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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?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole
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Sick kids and paying upfront

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Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. http://sharonfirebrace.com/2013/12/03/john-passant-australian-national-university-8/ (0)

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Tag: Charlie Hebdo

A report from John Mullen in Paris on the one million strong mobilisation in defence of free speech

This is a report by John Mullen from his blog John Mullen à Montreuil -Blog anticapitaliste on the mobilisation on Sunday in defence of free speech in Paris. He says in part: It seems to me there are two myths going round about the political meaning of these rallies. Firstly on the mainstream news there […]

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Free speech, the voiceless and the liars for capitalism

The defence of free speech is an important struggle for the left. The demonstrations in defence of free speech prompted by the murder of the Charlie Hedbo journalists offer some hope for us to both join in that movement and argue for an expansion of free speech from the ruling class to all of us as well as fight Islamophobia. In Australia that means being involved, as best we can and when opportunities present, to mobilise against the growing neoliberal encroachment of and restrictions on free speech and other civil liberties and any racist outbreaks. It also means pointing out the limited nature of free speech under capitalism and highlighting the attacks of the 1% on it and explaining the possibilities for its expansion to give voice to the voiceless, the vast majority in society.

John Mullen: In Paris at the vigil after the attack on Charlie Hebdo

John Mullen went to the vigil in La Place de la Republique and reflects on the murder of the journalists and others and on the nature of Charlie Hebdo.

Statement from the Left Front in France on the Paris massacre (in French and English)

This is a statement by the Left Front on the terrorist attack in Paris. It supports the Communist Party aligned Confederation of General Workers (CGT) for a mobilisation of all democrats from 5 pm (about 4 am Australian time Thursday morning) in the Place de la Republique in memory of the dead and their families and friends. 35,000 attended.

A snippet: Faced with terror, we must respond with more democracy, more fraternity and tolerance.

The Paris massacre and the West’s war mongering terrorist governments

NO ONE CAN have anything but the profoundest condemnation for the attacks on the Paris offices of the satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo. [However] the latest attack will lead to a greater backlash and greater levels of Islamophobia. But it is not Muslims who are the problem but the foreign policies that have helped create terrorism. That is what needs to change.