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Friday, 12 February

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No One Escapes the Shift Wake Up World

12th February 2016 By Zen Gardner Contributing Writer for Wake Up World ItâŹ"s such a remarkable time weâŹ"re living in right now. All of this going on both within and without us is happening almost before we can even begin to identify what it is weâŹ"re going through or where weâŹ"re headed. ItâŹ"s very much like ...Continue Reading - No One Escapes the Shift

01:00

Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe) Wake Up World

12th February 2016 By Elisha McFarland Guest Writer for Wake Up World ValentineâŹ"s Day is coming and for many that means chocolate. I admit that I do have a serious sweet tooth and try to temper it, by making desserts that are not overly sweet. This dessert fits the bill. I love the crunch of ...Continue Reading - Share The Love With These Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites! (Yummy Vegan Wheat-Free Recipe)

00:43

Getting in the way – to #LetThemStay CounterAct

It is an incredible time right now with significant movement momentum gathering around the call to #LetThemStay in relation to the 267 refugees at risk of being deported to Nauru after a recent high court case was unsuccessful in challenging offshore detention.

The response across Australia has been phenomenal – from all sectors of civil society, calling on a need for a moral response, rather than a legal one. Civil disobedience and non-cooperation has hit the mainstream with churches offering sanctuary, and other institutions such as trade hall, and individuals joining that offer as well. Teachers and healthcare workers have been speaking out in recent months, risking possible charges under the controversial Border Force act, and many thousands of everyday folks have hit the streets, brought cities to a standstill and expressed powerful support in taking further steps of direct action to “get in the way, to let them stay”.freeway

Despite the huge interest at the moment around asylum seekers and refugee rights issues there is an ongoing problem of overstretched grassroots activists struggling to facilitate actions, and conservative organisations who aren’t ready to step into nonviolent direct action.

Some people are taking matters into their own hands… Yesterday two...

00:01

Scientists Say Airplane Contrails May Be Accidentally Geoengineering the Climate new illuminati

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Thursday, 11 February

23:45

Lateline interviews Dr Bouthaina Shaaban, Syrian President Bashar al Assad's top adviser, 11 Feb 2016 (We) can do better


Dr Shaaban says UN Report claiming to uncover torture and murder by the Syrian government has no more credibility than the 'weapons of mass destruction' that the US used as an excuse to invade Iraq and which were later shown not to exist. "Everybody who is carrying arms against civilian and against the Government is a terrorist. The Russians are here according in response to the requests of the Syrian Government. The Russians are coordinating with us every single step and they are only fighting terrorists"; "The Security Council Resolution 2254 asked for one broad delegation from the opposition to represent the opposition in Geneva. Let us wait to see when that delegation is going to be made. The reality, Tony, again, is that these oppositions are paid by Turkey, by Saudi Arabia, by Qatar. [They] represent the countries who are paying them, but they do not represent the Syrian people. However, we are ready to sit with them whenever they are ready for a dialogue as Security Council resolution say"; "President Assad has been elected by the Syrian people and it is the Syrian people who decide [whether he will go"; Transcript and link to videoed interview inside article.

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23:08

Frankston bandicoot expert, Hans Brunner, features in ABC documentary Sunday 11 February 2016 (We) can do better

The ABC has interviewed Hans Brunner about the problems of bandicoots in Victoria. The interview will be screened on Sunday 14 February 2016. Further details are not yet available. Hans Brunner is well-known to professional ecologists and wildlife enthusiasts in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula, where he has continually championed the rights of bandicoots to safe habitat in the face of ever-increasing obstacles and stone-walling by government. Hans continues to be involved in the defense of preserving a full natural ecology in Frankston.

