You will always lose in Melbourne – racists and fascists fail again.


Dear friends,  between 1500 and 2000 anti-racists in Melbourne turned out to oppose the racist and Islamohoboic rallies organised by the bigots of Reclaim Australia and the fascist grouplet, the United Patriots Front. Approx 50-60 turned up to the 11 am rally of Reclaim Australia.  They were later joined by 70-100 fascists from the United Patriots Front, who were escorted into their rally by the Victoria Police.  The United Patriots Front, which had boasted that this would be the biggest patriot rally ever, arrived a half hour ahead of their scheduled time and left 12 minutes after their scheduled rally time. Outnumbered by approximately 20 to 1, the fascists were forced to skulk off after rallying under police protection for about 45 mins.  Throughout the day, the up to 2000 anti-racism protesters stood in solidarity with the Australian Muslim and Migrant communities, chanting “Muslims are welcome, Racists are not”; “Sexist, racist, anti-Queers; Fascists are not welcome here” and “You will always lose in Melbourne”.

This is the third rally held by racists and fascists in Melbourne and at each rally they have been outnumbered by anti-racist protesters. On May 31,more than 500 anti-racism protesters turned out to oppose the United Patriots Front, who could only muster 60 people to attend their anti-Islam/anti-Left rally.

Please find below, the report on today’s rally from Red Flag and also photos from the rally (click on photo to enlarge)

In solidarity, Kim

Fascists fail in Melbourne – again


So this was the Master Race. All 60 of them. And it was a national mobilisation. Another 60 right wing “Reclaim Australia” blockheads bolstered their ranks. So there were little more than 100 far right racists in total.

It was the latest attempt by fascists to build a violent street movement and their own vile combat organisations.

They were outnumbered by up to 2,000 anti-racist demonstrators in central Melbourne today.

As far as right wing failures go, they don’t get much more pathetic than this. They ought to have called the event “the biggest losers”.

The racists’ miserable mobilisation was despite the fact that “respectable” Murdoch press columnists openly have been feeding fascism and bigotry.

It was despite the fact that the federal government has been banging on and on about Islamic terrorism, about imminent threats to our way of life, about traitors in our ranks.

And it was despite the fact that they had the protection of hundreds of police officers, who shut down Spring Street to facilitate this neo-Nazi parade in front of the Victorian Parliament and who attacked the anti-racist demonstration with pepper spray.

With all this help, and with months of building work, still they failed. “I can’t believe how small the crowd is. It’s terrible”, Mike Holt, leader of right wing group Restore Australia, told Fairfax Media this afternoon.

As had happened on 31 May when fascists tried to March on Richmond Town Hall, anarchists, socialists, non-aligned progressives and anti-racists united to stop them.

Again, it was an important victory. The counter-mobilisation prevented the fascists from marching through the streets and targeting minorities – Muslims in particular. Instead they were forced to skulk away under police watch before dispersing. They were prevented from spreading hate speech and instead were forced to talk among themselves.

In Adelaide, a 250-person Reclaim Australia rally also was outnumbered by 350 anti-racists. This was a significant turnaround from the previous Reclaim rally at Easter, at which the left was outnumbered by 500 to only 30.

There will be more anti-racist demonstrations around the country tomorrow:

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Amandla Stenberg: Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows


A crash course on cultural exchange vs cultural appropriation:

A video by 16 year old actor, Amandla Stenberg, who played Rue in the 2012 movie version of The Hunger Games has recently gone viral. The video, which was produced for her history class, discusses black culture and the issue of cultural appropriation. In the four and half minuted video, Stenberg not only gives a crash course explanation on Black American culture but also discusses the difference between cultural exchange and cultural appropriation.  In particular, Stenberg discusses the mainstreaming and adoption of Black culture by non-black pop culture icons and artists, while also noting their often silence on the very really social and political issues impacting on Black Americans, including institutionalised racism, police violence and police brutality.   At the end of the video, Stenberg notes the willingness of non-Black pop artists and icons to adopt Black culture while failing to offer solidarity with the Black community struggling against police brutality, pointedly asking: “What would America be like if it loved black people as much as it loves black culture?”

Girls can be their own superheroes!


A great TED talk by John Marcotte, the founder of Heroic Girls, in which he challenges the audience to look beyond what is labeled as “girly” or “feminine” to explore how such labels limit the potential of future generations.  Marcotte talks about his daughters, superheroes and how gender stereotypes limit both girls and boys.

Brace Yourself! Blog posts are coming!


Hello! It has been awhile since I have blogged at Red Butterfly Effect! Unfortunately, life, study and work all got in the way. But I am hoping to be back on a more regular or at least semi-regular basis!  So much has been happening in the world of pop culture and geek over the last few months. While I won’t have time to catchup on all of it, I will try to revisit a few items/issues a long the way but in general I will focus on what is happening world of pop culture, geek, politics etc as they are happening over the coming months and year.  I also have a heap of kdrama reviews that I will try and catchup on and of course there will be blogs about  random fun stuff, politics and anything else which takes my interest!

ned-stark-blog posts are coming

1981 media report on early computer users and how you could read newspapers online!


1981 media report on how early home computer users could read their morning newspapers online … it took over two hours for the newspaper to download over dialup and included no photos or comics etc.  Report by Steve Newman on KRON San Francisco.


