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Another cracking episode of the 4ZZZ AnarchyShow.

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First up Linda reads something she wrote on why she won’t be celebrating the release of #babyasha into community detention after a community campaign.

Then an interview with Friands of the Earth Nuclear Campaigner Robin Taubenfeld about the proposed nuclear waste dump near Inglewood.

Then It’s the End of the World as We Know it and I feel FINE.

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Combat Wombat – Displaced People info
Pataphysics – Asylum is a Crime info
United Struggle Project – Bow No No Way info
Non Bossy Posse – No Danger info
Tanya Tagaq X Boogey the Beat – Uja info

 

I Will Not Celebrate the Release of Baby Asha

This is a continuation of something I wrote for the 4ZZZ AnarchyShow today.

Regarding the release of Baby Asha into community detention.

This is not a victory. This is one step along the road to victory. There have been many steps before this and there are many to come.

There’s still over 260 people in Australia facing deportation to Nauru including 36 other babies.

Personally I know the relatives of a Kurdish baby and her family who are in Brisbane Immigration Transit Accommodation.

This is called a transit centre because it is for people in transit. This baby is set for return to Nauru. And it seems this will happen soon.

This is no reason for celebration.

There are still almost 1500 people in Australia’s offshore detention hellholes.

I will not be celebrating until they are brought back to this country and are living in the community.

The government and opposition still have offshore detention policies.

I will not be celebrating until these are abolished.

I will not be celebrating until the government has a fair and just refugee determination process.

Minister Dutton has said Baby Asha will be sent back to Nauru after all legal and medical issues are resolved.

Like other refugees brought from Nauru to Australia if Baby Asha and her family are found in need of our protection – through the recently introduced dodgy fast track policy – they will be sent back to Nauru.

Fungal diseases have become epidemic in the so called community on Nauru. Just imagine conditions in tents with no air-conditioning.
Fungal diseases have become epidemic in the so called community on Nauru.
Just imagine conditions in tents with no air-conditioning.

They also will have the ‘opportunity’ to settle in Cambodia or another of Australia’s poor neighbors who are bribed by our government to take them.

If they are found not to be owning of our ‘protection’ they will have to stay on Nauru or be sent back to the country they fled.

In Baby Asha’s case Nepal where her family are part of a persecuted Christian minority.

This is no reason to celebrate.

There is no reason to celebrate while lawyers for Baby Asha and family are being denied access to their clients.

I will not be celebrating while I am receiving messages from people (they are people, not numbers, not statistics) saying they are sick of life in the Manus Island detention facility and want to die.

I will not be celebrating while cats walk around inside the hospital in Nauru.

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A cat can be seen in the background although the condition are bad in without the cat

I won’t be celebrating until there is justice for Reza Berati, Hamid Kehazaei, Leo Seemanpillai, Fazel Chegeni, Omid Avazali, Ali Muhammad, Mohammad Nasim Najafi and all the others who have died because of Australia’s refugee policies.

This includes deaths, there is a way to ensure we help refugees without them having to risk their lives at sea.

Basically I won’t be celebrating until Australia has humanity at the centre of all things not money.

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Reza Berati’s grave he was murdered during unrest on Manus Island in 2014, no one has been convicted of his death.

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The conditions Baby Asha will grow up in if sent back to Nauru

ANARCHY IN ROJAVA

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A ‪#‎women‬ ‪#‎Kurdish‬ fighter from the ‪#‎YPJ‬ in ‪#‎Kobanê‬.
A ‪#‎women‬ ‪#‎Kurdish‬ fighter from the ‪#‎YPJ‬ in ‪#‎Kobanê‬.

After revisiting the Anarchist Alphabet for a look at G is for Gentrification the show goes into an interview with Nicky Danesh from the Middle Eastern Anarchist Network.

Nicky speaks about what is happening in Northern Syria in a region called Rojava.

Here’s what David Greaber had to say after visiting the region

Well, if anyone had any doubt in their minds about whether this was really a revolution, or just some kind of window-dressing, I’d say the visit put that permanently to rest. There are still people talking like that: This is just a PKK (The Kurdistan Workers’ Party) front, they’re really a Stalinist authoritarian organization that’s just pretending to have adopted radical democracy. No. They’re totally for real. This is a genuine revolution.

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INSURGE – POLITICAL PRISONERS

Also features this Kurdish song – EM BERNADIN VE DILANE

The documentary I mention I watched.

