RADIOACTIVE DINNER

brazil_olympics

Getting back into podcasting the show. For a while it’s just been on 4ZZZ in Brisbane and on demand from their website.

This sedition is Linda and Peter chatting  first, actually gossiping, a bit about what’s going on after a split in a socialist group in Brisbane. One group kicked the Stalinists out so Peter talks a bit about things that happened back in the day with socialists in Russia.

The main feature of this show is an interview with Robin Taubenfeld about food irradiation. In Australia the list of approved foods is growing and now blueberries and raspberries.

We also cover the Olympics in Brazil a bit and the regular segment Bad Cop No Donut.

LISTEN ONLINE

DOWNLOAD FROM RADIO4ALL

MUSICfood irradiation_1

From Manus Prison

Behrouz Boochani

From Manus prison:

Behrouz Bouchani

Yesterday the evidence of shocking abuse of teenage prisoners in the Northern Territory juvenile detention shook Australia. Straight away the Prime Minister announced a Royal Commission and the Northern Territory Corrections Minister was sacked. That is important and valuable that a big part of the society has a strong reaction about human rights abuses in juvenile detention.

But there is a big question and that is, why Australian politicians and people don’t care about those reports that international organisations like Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, UN committee against torture, and also the Australian Senate inquiry published about abuse, assaults, rapes and torture in Australian prisons in Manus and Nauru.

I give you an example. George Brandis says the Royal Commission about juvenile detention should ask many important things. Why was such brutal mistreatment of detainees allowed to happen? Is there a culture of abuse? Why was earlier evidence of serious problems not acted on enough? And did those people who did the abuse even understand they had a duty of care? These questions are so important and I have a question for this man and other Australian politicians.

Why do you never ask these questions about Manus and Nauru?


It shows that you don’t believe in human rights, and only use this concept for political aims. I mean that the human rights concept is only a cover for your political games and I wonder why Australian people don’t think deeply about the political actions of their politicians.

Human rights is a global value and we don’t have this right to discriminate between people. I know Aboriginal people in Australia are so discriminated against and that must change. They are human, and refugees in Manus and Nauru are human, and there is not any difference between people everywhere. I think that this discrimination shows us that moral values are completely collapsed in Australia and western countries.

We can not say that we believe in human rights and principles, and make discrimination between people. This kind of discrimination directly affects global values and it is dangerous for our civilization. Abuse of any person is wrong, and we need Australian governments to stop abusing people in juvenile detention, and in Manus and Nauru too.

Another point is that this is the best time for Australia to think deeply about the prison concept and find an answer for this question – why is prison a big part of Australian culture?

This a big moment when people and media should continue to ask this question because I know that the politicians are only trying to hide that this is happening under some moral words, and be sure that if Australia does not find an answer this kind of abuse and violence will happen again and again.

Behrouz Boochani is a Kurdish refugee who fled Iran, in danger of his life. He sought protection in Australia but has been incarcerated on Manus Island in immigration detention since 2013.

‘We Did it’ – GetUp! Claims Credit For Sun Rising This Morning

‘We Did it’ – GetUp! Claims Credit For Sun Rising This Morning

getup-bannerProgressive campaigning group GetUp! has claimed credit in an exclusive email to “all members of our powerful community” for the Sun rising this morning. 

In the message, delivered to it is supporters as well as everyone who has ever signed an online GetUp! petition and is confused about how to unsubscribe, the group said: “Yesterday evening, things looked dark for our communities. Many of us watched with horror as the Sun began to go down.

“But we refused to stay silent. We thought of the future, of our children, and our powerful movement spring into action!

“After so many of you took action by calling MPs offices and sharing our video ‘Let The Sun Still Shine On Our Children’s Playgrounds’, we can confirm that at 7:01am this morning, the Sun rose once more!”

The victory comes hot on the heels of the campaigning group declaring victory in its effort in the federal elections to defeat all candidates from the hard right…

View original post 148 more words

Inside Nauru: As told by Refugees not Channel 9

A Current Affair’s news crew were the first outside television crew allowed access to Nauru Australia’s refugee dumping ground.

They promise a story that will stun Australians. It is unclear in what way it will stun. Will they portray the prison island in it’s true light or will they provide an honest account.

In all likely hood many will be stunned by just how low ACA will go.

Aside from the fact the government would not have allowed them access to the island had they thought the show would do proper independent journalism, apparently the film crew were followed around by Nauruan government officials and police.

This documentary is made by refugees on Nauru. This is what the government and corporate interests don’t want you to see.

 

Vision released of police officer pulling gun on speeding motorist in outback Queensland

Bad cop no donut.

via abc. 05/06/2016

The ABC has obtained exclusive footage of the moment a senior constable pulled a gun on a motorist caught speeding in outback Queensland.

The video is part of a collection of clips tendered to a civil hearing before a judge in the Supreme Court as the now-suspended policeman fights to have his pay reinstated.

The first video shows Senior Constable Stephen Flanagan driving on the Landsborough Highway on the outskirts of Longreach before he spots a ute driving 126 kilometres per hour in a 110kph zone.

It was tendered by lawyers for Police Commissioner Ian Stewart in an affidavit responding to Flanagan’s application.

The video shows Flanagan trying to use his horn to pull the driver over while his siren is off.

“F****** pull over now c***,” he said to himself after honking.

The driver slows down, drives off, then pulls over again amid more honking.

The dashcam shows Flanagan emerging from the police car, pointing a gun at the driver saying: “Get out of your f****** car right now.”

Also tendered to court was a smartphone recording made by the driver’s partner as she sat in the ute.

“What the f*** are you pulling here today?” Flanagan said to her partner.

“You came past me – I’m bloody beeping the horn up the side to point you over and you still keep driving.

“What is your f****** story? Do you have a licence?

“You didn’t see me? Right, where’s your licence dickhead?”

Police present footage of separate incident

The driver was then handcuffed while Flanagan checked his registration but was released a short time later when the senior constable realised it was not a stolen car as he first assumed.

The couple later filed an official complaint prompting the immediate suspension of Flanagan.

He was also charged with assault and deprivation of liberty after an investigation by the Ethical Standards Command.

But Flanagan said withholding pay during his suspension was unfair.

In his application to court, Flanagan said he thought the car was stolen and he had not realised his sirens were not on.

In submissions, senior police management said it stood by its decision and tendered another video of Flanagan in a separate incident on the Gold Coast in 2013 in which he was stood down for failing to treat a driver with appropriate dignity and respect.

In this video, he pulled a driver over on the M1 motorway for allegedly speeding.

“You’re doing 150 and you’re driving like an absolute c*** mate,” he said.

“No, I wasn’t,” the driver replied.

As the driver explained his actions, his keys were thrown to the ground.

“We’ll go to court and I’ll sit there and drink coffee and laugh my ass off while you get convicted, how’s that sound?” Flanagan said.

Flanagan will face court on the criminal charges in relation to the Longreach incident later this week while the Supreme Court decides on the outcome of his pay.

Under the suspension order, he is still allowed to find casual work for the time being.