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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 540 31st March ­ 6th April 2003

From philmcc@melbpc.org.au
Date Wed, 2 Apr 2003 12:57:35 +0200 (CEST)


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NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
"WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES" ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

THE DEATH OF MEDICARE
The Prime Minister's assurances that his governmentıs proposed changes to
Medicare are designed to protect bulk billing are reminiscent of his
assurances to the Australian people that he had not made up his mind to
commit Australian troops to the war in Iraq, after he had deployed 2000
Australian defence personnel to the Middle East. The Federal government's
changes are designed to strip Medicare of its backbone universal bulk
billing. The introduction of up-front patient co-payments for practices
that agree to bulk bill pensioners and concession card holders, will result
in rapidly escalating medical fees for the bulk of Australians and the
beginning of a process that will create a two tier medical system in private
practice.

Universal bulk billing ensures that all patients are treated equally, as the
reward to the medical practitioner is the same irrespective of whether the
patient is a concession cardholder or not. The introduction of a co-payment
for non-concession card holders institutionalises the idea that Medicare
provides two tiers of medical services, one for patients who can
afford to pay for it and one for patients who cannot.

As a result of these proposed changes, many practices will discourage
concession cardholders from attending or will provide a cursory service to
them. Instead of defending and extending Medicare, a universal health care
system that has served Australians well since its introduction in 1973, the
Howard government has decided to destroy it. It's interesting to note that
the AMA, an organisation that represents only about 50% of Australian
doctors has thrown its support behind the Australian government's attempts
to destroy Medicare. When Medibank was introduced by the Whitlam Labor
government, the AMA was at the forefront of the battle to abort it,
claiming it would end private practice in Australia.

Instead of retaining universal bulk billing by increasing Medicare payments
to general practitioners (who have borne the brunt of successive government
cut backs to Medicare), the Federal government continues to transfer around
$2.5 billion of taxpayers funds every year to the private health
insurance industry, an industry that only covers 50% of Australians.

RESPONSIBILITY
The Howard government cynically used their commitment of Australian
Defence
personnel to the unilateral US invasion of Iraq, as the opportunity
to
increase public support for the war effort, by exploiting individual
Australian concerns about their fate of the troops and their families
and
friends. Two weeks into the war, it's becoming increasingly obvious
that
the US led invasion of Iraq has not been welcomed by a significant
number of
Iraqi citizens. The foreign invaders are succeeding in making a
pariah in
the Middle East, the Saddam Hussein regime, into a regime Arabs and
Muslims,
not just Iraqis, believe is worth fighting and dying for.

Faced with the dilemma that they are invaders, not liberators,
individual
Australian Defence personnel deployed in Iraq by the Howard
government and
individual Australian citizens, are faced with agonising individual
decisions about how they will respond to what is clearly becoming an
immoral, unjust and illegal war. The Nuremberg trials, at the end of
World
War II, clearly stated that individuals not governments, are
ultimately
responsible for their actions in wartime. Their responsibility is
not to
their unit, their government or their Nation-State, but to other
human
beings.

As the atrocities committed in this war escalate and as the rationale
used
to justify the invasion of Iraq is discredited, individual Australian
Defence personnel in the field will be faced with the prospect of
making a
decision about whether they will continue to obey orders that clearly
have
no moral or legal authority, or refuse to participate in a war that
in their
eyes has become unjust and illegal. As individual Australian
citizens, we
share the dilemma faced by Australian Defence personnel in the field.
Our
responsibility as citizens does not lie with the decisions made by
the
government of the day.

History, our fellow citizens and the rest of the world, will judge us
by our
reaction to the immoral and illegal decisions made by our government.
Our
duty as Australian citizens lies in escalating the current wave of
protests
and forcing the government of the day to bring back the troops from
Iraq.

The Australian Defence personnel who have been sent to Iraq on our
behalf,
by a government that never asked the citizens it represents whether
we
should go to war, face physical and ethical dangers they should never
have
had to face. Faced with this conundrum, we are morally obliged to
escalate
the political campaign, to overturn the political decision that
placed them
in this untenable situation. We must work to bring them home as soon
as
humanely possible.




GOING, GOING, GONE.
The folk who gave you Howard's industrial relations laws and the
G.S.T are
at it again. The Australian Democrats have once again entered into a
compact with the devil that will have ramifications for years to
come. In a
move thatıs being spun as a kinder deal for welfare recipients, the
Australian Democrats have let the Howard governmentıs "working
together
Bill" through the Senate. The passage of these laws has
ramifications for
some of the most vulnerable members of society.

