"Long Live the Spirit of Nelson Mandela"
Mandela's Death Stirs Sense of Loss Around the World. As a man who rose
as a global symbol of reconciliation, the UN chief praised Mandela's
sacrifice in the fight for freedom, praising his "unique gift" to forgive and connect people.
Thank You Obama who said, "We cannot allow our progress to cloud the
fact that our work is not done. In America and in South Africa and
countries around the world...our work is not yet done" Obama your words
help in our search for history, for the soul reflection of ourselves,
in a struggle ever ongoing, GOD BLESS the PEOPLE OF SOUTH AFRICA, and
for Freedom, Unity and Justice... for equality we will stand for ALL,
Syria: A growing
number of Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and Jordan are fast
becoming primary providers for families who lack resources for basic
survival, the United Nations refugee agency said in a report.
Syria turning into 'World War II scenario'... "the
primary cause of children's deaths was explosive weapons, killing 7,557
(71 percent) of the 10,586 children whose cause of death was recorded."
- Children - not casualties, but targets!
How you can help?
Philippines: According to Unicef, 13 MILLION people have been affected
The World Bank send disaster experts. [As
the World Bank offers the Philippines a $500M loan, given the
extent of the damage and the challenges ahead it is hard to comprehend
how a country like the Philippines could pay back "loans".... under
these circumstances. This is where the world system falls down
drastically. On top of everything else, it is one reason why less
developed nations continue to be less developed.]
United Nations launches $US300 million aid appeal for typhoon-hit Philippines.
A national calamity has been declared in Philippines as survivors of
the typhoon-hit region are left with nothing after typhoon wiped out
buildings, water and power supplies. An urgent action plan focusing on
the areas of food, health, sanitation, shelter, debris removal is under way amid continued rains and the threat of another typhoon coming over the next days.
Aid rescue workers are overwhelmed, struggling to bring aid to famished and destitute survivors of the super typhoon that tore through the Philippines
End this 'climate madness', Philippines tells global warming summit
The Philippines has made an impassioned plea to nations to act on
climate change and prevent super typhoons such as Haiyan, which has
devastated much of the country, from becoming “a way of life”
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".
Are we surprised? 80% of juvenile offenders suffer mental health problems:
report. Interview with Commissioner of the NMHC Allan Fels. (What about
the Human Infrastructure? What about Community Attitude to people
suffering Mental Health difficulties?)
Launched, Neither rosy glow nor black armband … just honest! "One of
the main aims of Honest History is to show how history is often abused
to suit current political purposes and, on the other hand, to suggest
that history can legitimately be called into play to support policy
|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
|RED ALERT - Australia
using Australian aid organisations to bug the government offices of
East Timor's - Please explain how this type of practice is in Australia's security interests? It sounds more like 'terror..ism' from one big nation on one small, vulnerable and much less powerful.
a) This jeopardises Aid Workers among other things!
b) With decreasing "TRUST" in Australia's Intelligence Agencies... how do we scrutinise their practices?
c) Seems Australia doesn't understand "conflict of interest" be it in Government domestically or internationally!
d) When is too much power more then just a problem of power?
Australia Burning it Bridges rapidly in Asia, Australia raid offices of a first-hand witness to alleged Australian spying against Timor-Leste in 2004.
The man has been detained and searched at his Canberra home, according
to a prominent human rights lawyer and academic, Frank Brennan.
"ASIO's actions in raiding the lawyer's offices and confiscating a passport (clearly designed to prevent a witness giving evidence in a trial no matter what they say)
certainly smack of police state tactics and have no place in Australia.
It's disappointing to say that I don't expect any better behaviour from
this government which was elected saying it would be open and
transparent and has turned out to be closed and secretive."
"Allegations Australia listened in during high-level negotiations over the lucrative oil and gas treaty". [What were we thinking" Former foreign minister Alexander Downer?]
