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Reclaiming the Streets!

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Broadcast on Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 11 Oct 2019.

Ian interviews:
Adela from Reclaim the Night
Edwina from Bjelke Blues
Noelene from Extinction Rebellion at occupation of the William Jolly Bridge.

Reclaim the Night is a women’s rally and march that demands the end of men’s violence against women. On October 25th we band together and take our voices to the streets. All women have the right to safety and to live free from violence. See https://www.facebook.com/events/2405278069685429/

Bjelke Blues – timely reminder of how our democratic rights were taken from us once before during the reign of Joh Bjelke Petersen. Ian talks with Bjelke Blues editor Edwina Shaw about personal stories from the Joh years. See https://www.facebook.com/events/395887871083040/

Turning back the clock. The Queensland government is attempting to turn back the clock 40 years to stop protests against climate change in the CBD…

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‘Locking On’ in Galilee

Locking on – the great Australian political tradition” – Andy Paine

Paradigm Shift 4 Oct 2019 Friday at noon.


Intro Defending Greta by John Curr.;
Ian interviews Bri from Action Ready; and,
Andy from Frontline Action on Coal.

It is hard to keep the climate action camps going, i f you wish to donate to keep Frontline Action on Coal going please go to https://protectgalilee.raisely.com/

Playlist
Monster Machine by Madeleine Hudson
Make some Music by Paul Spencer
Old Growth by The Great Shame

References
Action Ready
Locking on – the great Australian political tradition

Intro
Much criticism has been levelled at Greta Thunberg following her address to the United Nations. She has been cast as puppet of climate activists.

Scientists addressing climate change have abandoned attempts to persuade people and governments about the science knowing that their efforts at truth to power are being ignored. No-0ne seriously doubts that human activity is contributing to climate change which will adversely impact life on earth. What her critics believe (probably wrongly) is that wealth and power will permit them to avoid those adverse impacts, they care nothing for the suffering of others.

Is it any wonder that Thunberg does not attempt to address the facts of climate change, but resorts to oratory and rhetorical devices, even some hyperbole and invective to make her point.

Lincoln’s “Four score and seven years ago….”, Churchill’s “ We will fight them on the beaches…”. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream …” speeches are revered as powerful calls to their respective societies to address the serious challenges before them.

Are the same oratorical devices to be denied to a member of the generation which will bear the burden of climate change ?

John Curr
October 2019

Kashmir: You can say you weren’t told

Paradigm Shift 27 Sept 2019 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday at Noon.

Nuclear war?
Kashmir is an ancient country in Central Asia surrounded by Pakistan, India, and China. It is currently under Indian military occupation with a curfew imposed. During the cold war both Pakistan and India were client states of the US and the USSR respectively. Now India is under populist control of a Hindu nationalist, Modi, supported by US President Trump.

On 26 Sept 2019 President Imran Khan warned the UN General Assembly of possible nuclear conflict over Kashmir if a massacre occurs when the curfew is lifted. What is the truth of the matter? How do we inform ourselves?

Ian interviews Jamshied Kashkari about crisis in Kashmir.