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22:42

Young women and @HillaryClinton, what’s it all about? @Gay_Alcorn comments No Fibs

Gloria Steinem and Madeleine Albright’s interventions just before New Hampshire were not just wrong-headed, they were politically disastrous. Oh young Americans, and young women in particular, what have you done? More than 80 per cent of voters under 30 in the New Hampshire Democratic primary voted for an old man who wants a revolution. And women, presented […]

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22:26

antifa notes (february 11, 2016) : PEGIDA, United Patriots Front, Aryan Nations slackbastard

PEGIDA Goes to Canberra Above : Neo-Nazi Blair Cottrell (UPF/Fortitude) and Christian fundamentalist Rosalie Crestani (Rise Up Australia Party). On Saturday February 6 a number of nationalist, patriotic and religious groups held a rally in Canberra outside Parliament House in … Continue reading

14:48

DiEM 25: A movement to take Europe back from authoritarianism, corporate rule and austerity The Stringer

2015 saw a surge of  leftist and radical movements and the rise of anti-austerity forces across Europe. So it is interesting to see this week’s launch of DiEM 25 (Democracy in Europe Movement 2025), a new left-wing cross-European progressive movement to democratise Europe and present alternatives to austerity and authoritarianism. The purpose of DiEM is to act as […]

12:07

Direct from Aleppo: Reaction to UN anti-Syrian Government, Anti-Russian propaganda (We) can do better

ALEPPO, SYRIA, 11 Feb 2016: Our correspondent writes: "President Assad is not exterminating his people. I'm still alive, and no one said a word to me. If something bad happened to me in the near future, it would be because of the terrorists' policy of extermination. I'm living happily because there are Syrian soldiers who are defending us in hot summers and cold winters. The UN is lying as usual in their reports about Aleppo and Syria in general."

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11:17

NZ: Government minister Anne Tolley’s office firebombed DISACCORDS

The smashed door glass shows where the firebomb entered Tolley's Whakatane office.

5 Feb – Molotov cocktails were thrown into Government minister Anne Tolley’s Whakatane office overnight and anti-TPPA graffiti was scrawled on a wall outside.

Police said Tolley’s office was under police guard following the attack, which comes at a time of high tensions over the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The attempted firebombing comes after vandals broke into Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office on Monday morning and poured fuel in a room before leaving.

“When the police tell you that it’s a pretty determined effort, it does shake you up a bit – they went to a lot of trouble to try and burn my office down, so it’s a bit scary, and pretty tough on the staff.”

“I think the police patrol caught it quite early on…if it had been on carpet or something that could have caught alight quickly.”

Tolley said she hadn’t expected any attacks on her office, with anti-TPPA marches in her electorate run in a “well-organised and well-contained” manner.

“Some people get quite aggressive when they’re talking to you, but generally people are quite reasonable – they’re passionate, but violence is an extreme reaction.”

The office would be closed over the weekend while police finished their work and damage was dealt with, Tolley said.

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11:09

Auckland: Rowdy demo against TPP shuts down city streets DISACCORDS

Anti TPP protesters outside TVNZ

5 Feb – The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement was signed at Sky City in Auckland this morning, amid large protests in the central city.

Detective Superintendent Richard Chambers has spoken about the large police operation in central Auckland.

He said there were no arrests made and several hundred officers were involved in the operation.

He is aware of images circulating of protesters potentially being treated with a heavy hand by officers but says he is confident they operated appropriately to stop people from running onto on-ramps and putting themselves and others at risk.

Protesters and police stand off at the Hobson Street motoway entrance.

“There have been thousands of people in the city, many of those people were there to voice their thoughts on TPP,” he said.

“I’m very disappointed there were a group among them who chose to disrupt traffic.”

He says officers were abused, had their clothing and hats pulled, but displayed “outstanding professionalism”.

A massive group of protesters had gathered at the intersections of Victoria West St and Hobson St, while a steady stream of protesters also made their way down Nelson Street, parallel to Hobson Street, while chanting profanities directed at police.

A large number of people from several iwi groups had gathered at Victori...

10:54

With Regards To Murdering Children…Best to Begin Looking in Your Own Direction DavidShurter.com

I was taught all about the occult. How to cast spells and curses and almost all of my training was focused on psychic energy manipulation. Practicing magic was the primary focus with my training- that, and communing with demons. Now I know this opposition group will jump on this and try to discredit me for saying this- but the fact is, I have long since realized that what I am saying is not dependent on public opinion. Whether people believe me or not doesn’t negate the fact that I am just saying WHAT IS, and what anyone thinks or doesn’t think in no way negates the truth of it.