The problem here cuts across many boundries, trust - international
civility against what appears to be Australia's increasing fraudulent
[spying-bugging] practices that influence critical transactions between
Timor-Leste and Australia's business. In this case
being a billion-dollar oil and gas treaty negotiations during 2004. I
remember this claim [Australia spys on Timor-Lester] first raised in
the media last year, then things went quiet. It felt outragous and
scary!To think Australia [the rich developed nation in Asia] would
stoop so very very low. Australia's government using bugging tactics to
undermine Timor-Lesters stake in the oil field? Given all
Timor-Lester's people has gone through and, Australia's so called
"friendship" if not claimed heroism for helping Timor-Lester after it's
struggle against Indonesian occupation. Even worse is claimes that
Australian agents posed as Aid-Workers to get access to Timor-Lester
Comment: They are all 'control freaks and this is feeding into all sorts of things'... Has politic's in Australia ever arched so low!
Highly Disturbing - Spy affair: Australians speak out in Indonesian press for it's Australian xenophobic context.
|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. ******
|ABC Q&A - "India: More than Bollywood and Batsmen". *****
Live from India. Revealing, refreshing and totally innovative program.
The panel was illuminating. Australia needs many more of these
transnational communication programs.
Well Done ABC Q&A and India's Broacast crew [Thank You!].
|China has announced the establishment of an air defense zone over the East China Sea, including islands also claimed by Japan. It is the latest incident in an escalating conflict over the disputed islands.
Thousands protest US drone strikes in Pakistan.
Thousands of people gathered in northwest Pakistan to protest against
drone strikes. The demonstrations blocked a NATO troop supply route
used to transport supplies in and out of Afghanistan.
"Reveal their secrets, protect our own" then claim that you are doing this as a friend?
The World of SICK INTELLIGENCE
Snowden letter raises new questions for Merkel in Germany
|In response to Abbott letter, Dr Yudhoyono is seeking a new code of conduct with Australia that would include guarantees about spying activities. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Prime Minister Tony Abbott has responded to allegations of spying,
promising that Australia will never do anything again to disadvantage
or hurt relations with Indonesia. Mr Yudhoyono says cooperation on
things like people smuggling will not be restarted until the two
countries have agreed a set of yet-to-be-written rules of behaviour,
and that Mr Abbott has agreed.
"Sorry" is not a word the Australian Liberal Party ever finds easy.How would Tony Abbott and his own family feel if they found out that other national intelligent agencies were tapping them? TRUST is central to ASEAN nations, as it is to others throughout the world. Are we looking for a new Cold War?
More alienating words from Morrision "Stopping boats plan can work without
Indonesia." [Hapless, ill-starred, ill-fated, jinxed if not forlorn! ]
Jakarta Post: "Battle lines drawn against Oz" | Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono suspends people-smuggling cooperation with
Australia. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono speaks at his
press conference at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, where he said
he had ordered a review of bilateral cooperation following reports of
Australian spying on his phone.
Australia's spy agencies targeted Indonesian president's mobile phone. | Australia's DSD (Defense Signals Directorate] monitored the call activity on Mr Yudhoyono's handset for 15 days
in August 2009. | Indonesian MP Tantowi Yahya, a prominent member of
the Indonesian parliamentary foreign affairs commission, told ABC
Lateline that spying amounted to Australia treating Indonesia like an enemy.
Australia's intellegence tactic's now exposed, Andrew Mr Wilkie said it
was important that "we all know how our intelligence services operate".
He said, "Some capabilities must be kept secret ... but it is in the
public interest that a light be shone on the way these agencies do
business and how they spend billions of dollars of our money."
Dismissive of any seriousness on the spy scandal, Australia's new PM Mr
Abbott answered a question from Greens MP Adam Bandt in question time
today. Noted is the fact that the Labor party remained silent about the
alleged spying, which according to the documents occurred under its
watch. Mr Abbott played down the significance of Australia's
intelligence-gathering... However, "Spying on good friends is totally unacceptable" said Indonesian MP Tantowi Yahya, a member of his Parliament's Foreign Affairs Commission.
|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
Over 5000 people still missing and
"Why Sri Lanka's bloody history overshadowed CHOGM talks"
|It is the "maturity" of a leadership representation that
we seek when it comes to changing the way we as a humanity behave. Hope
sits with a hope of change. Change that might look forward toward a
productive future that we and our next generations may have in a world
that we want. In so doing, addressing national state violence
(a critical form of structural violence) and issues of greater
transparency in ourselves and others is essential in this kind of
maturity through leadership.
