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Morbid Symptoms: Gilbert Achcar on the counter-revolution in the Arab world

In his Prison Notebooks of 1930, the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci wrote, “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear.” In his new book, Morbid Symptoms: Relapse in the Arab Uprising, published by Saqi Books, […]

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Catalan activist Saura on the ongoing social revolution in Rojava

The ongoing social revolution in Rojava, within the Kurdish Territories in Northern Syria, is providing inspiration for activists and libertarian socialists around the world. While having to pursue the revolution and self-determination amidst the ongoing war with ISIS and the Assad regime, as well as suffering attacks from Turkey, the Ocalan movement is putting into […]

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Fishbowl journalism and the Don Dale abuse story: A discussion with Chris Graham

The Four Corners report in to institutionalised abuse of children in the Northern Territory, has rightfully caused outrage throughout Australia. It even made headlines in the international press. But how sincere is that outrage when it comes from ‘our’ politicians, the very same people who preside over these systems of injustice? And why do so […]

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Inventor Daniel Connell – anyone who “can cut paper and hold a drill” can have their own wind power

Extended interview with inventor and open source technology designer Daniel Connell who says anyone who “can cut paper and hold a drill” can have their own wind turbine using $20-30 worth of easily sourced local recycled materials and basic hand tools. He’s got a workshop coming up this weekend in Perth – check out

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Black Lives Matter Here Too

The Black Lives Matter movement continues to cause reverberations throughout the United States, exposing the racist core at the heart of the world’s most powerful nation. But racism is integral to the functioning of capitalism in Australia too, as Aboriginal deaths in custody, Islamophobia, and hatred of refugees continue to leave a dark stain on […]

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Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie on the Pokemon Go phenomenon

We speak with Dr Kate Raynes-Goldie, Adjunct Research Fellow with Curtin University’s School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts and founder and creative director at Games We Play about the worldwide phenomenon that is Pokemon Go. A bit of editorial (aka ranting) from some of the Indymedia team who couldn’t help but also weigh in […]

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Chinese Australian Forum’s social media campaign to highlight incidents of racial abuse

In the wake of far right politician Pauline Hanson’s success in Australia’s federal election, community group the Chinese Australian Forum has launched a social media campaign to highlight incidents of racial abuse, and to raise concerns about the potential for this in the future. Indymedia spoke to the Forum’s president Kenrick Cheah to find out […]

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NYC action in solidarity with Ferguson. Mo, encouraging a boycott of Black Friday Consumerism.

ImportantCool associate Allison Petite on the recent racial violence in the United States

Indymedia speaks with ImportantCool associate Allison Petite who was in Dallas shortly before the deadly shootings of police officers in her ongoing coverage of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We hear about her experience, as a black woman, of the racial tension in the United States in these tumultuous times.

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Prof Paul Flatau Director Centre for Social Impact UWA on upcoming Social Impact Festival in Perth

Professor Paul Flatau Director Centre for Social Impact UWA on upcoming Social Impact Festival in Perth. The Social Impact Festival is aiming to connect and celebrate the people, organisations, ideas, networks and collaborations for social change across WA. Check out

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Marziya Mohammedali on the burkini ban controversy in France

Karun Cowper speaks with Perth Muslim and social justice activist Marziya Mohammedali about the French Muslim citizen made to undress by four armed police as she lay on the beach.  While beachgoers looked on, the 38-year-old was made to remove her burkini under the watch of four French policeman in accordance with a controversial new […]

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Historian and activist Cedric Beistatch on what #Brexit means for the UK and Europe

The days following the British referendum to leave the EU, the Brexit, have seen political turmoil for both major parties in the UK. Meanwhile reports of racist violence has skyrocketed. Ray Grenfell speaks to historian and activist Cedric Beistatch to get an idea as to what this vote means for the UK and Europe.

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Claire Vanderplank on The Slow Project

Karun Cowper speaks to Claire Vanderplank on The Slow Project – a social change project on Slow Movement that helps people rediscover presence & connection & benefits for individuals. First expressed via Slow Food, ‘Slow’ is popping up in many areas of life (Slow Travel, Slow Thinking, Slow Money, Slow Design, Slow Medicine etc) as […]

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Exploring alternative and preferred futures with renowned futurist Professor Sohail Inayatullah

Professor Sohail Inayatullah is Unesco Chair in Futures Studies associated with Tamkang University, Taiwan; University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia, and Mt Eliza Executive Education, the University of Melbourne. Karun Cowper speaks to Professor Inayatullah about his work assisting local and global organisations and institutions create alternative and preferred futures.

