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RAAF Base Tindal Expansion - Serving USA, aimed at China

By Robert M.

The just announced $1.1 billion expansion of Tindal Airforce Base near Katherine in the NT is a further recruitment of Australia into US imperialism’s front line against rival China.
(Some news reports have mentioned $1.6 billion – this because apparently $500 million has already been spent. It's unclear whether the $1.1 billion is additional or in total).
The mainstream news-stories have highlighted the F-35 joint-strike fighter (which has been labelled the “flying heap of crap” for its unreliability and over-complexity) being based there as the main reason for the expansion. 

US long-range bombers secure a base at Tindal

But this is misdirection, as the real news is the increased rotation or possible basing of long-range US bombers (B-52's and B-1's) at Tindal. The B-52 can, and the more modern B1 (see photo above) often do, carry nuclear weapons, and their range is such as to bring most of China under threat. Along with the increase in the marine contingent at Robertson Barracks near Darwin, the Northern Territory is becoming increasingly important in the US ring of containment of China.

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Intelligence Spats: Australia, Britain and Huawei

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

HuaweiA note of fraternal tension has been registered between the United Kingdom and Australia.  It began with Britain’s decision to permit China’s technology giant Huawei a role in the construction of the country’s 5G network.  While the decision is qualified to non-core functions, as UK officials term it, the irritations to the United States and, it follows, Australia, have been far from negligible.   

Members of the US Congress have been clear that letting Huawei into the stables of security risks future trade deals.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to the UK, has been equally insistent on the dangers

“When you allow the information of your citizens of the national security information of your citizens to transit a network that the Chinese Communist party has a legal mandate to obtain, it creates risk."

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Global Day of Action No War on Iran – 25 January, Melbourne

The following Speech was given by Shirley Winton, a member of IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network)

No war on Iran MelbWe acknowledge we’re on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people, Kulin nation.  Sovereignty was never ceded – always was always will be Aboriginal land.   We pay our respects to First People’s elders past, present and emerging.

Across the world, hundreds of peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist people’s organisations are gathering today holding rallies in cities and towns demanding no US war on the people of the Middle East.

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Film Review: 1917 - A load of Codswallop

In January this year, Humphrey McQueen sent a Letter to the Editor for the Canberra Times who published his blistering criticism of the Film, 1917. It was published under the title, "A Silly Fable".
We republish it on the SoE website for our readers' consideration.

1917 PosterThe Editor

The Canberra Times

1917 is the greatest load of codswallop I can recall in a lifetime of movie-going. The script is improbable when it is not impossible.

Its premise is nicked from Gallipoli.

It would not be worth mentioning except that it won at the Golden Globes and in contention for the Oscars.

Not to waste more of everyone’s time than is necessary to expose this junk for what it is, I shall follow one thread.

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No war on Iran rally in Melbourne

 Gurpreet SinghWorker Student Alliance member Gurpreet Singh speaks out against the US imperialist war in Iran. He calls for workers all around the world to unite against oppression and the profit-driven violence of the military-industrial complex.

"It is basically clear to me, that for the US and their imperialist mates that keep on bombing middle east countries - for bosses and capitalists - killing brown people and damaging the earth for oil is a profitable business, alright? It’s like Wu-tang said, right: “cash rules everything around me”. They’re doing all this for money; its capital that’s the problem here."

Click on picture to view a video on the WSA Facebook


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