Important: Against the backdrop of alleged rights violations in the war against the LTTE, British Prime Minister David Cameron
has made a historic visit to Sri Lanka's Northern Province and met
Tamil leaders, including the newly-elected Chief Minister C.V.
Unlike the actions or words of Australia's Prime Minister, it appears little change of a true humanitarian kind through his leadership or representation is on his agenda.
As Australian citizens, I feel more often then not we are forced to
look at the leadership of other nations for hope through their
leadership. Australia and especially the current leaders have immense
difficultly being leaders where it counts most. State violence is a
critical issue in international affairs where too many citizens are
vulnerable to ethnocentric, bigoted, intolerant notions of nationalism
through narrow leadership agenda's which smack through both trade and
exploitations of power relations. It appears that Australian's can do
little to address the increasing conditions of State violence being
directed toward citizens.... anywhere!
As Australian citizens what can we expect from our leaders? Australia
uses it's own military against Asylum Seekers. It disregards the need
to scrutinize other countries in relation to ethical issues on
Human Rights, Animal Rights (Live Animal Exports) and buffers any real
attempt made to address Climate Change with the marshmallow rhetoric we
hear daily underrating any responsibility it might have to lead our
nation toward a future that works for the 'good of all' in it's
contribution to politics on the world stage.
As David Cameron on his visit to Sri Lanka said, "I am the first
President or Prime Minister to go to the north since 1948 (when Sri
Lanka got independence from Britain). I want to shine a light on the chilling events there first hand.
Proud to meet journalists risking lives to put a daily paper in
northern Sri Lanka," he tweeted after meeting with the staff of Tamil
daily 'Udayam' which had been repeatedly raided by the government. He
said, "But it's only when you see it with your own eyes, it really
brings home just how much you're suffering". Meanwhile our own Foreign
Minister after coming back from Sri Lanka last time denies going soft
on Sri Lanka saying that she "had seen or heard no evidence of persecution of Tamils."
I agree with those who have said that "foreign affairs do not, generally, raise much interest with the voting public."
The question is why? I suggest it is because Australia still suffers as
"The Lucky Country", that the renewal of this trend is becoming
dangerously manipulated by our national leaders who fail to see a
"knowledge national" agenda is about having a healthy debate at a
national level about human rights as it was intended after World War II
and the implementation of the Marshall Plan...
|Abbott the Doctor of Spin reducing peoples concern toward Asylum Seekers to that of a sport.
In his approach the concern of Australian citizens doesn't even rate.
Morrison undermines true human logic when it comes to Asylum Seekers
putting the ‘White Australian’ version of ‘alien’ back on the policy
Question: Why on earth should Australia’s new Prime Minister expect
Indonesia to carry the brunt of hosting a majority of world global
asylum seekers? I mean Asylum Seekers from Africa, Iran, Iraq… given
the millions of people that arrive on Indonesian shores, needing
assistance, from places outside it’s own Indonesian archipelago?
Indonesia already caters for a load with its deep roots and cultural
interconnectedness that extends across entire populations of diverse
family and employment networks from inside Asia.
Indonesia in many respects has historically proven to be a reliable and
generous neighbor to other Asian nations, regardless of it’s own
history. It is difficult to understand why or how Australia could not
share a responsible part of the burden that Indonesia and other
lesser-developed nations are carrying globally when it comes to Asylum
Seekers, especially when we humanize ‘why the are seeking asylum’ and
For me it is an awareness of the hegemonic relationships, inclusive of
colonial issues; past and present. If we look then perhaps we might see
how Australia’s Prime Ministers expectations of Indonesia to carry
almost the entire burden is unfair. Facts: Historically Africa’s fall
out, its uneven development, arms, corruption… internal wars etc has as
much to do with Australia as it does other colonial and capitalistic
powers. The fall-out of people flowing out of Iran and Iraq has also
more to do with Australia’s activities, as a developed nation then it
has with nations like Indonesia.
