Yeah Nah Pasaran! #100 w Jock Palfreeman on anti-fascism, prisons & solidarity : January 20, 2022

It’s 2022, we’re back on 3CR with our one hundredth episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! and Jock Palfreeman [Facebook/Patreon/Twitter] is our very special guest. I’ve been following Jock’s trials and tribulations since their beginning, but for those of you coming in late, Jock was imprisoned for 12 years in Bulgaria after defending someone from a neo-Nazi assault. He was released from prison at the end of 2019 and continues to campaign for prisoners’ rights; the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners originated in 2014 as a Day of Solidarity with Jock Palfreeman. While Jock has since been released, there’s still hundreds of others who remain imprisoned for standing up against fascism and hate.

See also : Today is the International Day of Solidarity with Antifascist Prisoners, Andy Fleming, Overland, July 25, 2017 | Bulgarian Prisoners’ Association /// Every Parent’s Nightmare: The Jock Palfreeman Case | Justice Action /// Sisters Inside.

4.30pm, Thursday, January 20, 2022 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Don’t Go To Sydney (Festival)

[Update (January 16, 2022) : A Jewish Response To The Sydney Festival Boycott, Do Better On Palestine, January 16, 2022 /// (January 14, 2022) : Benjamin Law quits Sydney Festival board following Israeli funding controversy, Robert Moran and Linda Morris, The Sydney Morning Herald, January 14, 2022 | Sydney Festival chair apologises over festival board’s handling of Israeli sponsorship issue, Hamish McDonald, Katie Hamann, Dunja Karagic and Simon Leo Brown, ABC, January 13, 2022 /// (January 11, 2022) : From Safsaf to Sydney: Palestinian resistance and the festival boycott, Jeanine Hourani, Rihab Charida and Matt Chun, Overland, January 11, 2022.]

As you may already be aware, the Sydney Festival — ‘one of Australia’s largest annual cultural celebrations’ — is currently taking place. The Festival (January 6–30) is also the subject of a boycott, called on behalf of Artists Against Apartheid, because the Festival’s Board ‘made the decision to accept funding from the Embassy of Israel, making the embassy a Star Partner’. A large number of artists and performers have responded to the call. For its part the Board issued a motherhood statement.

One artiste that elected to ignore the boycott was Melbourne band Amyl & The Sniffers (‘After an occasionally shambolic hour there’s no encore but that proves relatively easy to accept – the job of lighting a fire under the Sydney Festival has been emphatically accomplished‘). Their decision surprised some, but it also prompted me to make a meme, so y’know: win some, lose some.

For what it’s worth, in 2022 I reckon The Sniffers are Too Big To Fail, and the moment will soon be forgotten, but I remain curious as to why they felt compelled to play; you can read Tropical Fuck Storm’s (slightly grumpy) announcement they’d be pulling the plug on their gig here.

See also : Support the work of artists who withdrew from Sydney Festival. | Sydney Festival Hit by Claims of Art-Washing Over Israel Sponsorship, Patrick Frater, Variety, January 7, 2022 | Gene Simmons, Deborah Conway join opposition to Sydney festival boycott as more acts pull out, Kelly Burke, The Guardian, January 7, 2022 | Sydney Festival boycott: when arts organisations accept donations, there is always a price to pay, Jo Caust, The Conversation, January 6, 2022 | Sydney Festival pays price for Israeli sponsorship, The Australian Jewish News, January 5, 2022 | High-profile figures join Sydney Festival boycott over Israeli funding, Nick Galvin, The Sydney Morning Herald, December 23, 2021.

*For those who’d like to learn a little bit about blak history and Black-Palestinian Solidarity, see : Black-Palestinian Solidarity conference: Contesting settler nationalisms, Gary Foley and Suzannah Henty, Radical Philosophy, Spring 2020:

Black-Palestinian solidarity in the continent emerged during the late 1970s and began with the organised political actions of Ali Kazak and Gary Foley. Kazak, an activist, former Fatah member and, later, Palestinian Liberation Organization representative for the Oceania region, migrated to Australia in 1970. Foley is a Gumbaynggirr activist, historian, and co-founder of the Redfern Aboriginal Legal Services (1971) and the Aboriginal Tent Embassy (1972). Both Kazak and Foley saw the Palestinian and Aboriginal struggle for justice against settler-colonial occupation as united. Their shared militant, anti-imperialist, and internationalist actions against the occupiers and their beneficiaries held solidarity at the heart of their revolutionary decolonial imaginaries.

