EXECUTE CAPITALISM

The count down is on to the G motherfucking 20 and the media is going wild over ‘Anarchists’ and the usage of black bloc style tactics in the sleepy streets of Brisbane.

We’ve also been warned to look out for anarchists with nail clippers. What terrifying things could anarchists do with nail clippers?

Apparently we bring them so we can escape from zip tied handcuffs. How can we used nail clippers while handcuffed I don’t know… but I guess it could work if one managed to de-arrest someone. Thanks for the tip Professor Clive Williams.

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On AAradio though we begin by looking further afield to Iran where the brutal Islamic government has executed a woman who killed a man who tried to rape her. As of October 22 this year Iran had executed at least 585 people.

Then to get a good perspective on the big gangster meeting happening in Brisbane next month The Juice Media break it down for us with the latest Rap News.

And continuing on with our look at what went on in the streets of resistance outside other G20’s we look at what went down in Mexico.

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MUSIC

Daily Meds – Money in the Bank info
Kids on the Run – Barkly Desert Culture – Ali Curong Community info
Marx and Tu P – March is Long info
Eedam feat. Shahin Nafaji – Execution info
thejuicemedia – G20 info
BAMBU – Minimum Wage info
Shining Soul – No Mercy info
DDM – Greve Generale info

THIS MUSIC CUTS RAZOR WIRE

I put together a show of just music and my friend helped me to burn it onto cds to give out to people.

The music is independent, politically hard hitting  and from all over the world so I’ve uploaded it as a show to Radio4all.

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1.  Catch 22  –   Robbie Gore  – Townsville

2.  Ride the Fence  –  The Coup  – Oakland/California

3.  5 million ways to kill a CEO –  The Coup  – Oakland

4.  CIA Hypo-Programmed Robot Assassin  –  ELF  –  Canberra

5.  Bruno Wilson – Intervention InvasionRed Sand Culture (Volume 1) NT

6.  Boys from the Bush  – Joseph Shannon & Messiah Long – Boys from tha Bush – Red Sand Culture (Vol 1) NT

7.  Wiya Angela PamelaSuper Raelene Bros – Alice Springs

8.  The Block  –  Jesse and the Clevo Street Boys – Redfern/Sydney

9.  United We Struggle  –  United Struggle Project  –  Kenya  

10.  Life is a War  –  United Struggle Project  –  Kenya

11.  Quest  –  Combat Wombat  –  Melbourne

12.  Come Rescue Me  –  Resident Anti-Hero  –     Portland/Oregon

13.  People Never Heard  –  Drowning Dog and Malatesta  –    Milano/Italy

14.  Asylum is a Crime  –  Pataphysics  – Melbourne

15.  Plan It  –  Non-Bossy-Posse  –  Sydney

16.  Anti-Capitalist Anthem  –  Sole  –  Portland, Maine

17.  Thief  –  Looptroop  –   Sweden

NOT YET FREE

Another episode of Autonomous Action Radio is completed and ready for you to listen to.

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The first thing we talk about is the Freedom Flotilla to West Papua. with an update from Wave about the epic journey they are making from Lake Eyre in South Australia to West Papua.

On Monday they had just left Thursday Island but now they are nearing the Australia/Indonesia sea border listen to the latest audio update –

Pogcast 9/11: Densus 88, Sunsets & the War on Terror

Linda also speaks about the Vote 4 Boats action which many people took part in on Saturday September 7 at Australian election polling booths.

It’s a big and long story some of it may never be told and many different versions may prevail in what is really just one small part of a puzzle that made history.
It started millions of years ago when a rain fell on a mountain in a place now known as Papua. That water sunk into the earth and like this story it passed through many layers and travelled many miles through rock sand and soil. After millions of years it surfaced in the desert in a place very sacred to the people of that land. It is from that land that this story begins. We have come along way and it is important that the water and the ashes that have accompanied us on this journey come full circle and make its the people of west Papua .. I think we are going to make it… Izzy Brown

Vote 4 Boats

News (thanks to Democracy Now)

Human rights activists at the G-20 in St. Petersburg have been staging protests to call attention to Russia’s crackdown on LGBT rights, including a recent ban on voicing support for LGBT relationships around minors. On Thursday, a member of President Vladimir Putin’s ruling party put forth a new measure that would allow the state to take children away from parents who are gay.

A U.S. drone strike early this morning killed at least seven people in the Pakistani area of North Waziristan. The strike was reportedly directed at a home. The identities of the dead are not known. Pakistani officials say there were militants.