  1. What is Kashmir (Scenic beauty of Kashmir)? Where is its Geographic Location and who are its people?
  2. When did the dispute over Kashmir begin (When India brought forces in Kashmir)? What is the current situation as Kashmir has been in lock-down for last 50 days
  3. Is the dispute religious?
  4. Who have colonized Kashmir?
  5. The second Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nazim Uddin, once stated: ‘I do not agree that religion is a private Affair of the individual nor do I agree that in an Islamic state every citizen has identical rights, no matter what his caste, creed or faith be.’ Pls comment?
  6. What does freedom mean to Kashmiris?
  7. Why does the rape of Kashmiri women by the Indian military go unreported?
  8. Please describe the close intelligence and security cooperation between Israel and India in Kashmir?
  9. Please explain what the revocation of Article 370 (of the Constitution of India) means? What is purpose of removing it? Similarly, with Article 35A?
  10. Prime minister Modi of India tweeted on the 6th of August 2019 the following words: “I salute my sisters and brothers of Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh for their courage and resilience. For years vested interests’ groups who believe in an emotional blackmail never cared for people’s empowerment. J & K is now free from the shackles. A New Dawn, a better tomorrow awaits!” What does Modi mean? Please comment on this?
  11. What will happen now?
  12. President Imran Khan has withdrawn Pakistan’s ambassador from India and has expelled his Indian counterpart. He has called on the UN to send in peacekeepers. What are united nations resolutions? Will they work? If not, why not?
  13. Palestinian resistance against Israel has been stronger than the Kashmiris struggle against India. Why?
  14. Kashmir is bounded by 3 nuclear arms states: India Pakistan and China. A fourth nuclear power, the United States, occupies nearby Afghanistan. Is nuclear war likely?
  15. What can ordinary people do to help the struggle of the Kashmiri people for freedom?
  16. Have you anything else to add?

Playlist
Yo Vengo Ofrecer Mi Corazon‘ & ‘Satellites’ by Jumping Fences
From Within, from Without by The Beatles
One Step by Kooii
Mayi Chani by Ali Saffudin
Satellites by Jumping Fences

Photo: Alex Bainbridge … Kashmiri Rally in KGSq Brisbane 21 Sept 2019.

References
Article 370 (of the Constitution of India)

Dirty Dollars in Ecuador and other stories

But red dust from the iron ore train’ll
Make a white cocky all stained and rusty
And rich boys and the royal family
They needed water for their dusty money

– ‘Yurala’, Spinifex Gum Choir

Paradigm Shift 4zzz fm 102.1 Friday 20 Sept 2019 at noon.

Interviews
Helen Hamley – Big Music at the Risk, a community event trying to bring city and country people together.
Clem Campbell (Former ALP MLA for Bundaberg, United Nations Association Qld) – speaks about International Day of Peace event featuring Sophie McNeill, ABC Correspondent in the Middle East who says We can’t say we didn’t know about the carnage in Syria, Yemen and Gaza.
Rebekah Hayden (Rainforest Action Group) – SolGold Mining for copper in Ecuador placing the rainforest at risk.

Dirty Money in Ecuador

Environmental impact of Mining Copper in Ecuador
BMW have signed a deal with BHP Billition to mine copper for its Electric Vehicles. BHP owns shares in SolGold which holds the most mining concessions for copper (& gold) in Ecuador. What is the environmental impact of BMW buying copper for its Electric Cars?

In Pallatango, Chimborazo, the Chillanes concession is on top of the biggest geological faultline in Ecuador . The Pallatanga fault (PF) is a prominent NNE-SSW strike-slip fault crossing Central Ecuador. This structure is suspected to have hosted large earthquakes, including the 1797 Riobamba event which caused severe destructions to buildings and a heavy death toll of more than 12,000 people, as well as widespread secondary effects like landsliding, liquefaction and surface cracking.

A mine in the region would be extremely unsafe and a tailings dams in the area at risk of collapse were an earthquake to occur. What will SolGold do to ensure the safety of mines and tailings facilities in this area, and how will SolGold protect local communities from harm if earthquake damage to a mine impacts water sources or causes a threat to life?

Most of southern Ecuador’s cities and towns are already experiencing growing water shortages due to rapid population growth. In Gualel, where there are major water sources, locals are concerned about water contamination by mining activity. These sources not only provide water for the region but are considered sacred. Mining in this area could endanger both their livelihood and their way of lif e. What is SolGold planning to do to combat any riskto water?

What will SolGold do in Bolivar to safeguard both communities access to water, and contamination of these sources? How will SolGold protect against the impact on forest and wildlife in the region?

