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January 28, 2021

Steal of the Century

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

What to do with no booze at your party

Eve Jeffery It’s almost human nature, certainly Australian nature, to celebrate with a drink. Nothing says wetting the baby’s head...

Bob Stewart appeal date set

The man found guilty of cruelty charges against a pet dog in South Golden Beach will have his fate decided in Lismore in May.

When the endless summer turns sour

Ben Mallinson was paddling for a routine right-breaking wave at The Pass when the dark-haired surfer suddenly cut across in front of him from the outside.

Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox: The Ears Have It

It’s 6am, the sun is only just nudging its way through the clouds. I am up early to write my Soapbox. I was going to write on something else, but this morning when I woke and stumbled to my desk I saw my open diary: 22 January, Michael’s birthday. He would have been 61 today.

Fellow Second Peoples, the work of justice and reconciliation is ours

It’s not just up to Indigenous people to bear the load of communicating the truth of our history and seeking justice around this day.

Gareth Smith, Byron Bay

How can any rational person applaud the fanfaronading of Trump and Netanyahu as they announce the ‘Deal of the Century’ which promises Palestinians billions of dollars if they just totally submit to Israel’s colonisation of their land and culture?

It should be blatantly obvious that nothing good for Palestinians would come from these two exemplars of moral turpitude, both desperately trying to save their political skins and avoid criminal conviction. Close inspection of Trump’s ‘Peace to Prosperity’ shows that its proposals, without Palestinian consultation, violate international law at every turn.

All of us have the responsibility of opposing the predatory colonialism of the Israeli apartheid state and supporting justice for Palestine. As Anna Fulder wrote, regarding the Stasi regime in the former GDR, ‘People who speak out against tyranny do so to save the rest of us; we are linked in a chain of responsibility so powerful it feels biological’.


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