California prisoners have ended a historic hunger strike after two months. The prisoners said in a statement Thursday they had decided to “suspend” the strike, adding that their resistance will continue against what they termed “decades of systemic state-sanctioned torture via the system’s solitary confinement units.” While many prisoner demands remain unmet, two Democratic state lawmakers have vowed to hold public hearings on California’s use of solitary confinement. At its height, the prison hunger strike included 30,000 people and was hailed as the largest in California’s history. Last month a federal judge authorized force-feeding of the prisoners.

A U.S. Navy student who says she was sexually assaulted by three fellow midshipmen at an off-campus party last year has asked the superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy to drop his authority over the case, saying he is biased. The victim’s lawyer says Vice Admiral Michael Miller failed to protect the student from harassment or to punish the accused men — who are all former Navy football players — after they bragged about their alleged sexual encounters with her on social media. The complaint also cites the “repetitive and grueling cross-examination” endured by the victim, who was forced to testify for more than 25 hours at a preliminary hearing that ended Tuesday. At the hearing, defense lawyers questioned the victim on topics that included whether she wore a bra and underwear to the party, how she performs oral sex, and whether she “felt like a ho” the morning after the alleged assault.

‘7/Sept/2013 Black Bloc, Brazil

Protests in over 170 cities. #BlackBloc protesters are being arrested because of a new law against wearing masks in protests.

Music

Playlist on 4ZZZ website

Bedding/backing music – http://unisonicascension.com/variousmp3s/

http://streetsixtysix.bandcamp.com/track/ghost-town

11th, 1973 – CIA-backed, SOA-trained fascists within the Chilean military overthrow democratically-elected socialist President Salvador Allende. General Augusto Pinochet and his cronies bomb the presidential palace, La Moneda, with fighter jets and initiate a decades-long brutal dictatorship. “Santiago” is about that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvador_Allende

ECO-PORN

Police photo of ”terrorist material” seized form Kolectivo Bandera Negra
Police photo of ”terrorist material” seized form Kolectivo Bandera Negra

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This episode looks at Greenwashing but first 5 anarchists have been jailed in Barcelona.

“On May 15, Yolanda, Silvia, Juan, Xabier and José were arrested in their homes in the province of Barcelona, by order of the Spanish National Court, in a police operation that resulted as well in the smashing and seizure of material from Catalan anarchists premises.

Accused of committing crimes such as terrorist group membership, praising terrorism, recruitment and indoctrination and storage of explosives, they are currently jailed in Soto del Real prison (Madrid), far away from their families and friends, under third grade imprisonment.

The details of the charges are: the alleged involvement of these five anarchists on Facebook pages (“Bandera Negra” and “Front Solidari de Barcelona” among others) that the state and regional police forces consider to be “terrorist gangs”-despite not having proved any activity outside social networks-, their involvement in demonstrations in which there have been incidents and publishing opinions “that have aimed to spread subversive ideas and to incite and / or commit crimes against State and capitalist interests “ (Court order of 17/05/2013).

Moreover, the prosecution believes that the material seized in their homes reinforces these accusations: flags and shirts with anarchist theme, libertarian philosophy books, gasoline from the garage, screws of various kinds, Valencian firecrackers and rockets whose sell is legal.”

More information here.

MUSIC

Chumbawamba – ABCs of Anarchism

iNSURGE – Happy Birthday Union Carbide

iNSURGE – Sydney 2000 Toxic Sludge

The Fuck Fucks – Torch the Olympics

Combat Wombat – Alternative Energy

Sole – Generation Hot

MC Frontalot – First World Problem

Resident Anti-Hero – Cut the Power

Painting the World Green

Greenwashing – The term Greenwashing is a play on the concept of whitewashing.

It’s when companies use marketing spin to make their products seem environmentally friendly… when most of the time they’re not and in fact it can be argued that selling anything in the capitalist market place can not be environmentally friendly.

Greenwashing was coined by New York environmentalist Jay Westerveld in a 1986 essay regarding the hotel industry’s practice of placing green placards in each room which promoted reuse of guest-towels allegedly to “save the environment”.

Westerveld found that in most cases these claims were hollow and used to disguise cost cutting techniques … the overall aim being to increase profit.

These days green is the new black and companies spend big bucks on advertising being green to appeal to consumers rather than on doing anything that actually could be environmentally beneficial such as taking responsibility for the entire life cycle of their product.

Examples include changing the name or label of a product to give the feeling of nature and altering the colors used by your brand to include green or both.

For example BP,entered the greenwashing playing field, spending 200 million dollars on re-branding their company. Part of their re-branding was use of the slogan “beyond petroleum” and a new green and yellow sunburst design for their logo.

