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The Australian Dream

The Australian Dream

In days gone by, I would have celebrated Australia Day like most other people. Oblivious to the scale of the horrors inflicted upon the indigenous people of this Great Southern Land, I would have consumed my Vegemite ...

Mi’kmaq resist brutal police crackdown on fracking blockade

Mi’kmaq resist brutal police crackdown on fracking blockade

In case you hadn't already heard, on October 17th RCMP officers violently descended on a blockade led by the Mi’kmaq Warrior Society in New Brunswick, Canada. The blockade was was preventing Houston-based SWN Reso ...

Freedom Flotilla holds sacred ceremony off the coast of West Papua

Freedom Flotilla holds sacred ceremony off the coast of West Papua

The Indonesian authorities turned away the West Papua Freedom Flotilla today, refusing to allow them to land in Merauke, West Papua. The flotilla activists explicitly informed authorities that they were unarmed and ...

The fearless Freedom Flotilla sails for occupied West Papua

The fearless Freedom Flotilla sails for occupied West Papua

On August 17th, a group of heroic activists set sail from Cairns, Australia, bound for West Papua in the Freedom Flotilla. Their mission is land on West Papuan soil and use their journey to draw attention to the hum ...

Mandawuy Yunupingu broke indigenous barriers

Mandawuy Yunupingu broke indigenous barriers

Mr Yunupingu was an Aboriginal musician, songwriter and campaigner who fought many battles - most of which he won. As the frontman of Yothu Yindi, he pushed indigenous music beyond Australian borders and gained a glo ...

Land and Sea- Lake Eyre to West Papua
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Land and Sea- Lake Eyre to West Papua

A short, poetic, and quite moving film expressing the solidarity of Melanesian peoples across national boundaries. Featuring Kevin Buzzacott, Jacob Rumbiak, Emily Wainggai and Ronny Kareni. ...

#IdleNoMore – Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

#IdleNoMore – Transnational Indigenous Solidarity

#IdleNoMore is a growing movement of indigenous activism that started with Canada's First Nations taking a stand against a long history of systematic, institutionalized abuse by the Canadian authorities. ...

300,000 Dead West Papuans: A Fair Price For Our Golems?

300,000 Dead West Papuans: A Fair Price For Our Golems?

To most so called civilized people, the land is nothing more than a commodity, to be exploited and ultimately discarded in the name of Western ‘progress’ and greed. The human cost of progress is not only born by ...

More Aboriginal Tent Embassies Springing Up All Over Australia

More Aboriginal Tent Embassies Springing Up All Over Australia

The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is legendary. Located beside the Old Parliament House in Canberra, the Embassy was established in 1972 in order to demand sovereignty for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. Over the years, ...

A Prayer to the Gods

A Prayer to the Gods

Bakchos was attacked by four men, he had a pillowcase placed over his head, a noose around his neck and petrol poured over him, whilst all sorts of abuse were hurled in his direction, including terms such as ‘nigge ...

Vote Rio Tinto for Greenwash Gold 2012
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Vote Rio Tinto for Greenwash Gold 2012

Rio Tinto is bad news for many communities around the world. Its operations have failed to provide adequate protection of public health, the environment, workers and human rights. It is a scandal that it should be pr ...

Noongar Protestors Make Stand Against Proposed Land Grab

Noongar Protestors Make Stand Against Proposed Land Grab

About 50 police – including officers on horseback – have again descended on Heirisson Island in Perth to remove protesters opposing a native title deal. The protesters have been camping on the island for the past ...

Jacob Rumbiak on Indigenous Resistance to Colonialism in West Papua & Australia
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Jacob Rumbiak on Indigenous Resistance to Colonialism in West Papua & Australia

Jacob Rumbiak, from the West Papua independence movement, outlined the continuing importance of indigenous resistance to colonialism both in Australia and in west Papua. ...

Anti-Aboriginal racism in Australia has no bounds – NT Intervention extended by ten years

Anti-Aboriginal racism in Australia has no bounds – NT Intervention extended by ten years

“In the days of self-determination, senior elders of every community were asked what we wanted to do, they would ask for our ideas. Now they just come and tell us “This is it! Non-negotiable.” Only community em ...

Brazil will treat its indigenous peoples like Australia treated the Aboriginals

Brazil will treat its indigenous peoples like Australia treated the Aboriginals

In the same interview, regarding the impacts of the planned Belo Monte dam on tribal people in the Amazon, Trennepohl stated that his role was not to look after the environment, rather to ‘minimize the impacts.’ ...