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

Israeli bombing in GazaIsraeli bombings in the Gaza Strip have yet again hit the headlines over the last week.

It’s an awful reality that this is a conflict prolonged and supported by western governments, including Australia.

This has been the case ever since the 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

Not in my name, Tony #100daysofblogging #Day37

Not in my name

Here’s a list of Government policies to which I say, NOT IN MY NAME:

  1. Spending $24bn on high-tech Jet Fighters for use in offensive warfare.
  2. Locking refugees up in prison and wasting years of their lives in ‘processing’
  3. Rolling back billions of dollars worth of Indigenous programs
  4. Allowing rich people to ‘buy’ an Australian Visa
  5. Exempting the WA Government from protected species laws to enable shark cull
  6. Ratcheting up military pressure on China via large US military presence in Australia
  7. Compromising Australia’s universal health care system, Medicare, via ‘co-payments’
  8. Participating in warrant-less mass-surveillance of private online communications
  9. Subsidising the logging of Native Forest in WA to the tune of $20,000,000 per year
  10. Transferring more than $2,000,000,000 of tax-payer money to mining corporations each year via Diesel Fuel Subsidy
  11. Repealing Australia’s renewable energy legislation
  12. Abandoning Australia ‘mining tax’ – it should be strengthened not abandoned

It’s a saying I’m sure you have seen before.

It has a tendency to appear more often when the Liberal Party have a majority in Parliament.

For me the words are reminiscent of the invasion and occupation of Iraq. Continue reading Not in my name, Tony #100daysofblogging #Day37

Story of Stuff — best, simplest economics video ever. #100daysofblogging #Day24

Today has been a long day and I haven’t the energy for any serious political analysis after work and rehearsing for the Selekt Few performance at Back to the Roots this Saturday, at ‘The Bakery’ Northbridge.

So today’s post is an educational video for you to watch and from which to learn.

Enjoy!

Peter Greste and the Silencing of Protest #100daysofblogging #Day22

Write What You're Told!In Egypt a yesterday, 3 al-Jazeera journalists including Australian Peter Greste received jail sentences of 7-10yrs on trumped up charges of ‘aiding terrorists’ and ‘endangering national security’.

So ironic as to be humorous, coming from a government which seized power in a military coup.

Their recent ‘Presidential Election‘ failed to get 50% of eligible voters even turn out, a major failure for any democratic system. Despite non-voters being threatened with large fines. Despite voting being open for a full 3 days.

For comparison, elections in Australia last year received a 93% turnout. As much as it pains me to say it, the Abbott Government is a legitimate government. shudder.

All is not OK for the democratic right to protest in Australia though. 

In the State of Victoria, the Liberal Party government passed extreme ‘anti protest’ laws allowing police to ban protesters from an area for up to 12 months. The Tasmanian Government have gone further, threatening activists and protesters with mandatory jail time. It’s not just government going on the attack against civilian movements.

Corporations are hiring ‘intelligence operatives’ to infiltrate activist networks and disrupt them, even here in Australia.

Continue reading Peter Greste and the Silencing of Protest #100daysofblogging #Day22

USA, Maliki, ISIS and Iraq’s Sunni – It’s a long story. #100daysofblogging #Day15

ISIS - Made in the USASince I posted about the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Shams (ISIS) ‘seizing’ Mosul a few days ago, my understanding of the situation has progressed.

While it is true Mosul has fallen out of control of the Iraqi government and that ISIS flags have been raised, it is not clear that a Jihadist element is “in control’ of Mosul.

I have had conversations with Iraqi friends and they all certainly confirm the ‘fall’ of Mosul.

However, suggestions about who is ‘in control’ of Mosul vary. There are rumours of “Saddam’s men” being involved. Equally there are reports of foreign Jihadi’s and local sectarian militias. The reality is likely to be all three are involved.

They have been since the early days of the occupation of Iraq in 2003.

When I see reports suggesting Jihadist ISIS has $2.5bn worth of assets after ‘taking’ Mosul, I’m sceptical. There are a lot of things I’m sceptical about with the reporting of the situation, actually (read Juan Cole’s 7 myths).

I do not believe Baghdad is under any ‘threat’ of being captured by ISIS. They have no support base there. There is no way they could hold it. Continue reading USA, Maliki, ISIS and Iraq’s Sunni – It’s a long story. #100daysofblogging #Day15