This week in Australia!
- Abbott defunds 180 Aboriginal communities.
- Morrison proposes harsh new refugee laws (temporary visas back. Asylum seeker babies born here can be sent overseas.).
- Morrison strikes deal to send asylum seekers to uber-poor Cambodia.
- Gillard’s autobiography came out and Rudd had no comment on ‘Ms Gillard’s latest contribution to Australian fiction.’
- Spy laws pass the Senate. ASIO to monitor our internet more easily. Journos face ten years gaol if they reveal secret info of Govt wrongdoing (ie. do their job). Whistleblowers too.
- Abbott skips NY climate summit. Obama and Leo DiCaprio were there.
- Biggest climate marches ever happened around the world.
- A million anti-Muslim incidents occurred across Australia.
- Kylie had her opening concert and did an INXS cover wearing a great coat.
Big, big week.
I just have a couple of questions if that’s ok.
1. If the details of what is happening to asylum seekers arriving by boat cannot be discussed for “operational reasons”, why was it that the recent AFP raids came with their own media teams, including video camera operators and still photographers? Surely there must have been more pressing operational reasons for keeping a lid on the AFP’s movements?
2. Why did it take 800 Australian Federal Police Officers in two states to detain 16 people, 15 of which were released almost immediately, with no charge?
3. Why is the 18 year-old shot dead by police still being branded a terrorist when people who knew him are saying that was manifestly not the case, and the AFP confirmed yesterday that he had made no threats against the Prime Minister?
4. Why is it that a comedian with a Tumblr is asking these questions, as opposed to someone who, you know, works as a journalist?
Importantly, the man there on the cover The Age (as well as SMH and the Canberra times) is actually not the man that was shot dead. These papers published a photo of an innocent school boy who has no connections to any terrorist activity, and who is now scared to leave the house. He is (rightly) considering legal action.
if melbourne is sooooo good, how come they’ve never won a single state of origin? marinate on that, you organic coffee drinking FUCKS
#lol i swear the only thing i like abt this country is the native wildlife and flora #some likeminded souls #and this amazingly petty melbourne/sydney rivalry #ps. state of…what? #i don’t understand the question and won’t respond to it /lucillebluth (via toujoursgai)
the state of origin is the national pasttimme (i guess, not having much interest in team sports) and melbourne hasn’t won because vic isn’t even in the running it’s a tournament between qld and nsw
"There’s the three “men of Middle Eastern appearance” who were detained by police at a football match because someone thought the way they were checking their phones was “suspicious”.
There’s the Muslim guy who was detained by the cops for filming in the Melbourne CBD (read his account over the The Drum if you read nothing else; it’s mildly terrifying).
There’s that mosque in far north Queensland that was vandalised, that mosque in Brisbane that was vandalised, those Muslim ladies in Queensland being told to “fuck off back to your own country” and having coffee thrown on them, and that carload of white guys on the Gold Coast who threatened to behead a brown person in the street because they thought he was Muslim (seriously, Queensland, you are not covering yourself in glory on this one).
There’s the guy who walked into an Islamic school in Sydney armed with a knife, forcing children to be locked inside their classrooms and hide under their desks.
There’s the spat-upon mum, the kicked baby’s pram, the vandalised car and the pig’s head on a spike — the pig’s head on a spike — that have been reported in WA. There’s the rape and death threats being made against Muslim women, and the indifference it’s been met with.”
Australia is fucked and I’m sorry I’ve been complacent for so long. Well. Less action-y than I should have been.
Curse of the Golden Flower - elaborate gold jewellery and hair ornaments worn by Gong Li as the Empress.
intense and gorgeous film
When I wrote about the whitewashing in tsunami disaster film The Impossible last year, I was given a dressing down by outraged commenters who deplored my “inability to look past race”.
But the idea that race is something we can transcend in a world still reeling from colonialism and its racist legacies is a notion only privileged white people can afford to entertain. As Waleed Aly wrote in The Sydney Morning Herald last Friday, there is no such thing as racial neutrality:
"Only white people have the chance to be neutral because in our society only white is deemed normal; only whiteness is invisible. Every other race is marked by its difference, by its conspicuousness – by its non-whiteness."
Every time people of colour are whitewashed - and it happens with alarming frequency - those of us who dare complain are told not to overreact, that it is just entertainment, that we shouldn’t play the race card. After all, why should race matter in a good film?
It matters because actors of colour are routinely sidelined. They may get literally a handful of leading roles per year in films where race is an essential aspect of the narrative such as 12 Years A Slave, but are usually relegated to minor roles such as the black ‘sassy’ friend, or the Asian nerdy sidekick, as this parody video shows.
A few months ago I wrote a thing for The Lifted Brow, and then TLB 23 sold out (WOOO) so now I have put my essay online for you to read and love and despair etc.
