Another Israeli disgrace….Jonathon Cook on the Negev and the Bedouin so similar to racist attitudes about basic services to remote Aboriginal communities…
Pepe Escobar with some interesting insights into the possible backers of Thai pipe bomb. No doubt security is stepped up and innocents will get caught up in not only the bombing but its aftermath.
As sure as eggs are eggs (and our PM is an egg) we are in there already with RAAF ’embedded’ with US airforce learning how to fly drones into Syrian airspace and refueling fighter planes headed across the Syrian border….to fight Ah Butt’s Death Cult.
Only an egg would say….
While there is a little difference between the legalities of air strikes on either side of the border, there’s no difference in the morality,……Whether it’s operating in Iraq or Syria it is an absolutely evil movement and in the end, when they don’t respect the border, the question is why should we?”
As Ah Butt reportedly did today http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2015-08-21/islamic-state-tony-abbott-hints-air-strikes-syria/6713720
Supposedly the Lowy Institute (yes another institute funded by the wealthy former Israeli commando Frank Lowy, joint lease holder of dubious repute who gained control of the WTC property six weeks before 9/11, and billionaire owner of Westfield) a so called independent international policy think tank devoted to foreign affairs, and Australia’s role in the world (WIKI-LIES) says half of us believe IS is Australia’s biggest threat!
Toe Knee Ah Butt is sure pushing this line. Testing waters in a Captains Call to answer the US call to arms to fly missions over Syria.
No doubt from Turkey compliments of the meglomaniac Erdogan.
Sadly I remember our failed (bullshit) call to assist the Sth Vietnamese against Ho Chi Minh to prevent the so-called Domino effect of Ka..mune..ism in 1965.
Menzies intended to announce the commitment on Thursday, 29 April but he had first, for domestic consumption, and to enable SEATO ‘obligations’ to be vaguely invoked, to ask the nominal South Vietnam Prime Minister, Dr Phan Huy Quat, to invite the Australian battalion. Quat had still not made the invitation when a report that Menzies was to announce the committment appeared on the morning of 29 April. The Australian Ambassador, David Anderson, finally extracted the invitation and cabled it to Australia at 5.30 pm, three and a half hours before Menzies was to speak. Menzies said: ‘The takeover of South Vietnam would be a direct military threat to Australia and to all the countries of South and South-East Asia. It must be seen as part of a thrust by communist China between the Indian and Pacific Oceans…’
The thorough article by Evan Whitton provided me the above quote and sums up the lessons of that time which we would do well to consider….
Any sufficiently determined small country, skilled in guerilla tactics, can outlast a major power. A reinforcement of the lesson of World War II that bombing, rather than breaking a country’s will, increases it.
In matters of war, no politician’s words can be relied upon unless they are corroborated by strong evidence.
Politicians who seek to eliminate public debate on issues of major importance may find, as Menzies and Hasluck did, that they have made a catastrophic miscalculation.
Whitton’s full and worthwhile article here…..
Ah the joy and wisdom of history. And for those who missed it Rupert Zionist Murdochs NT headline news last week…..
$500 mil to train 60 fighters?
Where’s the invoices? The Nusrats, FSA (False Syrian Alliance) and every other rag tag flash foreign mob funded by the US -Israeli -Saudi- Qatari- demonocracy alliance have created a refugee crisis that could well do with some funds..$500 mil?
Perhaps if France US and Turkey paid their UN debts the Refugees would get something…maybe…
How much does US pay to support Israel? Over $3billion a year. Thats $10.2mil per day in military aid alone during 2015. Gaza gets bugger all – not even a shipment of concrete to rebuild after BibiNet’s vicious annhilation of children and civilians and continued crippling of Gaza by the illegal blockade using US money to bomb bulldoze and blast Palestinians.
Meanwhile the historical and recent reasons for the refugees remain obscured by intercept/return (to what and where?) policies our own goverment hopes will keep them in power.
An aside…..two families with five kids wait 18months for a UNHCR interview to be told a week before it is due that it has been put back….wait for it…..another 15 months to September 2016….that’s nearly 3years just to get an interview with UNHCR – visaless, homeless, and scared because tomorrow they could all be gaoled in immigration prison for wanting to stay alive. No school no work no support.
They didn’t start the war in Syria, and they didn’t cause the Nakba which forced them to leave.
Each day more people die needlessly. Now Australia has its tepid waters tested again by a man called Toe Knee Ah But?
We will bomb Syria with our mates the yanks, we will return refugees to ‘where they came from’…
If that’s the case these two families should go to Palestine! – and Brandis says it’s not occupied!
Nuff said the link at the top is a good article.
Andre Vltchek with a lively look at the haves context and their view of the plight of refugees….good stuff.
The fact that old men and their prodegies still sit around plotting and scheming (now they’re called think tanks and ‘institutes’) with nothing more to do than make other peoples lives misery (for the sake of already mega wealthy bastards) is nothing new.
The fact that the people dont care when the footy’s on (me included) is nothing new…the fact that we’re all complicit in racist colonisation is nothing new, ……..
but the fact that we all have the potential to find out and to understand this situation better than ever before and to change how we interact with those institutions of the powerful has changed……
Get off the grid
Get off the couch
Get off the gravy train
You are not safe in a do nothing position
You are not alone, you have a voice
Recognise your planets fragility your brothers and sisters pain
Recognise the insecurity of power over
Recognise your chance
The old men are feeling very unsafe, they grow wrinkly and grey oligarchy and elite power is cracking from the load
Inform yourself, ask how Balfour, Rothschild, Kissinger, Nixon, the Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, oligarchy managed to bambouzle and bullshit their way across the planet and survive. Megalomaniacs all….but delusion is reinforced by ignorance and silence. We are all complicit.
Enough rant I will leave it to the great old ranter of substance the old man himself…
….to advance good will and peace among all the countries of this hemisphere and the many peoples who are part of the human family, and thus contribute to the survival of our species in the modest place the universe has conceded us, we will never stop struggling for peace and the well-being of all human beings, for every inhabitant on the planet regardless of skin color or national origin, and for the full right of all to hold a religious belief or not.
The equal right of all citizens to health, education, work, food, security, culture, science, and wellbeing, that is, the same rights we proclaimed when we began our struggle, in addition to those which emerge from our dreams of justice and equality for all inhabitants of our world, is what I wish for all. …..
Fidel Castro Ruz 13.8.2015
14 year old Palestinian girl from East Jerusalem under continuing Nakba sends hopeful letter to Obama