The Man who Renounced Australia

A friend sent me this report on the recent actions of an amazing indigenous Australian from the Guardian Australia yesterday and it’s truly inspiring…..

Canberra press gallery journalist Jeremy Geia has walked away from his job, given up his passport and belongings and reverted to his tribal name, Murrumu Walubara Yidindji. He tells Paul Daley why he decided to ‘leave Australia’ while remaining on the continent – and why he still loves a cup of English breakfast tea

see full Guardian article here

 English breakfast tea is a blend of black teas and is rich in flavonoids. Photo Credit ULTRA F/Photodisc/Getty Images  http://www.livestrong.com/article/286916-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-english-breakfast-tea/

English breakfast tea is a blend of black teas and is rich in flavonoids. Photo Credit ULTRA F/Photodisc/Getty Images
http://www.livestrong.com/article/286916-what-are-the-health-benefits-of-english-breakfast-tea/

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Now the Propaganda Clean Up

This post includes a reblog of Scott Creighton’s post today.

I will hopefully always be blown away by the capacity of people to use money to influence others. Current Zionist propaganda is extreme and heavily funded but people’s capacity to see through it is not dead.

1. Scott’s post below

Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English.

Also heard Samah Sabawi on Gaza -short BBC -interview where interviewer continually talked over Samah yesterday but she got through some counters………The work goes on. Now we have to help Palestine rebuild, build on the numbers of hasbara skeptics and continue to increase the numbers of people who will question (and not forget those with compassion fatigue who are lucky that’s all they have!)

2. Samah’s BBC Radio Interview

and for good measure,

3. Nathan Goodman from the liberal Jewish Daily “Forward” on “How to sell Americans on Israel’s Wars” see here

Playwright Wallace Shawn translates ADL ad justifying Israeli child murder into plain English

US population reduced to hollywood actors and a focus group…From Jewish ‘liberal’ daily “Forward” 25th Aug http://blogs.forward.com/forward-thinking/204630/how-to-sell-americans-on-israels-wars/ love your work reblogging

American Everyman

Submitted by Ali Abunimah from Electronic Intafada

ADL ad that appeared in The Hollywood Reporter.

Playwright and actor Wallace Shawn has responded to this Anti-Defamation League (ADL) ad blaming Palestinians for Israel’s mass slaughter of children in Gaza.

Shawn’s brilliant “translation” of the ad into plain English is below.

Five hundred and sixteen children are among the 2,142 Palestinians killed by Israel’s current bombardment of the Gaza Strip, according to the latest tally from Al Mezan Center for Human Rights.

The ad, which appeared in The Hollywood Reporter, was signed by a number of show business executives. It quotes an infamous statement by Golda Meir, the American colonial settler in Palestine who became Israel’s prime minister, justifying Israel’s slaughter of Arab children during her time.

Along with ADL National Director Abraham Foxman and National Chair Barry Curtiss-Lusher, The Hollywood Reporter identifies some of those who signed the ADL…

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All the way……….. Again ?

24 F18 Hornets Ready

24 F18 Hornets Ready

No doubt we will commit F18 ‘Hornet’ fighters to Obama’s very visible return to Iraq. It’s as good as done. I had posted previously on their jolly jaunts over Darwin with the Emirates, Singaporeans et all in Operation ‘Pitch Black’. They weren’t practicing over my head for nothing. Tonight I heard one of our bureaucrats say, ‘they would benefit from the practice’ as he was extolling the virtues of joining Obama’s (yes, he was the guy they gave a Nobel Peace Prize to) jaunt to deal with IS. (Australia could follow concerted effort from the West against Islamic State “If there was a concerted effort from Western nations against Islamic State, Australia could commit planes to airstrikes in Iraq” suggested Australian Strategic Policy Institute Executive Director Peter Jennings.)

I suppose I should be pleased, after all these extremists were behind the shocking devastation in Al Yarmouk Palestinian Refugee Camp in Damascus. They were the main reason so many friends, near and distant relatives including pregnant mothers and babies, had to flee for their their lives. These people could ill afford to leave, but near 500,000 of them grabbed whatever they could and left their family homes, for more displacement poverty and uncertainty as double refugees around the world. The graves of their buried children and parents remained with the few who did not leave, to quietly care for what they believe they will eventually return to. But of course the Israeli line ( was that these were just ‘rebels’ ready to oust Bashar al Assad and Palestinians had ‘turned’ against the Syrian government. see here from Dec 2012 Jerusalem post.

So I should be pleased, and I would be, if I believed everything fed to us by mainstream media. Even good old ‘Aunty’ the national tax payer funded TV station is operating as a propaganda funnel. Where is the hard questioning of the stream of government-agenda-supporting-mouthpieces being interviewed on our beloved ABC? Fact is its hard to know what to believe, but when my well honed bullshit detectors sense more of the same from dopey pollies, all I can think is that they have way too much power for their own (and more-so, our) good.

