|Syrian children stand in the entryway of their
tent shelter in the Bab Al Salame camp for internally displaced persons
in Aleppo Governate.
|Ban Ki Moon is urgently calling on Syrian authorities and the opposition to allow aid access, end siege warfare and halt the indiscriminate bombing of civilians,
the top United Nations humanitarian officials today also issued a
strong challenge to “those with the responsibility, power and
influence” to find the courage to re-energize a thus-far failed
diplomatic push to end the brutal three-year conflict.
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"Every action we take and every decision we make has a ripple effect, influencing those around us and affecting situation.
Indonesia speaks out on boatpeople amid Australia tension: stop Australia stop "shifting responsibility"
for asylum-seekers, in veiled criticism of Australia's hardline policy
of towing boatloads of would-be refugees back to Indonesia.
approves Sri Lanka war crimes inquiry Human Rights Council authorises
international criminal probe of alleged atrocities during civil war
that ended in 2009. (Important Breakthrough!) But 'Australia however declined to support this resolution' | *Govt's approach to Sri Lanka criticised
Climate change 'complicates' global security - Top scientists say climate change will complicate and worsen global security problems such as wars and refugees. | * Europe wants climate on G20 agenda
Asylum seekers detail violent riots
on Manus Island | Witness statements Manus Island detention centre in
the lead up to the February riots in which Reza Berati was killed and
another asylum seeker was shot. | Also see Lateline as Fridays
Transcript becomes available | And then there's the children in
Detention "Poor education for children in detention on Christmas Island"
Seriously Flawed Egyptian Courts, Government?
One wonders what is going on in International Affairs when Governments
have said so very little about the Peter Greste trial. Greste again
denied bail after being held in an Egyptian jail with other journalists
for more then 102 days. While we have heard Australia's PM and Foreign
Minister have spoken to Egyptian authorities, one wonders what the hell
is going on. Where is the International Community? Why have we not
heard more concern from at least the democratic governments about this
case... or has free speech completely lost all relevence?
I don't know how to cover the NBN anymore: "Beyond a joke,
beyond a politicised mess, and even beyond farce, the incredibly
inconsistent handling of the project by Liberal Communications Minister
Malcolm Turnbull has led it far outside the bounds of rational
discourse or intelligent consideration." A concise article explaining
the hubris that now surrounds the plight of Australia's greatest ever
vision the NBN. [Proof of the spin]. Disturbing is also the cost and unaccountablity of Internet in Australia. Communications
Minister Malcolm Turnbull not unlike his Liberal/National team appear
so out of touch with the impact [day to day] costs are having on
households, how unaccountable telco's are becoming and how detremental
this is; not only to consumers but equality to the access to business
opportunity - in all sectors... now and in the future.
Australia’s Security Council statement
after vote on #Ukraine resolution http://bit.ly/1ipyDc2 #UNSC via
|QandA LIVE FROM CHINA: Dr
Geoff Raby - Former Ambassador to China, Mei Yan - Businesswoman and
media executive, Ma Tianjie - Program Director, Greenpeace East Asia,
Cheng Lei - Television Presenter, Guo Jian - Chinese Australian artist
|QandaA Panel last Week: "Human Rights and Wrongs" Panel
Guests Mona Eltahawy, Kenneth Roth, Tim Wilson, Ilwad Elman, Lucy
Siegle, a 'great' panel on Q&A Qanda. As Tweeter #laceman said,
"Human rights abuses anywhere affect all of humanity, including
Australians!" and #Joshduckwhiper, "Good to see us thinking outside our
borders for once. We all share the same planet". This was a remarkable,
direct and affronting Q&A Qanda
panel. Broad discussion inter-relating Australian issues with other
nations, namely Egypt and Sri Lanka. Don't miss this episode. Next to
that aired from Indonesia and India, this episode shone a light where
there is darkness. It is a relief when people speak honestly less the
politics and hubris spin! When we become part of discussion such as
this... we become a lucky country, allowed at least to air our
grievances... at a mature level.
|TheBusiness: Economist Marc Faber. He
is often known as Dr Doom and Editor and Publisher of "The Gloom, Boom
& Doom Report". In this interview he links inflated house prices to
shrinking consuption and warns of future shrinkages in consumer
spending. He says consumers income is being spent on high housing needs
so there is not enough left to stimulate consumption. Obvious yes, but
listen to his arguement. Always informative. Hope there is a Transcript
coming. They are invaluable as is the facts disclosed by guests on this
Recent media: Dr Marc Faber on "The Terminal Phase of a Credit and Asset Bubble" | Marc Fabers Homepage
#Kiev #Digitalmaidan #Euromaidan #Ukraine #Crimea Ukraine - KyivPost --- Aljazeera Ukr Live Bog --- Euromaidan PR -
| Ukrainian News Agency
United Nations General Assembly votes Russia’s annexation of the Crimean peninsula as illegal, as 100 votes in favor - 11 against, 58 abstained
Armenia, Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, North Korea, Nicaragua, Sudan, Syria, Venezuela and Zimbabwe joined Russia in rejecting the document.
How can we stop Putin?
I think Putin ought to be sanctioned too. My reason is the irresponsibility of his leadership regarding both Ukraine and Syria.
While I know no one wants to connect these two issues, I DO! The waste
of life, the agony of innocent civilians and our on-going tolerance
that's a) generating MILLIONS & MILLIONS of REFUGEE'S who have
NOWHERE to GO... the children, the children; b) I connect Putin's
role UNSC as directly responsible for contributing to distructive
leadership rather then working to keep peace.
|Historical Transformations - Two important documents stand out.
1) !968 "German Policy Toward the East" by By Willy Brandt
2) Obama's Full TxT Brussels today after meetings with European Union and NATO allies.
IMF extends generous assistance to Ukraine.
Putin's Ukraine/Crimea Plan LEAKED.