The Bill incorporates single parents and the older unemployed in the
"mutual
obligation" welfare system. A system thatıs designed to punish and
humiliate the sick, the disabled and those members of the community
on
unemployment benefits who are least able to deal with the system.
During the
last 7 years unemployed Australians have been fined a billion dollars
for
not meeting what are laughingly called "mutual obligation" tasks.
1.5
million breaches of the " mutual obligation contract" has seen people
who
receive around $200 per week lose an average a month on unemployment
benefits.

The best compromise the Democrats were able to negotiate for a paltry
$500
million (around $400 for each person) roped into the "mutual
obligation"
nightmare will result in their welfare payments being docked by $273
for 8
weeks instead of $889 for 8 weeks for a first breach. For these
paltry
thirty pieces of silver they have freed 400,000 welfare recipients
onto the
"mutual obligation" treadmill.

The Australian Democrats have a history of treachery that stretches
back
almost to their formation. Time and time again they have abandoned
groups
in the community who have supported them in successive elections.
Their
efforts to self-destruct should be supported by all activists. It's
time
the political party that gave Australia the G.S.T and sold workers
and
welfare receipts down the river, is made accountable for this
treachery.
The sooner they are wiped off the political map, the sooner a viable
third
force in Australian politics that does not turn it's back on its
supporters
can take the place of the Australian Democrats in parliament and
provide a
trusted third alternative in Federal politics.

FOOLS GOLD
Anyone who has wondered why 174 out of 175 of Murdoch's editorial
teams
supported a pre-emptive strike on Iraq, only has to look at what's
happened
to News Ltd. share price when war was declared, within the space of
48 hours
its price rose by around 20%. It's clear a successful US invasion of
Iraq
would have resulted in a substantial increase in the fortune of
Murdoch's
news empire.

Unfortunately for Murdoch, the stiff resistance that has been mounted
by
Iraq has put a dent in News Limitedıs expected windfall. Much of the
gains
of the past week have evaporated. Faced with a potential financial
disaster,
the Murdoch Press has launched into phase two of its strategy to
demonise
both the domestic and international peace movement and the Iraqi
people.
Its latest offerings to its readers are indistinguishable from US
military
media briefings. What is laughingly purported to be news and analysis
is
little more than State sanctioned propaganda.

It has now become difficult to distinguish the offerings of the
Murdoch
Press and Saddam Hussein's state controlled media. News Limited's
response
to the war on Iraq highlighted how a media monopoly can manufacture
consensus in a parliamentary democracy. The concentration of media
ownership
in Australia in such few hands gives the people who own these
monopolies the
power to set the agenda about what is desirable, acceptable and
possible.
The Murdoch Pressı monopoly of over 70% of Australiaıs newspapers
gives it
the power to dictate to the government of the day. This monopoly
provides
it with the opportunity to mould public opinion in its own image. The
monopolisation of the press is dangerous because it allows those who
control
these monopolies to use them to set the agenda in Australia. The
power they
hold can and does change the focus of community debate.

In the hands of manipulative owners and editorial teams, the press
can and
does create community conditions for change that reflects the
underlying
editorial positions of its outlets. The Murdoch Press in Australia
is at
the forefront of the struggle to win the hearts and minds of the
Australian
people to support the US, Britainıs and Australia's pre-emptive
strike on
the Iraqi people. If that means supporting a dirty little war that
few
Australians want, than that is the price the community will have to
pay to
keep those in power in the lifestyle they are accustomed to. Anything
less
is treasonable.

TIRED OR JUST PLAIN STUPID
Two weeks into the war in Iraq, many Australians have become sick and
tired
of the dreadful images, sights and sounds that are coming out of
Iraq. They
believe that if they turn off the television set, the radio, or stop
reading
newspapers, it will all go away. Many Australians seem to have
forgotten
that Australia is in a state of war and has unilaterally invaded a
country
that was no direct threat to us. They want to believe that if they
turn
their back on it, it will all go away.

Unfortunately the Howard government has placed the citizens of this
country
in a situation that could lead to direct attacks, both in Australia
and
Australian interests overseas. The revulsion felt by the Arab and
Muslim
world at the double standard displayed by the West when they are
willing to
invade an Arab country because they claim they have not fully
supported UN
resolutions, while not lifting a finger to help the Palestinians gain
a
homeland, (after almost 60 UN resolutions have been passed), has
mobilised
the resurgence of both secular and religious pan Arabic nationalism,
a force
which will make it impossible for the US to conquer Iraq, let alone
the rest
of the Middle East.

Our government has committed our troops to the war in Iraq. Whether
we like
it or not we are responsible for the reaction this illegal
intervention will
cause. It's possible we will be paying for generations to come for
Australia's unnecessary incursion in the Middle East. Each and every
one of
us has become a legitimate Iraqi target. Howard's "comfortable and
relaxed"
Australia has almost overnight, turned into an alarmed and panic-
stricken
Australia.