Playlist
Yellow Bird – Follow the River
Spinifex Gum Band – Yurala
Spinifex Gum Band – Dream Baby Dream

References

Security issues (in Ecuador)
In August 2019, guerrillas from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) announced that the 2016 peace deal had failed, and armed revolution was r e-established in Colombia. The criminal group has been spreading its actions down into Ecuador ever since the deal was established in 2016.

See video @ https://www.facebook.com/UNAAQLD/videos/1370762469762880/?t=2359

Cascabel is located in close proximity to the Colombian/Ecuadorian border, an area the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) advises as a DO NOT TRAVEL area, where regular travel insurance policies are void and the Australian Government says it is unlikely to be able to provide consular assistance. The Cascabel mining site at Alpala is 100km from this zone , with entry into proposed mining through Roca Fuerte almost on the boundary of the DO NOT TRAVEL zone.

In its 2019 Preliminary Economic Assessment , SolGold suggested that mining material will be transported via pipeline, 60 km north-west towards San Lorenzo. This route goes through an area of significant risk where organised militia with links to FARC conducted a number of bombings in 2018. The police station at San Lorenzo was car bombed in January 2018. A trap bomb loaded with shrapnel killed three and wounded eleven Ecuadorian marines on 19 March 2018.

A few weeks later , a second car bomb exploded under a police car.

In April , three journalist s were found murdered by dissidents, a bridge was bombed near Viche, and several bombs were placed in transmission towers.

As a result , the President of Ecuador , Lenin Moreno, declared a limited State of Emergency in the cities of San Lorenzo and Eloy Alfaro to enhance police and military authority . There were also attacks on civilians and military patrols at the border town of Mataje – now a ghost town with civilians fleeing the embattled area.

This is the area that SolGold have proposed as a route for the pipeline. How will SolGold protect 60 kilometres of pipeline carrying valuable mineralised ore in such dangerous terrain?

SolGold has suggested power for the mine will partially come from Colombia. Both FARC and Colombia ‘ s National Liberation Army (ELN) have targeted energy infrastructure inside Colombia over the years. Up to April 2019 there were about 20 attacks on Colombian pipelines in 2019. The 485-mile (780-km) Cano Limon pipeline was offline for most of 2018 because of more than 80 bombings. How will SolGold safeguard electricity coming from Colombia?

SolGold states in the PEA that workers at Alpala will bebussed in each day from Ibarra . This means that the Alpala mine site itself will have few people staying at the mine overnight except security staff. Given the precarious location of the mine, it is apparent that the mine could become a magnet for criminal groups and armed militia in the region.

We are concerned that not only will the mine be built in a politically unstable and dangerous region, but the pipeline and mining infrastructure, could come under attack or be sabotaged, as could the mine itself. How does SolGold plan to protect such a risky investment?

SolGold has employed the services of security firm G4S to look after its Cascabel security. G4S is facing a raft of lawsuits from staff who have alleged they were forced to work in unsafe conditions on Manus Island, among other places, with security guard Gregory Wisely alleging that after suffering a head injury during a riot, G4S did not allow him to stop work, and that he was not provided with any equipment to radio for help. Documents from a separate legal case allege G4S employed “incompetent and malicious security staff, who escalated the violence at the premises during the riots and contributed to the death of one transferee and the injury to other transferees“. The killed man was asylum seeker Reza Barati.

Can SolGold assure us that G4S will not put staff in similar danger at Cascabel if there is to be an altercation with illegal miners, criminal gangs or armed militia? Can SolGold ensure that G4S will not employ ex-FARC militia, individuals or groups with links to cartels, or guards with military training who might exacerbate the situation at Cascabel? Are G4S responsible for SolGold’s security across Ecuador, or will military or police be used at other concessions? What will the security costs be for all 72 concessions?

