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

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