We need to understand whether we individually support or oppose the
war that
in the eyes of the world we are culpable for the damage caused by
Australia's alliance with the US. Unfortunately for Australia we are
the
minnows in the coalition of the willing, when the world's attention
is drawn
to Australiaıs participation in the war in Iraq, the price as a
country we
will have to pay economically, socially and politically will be
enormous.

This country needs to extricate itself from this disastrous war as
soon as
possible. If we don't, we will be paying the price for the Howard
government's support of the invasion of Iraq by the US and Britain
for
years, possibly even for generations to come.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Is apathy a natural human condition?
A. Itıs common to hear activists who have failed in their attempts
to
mobilise people about particular issues, to blame peopleıs apathy for
their
failure. Itıs also common for so called democratic governments to
blame
voterıs apathy for low voter turn outs at elections. Some people
even go so
far as to state that apathy is a natural human condition. Activists
seem to
have forgotten that governments encourage apathy because it allows
them to
govern without having to worry about public opinion.
Apathy is a legitimate response in situations where people believe or
feel
that they have no power to influence let alone control their destiny.
The
greater the opportunity people have to control their lives, the
greater the
levels of participation in the day to day affairs of a community or
organisation. Anarchism is a philosophy that revolves around
participation.
Without active participation by a significant number of people, there
is no
anarchism. Whether people participate or donıt participate in the
life of a
community or organisation depends on whether they believe there are
structures within that community or organisation which allows them to
influence and make important decisions about that community or
organisation.
Post-modern capitalism has resulted in the privatisation of political
life.
Politics is not a matter for the people but a matter for governments,
the
bureaucracy and the experts. Governments not the people make
decisions
about going to war or how resources are allocated. A climate of
apathy
reinforced by the ?you canıt fight City Hallı mantra is nurtured by
governments that manipulate public opinion and responses to suit
their short
term political agenda.
Anarchists need to understand that the levels of apathy in a
community
co-relate with the degree of powerlessness within that community. We
need
to be able to incorporate these ideas in both our short and long-term
strategies for change. We need to be able to pinpoint why people are
apathetic and correlate their apathy with our criticisms of the
communities
and societies we live and work in.
Apathy is a natural human reaction to powerlessness, it is not an
inane
human characteristic. Children are not apathetic unless they live in
difficult circumstances. They normally participate in everything
because
they experience the immediate consequences of their actions. As
children
grow older and begin to experience the constraints of living within
rigid
hierarchical communities they withdraw within themselves and become
totally
self-absorbed by themselves, their families and immediate friends.
The
greater the levels of apathy within a society, the greater the
possibility
for radical social change.


ACTION BOX
"PERSERVERANCE"
A campaign can take weeks, months even years. Most people seem to be
unwilling or unable to spend that amount of time involved in
protests. When
governments, institutions or corporations come under scrutiny, all
they need
to do is tough out the situation and wait for the movement fighting
against
them to move to fresh targets. Protests that are carried out in fits
and
starts are doomed to fail. Perseverance is a vital ingredient of
political
and social struggle.
Perseverance doesnıt mean youıre doomed to repeat the mistakes of the
past
or continue to carry out actions that have failed. Perseverance
means
continuing with a campaign until you achieve some type of type of
result.
Any government or institutions can withstand irregular attacks, few
can
withstand regular protests that challenge their mode of operation and
their
very existence. Nothing annoys an institution or government more
than
regular protests and sit-ins, that brings their behaviour to public
attention.
Itıs important that individuals and groups involved in long campaigns
meet
regularly to fine tune their protests. Thereıs very little point in
pursuing action that gets you nowhere. Whatıs important is that you
change
an activity when its usefulness has run its course. Changing tack
makes it
difficult for the institution or government department youıre
targeting, to
deal with you.
As familiarity breeds contempt, itıs essential they donıt become
familiar
with your campaign plans. Changing the course of action youıre
pursuing
will keep them on their toes and will make them waste valuable
resources
trying to counteract your next protest. Set aside a few minutes
after each
protest to decide whether youıll repeat the activity or whether
youıll
change tack.
Perseverance is a vital element of any struggle. Short swift sharp
campaigns normally achieve very little. Todayıs news is tomorrowıs
recycled
newspapers. You may have to apply pressure for weeks, possibly
months, even
years before you see a dividend for the protests youıre involved in.
The
longer and focused the campaign, the greater the possibility it will
bear
fruit.

BOOK REVIEW
"MARTIN CASH"
- ?His personal narrative as a Bushranger in Van Diemens Landı
1st Printed 1870,
Review copy 8th Edition 1967,
Publisher J. Walch & Sons Pty Ltd.

