Our Voices Unlocked, Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, Esso's toxic waste dump, Nick Chesterfield MEAA for Palestine.

Thursday, 9 May 2024 - 6:00am to Thursday, 16 May 2024 - 7:30am
Figure 2 from "Sharing the Land of Canaan", 2004, Mazin Qumsiyeh: This is the first depiction of the shrinking map of Palestine which was developed by Prof. Qumsiyeh and his son (based on shrinking map of USA) and then was adopted and used widely around the world.
Acknowledgement of Country//



First up today we will hear an excerpt from a conversation between Tina McPhee, Philip Jacka and Phillip Jenkins for the series Our Voices Unlocked. Our Voices Unlocked features guests with lived experience of incarceration and a rotating series of hosts from the Justice Reform Initiative. The following conversation unpacks mutual aid, how this might look for formerly incarcerated people who collectivise, and how meeting our own survival needs can transform people's lives. If you'd like to hear more about the work that Justice Reform Initiative do, you can head to www.justicereforminitiative.org.au.//


Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh is Palestinian environmental scientist and author. He is the founder of the Palestine Museum of Natural History(PMNH), as well as the Palestine Institute for Biodiversity and Sustainability (PIBS), founded in partnership with his wife Jessie Chang in 2014. Professor Qumsiyeh has written several books including Popular Resistance in Palestine, and today he joins us to speak about ecocide, resistance and links between Palestine and so-called Australia. You can attend Proffessor Qumsiyeh's talk "From Nakba to Genocide, A History of Human & Environmental Injustice" on Monday 13 May, 6pm at Costa Hall 1 Gheringhap Street, Geelong VIC 3220. This event is presented by Free Palestine Geelong, NTEU4P Naarm/Contingent Group and the Deakin NTEU Palestine Solidarity Group. Register here.// 


Friends of the Earth Australia's Offshore Fossil Gas Campaigner Jeff Waters joins us to discuss serious concerns about plans by fossil fuel industry heavyweight Esso's plans to construct a multi-storey toxic waste dump in the middle of a uniquely biodiverse wetlands area at Corner Inlet on Victoria's Gippsland Coast. Esso intends to dump multiple decommissioned "topsides" from oil and gas platforms at the site, which will release a multitude of hazardous materials at the site.//


Nick Chesterfield, human rights, civil resistance and environmental justice journalist and member of MEAA for Palestine, joins us to provide updates and critical analysis of domestic and international mainstream media's coverage of israel's ongoing genocide of Palestinians in Gaza. This conversation happens in the wake of the zionist entity's decision to shut down Al Jazeera offices in occupied Palestine prior to its lethal escalation of aerial bombardment in preparation for a military ground invasion of Rafah in southern Gaza. It also follows this week's galling announcement of the New York Times as the Pulitzer prize winner for international reporting in 2024 "for its wide-ranging and revelatory coverage of Hamas’ lethal attack in southern Israel on October 7, Israel’s intelligence failures and the Israeli military’s sweeping, deadly response in Gaza.//