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Radical activist citizen journalism. A weekly radio programme on RTRFM (92.1FM), a community radio station based in Perth, the capital city of Western Australia. We bring an independent perspective to the analysis of news and issues and provide a forum for activists, campaigners, academics, advocates and workers denied a voice by the mainstream media. Covering indigenous issues, post-capitalist/anti-capitalist analysis, refugee rights, antifa and all the important environmental, economic and ...
 
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While in Australia for the International Trade Union Confederation World Congress, currently being held in Melbourne, Deputy Chairperson of the Independent Mineworkers Union of Ukraine, Nataliya Levytska, spoke to Alex Whisson about the immense difficulties of carrying on her work in conditions of war and privation.…
 
On the eve of Palestinian Independence Day, and in the wake of Benjamin Netanyahu's return to Prime Ministerial office, Alex Whisson spoke to Palestinian writer and commentator, Jafar Ramini, who has recently moved to Perth from the UK.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
In the wake of Ethiopia’s government brokering a deal to permanently halt hostilities with the Tigray People's Liberation Front, we speak to Amhara Ethiopian man Mesfin Tadesse and his partner and longtime advocate for peace in Ethiopia Janet Bastyan.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
The State Government is considering potential future land use and zoning opportunities for the western section of the land corridor originally reserved for the Roe Highway extension proposal. The East- West corridor which runs from the Beeliar wetlands to Clontarf hill is a deeply loved and an environmentally essential path for not only our wildlif…
 
The DPLH are currently conducting a study to explore potential land uses for the Cockburn Wildlife corridor - originally reserved for the Roe 8/9 Highway.The corridor crosses 7 distinct ecological zones, including wetlands,paperbark forests and banksia woodlands as well as 3 dune systems.This environment not only houses hundreds of reptiles and sma…
 
While news of Georgia Meloni's neo-fascist party, Brothers Of Italy, rising to power in Italy has caused much concern for people of conscience everywhere, there are also signs of hope from the Mediterranean Basin.The GKN Factory Collective, an organisation born from a workers struggle and general strike in florence and occupation of the Campi Bisen…
 
Co-editor of Brasilwire, and Brazil correspondent for the Telesur news service, Brian Mier, joins Alex Whisson to discuss the outcome of the first round of the Presidential elections, and the prospects for the second and decisive round.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Candidate for the Northern Metro region of the upper house in the upcoming Victorian State elections, Jerome Small, spoke to Alex Whisson about plasterboard giant Knauf's lockout of workers, the prospects for a revival of working class struggle, and the challenges of standing as a socialist for parliament.…
 
After the victory of Georgia Meloni's Brothers Of Italy party in Italy we speak to local Italian historian and activist Dr Fausto Butta about what the election victory means for the country, and what hope their may be for resistance.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest since last week saw the tragic death in custody of 22-year old Mahsa Amini, who was apprehended in Tehran, beaten and later taken to a re-education centre for women.Sahar Gholizadeh, Iranian Australian community planner, political and human rights activist and demonstration organiser speaks…
 
Amid a nauseating period of what seems like mandatory mourning, not to mention sycophantic praise for Queen Elizabeth II, lawyer, social commentator, activist and author, David Renton, joins Alex Whisson to discuss the future of British society. What next for a country reeling from crisis to crisis on multiple fronts, from record high inflation, a …
 
Independent journalist and activist Andy Paine spoke to Alex Whisson about plans to disrupt the biennial Land Forces arms trade expo, set to be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from October 4th to 6th.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Staff at Sydney University have very much been leading the charge in recent times in the campaign for better wages and conditions in the higher education sector. On the back of several days of strike action that have taken place since May, workers there have voted for another 48-hour strike later this semester. Alex Whisson spoke to National Tertia…
 
We speak to Sam Wainwright from Scarborough Gas Action Alliance about a recent federal government decision to allow Perdaman to build another fertilizer plant in the Burrup, as well as the implications of Burrup industry expansion for climate.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Sarah Newbold - a senior counsellor from Perth Holistic Counselling, speaks to Indymedia regarding the current lack of financial and mental health support available when seeking an abortion. During our interview, Sarah outlines what she as a senior counsellor to be the most alarming and how both financial support and physical access to these servic…
 
Indymedia's Jessie Noakes reports from the historic Save Our Songlines demonstration on the Burrup Peninsula where traditional owners and their supporters gathered to oppose the expansion of industry on sacred Murujuga country. Jessie spoke to Mardudhunera woman Josie Alec and Ngarlama Yindjibarndi man Patrick Churnside. We also hear from Mardudhun…
 
After the EPA's decision to extend Woodside's North West Shelf Gas project to 2070 we speak to Gerrard Mazza from Scarborough Gas Action Alliance about the campaign to protect Murujuga country (the Burrup Peninsula).Perth Indymedia Collective
 
In response to the state government's decision to move 20 children into a maximum security prison in WA Indymedia's Raymond Grenfell speaks to Megan Krakouer, Project Director of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project. He started by asking Megan what the significance of this proposed transfer is.…
 
According to UNICEF, the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, at least 13 Palestinian children have been killed by Israeli forces so far this year. Dozens more Palestinian civilians have also been killed, including the revered Al Jazeera journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh. Yet you won't see blazing headlines in the Western press about…
 
