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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: www.parliament.wa.gov.au/Parliament/B…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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Historian Cedric Beidatsch on the attacks on civil liberties by Neoliberal Capitalism (part 2)

We speak to historian and long time activist Cedric Beidatsch to try and understand the latest attacks on civil liberties and how they are connected to the Neoliberal Capitalist agenda in Australia and the world. This is part one of the interview where Cedric also touches on the changing nature of the global anti-Capitalist movement.

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Rev Brian Brown from the Uniting Church about the case of baby Asha held in detention

Following a rally in Sydney protesting children in detention, Indymedia chatted with one of the speakers, Rev Brian Brown from the Uniting Church, about the case of baby Asha, whose story inspired the protest, along with the wider issue of abuse against asylum seekers in detention, and the recent passing of legislation criminalizing those who […]

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Historian Cedric Beidatsch on the attacks on civil liberties by Neoliberal Capitalism (part 1)

We speak to historian and long time activist Cedric Beidatsch to try and understand the latest attacks on civil liberties and how they are connected to the Neoliberal Capitalist agenda in Australia and the world. This is part one of the interview where Cedric also touches on the changing nature of the global anti-Capitalist movement.

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Emeritus Professor Frank Stilwell on the historic Greek referendum result rejecting harsher austerity economics

We speak with emeritus professor Frank Stilwell of Sydney University on the historic Greek referendum rejecting harsher austerity economics.  Professor Stilwell was previously a colleague at Sydney University of the (now previous) Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis. Following is some editorial comment on the Greek situation from Perth Indymedia presenter Alex Whisson… (more…)

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Pro-Palestinian activists shut down Israeli arms manufacturer Elbit Systems, on anniversary of Israel’s ‘Protective Edge’ assault on GAZA

At 8am members of the Melbourne Palestine Action Coalition (MPAC) shut down the headquarters of Israeli arms manufacturer, ELBIT SYSTEMS, at 235 Ingles St Port Melbourne to mark the first anniversary of the 2014 Israeli ‘Protective Edge’ assault on Gaza. The group have blockaded access to the building and currently have two people locked on […]

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Sam Wainwright on the campaign against Perth Freight Link & the privatization of the Fremantle Port

Not a week goes by that there is not a meeting or action around the state government’s proposed Perth Freight Link. As the community anger mounts and on the eve of the Fremantle Council voting to officially oppose the $1.6 freeway, Indymedia spoke to councilor Sam Wainwright about the campaign to both oppose the PFL, […]

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CEO of Financial Couselling WA on the withdrawal of funding for financial counsellors in WA

With the economy weakening, and job losses on the horizon for many West Australians, many are turning to financial counsellors for support- but the sector is also being hit with budget cuts, and is expected to lose around 50 jobs this year. For more on the perfect storm this might create, we spoke to Charles […]

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Simone Van Hattem with the latest on the Protect Peaceful Protest campaign in WA

Simone Van Hattem with the latest on the Protect Peaceful Protest campaign in WA, a group concerned with legislation the Barnett government is attempting to push through parliament that would criminalise protest. “We are concerned that the punishments defined in the bill, up to $24000 or 24 months’ imprisonment, will act as a deterrent to […]

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Equal love and LGBTI rights campaigner Farida Iqbal on the historic supreme court ruling in the US for marriage equality

Equal love and LGBTI rights campaigner Farida Iqbal on the historic supreme court ruling in the US for marriage equality and what it means for the Australian campaign. We speak with her also about the upcoming rally in Perth (5th July) –www.facebook.com/events/835882479842128/

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Bella Bropho on the Police Invasion of Matagarup Refugee Camp

Bella Bropho discusses the latest police invasion of the refugee camp at Matagarup. She is one of the participants in this camp and the interview was recorded at the site. This is a sacred Indigenous site that is serving as a refugee camp for people who are being affected by the closure of Indigenous communities. […]

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Tammy Solonec on Amnesty report finding Aboriginal youths 24 times more likely to be in detention

Tammy Solonec Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Manager at Amnesty International Australia speaks with us about their new report which finds Aboriginal youths are 24 times more likely to be in detention. The report is available from the following link – www.amnesty.org.au/images/uploads/…onal_report.pdf

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Ben Pennings on Beyond Green’s recent stunt highlighting banks’ dodgy support for mining companies

Earlier this month, a group of animals, including a grumpy koala, marched into an ANZ bank in Sydney to ask for a home loan, since their current habitat is under threat from Maules Creek mine, which ANZ is funding. The stunt was organized by Beyond Green to highlight banks’ dodgy support for mining companies, and […]

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