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Since March 2016, Aziz has been reporting from Manus in short 30 second bursts, via WhatsApp messages sent from a smuggled phone. On the day his correspondence kicks off with Michael, he’s already been in detention for 864 days. Aziz tells the inside story – the good and the bad – of a place that consistently features in the headlines. A place some consider a necessary product of a successful border control policy, for others, a stain on Australia’s reputation from which it will never recove ...
 
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Aziz in the snow, in Switzerland — Photo: Michael Green 'Hard to imagine. Start your life again. Have your own house, your own family.' – Abdul Aziz Muhamat Incredibly, Aziz is in Switzerland. And he’s just won a major international award for human rights defenders. He’s swamped with attention and adoration, briefings and business cards. But he is …
 
Aziz, in a hotel room facing onto Genève-Cornavin railway station — Photo: Michael Green 'I just feel like I left my soul back there, you know. Personally I'm here, but my heart is still in Manus.' – Abdul Aziz Muhamat Aziz is shortlisted for a major international prize, the Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders. The ceremony is in Geneva,…
 
The men demonstrate their improvised well — Photo: Michael Green ‘Twenty four days we lived as a nation … The only way I can describe [it] is that we were a nation.’ – Abdul Aziz Muhamat The detention centre on Manus Island might be closed, but Aziz – and the vast majority of the men who were held there – remain on the island, living in three diffe…
 
Matt Young and Lindsey Motteram join us for an episode where we discuss: — The Leader of the Free World agrees to meet with Kim Jong-Un — but where? — Martin Shkreli is going to jail for having too many consonants in his name. — Katy Perry killed a nun. She liked it. — Dutch police were running a drug market for almost a year. — We interview a expe…
 
On this episode: – A riotous, race-related rampage ravages Melbourne; Lindsey Motteram investigates – Shithole countries – Not With A Bang book club! – Pat investigates a devious new plot by the Singaporean government Come to our shows! Pat McCaffrie at Adelaide Fringe, 15/2-2/3 Lindsey + Lance at MICF Raw Comedy Heat 8, 18/2…
 
It's raining on Michael's last afternoon on Manus Island, and Aziz drops by to catch up. They discuss where things are at with Aziz and the other men, and what he expects will happen next. Then, it's time to say farewell. This episode will be the last of our short updates – but we'll return soon with another full episode, unpacking what Michael fou…
 
‘I’m safe and I’m alive.’ Abdul Aziz Muhamat An eventful week has passed. After PNG immigration officials and police entered the decommissioned detention centre, destroying food, water and belongings, the 421 men remaining there are forced to relocate to the other facilities on Manus Island. After a brief spell of homelessness, Aziz has found a bed…
 
Here it is – the most another episode of Not With A Bang to date. Co-hosted by Eve Ellenbogen and featuring Lindsey Motteram. Fun topics: Louis CK Manus Island refugees Hitler The Paradise Papers Thanks to Lindsey Motteram, Tessa Terlouw, and Karen Woulfe for help with this episode. Karen’s Redbubble page: https://www.redbubble.com/people/damelibel…
 
Rain comes. In his voice messages, Aziz sounds unwell – but speaks at length about how, in spite of their living conditions, the men finally feel they have some control over their lives. He tells Michael about how they're cooperating with each other, too – splitting duties like security and the daily cleaning of the compound. 'We don't always want …
 
Aziz reports that Papua New Guinean immigration officials have been entering the detention centre to destroy tanks and wells. Meanwhile, the men remaining in the camp have tried to avoid provocation and confrontation. Daily protests have moved to a cooler time of day to account for their lack of water and shade. Aziz says things are quiet in the ca…
 
Hundreds of men remain in the decommissioned detention centre – refusing to be relocated to camps which many (including the UN's refugee agency) have said are unfinished or unsafe. Papua New Guinean immigration officers have removed fences, shade and clotheslines from the camp. Rubbish bins storing rain and well water have been tipped out, and make…
 
As the detainees' isolation intensifies, Aziz tells Michael about the burden of his responsibilities – and his hope of some negotiation to end the stand-off. Like many of the other men, Aziz has tried to shield his family from knowing about his predicament. But with reports about the centre emerging in international media, he is compelled to lie hi…
 
Three days after the official closure of the detention centre, several hundred detainees remain barricaded inside the gates without water, power or food supplied. Aziz describes the scene, and explains some of the ways the men are getting by. 'It's really hard to get water from outside, so we dug a well.' Abdul Aziz Muhamat Without water and power,…
 
The security guards and other staff are leaving the detention centre. Aziz explains how the detainees are preparing for life without power. Damaged by rough weather, a tree has fallen across the perimeter fencing of Manus Island Regional Processing Centre — Photo: Manus Alert In this update Abdul Aziz Muhamat Michael Green Our theme music was compo…
 
