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Each Saturday night of the festival at 11pm, Political Asylum brings you an hour of fabulous political comedy, delivered by Australia's best political comedians. And guess what? It'll be a completely different show every week, with a mixture of our best recent material, alongside brand new topical content from the week that was. Confirmed artists: Mathew Kenneally, Nazeem Hussain, Aamer Rahman, Rod Quantock, Damian Callinan, Stella Young, Jon Brooks, Toby Halligan, Elbowskin, Ben McKenzie, Scott Abbot. For more info visit Political Asylum.

Thursday, September 4-Friday, September 12

Using the power of film, music and debate to unite filmmakers, environmentalists, politicians, scientists, experts, and the broader public in their desire to actively engage in issues that affect all of our futures. Kino Cimena, Collins Place, Collins St, City. Full programme at http://www.effm.org.au/

Wednesday, April 20

We will be celebrating with a peaceful act of mass civil disobedience throughout the event as a protest against cannabis prohibition. Our message is simple: Prohibition hurts people. 3pm. Flagstaff Gardens, City.

This provocative, multidisciplinary work explores the dramatic resurgence of the Left in Latin America since the late 1990s. Offering a comprehensive account of the complexities and nuances of the shifting political tides in the region, the book provides both a theoretical framework for assessing the state of the Left and a set of cases highlighting key movements, successes, and failures. 6:30pm. New International Bookshop, Trades Hall, 54 Victoria St, Carlton.

Saturday, August 29

The time has come for us to support our friends and families back home, and take a stand in support of democracy, rule of law and common decency in Malaysia. Lets get together to support the demand for institutional reform back home. Central to this demand is freedom for Malaysians. Freedom not just by namesake but freedom of expression, thought and association. 2pm. Federation Square, City.

An evening with Peace Brigades.
Where is Nepal five years on from the inspiring people's revolution of 2006? Australian volunteer Dan Quinlan has returned from 15 months with Peace Brigades International (PBI) Nepal.

Join Dan and Elise Tillet (PBI France) as they speak about the country’s continuing struggle for justice, democracy and human rights, the work of brave human rights defenders and what the Australian community can do to help. Organised by Peace Brigades International.

Multicultural Hub, 506 Elizabeth Street, City.

The Burma – Women’s Voices for Peace anthology focuses on the stories of women’s experiences living within Burma and as refugees. Their stories are heartbreaking and moving, and we are privileged that these women have been willing to share so many painful, suspenseful and inspiring experiences with compassion, humility and wit.

This is the 7th compilation of writings by Women from Burma.

We are delighted to be able to share this night with you.

6.30 pm, Readings Carlton: 309 Lygon St, Carlton.

Free, no need to book.

Wednesday, May 21

11am. State Liberary, 328 Swanston St, City. Organised by the Fair Go for Pensioners Coalition.

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