Checkpoint Violence: Blood and Occupation

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/12/29/checkpoint-violence-the-humiliation-of-occupation/

Vijay Prashad on Counterpunch
The Israelis have killed over a hundred and thirty Palestinians since October. Most of those shot have been children.

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No country for old men

http://www.globalresearch.ca/syria-moderate-rebel-massacres-and-everyday-propaganda/5496161

Prof. Tim Anderson writes on Global Research. Truth is the one thing that is missing and so elusive because so few are looking for it.

A brief and beautiful story from real life –
An old man who will never call himself a refugee, goes out everyday. He goes to the mosque,  occassionally he meets up with ‘friends’, other older men who, like him, are estranged from their home.

They lost their homes and so many of their family because of a war some say is about rebels, a 2nd generation dictator and a bunch of head rolling fundamentalist fun haters. Others, say it’s a planned precursor to WW3, a preliminary for the big bash with Iran and Moscow, a hot cold war.

The old men meet and talk. Some of them, outsiders would call moderate rebels, others, if opportunity came, would vote in Assad without a second thought. They have more in common than in dispute – all want to go home. None want this war. None want Salafists in control. None want outside interference.

All believe their countrymen are dying because this is a war where outside interests want to see the country split apart.

None talk politics, they know better. Others are talking and those others know nothing.

The old men happily share the company of countrymen who have lost their country, they share a coffee and a smoke. They share sadness for these times, they share loss of good times past, they share hope for a future they will have a say in.

They all just want to go home.

How the ‘fair go’ became the last bulwark for Australia’s freedoms

Gillian Triggs speaks out about government (with Labor complicity) errosion of human rights and community capacity to turn this around. A brave woman who took on Brandis et al.

Laws passed by parliament are not to be construed as abrogating fundamental common law rights, privileges and immunities in the absence of clear words or unmistakable and unambiguous language.

But, as our laws are now drafted with such precision – or are so constantly amended – ambiguities are increasingly hard for the courts to find.

In the words of Tool……
Liar, lawyer, mirror, show me what’s the difference? Kangaroo done hung the guilty with the innocent.

https://theconversation.com/how-the-fair-go-became-the-last-bulwark-for-australias-freedoms-49743?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2014%202015%20-%203989&utm_content=Latest%20from%20The%20Conversation%20for%20December%2014%202015%20-%203989+CID_b29bcd95e1dcc382f6bc4719fb0fbf1a&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=How%20the%20fair%20go%20became%20the%20last%20bulwark%20for%20Australias%20freedoms

Friday Lay Day – ruminations on MMT and the JG | Bill Mitchell – billy blog

http://bilbo.economicoutlook.net/blog/?p=32502&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+economicoutlook%2FFYvo+%28billy+blog%29

Great post from Bill Mitchell his new book and how to ‘read’ pollie speak through Modern monetory theory and job growth lens’.