Illegal mining
Illegal mining in close proximity to the Cascabel concession has occurred at El Cielito (approx. 5-lOkm north of Cascabel) between 2017 and 2019; and the largest illegal mining operation in Ecuador in almost 30 years, occurred on a mining concession called lmba 2, owned by Australian mining magnate Gina Rinehart . The illegal mine, called El Triunfo, is only 10km south of Alpala. At this location over 10,000 illegal miners operated between November 2017 and July 2019. The miners were eventually evicted after the Moreno Government sent in 2000 troops and hundreds of police officers, however miners are starting to return to the area . Gina Rinehart and the Ecuadorian government are now purportedly in negotiations over who pays for the involvement of the military, with the Government saying it is the responsibility of mining companies to pay for security on their concessions.

How is SolGold safeguarding its concessions from illegal miners? What do you plan to do if a gold rush occurs at Alpala or its other concessions? How will SolGold afford to evict thousands of miners off its concessions in these instances, when there is already so many other factors that are delaying mining at the site?

SolGold’s links to Ecuadorian Military Pension Funds through BHP

In March 2019, BHP signed a US$82M Non-Binding LOI with Luminex Resources for the Condor Project in the south-west of Ecuador, located 55 km south of Ecuacorrient e’ s Mirador mine and 31 km south of Lundin Gold-Newcrest’s Fruta del Norte mine. Key elements of the deal give BHP the right to earn up to 70% ownership interest by investing an aggregate amount up to US$75M, with BHP making cash payments to Luminex up to US$7M.

The Condor Project is 10%4 owned by the Institute de Seguridad Social de las Fuerzas Armadas (“ISSFA”), which is the pension fund for Ecuador’s armed forces personnel.

On 5th August 2019, the local Shuar community held a non-violent protest against the Luminex/BHP Tarqui project. The military coincidentally turned up at the same time to conduct a “gun control operation” .

“First the police came. They left after talking to people and seeing that it was peaceful action. Now the army arrives saying they want to do a gun control.

What does SolGold think about the ethics of one of their key investors being involved with the Ecuadorian military? Seeing as BHP is a major investor in SolGold can we expect the military to coincidentally turn up when communities protest against other SolGold, BHP and Liminex projects? Or does the military only protect Luminex projects?

Community impact and lack of consultation
Despite the announcement by the Constitutional Court on Thursday 19th September, which denied Yaku Perez from calling a provincial referendum on mining, there is strong community opposition to mining. Following are testimonials from key community figures from all over Ecuador who denounce the operations of SolGold on their land.

Testimonials from communities impacted by So/Gold operations
1. “My name is Marcios Cordoba. I am from Bolivar province. We have concessions belonging to the mining company SolGold. These same concessions are located within the source areas for our water, where we also have waterfalls, lakes, and some archaeological sites. Importantly, I want to say that we totally and absolutely reject the mining company, and we are not going to permit entry or exploration within our territories . To date they have no social license, have done almost no socialization, and have done no consultation whatsoever

2. “My name is Abigail Rosero. I am from the canton of Pallatanga, in Chimborazo Province … Our territory has been concessioned to an Australian company by the name of Green Rock Resources, a subsidiary of SolGold. The land has been concessioned arbitrarily , without authorisation , without our knowledge and with no previous consultation to our communities. On top of this, we sit on the biggest geological faultline in Ecuador. They have been completing technical studies [of the area] . We say to them that Pallatanga is a beautiful place, with the best climate in the world. Our message to the directors of this Australian company is that they must stop entering our territory. Some of our ancestors are indigenous to here, a valiant people. And so they can’t enter Palanga. “

“These companies are inhumane… they came in arbitrarily, without consent from any of the communities. We’re coming to realize that we are arriving at a second colonisation in our country. I am angry that they think we don’t have rights, that we are just animals and indigenous peoples. We are honest people, and mining companies have a lot of money who are destroying our territories. In Pallatanga, we want them out.”