Abdul Aziz Muhamat — Photo: Michael Green As the days count down to the end of October – when Australia has promised to close the detention centre on Manus Island – Aziz's short voice messages outline the situation as he understands it, and how he intends to respond. Daily protests continue on Manus Island — Photo: supplied In this update Abdul Azi…
 
Aziz — Photo: Michael Green 'This place has become part of me. It runs in my blood.' Abdul Aziz Muhamat After seven long months in Port Moresby recovering from knee surgery, Aziz finally returns to Manus Island. He’s overjoyed to be home in the detention centre – seeing his friends and sleeping in his old bed. But just as he returns, the Australian…
 
Nick O'Connell joins us in person and Lindsey Motteram joins us in song for some more terrible news about the how the world is doing. – North Korea keeps happening – America is not necessarily being made Great Again – The Earth is warming up still, but we have a nice sea shanty about it – Ted Cruz commemorates 9/11 in style…
 
Abdul Aziz Muhamat and Michael Green on Manus Island — (Photo: Behrouz Boochani) 'Freedom is not free. You have to pay for it. And we pay; now we are paying for our freedoms.' Abdul Aziz Muhamat Just before Christmas of 2016, Aziz is transferred to Port Moresby for knee surgery. With better phone reception, Michael and Aziz share a long phone call …
 
Comedian Anthony McCormack joins the gang for another fun-filled adventure. – Donald Trump, who isn't a racist, pardons Sheriff Arpaio, a racist who terrorised Latin-Americans for decades – Another Sheriff says some wacky stuff while a hurricane tears apart the lower bit of America – Former Australian Prime Minister and current dancing-media-monkey…
 
A historical look at... two weeks ago when this episode was recorded, featuring Nellie Lolzworthy. So: – Trump still – Russian "separatists" decide to start a new state in Ukraine – Kellyanne Conway has fun with words – Australia concentrates security powers in the hands of its worst politician – A fond farewell to Sean Spicer, and of course; – The…
 
Behrouz and Aziz at Hauwei Island — (Photo: Michael Green) 'I’m excited because … for almost three years I haven’t left the centre, and I was just locked inside there … Now, I’m walking on the streets – every two steps I take, I turn and I look behind me, like, "Where is the security guard?"' Abdul Aziz Muhamat It’s July 2016. On the morning Michae…
 
‘I have got energy, so … why can’t I just keep in touch with the outside world?’ Aziz Photo: Michael Green Even though Aziz is in detention, far away from both his home and from the country whose government is holding him, he’s on his phone all day. He’s sending messages to Michael, or he’s on Facebook with friends and activists, or he’s following …
 
Featuring guest human, Lindsey Motteram, off of The Weekly Hour. – The Trump Administration release their comprehensive, one-page tax reform plan – PUTINWATCH 2017: What’s Vladimir Putin been up to in Eastern Europe generally? – PUTINWATCH 2017: What’s Vladimir Putin been up to in Russia specifically? – France goes to the polls! Again. Will they de…
 
‘I'm just pretending … as if I'm preparing for a space journey, and the space journey, it takes many years.’ Aziz After months of interviews, Aziz finally sits facing an immigration officer and an interpreter, about to find out whether he’s been granted refugee status. But he’s too angry to talk about that. What he'd rather know is why he’s just sp…
 
- Australia and the USA's refugee swap deal in fine form as two of the world's least competent leaders fail to succesfully have a phone conversation - North Korea's ex-future-dictator is murdered and/or died-suddenly-for-no-reason, by North Korea's current dictator and/or sudden, unforseeable, random chance - South Korea's 2016 presidential scandal…
 
A major ruling by the Papua New Guinea Supreme Court offers hope for Aziz – but, amidst the promise, the men receive devastating news from Nauru. Meanwhile, they’re encouraged to accept the option to resettle in PNG. So why doesn’t Aziz take it? Aziz, with his smuggled phone 'We don’t know what next, but this is really one of the first good news th…
 
Aziz’s life has been a story of chance – and choice. As Michael pieces together Aziz’s journey from Sudan to Manus, he realises Aziz has been searching for a safe place for about eight years. So what gives him the ability, and the energy, to speak out? How has Aziz fought for so long, and what makes him want to be ‘the messenger’? ‘I’m pretending l…
 
As the world reacts to the Trump administration’s new US border policies, Aziz’s situation is as uncertain as ever, with no end in sight. Life on Manus grinds on. ‘When we see someone who is just hurting himself or he is trying to commit suicide, sometimes you just drag yourself away because of not getting the pictures in your head.’ Aziz In this e…
 
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