G20 (black) BLOC PARTY

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Well here we go…… Geetwenty fever is well and truly setting in… more and more police are visible around Brisbane city and South Brisbane where the G20 super summer summit will take place.

When we take to the streets on Saturday for the People’s March in the hot hot Brisbane sun the crowd control device of choice would have to be water cannons but the next best thing would have to be the LRAD (rad!) sound systems which the Queensland police are in possession of.

Since we all don’t want to be part of any revolution which doesn’t involved dancing, the ‘free speech zone‘ on Saturday during the march should be lots of fun as long as the po po remember to bring the beats (and blops).

As the march crosses the Kurilpa bridge, everything going as planned, underneath us on the river should be paper boats set sail by the Refugee Action Collective Queensland.

I caught up with Scotia Monkivitch at a boat building workshop on Sunday to find out about Walking Borders a series of actions which are going to culminate with the flotilla of paper boats planned to meet the People’s March.

Don’t want to go to the People’s March try the refugee FLASH MOB.

First of all on the show though The Stimulator gives us a run down on 2 major struggles which are currently happening around the globe. We play the first half of the latest It’s the End of the World as we Know if and I feel FINE!.

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We also talk to Brisbane Community Action Network spokesperson Robin Taubenfeld about the People’s Summit which starts tomorrow. You can download the program here.

 

Mexico Protests

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Chilean activist destroys student debt papers worth $500m

Republished from The Independent 18 May 2014

by Neela Debnath.

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An activist in Chile has burnt documents representing $500 million (£300 million) worth of student debt during a protest at Universidad del Mar.

Francisco Tapia, who is also known as “Papas Fritas”, claimed that he had “freed” the students by setting fire to the debt papers or “pagarés”.

Mr Tapia has justified his actions in a video he posted on YouTube on Monday 12 May, which has since gone viral and garnered over 55,000 views.

In the five-minute video the artist and activist, translated by the Chilean news site Santiago Times, he passionately says: “You don’t have to pay another peso [of your student loan debt]. We have to lose our fear, our fear of being thought of as criminals because we’re poor. I am just like you, living a s**tty life, and I live it day by day — this is my act of love for you.”

He confessed he destroyed the papers without the knowledge of the students during a takeover at the university demanding free higher education.

According to the video’s description, Mr Tapia was at the protests when he hatched the plan to wipe the student debt by stealing the papers. It goes on to say that he wanted to create a work of art to reflect the problem of student debt plaguing the nation.

While his act of defiance will have brought smile to those now debt-free students, it will be difficult for the university to recoup the losses and the higher institution may have to individually sue students to get the get the debt repaid.

There have been protests in Chile since 2011 calling for reform of the university system and for free high-quality education. It was hoped the newly-elected president, Michelle Bachelet, would be bring reform, after a campaign promising drastic change to the education system.

However, two months on, tens of thousands of students have taken again to the street calling again for changes promised.

Students in Chile Protest to Michael Jackson’s Thriller

 

 

 

 

Life in Israel: Interview with an Israeli Against the War (IDF Refusenik)

With the current attack on Gaza by the Israeli Defense Force – Operation Pillar of Cloud – the hatred of Palestinians by some Israelis is emerging.

This reminded me of an interview I did with an Israeli Rotem Dan Moore in 2009.

At the time Israeli Defence Forces were attacking Palestine in an operation called Operation Cast Lead.

Rotem lives in Jerusalem and opposes the war on Gaza, he even spent time in jail because he refused to take part in the compulsory military service that young Israelis must do.

I produced an audio package in 2 parts which includes some actuality from within Gaza.

Part I begins with Rotem describing the location of the Gaza Strip and other communities of Palestinians :

Or download here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/31119

Part II begins with a discussion about the anger Israelis seem to have towards Israel:

Or download here http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/31140

Detailed  information on IDF Refuseniks can be found on Wikipedia.

Israelis continue to resist the war and refuse to serve in the military, today there is news of Nathan Blanc who is likely to have been imprisoned due to his refusal to serve in the IDF.

To military prison, instead of Gaza – Conscientious Objector Natan Blanc to be imprisoned this morning

Meanwhile the bombing continues. I’m compiling a list of sources for news on the attack on Gaza and will update as I come across more.

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Gaza: They Have Names by Felicity Arbuthnot + Death Toll Mounts In Gaza

Top 10 Myths About the Israeli Attack on Gaza

Democracynow.org (USA) – excellent in-depth reporting
http://www.democracynow.org/search?query=gaza&commit=Search

Harry Fear, an independent journalist based in Gaza with a very good livestream
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/operation-pillar-of-cloud