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Trump's election in US: consequences for Australia

The article below was a speech given by Stephen Darley at the Adelaide Eureka Dinner, 26th November 2016

Eureka Dinner 2016The world just dodged a bullet folks – a nuclear bullet. The election of Hilary Clinton in the US (it was more an anti-Clinton than a pro-Trump election) would have brought us closer to nuclear war than at any time since the 1980's, and possibly closer.  From well before the recent election, and all during it, she advocated a no-fly zone in Syria – which the US General Dunsford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, unequivocally stated would mean a war with Russia. The world's second-biggest nuclear power – so how long from conventional to nuclear escalation? And a nuclear war with even a portion (perhaps 1/3) of current global arsenals would kill most people on the planet from starvation over a 1-2 year period. In a Wikileak of her paid speeches to Wall Street, Clinton said "To have a no-fly zone you have to take out all of their air defenses, many of which are located in populated areas. So our missiles, even if they are standoff missiles so we’re not putting our pilots at risk – you’re going to kill a lot of civilians." (we can imagine a shrug at that stage).

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The “Secret” TISA, TTIP and TTP = Corporate Hegemony and Economic Warfare

This article came from Global Research, September 30, 2016

Whilst the President elect Donald Trump will pull the United States out of the Trans Pacific Partnership there are other nefarious trade and economic agreements that the Eagle Empire wishes to impose on the world. This article expounds the malevolent thinking and planning behind these agreements.

by Makia Freeman

TISA, TTIP and TPP continue to be negotiated in secret, as WikiLeaks recently released a new leak from the updated TISA (Trade in Services Agreement) core text and annexes. If you want to know what TISA means in 7 words, it’s this: total privatization and commodification of public services.

Unfortunately, once something is privatized, it becomes very difficult to ever get it back into the public hands. Of the 3 T-Treaties, TISA is the largest, encompassing 24 countries (including blocs such as the EU) which produce over 2/3 of global GDP, yet has received the least attention.

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US Military Bases in Australia – Pine Gap

The year's September/October protest against the US military base in Pine Gap, Northern Territory was the catalyst for a booklet to provide a history about the first protest campaigns held against North West Cape base, Western Australia in 1974, Pine Gap base (NT) in 1976, Nurrungar base, South Australia in 1977 and Omega Base, Victoria in 1978. These initial protests were organised by Campaign Against Foreign Military Bases in Australia (CAFMBA).

 Pine Gap March on the gate

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When Australia said ‘no’ to conscription

This article came from Altmedia, Sydney

by Michaela Morgan

Anti-Conscription Greatest VictoryPeace activists gathered at Addison Road Community Centre in Marrickville last week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the defeat of the WWI conscription referendum.

Two referenda took place under the Prime Ministership of Billy Hughes, the first one in October 1916 and then again in December 1917—both were unsuccessful.

Speaking at the event, activist Hall Greenland said it was “the greatest victory for grass roots democracy in the history of Australia.”
Mr Greenland said the “no” vote defied those in power at the time and that during both campaigns anti-conscriptionists fought hard to battle the strict censorship regulations that were introduced as a war time measure.

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Gurindji Freedom Day commemorates Fiftieth anniversary of the Wave Hill walk-off

Wave Hill walk-offAmongst the thousands of people who commemorated the historic Wave Hill walk-off this week were some of the original participants and descendents of the Gurindji stockmen, domestic hands and family members. In 1966 they walked-off the Wave Hill station to protest against the appalling wages, working and living conditions that the British Vestey company enforced on them.

However this protest became more than a civil rights struggle and developed into a fight for the return of  traditional Gurindji land. After a nine year strike the Gurindji won back some of their land, saw the beginning  of a number of land rights acts for other Indigenous nations and inspired the Aboriginal Land Rights movement.

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