Be sure, our hornets will go. The ground is fast being prepared for us all to applaud as we ride with our benevolent starred, striped friends with ‘similar values’ like a winged Easyrider into the sunset to hit that evil bunch from the air. Even if it means ignoring the sovereign territory of Syria. (Well IS says its a Caliphate across both Syrian and Iraqi Territory, ergo no border, no rules.) Its not even recognised by the UN as a state, Gaza has more credibility and look what our Israeli ‘allies’ did to them! (With passport carrying Aussies on board with IDF).

Our international embarrassment – Tony Abbott says we will only go for an “achievable overall humanitarian purpose.” but he shouldn’t be too hard to convince about what constitutes humanitarian purpose. Yesterday US government mouthpieces blatantly blared the tough US war trumpet that the US would fly over Syrian airspace. They of course do not need to ask. The behaviour of the US president could almost have come from a weeks practice with Bibi. Strange the so called (proven faked video) beheading of an American ‘journalist’ could so rile the US while over 1500 dead foetus’, babies, toddlers teens and women, all non-combatant have been killed without impunity by Israel in Gaza. No outrage at that and nothing from Obama’s lips to condemn Israeli actions. You have to say the current US rhetoric about the threat of evil and its monsters in black shouting “Jihad” is more than unbalanced (in a mental health rather than a humanitarian law way!)

I am not saying the violent jihad Salafi spin across the region does not appear very frightening. This is concerning because like bees to honey it seems a bunch of people with nothing but extremist religious opinions hope to have their own land and get rid of anyone who doesn’t fit that picture (sound familiar?).

The considered language of Vijay Prashad explains it somewhat differently. He explains how the group has come to expand, more through common ‘despair’ of Iraqi Sunni’s than through the fervent Islamism of some expats who have never lived in either Syria or Iraq.
Vijay recently wrote,
it (IS) is not alone. Next to it is the Iraqi Islamic Army, led by Saddam Hussein’s former deputy Izzat al-Dori Ibrahim, and the Muslim Ulema Association. What unites these three forces – al-Qaeda extremists, Ba’athists and decamped Iraqi military personnel – is despair at Iraqi premier Nouri al-Maliki’s sectarianism and the failures of the Iraqi state to draw in the largely Sunni towns that run up the River Tigris from Baghdad. Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the Mahdi Army, said in February that Iraq “is ruled by wolves, thirsty for blood, souls that are eager for wealth, leaving their nation in suffering, in fear, in water puddles, in dark nights, lightened only by moonlight or a candle, swamped by assassinations based on differences or after ridiculous disagreements.” He left for Iran, fed up with the politics and violence I n his land. This despair is what gave ISIS the opportunity to build its bases in northern Iraq.” http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/06/17/iraqs-night-is-long/

I wondered where Muqtada al-Sadr had gone.

But conforming is the order of the day, for the rest of us. With just few brave Israeli and Jewish academics speaking out to decry the lies and aggression of the zionist dominated Israeli government in relation to Gaza. We can expect to find even less dissent on home turf with the dominant neo-conservative viewpoint currently being home spun about the Islamist group under al Bagdhadi and what needs to be done.

The ABC Lateline interview between Tony Jones just minutes ago with Defence Minister, Senator David Johnson was an interesting one, and gave some hope back to Auntie through Jones’ questions.
We are, Senator Johnson said,

  • currently supplying ‘humanitarian relief through supply drops’
  • ‘in a high state of readiness’
  • with 24 Super Hornets that can operate from US aircraft carriers
  • waiting on ‘a more inclusive and legitimate government in Baghdad’
  • requiring ‘invitation from Iraq’ (remember we falsely said we had one from the South Vietnamese?)
  • needing to ‘settle the rules of engagement before deployment’
  • part of a coalition of ‘the Brits, the French, the Germans, the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Turkey, and Jordan. (count the named countries with proven Islamist fighter support history at least in Syria!)
  • not looking at ground troops

He did mention ‘beheadings’, ‘genocide’, ‘ethnic cleansing’ and that ‘we are all very upset at this development’. He also said, “No” to the Tony Jones question as to whether we would be entering Syria. But his ‘no’ was watered by a Jones rhetorical question on there being considered “no real legitimate Syrian government”.