Indigenous Australia knows the cynicism exposed by Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson

By Larissa Behrendt an academic, writer, film maker and Indigenous advocate

After a Missouri grand jury declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch said that the decision was based upon physical and scientific evidence, not “public outcry or political expediency”.

This call for objectivity does little in a situation where autopsies show Wilson had shot Brown at least six times, twice in the head. McCulloch seemed to compromise his own objectivity by blaming social and news media for beating up a story, rather than acknowledging that when a young person is shot by law enforcement, people expect a level of accountability.

Watching the events in Ferguson unfold raises similar questions about Australia’s own legal system. The parallel is immediately drawn with the failure to secure a conviction in the case of 36-year-old Cameron Mulrunji Doomadgee, who died in a Palm Island lockup over 10 years ago.

Mulrunji was picked up for singing “Who let the dogs out” at a police officer, Chris Hurley, who drove past him in the street. He was charged with public nuisance. He had been in police custody for only an hour when he died. An autopsy revealed four broken ribs, which had ruptured his liver and spleen.

Hurley was indicted for assault and manslaughter but acquitted in 2007. He is the only person ever charged over a death in custody of an Aboriginal person in Australia.

Emotions overflowed after Doomadgee’s death in custody. A riot broke out on Palm Island. It was, like in Ferguson, as much a protest against a single act of injustice as against a system that seemed riddled with it. No police officer was ever successfully prosecuted for Doomadgee’s death, but several Aboriginal men, including Palm Island spokesperson Lex Wotton, were successfully prosecuted for the ensuing riots and received a seven year prison sentence.

Would it have been realistic to expect this outcome on Palm Island? The Ferguson grand jury’s decision certainly seems to have been anticipated on social media, reflecting the persistence of deep cynicism about the criminal justice system.

Anyone who has lived in the US – or even visited – will notice that poverty is racialised. 15.1% of Americans live in poverty; of that 28.4% were black and 26.6% were Hispanic. The events in Ferguson are perhaps a way of highlighting that the election of Barack Obama has done little or nothing to change the US’s deeply ingrained cultures of exclusion, marginalisation and stereotyping.

Obama’s response to the eruption of a new wave of violence, and the broader disappointment and anger about the grand jury decision, showed his own understanding of the perceptions of bias in the legal system. His call to respect the rule of law was accompanied by pleas for calm and constructive protest; then-Queensland premier Peter Beattie struck a similar tone after Hurley was acquitted, urging Queenslanders “to accept the decision of the court without question.”

 A rally in Brisbane following the police murder of Mulrinji Doomadgee 2004

Obama also admitted that there were legitimate grounds for mistrust of the police, including that white police officers are seen to get away with killing young black men, while young black men seem to have no problem getting locked up. According to US Department of Justice figures from 2009, African Americans make up 40% of the US male prison population.

These patterns are replicated in Australia. Between 2000 and 2013, the adult Indigenous imprisonment rate increased by 57%, while the non-Indigenous rate did not show significant change. The rate of juvenile detention sits at about 24 times that of non-Indigenous youth. Indigenous people make up just 3% of the Australian population.

There are dozens of instances where Aboriginal people are killed in custody. The 1987 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody investigated 99 of them. Since then, 340 Indigenous people have died in custody.

Some of these have been high profile. In 2008, respected Elder Mr Ward died in the back of a paddy wagon, after being driven 400km across the WA desert. He had been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

More recently, 22-year-old woman Ms Dhu died in police custody in the South Hedland police station while she was being held in police custody to “pay down” around $1,000 in unpaid fines.

These deaths accumulate to cause a similar level of distrust with a legal system, particularly in the way it administers justice. Other than the unsuccessful prosecution of Chris Hurley, not a single charge has been laid, not a single person held to account. To return to McCulloch, is the long-term failure of African Americans and Indigenous Australians by their legal systems not also an “objective” reality?

While there is much talk about why violence occurs in this context, it also raises the more profound and long-reaching question: what will we do to fix a system where cynicism is rife and racial bias seems to abound? How do we change a conversation when there is suspicion that the system is stacked against the marginalised, and the powerful are defensive about being critiqued.

If there is a shining answer to this problem, it’s the Aboriginal community of Redfern. Riots erupted there in 2004 when TJ Hickey, a 17-year old Aboriginal man, was killed. After police chased him in their car while he was riding his bike, he was impaled on a fence. Hickey’s death sparked an emotional response from a community that had long been targeted by the police. Violence broke out and was eventually beaten back by police with fire hoses; law enforcement were castigated by the Sydney Morning Herald for their poor preparation.