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Blogging 2021 : A Summary

See also : Blogging 2020 : A Summary.

January (5)

A flying start: three posts dedicated to Yeah Nah Pasaran! (interviews with Becca Lewis, Marc-André Argentino and Megan Kelly) plus one taking note of a failed coup and another about some nazis going camping in The Grampians.

February (8)

More Yeah Nahs! (Sabine Volk, Ashton Kingdon, Michael Colborne and Vincent Bevins), all while Proud Boy Jarrad Searby was keeping busy threatening pensioners (and preparing for RaHoWa in Albury-Wodonga), my Facebook page and Twitter account copped some flak, and I asked myself: Where have all the second-hand bookshops in regional Victoria gone?.

March (10)

YNP! featured H.E. Upchurch, Maik Fielitz, Stanislav Vysotsky and Jason Wilson, National Socialist Network lvl boss Tom Sewell made a commotion outside A Current Affair, while I made a list of anti-fascist podcasts, promoted a fundraiser for Jock Palfreeman, RAFWWU trying to unionise Readings and CUPUW holding a summit, and posted a rare antifa notes on Based/Proud/Nazi/Lads.

April (6)

For this month’s episodes of YNP! we spoke to Joe Mulhall, Mette Wiggen, M R. X. Dentith and Ashley Mattheis. I also published a token post for May Day and about Tom Sewell & National Socialist Network ~vs~ Counter-Terrorism & Blair Cottrell.

May (10)

Happy May Day!, I said / To no one there / And no one heard at all / Not even the chair. Meanwhile, the spectre of anarchist communism has raised its ghostly head in the Antipodes, there was some ANTIFA 4 DHADJOWA, Balwyn prat Tom Sewell went to jail, Moda Kitchen was proud to commit commercial suicide and I asked The United Patriots Front : Where Are They Now?.

*For radio, we spoke to Blyth Crawford, Shannon E. Reid, Christopher Mathias and Natasha Lennard.

June (6)

Apart from yarning with Bethan Johnson, Alex Hinton and Julie Gottlieb, I wrote a bit about the legal difficulties confronting an aspiring dictator from Melbourne’s leafy east, some bad satire, and what happened when ye olde fash0 peddler went to Supanova in Sydney.

July (5)

Cam took over hosting duties for most of July’s YNP! episodes, talking to Jason Wilson, Kaz Ross, Tal Lavin and Tom Tanuki, while I joined him to speak with Mike Rothschild about Kew. We also raised over $2,000 for 3CR’s annual radiothon, which was nice, different and unusual. Otherwise, RAFFWU tried to organise BRTD and neo-Nazi serial pest Neil Erikson was briefly imprisoned in July.

August (5)

After Cam conversed with first Byron Clark and Benjamin Fogel, I rejoined him in order to talk to the crew from The Empire Never Ended and then 12 Rules For What podcasts. (Oh, and Ariel Bogle.)

In August, I also took a moment to mourn the loss of long-running batshit proprietarian blog ‘Catallaxy Files’ and to consider an important exposé of local nazis in 9Fairfax ~versus~ National Socialist Network.

September (7)

Yeah Nah Cam spoke to Steph Halmhofer in September while I joined him to speak to Pam Nilan, Sophie Bjork-James and Cristina Moreno-Almeida.

Otherwise, I tried to Help anarchists from Afghanistan escape the Taliban!, examined the trials and tribulations of Australia’s leading neo-Nazi groupuscule the National Socialist Network and wrote a bit about plague rats attacking the CFMEU office in the city.

And ah, there’s also A Brief Guide To The Australian Far Right (September 2021 Edition).

October (6)

In October we spoke to Alex Mendela, Cas Mudde and Jason Wilson and I wrote some (more) bullshit inre Jeremy Salt, protest and the CFMEU, a bit more about the CFMEU (and COVIDIOTs), and published another, token edition of antifa notes.

November (5)

In November, Yeah Nah Pasaran! featured the sparkling talents of Daphne Halikiopoulou, Vashti Fox, Tom Tanuki and Van Badham (oh and Steven Monacelli). I also wrote a lonesome, solitary post about Melbourne, Plague Rats, Nazis, Grifters, Cliev & Pied Pipers (Rally on November 20).

December (3)

And at the end of a shitful year? Interviews with Sahana Udupa and Ryan Broderick.

A funny thing happened on the way to the cemetery and billionaire philantropists may be interested in my Patreon — but probably aren’t.

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #099 w Ryan Broderick on Content Mills & US Politics : December 16, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran!, our last for 2021, we talk to Ryan Broderick [Twitter]. A writer from New York, maybe, Ryan publishes the Garbage Day newsletter and The Content Mines podcast.