This opposition keeps looking to expose a dark side of me that they are sure exists, and they are correct, it most certainly does. So let me expound about that.

My childhood was horrific and I spent many years consumed in hatred because of it. Angry at God, angry at those who had hurt me, and angry at myself for not being able to do anything about it,...

10:52

Thailand: Vendors Shut Down Police Counterfeit Crackdown DISACCORDS

Angry vendors went on a rampage Wednesday when officers arrived to seize counterfeit products being sold in Sa Kaeo province near the border with Cambodia.

3 Feb — Police are licking their wounds after an enraged mob of vendors chased them away when they tried to seize fake goods at a market near the Cambodian border.

Twelve officers were injured Wednesday when police and French Embassy observers went to the Rong Kluea market at Aranyaprathet in Sa Kaeo province to seize items such as fake perfume that violate intellectual property law, according to the Department of Special Investigation.

A DSI statement said about 400 Cambodian laborers surrounded the officers, pelted them with rocks and bottles and pushed over a police pickup truck. It said the police were withdrawn to ease tensions.

 


10:48

Kampong Speu: villagers block road they say companies damaged DISACCORDS

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road. Photo supplied

Villagers block a road in Kampong Speu province on Monday during a protest against quarry trucks using the road

3 Feb – A hundred people from 10 villages in Kampong Speu on Monday blocked a road to a mountain where construction supply companies operate rock quarries.

Villagers had complained for years that three companies damaged the road with their trucks but avoided paying compensation despite promises.

Two of the companies, HTTK and Khmer ISS, belong to Prime Minister Hun Sen’s nephew, Hun To. The third is a Chinese company whose name the activists and local authorities said they didn’t know.

“We have been waiting for [them to keep] their promise but we don’t see them taking any action,” said Kong Sameurn, a farmer in Phnom Sruoch district.

The villagers requested that all three companies set a timetable to fix the road and pay compensation.

Hun To defended himself yesterday, saying his companies are just two out of six or seven that are active in the area.

“Do not blame me just because I have relatives or connections with the government,” he said. “My companies have the legal right to work here.”

Sam Tith Seyha, a human rights monitor for rights group LICADHO, said that villagers would continue to block the road until the companies agree to negotiate.

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10:45

NZ: Vandals attack MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office DISACCORDS

A window was smashed and fuel found inside Gerry Brownlee's Ilam office on Monday morning.

1 Feb – Vandals have smashed a window and poured or thrown fuel inside MP Gerry Brownlee’s Christchurch office.

Police were called to the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister’s office in Greers Rd, Ilam, on Monday morning after staff discovered the building had been damaged.

Detective inspector Greg Murton said CCTV footage showed two men breaking a window to gain access to the Earthquake Recovery Minister’s Greers Rd office just after 3am.

They poured accelerant in a ground floor room, then left shortly after.

Police are appealing to the public to help identify these two vandals who broke into MP Gerry Brownlee's office early Monday morning.

“They appear to have approached the property heading south-west along Greers Road and have left the scene in the opposite direction heading north-east,” Murton said in a statement.

It was believed the two men arrived and left on motorcycles, wearing identical clothing and “distinctive trainers”.

A scene examination was carried out on Monday, and police were working with Brownlee’s office, Murton said.


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10:26

Cambodia: Residents protest land clearing on Chroy Changvar peninsula DISACCORDS

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh's Chroy Changvar peninsula yesterday.

Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation uses bulldozers to clear land on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula

26 Jan – Several families yesterday burned tyres to protest the bulldozing of their land to make way for a road that will run next to a billion-dollar satellite city project on Phnom Penh’s Chroy Changvar peninsula.

Built by City Hall, the road will be set 100 metres west of National Road 6A. It will run alongside the Chroy Changva Satellite City, planned by tycoon Pung Khieu Se’s Overseas Cambodia Investment Corporation, which is embroiled in a land dispute with six communities living on the site.

As four bulldozers levelled plots they claim belong to them and security guards watched on, the families said they were offered inadequate compensation in exchange for about a third of their holdings.

