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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/18-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-g20-meeting-age-of-enttilement-engineers-attack-of-austerity-hardship-on-civilians.mp3 (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2014/02/11/john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-2/ (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. http://sharonfirebrace.files.wordpress.com/2014/02/4-2-14-john-passant-aust-national-university-canberra-end-of-the-age-of-entitlement-for-the-needy-but-pandering-to-the-lusts-of-the-greedy.mp3 (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
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Me on Razor Sharp this morning
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Kevin Ovenden in Greece on referendum day

Heading out to local polling stations. Bright, sunny and a pleasant temperature in Athens this morning. Our side is a movement of hope. The better people feel in the face of the all consuming crisis of the last five years the greater their propensity to defy their tormentors.

Reviewed an inbox full of messages and pictures first thing. So many solidarity protests. The big ones – some of the pictures here, more atEurope says OXI – and smaller, in regional cities such as Leeds in the north of England.

Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, London… many more. The great class battle in Greece erupting into the diaspora in New York City as the mass, democratic No forces fight their own skirmish with their authoritarian Gucci compatriots. Most heartwarming: the alternating chants of Oxi and Hayir (no in Turkish) on the streets of the place once known simply as “The City”, Istanbul – one of the greatest metropolises in the world.

Maybe later I’ll collate the situation reports from those gatherings. But sometimes we can get too hung up on the size of such protests. Many of them are plainly just big, by all the relevant yardsticks.

Wider than the physical protest is the identification with what is happening in Greece in the minds of many more. The number of people pledging to a noble crowd-funding effort to help their fellow human beings in Greece now stands at over 100,000 people, donating a mean average of 18 euros each.

And the individual messages. My experience must surely be that of others of the radical left here, and but a particle the organised centres of our movement – party and social. Scores of poignant and hopeful emails, PMs texts and tweets globally. From Palestine, From Gaza. From Ramallah. From the camp of Ain al Hilwe in southern Lebanon, whose population hail from and will return to another jewel of the Mediterranean, Haifa.

Unless I’m scandalously omitting something, there has not been in recent years, other than over Palestine, such militant, broad and mobilised solidarity over the struggle in another country as there has over Greece these last two weeks.

Some of us in Europe knew already, of course, that “the Greek struggle is our struggle” wherever we are. And that that was not a cliche of an old left, but a promise of something new. Many more see that know, it seems to me.

For that, we have the Greek movement and fighting left forces to thank – whatever happens today, trotz alledem, as they say in German. We must thank our enemy. If working people in the south of Ireland facing charges for the most essential element of life next to oxygen, water, did not know that their fate in austerity, capitalist Europe was bound up with that of people like them on the farthest edge to them of the EU, then right wing Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has clarified it for them.

Not content with assaulting the poor at home, like the weak schoolyard bully who holds the jacket for the stronger, he’s pitched in against the working people of Greece. Angela Merkel’s strident rejection of compromise just last Wednesday opened the path to the same understanding for many more in Germany. I hear the workers at the Charitie hospital who have just won a major strike for better staffing levels for their patients have understood their common bond with Greece despite the chauvinism, the stupidity the lies, trotz alledem.

The movement has returned. Or rather, the strong beginnings of a movement which in its social molecular reality never actually went away.

That’s an opinion. An estimation this morning. It is bright and sunny. And I am among the hopeful today.

Heading out to local polling stations. Bright, sunny and a pleasant temperature in Athens this morning. Our side is a movement of hope. The better people feel in the face of the all consuming crisis of the last five years the greater their propensity to defy their tormentors.

Reviewed an inbox full of messages and pictures first thing. So many solidarity protests. The big ones – some of the pictures here, more atEurope says OXI – and smaller, in regional cities such as Leeds in the north of England.

Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Barcelona, Dublin, London… many more. The great class battle in Greece erupting into the diaspora in New York City as the mass, democratic No forces fight their own skirmish with their authoritarian Gucci compatriots. Most heartwarming: the alternating chants of Oxi and Hayir (no in Turkish) on the streets of the place once known simply as “The City”, Istanbul – one of the grease metropolises in the world.

Maybe later I’ll collate the situation reports from those gatherings. But sometimes we can get too hung up on the size of such protests. Many of them are plainly just big, by all the relevant yardsticks.

Wider than the physical protest is the identification with what is happening in Greece in the minds of many more. The number of people pledging to a noble crowd-funding effort to help their fellow human beings in Greece now stands at over 100,000 people, donating a mean average of 18 euros each.

And the individual messages. My experience must surely be that of others of the radical left here, and but a particle the organised centres of our movement – party and social. Scores of poignant and hopeful emails, PMs texts and tweets globally. From Palestine, From Gaza. From Ramallah. From the camp of Ain al Hilwe in southern Lebanon, whose population hail from and will return to another jewel of the Mediterranean, Haifa.

Unless I’m scandalously omitting something, there has not been in recent years, other than over Palestine, such militant, broad and mobilised solidarity over the struggle in another country as there has over Greece these last two weeks.

Some of us in Europe knew already, of course, that “the Greek struggle is our struggle” wherever we are. And that that was not a cliche of an old left, but a promise of something new. Many more see that know, it seems to me.

For that, we have the Greek movement and fighting left forces to thank – whatever happens today, trotz alledem, as they say in German. We must thank to our enemy. If working people in the south of Ireland facing charges for the most essential element of life next to oxygen, water, did not know that their fate in austerity, capitalist Europe was bound up with that of people like them on the farthest edge to them of the EU, then right wing Irish prime minister Enda Kenny has clarified it for them.

Not content with assaulting the poor at home, like the weak schoolyard bully who holds the jacket for the stronger, he’s pitched in against the working people of Greece. Angela Merkel’s strident rejection of compromise just last Wednesday opened the path to the same understanding for many more in Germany. I hear the workers at the Charitie hospital who have just won a major strike for better staffing levels for their patients have understood their common bond with Greece despite the chauvinism, the stupidity the lies, trotz alledem.

The movement has returned. Or rather, the strong beginnings of a movement which in its social molecular reality never actually went away.

That’s an opinion. An estimation this morning. It is bright and sunny. And I am among the hopeful today.

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