See also : The Nancy Reagan Blow Job Info War : This story is very funny, but I also think it’s extremely illustrative of how impossible it is to understand what’s going on anymore. It all started with Madonna posting a rather risqué Instagram photo at the end of November …

4.30pm, Thursday, December 16, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #098 w Sahana Udupa on Digital Hate & Extreme Speech : December 9, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Sahana Udupa [Twitter], Professor of Media Anthropology at LMU Munich and a Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University (2021). Sahana recently co-edited Digital Hate: The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech (Indiana University Press, 2021), which:

provides the first distinctly global and interdisciplinary perspective on hateful language online. Moving beyond Euro-American allegations of “fake news,” contributors draw attention to local idioms and practices and explore the profound implications for how community is imagined, enacted, and brutally enforced around the world. With a cross-cultural framework nuanced by ethnography and field-based research, the volume investigates a wide range of cases—from anti-immigrant memes targeted at Bolivians in Chile to trolls serving the ruling AK Party in Turkey—to ask how the potential of extreme speech to talk back to authorities has come under attack by diverse forms of digital hate cultures.

See/hear also : Facebook lobbied over poll rules: Papers, Deeksha Bhardwaj, Venkat Ananth, The Hindustan Times, November 22, 2021 | Online Gods: A Podcast About Digital Cultures in India and Beyond.

4.30pm, Thursday, December 9, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #097 w Van Badham on QAnon and On : December 2, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Van Badham [Twitter], writer and author of QAnon and On: A Short and Shocking History of Internet Conspiracy Cults (Hardie Grant, 2021). Van writes for The Guardian, co-hosts The Week on Wednesday podcast with Ben Davison and also done wrote some plays.

See/hear also : Who is driving the COVID protests across Australia and should we be worried?, Late Night Live, ABC Radio National, November 24, 2021 | QAnon Changes Strategies and Spreads Globally, CJ Werleman, Byline Times, November 17, 2021 | QAnon: how the far-right cult took Australians down a ‘rabbit hole’ of extremism, Van Badham, The Guardian, November 14, 2021 | No, Australia Is Not Actually an Evil Dictatorship, Van Badham, The New York Times, October 14, 2021.

4.30pm, Thursday, December 2, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #096 w Tom Tanuki on #MelbourneProtest & Freedumbs : November 25, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Tom Tanuki [Twitter] about recent agitations by ‘Freedumb activists’, especially the anti-vaXX rallies of November 20. Under the enormous umbrella of Liberty gathers a divers range of Ordinary Mums & Dads™ (including some very familiar faces). Tens of thousands of these gathered on the weekend, and further rallies are scheduled for the weeks ahead …

See also : White supremacist and far right ideology underpin anti-vax movements, Madi Day and Bronwyn Carlson, The Conversation, November 22, 2021 | Anti-vax rallies stink of Fraser Anning’s populism, Tom Tanuki, Independent Australia, November 19, 2021 | Far-Right and Fascist Organizations Are Leading Australia’s Anti-Vax Movement, Marty Hirst, Jacobin, November 17, 2021.

4.30pm, Thursday, November 25, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

• Note that last week’s episode of YNP! (#95) starred Steven Monacelli, who spoke about ‘Strange Days & Dudes in Dallas’.
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Melbourne, Plague Rats, Nazis, Grifters, Cliev & Pied Pipers (Rally on November 20)

Update (November 18, 2021) : Far-right protester charged by counter-terror police amid talk of killing Daniel Andrews, Nick McKenzie and Clay Lucas, The Age, November 18, 2021 | Melbourne man charged with inciting protesters to make explosives, Danny Tran, ABC, November 18, 2021. Note : Along with Imre Pelyva and Kenneth Reinhold Panten being charged with various offences, Kate Callan has been identified as a leading neo-Nazi with involvement in ‘Reignite Democracy’ — Callan is partner to veteran bonehead Scott McGuinness, lead shouter in Australia’s most notorious reich ‘n’ roll band, Fortress.

Above : Cliev’s latest acquisition, Craig Kelly MP, pictured at the weekend anti-vaccination rally in Melbourne alongside his neo-Nazi bodyguard, Stuart von Moger. In the background is Daniel Jones, Avi Yemini’s bodyguard. Below : Yeminem, Jones and von Moger hanging out at a previous rally in Melbourne.