Perhaps nothing was unusual about the situation in Redfern. What was unusual was the longer-term response. Police command changed and the new officer in charge, Commander Luke Freudenstein, built a relationship with the local community. A range of programs to build self-esteem in young people, particularly young men, were a success. As a result of this grassroots effort, the community transformed and far fewer young Indigenous men were arbitrarily picked up by the police, to end up in the lockup.

The lesson isn’t that good can come from civil unrest, so much as that change really is possible, if we address the issues that lead to outbursts of emotion and violence.

As the events in Ferguson unfold, it’s clear that their community is a microcosm of the deep-seated issues in the US. Ferguson is perhaps also a sign of what happens anywhere that key institutions, like the criminal justice system, are unreflective about their own entrenched biases – biases that colour outcomes when justice is what we need most.

Originally posted at Guardian Australia.

G20 (black) BLOC PARTY AND BULLSHIT

G20 (black) BLOC PARTY AND BULLSHIT

Well Brisbane ‘Australia’s new world city’ hosted the G20….. the media hyped it up for months all the world’s anarchists were coming to Brisbane to smash shit up and kill your grandmother.

What ended up happening was that it was really fucking hot, Tony Abbott made a fool of us once again and there was a street parade involving .001% of Brisbane’s population.

The police are hailing their operation a huge success……. the media claiming all the police stopped any violence or property destruction from happening. To be honest it’s a bit sickening.

Will anything change? Would more direct action have changed anything?

There are the things we must think critically about, future shows will discuss this more.

The cult of non violence is something that is well and truly dominant in Brisbane’s ‘left’ movement. To think critically about this we play an interview with Peter Gelderloos author of How Nonviolence Protects the State and The Failure of Nonviolence.

Also I wrote some satire about the BLACK BLOC PARTY that could have been.

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Aboriginal woman dies undertaking mandatory NT alcohol rehabilitation program

This is revealed the same day as protesters in Brisbane gather for a rally against black deaths in custody.

republished from abc.net.au

An Aboriginal woman has died while taking part in the Northern Territory’s highly contentious mandatory alcohol rehabilitation program.

It is the first death linked to the scheme that was introduced by the NT Government 18 months ago in the face of warnings from experts that it would target Indigenous people and punish alcoholics.

The woman died last month in the Central Australian Aboriginal Alcohol Programmes Unit (CAAAPU) treatment centre in Alice Springs, but the NT authorities have not made news of the death public until now.

Her family is now asking questions about the care she was given and how she died.

The woman’s sister, Elizabeth Raggette Naparula, speaking from her remote central Australian community of Papunya, said she had been worried about her sister’s health and was willing to give the treatment a chance.

“I thought they were going to keep her to get better, to eat lots of good food,” she said.

“I wanted them to look after her properly so she could get healthy and not have so much grog.”

Key points of NT’s mandatory rehab:

  • The legislation came into effect in the Northern Territory on July 1 2013
  • Anyone taken into custody for drunkenness three times in two months is assessed for treatment
  • Means some alcoholics are forced into three months of rehabilitation
  • Treatment occurs at rehabilitation facilities in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs
  • Draft legislation heavily criticised by Indigenous groups, medical bodies and justice advocates
  • Critics argue it criminalises drunkenness

She said she was informed of her sister’s death by a relative last week.

“All my grandchildren are crying every night for her,” she said.

“When I cry, they cry too. I can’t understand what happened, I don’t know what happened.”

She wanted to know what medical services were in the CAAAPU treatment centre, and whether her sister had medication for her seizures.

“I never went to see her at CAAAPU, I thought everything was alright,” she said.

“When I last saw her she was looking in the best of health. I can’t understand what happened.”

The NT Health Department said the next of kin had been told but would not give any more details.

Death in mandatory rehab ‘not a death in custody’

Under the Alcohol Mandatory Treatment (AMT) program, anyone picked up by police for being drunk three times in two months is forced into alcohol treatment.

Legal and health groups have warned the untested program would target Indigenous people and cost millions while doing little to treat addiction.

I thought everything was alright. When I last saw her she was looking in the best of health, I can’t understand what happened.

Elizabeth Raggette Naparula

Even though people are detained against their will in AMT, the woman’s death will not be treated as a death in custody, authorities say.

Instead, it is being treated as a death in care and is now before the NT coroner.