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Breana Macpherson-Rice on the recent UNSW Flood the Campus action

Flood the Campus last week saw students from 7 university divestment campaigns across Australia take escalatory action in order to send a strong message to their uni to stop funding climate change. The fossil free uni groups are asking their uni to divest the millions of dollars they have currently invested in the fossil fuel […]

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In the Shadow of Gallipoli: The hidden history of Australia in WWI – Robert Bollard

Anzac Day grows more sinister with each passing year. Once a dead letter of a day, ignored by most Australians, it grew spectacularly under the reign of John Winston Howard, and reached its apex of misplaced jingoism and ‘national pride’ in last year’s centenary of the Gallipoli landings. To discuss exactly why the day has […]

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Juan Diosdado participant in the #NuitDebout (Rise up at night!) movement in France

French people, mostly students have been rallying for more than a month against labor law reforms recently proposed by Labor Minister Myriam El Khomri. The French protests went under the #NuitDebout (Rise Up At Night)and has been compared to Occupy Wall Street of the United States and the anti-austerity 15-M or Indignados movement of Spain. […]

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Australian bastardry and Timor-Leste’s fight for maritime justice

The history of Australia’s relationship with Timor-Leste (formerly East Timor) is a long and sordid one. Decades of complicity by both Labor and Liberal governments alike in the Indonesian genocide there led to a great material prize – the carve-up of oil and gas in the Timor Sea. Post-independence for the fledging nation, not a […]

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Mary Gray from the Urban Bushland Council on the draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan

By the government’s own admission its draft Perth and Peel Green Growth Plan would reduce the already endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos by a staggering fifty percent. Ray Grenfell chats to Mary Gray from the Urban Bushland Council to dissect the destructive plan and examine possible sustainable alternatives.

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Boycott Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) National Conference was held at the University of Pennsylvania from February 3-5. The pro-Palestinian organization held workshops and discussion groups to end the Israeli occupation. UPenn Students for Justice in Palestine and Philly BDS organized the event. Pictured is Ali Abunimah, a Palestinian-American journalist, who was a keynote speaker on Saturday, February 4, 2012 at the conference.  Photography by Peter Tobia

Nick Everett from Friends of Palestine WA on the delayed visa processing of Ali Abunimah

Ali Abunimah is a Palestinan-American journalist, a co-founder of The Electronic Intifada, and the author of several important books on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, including his latest volume The Battle for Justice in Palestine, published by Haymarket Books. A leading proponent of the one-state solution, Abunimah is currently on a speaking tour of Australia. Alex Whisson […]

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Dr Jasmina Brankovich of WAFA on the Barnett government’s Biodiversity Conservation Bill

The Barnett Government has sold out on WA’s unique plants and animals according to the State’s lead forest conservation organisation, the WA Forest Alliance (WAFA). ‘The Government’s Biodiversity Conservation Bill (listed for debate this week) will not protect our precious wildlife,’ said WAFA spokesperson Dr Jasmina Brankovich. ‘

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Natalie Banks on the #ProtectProtestWA rally

The Barnett Government is trying to push through legislation to curtail our right to protest. They want to make it an offence to carry a “thing” with the ‘presumed’ intention of impeding lawful activity. This incredibly vague wording has horrible implications for anybody fighting for what’s right in Western Australia. Read it here:…ill114-1.pdf As […]

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Anglican Rector Father Chris Bedding on #LetThemStay #StandForSanctuary

We speak with the Rector of the Anglican parish of Darlington and refugee campaigner Father Chris Bedding on the recent offering of sanctuary to refugees by churches around the country as the federal government threatens the deportation of 267 refugees to abusive detention camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

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Brisbane tent embassy’s Bogaine Spearim on Invasion Day

In recent years we’ve seen a renaissance of the struggle for Aboriginal self-determination. From the rebirth of the Canberra tent embassy to our own Matagarup encampment and the ongoing campaign against deaths in custody, many valiant and self-sacrificing leaders have emerged. Brisbane-based Bogaine Spearim is one such champion of this new movement. We spoke to […]

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Tony Serve – ‪”#‎standuporbendover”‬ @Borderforce access to ur fonez 📲🖕

We speak with veteran independent journalist and activist Tony Serve who, upon returning from abroad, had his phone and pin demanded of him by Border Force officers, raising further concerns for journos and activists in the day and age of metadata retention laws and the ongoing erosion of our civil liberties.