MARTIN CASH
THE GENTLEMAN BUSHRANGER ­ AGE 60

The story of Martin Cash the ?Gentleman Bushrangerı unlike the story
of Ned
Kelly is a yarn that few Australians outside Tasmania are familiar
with.
Martin Cash was transported to Botany Bay in 1828 at the age of 18
for
shooting and wounding his girlfriendıs lover. The book ?Martin Cash -
The
Bushranger of Van Diemens Landı was written by Cash when he worked at
the
Government Gardens in Hobart in the 1860ıs at the end of his long and
colourful life.
I found the book fascinating as it gives a first hand account of life
in
Tasmania between 1837 and 1870 from the perspective of a bushranger
and
convict who survived and escaped from Port Arthur and survived nearly
10
years at Norfolk Island, witnessing and experiencing horrors that we
canıt
even imagine. The book is a narrative of Cashıs life told through
his eyes.
Although Cashıs experiences are the stuff movies are made of, his
thoughts
are set down in a monotone, the interesting and the mundane are mixed
to
create an opaque sticky blancmange.
The book is a creation of its time, you have to look between the
lines to
understand whatıs actually happening. Cash broaches the subject of
homosexual rape in prison in an opaque manner, talking about how the
old
lags on Norfolk Island revolted when a new commandant with liberal
ideas
placed young prisoners in single cells. Another interesting aspect
of the
book covers sexual relations between men and women during the period.
Although itıs never actually mentioned, there are enough oblique
references
in the book to give the reader an idea of what actually went on.
Martin Cash was a celebrity bushranger, he and two other convicts
escaped
from Port Arthur in 1841 a feat that was considered impossible. They
took
up arms and terrorised the countryside for over a year. As many of
the
settlers in Tasmania were former convicts, bushrangers who targeted
the
police, government and squatters were helped by many of the settlers.
Martin Cashıs gang was no exception. There were two things I found
puzzling
about the book. Cash mentions his female companion in the first half
of the
book and his wife in the latter half of the book. Although he
mentions them
repeatedly, he never tells us their names, maybe he was trying to
protect
them. There is also no mention of Tasmaniaıs Aboriginals in his
book. The
only reference I could find was a reference to a farm that had
constables
assigned to it "as the natives were causing trouble".
Martin Cash had a charmed life, he married one of the police
surgeonıs
domestic servants while a convict on Norfolk Island and spent the
last 20
years of his life as virtually a free man. Unlike Ned Kelly, who was
hanged
at Old Melbourne Goal at the tender age of 24, Martin Cash lived to
the ripe
old age in those times of 67 and died peacefully on his apple orchard
at
Glenorchy, 5 kilometers outside Hobart on the 26th August 1878.
The most interesting sentence in the book "As there was no person to
investigate the matter, the sacrifice of Campbell passed like
sunshine"
encapsulates the futility and barbarity of prison life in colonial
Australia.
If you want to get hold of this yarn, I suggest you try your local
library
or a 2nd hand bookshop as 37,000 copies of this book had been sold by
1967.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
STATE SANCTIONED TORTURE
Norfolk Island was set aside as a prison for convicts who committed
crimes
while serving their sentences in colonial Australia. The prison had
a
reputation for brutality second to none. The commander of the island
had
power over life and death. After a prison revolt in 1844 that
resulted in 4
murders and the execution of 12 convicts who participated in the
revolt, the
sadist Major Price was appointed as the new commandant.
Thomas Williams a convict stonemason and atheist was asked to give
evidence
at a case on the island. He refused to take the oath. Major Price
sentenced him to 14 days solitary confinement, at the end of his
sentence he
was brought to Priceıs office, he refused once again to take the
oath, he
was imprisoned for another 14 days of solitary confinement. At the
completion of 28 days of solitary confinement he was once again
presented
with the Bible, once again he refused to take the oath, he was
sentenced a
third and forth time. At the end of 56 days of solitary confinement
on half
a loaf of bread and water a day he was at deathıs door. Williams was
taken
to the island hospital. Once he recovered he was asked once again to
take
he oath, he refused and was sentenced to 42 days of solitary
confinement.
On completion of his sentence he was taken back to the convict
hospital.
The punishment was repeated for another 84 days, at this point Major
Price
visited him personally, Williams yielded and according to Price took
the
oath. He was released after spending a total of 182 days in a living
tomb,
2 metres long 0.8 metres wide and 1.5 metres tall, in total darkness
fed on
bread and water for 6 months for refusing to take an oath on the
Bible while
a prisoner on Norfolk Island.
The stories of the human cruelty practiced on Norfolk Island finally
reached
the colonial office in England. Faced with an Australian colonial
population that was restive about continued transportation of
convicts,
Norfolk Island was closed down by the Secretary of State for the
colonies in
the early 1850ıs. It then became a home for the descendants of the
Bounty
mutineers. Today it is a home for around 2500 people who enjoy a
great deal
of autonomy. Although an Australian territory, they have their own
flag,
national anthem (God save the Queen) and have the power to remove
their
elected assembly from office through a citizenıs initiated
referendum, if
electors believe the government does not reflect the will of the
electorate.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
War is not just a story about death, disability and destruction, it's
much
more insidious, it's primarily a dream eater. The invader and the
invaded
are involved in a dance that will have personal consequences for
generations
to come.
Long after the leaders are forgotten, long after the issues they
fought over
are blurred, the mental scars that are transferred from generation to
generation will continue to act as barriers to the hopes, aspirations
and
dreams of future generations. The images of war are images of lost
opportunities and lost dreams. The child with the mangled body will
carry
the legacy for a lifetime, their dreams for the future blown apart.
The
parents of the dead child washing the blood and dust off what's left
of
their body, will carry the sights, sounds and despair, both in their
hearts
and their souls till the day they die.
The young soldier sprawled in the mud, his dreams and aspirations
left on
the battlefield will be mourned by his father, mother, sister's,
brother's,
friends, lovers for generations. His dreams ended when the bullets
shattered his flesh. The survivors will carry the sights and sounds
with
them till the day they die. Post traumatic stress disorder, shell
shock in
the old days, is a disorder whose tentacles suck the life out of the
next
generation's dreams.
Bush, Blair, Hussein and Howard devour the dreams of today's
generation and
unborn generations to come. The soldiers who carry their broken
dreams into
their civilian life and burden their offspring with those dreams are
the
dream eater's legacy. Opportunities lost, lives destroyed, people
living in
holes in the ground, fear, anger, pain, suffering, blood, shattered
limbs,
are nothing compared to the millions of individual dreams that
evaporate as
each bomb explodes, each bullet finds its target and each rocket
slams into
another building.
You can't destroy dreams on such a massive scale and expect the
public
psyche to survive unscathed. The revulsion beginning to be felt by
ordinary
people at 21st Century warfare could be just the antidote that's
needed to
once and for all bury those leaders in our midst who believe that
devouring
peoples' dreams, hopes and aspirations is the path to nirvana.