3. “My name is Soraya Chamba. I come from Carchi , Chical parish and from the community of Ontal … We’ re deceived as if we’re a subject of no value. They deceive people into sign in g [documents], and they do the same to community leaders and parish authorities; and then they proceed to socialise the communities… So this is a very clear message we wish to send to President Moreno: that there should be no exploitation of places like Cerro Golondrinas. For me, it ‘ s that they can come in, take our money and fly out again, but after that we have to survive. After that we’re left with con flicts, abuses, cases of prostitution that affect many, many people; they displace us…. It ‘ s for this reason that we continue to fight.”

4. Domingo Ankuash (Pueblo Shuar, Morena Santiago): ”They bribe leaders and threaten people, and then negotiations start between those companies… This is why we reject any company that is trying to enter without consult at ion . We are accused as guerrillas. They come in with the army and the police to kill, follow and displace the leaders who are defending the territory. We reject all companies not just this one. They are walking all over the laws of this country. For those of us who live there, they let us know when they are giving us bullets… They are all the same for us and we reject them all. They should leave our territory and let us live in peace . We live on banana and cassava. We don’t live on gold or uranium… They are the ones who are destroying the planet , but we defend it at the cost of our own lives. There are no benefits for indigenous peoples nor mestizos in Ecuador. 40 years of petroleum extraction and we have nothing.”

5. “I am Manuel Angamarca . I come from the parish of Gualel, in the canton and province of Leja . In Gualel there are difficulties with mining, and with the company called SolGold. In reality they have violated this place; they have violated with helicopters making noise, they have not respected human life here. They’ve passed over normal civilities that exist and are part of life here. More than this, they did not consult us before entering to do exploration activities, as mandated in the Constitution and in mining laws. Also, they have collected signatures from defenceless people who understand practically nothing; these people are offered a whole list of things, but they don’t understand that the other face of money is destruction . In this place there are water sources, which support our livelihoods. For this reason we can’ t conceive of permitting this illegal entry, because water is our life. All of Gualel is a source of water, and for this reason, the Constitution tells us clearly that we cannot permit these violations.”

“… Gualel has sacred water holes and homes everywhere, but the company didn’t respect t his. There is no pre and informed consent . They went over everything with this lack of respect. And they collect falsified signatures from elderly people and children to try and enter and get authorization to get their licence.”

6. “I am Benjamin Macas and I am part of the southern assembly from the province of Loja. SolGold , through their subsidiary Green Rock Resources, owns the concessions Cisne 2A, 2B and 2C. They are undertaking initial exploration studies. This is the location of the original sanctuary of El Cisne . In mid -August, a thousand residents
made their way from this parish to Loja. The Loja municipality, in response to our local population, has declared Loja Canton free of metals mining. On 27th and 28August, a large portion of the population marched to the city of Loja to support this resolution and demand the mining companies to leave. I believe that this shows the extent to which the population here does not permit our lands to be destroyed by metals mining.”

We are concerned that correct consultation processes have not taken place, especially given the Ecuadorian constitution which requires prior and informed consent by communities, and which enshrines the rights of nature and Indigenous people in the constitution . This is particularly important given recent legal wins, for example in April 2019 where the Waorani won a landmark case protecting their land from oil concessions , and in the case of Rio Blanco last year, where the Chinese -owned mine was forced to close over claims communities were not consulted about mining on their land.  A case won in the Provincial Court of lmbabura in June barred BHP/Codelco from entering concessions at the Manduriacu Reserve without permission .

What does SolGold say about statements that say authorisation has been falsified and communities have not been consulted? What does SolGold say about territories that have been entered illegally, or explored without permission by SolGold employees? What does SolGold say about permissions being falsified or been obtained with force or coercion, or obtained from someone who does not live in the area? What does SolGold say about aerial magnetic explorations that took place without consent or authorisation of the community?

