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Australian Academics Witch-hunted for Challenging US Lies on Syria Attack

This article came from Global Research

by Mike Head

Dr Tim AndersonAmid a media barrage to try to drum up public support for US-led military attacks on Syria and North Korea, the corporate media and the Turnbull government have launched an extraordinary vilification campaign against academics seeking to expose the lies behind last week’s US cruise missile strike on Syria.

The witch-hunt is an open attack on basic democratic rights, above all free speech—accompanied by demands that the University of Sydney censor, discipline or sack staff members for even calling into question the pretext for the illegal attack ordered by US President Donald Trump.

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Fight for science

This article was a leaflet distributed by Spirit of Eureka at the "March for Science" rallies in a number of capital cities, on 22nd April.

March for ScienceIn recent years, the Western world has been treating science with contempt. Multinational companies & their associations have opposed climate science research findings for some time, while publicly giving lip-service support.

A 2012 US Union of Concerned Scientists report noted that General Electric backed six environmental research groups accepting the scientific climate change consensus, whilst funding four organizations questioning it.

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Syria - Stop blaming, stop bombing

This statement came from the Independent Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN) website

Media release: Friday 7th April, 2017

Cruise missile launchThe Independent and Peaceful Australia Network urges Australian Government to work for a diplomatic resolution in Syria.

"The Australian government should adopt a policy of diplomacy to solve the ongoing conflict in Syria, rather than following the U.S. in escalating the conflict by missile or other strikes,"  said Jo Valentine, spokesperson for the Independent and Peaceful Australia Network (IPAN).

“The U.S. air strikes have the potential to trigger a major world war engulfing many countries.

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Keep Australia out of US Wars - Stay out of Syria & North Korea

Carl Vinson Strike GroupEvents have moved very fast since the bombing of the Syrian air force base, al-Shayran. IPAN (Independent & Peaceful Australia Network) media released a statement early Friday evening 8 April, within hours of US commencing their bombing attack on Syria. News just in reports that several U.S. war ships are moving towards North Korea.  Pine Gap military intelligence base just outside Alice Springs is reportedly on standby as US escalates tensions with North Korea. Australian media reported that the US has notified Australia that it is prepared to shoot down any missiles launched, potentially putting the Central Australian US spy base in the firing line as a target in the event of a major conflict. The situation is very dangerous, with the US positioning for a potential world war.

Latest on the public statement, Keep Australia out of U.S. wars - a public call for an independent and peaceful Australian foreign policy

To date over 200 signatures have been collected, including from John Pilger, Richard Butler (WMD-Iraq fame), Paddy Crumlin (MUA National Secretary), lawyers, barristers, unionists and many others.

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The movie Pride: a reflection

by Peter Curtis
Australian Education Union Branch Executive member, A.C.T.

Pride(2014, 120 minutes)
Set in 1980s England, the film brings alive the true story of gay and lesbian activists who raised funds to help families affected by the British miners' strike. You can check out the trailer here.

I prepared this response in preparation for an event to be held by the A.C.T. Branch of the A.E.U.

Screening Pride as an A.E.U. event evokes the events that the film portrayed when a group of London gays and lesbians decide, not without internal dissent, to raise funds to assist miners in their struggle against Mrs. Thatcher’s shutting many of the nationalised pits in 1984. The Welsh village of Onllwyn on which they bestow their funds is not as ready as the Londoners had been led to believe. The arrival of the Sexual Revolution in a mini-bus is not the last tense interaction.

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