STOP PRESS
?A BIRD IN THE HAND
IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSHı
(SORRY FOR THE BAD PUN)
The rush by the US corporate interests to feed on the carcass of what
will
be left of Iraq after the country is bombed back to the Stone Age
gives an
insight into the mentality behind this war. The invasion of Iraq is
first
and foremost a business proposition. Access to oil and access to
lucrative
reconstruction contracts seems to be the lubricant that keeps the
wheels of
war turning. This war has nothing to do with honour, justice,
freedom or
liberty and everything to do with lining the pockets of a small elite
who
engineered the war against Iraq to make a financial killing.
Under US law only US companies will be allowed to bid for
reconstruction
contracts. The US agency for International Development, notorious
for
allocating major contracts to a dozen US corporations, has already
begun
allocating the spoils of war to these corporations. Australian
companies if
they eat enough humble pie will be allowed in through the back door.
If
they toe the line, they will be allowed to make bids as sub-
contractors
doing the work allocated to these corporations at a discount rate.
Itıs bad
enough seeing US troops and Iraqis dying to fulfill the American
dream of
making money for the corporate sector, but seeing Australian defence
personnel involved in this war makes my stomach turn.
Howard has been so inept in his negotiations with the US that he has
allowed
Australiansı blood to be spilt for the glory of invading Iraq with
the US.
Australian primary producers had lucrative contracts of over a
billion
dollars supplying wheat to Iraq as part of the oil for food program.
Today
they have nothing if Iraq is defeated, all contracts will be handed
over to
the US government on a platter.
Howard has involved Australians in a war that is not only
domestically
divisive, immoral, unethical and illegal but which will cost
Australians
money not just in terms of bankrolling the war effort but in terms of
missed
trading opportunities with Iraq - a country Australia has had close
trading
relationships with for over a decade. If there ever was one war that
Australia could have well done without, itıs the current invasion of
Iraq.
Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
for a Self-Managed Society.


ANARCHIST PUBLICATIONS RECEIVED THIS WEEK
CNT No.288 MARCH ?03, Organo de la Conferedacion Nacional del
Trabajo, Avda
Constitucion 21,9a, 18014 Granada, SPAIN, Tel:958289009,
Fax:958288992,
jlgrua@ugr.es redaccion@periodcocnt.org
LE MONDE LIBERTAIRE No.1312, 20th-26th MAR ı03, 145 Rue Amelot,
75011
Paris, FRANCE, Tel:0148053408, Fax:0149299859
UMANITA NOVA Vol 83 No.9 EL 9thMAR.ı03, Settimanale Anarchico, C.50
Palermo
46, 10152, Torino ITALY. Tel/fax (011) 857850 Mobile 338-6594361
email:fat@inrete.it
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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS ­ (ATNTF)
Tim Collins, one of the people accused of helping refugees
escape from Woomera is now out on bail.
THIS WEEK'S STORIES: US Liberates More Iraqis...To the Joy of the
Australian People...All The News That Fits Editor Blows Own
Trumpet...Quotes
of the Week.

