Abbott wants Australian forces in Ukraine. #100daysofblogging #Day50

Flag of the Donetsk People's RepublicTony Abbott today said ‘multi-national forces’, including forces from Australia, should be sent to Ukraine. 

I hate to say I told you so, but I did. I’m not even stretching the truth. Don’t believe me?

The video evidence is here, flick to 6:00 and watch for yourself. 

This whole thing is playing out in a way that stinks of political opportunism. Tony seizing the opportunity to beat the war drum. Maybe he hopes stoking ‘nationalism’ will help him recover from embarrassingly low polls. Or maybe he’s just an idiot.

The last thing global politics needs right now is more western interventions or foreign troops on Ukrainian soil. Or unwelcome foreign troops on anyone’s soil actually, which such forces would definitely be, in the Donetsk Republic. Continue reading Abbott wants Australian forces in Ukraine. #100daysofblogging #Day50

Who downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17? #100daysofblogging #day46

MH17My first thought this morning was “Fuck. This can’t be real”.

But it was. Almost 300 civilian lives lost after Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17 was shot out of the sky as in eastern Ukraine. Who shot the plane down remains unclear.

Immediately, I could hear Tony Abbott beating the war drums in my head.

I knew he would blame Russia. I knew the media circus would come out accusing Russia before long too. Fear sells, and what’s more scary than a Russian aggressor?

Who cares about establishing the facts first, right?

Strategically, it makes no sense for the separatists in Eastern Ukraine to shoot down this plane. There is no ‘strategic win’ for them in this situation. It also makes no sense for Russia, what could they possibly have won by blowing up this civilian aircraft?

Continue reading Who downed Malaysian Airlines flight MH-17? #100daysofblogging #day46

Israel, Gaza and the occupation of Palestine #100daysofblogging #Day41

Balfour Declaration in 1917, a letter from the British Foreign Minister to Baron Walter Rothschild of the Jewish banking dynasty, declaring British support for the establishment of a Zionist state on Palestinian lands.

A look at the LONG LIST of UN Resolutions will reveal the history of Israeli aggression in Palestine, and the role the UK, France and more recently the US have played in it. The UK and France even helped Israel seize the Suez Canal from Egypt in 1956.

The Israel ‘Defence’ Force have been an aggressor since establishment and in recent years have been forcing a long term ‘State of Siege’ on the people of Palestine. In the West Bank, Israel even decides who gets water, when and how much.

Continue reading Israel, Gaza and the occupation of Palestine #100daysofblogging #Day41

Islamic State of Iraq & al-Shams seizes Mosul #100daysofblogging #day9

Image courtesy of The Guardian
Image courtesy of The Guardian

So, here we are again. Blogging about devastation in Iraq.

At the moment, a religious extremist militia is seizing control over much of the North and West of the country including one of the worlds oldest cities, Mosul.

I’ve written a lot about Iraq in the past. Commenting on the Iraq war was why I started blogging in the first place, back in 2005.

This is perhaps the most serious strategic upheaval that has occurred in Iraq since the civil war of 2006/07, the resultant US troop surge and eventual ‘withdrawal’ of international combat forces.

There have been elections. There have been some significant protests. There have been far too many random explosions. There has also been a variety of sectarian political manoeuvring. Then Vice President of Iraq Tariq al-Hashimi, the most senior Sunni in the Iraqi Government, was even sentenced to death after being charged with murder in 2011 and later found ‘guilty in absentia’.

But this is a whole other kettle of fish. ISIS are no joke. Continue reading Islamic State of Iraq & al-Shams seizes Mosul #100daysofblogging #day9