Environmental impact of Mining Copper for Electric Cars
In Pallatango, Chimborazo, the Chillanes concession is on top of the biggest geological faultline in Ecuador . The Pallatanga fault (PF) is a prominent NNE-SSW strike-slip fault crossing Central Ecuador . This structure is suspected to have hosted large earthquakes, including the 1797 Riobamba event which caused severe destructions to buildings and a heavy death toll of more than 12,000 people, as well as widespread secondary effects like landsliding, liquefaction and surface cracking.

A mine in the region would be extremely unsafe and a tailings dams in the area at risk of collapse were an earthquake to occur. What will SolGold do to ensure the safety of mines and tailings facilities in this area, and how will SolGold protect local communities from harm if earthquake damage to a mine impacts water sources or causes a threat to life?

Most of southern Ecuador’s cities and towns are already experiencing growing water shortages due to rapid population growth. In Gualel , where there are major water sources, locals are concerned about water contamination by mining activit y. These sources not only provide water for the region but are considered sacred. Mining in this area could endanger both their livelihood and their way of lif e. What is SolGold planning to do to combat any risk
to water?

What will SolGold do in Bolivar to safeguard both communities access to water, and contamination of these sources? How will SolGold protect against the impact on forest and wildlife in the region?

Cascabel
How deep are the ore deposits at Cascabel? Previous studies indicate they are located at around 2000 metres but this is not being reported to shareholders. A mine 2 kilometres deep in an area of high rainfall and earthquake risk is likely to have significant impact and risk. The depth would also complicate extraction of the ore, and the cost of mining in the area. We are concerned that SolGold does not have the capital to build such a mine , particularly when it has so many other priority projects on the go. Will SolGold sell off Cascabel to another company? What will the impact be on SolGold shareholders if this is the
case?

The Cascabel concession is part of the Mira River basin, and is surrounded by mature primary and secondary forests that house endangered species, and protect pristine microbasin s. The entire Cascabel concession is part of the catchment for the Mira River which then runs through Colombia . Any contaminants that put this river system at risk could cause an international incident.

We are concerned about the impacts of the mine and related infrastructure on the local ecosystem, as well as the toxic waste generated by mining activities.

SolGold itself has said that it will extract 2.4 billion tonnes of ore from the mine. Based on that figure, we estimate the tailings generated by this mine would amount to at least l km
(1,000,000,000 m\ and could possibly exceed 2km3 over the life of the mine. To put these figures in perspective, the capacity of the largest lake in Ecuador – Lake Quilotoa is 0.35km,making tailings produced enough to fill the lake three times over, at a conservative estimate.

In their preliminary reports, SolGold states that decisions regarding the management of tailings are still in preparation . Can SolGold guarantee that the mined rocks do not contain pyrites or monosulphides, and can you guarantee that SolGold/ENSA will maintain tailings dams in the Cascabel concession for hundreds of years to ensure the toxicity of this waste is safely contained?

Given that the mine is in an area of high rainfall and earthquake risk, can SolGold guarantee that the structure of tailings dams built on the Cascabel concession will be sound and will not be vulnerable to earthquakes, overflow from heavy rain or increased waste volumes, as occurred with the Vale/BHP disaster in Bento Rodrigues in November 2015, or that of Brumadihno, where 300 Brazilians died when the tailings pool collapsed in January 2019? We understand that SolGold have very limited experience in mine const ruct ion . The approval of a record-height tailings dam at Mirador leaves us highly concerned that similar foolhardy constructions will be approved at Cascabel.

We are concerned that Alpala will not be the only mine constructed in the Cascabel concession. From SolGold’s reports, we are given to understand that there are several other ore bodies that ENSA/SolGold are exploring within the concession. Can SolGold disclose if this is the case, and if these ore bodies will be block cave mined individually, or absorbed into one large super-mine several kilometres in size?

Cornerstone, BHP and Newcrest
We understand that SolGold and Cornerstone have been at loggerheads for some time , especially since the failed buyout of Cornerstone earlier this year. Can you update us on your relationship with Cornerstone? How about BHP and Newcrest? Is SolGold at risk of take over?