The Hague Declaration March 25th
EU and US impose Crimea sanctions on Russia. Travel bans and asset freezes issued to Ukraine and Russian officials deemed responsible for Crimea referendum, including Viktor Yanukovich.
UNCERTAINTY PRAVAILS: Ukraine votes to mobilise 40,000 reservists to protect country Kyiv Says Five-Day Truce Reached With Russian Forces In Crimea
NATO: Russian Federation to de-escalate the situation, including by ceasing all military activities against Ukraine.
KYIV - "Ukraine has never entered the territory of other
countries during the whole history of wars which were led within the
territory of Ukraine", Ihor Tenyukh, Acting Minister of Defense, said.
|United Nations Security Council action on Crimea referendum blocked
| Gérard Araud of France quipped that Russia “vetoed the UN Charter”
with its “no” vote. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has said that
“emotions have been hardened” over the forthcoming referendum.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine
| Ukraine Foreign Ministry declares the military invasion by Russia and
demands the Russian side to immediately withdraw its military forces
from the territory of Ukraine.
#Ukraine #Crimea Ukraine - KyivPost --- Aljazeera Ukr Live Bog --- Euromaidan PR -
| Ukrainian News Agency
Three years on, UN's top humanitarian officials urge end to Syrian conflict
|''A strong NATO in a changed world''
Our vision of a Europe whole, free and at peace has been put into question. NATO - 21st March
Our global issues; trade barriers, armed conflict, climate change, air pollution, over-resourced
ecosystems resulting in depleting biodiversity, eratic education
systems, gender inequality, preventable illness, malnutrition and poor
water and sanitation.
Micheal Fullilove National Press Club speech
[Yes*], but would still deeply question the ways we are using Defence
Spending. Support approach to China especially in the light of Crimea
and viewing tension in all of China Sea. Dr Michael Fullilove,
Executive Director of the Lowy Institute for International Policy
addresses the National Press Club on the topic A Larger Australia.
FOLLOWING Developments in Ukraine on Twitter and All world News outlets.
#Kiev #Digitalmaidan #Euromaidan #Ukraine #Crimea Ukraine - KyivPost --- Aljazeera Ukr Live Bog --- Euromaidan PR -
| Ukrainian News Agency
Paris Charter |Maps discriptive of culture, politics & Gas in Ukraine | 1997 EU + Russian Partnership and Cooperation Agreement // Helsinki Final Act: forward "their commitments in the field of the human dimension" | 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine.
Crimean Tatars who have formed
their own neighborhood watch against feared provocations Soviet repression mixed and
mingled cultures and left a legacy that at times can be traced through
LAST WEEKS BEFORE THAT: Friday-Saturday Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic appeal to the US to boost its gas imports in case Russia cuts its supply. | Trust a core issue with Putin "Putin must be stopped"!
Thursday - FACT SHEET: President Putin's Fiction: 10 False Claims about Ukraine as Ukraine's Paralympics Sochi Winter prepare to compete in Russia, despite Russia’s military in Crimea. |
Explains better some of the complexity + struggle inside Ukraine. "Putin plays Nazi card to marginalize Ukraine’s revolution"
Wednesday: Letter from Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg to President Putin of Russia
Tuesday - 'So why aren't they shooting?' is Putin's question, Ukrainians say
Monday: Former Deputy Ukraine PM Oleh Rybachuk says he's 'slightly encouraged' by international action to prevent tensions with Russia from getting worse.| The seriousness of Russia's military build-up to world secuirty can not be underestimated. Russia’s numerous treaty transgressions of Ukraine’s sovereignty
Sunday -UKRAINE ASKS UN COUNCIL: STOP RUSSIAN 'AGGRESSION' |Ukraine warns of war as Russia approves deployment of troops in region |The size of the 'extremely dangerous trap for the West and for the new government in Kyiv' |
now acting president, said the new government would have to take
unpopular decisions to head off default and guarantee a normal life for
Ukraine's people. | Arseniy Yatsenyuk's Wikipedia profile Arseniy Yatseniuk has been nominated to lead the new government as Ukraine Prime Minister
Ukraines new interim president of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, TV address to the nation.
Former PM Oleh Rybachuk "Ukrainians want a new generation of 'clean' politicians"
Interesting Interviews Comparisions Ukraine + Syria and why they are different.
|“No one should have to risk their life for standing up and speaking
out on violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
CLOSE OFF SHORE PROCESSING NOW!
one should have to risk their life for standing up and speaking out on
violations of human rights and international humanitarian law.”
Diplomats fear Australia will wreck UN probe into Sri Lankan war crimes - It
is estimated between 40,000 and 70,000 civilians lost their lives in
the final phase of the war, particularly as government forces advanced
on the Tamil Tigers in the country's north. This as PM Abbott said
recently "''I don't propose to lecture the Sri Lankans on human
Constructing the Right “Not to Be Made a Refugee” at the European and Inter- American Courts of Human Rights | Be
it Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, Afghanistan, nations in the Middle
East, Africa or South America the fact that Refugee have a right not to
be made refugees is a pivotal. Instead of victimising Asylum Seekers it
is time Nation States hold other States accountable "not protecting"
their own citizens. The question is "how". I suggest among other
strategies, Human Rights must be made central to each Nation States
performance in the International Stage. IE; Australia's present role
with a number of nations including Sri Lanka, [see article above],
Israel, Cambodia, China, Vietnam to name a few as well as Australia's
own performance regarding understanding and treatment of Asylum Seekers.
Social Justice Day
- The gap between the poorest and the wealthiest around the world is
wide and growing. This situation is not only between countries but
within them, including many of the most prosperous. The World Day
of Social Justice is observed to highlight the power of global
solidarity to advance opportunity for all.
United Nations faces “an overflowing inbox of conflicts and disasters of growing severity, frequency and complexity.”