Working class people in this country are currently facing the worst cost of living crisis for a generation. With inflation higher than it's been in decades, and an energy crisis in the eastern states seeing electricity prices skyrocketing, it's difficult enough for those of us employed to make ends meet. Spare a thought then for the unemployed and …
 
May 15th marked 74 years since the Nakba, Arabic for the catastrophe, the day mourned, and remembered in defiance, by Palestinians the world over. It was on that day in 1948, in fact technically the day before on the Israeli calendar, that the Zionist state's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared victory over the Palestinian people, havi…
 
We speak to the founders of The Abortion Project about a 'pro-life' rally in Perth, the US supreme court's expected decision to reverse abortion laws and the work that the Abortion Project are doing to increase awareness around reproductive and medical rights.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Are you nauseated by this election campaign? Does the corporate media's banal coverage of it, replete with ridiculous 'gotcha' moments, and sports-like commentary on who is winning and losing, make you feel physically ill? Rest assured, you are not alone. In fact, it may well be you're in the majority. Indymedia's Alex Whisson had the opportunity t…
 
We speak to long-term activist, journalist and commentator Federico Fuentes about the Novak Djokovic case and what it says about the Australian government's response to the Covid19 pandemic.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Knee jerk border closures without an examination of the evidence, the spreading of fear & panic, and abject indifference, at best, to the suffering of poorly vaccinated populations in the global South. Familiar aspects of the Australian government’s COVID-19 political playbook that we’ve grown used to almost two years into the pandemic, this time i…
 
We speak to Clancey from Blockade Australia about the ongoing direct action in and around Newcastle to shut down the word's largest coal port and confront our government's inaction on the climate crisis.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
We speak to Liz Downes from Rain-forest Action Group about community opposition to gold and copper mining in the north Ecuadorian town of Buenas Aires. The community have been peacefully resisting Gina Rinehart's company Hanrine mining the area despite brutal crackdowns from military police.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Street protests in Colombia began some two months ago on the basis of widespread opposition to regressive tax changes proposed by the government of Ivan Duque. Duque was forced to withdraw those proposals within a matter of days, but the protests continued.To discuss the question of why those protests morphed into a more generalised anti-government…
 
We speak to researcher and author Iain McIntyre about his book Environmental Blockades: Obstructive Direct Action and the History of The Environmental Movement. A new book that chronicles early environmental blockades in Australia, the USA and Canada.You can read and listen to some of the interviews that contributed to the book at www.commonslibrar…
 
We speak to Curtin NTEU branch vice president and state-secretary candidate, Dr Thor Kerr, about how the covid-19 pandemic, federal budget cuts and neoliberal management is impacting on the university sector, as well as the need for a fightback from students and staff.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
We speak to Margaret Pestori,us a Brisbane based activist who is helping to organise a festival of resistance that is hoping to disrupt the 2021 Land Forces convention, a convention of the military industrial complex.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Yet again the world reels in horror at another Israeli assault on the people of Gaza, yet again the governments of the world, including the Australian government, give their imprimatur to the slaughter. Dr Ramzy Baroud is a Palestinian-American author, journalist, and editor of The Palestine Chronicle. He spoke to Alex Whisson from his home in Seat…
 
The 1946 Pilbara strike of Aboriginal pastoral workers is one of the most significant episodes in both the history of the Australian labour movement, as well as the history of the Aboriginal self-determination movement. On the 75th anniversary, Alex Whisson spoke to Paul Roberts, writer and producer of How the West Was Lost, the 1987 documentary wh…
 
Following the tragic death of a 15-year-old Aboriginal boy we speak to the national coordinator of the National Suicide Prevention and Trauma Recovery Project to discuss the continuing crisis of youth suicide.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
Chris Breen is a long time activist with the Refugee Action Collective in Melbourne. Organising a protest last April in solidarity with refugees detained at the Mantra Hotel, he found himself subject to arrest for incitement, a rarely used charge with a potentially chilling effect on the right to protest.…
 
As Brazilians continue to suffer under the authoritarian rule of Jair Bolsonara, and one of the worst COVID-19 death tolls anywhere in the world, a glimmer of hope has emerged, with the Supreme Court quashing the conviction on bribery charges of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Alex Whisson spoke to São Paulo-based political commentator …
 
Kristin O'Connell, spokesperson for the Australian Unemployed Workers Union, talks to Alex Whisson about the Morrison government's phasing out of the coronavirus supplement to the JobSeeker payment, and the need for a substantial increase to the allowance.Perth Indymedia Collective
 
In light of Facebook's ban on news media in Australia we speak to author, editor and academic Timothy Erik Strom about the implications of Platform/Surveillance capitalism on our political and social economies.You can read some of Timothy's work via Arena, which he also edits: www.arena.org.auPerth Indymedia Collective
 
In June 2019, the eyes of the world turned to Hong Kong, as a mass protest movement erupted in defiance of Beijing. Initially catalysed by the introduction of an extradition bill into the Hong Kong Legislative Council, the movement soon came to embrace a set of much wider demands. Some on the left quickly dismissed it as a creature of Western inter…
 
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