For more info http://www.rainforestactiongroup.org  or write to info@rainforestactiongroup.org

Cruelty

Paradigms Shift 6th of September 2019 Friday at noon.

This show tells the story of the cruel detention and deportation of a Tamil family who had already been settled in the country town of Queensland called Biloela.

It shows the lengths to which the Australian government will go to make it like difficult for those fleeing persecution in another country and who arrive by boat in Australia.

Ian interviews Pamela Curr who has spent the last 20 years visiting asylum seekers in detention in Australia.

Questions
These are the questions put to a refugee advocate recently awarded an Order of Australian Medal for her work with refugees. Pamela expresses her views on the deportation of a Tamil family from a country town in Australia.

  1. What is cruelty?
  2. Regarding the deportation of the Biloela refugee family from Tamil Nadu, the Australian National anthem states: ““For those who’ve come across the seas, We’ve boundless plains to share; With courage let us all combine, To Advance Australia Fair.” Is the deportation of this family Australian?
  3. Biloela resident Laraine Webster called for the Tamil family currently on Christmas Island to be returned to the Queensland community of Biloela where they were living before they lost their asylum bid.
  4. Is the cruel stance taken by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton an expression of the popular will?
  5. Both sides of parliament support laws resulting in the family’s deportation, so how do people who do not support those cruel laws, have their views respected by our countrymen and women?
  6. A succession of courts, including the High Court, have previously found the parents and the eldest child are not refugees and do not qualify for Australia’s protection. Are you able to briefly explain why?
  7. Despite being Australian-born, Tharunicaa has been deemed an “unauthorised maritime arrival” under the Migration Act, which stipulates children of asylum seekers who arrive in the country by boat cannot apply for a visa. Do you have any explanation for that law?
  8. The father Nades fears his links to Hindu Tamil Tigers insurgents, who battled Sri Lanka’s majority Buddhist government during the civil war, means he could face persecution if he goes back.  According to Article 1 of the 1951 UN Convention, as modified by the 1967 Protocol, a refugee is defined as a person who ‘owing to well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his (or her) nationality … so why is the Tamil family not regarded as being refugees?
  9. What can people of good will do to reverse the situation for refugees in Australia?
  10. Under Australian law, the Tamil family’s claims for asylum have never been strong yet the #Let Them Stay movement have put a lot of time, money and effort into their case. Given that there are thousands of more cases, many of them stronger, have we done the right thing by focusing of this particular family?
  11. The Labor Party singles out this case as being different from other claims. Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese said the government should intervene on the basis that Nades worked at the Biloela meatworks – a business that couldn’t source enough local workers to operate. Do you agree with him and if so why? Should refugees be graded for their potentional economic value to Australia?

Playlist
Stand by Me – Ben E King
Satellites – Jumping Fences
Free West Papua – George Telek
Article 14 – Tony Mockeridge

Is Democracy Sustainable?

Paradign Shift 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon –
12pm Fri 9 Aug 2019: Is democracy sustainable?

Stanthorpe gets Emu Swamp Dam – On the 4th August 2019 the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham, gave the Brisbane Times a scoop. The minister did not send the media release to the Courier Mail so newcorp didn’t get to run this story about Queensland’s new dam on the Southern Tablelands near Stanthorpe. The story in the Brisbane Times revealed the construction of Emu Swamp Dam to be completed by 2022.

Australia’s Transport Dilemma – Australia has a number of serious problems with its provision of energy for transport. It has a very high level of dependency on imported oil from politically unstable regions, with very little strategic reserves, significant greenhouse gas emissions (19% of total emissions), large distances, and a highly car and truck dependent transport sector. Does Australia have a Transport Plan that comprehensively addresses these issues? Or are we flying blind? Ian interviews Trevor Berrill a Sustainable Energy Engineer about the problems with Transport industry’s use of fuels.