NT Criminal Lawyers Association president Russell Goldflam said the public was usually informed about deaths in custody.

“In my experience, whenever there’s a death in custody or a death after some sort of engagement with police, the police are very quick to put out a statement,” he said.

“It’s pretty obvious why, if they didn’t they would be accused of trying to cover things up.”

North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) chief executive Priscilla Collins was highly critical of the NT Government’s failure to make the death known publicly.

“The worst thing is we’re only hearing about it two weeks later; why wasn’t this brought up two weeks ago?” she said.

She said it was indicative of the secrecy around AMT.

She said her questions about medical staff levels, costs and success rates had gone unanswered.

“What we’ve always questioned is how many people go through the program?” she said.

The worst thing is we’re only hearing about it two weeks later; why wasn’t this brought up two weeks ago.

Priscilla Collins, NAAJA chief executive

“How many people successfully complete the program and what is the cost per person? We just don’t get those answers.”

The ABC’s AM program put a number of questions about the death and the care at the rehabilitation centre to the NT Health Department.

The department would only confirm there had been a death.

It said the coroner has been informed and it was not appropriate to make further comment.

The CAAPU treatment centre where the women died did not return AM’s calls.

AMT safer than life on the streets: Elferink

When the AMT legislation was being debated in Parliament in June last year, Attorney-General John Elferink said people would be safer in rehab because they were not on the streets.

“Currently, they are dying because they are staggering out in front of cars and getting run over,” he said.

We do not get to see about them in the newspapers because they often go unmarked and unnoticed in their deaths. Their deaths represent the end of an unremarkable life awash with their drug of choice.

John Elferink, Attorney-General

“[They are] dying of diseases such as pneumonia because they are sleeping out unprotected in winter in Alice Springs, and dying because they have renal collapse.

“One example I can cite is of a fellow who was drunk and asleep on railway tracks and was run over by a train. They are dying now, and in large numbers.

“We do not get to see about them in the newspapers because they often go unmarked and unnoticed in their deaths. Their deaths represent the end of an unremarkable life awash with their drug of choice.”

He said in order to “protect the community” the Government would accept the risk people could die in AMT.

“It is a political risk we engage in,” he said.

“Unfortunately, when you are in a position where you take people into custody that is a risk you take.

“However, if you are so adverse to that risk, police would take nobody into custody and [Correctional Services] would hold nobody in prison.

“The mental health authorities, who also have non-judicial incarceration, would not take people into custody. Why do we do it and accept it so readily in those environments?

“The reason is we need to protect the community and/or the people themselves.

“We take the risk.”

Absconding from AMT no longer criminal

Last month the NT Government announced it would no longer be a criminal offence to abscond from the a treatment facility, while also allowing doctors to refer chronic drinkers to AMT.

It also meant people excluded from AMT because of charges resulting from drinking would be eligible to access the treatment.

The reform was welcomed by Australian Medical Association NT president Dr Robert Parker, who said it “made sense” that referral to AMT was done through a therapeutic tribunal process rather than a legal one.

“I am very happy to see that being removed from any sort of criminal act,” he said

CAAPU is a not-for-profit organisation that also administers part of the AMT scheme for the NT Government in Alice Springs.

It was established in 1991 to assist Aboriginal people with alcohol and drug rehabilitation.

A $6.1 million AMT treatment centre in Katherine was canned this month following community outrage about its industrial location.

RECLAIM THE (black) BLOC

With the G20 coming up next week in Brisbane many media outlets have been discussing the black bloc tactic. And anarchist violence.

They’ve been talking to criminology professors who really have very little idea about the black bloc is and we had to set the record straight.

So we called on our homie The Stimulator and his recent interview with Francis Dupuis-Déri an actual real life anarchist and author of Who’s Afraid of the Black Blocs.

Also Maria Delaney speaking at Reclaim the Night Brisbane.

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As part of the media hype over the G20 our show received some unsolicited media attention due to a poster we published which was made by anarchist comrades in Sydney.

After this several journalists have contacted me wanting the scoop on any planned anarchist action during the G20.

But talking to the media is a bit like talking to the police, we don’t do it.

Because of a lack of ‘anarchist’ threats to the G20 the Courier Mail have even gone so far as to dredge up a Melbourne anarchist wanted for questioning about our bombing in Mexico suggesting she might be a threat in Brisbane.

This is the most accurate summation of the anarchist threat for the Brisbane G20 so far.

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