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Robert Eggington on the critical response program to tackle high WA Indigenous suicide rate

We talk to Robert Eggington of the Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation in the wake of the Federal Government’s pledged $1 million to set up a “critical response” project to tackle Indigenous suicide in Western Australia. The Dumbartung Aboriginal Corporation has worked with the Aboriginal community at the grassroots level for 30 years in a wide ranging […]

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Iraq war veteran Vincent Emmanuele on the Paris terrorist attack

US Iraq war veteran Vincent Emanuele is currently in Australia supporting the release of the documentary “We Are Many” – the story of the biggest demonstration in human history, which took place on 15th February 2003, against the then impending war on Iraq. We talk to him about the film and the echoes at this […]

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James McKenzie of 3CR Melbourne in wake of United Patriots Front intimidation

3CR COMMUNITY RADIO STATEMENT RE THE UNITED PATRIOTS FRONT “On Sunday 1st November, five members of the fascist group United Patriots Front (UPF) gained entry to the premises of 3CR Community Radio and filmed throughout the building without permission. In an effort to intimidate the station and its programmers, they then posted the video on […]

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Independent filmmaker Dujon Pereira on his documentary Black Hole

Indymedia speaks to independent filmmaker Dujon Pereira about his documentary Black Hole which reveals unseen footage of coal, corruption and community resistance of one of Australia’s most controversial mining projects – Whitehaven’s Maules Creek Coal Mine in the Leard State Forest. Come along to the premiere screening in Western Australia in Fremantle on the 16th […]

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Sarah Ross on refugee Khodayar Amini who died after setting himself on fire

We speak with Refugee Rights Action Network campaigner Sarah Ross on the horrific suicide of Afghan asylum seeker Khodayar Amini who self immolated whilst on a video call to her and fellow refugee campaigner Michelle Bui. In his message before he died he said – “My crime was that I was a refugee. They tortured […]

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CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor on the Trade Union Royal Commission

The Trade Union Royal Commission has descended into high farce with head commissioner Dyson Heydon ruling, of course favourably, on his own ability to continue the job. We speak to CFMEU National Secretary Michael O’Connor about what lies behind this discredited investigation, and touch on the reasons why the union is campaigning against Australia’s free […]

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Dr Miguel A. Martínez on capitalism in crisis and the squatting movement

Capitalism is in crisis, the politics of austerity and debt are crippling much Europe and the world. Meanwhile we face some of the biggest environmental challenges any generation has ever faced. But within the social, environmental and economic crisis, alternatives are being born. The squatted social centre movement in Spain has played a key role […]

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Greek anti-austerity activist Petros Constantinou on the latest developments in the Greek struggle

All eyes remain on Greece in the wake of what many observers are calling an act of historic capitulation by the Syriza government, with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreeing to provisional terms for a third bailout of the depressed Mediterranean economy.  Indymedia’s Alex Whisson spoke to Greek socialist and anti-austerity activist Petros Constantinou about the […]

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Debriefing the weekends Reclaim Australia v Racial Equality clashes over the weekend

Debriefing the weekends Reclaim Australia v Racial Equality clashes over the weekend with Love Makes a Way campaigner Jarrod McKenna, Refugee Rights Action Network WA organiser Victoria Martin and comedian and Muslim woman Leah Aliyyah Cornish-Ward.

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Rockhampton Peace Convergence spokesperson Robin Taubenfield on the Quaker Grannies arrests

We speak with Rockhampton Peace Convergence spokesperson Robin Taubenfield about the Quaker Grannies arrested at the gates of Shoalwater military base after a cup of tea, lamingtons and a chat with the military about the cost of war. The Grannies were arrested and detained by police after holding a tea party complete with flowers, tea […]

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