UN's 'biggest appeal' for Syria crisis:
Target funds required amount to at least $US6.5 billion in aid for
Syrians, as UN plans for up to 4.1 million refugees by the end of next
OECD education report highlights refugee disadvantage says expert. [Comment: And reflects blind Australia's growing social aggression and discriminatory attitudes...]
UNHCR slams Australia asylum seeker treatment. The United Nations Refugee Agency has found 'deeply troubling deterioration'
in Australian detention facilities over the course of the year. The
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says asylum seekers on
Nauru and Manus face indefinite detention in unsafe and inhumane conditions. UNHCR regional representative Richard Towle says in a statement. "In particular, they constitute mandatory detention that is not compatible with international law," he says in a statement. "They do not provide a fair and efficient system for assessing refugee claims, do not
provide safe and humane conditions of treatment in detention, and do
not provide for adequate and timely solutions for recognised refugees."
It also specified that "No child, whether an unaccompanied child or
within a family group, should be transferred from Australia to Nauru".
Hungary Improves it's Refugee System as Europe continues to stuggle with Refugee influx.
Australia's treatment of asylum seekers in the country's offshore detention centres. Interview with Christine Milne after death and 77 odd injuries on Manus Island during late Febuary.
|Two Discussions that need connection?
|It is no doubt that
the changes at Qantas in it's Australian sense brings up questions of
different magnitudes for workers, share holders management, the clients
and government. In the background is politics.
I have not enough income to keep up with the many pay-walls springing
up everywhere for COMMERCIAL NEWS, I fear I will loose the diversity of
ideas discussed that makes news so progressive. When it comes to
copy-write, NBN and other arguments running like rats up the pole in
Australia at present I say all links that I reflect in my online work
is "Free Advertising" for those many whom I have liberally supported.
Online I most always have left trace of my footprint, quoting and
linking to broad topics in news.
What is required is a different construct in online news. Package Deals
for example. By the time on-line users such as myself have paid all
that is required to have Internet access, the cost of commercial news
shuts me out from supporting, [by following] various reporters as well
as the outlets they work for.
No worries. It means we will not know what the "in-house" conversations
actually are when they are referred to by Public Broadcast commentators
and, we will remain as alienated as we sometimes do when affordability
is directly the NO:1. issue, disconnecting us from the national
conversation. Australian news needs to become part of a Knowledge
Nation in more ways then one. Commercial outlets I ask, Rethink your
Budget paradigms, pay your journalists and see the new technological
world for what it offers YOU as people like me.... would like to
remain included and inclusive. Thank You
|G20 Communiqué Meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Sydney, 22-23 February 2014
|Joe Hockey comes away from G20 with tough but unknown reform in mind - The treasurer says Australia has no choice but to pursue ‘hard’ structural reform, but details will have to wait
Extended interview with Mark Carney and Extended interview with Jennifer Westacott:
The Business Council of Australia released its budget submission,
estimating that the Government will have run deficits of almost 17 per
cent of GDP last year and this year. It calls for tough measures on
galloping public spending, tax reform which has gone nowhere since the
Henry Review, and economic reform, if we're to be within coooee of Joe
Hockey's growth target.
Big Ideas - 'no victory but rather a capital revolution of change'. Hear Michael Cox founding CoDirector of LSE IDEAS & Prof of International Relations at London School of Economics queries just how far the world economy's axis has shifted towards Asia & away from the US in this Melb Uni address. He also politely critised the blinking obvious with a section on Australia's Asia White Paper. *****
Christine Lagarde on Tax Mininimisation
Christine Lagarde Head of the IMF was Special Guest on Q&A's QandA forum.
Among the many [wonderful] audience questions Christine Lagarde
answered this one on growth & prosperity.... ''Clearly investing in
health, investing in education, making sure there are equal
opportunities for all is something where public money is needed,'' Ms
Lagarde said on Thursday in response to a question on the ABC's Q&A
program on federal Treasurer Joe Hockey's call for the end of ''the age
of entitlement''........''It's not a question of … entitlement.''
Lagarde offers Aust praise and advice.
Something Important to Discuss Critically!
In a world of privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining
companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and
struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. What are
the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom by Antony Loewenstein challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it.
|"ANZAC's Long Shadow" by James Brown 'which criticises the amount of 'time', 'money' and 'emotion' spent on commemorating the ANZAC legend'?|
Coming Home - Pt.1: Combat Doctor as reported by Sally Sarah on Foreign Correspondent
Important Story: Have Anzac celebrations become 'a military Halloween'?
Is 'Anzac Day becoming a festival for the dead and could the money be
better spent on returning soldiers struggling to deal with the physical
and psychological legacy of war'? [I think so... given it took so long
to get the population to come back after the Anti-Vietnam war
demonstrations... we have now come to a new cross-way]. While reference
in this story was made to what we could instead be aiming for within
the National narrative IE:"the image of the young corporal lieutenant,
bombardier, you know, patrolling the poppy fields in Uruzgan Province
would be a better image for people to have, definitely a more relevant
image for people to have." [I agree! In fact looking closer at the
PEACEKEEPER efforts if not the DEVELOPMENT aspects of Australia's
troops would go beyond the current image of how we celebrate our forces
as well as help us reform areas where there is many cultural
difficulties within the Forces. Have read around the edges of
Australia's involvement in the world of Peace Efforts, alongside the
WARS. I believe we are at an impasse. I fear under the present
geo-climate, Australia is going the wrong way less we are mindful of
the pitfalls of looking exactly like those we say we are not when it
comes to who we are as Australians both outside and inside the Forces.
