In this program we are lucky enough to be able to speak with Combat Wombat’s Izzy Brown live and direct from Melbourne.
Izzy always has some incredible projects underway or planned.
Last time we spoke to her she was turning her ambitious refugee music project United Struggle into a musical.
She tells us all about the production and a planned tour plus the latest news about the West Papua Campaign and another amazing Freedom Flotilla joining the struggles between aborigines in Australia and the West Papuans.
Also another part of the interview Linda did with Jasmina Brankovich last week about Men’s Rights Activists and an anarchist perspective on gender issues.
The family court where many couples with children end up after their relationship ends is a major focus of MRAs so they talk a little about this. And more analysis of MRAs.
We play some shit hot new and not so new music as well.
In this show we ‘travel’ to Greece and Iran where people are suffering because of their political situation and borders.
In fact we are almost talking about the cause of refugees and the effects, what happens when you have to leave your country because of political turmoil and war.
We play an interview with ‘Amin’ a refugee in the Moria camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. This interview was done by Riot Turtle our correspondent who spent some time in Greece finding out about refugee issues (and more). Riot Turtle is from enoughisenough14.org. Also mentioned as a way people are helping refugees is the Cars of Hope collective.
Over to Iran where the New Year saw mass protests around the country. The interview in this show was from a few weeks ago, now the number of people arrested is said to be 8000 and 50 are dead.
Linda interviewed Hafez Rahimi a Kurdish Iranian anarchist now living in England. He is from a group that has a number of social media sites.
After almost 1 month on Lesvos and in Athens I returned to Germany yesterday. The difference between people living in free spaces like the Notara 26 squat in Athens and the people who are forced to live in the Moria refugee camp is unbelievable. Today human rights activist Arash Hampay was forced o leave Lesvos.
Music is therapy and this is being recognised more and more these days.
If you are stuck on a remote pacific island in hellish conditions the outlet provided by music can really help you to stay positive and fulfil some of your dreams amid dank oppression.
A refugee who has been accomplishing much while indefinitely incarceration is Farhad Bandesh, a Kurd who escaped from Iran’s draconian Islamic regime only to have the lead boot of another crush him again.
His art, poetry and music has broken through the chain wire fences of Australia’s offshore detention regime and onto the walls and into the ears of Australians and anyone on the internet.
The environmental beauty surrounding the detention centre on Manus Island PNG was captured by Farhad as he recorded video to match with his vocals skillfully mastered into a powerful song by Brett Hamlyn.
The stark contrast between Manus’ environmental beauty and the pain and suffering inside the detention centres is heartbreaking.
This song is also about heartbreak.
Maybe the lover is Australia and the betrayal of a country which projects (or used to project) an image of compassion but is now even more cold hearted than ever.
Interwoven with scenes of Manus are the rolling hills of Kurdistan, which Farhad left behind seeking safety and freedom in Australia.
A Kurdish flag is seen in the film clip a reminder of the defiance of the Kurdish people who continue to struggle despite the suffering they have endured, inflicted by so many.
Farhad wrote the song and through connections in Australia met Brett who made the backing track and produced the song.
Wendy Joy Ford penned and sang the English vocals. I came aboard to pull everything together into a music video.
All in all this song came together through emails, social media, mobile phones and snail mail.
This song shows that music has no borders. We will keep up the struggle and one day our world won’t either.
They can’t stop us dreaming, they can’t stop us writing and they can’t stop us singing.