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Radical activist citizen journalism. A weekly radio programme on RTRFM (92.1FM), a community radio station based in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. We bring an independent perspective to the analysis of news and issues and provide a forum for activists, campaigners, academics, advocates and workers denied a voice by the mainstream media. Covering indigenous issues, post-capitalist/anti-capitalist analysis, refugee rights, antifa and all the important environmental, economic and ...
 
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The 1946 Pilbara strike of Aboriginal pastoral workers is one of the most significant episodes in both the history of the Australian labour movement, as well as the history of the Aboriginal self-determination movement. On the 75th anniversary, Alex Whisson spoke to Paul Roberts, writer and producer of How the West Was Lost, the 1987 documentary wh…
 
Chris Breen is a long time activist with the Refugee Action Collective in Melbourne. Organising a protest last April in solidarity with refugees detained at the Mantra Hotel, he found himself subject to arrest for incitement, a rarely used charge with a potentially chilling effect on the right to protest.…
 
As Brazilians continue to suffer under the authoritarian rule of Jair Bolsonara, and one of the worst COVID-19 death tolls anywhere in the world, a glimmer of hope has emerged, with the Supreme Court quashing the conviction on bribery charges of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Alex Whisson spoke to São Paulo-based political commentator …
 
In light of Facebook's ban on news media in Australia we speak to author, editor and academic Timothy Erik Strom about the implications of Platform/Surveillance capitalism on our political and social economies.You can read some of Timothy's work via Arena, which he also edits: www.arena.org.auBy Perth Indymedia Collective
 
In June 2019, the eyes of the world turned to Hong Kong, as a mass protest movement erupted in defiance of Beijing. Initially catalysed by the introduction of an extradition bill into the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the movement soon came to embrace a set of much wider demands. Some on the left quickly dismissed it as a creature of Western inter…
 
The struggle for self-determination and independence in West Papua has ramped up in recent weeks and months. With calls for a general strike by West Papuan activists, solidarity protests in Indonesia and actions here in Australia, all amid the heightened state repression of West Papuans by Indonesian authorities. We speak to Lewis Prai Wellip, a We…
 
In the annals of working class history in this country, the Jobs for Women campaign has, quite rightly, gone down as the stuff of legend.Beginning in 1980, and centred around the right of women to work at the Port Kembla steelworks in Wollongong, owned and operated at the time by Australian Iron & Steel, a subsidiary of BHP, the bitter struggle wou…
 
In a two part series we explore the impacts platform capitalism (corporate social media) is having on art collectives and communities in Indonesia.Platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp and Twitter, while being used by many collectives, activists and others around the world to organise, have serious implications for security, surveillance and control…
 
While much of the Western press and liberal opinion remains obsessively focussed on the upcoming U.S. Presidential Election, another election will take place this weekend, the background to which reveals just how many features of the American Empire will continue on as before, regardless of who wins between Trump and Biden. Journalist and political…
 
The carnage continues across the University sector, with ANU, UNSW, and Charles Darwin University among those to announce more job cuts in recent days, bringing the total number of job losses to at least 11 000.The local Unis have not been spared, with Murdoch Uni management looking to cut $25 million from its salary budget. Last week, Murdoch staf…
 
Student-led protests against the military-backed government of Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha have been ongoing since July. In recent days, they have increased in scale and intensity, with tens of thousands taking part in a protest on Saturday 19th September, to mark the anniversary of the 2006 military coup d'etat, which lasted into early S…
 
It's been six weeks since a devastating explosion rocked the port of Beirut, killing hundreds and leaving widespread destruction throughout the city. Caused by the negligent storage of nearly 3000 tons of ammonium nitrate in a portside warehouse, the disaster has dramatically exposed the criminal nature of the Lebanese ruling class.Alex Whisson spo…
 
The Kurdish people continue to be assailed on multiple fronts by various enemies, with Turkey escalating its attacks on Kurdish communities in northern Iraq, while simultaneously maintaining its occupation of Kurdish areas in the north of Syria. Ozer Coskun is active with the Kurdish Association of Western Australia, as well as a member of the Kurd…
 
Clinical research in recent years has suggested what therapists, researchers and the hippies knew decades ago - psychedelics like magic mushrooms, ayahuasca and even MDMA can have powerful benefits when used as a controlled therapeutic treatment. Indymedia's Jesse Noakes spoke to Tania de Jong is founder and director of Mind Medicine Australia, an …
 
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who continues to cling to power despite ongoing legal troubles and multiple elections where he was unable to secure a stable government, is pushing ahead with his plans to formally annex up to 30% of the occupied Palestinian territory in the West Bank. Netanyahu had announced several months ago that 1st Ju…
 
Mes56 is a collective of artists who work cooperatively with the community and its network in managing a home that is used as a work studio, study class, playroom and shelter. Formed in 2002 with independent funding, this community rests on the development of photography and contemporary art that intersects with other disciplines critically and con…
 
Pas Forgione is the Raise the Rate Community Organiser at the Australian Council of Social Services.Alex Whisson spoke to him about the findings of the recent 'I Can Finally Eat Fresh Fruit and Vegetables' survey, as well as some of the wider concerns around the ongoing unemployment crisis.By Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Liz Humphrys is a political economist and sociologist at the University of Technology Sydney, and the author of How Labour Built Neoliberalism: Australia’s Accord, the Labour Movement and the Neoliberal Project.She joined Alex Whisson to discuss Scott Morrison's announcement of a potential new era in Australian industrial relations, which some comm…
 
Following a huge collapse in revenue, particularly from international students, Universities across the country find themselves at a historical crossroads. Up to 21 000 jobs may be lost in the coming months. A potential showdown looms between the boards of management and academic staff. Also looming is a possible civil war within the National Terti…
 
Jack Mundey. Leader of the NSW branch of the Builders Labourers' Federation. Member of the Communist Party of Australia. On first blush, hearing that bio, one might take him to be an obscure figure, a man of little consequence. Yet he played a monumental role in post-war Australian history, and his impact on modern environmental politics is arguabl…
 
In the early 1990s the internet was largely considered a tool for global democratization. Particularly in the western world it was largely thought that new digital media would bring about a radical transformation in how civil society both engaged with the state and organised itself. In 1999, on the back of the huge anti-capitalist and alterglobalis…
 
The COVID19 pandemic has meant an increased level of policing the world over, as states move to ensure social distancing and lockdown measures are maintained. But this increased police presence along with additional police powers has raised concern about a shift towards heavy handed policing in Australia, as well as a lack of accountability and tra…
 
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