Free West Papua

Australia’s closest geographical neighbour is the world’s second-largest island, New Guinea.  The eastern half of this island is the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and the western half is West Papua, now consisting of two Indonesian provinces. In 1975, Papua New Guinea was declared independent after decades of overlapping German, British, and Australian administration, and the post-war union of the Papua and New Guinea territories in 1949. In the same year, The Dutch attempted to leave behind an independent West Papuan nation when departing the region after 149 years of colonial rule.  Indonesia, however, claimed rights of sovereignty over West … Continue reading Free West Papua

Did you hear about the March in March? Pressed from The AIMN

Did you hear about the March in March? Pressed This, from the AIMN, with thanks; click the link above or below (or here) to read. Did you hear about the March in March? Yes, I heard about it, and I was there today in Melbourne. After returning home, I noted it had, at least, been mentioned in a news break on Ten with a glimpse of some actual footage, and then online at the ABC. But, that said, coverage was scant to say the least.  But the numbers I saw there in the streets are simply too big to ignore.  Momentum … Continue reading Did you hear about the March in March? Pressed from The AIMN

Dead Families For Tony

Following on from ‘Sending Pictures To Tony‘ and ‘Another Picture For Tony‘, I’ve sent a third tweet to the ‘Prime Minister’ of the once-great and proud nation of Australia.  This time containing images of another dead family with innocent kids in Sri Lanka. There is a black van waiting for me in the car park… Anyway, here is today’s virtual placard for the ‘Prime Minister’: Pretty damn sure he won’t be seeing these, as his minders shield him from any and all interrogation, especially if it is related to issues he doesn’t much care for – like human rights… Doing … Continue reading Dead Families For Tony

Another Picture For Tony

Following on from ‘Sending Pictures To Tony‘, I’ve sent a second tweet depicting some horror from Sri Lanka, our new friends and recent recipients of some floating military hardware. Not expecting a response… Anyway, here is my latest virtual placard for the ‘Prime Minister’: No-one has come to collect me yet…  Good morning, Tony! AsGrayAsGray Continue reading Another Picture For Tony

Sending Pictures To Tony

“…we accept that sometimes in difficult circumstances, difficult things happen.”  Difficult things – like murder, rape, torture… Ever since that disturbing throw-away comment from the Australian ‘Prime Minister’ regarding human rights abuses during and since the Sri Lankan/Tamil conflicts, I’ve been a little bit haunted by how callous, heartless, and weak that man must be. So I’ve decided to take it upon myself, inspired in no small way by a recent post at WixxyLeaks entitled ‘War Pigs – War criminals and those who “accept” their crimes’, to get up in Tony’s grille with some of the worst images you can imagine, … Continue reading Sending Pictures To Tony

Black Power Day

Today (16 October) is the 45th anniversary of the infamous (yet under-appreciated) ‘Black Power salute‘ at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City. One week ago (9 October) was the anniversary of Peter Norman‘s funeral in 2006 – a day that has been formally recognised by the US Track and Field Federation as Peter Norman Day, a day when Tommie Smith and John Carlos arrived from halfway around the world to deliver heartfelt tributes at Norman’s memorial service. Peter Norman was ostracised, dismissed, abused and overlooked for the rest of his days, after having stood side-by-side with Carlos and Smith … Continue reading Black Power Day