By comparison to Australia’s middle class developed statistics,
Indonesia’s own workforce is part of the international poole of migrant
workers, UN Peacekeepers, or servants to a richmans world. The majority
as throughout the rest of the Asian Pacific barely make a living each
day. Politically, especially on the international stage, Australia’s
indignity toward Indonesia is an insult all under a guise of it’s own
notions of national transnational security, a security that lacks
proper information to its citizens about citizens on matters of basic
human security. My point is that latest indiscretions regarding what is
really happening between Australia and Indonesia regarding the
stranding of yet another boat carrying people from Sudan not to mention the previous lack of transparency that has even made Indonesia question “Australia's account of asylum seeker rescue” by a member of Indonesia's rescue agency.
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.
China and India onboard with updated wording at Warsaw climate talks. Established
economies and those still growing have reached a last-minute compromise
to avert a breakdown of UN climate talks in Warsaw. |||| U.N. climate talks almost completely blocked as nations battle over finance - U.N. climate pact due in 2015 deadlocked with nations at odds over stepping up finance for developing countries to ease the impact of global warming.
OECD says Carbon taxes and emissions trading are cheapest ways of reducing CO2. | Prominent Australian economists have almost universally backed an emissions trading scheme over Tony Abbott's direct action policy on climate change, according to a new survey by Fairfax Media
Post offices 'not capable' of taking on Centrelink services: 'if you want to use the adjective of wacko then you have to look pretty close at the prime minister on this one...this is a prime minister that just can’t get out of opposition attack mode.’
Doug Cameron. Australia Post offices would not be up to the task of
taking on Centrelink work, according to the opposition, arguing that
there was more to the welfare agency's job than simply receiving forms
or giving out payments. Labor's human services spokesman, Doug Cameron,
has dismissed an idea, which would mean Australia Post taking over
Centrelink's shopfront services
Marking the 68th birthday of the United Nations
In a world that is more connected, we must be more united.
Combating pressing issues
such as climate change, migration and access to energy will require
increased collaboration among developing countries as well as with
|All Embracing: The
Jørn Utzon's 1957 distinctive selection for the design of the Opera
House along Australia's Bennelong Point on Sydney's Habour got the yes
vote the year I was born. It was the year Martin Luther King delivered
his memorable ''I Have a Dream'' speech. The year Willem Kolff designed
a temporary artificial heart and the year the Russians put the first
satellite 'Sputnik' up to orbit the earth. Such energy and innovation
behind creative vision in a world of emerging ideas at a time of change
or how we see touch and feel space for all its interconnections of
common sense and intellect.
Now we gather to celebrate the Opening 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House which opened in 20 October 1973.
Alles im Himmel und auf der Erde atmet. Der Atem ist der Faden, der Schöpfung miteinander verbindet....
We celebrate Jørn Utzon's design inspired by a degree of indigenous architecture, its appearance of sails, mountains of sedimentary textured shell
middens. A place of gathering, as in a burning of fires where shells
outreach up and over Sydney's Habour, connecting history with the
universe, as in a space ever changing between time and place.
'Alles im Himmel und auf der Erde atmet. Der Atem ist der Faden, der Schöpfung miteinander verbindet', I adore Jørn Utzon's multi-dimensional portrait of how something different can contain something so special capturing
our imagination at the same time as it marks a journey symbolising the
essence of human creativity. For me the white shell ripples an organic
rise of the moon, a moment evolving toward something that can not be
repeated except through experience of memory until the next day
perhaps... when we see another day evolve in yet more space for all it
means over water and under the skies connecting light to the
|Watching Closely - ACT Same-sex marriage laws could
be amended ahead of High Court legal challenge. Chief Minister Katy
Gallagher said on Thursday the Coalition had moved swiftly to attack
the new law and launch what would be “a David and Goliath battle”.