US troops killed 7 Iraqi women & children at a checkpoint when their
van
wouldnıt stop as ordered a US military official said. (Australian
Associated
Press, April 1).
Claims that a majority of people now support the government's
decision to go
to war without UN backing are wrong, according to a Sydney Morning
Herald
survey. The survey found, while support for the war had risen, more
people
oppose the war than support it. (Australian Associated Press, April
1).
The Community & Public Sector Union has agreed to only buy t-shirts
from
suppliers who are accredited as not using sweatshop labour.
Previously the
CPSU bought t-shirts from China & Australia, any of which couldıve
been made
in sweatshop conditions. This follows a campaign initiated by me.
Quotes of the week: "The Iraqis are sick people & we are the
chemotherapy...I am starting to hate this country. Wait till I get
hold of a
friggin' Iraqi. No, I won't get hold of one. I'll just kill him." US
Corporal Ryan Dupre. Reported in Frontlines (US), March 31.
"Chemical warfare suits had to be worn b/c of the threat from the
depleted
uranium used in the US weapons" The Guardian (UK).
The media and US govt generally insist that depleted uranium isnıt a
health
hazard. The UN has passed 2 resolutions which include depleted
uranium
weapons among "weapons of mass or indiscriminate destruction".
Professor
Doug Rokke, a former US Army physicist, sees it as "a form of nuclear
weapon
that contaminates everything and everyone".
"I've invited my fellow documentary nominees on the stage with us.
Theyıre
here in solidarity with me b/c we like non-fiction. We like non-
fiction & we
live in fictitious times. We live in the time when weıve fictitious
election
results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we
have a
man sending us to war for fictitious reasons, whether itıs the
fiction of
duct tape or the fiction of orange alerts. We are against this war,
Mr.
Bush. Shame on you, Mr. Bush. Shame on you". Mike Moore, accepting
the Oscar
for his documentary "Bowling for Columbine". Most newspapers reported
Moore
received cheers & boos in equal numbers. Moore says that in fact he
got a
standing ovation, but 5 stagehands who were near the microphones all
booed
loudly, making it appear to the TV audience that the reaction was
mixed.
"I'm fed up with this war in Iraq!!! I wanna go back home!!! I don't
wanna
stay here no more!!! I don't wanna die in this war!!! PLZ make that
motherfu--er called Bush to set us free!!! We don't need this war!!!
If I
keep stayin' here in Iraq I'm sure very soon I'll be dead! I don't
wanna
die!! I wanna live!!! I'm so young yet! FU-- BUSH!!! Please do
something to
help me & my friends here in Iraq. We wanna come back home! Bush is a
big
bastar-, he drinks our blood". Anonymous US soldier, in an email.
"The mother held 1 child after another. Her 8yo daughter had been
killed. A
small girl, half naked, was cradled in one of the woman's arms,
emitting
tearing screams whenever she was moved -- into the X-ray room, out
again,
into the treatment room. Her face was ripped by shrapnel. Another
child was
in a bed. The doctor lifted the blankets to reveal a bloody mess of
open
leg. She howled &screamed as they tried to clean it, called out to
Allah
while her mother & aunt held her. Her head was heavily bandaged & one
eye
closed & swollen. 'The skull is also open,' the doctor said." - Jo
Wilding,
activist staying in Baghdad.
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ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to all those Australians who donıt support the war
in Iraq
but support the Australian Defence Forceıs role in the war in Iraq.

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BAYSIDE ANARCHIST GROUP / PUBLIC DISCUSSION MEETING
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A SLICE OF AUSTRALIAN ANARCHIST HISTORY
We have a number of
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The Anarchist World This Week is broadcast from 3CR (855khz AM dial)
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stations,
some broadcast it live, others later on during the week. Do you
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Then ask them to download it from the National Community Radio
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RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
Celebrate on the 3rd December 2003
The 3rd December 2003 marks the 149th Anniversary of the Eureka
rebellion.
This year a federation of groups will be celebrating the anniversary
at
Ballarat and around Australia. If you wish to keep up with whatıs
happening
or belong to a group that wants to affiliate with the organisation
write to
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and show Australianıs that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more
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If You Like What You Have Read, Photocopy This Publication and Leave
It In
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The articles in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review reflect the personal
opinions of the authors, they do not necessarily reflect the opinions
of the
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All material in the Anarchist Age Weekly Review can be used by
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ANARCHISM ­ ADVANCING IN DIVERSITY STRIKING IN UNISON ­ YAMAGUCHI
KENJI
WELCOME TO THE 21ST CENTURY ­ THE ANARCHIST CENTURYSS

