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War, Abuse and Other Peoples: Why Support Other Peoples, Especially during Conflict?

A Personal Account

by Prof Tim Anderson

Daeswh Palmyra SyriaFeatured image: A row of craters from exploded mines, left by DAESH throughout Palmyra. (Image credit: Prof. Tim Anderson)

Why support other peoples, especially during conflict? Some explanation seems necessary because wartime debates often degenerate into simplistic clichés, personal abuse and confusion. I am one of many who have been subject to this abuse. Even the sanity of the critics of war is attacked, in attempts to disqualify opposing voices. Confusion is sown through the extreme nature of war propaganda, and its invented pretexts.

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Without a US Ambassador: Australia Awaits

Admiral Harry B Harris

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Featured image: Vice Adm. Harry Harris, Jr. (US Navy Photo)

It was cheered and embraced with enthusiasm bordering on self-praise: Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr. of the Pacific Fleet would be making his way to Canberra to assume the post of US Ambassador.  Washington had supposedly appointed a big fish to monitor even smaller creatures in the Pacific.

But Harris was never going to take up a position vacant since 2016, instead finding himself making his way to a far more significant, and timely posting: Seoul.  The Australian press subsequently seethed and berated, appalled that their standing as sub-regional policemen had somehow gone unacknowledged. 

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2018 Stolenwealth Games - A Celebration of First Nations' Dispossession

Stolenwealth 2018

The chasm between the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games (April 4 to April 16) - which presented a performance of 60,000 years of seamless progression from Indigenous to 'modern Australia' - and the First Nations' protest against the "Stolenweath" games outside the Gold Coast Stadium couldn't be any more starker. The festering conflict involving the Commonwealth Game's 'celebration colonialism' and the First Nations' resistance to dispossession goes back to the magnificent protests of the 1982 Brisbane Games, continued by the 2006 Melbourne Games and now the 2018 Gold Coast Games.

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Lest We Forget again: Anzac Day is an opportunity to confront our violent frontier past and its shadow today

This article came from The Honest History website

by David Stephens

Yassmin

Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a young Somali-Australian Muslim woman, was driven out of Australia last year after she implied that the Anzac sacred cow might be ready to graze new territory. ‘Lest. We. Forget.’, she said, ‘(Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine …)’. I thought she was on the right track and I said so, copping some of the bilious and vicious response that she herself received. Yet, surely, after a century we can move beyond dead soldiers and broaden the remembrance focus to other weighty matters where Australians bear some responsibility and where they should have some interest in making things right. Such a matter is right in front of us.

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Withdraw from the US Alliance - Yankee warmongers go home!

In opposition to the US, UK and French, 14-4-2018 missile attack on Syria, an urgent protest was held in Adelaide that afternoon. Below is a speech given by a Spirit of Eureka representative.

US attack on Syria protest Adl 14-4-18The US, UK and French forces missile attacks against supposed Syrian chemical weapons sites and military installations is a criminal act with the potential to ignite an international conflagration. The US's unwillingness to wait for an independent investigative team from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), to inspect the site of the alleged attack in the Jihadist-held town of Douma last week more than suggests that the chemical attack was a fabrication.

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