Listen to Mining industry malfeasance, far-right extremism in Australia, and the Russia Protests…52:071 February 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja and Dylan get on the line with Professor of History at La Trobe University Clare Wright to discuss her essay for Griffith Review 71, ‘Masters of the Future or heirs of the past? Mining, history and the right to know’.

Wright explains why it’s crucial the mining industry work with First Australian communities to avoid incidents like the tragic detonation of the Juukan Gorge by Rio Tinto last year.  

Then, does Australia have a growing problem with far-right extremism? Left-wing writer Jeff Sparrow, author of ‘Fascists Among Us: Online Hate and the Christchurch Massacre’ calls in to discuss the implications of the right-wing extremist group that burned a cross in the Grampians over the Australia Day weekend.

And, following the Russia protests that kicked off after Kremlin opposition figure and anti-corruption activist, Alexei Navalny was imprisoned upon returning to the country after fleeing an assassination attempt by poisoning.

Alexey Muraviev, Associate Professor of National Security and Strategic Studies at Curtin University breaks down the Russia protests, Navalny’s activism, and the implications of his imprisonment for human rights in Russia.

About this program

Putting local issues in a global context, including weekly insights into our cities, democracy, rights, culture, energy and environment. All stitched together with a mixtape of music.

Regular guests and segments include: urban planning and history with Assoc/Prof David Nichols; Cam Walker's eco-update; Guardian Australia reporter Benita Kolovos on Victorian state politics; Jeff Sparrow on politics, society, and everything in between; freedom of information correspondent Petra Stock, and live music.

Program theme: Hugh Masekala's Grazing in the Grass

The podcast intro and outro theme is Soft Illusion and was generously provided by Andras.