David Hicks

When the news came through that David Hicks had pleaded guilty to a charge of providing material support for terrorists (as well as having many allegations dropped), there was a feeling amongst at least some MPs that this would neutralise the significant political problems which Hicks’ situation had been causing for the Australian government. Indeed,…

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Does the US Congress hate America?

The House of Representatives in the US Congress has passed a Bill to withdraw US forces from Iraq by September 2008. The Bill is unlikely to pass the Senate and would anyway be vetoed by the US President, but it certainly sends a strong message that mainstream opinion in the USA clearly recognises the need…

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Untrustworthy trustees

The Stolen Wages issue – where wages and others monies owed to Indigenous Australians were misappropriated by government and other authorities over many years – is one which I have an ongoing involvement in. It is currently the subject of a Senate Inquiry. I had been unaware until recently of a parallel but much bigger…

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September 11 – 5 years on

There are retrospectives and introspectives all over the internet and the mainstream media marking the fifth anniversary of the attacks on New York’s World Trade Centre. The Open Democracy site has a good series of pieces asking a range of people the simple question – “what have we learned”? Please like & share:

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A Tortuous Defence

My recent post drawing on Marion Wilkinson’s article examining what the Australian government has known about the USA’s practice of rendition – enabling people to be subjected to torture while being questioned – seemed to draw a larger than usual amount of traffic to this site (as well as a bit of comment and debate…

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New Orleans

The New Orleans situation seems literally unbelievable. When I first saw pictures on the television a couple of days ago, the scale and nature of the devastation reminded me of the footage of the tsunami, except in this case the water isn’t going away any time soon. But the media reports now, such as police…

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