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2050 is too late: the climate targets we need | Green Left Show #4

2050 is too late: the climate targets we need | Green Left Show #4

February 21, 2021

The Morrison government (along with the ALP) is facing some pressure on climate policy due to the election of the Biden government alongside public pressure. But too much mainstream commentary is focused on "net zero by 2050" including as a result of Zali Steggall's climate bill.

But 2050 is too late. We need climate action now.

This episode of the Green Left Show focuses on the climate targets we need featuring David Spratt (Research Director at the Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration and author of Climate Code Red), Pip Hinman (editor of Green Left) and Kamala Emanuel (one of the initial drafters of the Socialist Alliance climate charter).

Watch this episode at: https://www.greenleft.org.au/video/2050-too-late-climate-targets-we-need-green-left-show-4

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Struggling for ecosocialism in the age of Elon Musk with Aleks Wansbrough

Struggling for ecosocialism in the age of Elon Musk with Aleks Wansbrough

February 15, 2021

In this podcast we speak with cultural theorist Aleks Wansbrough about his recent Green Left article, Struggling for ecosocialism in the time of Elon Musk. Musk and his ilk have become avatars for a green capital utopia, and have built their fortunes on the desire to see capitalism save itself. Wansbrough discusses the dystopian future of neo-feudalism that awaits us if the growth of "platform capitalism" is allowed to go unchecked. We also look at what Marx, Engels and other theorists have had to say about rapid technological advancement. To wrap up, Wansbrough tells us about his new book Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen.

Link to Aleks Wansbrough's Green Left article: https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/struggling-ecosocialism-time-elon-musk

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Big Tech versus Democracy | Green Left Show #3

Big Tech versus Democracy | Green Left Show #3

February 7, 2021

This episode of the Green Left Show focuses on big tech, the government's proposed media Code, Google' threat to abandon Australia, the Greens' proposal for a publicly owned search engine and free speech online and on social media.

Guests are: Lizzie O'Shea (Lawyer and writer and chair of Digital Rights Watch); Aleks Wansbrough (author of "Capitalism and the Enchanted Screen, Myths and Allegories of the Digital Age") & Gauri Gandbhir (activist and writer with Green Left).

Read more about the media code: here

This episode on Green Left online: here

Discussion points: Understanding the media code [2:00]; government funding for media [7:18]; Greens' proposal for publicly owned search engine [10:45]; arguments against publicly owned search [17:59]; breaking up big tech vs public ownership [29:35]; free speech and social media [34:40]; "free speech" and the far right [45:27]; on politicians [54:12].

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Free the Refugees: Partial victory and next steps as refugees released | Green Left Show #2

Free the Refugees: Partial victory and next steps as refugees released | Green Left Show #2

January 31, 2021

Refugees and activists celebrated as 26 Medevac refugees were released from the Park Hotel in Carlton on January 20 and two from the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation (MITA). The next day, 20 more were released from the Park Hotel. They are, however, keeping up the campaign so that the remaining refugees in the hotel prison and MITA are released and for all to receive permanent protection.

This episode of the Green Left Show looks at the reasons for the government decision to release refugees and the next steps in the campaign.

Participants:
* Amin Afravi (refugee detained at BITA)
* Sue Bolton (Moreland councillor & refugee rights campaigner)
* Chris Breen (Refugee Action Collective)

See also:
Video version of this podcast
Incitement trial of refugee activist begins
Medevac refugees released from torture centres, activists vow to continue the campaign

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“Political factionalism is behind Malaysia’s new COVID-19 state of emergency”

“Political factionalism is behind Malaysia’s new COVID-19 state of emergency”

January 27, 2021

On January 12, Malaysia's king declared a state of emergency until August 1 in the wake of a spike in COVID-19 infections to a record 3000 new infections a day. However, many Malaysians suspect that this has little to do with addressing the pandemic and more to do with extending the life of the minority government under Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin. Green Left's Peter Boyle spoke to Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) Deputy Chairperson S. Arutchelvan (better known as Arul).

