Listen to Foreign correspondents in China, Israel-Palestine Crisis, and Victoria getting off the gas-led recovery59:1717 May 2021

On this episode of The Grapevine, Kulja talks to the ABC’s International Affairs Analyst, Stan Grant, about his experience as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong and Beijing over the last 10 years. They discuss The Beijing Bureau, a new book Grant contributed to that documents the stories of 25 journalists reporting on China from the 1970s to the present day – including a reflection on the first Aboriginal delegation to China.

Then, Walkley-Award winning writer, editor and broadcaster Jeff Sparrow gets on the line to discuss the ongoing oppression of Palestine by Israel and the resulting humanitarian crisis. Sparrow, alongside almost 600 other journalists and members of the media signed an open letter addressed to editors and publishers saying, “do better on Palestine”. Kulja and Sparrow discuss Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, the war crimes taking place and the human rights violations perpetrated against Palestinians.

And Dean Lombard, policy and research manager at Renew, a non-profit advocating and enabling households to live sustainably, breaks down the disparity between the Federal Government’s “gas-led recovery”, and the Victorian State Government’s initiatives to phase out fossil fuels, including gas, to effectively halving emissions in the state by 2050.

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.