This video from Australia says about itself:
4 June 2015
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This video says about itself:
Indigenous culture exhibition sponsored by…BP?! Unsurprisingly, there was a protest
On 21 April 2015, the British Museum‘s BP-sponsored ‘Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation’ press launch was disrupted by activists, criticising oil sponsorship and calling for the repatriation of stolen indigenous objects.
By Joana Ramiro in Britain:
Monday 20th July 2015
AN “unsanctioned performance” broke out at the British Museum yesterday as environmental campaigners stopped visitors from entering an exhibition sponsored by oil giant BP.
“It is also hypocritical.
“Our lands and cultures are under threat from multinational organisations, determined to extract selfish wealth from the earth, regardless of the environmental, emotional and cultural damage caused.
“If it was genuinely concerned with the welfare, sovereignty and intellectual knowledge of indigenous nations, at a global level, it would cease its insatiable thirst for extracting fossil fuels from the ground and poisoning our air with them.”
Leaders of the Dja Dja Wurrung people in central Victoria unsuccessfully took legal action against the British Museum in 2005 in a bid to return artefacts belonging to their rare bark art heritage.
Environmental group BP or not BP, which campaigns for an end to the oil group’s sponsorship of art, organised the day’s events.
Spokeswoman Jess Worth said: “It’s hard to imagine a more inappropriate and insensitive sponsor for this exhibition than BP.
“The company is driving the very climate change that is threatening indigenous communities around the world, while pushing to drill four offshore wells in Australia, deeper than Deepwater Horizon.”
The British Museum had not commented at the time of going to press.
This 2014 video is called The Murdoch Empire: Phone Hacking Exposed.
By Richard Phillips:
5 December 2011
Allegations by former Australian senator Bill O’Chee that senior News Limited executives offered him “a special relationship” in 1998 undermine the claims by the Murdoch corporation that such abuses are confined to its British tabloid News of the World. O’Chee made the accusations in a recent nine-page sworn statement to the Australian Federal Police (AFP).
When the phone-hacking scandal erupted in the UK earlier this year, Murdoch’s Australian outlets countered with a stream of editorials and op-ed comments that its local publications were squeaky clean.
Former British agent says News of the World hacked his computer: here.
30 July 2015: George Osborne under pressure to reveal if meeting with Rupert Murdoch preceded announcement of BBC cuts: here.
This video says about itself:
9 July 2015
In order to find out more about the level of pollution affecting turtles within the Great Barrier Reef, WWF Australia are working on an innovative project in Queensland with the support of partners Banrock Station Wines Environmental Trust, James Cook University, University of Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, State and Commonwealth government agencies, Indigenous rangers and local community groups. As part of that project, the opportunity arose to very carefully fit a small GoPro camera to a turtle, to better understand the post-release behavior of tagged green turtles. The result is this amazing video.
A full ban on dumping in the Great Barrier Reef should happen in a matter of months. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee voted to maintain pressure on Australia to deliver on its promise to restore the health of the reef. Thank you to our 500,000 WWF supporters who spoke up to defend the reef!
Credit: Dr Ian Bell / Christine Hof
This video says about itself:
The Truth About Refugees
19 June 2014
For World Refugee Day, Mary Tran, an Amnesty activist and young film-maker, has created a moving and thought-provoking video to highlight the plight of refugees in Australia’s offshore detention centres.
From daily The Independent in Britain:
Monday 13 July 2015
First rule of refugees – don’t be a Muslim if you want help
We now treat each refugee on the grounds of their race, religion or purpose of flight. We do not treat them as human beings
Nineteenth-century Americans were on safe ground when they inscribed the words of Emma Lazarus on the Statue of Liberty: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”
A comparatively new country, the United States needed the destitute of Europe – the Irish, the Jews of Russia – to expand their nation. There was no question of referring to the Irish “poor” as “economic migrants” or to those Jews “yearning to breathe free” as “asylum seekers” or “political refugees” from the Tsar’s pogroms.
In the decades to come, however, the world assumed that the “huddled masses” could be returned in safety to their land of origin. Thus US and other “Christian” nations decided that survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide should go back to what had been their homes in “Western Armenia” (Ottoman Anatolia). And many hundreds of thousands of Armenians lingered on the edge of Turkey in the hope that the victors of the First World War would return them to lands no longer controlled by their Ottoman Turkish killers.
America’s Near East Relief was the first great humanitarian organisation of its kind, and the millions of dollars which it raised in the US saved the lives of countless Armenian refugees – especially orphans – scattered around the Arab world.
Now comes a deeply moving book by University of California human rights professor Keith Watenpaugh who has studied the history of humanitarianism in the Middle East from the files of the League of Nations, the UN’s poor old predecessor.
