Jun 24, 2010

Ep. 109 Honduras Coup Continues and Uranium Exploration in W.A.

Aired on 2SER107.3FM 24 June 2010

This week marks 1 year since the democratically elected government of Honduras was ejected by the military in a coup d'etat. The Third Degree's James Hitchcock spoke with Rosanna Wong, activist from Friends of the Earth and The Coalition for Honduras, about the current situation in Honduras and the movement for self determination. Please note this interview contains content which may be distressing for some listeners.

You can show your support for the people of Honduras by attending a National Day of Action: Stop the Coup in Honduras on the 27th June. The Sydney event will be held at 11am at the Ibero-American Plaza, which is located next to the Chalmers St Exit of Central train Station, and they will hopefully being talking with some people in Honduras via phone link up. Bring along a piece of paper to send a message of support.

A few weeks ago we had an introduction into what’s been happening with exploration of uranium deposits in Western Australia, and learnt about the some of the proposed mine sites, including one just near Karlgoorie at Yeelirrie, or ‘place of death’ as it is known by the local … people. This week, Libby King follows up with co-chair of the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance, Ken Hayward, and Della Rae Morrison who recently took part in an WANFA road trip to visit affected communities near Karlgoorie, Leonara and Wiluna.  

We would like to take a moment to remember Waratah Rose Gillespie who passed away early Monday morning after a stroke. Waratah was an amazing activist and one of the founders of the Bougainville Freedom Movement. We interviewed Waratah a couple of times on our program, along with Bougainville activist Joanne Dateransi, about the military blockade of Bougainville in the 1990’s. She was also a political prisoner in Fiji in the first military coup in 1987, acted as a human shield during the 2003 Iraq war, as well as writing several books and making films about her experiences. She will be greatly missed by both her family and the activist community, and we hope to make a small audio tribute to her in the coming weeks. 

Presented by Libby King and Tessa Dowdell 

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