The feminism of the Asian ghost is so great that it can destroy not only its own patriarchal spaces, but the Western colonial spaces that have been forced upon them. Western interpretations of Asian ghosts see the same features – the long black hair, the pale skin, the white clothes, and the
young woman attacking all around her. They are coming for vengeance, and that vengeance is almost always towards a man who has wronged them. And, despite being products of a western remake system, they still conform to their feminist Asian origins: the monstrous woman overcomes, leaving perhaps only the Western woman who uncovered her (though all the men in her life die).
8000 words of colonialism, feminism, and Asian ghosts. Yes good. Love it. Live it. Now on my website.
If you believe what what some (at best misinformed, at worst bigoted) people say, Muslims have a lot to answer for.
Australian Aborigine medicine woman.
Please don’t label this woman as an “Australian Aborigine medicine woman”. Why? Because:
- Aboriginal peoples are diverse and your post homogenizes the many nations, cultures and languages of Aboriginal Australia.
- We actually don’t know if she is a “medicine woman” (or whatever the heck that means).
- The use of the term “Aborigine” is quite offensive due to the negative connotations it holds.
After searching around the internet for a little while, I found that this woman is a Djabugay (also known as Tjapukai) woman. This nation lies in the rain forests in Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
Please do your research next time and provide the identity of the person. Identity is extremely important, especially to Indigenous peoples.
Dear No Award,
The Governor-General is avoiding me and I just caught Malcolm Fraser measuring the curtain rods in the Lodge. Is this a sign from the universe that I should totally go ahead and borrow money from those totally-not-shady Middle Eastern dudes?
Dear No Award,
Some dickhead keeps lighting lanterns on hills in Bathurst. Is there anything I can do to stop the bastard?
Click on through to read them all. Letters to No Award: the Prime Ministerial Edition
Archers at Harlem’s YWCA (1940)
Until Catwoman #35 comes out in October, I’m trying to avoid anything that might spoil major twists, but since this was in the USA Today article in which I’m among the DC writers talking about the new Gotham lineup, I figure this one’s safe. (Costume note: this is her casual “get some shit done and head right to a meeting after” suit. Minimal jewelry so you don’t have to worry about losing anything mid-fray.)
And I’m thrilled this quote made the article, because it’s one of the most important parts of this arc to me: "But coming into this, the biggest struggle was never going to be Selina vs. someone else," Valentine says. "It’s Selina vs. what she’s willing to do to keep hold of that power."
I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS I CANNOT EVEN and if you love Selina Kyle and Gotham City at all then I highly recommend you get on the excited train.
don’t litter, it scares the sharks
GUYS PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO HOW THEY ARE ATTACKING AND RAIDING MUSLIM HOMES IN AUSTRALIA
the police are attacking muslims in their homes in the middle of the night, arresting women in their beds, men in the morning, attacing and humiliating us all
life is getting scary here for the muslims
Summary: Apparently they were trying to find local ISIS supporters and foil an alleged plot to carry out what PM Tony Abbot called “demonstration killings” to show that ISIS isn’t just located in the Middle East. They claim to have intelligence that informed this decision to raid. The raids were carried in 12 suburbs and involved around 900 police officers. They arrested 15 people during the raids, but have only released the details of one prisoner who had direct contact with the Australian Muslim who they know is an active recruiter for ISIS.
To me this sounds like an incredibly overblown response to an issue that could’ve been solved by one arrest. Please keep in mind that the Washington Post, the last source, is more conservative. Since these raids have happen, protests have erupted all over Australia and the Muslim Australian community is understandably fucking pissed. Don’t let this go unnoticed.
There is no threat of terrorism from Muslims in Australia. These raids (the biggest in Australia’s history), which come shortly after our terrorism alert level was raised to ‘high’ are nothing but racist fear mongering. When non-Muslims can threaten to carry out terrorist attacks or be caught with 50kg of explosives this is likely to be dismissed by the police while nothing is made of it by the media.
The line the media is running with is Abbott’s comment to the effect that the alleged plot involved executions by beheading. The basis for this is one phone call and “chatter”. Who knows just how many Australians would be arrested if making offhand comments was the standard of proof for all of us! However, the fact of the matter is that there is a precedent in Australia for people being convicted for virtual thought crimes under ‘anti-terror’ laws.
It’s also not a coincidence that all of this sets the scene for more Australian troops to be deployed to what is increasingly looking like another Iraq war (600 already have been earlier in the week). As you can see from the above links, it’s also emboldened the racist far-right. Already notorious bigot Cory Bernardi and PUP senator Jacqui Lambie have called for a ban on the Burka.
The only basis for these disgustingly racist raids is the need of the Abbott government to distract from their unpopular budget. The real terrorists are the ones sitting in Canberra, launching the biggest attack on education, healthcare, and welfare in over a decade.
We need to see this ’anti-terror’ frenzy for what it is - state sanctioned Islamophobia which the mainstream media is complicit in, designed to distract us from the Abbott government’s budget and justify further attacks on our civil liberties and another imperialist war. We need to reject the entire narrative outright.
DEATH TO FORTRESS AUSTRALIA