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American CIA Hegemony

September 25, 2017 - 10:00 -- Admin

By Christian Marx The Central Intelligence Agency was formed in 1947. It was ostensibly designed to gather intelligence on foreign countries during the cold war. However, within months of its formation it was drastically altered to become an agent for regime change and to enhance geopolitical U.S. hegemony around the world. Since 1950 the CIA…

Power to the people

September 25, 2017 - 08:00 -- Admin

Technically it would be harder to have a hot potato issue without electricity. Amongst other things, electricity makes it far easier to create the hot potato in the first place, as well as light, heating and cooling, traffic control, transport and giving you the ability to read this article. However, if you listen to the…

Abbott headbutt stops nation.

September 24, 2017 - 19:48 -- Admin

It’s the head-butt the stops the nation. Tony Abbott is nutted by Astro Funknukl Labe, a 38 year-old North Hobart DJ. Labe, a barista, bartender and anarchist, a post-punk redhead who bears more than a passing resemblance to The Young Ones’ Vyvyan Basterd, pretends to shake the former PM’s hand Thursday afternoon. Then he head-butts…

Maintaining privilege and hierarchy doesn’t allow for truth and empathy

September 24, 2017 - 15:38 -- Admin

In an article titled Inside the terrifying mind of Tony Abbott, Bernard Keane quotes a study from 2015 which looks into the psychological basis for climate change denial and why one particular demographic — older white males — tends to dominate the ranks of climate denialists. The study identified that “denial is driven partly by…

Power to the people? Perhaps not.

September 24, 2017 - 14:36 -- Admin

By Terence Mills There is something very strange going on with power pricing in Australia, particularly so in the states where privatisation of distribution and generation has occurred. Whilst the federal government have no ongoing energy policy for Australia you have probably noticed Turnbull laying in to the power chiefs, demanding that they turn up…

That’s the story of, that’s the glory of love

September 24, 2017 - 07:59 -- Admin

Fifty years ago, the film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner challenged social norms by exposing the discrimination faced by inter-racial couples.  In those days, it was considered ‘unnatural’ for whites to marry blacks.  Some people may still feel this way but the wider community has thankfully and rightly moved on from such ignorant prejudice. It…

Day to Day Politics: “IT’S TIME” – Marriage Equality my final contribution.

September 24, 2017 - 06:07 -- Admin

Sunday 24 September 2017 At the time of writing the following countries supported marriage equality. This is my final lengthy contribution on the subject. Argentina (2010) Denmark (2012) Greenland (2015) The Netherlands (2000) South Africa (2006) Belgium (2003) England / Wales (2013) Iceland (2010) New Zealand (2013) Spain (2005) Brazil (2013) Finland (2015) Ireland (2015)…

Australia’s shameful treatment of refugees and asylum seekers must end

September 23, 2017 - 20:57 -- Admin

By Julie Grint Many issues about human rights are dear to me as a former refugee. Two of these issues: the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar by the military junta and the inhumane and cruel treatment of asylum seekers by the Australian government in defiance of the United Nations, Amnesty…

Benjamin Netanyahu, Penguins and the United Nations

September 23, 2017 - 18:00 -- Admin

“That’s why Israel’s policy regarding the nuclear deal with Iran is very simple: Change it or cancel it. Fix it or nix it.” (Benjamin Netanyahu, UN General Assembly Address, 2017). While he is very much the traditional politician, whose sheen has been corrupted, whose approach to policy merits suspicion, Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu was happy with…