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July 2014

Jobless Kabul and the Works of War

Kabul—Last week, here in Kabul, the Afghan Peace Volunteers welcomed activist Carmen Trotta, from New York, who has lived in close community with impoverished people in his city for the past 25 years, serving meals, sharing housing, and offering hospitality to the best of his ability.  Put simply and in its own words, his community, founded […]

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We were not put on this Earth to bury our children

“Nothing is more shameful than attacking sleeping children,” said United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon. At first Israel denied targeting the Abu Hussein girls’ school in Jabaliya refugee camp, north of Gaza City. More than 20 were killed, all of them civilians, all of them in a United Nations designated safe zone. “In the name of […]

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Do the Martu peoples want uranium mining?

Western desert-living Martu Elder, Thelma Rawlins said that many of her people remain opposed to the “go-aheads” given to uranium mining on Martu Country. “Kintyre should be left alone, our Country left alone.” “This is really bad stuff in the ground, and it will be really bad stuff if it comes above the ground. We […]

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You Gonna Be the One that Pays Me?

I wrote you a song. It’s for all you ‘token people’. Not just people with disability, but anyone who has ever been asked to ‘be part of a working group/focus group/committee’ to provide ‘a voice for your people’. That’s us. The guys sitting around the table, day after day, passionately advocating on behalf of our […]

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“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely”- Ogden Nash

I am unsure what it will take to convince our authority figures in this country and in the state of Western Australia. About a year and a half ago, I wrote an article for The Stringer that addressed what I thought was going to be “the next big issue”. I postulated the following “However, if […]

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93 per cent of seed varieties extinct

Patents and the profit motive have combined to aggregate 73 per cent of the world’s commercial seed market to ten agrochemical companies. As a result 93 per cent of seed varieties are now effectively extinct. Monsanto is one of the leaders in the privatisation of what was once presumed free-to-all. Monsanto seems to be able […]

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The Minister said…what?

There’s a war going on. You might not see the war, because it is a complicated political war, with nuances deep within the disability and government sectors. Wars are organised conflicts that are characterised by social and economic disruption. There are often prisoners, who are held to isolate them or exploit them for their labour. […]

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Amerikistan, not Afghanistan, Warocracy, not democracy

Afghanistan Analysts Network reported on 9th July that “he ( Abdullah Abdullah ) told the crowd that he had received phone calls from both US President Barack Obama and State Secretary John Kerry and had been told that Kerry would make a stop-over in Kabul on Friday. It was clear he wanted to see what […]

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NAIDOC celebrates but for far too many everything has got worse

While NAIDOC celebrates, one in 54 of all First Peoples are in jail today, when we include youth, it is one in 46 of all First Peoples in jail or juvenile detention. One in 16 to one in 24 of all deaths each year are by suicide. More than one in four of all First […]

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Parking Oversights from the Not Very Smart

What do you do when the disability community is outraged about being charged for parking at public railway stations? Label the decision an ‘oversight’, of course. And remedy the situation by stinging members of the general public with a two dollar a day parking fee, but letting disabled passengers park for free. It’s not an […]

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