But historically with Liberal governments (and with ‘the new’ Labour come to think of it) we do politically sycophantically follow the US, and on Syria the US is clear, clearer than it ever was over its bombing of Cambodia and Laos under Nixon. They have been quoted as saying through White house spokesman Josh Earnest on Tuesday (full report here )
“.……..As a matter of US policy, we have not recognized” Assad as Syria’s leader, Earnest told journalists on the side-lines of a presidential trip. “There are no plans to change that policy and there are no plans to coordinate with the Assad regime.”
The US military has carried out aerial surveillance of IS for months and on August 8 launched air strikes against the al-Qaeda offshoot, which is also known as ISIS and ISIL and has declared a caliphate across swathes of territory it has seized from Syria and Iraq……….”
I knew they were up to something…………..operation Pitch Black………they said they wouldn’t fly at night, almost true…….mostly in the day and not after about 9:00pm. So why Pitch Black for a day flight thing? The IS Flag reference perhaps? Did you think they already knew?

Vijay Prashad a June 2014 article and an interview – “Iraq’s Night is Long”

Vijay Prashad’s articles from June and August this year – A good read.

Iraq’s Night is Long » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names.

Which you should follow with…..

 

Blowback: Vijay Prashad on How Islamic State Grew Out of US Invasion of Iraq

Tuesday, 26 August 2014 11:28 By Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! | Video Interview(and transcript read)

here….

Canadians Join IDF: Harper’s Government Silent

On the 14th of this month I posted  on the Sydney Morning Herald article about Australians with dual Israeli nationality going to join the IDF.

These young openly zionist men left Australia to join the IDF’s horrendous assault on Gaza

(see here https://asidewrite.wordpress.com/2014/08/14/is-australia-racsist-in-allowing-openly-zionist-australian-jewish-men-to-fight-with-the-idf-in-palestine/)

My post questioned the Australian governments double standard on young Muslim men travelling to war torn middle Eastern countries to join a range of military and/or ‘humanitarian’ services, just because they were travelling to countries under the ‘expat violent jihadist’ spotlight.

Today ‘dissidentvoice.org’ has an article by Yves Engler (24th August 2014) on the Canadian experience.  Engler states;

“The double standard is extreme. It is illegal for Somali Canadians to fight in that country but it is okay for Canadian Jews to kill Palestinians in Gaza. And the government will give you a charitable tax credit if you give them money to support it.

Fortunately, activists in one country have made strides on this issue. A Palestine solidarity group in South Africa recently launched a case against citizens of that country who have served in the Israeli military.

Some have suggested another solution. Eminent Canadian historian Jack Granatstein recently told an interviewer: “In my view no one who is a Canadian should be able to enlist in some other country’s military and keep his Canadian citizenship.”

This is the question for Australian policy makers who otherwise look to have blatant double standards.

Canadians Join IDF: Harper’s Government Silent

See Engler’s article here:  Canadians Join IDF: Harper’s Government Silent.

Why The UN is Waste of Money and an Anachronism

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Australia remains the twelfth largest financial contributor to the UN. Although the amount we pay is not available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website, Wikipaedia see here sites the following costs to our national budget.

“Australia contributed more than US$87 million in the years 2004 to 2006, with a regular budget of US$22.9 million, peacekeeping costs of approximately US$60 million, and over US$4 million contribution to International Tribunals.”  

Below is Resolution 242 of 1967

Just one of the many reasons the UN wastes our time and money on empty words while people die.

 

See Resolution on this site

UNITED
NATIONS

Security Council

S/RES/242 (1967)
Resolution 242 (1967)
of 22 November 1967

The Security Council,

Expressing its continuing concern with the grave situation in the Middle East,

Emphasizing the inadmissibility of the acquisition of territory by war and the need to work for a just and lasting peace in which every State in the area can live in security,

Emphasizing further that all Member States in their acceptance of the Charter of the United Nations have undertaken a commitment to act in accordance with Article 2 of the Charter,

1. Affirms that the fulfilment of Charter principles requires the establishment of a just and lasting peace in the Middle East which should include the application of both the following principles:

(i) Withdrawal of Israel armed forces from territories occupied in the recent conflict;

(ii) Termination of all claims or states of belligerency and respect for and acknowledgment of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of every State in the area and their right to live in peace within secure and recognized boundaries free from threats or acts of force;

2. Affirms further the necessity

(a) For guaranteeing freedom of navigation through international waterways in the area;

(b) For achieving a just settlement of the refugee problem;

(c) For guaranteeing the territorial inviolability and political independence of every State in the area, through measures including the establishment of demilitarized zones;

3. Requests the Secretary-General to designate a Special Representative to proceed to the Middle East to establish and maintain contacts with the States concerned in order to promote agreement and assist efforts to achieve a peaceful and accepted settlement in accordance with the provisions and principles in this resolution;

4. Requests the Secretary-General to report to the Security Council on the progress of the efforts of the Special Representative as soon as possible.

Adopted unanimously at the 1382nd meeting