I fear that as a public we may be open to manipulation as various
voices compete for funds rather then work through the issues, so we can
be sure the IE: Job Manufacturing crises, the additional secrecy in
government and what appears to be the innate "Silo" culture of the
Military, ASIO and umbrella of issues surrounding National Security do
not leave "US" as a public out of the future equation. I fear the
that we might be tempted to become a Military Industry Machine at
the same time as knowing the new Defence White Paper has to be sharp to
the rising issues around the world and specifically within the ASIA
PACIFIC. In my own opinion, the political struggle of Human Rights
together with other Declarations is pivotal to the geo-political
struggle we are having with China, Israel, Russia as well in ASEAN [for
example]. I mean that if it not about containment but cooperation....
we leave ourselves at risk if we watch China's Military grow and
attempt to mirror this kind of growth ourselves. Worse... we may never
know peace. The tensions in the Asia Pacific is real and we need the US
as well as other nations to understand why HUMAN RIGHTS is important.
Look at Syria for Gods Sake.... with all our weapon throughout the
world.... Our hands are tied regardless of R2P or other well known
strategies.... which disempower us literally, while entire populations
bare the burden of the scourge! We have some GREAT MINDS in Australia,
it is about time we used them... this is not just a time to integrate
science, but consider the future of Australia with a practical set of
geo-political philosophies. I am embarrassed by much in our history.
Much of it proved to be unsound and I am sorry to say that the ways we
have treated our troops returning is a key example of work required
when we prattle on about "mateship". What Mateship? Mateship has proved
to be a selective term with a selective meaning based on our national
identity which appears to thrive on notions of convenience. Not to mix
terms necessarily, it is a bit like a credibility gap. For the record I
am unimpressed with notions set in some of our previous Defence Papers
especially when it came to the nationalistic views that insist that the
International environment is not as important as that locally. This is
not teamplayer tactics it is Nationalism. The risk presently existing
everywhere as Dictatorships read our tactic by the actions we have
taken regardless of Declarations signed... and I am not just talking
about Operation Sovereign Borders. We as a nation full of diverse
citizens need to be careful.
Sample in Case: Japan and China sovereignty debates over the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands? This is but one current reality!
|Disturbances, Death and serious injuries on Manus Island.
Interview with Aust HRC Christine Triggs, Aust Opposition Foreign Minister Tanya Plibersek & [19th.2.16] & Rod St George: Manus Island whistle-blower
Australia's refugee policy causes 'mental rot' Australia's reputation on human rights has been marred by reports that asylum seekers are subjected to inhumane treatment and mental health damage.
Australia, on Closing the "Credibility Gap" Stories on Crickey - Aboriginal health groups shed light on detailed challenge "Closing the Gap" target [audio] - Suggestions from Greens - Lateline coverage "The gap is not closing".
Interestingly as the well known issues were raised it is the
"Recommendations" held in previous Royal Commissions on "JUSTICE" that
appear to be missing in most speeches except in passing. You just
wonder don't you... is it that Australians have a short memory, is it
that it is such a touchy issue that leaders prefer to side-step or is
it that as a nation we really and truly don't understand?
It is worth a quick look at Senator Scott Ludlam and Chiara Lawry's work submitted on 11 February 2010
as Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered his second annual 'Closing the
Gap Statement'. It is not as though we don't have the data... all the
reports, the problems, advocates and infrastructure.... even the media
knows that; "Comment: The unfinished business of reducing Indigenous incarceration". Question:
What is the point of University, TAFE or other degrees if the
Government ignores "our" work as citizens. The will we have to
face the issues "head-on" without the bum-fighting... the gag-spin
rhetoric which claims the song of the day in any one cluster of spins.
In this case we are loosing generations of children who are asked to
attend school [even boarding school] for the sake of statistic's...
which we skirt round squirming jumping over the problem. The very base
problem that is at the bottom of Indigenous history... the problem we
skate over so we can play cards pattering out our idea of "normality"
according to our own standards.
Justice is a "whole community, business and government approach".
Stuart Ross, University of Melbourne “we
cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer
nation”, and citing Justice Reinvestment as the vehicle for reform.
Abbott Must Close The Gap On Black Justice says
Max Chalmers. "School attendance is a far less controversial topic than
Indigenous incarceration rates. No wonder Tony Abbott made it the
centrepiece of his 'Close the Gap' speech, writes Max Chalmers"
RAAF monitored an unprecedented and unannounced exercise involving three Chinese warships in international waters to the north of Australia, it has emerged. ABC reporter Michael Brissenden interviews
Rory Medcalf, Lowy Institute, Amitabh Mattoo, Melbourne University and
Australia’s Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop, which sheds more detail
on the meaning of these Chinese ships being so close to Australian
Indo-Pacific Security links
: China's navy, Kolkata class, South China Sea and more from the Lowy Institutes Lowy Interpreter.
||So Does this Matter ----------------- WHY or WHY NOT?|
U.S. drops in press freedom ranking, to #46 out of 180 countries measured Reporters Without Borders'.
The World Press Freedom Index measures the state of the free press in
countries around the world. The U.S. fell 13 places to No. 46 thanks to
the conviction of a WikiLeaks' informant, the effort to track down and
punish NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the Justice Department's
monitoring of reporters.
||News from Ukraine - KyivPost|
Febuary - "Yanukovych unleashed a torrent of violence,
killing more than 90 people and injuring hundreds of protesters."
CRISIS in UKRAINE - Is Ukraine heading down the same path as Syria.
What began as a peaceful demonstration over the constition and
expanding links with Europe has resulted in a bloodbath.
Ukraine: high tension in Kyiv as government deadline expires [Live updates]
We need a Marshall Plan to fix Ukraine... [Protesters have shown us all they deserve real support].
EU bloc’s 28 Foreign Ministers in a joint statement said,
they are “alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence,
cases of missing persons, torture, and intimidation’’ as part of the
authorities’ crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an
“atmosphere of impunity.”
Moscow has suspended Ukraine’s loan payments. EU stands ready to assist
Ukraine financially, provided a new government will be formed to
“pursue economic and political reforms.”. Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko [former PM's] fate has been at the heart of a tussle between Kiev and the European Union.
"Stone Cold Justice"
Joint media investigation by ABC Four Corners and The Australian
reveals evidence showing how Israel army is targeting Palestinian boys
for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travelled to the West
Bank to interview children who claim they have been taken into custody,
ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions
before being taken to court for sentencing.