In the years after the 1914-18 war, the international community abandoned the Armenian “right of return”. Watenpaugh’s research takes in the work of the Aleppo Rescue Home, whose Danish director Karen Jeppe wrote in 1922 that “the Armenian is possessed of a wonderful gift ‘to create bread from stones’.” The quotation is based on Matthew 4: 3-4 and suggests that the Armenians have such resilience that they can perform miracles – and survive as a people.
Watenpaugh’s book, the author acknowledges, “was written at a time when the contemporary ‘Middle East’ descended into a humanitarian disaster that, in its degree of suffering and international indifference, resembles the one that occurred during and following the First World War.”
How right he is. Only of course, the world changed. The humanitarian Americans of the 19th century who welcomed the pogromed Jews of Russia were far less keen to give sanctuary to the Jewish victims of Hitler. Before the Second World War, like European nations, they turned them away. And after the Holocaust, they preferred that Jewish survivors should go to their “true” home in Palestine rather than settle in the US.
British power in Palestine collapsed and 750,000 Arab Palestinian refugees were created. Their existence today and that of their descendants remains a humanitarian scandal. But somewhere, the history of that “today” ended and another scandal began. In the break-up of the present-day Middle East to which Watenpaugh refers, Christian refugees from Iraq and Syria and Egypt – like those Armenians who headed for America and Europe in the 1920s – have generally been received by “Christian” countries. But most of the refugees today are Muslims fleeing Muslims and they are not receiving the same generosity.
I’ve walked around their refugee camps in Lebanon, amid squalor and disease, and talked to mothers who have already lost their children. Last week, I watched them by the hundred streaming towards the Macedonian border with Greece, sweltering in the heat, beaten by border guards in their attempts to enter central Europe. They are tough, resilient, not unlike those Armenians who could “create bread from stones”.
The Americans provided “safe haven” for the Kurds of Iraq in 1991 – after the Kurds had risen against Saddam at America’s bidding. But there are no more safe havens; the 20th anniversary of the Srebrenica massacre this weekend is proof enough. And while we now save these people from the waters of the Mediterranean, we do not want them.
Why? Because they are Muslims and not Christians – or “Westerners” as we prefer to call ourselves today? I fear so.
The UN relief organisations, MSF, the Red Cross, Oxfam and the rest cannot hope to protect or resettle the new exodus from the crumbling Middle East. International humanitarianism cannot overcome national sovereignties. If Greece eventually collapses, what will we do with millions of Greek refugees on the edge of our shrunken “Europe”? Treat them with contempt as EU ministers were doing this weekend? Or allow them to dribble north into “our” lands because they are Christian and not Arab Muslims?
Alas, we now treat each refugee on the grounds of their race, religion or purpose of flight (“migration”). We do not treat them as human beings. And thus we betray all our religions and all our cultures.
I have met no one with an answer to this great moral dilemma of our times. But here is the joint statement of a US-sponsored conference in 1927 which acknowledged that international aid was administered with a pro-Christian and anti-Muslim bias after the earlier Middle East catastrophe: “People [in] the field would rather have less money and a statesman-like programme than large sums for objects that are not carefully thought out…”
The key word is statesman-like. The Middle East refugees possessed such a man after the Great War, an individual who cared for the poor and the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. He inspired the creation of an international travel document for refugees recognised by 54 states in the case of former Russian citizens (Russians, Poles, Latvian Ukrainians, Turkic Muslims), and 38 in the case of Armenians. He was a polar explorer whose name is now almost forgotten: Fridtjof Nansen. He even won the Nobel Peace Prize. And that, too, has been forgotten.
This video is called Wildlife of Western Australia.
From the Australian Broadcasting Corporation:
Tropical fish in WA Kimberley facing extinction from climate change, researchers say
By Erin Parke
12 July 2015
Entire species of tropical fish could be wiped out by climate change, according to a research team that has spent months carrying out a study in Western Australia’s north.
The team from the University of Melbourne is looking at how sensitive freshwater species are to small increases in water temperatures.
PhD student Matthew Le Feuvre said the results were cause for concern.
“We’re finding a lot of species are living potentially very close to their maximum thermal limit, so these species will be very sensitive should the climate change in the Kimberley,” Mr Le Feuvre said.
“If water temperatures and air temperatures increase by just a degree or two, you could potentially see a lot of species fail to adapt and go extinct as a result, or at least become far more vulnerable.”
The team focussed on 18 species that are found only in the river systems of the Kimberley.
Until now, little research has been done on the river systems, partly because they are located in remote areas accessible only by helicopter or boat.
The University of Melbourne study involved eight months of trekking and camping in some of the most rugged terrain in Australia, to allow researchers to collect specimens.
