Saturday, January 23, 2010

the sound of cicadas

In Launceston, Tasmania.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

kulon progo video

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

kulon progo protest

The following is taken from slack bastard's blog:

Kulon Progo solidarity action report

report on january 11 rally
KP Solidarity
January 11, 2010

In response to a call for international support from the Association of Shoreline Farmers (Paguyuban Petani Lahan Pantai – PPLP), the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) organised a protest outside the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne this morning. Called at short notice and falling on a day when temperatures were forecast to exceed 45 degrees, the gathering was not surprisingly small (about ten in all), but made its point. A statement was read in English outside the front gate, and then in Indonesian at the back entrance – requests to be admitted to the building or to deliver a message directly to a member of the consulate were refused, but a member of the staff was busy with a camera, and an officer did agree to take a copy of the statement…

The following is the English version of the statement that was read out at the protest:

The Kulon Progo farmers in the Yogyakarta region, of Indonesia, have been hit by an enormous challenge to their decades of self-reliance and autonomous practice. The land is being threatened by the prospect of being turned into an iron mine. Not only will this take away the livelihood of the farmers, but this project will have a massive environmental impact upon the land.

For decades, the Kulon Progo farmers have overcome obstacles that would otherwise have put a halt to their practice of living, such as daily battering by the wind and the occasional storm, and a ban on farming by the government. But their insistence on being autonomous and independent has helped their survival. Through the custom of meeting, discussing and sharing, they gradually found new strategies to grow and survive together.

That is, until the news came that, under the belly of the sand on which they thrive, there is fresh water and iron. The fresh water has revitalized the lives of the inhabitants of the region. But the iron has brought the attention of investors from mining companies. In late 2005, PT Jogja Magasa Mining (Indonesia) in collaboration with Indo Mines Limited (Australia), made their way to the region and, with the help of the Indonesian government, imposed upon the farmers the project to mine out the region’s iron ore.

Since 2005, through a strong solidarity the Kulon Progo famers have consistently opposed any kind of intervention into their livelihood as farmers. They have rejected offers to be waged, to work for people they have never known, and to destroy the land they have cultivated for decades.

And here in Melbourne, we would like to call each and every one of you to come out and be with us in opposing the iron mine, to show our support, and our solidarity with, the Kulon Progo farmers.


(Paguyuban Petani Lahan Pantai = Association of Shoreline Farmers)


More photos at Melbourne Protests.

To keep up to date with developments with the Kulon Progo situation, make sure to regularly check out the kpsolidarity website.

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downstairs mix up

Click on the link above for an electronic music compilation, mixed up for your listening pleasure.  Track Listing:  1.  Alan R. Splet - Space travel w/ changing choral textures (1983) 2.  Alec Empire - Lash the 90ties (1994) 3.  Autechre - Puch aka Yarra (1994)[this is a track Autechre made when last on tour       in Melbourne, Australia, as featured on a compilation called Elements] 4.  Coil and Bill Laswell - Kala (1997) 5.  Chairlift - Chameleon Closet (2008) 6.  DJ Krush - Time To Melt (2006) [] 7.  Disjecta - Dormin (1995) 8.  Alva Noto and Ryuichi Sakamoto with Ensemble Modern - Broken Line 2 (2009) 9.  FFWD [The Orb with Robert Fripp] - Colossus (1994) 10. Gas [Wolfgang Voigt] - Eins (2008 Kompakt Reissue) 11. Julee Cruise - I Float Alone (1989) [music and lyrics by Angelo Badalamenti and      David Lynch] 12. Leo Anibaldi - Untitled (1995) 13. Neu! - Weissensee (1972) 14. Loscil - Kursk (2002) 15. Autechre - Lanx 3 [appeared on Volume 8 magazine compilation]  Duration: 72 minutes 17 seconds File: MP3 at 256kbps  Enjoy.

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

kulon progo solidarity action

There will be an action at 10am tomorrow at the Indonesian Consulate in Melbourne to protest against state supported corporate greed at the expense of the lives and livelihood of locals in Kulon Progo, Indonesia.
More information below:

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