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Pine Gap ‘THE POISONED HEART OF AUSTRALIA’

Trump as President. Read on…On Peace protests and IPAN Conference 2016 by Chris White October 11 With the revanchist Trump, and Obama and Clinton daily fanning war drums against Russia and China, and continuous US drone assassinations, Australia has to move to an independent and peaceful foreign and defence policy. See the IPAN resolutions below […]

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Anzac: more on The One Day of the Year

ANZAC for our family means Alan Seymour’s famous play on ANZAC “The One Day of the Year.” Our mother, theatre director Jean Marshall directed the first performance after the Adelaide Festival Board banned it. Here are tributes to Alan Seymour who died recently, 1. Alan Seymour unravelled not just Anzac day but Australia’s ‘knotty roots’ […]

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Film: Waging Peace

Confronting the military industrial surveillance complex

 WAGING PEACE the latest documentary by multi-award winning Australian filmmaker, David Bradbury, is a window into the passions and politics of the modern Australian peace movement.

 Shot during the action-packed 2014 Canberra Peace Convergence at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, WAGING PEACE tracks a convoy of activists who set out […]

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Vale Tom Uren

1. Bridges of Goodwill – Reminiscences Tom Uren Read Tom’s philosophy at the end. Update: State funeral http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-02-04/the-coffin-of-tom-uren-at-his-state-funeral/6069106 Illawarra Unity – Journal of the Illawarra Branch of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 7(1), 2007, 32-36. http://ro.uow.edu.au/unity/vol7/iss1/5 The following is the text of a talk delivered to the South Coast Branch (Thirroul) […]

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Peace activities: september 2014

PM Abbott steps up war drums to boost his political support, but can be beaten back by peace actions. 10 points below. 1. Withdraw Australian military from Iraq conflict From Peter Murphy. Prime Minister Abbott’s decision to join in the delivery of weapons and ammunition to the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq is a […]

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On Gaza

Update:World stands disgraced’ as Israeli shelling of school kills at least 15 • UN condemns IDF attack on sleeping children as violation of international law • Strike on crowded market in Shujai’iya during ceasefire kills 17 • Death toll now more than 1,300 after three weeks of fighting http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/world-disgrace-gaza-un-shelter-school-israel?CMP=soc_567 Israel bombs UN shelter http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/world-stands-disgraced-israel-bombs-another-un-designated-shelter-gaza Please […]

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Oh! What a Lovely War

Melbournians ought not miss this production of Oh What a Lovely War with fine singing by a strong cast. Book now. http://benfuller852.wix.com/pierrot-productions This year marks one hundred years since the beginning of World War I – The “war to end all wars”. Over that time, the human race has failed to change radically enough to […]

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No more war in Iraq

PM Abbott follows Obama sending in “Special Forces” to “guard our Embassy”. Peace groups say no new military intervention into Iraq. Statement issued by IPAN – Independent and Peaceful Australia Network June 24, 2014 Anti-war and peace groups from across the nation are uniting to urge the Australian government not to involve itself in any […]

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McQueen on Anzac

Anzac ‘History wars’ are about how to control the future. They are not disputes over the past. Rather, stories about the past are pressed into service to buttress the needs of each class and imperium. Nowhere is this practice more blatant than in the reinvention of ANZAC since the 75th anniversary of the invasion of […]

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