ISSUE NUMBER 540 31ST MARCH 2003 ­ 6TH APRIL 2003

MAYDAY SOLITARITY CONFERENCE

WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
We urgently need speakers from anarchist and non-authoritarian
organisations
/ individuals
on the following topics:

Challenging the experts-
How much do we take on board without critique and what steps can we
take to
become more aware?
How can we challenge authority / dominant paradigm whilst developing
a sense
of empowerment?

The repercussions of war-
What are the psychological effects of war (immediate and long term)?
Who
benefits from war?
Has the UN become irrelevant as a body for peace? What threat does
war hold
for women and children in particular?

You donıt have to fuck people over to survive-
What alternatives are there to a dog eat dog / competition mentality
and
what is mutual aid? What role does revolutionary love play in
politics and
can we harness this to combat our fears? How can we open up the
barriers to
genuine communication?

Alternatives to the mainstream-
What kind of non-hierarchical groups can we form? What is consensus
/
participatory decision making? How can we deal with informal
hierarchy /
conflict in groups & relationships? How can we access & participate
in
D.I.Y. culture & what can we find there that doesnıt exist in the
mainstream? How do we build non-exclusionary movement or action?

FUNDING & BANDS ARE ALSO NEEDED!!

8TH MAY 10am ­ 5.10pm
ST. ALBANS VUT Building 4 MELBOURNE
CAFETERIA

Email for further info: Mundy.Brian@bigpond.com
- JO MUNDY

Barricade Books / Infoshop
5 Pitt Street
Brunswick, Melbourne
Ph: (03) 9513 3045
19th March 2003

Dear Anarchist Age Weekly Review

First, thanks for taking the time to review our zine, In Ya Face ­
weıre
pleased to know that you regard it as a ?refreshingı and ?importantı
addition to the range of locally produced anarchist publications
available
to readers of the Anarchist Age Weekly Review. However, we would
like you
to elaborate on what you regard as being ?the most irritating aspectı
of IYF
­ ?the in-house sniping thatıs directed at some anarchist groupsı
with which
we ?may have had differences with, in the pastı. Who are these
groups and
what does this sniping consist of? Perhaps this should have been
made more
explicit for the benefit of yourself and other readers, but, unless
otherwise indicated, all the articles published in IYF represent the
opinions of their authors, not those of the Barricade collective as a
whole.
For example, as he himself makes clear, the opinions Bren expresses
in his
?A Proposal for a Regional Anarchist Federationı on the subject of
Jura are
Brenıs opinions, not Barricadeıs. Similarly, Martaıs criticism of
the
ASF-Melbourne in her article ?From Melbourne to Woomeraı is Martaıs
responsibility to defend, not Barricadeıs. Further, as you yourself
note,
the Barricade collective has been in existence for over 8 years now,
and
during that period scores of individuals with many and varied
opinions have
come and gone from that group. Thus, what may have been Barricadeıs
collective opinion previously is not necessarily the collective
opinion of
the group as itıs currently constituted. Finally, as we made clear
in our
?Idiotorialı, Barricade welcomes correspondence on any of the issues
raised
in our zine. As such, if a member of some other anarchist group
feels
unfairly attacked in one of our articles, they are invited to let us
know
why.
Yours in anarchy,
Barricade Books / Infoshop collective.
P.S. A few corrections:
? Our preferred phone contact number is (03) 9513 3045. (The other
two
numbers listed in the ?Idiotorialı ­ 9387 9699 and 9343 6695- are
actually
the numbers for Irene Warehouse.)
? Fionaıs email address is amagi74@yahoo.com not amag174@yahoo.com

If possible, we would appreciate it if you could correct these errors
in a
future edition of the AAWR.
Anarchist NewsletterSSSSSSSS.for JURA BOOKS

Number 24, March 2003
A non-profit, volunteer, collectively run, community project since
1977

Shop Location: 440 Parramatta Road, Petersham
Postal Address: P.O. Box N32, Petersham, North NSW 2049
Ph: (02) 9550 9931 Email: jura@chaos.apana.org.au

Jura Opening Hours
Tuesday: 5.30 ­ 7pm Wednesday: 3 ­ 7pm Thursday: 3 ­
7pm
Friday: 2 ­ 5pm Sat: 11am ­ 4pm
(Ring as we can be open at other times too)