“We are not against building the road, but the company and authorities should compensate us . . . in advance; don’t just come and clear our land like this,” said Uy Phary, who claimed she was offered $15 per square metre for land which she...

01:03

Primary Water: A Solution to Drought, Famine and Social Unrest? Wake Up World

11th February 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World While some regions are breathing a sigh of relief with the arrival of El Niùo this year, other areas are still faced with ongoing historic drought without an end in sight. Dry conditions have eased in places like the western United States and the United Kingdom. ...Continue Reading - Primary Water: A Solution to Drought, Famine and Social Unrest?

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False Light and Traps of Agreement Wake Up World

11th February 2016 By Laura Leon Guest Writer for Wake Up World There is much healthy discussion taking place in determining the ways that manipulating forces have invaded, hijacked and concealed Light Truth. For those on such a quest in their awakening state, a far more sophisticated level of ensnaring is surfacing on account of ...Continue Reading - False Light and Traps of Agreement

00:52

Kelvin Thomson objects to motion to disempower environmental groups (We) can do better

This article contains a speech by Kelvin Thomson, critical of a motion to change environmental law by George Christensen, Member for Dawson, Queensland. Monday, 8 February 2016, House of Representatives, Chamber Speech, page 22 Hansard proofs.

KELVIN THOMSON I do not support this motion by the member for Dawson. The environmental law is there to protect the environment and to protect endangered species. The member for Dawson's own party brought it in. All environmental groups ask is that mining companies, agribusiness and so on do not break the law, just as environment groups and ordinary citizens are expected to abide by the law.

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Is ‘POPULATION’ a dirty word in the sustainability movement in Australia? (We) can do better

Population is a big issue happening in the world today, with our numbers having increased massively from around 1 billion in 1850 to what now looks like 11 billion at the end of the century. Right now, the numbers of the world’s poor increase by 80 million each year and the number of unwanted pregnancies are 210 million per annum. Considering that human population predicts 88% of impact to other animal and plant species (according to the International Union for the Conversation of Nature) human population remains a huge, yet very controversial concern. (This article was written by Michael Bayliss as part of an information booklet with Mark Allen (founder, Population Permaculture and Planning) entitled: 'Why We Need To Talk About Population.' This booklet is designed to engage with a younger, left leaning generation including environmentalists and activists. It will be available at the Sustainable Living Festival Big Weekend at Federation where Mark Allen will also present on town planning and population issues. To find out more, click here.

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Video: Former UK-Syria ambassador's disgust at Britain's role in fueling war and refugees (We) can do better

Going Underground's Afshin Rattansi interviews the former British Ambassador to Syria on the irony of London hosting a Syria conference to aid refugees while Cameron drops bombs to create more. "This week London hosted the Syrian Donor conference in an attempt to raise money for the people UK bombs continue to displace to the shores of Europe. But as Philip Hammond mulls sending guns to Libya to quell the rise of Isis - made possible by the British toppling of Gadaffi - should we really even believe his claims that Russia is helping ISIS/Daesh by bombing Cameron's supposedly 'moderate' rebels." (Afshin Rattansi) First published at https://www.rt.com/shows/going-underground/331567-assange-detainment-syria-conference/

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Wednesday, 10 February

17:36

Port Augusta, South Australia - "flying eggs" - 1947 - witness deceased Unidentified Aerial Phenomena - scientific research

Hi all,

Thanks to an observant Adelaide individual, I have now found out that Ronald Ernest Ellis, the main witness of the pre Kenneth Arnold, "flying eggs", at Port Augusta in 1947, passed away on 15 July 2008, aged 87 years. He is buried in the Stirling North Garden Cemetery.

The same Adelaide man, also directed my attention to a photograph of Ellis, which I reproduce below.

Source: http://www.portaugusta.rslsa.org.au/gallery/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&GalleryTypeID=4017&OrgID=1247

In another previous post, I advised that I was aware that an Adelaide researcher, whose first name was Mishelle, managed to locate and interview Ellis in 2006. Although a preliminary report was available of this interview, no final report is known. I believe that Adelaide researcher Jeff Fausch, has now located Mishelle. Jeff is awaiting direct contact with Mishelle, to see if we can obtain a more detailed report of her interview with Ellis.