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Invasion Day: Sovereignty never ceded; Justice now; No pride in genocide / Green Left show #1

Invasion Day: Sovereignty never ceded; Justice now; No pride in genocide / Green Left show #1

January 24, 2021

The first episode of a new Green Left Show focuses on Invasion Day with Lidia Thorpe, Marianne Mackay & Elizabeth Jarrett.

March for Justice on Invasion Day:
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/march-justice-invasion-day

List of Invasion Day rallies:
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/invasion-day-2021-heres-list-protests-and-events-happening-january-26

Within this episode:
* [1:49] Why march for Invasion Day
* [19:41] What is needed to make decolonisation a reality
* [27:26] What would make a good Treaty?
* [30:32] Interview with Lidia Thorpe
* [36:34] #AbolishAustraliaDay or #ChangeTheDate?
* [43:47] Marianne Mackay on being Socialist Alliance candidate

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30 years of people-powered media: interview with Pip Hinman and Susan Price

30 years of people-powered media: interview with Pip Hinman and Susan Price

January 20, 2021

2021 marks 30 years of Green Left. To commemorate this milestone, James Wyner and Markela Panegyres interview Green Left editors Pip Hinman and Susan Price on this unique people-powered media project. We find out about the origins of Green Left, the development of its ecosocialist vision, and discuss the paper’s role in building grassroots movements.


Apologies for some minor audio quality issues during the first 5 minutes.

 

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Politics in Brazil Today: Eyewitness Discussion with Journalist Michael Fox

Politics in Brazil Today: Eyewitness Discussion with Journalist Michael Fox

December 23, 2020

Green Left host Jacob Andrewartha sits down with long-time multimedia journalist and radio reporter Michael Fox to discuss politics in Brazil. The discussion focuses on far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, in particular his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and policy of environmental destruction, and the grassroots resistance to his government. Also discussed are the recent municipal elections that took place in November. 

Fox is a former editor of NACLA Report on the Americas, former director of video production at teleSUR English, and a former steering committee member of the daily radio news show, FSRN. Fox has reported extensively from across Latin America for NPRPRI’s The World, DWThe NationBusiness InsiderThe InterceptAJ+TRT WorldThe Real News and numerous other outlets

He is currently working on a 11-part podcast series titled "Brazil on Fire" that takes listeners across Brazil to cover Bolsonaro’s rise to power, the motivation of his supporters, and the communities that are holding on, resisting, or trying to fight back. You can read more about the project here.

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Understanding the Venezuelan election results

Understanding the Venezuelan election results

December 17, 2020

The Venezuelan national assembly elections on December 6 were significant for the dramatic win by the governing PSUV (United Socialist Party of Venezuela) with 69% of the vote compared to the 2015 elections which were won by the right wing opposition. Nevertheless there was an abstention rate around 70% which reflects some weaknesses for the socialist project in Venezuela. 

This interview with Fred Fuentes unpacks the issues around these elections.

First broadcast:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nyqRL9TYN0

Read more:
https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/venezuela-socialist-election-win-masks-deeper-problems

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/why-venezuelas-national-assembly-elections-matter

#Venezuela #GreenLeft

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Why is this refugee sleeping outside?

Why is this refugee sleeping outside?

December 11, 2020

Amin, a refugee who came to Australia under the medivac laws from Manus, spoke to Green Left from BITA (Brisbane Immigration Transit Accomodation). He believes he was moved from Kangaroo Point hotel because he was organising with other refugees to protest their inhumane conditions. Others who came in the same boat have been allowed to live in the community, some have married and most have got on with their lives. Why is Amin and refugees like him still being held in detention?

https://www.greenleft.org.au/video/video-if-they-send-me-moon-still-i-will-speak-out

https://www.greenleft.org.au/content/kangaroo-point-banners-seized-more-refugees-moved-bita

 

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Music in this podcast:
Inspired by Kevin MacLeod
Link:
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