University of Queensland doubles down on heritage demolition plan – The University of Queensland is trying to take down the one space it does not control at St Lucia. This is corporate theft from generations of students and staff. They built the UQ Union Complex with their union fees and gave it a history to boot. Ian interviews Lee Duffield an alumni and a lecturer at another University.

Playlist

Johnny Cash – One piece at a time
Chuck Berry – Maybalene
Jumping Fences – A View from a Wooden Chair

References

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter

Broadcast on The Paradigm Shift, 2 Aug 2019 4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon.

“Those who can make you believe in absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Voltaire

HK Democratic Rights
Ian interviews Hong Kong activists at democracy demonstrations in Brisbane. Lloyd interviews students at UQ protesting the Confucius Institute. (Thanks Lloyd!)

The Greater Threat – Nuclear Winter
Ian Interviews Denis Doherty from the Anti-Bases Coalition about the threat of nuclear war. These are the questions asked:

1) What happened at Hiroshima in 1945 and why?

2) Hiroshima was the first use of nuclear weapons against a civilian population, could it happen again?

3) Is the world close to nuclear war now? If so, where?

4) Chernobyl and Fukushima were terrible nuclear catastrophes, what happened and why?

5) Are similar nuclear accidents possible and if so where?

6) For 74 years August the 6th, Hiroshima day, has been a focus for people to stop war and put an end to nuclear weapons … how can ordinary people stand against nuclear weapons?

7) The anti-war movement received a set back in 2003 when the Australian government ignored the pleas of a million people on the streets and went to war against the Iraqi people, is the anti-war movement strong enough to resist future wars? How can the anti-war movement become stronger?

See podcast below for the responses Denis gave:

Playlist
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Honte Chosi
Urban Guerillas – Americans are coming
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon – Shima Uta
Jumping Fences – The Quiet of the Winter Moon

Liner Notes
Shima-uta is a genre of songs originating from the Amami Islands, Kagoshima Prefecture of southwestern Japan. It is also associated with Okinawa. “Shima Uta” (島唄, lit. “Island Song”) is a 1992 song by the Japanese band The Boom whose lead singer was inspired to write the song after a visit to Okinawa: “…for the first time saw a deeper side of Okinawa. I saw some remains of the war there and visited the Himeyuri Peace and Memorial Museum and learnt about the female students who became like voluntary nurses looking after injured soldiers. There were no places to escape from the U.S. army in Okinawa, so they had to find caves. Although they hid from the U.S. army, they knew they would be searching for them, and thought they would be killed, so they moved from one cave to another. Eventually they died in the caves. I heard this story from a woman who was one of these girls and who survived. I was still thinking about how terrible it was after I left the museum. Sugar canes were waving in the wind outside the museum when I left and it inspired me to write a song. I also thought I wanted to write a song to dedicate to that woman who told me the story. Although there was darkness and sadness in the underground museum, there was a beautiful world outside. This contrast was shocking and inspiring.
— Kazufumi Miyazawa, fRoots, April 2003.

The Big Ride for Palestine 2019

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Journey beyond Fear

Paradigm Shift (4ZZZ fm 102.1 Fridays at Noon)Broadcast 19 July 2019

Ian interviews filmmakers Robyn Hughan and Steve Warne who have spent 7 years documenting a journey of an Afghani refugee family fleeing war in Afghanistan to arrive in Australia via Iran and Malaysia. Features Q & A at the Brisbane Premiere of the film at New Farm Cinema.

Photo: (from left) Steve Warne, Mark Louttit, Larissa Waters, Robyn Hughan, Alyce Platt

Playlist
Alyce Platt – Funny Little World
Jumping Fences – Distant Love No Telephone
Phil Monsour – Who Killed Reza Berati
Cisco Houston – Deportees

Reference
https://www.journeybeyondfear.com/