Palestinian children allege they received electric shocks
and more! They are abused by Israeli Authorities and Jewish Settlers. A
Shocking situation which Australia's Foreign Minister Ms Julie Bishop
must acknowledge and address.... ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AUSTRALIA.
Former German Ambassador Avi Primor. "Germany is totally indispensable to Israel - Germany has many pro-Israel policies, but I think this is gradually fading and if nothing in the Middle East changes it will get worse."
Israeli media ignores a week of non-violent protests...
"The Israeli media gave almost no airtime or print space to two
non-violent protests this week, in the Jordan Valley and south Tel
Aviv’s Levinsky Park. For Haggai Matar, it’s been a heartbreaking sight." Also see Video "After eviction expelled residents of Ein Hijleh sing their national songs they used to sing in their village"
According to proposals being prepared by US Secretary of State John Kerry, the Jordan Valley is supposed to be under the sovereignty of the Palestinian state
but under Israeli security control.The Israeli government demands to
retain military control over this strategic part of the West Bank even
after any agreement that would establish a Palestinian state.
Eritrean president says countrymen living in 'concentration camps' in Israel.
"Israel has tens of thousands of Eritrean asylum seekers, most of whom
have fled years of forced military service in their home country. In an
attempt to pressure the Eritrean to leave Israel, the government has
begun detaining them in a new, so-called "open" detention camp in the
Israel Army Kidnaps Three Fishermen In Gaza Waters....
"Israeli Navy ships attacked Palestinian fishing boats in Palestinian
territorial waters, near Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, and kidnapped
The boycott isn't economic warfare, it's psychological. "It does not have to bring the Israeli economy to its knees, or even close, to force an end to the occupation."
No easy way out for African migrants in Israeli desert detention.
has rejected a claim that it told Treasurer Joe Hockey the Australian
Manufacturing Workers' Union (AMWU) was behind its decision to cease
manufacturing in Australia."
Graphic: Edi Sizgoric Source: TheAustralian
|Friday: Complex interview with Former Industry minister, Mr Greg Combet,
discussing the end of car manufacturing in Australia.... transportable
skills and training, future opportunities and the recent announcements
of the SPC fruit canning factory.|
Thursday 13.11.2014 : PROBLEM as I watched Hockey and others try to
split hairs yesterday on various details regarding their performance,
their trail of mis-information
and, attacks on "WORKERS" is that it appears this Government doesn't
actually understand the role of Unions in Australia. For example; A)
Royal Commission into corruption as declared [see below] is a real call
to tag underhanded linkages... on a number of fronts, especially now in
this digital new world. B) Workers Rights is another issue entirely and
for this reason the Unions themselves inside a "clean" political debate
CAN NOT be tarred with the same brush.... as the Royal Commission
targets. Workers do have RIGHTS in this country. As Kim Car said with his '101' common sense logic news byte yesterday;
company I met would want to improve their cost structures, every
company. Every employer I met would always want to improve productivity
just as every union I met would always try to improve conditions for
their members. It is the nature of the dialogue but you never, every
reveal private conversations between companies and government."
The present does this
country a huge dis-service by mixing the facts with fiction. Worse, it
distorts the message about why this nation may need a Royal Commission
that has a broad complex agenda. It makes Dyson Heydon's job
potentially more difficult by fudging what the hell all this mess
claimed, is about. Namely it mixes politics with the law in a way that
As Satyajit Das explains
we are part of a bigger picture where our responsibilities to "all
Australian's" [as promised] as well as our responsibilities globally
[open for business plus aid & trade] is about to face "real"
difficult times. We need to get our house in order... to reform areas
which could 'buffer' the "highs and lows"
be it about HOUSING, TRANSPORT, COST of LIVING, COMMUNICATIONS... etc
etc! We need more than Q & A, INSIGHT and other well appreciated
public forums to sort this out. We are a democracy, it is essential
that we work to-gether IF there is authentic intention to understand
what is or could happen if we don't. A point celebrated for example
with "closing the gap" and other policies is that they don't work
because there is a lack of continuity, Indigenous people have suffered
because of the chopping and changing experiments we have pushed forward
over previous decades. As with the Farmers, the Unemployed, Mental
Health and Aged Care Sectors or those HOMELESS. The point being these
issues are a micro-look at the impact of macro-factors plus mis-guided
political games and spin ... that continue to jeopardize our nations
wellbeing, as well as our reputation overseas. Clean-Up Australia...
the idiotic bull-dung has to stop!We are not England, We are not
America or Europe.... We are Australians. What does that mean?
||Sound advice for Bill Shorten Michelle Grattan.
ALP has to be ALP. ALP needs to look at it's talent, it's smart as well
as moral thinkers. As you said, Toyota/Unions [etc].. "a simplistic
attack, which doesn’t do justice to Shorten’s own economic knowledge.
Shorten’s attention should be on the creation of a forward looking
industry policy, because the end of the auto sector will be a fait
accompli (production is due to finish in 2017) by the time of the next
Labor government." Additionally, Abbott has been caught out with no
vision or pre-planned policies... we all saw the Car Industry was in
jepody.... Unlike Liberal Coalition, ALP needs to really do some
homework time.... lets face it, the party has some wonderful
Royal Commission Union Governance and Corruption: Broad Terms of Reference [see Abbotts Press Release]
within the Terms of Reference to target culture of cover-up and
inappropriate linkages that lead to underhandedness and or corruption
surrounding individuals linked within or outside of Unions in
Australia. Tony Abbott stands before the Australian public to assure
the public that this is about "honesty" so honest business, workers and
shareholders "get a fair-go". He says once you start a Royal Commission
it is out of the government hands. The Royal Commission is to be headed
by Dyson Heydon.
