Free West Papua

Australia’s closest geographical neighbour is the world’s second-largest island, New Guinea.  The eastern half of this island is the Independent State of Papua New Guinea, and the western half is West Papua, now consisting of two Indonesian provinces. In 1975, Papua New Guinea was declared independent after decades of overlapping German, British, and Australian administration, and the post-war union of the Papua and New Guinea territories in 1949. In the same year, The Dutch attempted to leave behind an independent West Papuan nation when departing the region after 149 years of colonial rule.  Indonesia, however, claimed rights of sovereignty over West … Continue reading Free West Papua

MLK

On the other side of the World, the US is waking up to April 4.  On this day, forty-six years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot in the face and killed in Memphis, Tennessee.  In all likelihood, this murder was perpetrated by a band of ‘powerful’ evil men with small minds and no souls. This little post is my acknowledgement and reminder of that horrific and barbarous act, of a society that allows these things to happen, of the struggles of one man against a sea of hatred, apathy, and constant injustice. It was a long time ago.  And … Continue reading MLK

Seeking Sanity

The entire ‘argument’ in Australia surrounding asylum seekers and refugees is Shit.  And it’s Gotta Stop.  This should be short.  Because it is easy.  But we’ll see how we go… We don’t really have a lot to complain about here in Australia.  Stupid is about our biggest problem. Despite the fact that this ‘great nation’ was founded on resettled convicts, displaced indigenous peoples, and staying tied to the apron strings of colonial Great Britain, we have always been a nation wary of outsiders (maybe because we scared white folk know what we did and continue to do to the indigenous … Continue reading Seeking Sanity

Dead Families For Tony

Following on from ‘Sending Pictures To Tony‘ and ‘Another Picture For Tony‘, I’ve sent a third tweet to the ‘Prime Minister’ of the once-great and proud nation of Australia.  This time containing images of another dead family with innocent kids in Sri Lanka. There is a black van waiting for me in the car park… Anyway, here is today’s virtual placard for the ‘Prime Minister’: Pretty damn sure he won’t be seeing these, as his minders shield him from any and all interrogation, especially if it is related to issues he doesn’t much care for – like human rights… Doing … Continue reading Dead Families For Tony

Another Picture For Tony

Following on from ‘Sending Pictures To Tony‘, I’ve sent a second tweet depicting some horror from Sri Lanka, our new friends and recent recipients of some floating military hardware. Not expecting a response… Anyway, here is my latest virtual placard for the ‘Prime Minister’: No-one has come to collect me yet…  Good morning, Tony! AsGrayAsGray Continue reading Another Picture For Tony