debates about Syria and other issues, so she gives her accounts of this and we play a few speeches made at the UN. We also discuss Barack Obama’s first and second speech on Syria, as well as critiques of these speeches from Chris Hedges, Rania Masri and Noam Chomsky. We talk about whether the Syrian government was responsible for chemical attacks, drawing on the BBC and Human Rights Watch. US hypocrisy is also covered – we mention the US using and supporting the use of chemical weapons many times, Israel’s possession and use of chemical weapons, Obama being praised for seeking congressional approval before invading even though he is required to under the constitution, John Kerry accidentally pursuing a diplomatic solution, and the role of alternative media in generating opposition to a US invasion. We also cover the inspiring Battle for Burswood, the AFL grand final and arming foetuses – or harming penises? (which was close to being the title of this episode!).

In part two we discuss alternative ways to deal with human rights abuses beyond bombing civilians. Drawing on Noam Chomsky’s For Reasons of State, we also talk about the importance of activism and social movements in opposing wars, and we specifically mention the movement in Syria that is rejecting the Assad regime and also US military intervention. We have a return of the segment ‘What’s Grinding Our Gears This Week’ – this time it’s homophobic Google. Other stuff covered in part two is: Rap News 20 taken down due to copyright, Liam Kenny defends The Chaser’s false depiction of his dad having sex with a dog, and Occupy Wall Street’s two year anniversary. We discuss the article ‘Six Good Things Occupy Wall Street Made Possible’ and also refer back to our 13th episode, which was all about the Occupy movement. We encourage people to support B’s Run for Refugees, Myq Kaplan’s comedy and In the Sprawl podcast and we also encourage people to watch a video of activism by Stop the Arms Fair! – we interviewed Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair! on episode 35 – BEFORE this organisation was interviewed by many very mainstream sources!

This episode is brought to you by “Mother”. We encourage people to follow Theresa on Twitter and check out her Tropical Vegan website! Thanks a lot to “Mother” for becoming a member of our show – you can become a member and sponsor an episode too!

Book Recommendation (part two):

Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky.

Spoken Word CD Recommendation (part two):

War and Civil Disobedience by Howard Zinn.

Clips (part one):

City of Victoria Park ‘Battle for Burswood’, Pete Seeger ‘We Shall Overcome’, Barack Obama addresses the nation on Syria, Team America: World Police, Scrubs (Season 6, episode 7), UN speeches by Syria, Russia, USA, Cuba and Venezuela, Jamaica Plain ‘I Won’t Run’Rap News#6: Wikileaks – the Truth is Out There’, Bill Hicks ‘The War’, ABC News ‘Syria Chemical Attack…’, Jamie Kilsteinon the Conan Obrien Show’, Jamaica Plain ‘Wish I Knew’, CNNNN ‘Season 2, Episode 9’, Lowkey ‘Obama Nation’.

Clips (part two):

System of a Down ‘Boom!’, Myq Kaplan ‘Book People’, Lowkey ‘Terrorist’, Hugo Chavez promoting Hegemony or Survival at the UN, Barack Obama addresses the nation on Syria, Howard Zinn ‘Military Intervention’ – from the spoken word CD Monkey Wrenching the New World Order, Noam Chomsky ‘Power and Terror’, Team Earthling ‘Episode 96’, Family Guy, Lagwagon from the album ‘Live in a Dive’, Ibrahim Qashoush ‘Syrian Revolutionary Dabke’, Omar Offendum#Syria’.

The image above is from Stop the Arms Fair

This episode has been released in two parts. You can listen to both parts of this episode and subscribe to our podcast on iTunes here and you can also listen to both parts on Cyber Ears here. You can also download part 1 on Archive.org here (58MB) and part 2 on Media Fire here (49MB).

On part one of this episode we are joined by Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair! who discusses Occupy vs the Arms Fair (September 8th in London), Australians stopping arms fairs, how you can take action against arms dealers regardless of where in the world you live, queer issues and arms dealers, and animals and war. We also introduce the new segment ‘What you HAVE learnt from Adbusters this week’, discussing issue 109 which has articles on planned obsolescence and riding bikes. In this segment we talk about Jeremy’s finds from the streetbike traffic jams in London, and gender and cycling, drawing on an article by Stevie from Team Earthling and a Critical Transit episode. We also talk about sex toys and light globes (which is more exciting?) and the importance of reading.