The inquiry will use a "systemic" approach to review the "culture" of
corruption. It will allow the Police to do their own investigations,
side-by-side simultaneously. It is said that "Justice Heydon will be
able to summon witnesses to attend hearings, compel witnesses to give
self-incriminating testimony, enlist the assistance of the nation's
police forces, apply for search warrants, and jail those who fail to
co-operate or produce evidence when demanded". Justice Heydon is proclaimed to be a man of independent views. [This beyond politics is of course my main concern.]
Casting a light on the major social, cultural, scientific and political issues of our time.
Susan Greenfield on The Neuroscience of Consciousness. Considering how it’s impossible to define consciousness and adamantly states that ‘there is no centre for consciousness located in your brain’. A great lecture... so cool. Big Ideas [Fantastic!]
Social inclusion in learning: An important national conversation....
[My ears pricked up on comments about ONLINE LEARNING which I agree
needs drastic strategic improvements else it is to continue to become a
mere by-product of the Universities funding gaps agenda.]
Interesting: UK Voting and values: does religion count? How do these findings compare to Australia's voters...
Poaching and wildlife crime:
Illegal wildlife trade, transnational criminals and terrorist
organisations such as the Lord’s Resistance Army and Al Shabaab make
hundreds of thousands of dollars every month partaking directly or
indirectly in the killing and sale of animal parts. And while this is
only one component of their financing, their involvement has seen a
dramatic increase in the illicit wildlife trade.
Video Prince Charles and Prince William multi-lingo message urging "people around the world to support efforts to stop illegal wildlife trade".
The British government is due to host an international conference on
the trade, estimated to be worth more than 6 billion pounds ($9.8
billion) a year, on Feb. 13 in London.
Also find here the UK Independent's own Elephant Campaign.
Found this Map [left] on google and there are many more ... also stories on Dateline and a number of ABC programs
Dare we loose it... "Nature drawn from life in our wide brown land
by Australian Geographic artists" It's a photorealism today a trademark
of Australian Geographic since launched in 1986, with some of the best
drawings have made it into a new book. The Art of Australian Geographic
Illustration is now on sale. "Whatever the medium, the key to producing these timeless images has always been painstaking research combined with virtuosity," editor-in-chief Chrissie Goldrick said.
Oh this Really Hurts: Women
looses eye after being shot by Taser. Police Ethical Standards Command
and the Department of Child Safety are investigating the incident.
[This fact helps if it is transparent but not this].... "Investigation
underway, commissioner says officer acted in self-defence". I do not
care how experienced police are at using the gun... there were four of
them against one woman and it appears there was a lack of basic
"communication skills" which may have prevented such injury to this
victim. We need
clarification not justification!
||Australia is all over the place internally and externally.|
Australia's new governement is dead set clear that it's main goal is to
conquer and divide not only the Australian community but also the
International members of the global community who tippy-toe
around the edges of our present leaders not quite sure what to make of
| Here we go again!
||What is "mutual obligation" mean today in Australia?|
It appears all the work, knowledge and debates of the past repeat themselves endlessly when it comes to certain topics regardless of the need to address the true cause and outcomes.
Seems the Abbott government will do anything for a headline. Critical
is the unpealing of policies made of the previous government and the
cost this has to the taxpayer. Worst is the instablity it causes, when
they say the budget is at an emergency deficit.
Civic Society led or leading the bigger picture?
What will make a difference?
|Some say "clean-up time". Across
the world, citizens are being asked to do more ... to "get involved"
with their community, to "make a difference", to "participate" for the
common good. The problem is however the world is changing at such a
fast rate... the lines of what is "good" are becoming increasingly
Consider the back-stories like; Cambodia's clothes makers being killed after protesting for a pay rise to make clothes for Nike, or the struggles of South Africa miners demand 100% wage increase,
or how big business with the support of their governments reject the
demand for pay increases in their majority as untenable. Somewhere we
need to question the notion of what equates to the push of high living
standards, subsistence and where is this so called development out of
balance. For all the wrong reasons it is as Australia's Gina Rinehart
said, "companies are "running a ruler" over their investments because of cost overruns and low productivity."
The problem however is balance... where does it end or begin? Violence
has many forms. Structural violence being the very worst is not
improving with technology it is becoming a problem to health wherever
people are left out as victims to it's impact.
Double Standards: When it comes to democracy there appears to be a
confusion between crimes of citizens and crimes of state. Citizens who
rise to flag inequalities are in many countries jailed while the
practice of governments regarding their actions are more often defended
under a gist of "sovereignty" because they are a government.
I use this thought to compare the cases of Edward Snowden to that of Xu Zhiyong.
Both citizens are working for change, for "transparency". Both are
concerned about what impact individuals holding power have over their
communities. Both are made controversial figures within their own
communities with governments labeling them as criminals. The problem
here is the line between government working for the common good and
citizens is blurred. Both these individuals are "whistle blowers" who
have sacrificed their normal day lives to do what so many leaders,
academics and media savvy citizens suspect or are aware of yet are
unable to openly expose or change... especially in the streets where
protests appear to have limited effects.
Does this Matter?
As I listened to the US concerns over the 'show trial' in China for the jailing of Xu Zhiyong,
I thought of Edward Snowden. I am aware we would not be making the
discussions we are about surveillance, corruption, trust and the the
power of government and market capital if aspects of information held
in such "classified" secrecy had not been exposed by Snowden or Xu
Zhiyong. Given recent history... it is unclear without these kind of
individuals how on this earth we can we make individuals working within
governments and those related environments of market capital more
In a world that does need to "clean-up" there is something critically
wrong. Everywhere we look there is turmoil. The black market is
expanding to unsustainable levels as more and more people at the bottom
end of societies everywhere at transnational levels come under
increased pressure for their own survival. I.E; the Crime net and it's
causal links to poverty. Rather then focusing on the 'trickle-up'
economic opportunities governments as do big companies prefer to
suppress the information that could make the difference, help restore
social trust and authentic forms of their own leadership and trust in
Words alone unfortunately do not appear to work alone anymore less they
are sensationalized". Extreme acts on all sides keeps the media
printing but the core knowledge is lost as the will to change how we do
things is stripped of its key content for the sake power, capital and
the saving face antics so easily manipulated now within the realm of
combative motives for gathering human "intelligence" .
|Technology companies around
the world are asking for changes in state government surveillance ...
