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My name is Tauto Sansbury

My name is Tauto Sansbury. I was born on Point Pearce Mission in 1949. By the time you read this letter I will be 66 years old. By now I should be a fully initiated man speaking my native tongue, telling my stories and handing them down to my children, grand children and their children. […]

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The Front Page Rule

February 15, 2015 After a week here in FMC Lexington Satellite camp, a federal prison in Kentucky, I started catching up on national and international news via back issues of USA Today available in the prison library, and an “In Brief” item, on p. 2A of the Jan. 30 weekend edition, caught my eye. It […]

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Remembering Mike Marqusee (1953-2015)

“Go back to his books and rediscover the potency and the appeal – and, often, the joie d’esprit – of his writings: on cricket, on Muhammad Ali, on his own journey as an anti-Zionist Jew and, of course, on Bob Dylan.” Anne Beech, Pluto Press. “The crowd reminds me that I only put myself in […]

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BELONGING

Keep your head raised, look straight ahead. No awkward shuffling, walk with Pride. You belong YOU are US the First Nations Peoples of this country now called australia. Do not listen to the lying politician as he gives false hope spoken from a false tongue. They want you to believe they care. THEY DON’T. It […]

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“Casual racism is the social lubricant of the West Australian workplace, it seems” – Sami Shah

Forget about the usual categorisations of the Muslim people that we see in the popular press. These classify people of that faith into groups such as Moderate, Fanatical etc. Sami Shah has a far simpler group of categories. They are a) Good Muslim, b)Bad Muslim, c)Terrible Muslim, d) Frightening Muslim and e) Downright Crazy Muslim. […]

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Excuse Me Sir!

Excuse me sir, I’d like to have a word… our people are suffering have you heard? you make us empty promises each year things are going to get better we hear same words same promises never fulfilled no great changes just more and more bills we watch you climb the political ladder what our voices […]

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“The only disability in life is a bad attitude” – Scott Hamilton.

This could well have been the motto by which Milena Morrow lived. She is a remarkable young lady whose book “Sipping Champagne through a Straw – Beyond good enough” (Publishers: Inspiring Publishers Copyright 2013) has just been released. The book is an important contributor to the area of diversity in our society and the acceptance […]

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In memory of Jimmy Scott (1925-2014): one of the finest singers of all time

“I’ve been called a queer, a little girl, an old woman, a freak, and a fag. As a singer, I’ve been criticized for sounding feminine. They say I don’t belong in any category, male or female, pop or jazz. But early on, I saw my suffering as my salvation.” Jimmy Scott  from his biography “Faith […]

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Songs of Renown: Paul Robeson, Hirsh Glik and the Hymn of the Jewish Partisans

  The song Zog Nit Keynmol (in Yiddish), also known under various titles- the Hymn of the Jewish Partisans, the Partisans Song or the Song of the Warsaw Ghetto- was written in 1943 by Hirsh Glik, who was a young Jewish poet, resistance fighter and inmate of the Warsaw Ghetto.  More about Hirsh Glik is […]

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Budgets and freedom for whom in Australia?

Nazim Hikmet’s poem A Sad State of Freedom is a reminder of the illusions of freedom hoisted on us by the corporate and political elite. The illusion of these ‘democratic’ freedoms is very real today as Australians and West Australians come to grips with the horror and cruelty of ‘austerity’ budgets imposed on them by […]

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