We finish part two of the episode by discussing the role of soldiers in war, drawing on the book 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military. Before this, we take an in-depth look into Chelsea Manning’s (formerly Bradley Manning) coming out as trans and imprisonment. In this discussion we cover using the correct pronouns to refer to her, Andrew Bolt being an asshole, writing letters to Chelsea, being trans in prison, how to be a trans ally, a great flyer on combating hate crimes from Camden LGBT Forum and staying safe without police.

Other topics covered in part two of the episode include: Silent Raging blog and podcast, visiting the Ecuadorian embassy where Assange is, Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda detained to intimidate journalists, the Propaganda exhibition in London, The Book of Mormon, Eric McElroy’s comedy, Australia has committed 143 violations of international law, refugee rights rallies in Melbourne and elsewhere around Australia, the book Walden Two, vegan restaurants in London – including Loving Hut Camden, Manna Cuisine and 222 Veggie Vegan – see Happy Cow to find vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants all around the world – anything can be vegan!

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Book Recommendation:

Addicted to War by Joel Andreas.

Clips (part 1):

Lowkey ‘Hand on your Gun’, Sweeney Todd ‘There’s No Place Like London’, Lowkey ‘Dear England’, Lowkey ‘My Soul’, The Story of Stuff (Consumption), Foeknawledge ‘Knowledge is Key’, Our interview with Kirsten Bayes from Stop the Arms Fair!, Britney Spears ‘Oops I did it Again’, Rise Against ‘Hero of War’.

Clips (part 2):

Jeffery Lewis ‘Big A, Little A’, Austin PowersTrue Blood, Happy Birthday in teo reo – thanks to “the usual Jon”, Flight of the Conchords ‘Season 1’, Morrisey on Jonathan Ross, That Mitchell and Webb Sound – Series 3 ‘Anything can be Music’, ‘Anything can be Vegan’, True Blood ‘Season 1, Episode 2’, Lowkey ‘Skit 6’ – speech by Mike PrysnerAnti-Flag ‘You’ve got to Die for the Government’.

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We’re back and once again we take aim at a nationalistic celebration – this time we set our sights on Anzac Day – a day where Australians celebrate soldiers running into machine gun fire for the sake of Western imperialism. To help us move beyond the simplistic slogans we hear around Anzac Day, Ederm Koc joins us. He is a journalist and journalism lecturer at La Trobe Uni, as well as editor of Upstart Magazine. We encourage people to read his great article on Anzac Day, ‘Anzac Debate Marches Down Wrong Track’. We also discuss conservative politician Steve Irons’ pamphlet on Anzac Day, Ruby Murray’s article ‘The false nationalism of Anzac Day and football’, Indigenous Australians being excluded in discussions about war, militarism and sport, neoliberalism and “corporate wars”, anti-war activism, the documentary The Weather Underground, and 10 Excellent Reasons Not to Join the Military.

We also cover minimalism and sustainability, good news for abortion rights in France, Derren Brown’s psychology, the death of former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chumbawamba’s CD, as well as comments from Billy Bragg and Australian human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson on Thatcher’s death.

Book Recommendations

1984 by George Orwell and An Ordinary Persons Guide to Empire by Arundhati Roy.

Clips

Gallipoli, Propagandhi ‘Bullshit Politicians’, South Park movie, Blackadder ‘Series 4’, Bill Hicks ‘Polls‘, Bill Hicks ‘Gays in the Military’, Nick Pendergrast interviews Erdem Koc on Perth Indymedia on RTR 92.1FM (1st April 2013 episode), Propagandhi ‘Dear Coaches Corner’, CNNNN, Rap News ’Big Brother is WWWatching You’, Austin PowersVegan SmythePreachy Vegan Dogs’, Scrubs ‘Series 5, Episode 16’, Billy Bragg on Margaret Thatcher – on Democracy Now!, Warsaw Pact ‘We Conquer’, Rise Against ‘State of the Union’, Naomi WolfFake Activism’, System of a Down ‘B.Y.O.B.’.