Google, Facebook and Twitter among top tech firms calling for sweeping reforms to US surveillance
West Papuans tortured, killed and dumped at sea, citizens' tribunal hears
Witnesses to the 'Biak massacre' in 1998 tell of alleged atrocities by Indonesian security forces.
Key Findings of the Biak Massacre Citizens Tribunal
||"Good policy is good politics."|
Four Part Series: "Keating" (Classical, Inspiring, Liberating!)
Candid Paul Keating interviews with Kerry O'Brien. Interviews reveal
the forces that shaped Paul Keating's ambitions, marking inside stories
from Australian political history. The Hawke-Keating combine is
arguably the most successful reforming partnership in Australian
politics. The Keating Prime Ministership covers a road to the Republic
debate, repointing the continent to Asia, the Redfern Speech and
embracing Mabo; compulsory superannuation and using the budget
surpluses to climb Australia out of recession. ******
|Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce said she hopes our nation will evolve into a country where people are free to love and marry whom they choose.
And where perhaps, "my friends, one day, one young girl or boy may even
grow up to be our nation's first head of state," she said |
Doing justice to the real stories. After ten years research, Clare Wright tells a story never before told."The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka" illustrates human life, the importance of social inclusiveness during the Eureka gold rush period. It includes untold stories of the Ballarat goldfields of the 1850s which were a diverse and fairly orderly community of men, women and children.
"A quarter of the population of Ballarat in 1854 were female, mostly
young and married with new families; breast pumps were sold in stores,
and childcare was provided at dances and balls. There was a baby boom
in 1854-55. This book positively domesticates the goldrush."
What Security does is more important then what security is. Jakarta warns Australia spying could damage trust,
Indonesia may review people-smuggling cooperation with Australia,
Australian ambassador summoned by Indonesia over embassy spy scandel.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa has said that reports the
Australian embassy was used to spy on Indonesia were "not cricket," after Australia's ambassador to Indonesia was summonsed by the Indonesian foreign affairs department.
Homeless people have long been a sad but familiar sight in London, and the USA. It is becoming a growing phenomenon across the developed world. WHY?
Where is the democratic world heading?
Additionally - From an epistemological perspective contemporary psychiatry reflects
how we, as a society, construct reality.... and how we deal with social
issues that impact people under the strain of systemic abuse in todays contemporary capitalistic world.
The Plight of Syria's Children: Nothing portrays the trauma and upheaval of Syria’s conflict
more clearly than the faces of children, attacked while simply trying
to attend school or displaced from their homes into appalling
conditions in refugee camps.
Good Interview - Tim Winton and the new novel Eyrie - Has Australia's culture changed, HOW?
|Serious Stuff! Critics warn the Trans Pacific Partnership
could open the way for the government to be sued by foreign
corporations over Australian laws and regulations which disadvantage
them. As we consider the consequences it is interesting to consider
DOHA and how Big Business Corporations and better-off governments also
use these so called trade partnership deals to manipulate the
developing world. |
Accountability and Fair Trade Call Long Over Due:
Nothing is more repugnant then the knowledge of how Big Business
overlooks the plight of those children orphaned, families injured, many
now left homeless, at the hands of earnings, and comparative surplus
made for Western profits. Oxfam and international labour rights groups
are now calling on Big W and Target - owned by parent companies
Woolworths and Wesfarmers - to take financial responsibility for the
fire victims and their families.''All companies that were sourcing from
the Aswad Composite Mills company should pay compensation to the
families of the deceased, and those injured in the fire,'' said Daisy
Gardener, corporate accountability and fair trade adviser for Oxfam
So much for the National Budget Emergency! Australia's new Federal government about to waste taxpayers funds to challenge ACT same sex marriage laws in High Court. Chief Minister of the ACT Ms Katy Gallagher discusses on Lateline the federal government's decision to launch a legal challenge to the ACT's same sex marriage laws.
All Fingers Crossed for WA recount and Greens senator Scott Ludlam. Australian Electoral Commission has ordered a recount in the critically tight Senate race in Western Australia.
ALP leader Chris Bowen is right, George Brandis Australia's
Attorney-General [no less] is a 'hypocrite', over expense claim. Worse
is the Abbott spin on these kinds of issues considering the vehemence
he used on issues like this while in opposition. It makes the mockery
of anything the privileged elite have to say on entitlements by
comparison to the 99%, especially those homeless, on welfare in this
country we call 'fair-go' Australia.
|"The importance of being civil: the struggle for political civility". John Hall's new book
how inclusive politics on the nature of identity works. Additionally
Hall works to understand how the meaning of civility relates to larger
social forces both from what we know of the past and now, and perhaps
the future. He looks historically at revolution, imperialism,
capitalism, nationalism, and war and questions the ways that such
elements limit the potential for civility. Find James McGill Professor
of Comparative Historical Sociology at McGill University, Montreal
discussion with Geraldine Doogue about the content of Halls views on "Civility".
Civility - a
timely topic for our own political discussion as opposed to what we
know as political violence, in all its forms [large and small] which is
completely the very opposite of civility. A
lack of civility in its extreme leads often to huge regional
instability, where ever it occurs. Be it local or regional
political violence [life is political], through many forms of
oppression. As we can see in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, it often
starts slow, quitely but can rise to the point of people displacement,
where we see large physical movements of people fleeing, migrating,
hence the world plight of asylum seekers, including those we classify
as economic. |
As Australian's, we need to do much more to understand this set of
paradigms here in Australia if we are to understand ourselves better,
our history as well as those of our neighbors in Asia, Middle East and
elsewhere. Importantly a focus on "civility" opens a conversation as well as a debate by asking us to consider a
concept of civility and what is lost without it, both at home and abroad.