“We’ll arrive at a beautiful spot in the Kimberley with a ute and a trailer fully loaded with sampling gear and a tinny, and then we basically throw the whole kitchen sink at it,” Le Feuvre said.
“We use a variety of nets, a baited underwater video camera, and we use an electro-fisher, which basically stuns the fish in the water and then you can scoop them out, which is a really useful tool for sampling fish.
“We also use traditional hook and line fishing techniques and also snorkelling, so we use a whole lot of methods at each site for a couple of days.”
The fish were packed into customised eskies for the 4,000 kilometre flight to laboratories at the University of Melbourne.
In Melbourne, they were put into a flow-rest barometer, to measure the amount of oxygen they consumed as the water temperature was increased in tiny increments.
That is when the sensitivity of the fish was discovered, Mr Le Feuvre said.
“We’ve found that these species basically fail to function above 34 degrees, which is roughly the temp of the water you find in the Drysdale river in the wet season,” he said.
The Kimberley species were also considered to be highly vulnerable because of their unusually limited range.
“The Mitchell Falls Gudgeon [for example] is only found around the Mitchell Falls, so it’s only known for a couple of kilometres upstream from the falls, and a couple of kilometres downstream from the falls,” Mr Le Feuvre said.
“There’s one species from the Drysdale River that’s only been caught once… so it’s a really rare species and we failed to find it in more than eight months of fieldwork.”
It is hoped the work results in some of the species being added to a national register of threatened species.
While 20 per cent of Australian freshwater fish species are currently included on the register, none of the endemic Kimberley species are listed.
Conservation group Environs Kimberley said the research work was groundbreaking.
“So little research has been done in the remote areas of the Kimberley, and there’s so much more work to be done up there,” said Marine Projects Officer Jason Fowler.
“It’s certainly going to help build a case to protect these river systems.”
This video from Australia says about itself:
14 August 2013
The Beyond Borders Collective disrupted the Melbourne headquarters of G4S in protest of their involvement in the racist imprisonment of people arriving to Australia by boat. G4S profits from contracts managing the Manus Island detention centre. Our full statement is here.
By Charlotte Hughes in Britain:
Wednesday 8th July 2015
WHILE I was handing leaflets out at our weekly jobcentre protest in Ashton-under-Lyne, I was asked to go and speak to a man who was stood round the corner. This happens quite a lot because local claimants feel they can’t be seen talking to us. Why? The fear of sanctions and discrimination by DWP staff members. The threat of a sanction is enough for anyone to comply with their wishes. So I went over and spoke to this man.
He was in a very agitated state — articulate but also extremely angry. He told me that he had worked all of his life but had an accident requiring several painful operations on his knee. He had received a letter from the employment and support allowance (ESA) department to remind him to send his sick note in, but they didn’t include an envelope, so that’s what he was there for. He asked to speak to an adviser but was stopped by a G4S security guard, given an envelope and was told to leave the building. He was shocked, as all he wanted to do was to speak to a front desk adviser.
He came outside with the envelope and realised that the G4S guard had given him the wrong one. He went back in but was told: “Tough, that’s all you’re getting.”
We helped him sort out the problem, but I was left wondering why G4S security guards — who are not trained benefit advisers and should not be handling any personal information — are handing out advice.
How many sick notes go missing in this way? These payments are a lifeline for ESA claimants and it shouldn’t be happening.
Is this a deliberate tactic deployed by the DWP to allow unqualified G4S guards to dish out advice, ensuring that mistakes are made and wrong advice given?
Answers on a postcard please, although I will be enquiring about this and monitoring this situation.
A young woman with her mother also stopped us. She was shaking with fear and close to having a panic attack. She is on ESA for severe anxiety and the jobcentre is forcing her to attend an interview there. She was far too ill to go in on her own so we advised her mum to go in with her. She is clearly not ready for work.
No-one should have to feel this scared of a building and the people inside. It’s disgusting and we need to stop this. The government has created two monsters, the DWP and jobcentre plus — both equally evil.
I hope that young woman manages to recover from this ordeal.
Our demonstrations often include guitar music, and this week G4S decided to be rather aggressive about it. A young woman rushed out of the building wanting to speak to us. She said that while she was waiting for her appointment a G4S security guard was shouting: “I’m going to snap the strings on that guitar if they don’t shut up.” She said that she was scared of him and his menacing manner and would make a complaint. Let’s hope that she does — threats of violence should always be taken seriously.
A version of this article first appeared at thepoorsideoflife.wordpress.com.
– The People’s Assembly rally in Manchester, where Charlotte Hughes will be speaking, is today at 5pm on Market Street and a musical demonstration will be taking place outside Ashton under Lyne jobcentre from 1-3pm tomorrow. Participants are encouraged to bring instruments.