ANARCHIST DISCUSSION EVENINGS
JURA BOOKS ­ ANARCHIST BOOKSHOP
440 Parramatta Road, Petersham, Sydney NSW Ph:(02) 9550 9931

Friday 21st March: Post Modernism and Anarchism. Mark OıReilly
will
launch the discussion
Friday 28th March: Anarchist ­ Socialist Perspectives on
Australiaıs
Alignment with the US over the Iraq conflict
Friday 4th Aprill: Statism and Anarchism. Introduced by Sid
Parissi
Friday 11th April: Problems & Prospects of Building Alternative
Revolutionary Media in Australia Today. Mark McGuire
Friday 18th April: Introducing New Initiatives at Jura. The
Collectives

Discussions are from 6.30pm ­ 8.00pm.
Light refreshments available.
A small donation is appreciated to help cover the costs.

Come to discuss the topics, as theyıre not meant to be one way
lectures.
Videos have an open discussion afterwards.

Black Rose Anarchist Bookshop
83 Regent St., Chippendale,
Sydney. #83990635
Email: blackrose@cat.org.au
PO Box 691, Newton, N.S.W., 2042, Australia.
Tel 0425 315 502

March 2003
To: Collective, ex-collective members and friends of the collective,
Hi all,
As most of you will be aware Black Rose recently turned 20 years old!
What
an achievement, maintaining a collectively run, non-profit,
anti-authoritarian shop within the ?belly of the beastı. We recently
had a
celebration dinner that saw around 30 collective members (past &
present) &
friends come together for a dinner & a great night. A sign of the
impact
the shop has had on us all. Over the years there has been many ups &
downs,
many highlights just as many disappointments & hard times to struggle
through but weıve always come through on top if not a little shaken.

During the years these hardships ­ break-ins, a firebombing, thefts,
lack of
people power, moving shop due to gentrification & so one has really
taken
its toll both on the collective (people becoming pissed off & / or
burnt
out) & the shop (loss of stock, money & credibility). Weıve made 20
years
but only just. Recently weıve gone through another setback as a
result of a
break-in over the long weekend in September. While the whole
building was
broken into the Black Rose was hit hardest & a considerable amount of
money
stolen (approx. a months rent), making our position even more dire.
Actions
have been taken to avoid this happening again & money is no longer
kept on
the premises but the damage has been done. This break-in almost
forced the
shop to close but the collective is resolved to survive this & over
the last
few months the situation has begun to improve, changes to opening
times ­
Friday & Saturday becoming our set opening days with Thursdays
sporadically
meaning more realistic goals for the collective & its various
commitments,
plans for fundraising & some new enthusiasm should help push the shop
in a
positive direction. Weıve also restocked the shop lately & the
library also
has many new titles. We are also endeavouring to pay off old debts
so if we
owe you money for stock we are trying!

It is past this point in the shopıs history that some serious
questions need
to be asked. Is the shop still relevant? Is it worth continuing?
How can
we make the shop more financially viable? Is the collective
operating well
& / or are changes & a re-evaluation necessary? Is the collective
document
still relevant? What should be our main goals? Should Black Rose
take on a
more activist role or be a focal point for the anarchist community?
Is
there an anarchist community & if not what can be done to encourage
one?
Should we start up the Anarchist Pow Wows again & other regular
events?
Many questions indeed.

While some issues will have to be dealt with by the present
collective,
thereıs a feeling that itıs time to involve others in the process &
that
ex-collective members & friends of the collective could & should play
an
important role in this.

Weıre asking for input of all kinds ­ advice, suggestions, doing
shifts,
technical assistance, equipment, help with fundraising, promotion,
cataloging, donations & rent pledges, or you may have other ways in
which
you can help. If we come together to get Black Rose back on its feet
not
only are we keeping the ideas that Black Rose represents alive but in
the
process we will be helping to build on and strengthen the community
we have.

Please contact the collective with any ideas you may have. If youıre
in a
position to help out financially whether it is with fundraising, a
one off
donation, a regular rent pledge or an interest free loan, this will
greatly
help the shops viability. You can make donations or rent pledges at
the
shop or have whatever amount you choose taken automatically out of
your
account by your bank, ask us about banking details.

The general feeling seems to be that the shop is important & should
continue. Please help this happen so that we can make another 20
years.
Your support will help ensure a future for the shop as well as the
ideas
represented. You can help in many ways and according to your means.

Thanks for all the help & support youıve all given over the years,
great to
see all the faces at the party & also hello to those who couldnıt
make it.
Take care.

IMPORTANT UPDATE:- Weıre having a vegan banquet & movie night on
Sunday 30th
of March @ 5 p.m. The films showing will be ?Society of the
Spectacleı &
RTS footage.
Brett / On behalf of the Collective.

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