Fashion Victims: ABC 4 Corners: Sarah
Ferguson reports on conditions of low-paid textile workers after
accident attracted world's attention when the eight-storey Rana Plaza
in Bangladesh collapsed in April killing more than a thousand people,
many of them young females.
Interview: Sarah Ferguson with Fran Kelly
Enough to make your blood boil! The
International Labour Organisation says as many as 10.5 million children
worldwide, mostly girls, are working as domestic servants
||Australia can't look to a broadband future if it continues to rely on the aging copper technology of the past. That's
why an incoming Coalition government must reconsider the NBN, writes
Samuel Levy. Additionally so many will miss out being unable to afford
the Coalitions connection fee's. [Having lived in a rural area for
example, it was only recently homes (such as) in Cooktown were able to
afford power-line connections, and there are still homes in outer
regions like this that have no power connection because of price. I see
this problem with the Coalitions fibre-to-the-node (FTTN) framework,
before we consider their wireless fabrications in the reliability.]|
Carbon tax debate ‘a sideshow’: Australians need urgently to "Stop having the wool pulled over their eyes by Big Coal
and by timid politicians into believing that we are making some
progress—when in fact our contribution to the problem’s getting a lot
worse," says Guy Pearse academic and author. Why ask the asking inconvenient questions?
| With or without Labor, the future is on our table and for those of us
who have worked for over thirty years will not allow this debate to be
muffled just because of an accidental hazardous election.
Australia's coal exports impact climate change [Soundcloud website]
Late Night Live
|Strategies for addressing climate change. An interview with Mark Diesendorf on his book "Sustainable Energy Solutions for Climate Change".
|There is far too little, if
any, commemoration of Australia’s war between the settlers and the
original inhabitants, historian Henry Reynolds argues. He says that until
those conflicts are fully acknowledged, in the same way that our
overseas battles have been, reconciliation will never be
complete. | Has Australia the maturity? |
||‘Pink Sari Revolution’.
Women living in Uttar Pradesh, or the
'badlands' of India, are often illiterate, poor and become pregnant
when they are in their early teens. Now a grassroots movement of about
20,000 women have come to their rescue. The women, dressed in pink
saris, and carrying pink batons, aim to intervene wherever other women
are victims of abuse or injustice. Their struggle is called the ‘Pink
|Is this a Scoop? Facebook
to host pages of 15 ministers could be viewed in Tehran through a proxy
server with local newspapers hinting the move might herald the lifting
of some internet barriers.|
Indonesia affront on its illegal logging record by Harrison Ford: Ford, who has supported numerous environmental causes in recent years,
has travelled to several places in Indonesia to make part of a series
on climate change called Years of Living Dangerously for US television
Seems anything out there is not on the local agenda.
"The not so fantastic plastic"...
including products wrapped in plastic creating toxic waste which is
polluting the ocean threating the life of birds, turles, and other
important to marine life ecologies. Discussion on LifeMatters with Erik
van Sebille Physical Oceanographer University of New South Wales, Karen
Raubenheimer Operations Manager Surfrider Foundation. Ocean pollution
MAGIC THAT WORKS
Neil Turok Director of
Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, previously
professor of physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at
Noel Hayman, GP and the Clinical Director, Inala Indigenous Health Service in Brisbane speaks to Bush Telegraph - Why don't we hear more interviews like this one in mainstream media.*******
interviews - Ramona Koval with author Ian Mcewan - "SOLAR".
Failure at Copenhagen climate talks prompted Ian Mcewan to write
Right Two Books a must read.
by Michael Welland. Imagine, Sand used to make computers,
windows, toothpaste, cosmetics... Sand has played a
dramatic role in human history, commerce, and begs our imagination. Audio interview with Michael
Welland.||Dirt pdf - Ch 1 Dirt:
The Erosion of Civilizations,
by David R. Montgomery. The root of our existence, dirt supports our
feet, our farms, our cities. Today, slow but a recent rise of organic
and no-till farming gives hope for a new agricultural revolution
that might help avoid the fate of previous civilizations.||Water
Dreamers: The Remarkable History of Our Dry. By Michael
Cathcart ||| Book
Review by Chris Saliba|
Soil Degradation Security?
I adore this story "PIG POO PELLETS REPLACE PHOSPHATE"
Informative is Ihsan Dileri's interview on LifeMatters with Wendy Harmer. Mr Dileri is Youth
settlement and project team leader at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
in Melbourneand who did a 9 month study on the situation of Opium in
Afghanstan, trying to look for alternative crops for farmers.
|Archive Four Corners: Opium Brides.Reporter Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the personal and social devastation the Government's counter-narcotics program is causing. This is a complex issue, and one Australia needs to be "equally" concerned about|
Debunking Medical legalising argument: Need 'amnesty plan or transition program for farmers moving into alternative crops'
Not unlike the 'rear earth' story in the Congo.... this story about Opium and the international role of players is too a MESS! | More
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CLIMATE FINANCING FOR THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
in our need to tackle changing climate are
issues surrounding food security, shrinking resources and environmental
degradation. All are issues linked by one inescapable fact. "Geography on the Edge."||
The increasing amount of dissolved carbon dioxide oceans
is driving fish crazy. CO2 threatens fish's very
oceans. Some 2.3 billion tonnes of human CO2 emissions dissolve
into the oceans every year, home to fish and other species, altering
their chemical environment. Researchers say, "We've now established it
isn't simply the acidification of the oceans that is causing disruption
- as is the case with shellfish and plankton with chalky skeletons -
but the actual dissolved CO2 itself is damaging the fish's nervous
Beautiful Photos. Sometimes the only way to reflect a deep felt
'Love is misunderstood to be an emotion; actually, it is a state of
awareness, a way of being in the world, a way of seeing oneself and