In Norway the consumer ombudsman banned car manufactures from claiming their vehicles are ‘green’, ”clean’ or ‘environmentally’ friendly saying that – “Cars cannot do anything good for the environment except less damage than others’.

Manufacturers risk fines if they fail to drop the words.

The Australian Trade Practices Act has been modified to include punishment of companies that make  misleading environmental claims.

In 2008 GM Holden were fined by the ACCC for their Grrrrrreen campaign promoting their range of Saab vehicles using these words and phrases – “Grrrrrreen”, “Every Saab is green. With carbon emissions neutral across the entire Saab range” and “Shift to Neutral”.

When the Olympics games were held in London 3 organisations the London Mining Network, Bhopal Medical Appeal and UK Tar Sands Network set up a campaign called Greenwash Gold 2012.

10 yrs before the London Olympics the Sydney Olympics were being hyped as the greenest ever….. despite the site where they were held being a former industrial and armaments depot.

Dr Sharon Beder who wrote a research paper called Greenwashing an Olympic Sized Toxic Dump she says of the site:

 
“In recent years asbestos-contaminated waste and chemicals including dioxins and pesticides have been found there, along with arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and zinc. It is the worst toxic waste dump in Australia, and the bay into which the waste leaches is so contaminated that there is a fishing ban. The sediments in the bay have concentrations of dioxin that make it one of the world’s worst dioxin hot spots. The dioxin is largely the result of waste from a Union Carbide factory which manufactured the notorious herbicide Agent Orange there during the Vietnam war. “

She goes on to add that the Sydney Games site’s green transformation was possible due to the help of environmental groups such as Greenpeace.

For Greenpeace, participation in developing a showcase Olympic village offered another benefit: the opportunity to transform its own image. Instead of simply sounding the alarm on environmental problems as it had done for the previous 20 years, the “new Greenpeace” would be seen as promoting solutions.

‘Greenpeace International wrote to Olympic sponsors, including BHP, Coca Cola, General Motors-Holden, McDonalds, and others, offering to help them earn the name of ‘Green’ in the same way as the Sydney Olympics has: ‘As sponsors, you have the opportunity to play a key role in this success. One of the many benefits of being part of the Green Games is the chance to demonstrate your company’s commitment to the environment and to future generations. The Sydney Olympics offer your staff the opportunity to take part in a long-term global initiative to protect the world’s environment… Greenpeace would like to work with you to explore the areas in which you can make an environmental contribution during the Sydney 2000 Games.’

In 2007 an environmental marketing firm TerraChoice released a study called “The Six Sins of Greenwashing

Another example of greenwashing is Earth Hour.

Earth Hour encourages consumers to switch off electric appliances for 1 hour. This may make people feel good about a minor inconvenience without creating any sustained reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

Website the wrong kind of green published an article which calls Earth Hour ‘the ultimate parody of this great coming together of all that is evil in the world of greenwashing.’

And continues – ‘I don’t use the term “evil” lightly. A person cannot be evil; an action can. Earth Hour is evil because it not only allows corporations, politicians, urban sprawls and industrial monoliths to look good in the eyes of a naive public, it actively attacks genuine attempts to try and undermine the very things that feed off Earth Day. An ordinary person in the thrall of industrial civilization cannot fail to be impressed by the sight of a thousand buildings simultaneously switching off their lights in the name of planet Earth; how can something as mundane as building non-dependent communities compete with such glamour.’

And a look at the corporate sponsors of Earth Hour 2011 gives insight also into the cynical nature of this event.

First I’ll mention 2012 Greenwash Gold winners Rio Tinto…

Unilever who I’ve mentioned in a previous episode about they test on animals.

Toyota , Coco Cola who have been implicated in among other things rape, torture and murder of workers in South America, One Steel, Emirates Airlines and Mitsubishi Electric

And the organisation behind. Earth Hour WWF has a dismal record of jumping into bed with corporate polluters in return for sponsorship dollars

I highly recommend the site wrongkindofgreen.org for more information on this and other examples of the manipulation, compromise and otherwise selling out of non government organisations.

Similarly, introduction of a Carbon Emission Trading Scheme may feel good but is it actually beneficial in the long term? A group involved with Friend’s of the Earth in the Uk set up a scheme called Cheat Neutral to demonstrate how carbon emission trading works or rather doesn’t work.

  • Cheatneutral tries to make it seem acceptable to cheat on your partner. In the same way, carbon offsetting tries to make it acceptable to carry on emitting excess carbon.

  • Cheatneutral doesn’t really do much to reduce the amount of cheating in the world. Carbon offsetting does very little to reduce global carbon emissions.