Yesterday, Malcom Turnbull introduced new legislation for his metadata retention scheme. Among other lies, we are told that the metadata will not contain the website addresses that you may happen to visit.
Articles from Peter Garcia-Webb
The European Union considers that two state solution a priority and is looking to persuade Israel not to cross “red lines” that might impede that. The red lines include not building settlements in Jerusalem and not harming the status quo at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. What a farce. At best, it amounts to asking a delinquent teenager to be a good boy. Israel will give it the diplomatic one finger salute.
French Algerian journalist, Nabila Ramdani specialises in French politics, Islamic affairs and the Arab World. She is the October guest writer for Middle East Monitor. Her article Ruthless pragmatism has triumphed over the people's revolution provides a sweeping look at the failure of the rise of democracy in the Arab Spring revolutions.
The Australian Government asylum seeker policy is based, we are told, on the maxim of preventing people from drowning on their way to Australia. Under that maxim the Government has treated detained asylum seekers brutally, to the extent that hope is lost. As a consequence, few have drowned.
“If the decision to end a war were simply to spring from a rational calculation about gains and losses for the nation as a whole, it should be no harder to get out of a war than to get into one.” Audrey Cronin starts an outstanding essay The 'War on Terrorism': What Does it Mean to Win with this quote form Fred Charles Ilké.
There are now more Palestinians in Israel/Palestine than there are Jews. The latest data are 6,223,135 Palestinians and 6,066,000 Jews. 560,000 Jews live in illegal settlements in Palestine. Of the Palestinians, 1,672,767 live in Israel. Overall, the population growth rate for Palestine is 2.97% per annum and for Israel it is 1.8% per annum. So for the first time since 1967, there are more Palestinians in Israel/Palestine than Jews.
The Jewish Daily Forward started life as a yiddish daily newspaper in New York in 1897. It is no longer a daily and is mainly published in English and its circulation is nothing like it was in its heyday. But it remains a socialist newspaper. This week it ran an article on AIPAC titled How the Israel Lobby set Beto O'Rourke Right as a follow up of an article in the New Yorker.
President Barack Obama’s is adrift amid the region’s shifting currents. That’s how the Financial Times puts it in its article: Obama revives the failed logic of the war on terror. In my view the logic has been beyond revival for quite some time. Pulling a so called imminent threat by Khorasan out of the bag is amateur stuff at best.
Australia has just agreed to pay A$40 m to Cambodia to take four to five refugees. Much of the money will disappear on its way to the rich. Yes, I know Scott Morrison is talking about up to 1,000, but it turns out Cambodia is not. Scott Morrison also says that refugees won't go to Cambodia unless they want to. Believe that if you will.
On the face of it, Australia's preventative detention orders could on occasion be useful; the occasion being an imminent terrorist attack. But there has only been one such instance since John Howard brought it the temporary measures, close to ten years ago. That occasion as we know coincided, no doubt by chance, with PM Tony Abbott marching our troops off to war against the Islamic State.