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Tuesday, 09 February

02:29

Gallery: Melbourne Refugee Sanctuary rally calls out to #LetThemStay by @takvera No Fibs

Thousands of people rallied as part of the refugee sanctuary movement in Melbourne on Monday. Our citizen journalist John Englart was there to capture on photo the rally and the many posters present. The rally was in response to the High Court ruling on sending refugee families back to Nauru detention. The Sanctuary movement grew […]

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John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Monday, 08 February

01:11

Climate science staff cuts #CSIROcuts labelled as science vandalism reports @takvera No Fibs

The announced staff cuts and restructure announced by CSIRO CEO Larry Marshall have been labelled as science vandalism and an abandonment of Australia’s scientific commitments under the Paris Agreement signed by Australia less than 2 months ago. Australian climate science is essential for collecting data and provide good modelling and projections for Australia’s variable but […]

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Sunday, 07 February

02:47

Labor probes @TurnbullMalcolm in #QT over “bullied” @ABCAustralia #NBN coverage: @Jansant comments No Fibs

Last Thursday during Question Time, Jason Clare (@JasonClareMP), Shadow Minister for Communications, asked Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), about his role in influencing editorial decisions the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) made in relation to its National Broadband Network (NBN) coverage. On January 21, 2016 New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation […]

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Wayne Jansson

Wayne Jansson

Chief reporter & photographer at No Fibs

Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

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Thursday, 04 February

13:27

Anglican church offers #refugees sanctuary from @PeterDutton_MP’s “black shirts”: @jansant reports No Fibs

Churches have stepped up their campaign to end Australia’s harmful refugee policies by offering sanctuary to 267 people including 37 babies, facing imminent removal to Nauru. Refugee advocates had hoped for a change in the harsh and punitive government policies under new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm), this has not eventuated. The move will draw […]

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Chief reporter & photographer at No Fibs

Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

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Wednesday, 03 February

13:25

Australia: Statement on the disruption of Melbourne Pride 2016 DISACCORDS

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aSTATEMENT ON THE DISRUPTION ON MELBOURNE PRIDE 2016

Today at the Melbourne ‘Pride’ March, on Boon Wurrung land, a group of queer and transgender activists staged a peaceful sit-in with the aim of disrupting the march. We drew attention to the ties of ‘Pride’ with environmentally destructive and socially unjust corporations as well as police and political parties that institutionalise oppressive systems.

Our group wanted to remind people that ‘Pride’ is not simply a celebration, but a protest fighting for liberation for everyone harmed by heteronormativity, cisnormativity, misogyny, ableism, racism and other forms of oppression.

Several onlookers – many of whom were drinking alcohol at the adjacent pub – violently assaulted us. They sprayed us with a hose, threw large buckets of dyed yellow water, threw glass bottles and some attempted to violently take a transgender flag. Victoria Police and some Pride attendees also assaulted a physically and visibly disabled…

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Monday, 01 February

21:50

With rising emissions Australia applies Kyoto credits to meet 2020 #climate target reports @takvera No Fibs

The latest analysis from Reputex energy consultancy shows that Australia will not meet our 2020 emissions reduction target, except by using carry over credits from the Kyoto Protocol first commitment period (2008-2012). Reputex highlights that the Government’s own figures indicate Australia will continue on a new upward emissions trajectory, with forecast growth of 6 per […]

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Sunday, 31 January

11:01

Aunty through @TurnbullMalcolm’s independent looking glass of #auspol’s realpolitik: @Jansant comments No Fibs

Last week, New Matilda published explosive details of a secretly recorded private conversation between Nick Ross, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) former Games and Technology Editor, and Bruce Belsham, the Head of ABC’s Current Affairs division. They later published the full transcript. The recording made by Ross (@NickRossTech), reveals political pressure being exerted over editorial […]

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Wayne Jansson

Wayne Jansson

Chief reporter & photographer at No Fibs

Wayne Jansson is an Australian citizen journalist and photographer. He covered the seat of Indi during the 2013 federal election which saw Independent Cathy McGowan unseat Liberal Sophie Mirabella. His interests are politics and social justice.

