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Trump U.S. Presidency

AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE AND PROGRESS AUSTRALIA’S NEED FOR GENUINE INDEPENDENCE AND SOVEREIGNTY IN A CHANGING GLOBAL CONFIGURATION

by Brian Boyd

(A snapshot review to encourage a broader, ongoing public debate)

February 2017

Introduction

TrumpThe US presidential win by arch-conservative, billionaire Donald Trump (9.11.16) immediately stimulated an interesting debate in sections of the media about Australia’s broader standing in the global order and specifically about the possible future of the ‘alliance’ with the US superpower.

Events around his recent inauguration (21.1.17) provides a temporary line in the sand to review this initial media discussion and encourage a more wide ranging public debate around such an important national issue.

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Battles for the Coral Sea

by Humphrey McQueen

Chapter 17 from Japan to the Rescue, Australian Security around the Indonesian Archipelago during he American Century

Heinemann, 1991, pp.  285-94.


  Coral Sea losses  ... the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.

            Wellington recalling Waterloo


Linked to the conviction that the Imperial Japanese Army intended to invade the mainland of Australia in 1942 is the belief that only a US naval victory at the Battle of the Coral Sea, fought between 7 and 8 May that year, prevented invasion.

Despite the vaunted position that the Battle of the Coral Sea occupies in Australian consciousness, there is no clear-cut answer to who won that engagement. All that can be given with certainty are the losses suffered at the time. The US Navy lost the carrier Lexington, the destroyer Sims and the supply tanker Neosho; the carrier Yorktown was badly damaged but capable of repair after forty-eight hours intensive labour. (Spector, 1987: 162) The Imperial Japanese Navy lost the small carrier Shoho and had its fleet carrier Shokaku so badly damaged that it was not able to rejoin the fleet at Midway f our weeks later. Japan also lost irreplaceable planes and pilots. On the ships sunk or disabled, the Japanese narrowly won the Battle of the Coral Sea, a fact which Allied naval historians have never denied, equivocate though they do about the strategic significance of Japan’s win.

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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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South Australia’s Nuclear Military-Industrial Complex: The Global Context

Talk by David Palmer at “SA – The Nuclear State” forum

April 23, 2017 – Adelaide, South Australia

Sa Nuclear StateSouth Australians won a major victory when the Citizens Jury overwhelmingly rejected the Royal Commissions recommendation for an international nuclear waste dump in the state. State Premier Wetherill lost the backing of the Opposition in parliament and was forced to withdraw his proposal. Voters did not like the plan and it appeared that the Labor State Government had pulled back. But a new story is emerging. This fight has actually moved to new level. Major corporate, government, and military stakeholders have continued pressuring for reconsideration. These are powerful interests that have long had financial interests in a larger project – one that I’d like to briefly outline.

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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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