AMIRA HASS to speak in Australia next year @ MARXISM 2015


Dear friends,

I can’t express how excited I was to hear last week that Amira Hass will be one of the international speakers at Marxism 2015 being held in Melbourne over the Easter long weekend (2-5 April).

Hass is an exceptional journalist and is one of the few Israeli journalists (who is not an illegal setter) who lives in and reports from the Occupied Palestinian Territories (it should be noted that most Israeli and international journalists reporting on Palestine are based inside Israel and rarely enter the Territories).

So don’t miss out on hearing her speak at Marxism 2015 at Easter next year!! Mark your calendar now, by your tix to Marxism and book your flights (if your not in Melbourne).

Please find the announcement from the organisers of the Marxism 2015 conference about her attendance. 

I understand from the conference organisers, they are currently liaising with Palestinian speakers to participate in the conference. Once their participation is confirmed, their participation will be announced. 

In solidarity, Kim


Marxism 2015 is excited to announce the participation of world renowned journalist Amira Hass. 

Hass lives in Ramallah in the West Bank, where she covers Palestinian affairs for the Israeli daily newspaper Ha’aretz, making her the only Jewish Israeli correspondent on Palestinian affairs to live among the people about whom she reports. 

Hass writes insightful columns about the daily lives and hardships of Palestinians. The child of Holocaust survivors, Hass was born in Jerusalem in 1956 and studied history in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. 

After working as a teacher, she started her career in journalism in 1989 as a staff editor at Ha’aretz and began writing about the Palestinian Territories in 1991, undaunted by danger and criticism from both Israelis and Palestinians. 

She moved to Gaza in December 1993 after the signing of the Israeli-Palestinian agreements and settled in Ramallah in the West Bank in 1997. 

She is the author of ‘Drinking the Sea at Gaza: Days and Nights in a Land Under Siege and Reporting From Ramallah: An Israeli Journalist in an Occupied Land.’

To get tickets visit

Stop Abbott’s attacks on Muslims: no to Islamophobia; no to the anti-terror laws; no to attacks on civil liberties; no war in Iraq


19 October 2014

Islamophobia is a form of cultural racism and racial vilification which has been prominent in Western Society since the start of the “War on Terror” in 2001. Attacks on the Muslim and Arab Communities of Australia have escalated in recent weeks in the wake of the so-called “terror raids” which have targeted the Muslim and Arab communities. Ordinary Australians from all backgrounds have been horrified at the greenlight given to racists by the Australian Abbott government and are taking a stand to say no to racism and Islamophobia.  Racism in all it’s forms shouldn’t be tolerated in a Multicultural Society was one of the key sentiments of the ‘No to Islamophobia’ demonstration which took place today in Melbourne.

Today’s rally opposed the Abbott government’s use of the politics of fear to promote a wave of racist attacks on the Muslim and Arab communities. Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his government, aided by the mainstream media, have sought to create a moral panic by scapegoating the Muslim and Arab communities in order to fast track through laws restricting civil liberties and to distract from their unpopular budget.

The widely publicised “terror raids” and Abbott’s march to war, coupled with the government’s dogwhistle racism has given a green light to racists and bigots. In the last month, we have seen knife wielding attackers enter Muslim schools to threaten school children and teachers and Muslim women attack on the streets because of what they wear, including a terrifying attack where a Muslim woman was beaten and pushed from a train.

Speakers at today’s rally included:

  • Adel Salman, Member of the Islamic Council of Victoria
  • Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens
  • Aseel Sammak, Muslim Students Association of Victoria
  • Heba Bendak, Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth
  • Jeff Sparrow, Author, Journalist and writer for the Guardian



Aboriginal activist, Viv Malo give acknowledgement of country and speaks about racism in Australia, against both the Aboriginal community and the Muslim and Arab communities.

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Adam Bandt, Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens speaks at the rally

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Heba Bendak, Federation of Australian Muslim Students and Youth


Jeff Sparrow, author and journalist.



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Aboriginal activists in solidarity with the Muslim and Arab communities

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Melbourne Stop the War on Refugees Rally – 11 October 2014



*Permanent protection not temporary visas
*No Cambodia Deal
*No Boat Tow Backs
*No Offshore or Onshore Detenion
*Stop the scapegoating of refugees and Muslims

Scott Morrison and Tony Abbott’s war on refugees has been going on for almost a year now – after Kevin Rudd’s PNG deal paved the way for them. The war on refugees gets uglier by the day. Reza Barati was murdered, one man was shot, one had his throat cut and two men lost their eyes, in unprovoked attacks on asylum seekers on Manus Island by those who should have been responsible for their safety. Asylum seekers have been directly returned to their persecutors in Sri Lanka. 157 Tamil asylum seekers were kept prisoner in cramped windowless berths on the high seas for a month – Morrison was only forced to acknowledge their existence and bring them to Australia because of the efforts of the refugee movement. Rates of self-harm and mental health problems in detention are skyrocketing, they approach 50% on Manus Island. Children and babies are being kept on the hell-hole of Nauru, without access to decent education. Onshore and offshore detention and deterrence is costing close to $4 billion per year. Let Abbott know he can’t revive his political fortunes in the wake of his unfair budget by kicking refugees. This cruelty must stop. Join us on the first anniversary of Operation Sovereign Borders to demand an end to detention and deterrence, and instead welcome refugees, who should have the right to work in the Australian community while their claims are assessed.

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