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Friday, 29 January

20:59

Vietnam reviews #coal expansion in wake of #ParisAgreement reports @takvera No Fibs

In the wake of the Paris agreement, Vietnam has announced a review of all it’s new coal power stations in the planning pipeline and under contruction. Vietnam is currently the third largest builder of coal plants in the world. In a statement (vn) released on 19th January, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated the […]

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.

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Wednesday, 27 January

17:48

Sydney: Some banners against ‘Australia Day’ DISACCORDS

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26 Jan – Following the huge Invasion Day demonstration from the Block in Redfern to Australia House in the CBD, a dozen anti-colonial banners were tied to various highway bridges across Sydney.


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17:35

Cambodia: Workers block SEZ over back wages DISACCORDS

22 Jan – Unpaid workers from the shuttered, Turkish-owned Weibo garment factory blocked the entrance to the Phnom Penh Special Economic Zone again yesterday after the heavily indebted firm failed to pay their full salaries this week.

The factory, part of the Istanbul-based Weibo Group, ceased all operations on January 9, the day before December salaries were to be paid. Following protests, Weibo promised to pay the salaries in two equal instalments.

While the first instalment was successfully paid, Weibo failed to pay the second one on Wednesday, prompting about 80 workers to gather at the zone’s entrance yesterday morning, blocking traffic into the facility.

“We are demanding full pay now,” said Prak Sreynich, a 19-year-old garment worker who worked at Weibo for three years and said she was owed roughly $100 by the firm.

The workers, who also claimed to be owed severance pay, may have to keep waiting, however.

Irsat Kanca, the managing director of Weibo Cambodia, said Weibo missed its second instalment because of a lawsuit from a former supplier temporarily blocking the firm from selling off its machinery.

“We have debts of $580,000 to suppliers and $270,000 to the workers,” Kanca said in Weibo’s deserted headquarters.

While Kanca claimed that workers’ severance pay had already been doled out over the past three months, he vowed that their salaries would eventually be paid in full.

“The process will take a maximum two weeks [from now].”


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17:21

Australia Day: The Main Event in the National Sport of Denial DISACCORDS

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Note: The following text was written by some unknown activists who redecorated several ‘ADSHELL’ corporate advertising spaces in the city of Melbourne, in so-called Australia on 26.01.16 in protest against the ‘Australia Day’ national public holiday and it’s accompanying ‘official’ celebrations. 

Australia Day: The Main Event in the National Sport of Denial

Today, advertising across the city of Melbourne has been replaced with messages that confront “Australia Day” for its inherent celebration of invasion and the genocide that continues to be perpetrated against First Nations Peoples of this land.

This act of protest seeks to highlight that so-called “Australia” was invaded under false pretenses, and that the sovereignty of its First Nations was never ceded, whilst simultaneously reclaiming public spaces from commercial entities for use as a public forum.

For many Indigenous people, today is a day of anger and mourning. In the wars that followed the initial invasion 228 years ago…

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Saturday, 23 January

18:35

Abbott handshake not enough to bring optical fibre to the bush: @Qldaah #qldpol #auspol No Fibs

Out in Western Queensland a handshake is a done deal. In May 2015, the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott toured the shires of Barcoo and Diamantina in Western Queensland and inadvertently committed the Federal Government to a $16 million fibre optic project. It was sealed through a handshake with Diamantina Mayor Geoff Morton and Barcoo Mayor Julie Groves. Also present […]

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Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.

17:29

Keeping #MarriageEquality off the record: @burgewords comments on #NeverMarried No Fibs

It felt like a cold label for what was a beautiful love affair. WHEN the South Australian government was caught out by the world’s media for its lax approach to recognising overseas same-sex marriages on death certificates, the justifiable outrage about Marco Bulmer-Rizzi being documented as “never married” to husband David resonated with many readers. One small voice of […]

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Journalist at No Fibs

Michael is a writer, editor and journalist who lives on the beautiful island of Coochiemudlo. He is passionate about LGBTI equality and emergent forms of online publishing, marketing and access for writers and artists.

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