The anti-lockdown/anti-vaXX/anti-Labor ‘Kill Bill!’ rally in Melbourne on the weekend attracted thousands (NCA claims tens of thousands) of participants. The event was celebrated by many Tory luminaries, including political scientist and award-winning journalist Peta Credlin, who portrayed it as a righteous demonstration by Ordinary Mums & Dads who are sick and tired of Dan Andrews and have no desire to go back to Bosnia.

Or something.

According to Cam Wilson (Extremists, conspiracy theorists, politicians and ordinary Australians mingled at Melbourne protests, Crikey, November 15, 2021): ‘… the threat of political violence loomed large. Protestors carried prop gallows. A speaker chanted “Hang Dan Andrews”. Known members of violent, extremist groups like the Proud Boys were active participants in the event.’

Which is par for the course.

Traces of QAnon were also present at the rally, as Claire Woodley, the daughter of The Seekers’ Bruce Woodley, dedicated her performance of I am Australian to the “brave victims of satanic ritual abuse. The protests have won the fulsome support of Fox News Australia (and the Murdochcracy generally), but explicit political support has been limited to billionaires and grifters, with Josh Frydenberg being forced to express misgivings about Dan Andrews being compared to a Nazi. Obviously, given that Cliev’s major function is to funnel votes to the Coalition at next year’s federal election, Josh has to walk a fine line in terms of continuing to denounce state Labor while simultaneously distancing himself from the batshit views of a substantial proportion of the Tory voter base in Melbourne.

Wilson:

What made Sunday different was the increasingly close bonds between the political establishment and those holding extreme ideologies.

Researchers from anti-fascist group White Rose Society noted that federal United Australia Party MP Craig Kelly was photographed with Stuart Von Moger, an Australian neo-Nazi who was part of the now-defunct Lads Society. Kelly confirmed that he had security on the day but said he couldn’t recall the names of the personnel.

Liberal state MP Bernie Finn, who spoke at the protest, authorised a print advertisement for the rally in the Herald-Sun on Saturday. The advertisement linked directly to the Telegram channel for the organisers, who have repeatedly featured speakers with extreme beliefs in their events. Finn’s office did not return a call for comment.

Von Moger is one of many ‘right-wing extremists’ who work in the security industry (Licence Number : 807-109-91S) and, funnily enough, has also been employed in that capacity to protecc precious white babehs (and Bernie Finn).

Politics makes for strange bedfellows eh.

Above : Wedding photographer turned rally promoter Rukshan Fernando with veteran neo-Nazi serial pest Neil Erikson.

See also : How Daniel Andrews’ beleaguered pandemic bill became fuel for Victoria’s anti-government protests, Calla Wahlquist and Michael McGowan, The Guardian, November 16 2021 | Alt-Right Memes and Clive Palmer’s Return to Politics, Jordan McSwiney, Pop Politics Aus, September 18, 2018.

… and remember, the twentieth of november …

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #094 w Vashti Fox on anti-fascism, 1970s Melbourne & 1980s Perth : November 11, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Vashti Fox about Jack Van Tongeren’s ‘Australian Nationalists Movement’ in Perth in the 1980s and the ‘National Socialist Party of Australia’ in Melbourne in the 1970s. Vashti is the author of The Story of Palestine: Empire, Repression and Resistance (Red Flag Books, 2020) and ‘“Never Again”: Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Melbourne in the 1990s’, Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (No.116, May 2019). Vashti is currently completing a PhD the University of Western Australia on the history of anti-fascism in post-WWII Australia.

See also : From the Archives, 1972: Mob destroys Nazi Party house in St. Albans, The Age, June 10, 2020 | ‘Between the bomb and the ballot box’: the history of the far-right in Australia, Evan Smith, The Guardian, August 16, 2016.

4.30pm, Thursday, November 11, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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Yeah Nah Pasaran! #093 w Daphne Halikiopoulou on Golden Dawn and the right in Greece : November 4, 2021

On this week’s episode of Yeah Nah Pasaran! we talk to Daphne Halikiopoulou [Twitter] about Golden Dawn, populism, ‘economic anxiety’ and the welfare state, New Democracy and the far-right in Greece. Daphne is a professor of comparative politics at the University of Reading and the co-author of The Golden Dawn’s ‘Nationalist Solution’: Explaining the Rise of the Far Right in Greece (Palgrave, 2015).

See also : How welfare state policies prevent the insecure from voting far right, Daphne Halikiopoulou and Tim Vlandas, The Loop, May 18, 2021.

4.30pm, Thursday, November 4, 2021 /// 3CR /// 855AM / streaming live on the 3CR website

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