Defence of the Kuark State Forest
Andy speaks with Ed Hill from the Goonerah Environment Centrevin East Gippsland about the long march to making of a National Park in East Gippsland in Victoria. Andy and Ian discuss the political struggle involved in going on that long march.
Constructing fear in Qatar
Ian talks about the exploitation of foreign workers in Qatar and in Australia. Sharan Burrow, making a left turn after vacating the Presidency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions from 2000 till 2010, went with an ABC film crew and journalist Eric Campbell to QATAR to expose terrible conditions for over 1 million migrant construction workers. Not the worst in the region but pretty bad nonetheless. Ms Burrow highlights the modern slavery practiced by the ruling elite in Qatar in the lead-up to the World Cup in 2022.
Qatar is the home of al Jazeera and of US airforce and military bases used to strike Iraqi and Syrian people. Qatar is a feudal autocracy that refuses foreign workers permission to enter the capital city of Doha during its national day of celebration, even though it was those foreign workers that built the city.
|Woody Guthrie and Cisco Houston – Deportee|
|Paul Spencer – the machines are closing in|
|John Williamson – Rip rip woodchip|
|Great Shame – Old growth|
Qatar forms part of the divide created between Sunna and Shia following the destruction of Arab nationalism by US imperialism. Qatar became a British protectorate in the early 20th century until gaining independence in 1971. Qatar has been ruled by the Al Thani family since the mid-19th century. Qatar is an absolute monarchy and its head of state is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. After Saudi Arabia, Qatar is the most conservative society in the GCC as most Qataris adhere to the strict Wahhabi interpretation of Islam. Sharia law is the main source of Qatari legislation according to Qatar’s Constitution … from Wikipedia