Australia's Capital Territory has passed the first law in Australia
allowing same-sex marriage in Australia. Thank You to the ACT
Legislative Assembly for the courage and
foresight.... and everyone else who has worked so hard on this issue.
Australia's new NLP government is spending a lot of money reversing
directive policies of the Labor party at national and local levels.
Most of it appears to be a war on politics, an idealogical war rather
then policies based on representation or plain common sense..
|The Political Blame Game continues regardless of the facts! When will Australia find true leadership that can rise above the same same same ugly rhetoric?
Australia's Treasurer Joe Hockey has responded to Australia's
ballooning credit card bill by almost doubling the borrowing limit to
half a trillion dollars. Labor finance spokesman Tony Burke slammed the
government for proposing to increase the limit before providing the
Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook report. ''The party that said they
were all about turning around debt has now asked for permission for it
to go to half a trillion dollars,'' he said.
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.
UN-led Geneva II process - Syria Geneva II conference could be held on November 23. After a meeting the London
11 (Britain, Egypt, France, Germany, Italy, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and the United States),
stated their agreement that "Assad and his close associates with blood
on their hands will have no role in [Syria's transitional or future
government]. There must be accountability for acts committed during the
|Australia's Welfare Wars: the Players, the Politics and the Ideologies.
ABC Q & A: Fireworks, Free Trade & Indigenous Issues.
|UNDP Helen Clarks Speech - Sydney. " Tackling the Unfinished Business of the Health MDGs". "Human
development is not something to be advanced only in poor countries. It
is relevant wherever poverty, inequity, discrimination, and exclusion
persist, and wherever some groups experience disproportionate burdens
of disease. Partnerships are vital in tackling the health dimensions of
human development. Health is impacted by what happens across many
'It is safe to say'
only that we see nothing so clear on integrity anywhere as just yet.
Human rights or frankly rights for people as represented by a state
which includes noting the degrees of structural violence has a long way
to go before we can honestly suggest one power has the greater
influence than any other today. This comment is directed at arguements
made by the Arab League as well as anything China might say as she
points her fingers at the USA. Unfortunately, the USA as with
Australian politics wanes as the focus falls inbetween.... especially
where people are suffering regardless of the view of the elite parties
powerful enough to impact their lives stripping them of both potential
opportunity and choice. Put another way it appears real development is wasted, most often neglected while security for all its spending fails most...
(...)! Reform on any level will take political will, as it was
discussed over the last decade to at least consider what we have lost
Blind eye's mean death for many migrant workers in Qatar. The spotlight appears broader then ever these days everywhere but does it make a shade of difference? This one "on Qatar's migrant workers" appears to be seriously exposed in complete daylight. How can we ever support a World Game in Football with this kind of rank exploitation occurring by a world rich State?
Lowest Ebb: ABC Insiders discussion on expenses scandal is useful for all that it reflects. If we put Lindsay Tanners book "Sideshow" on
the table, we capture all we [Australians] need to say as we slide
backward, stooping lower and lower to what seems an ever creep toward
our lowest political moral ebb. What is it we say we accept here and
I have an absolute problem with all image making of "Tony Abbott the Fireman"...
as I do with images of his so called fly-in fly-out shots as the
politician or community worker in Indigenous Communities. Without these
photo-shoots Abbott has no grab hence a general lack of substance when
it honestly comes to comprehending the despair faced by those in both
their short and long-term crisis. Abbotts input is a distraction on
policies required at the very core as a constructive helper for the
sake of contributing to another's wellbeing. Mounting is the number of
Australians who have lost so much over natural disasters over recent
years and how the national focus failing beyond rhetoric simply lurches
from one crisis to another. True empathy is an action lived beside
another's experience not a mounting image portfolio of historical
photo's as if it is ever evidence saying "I was there" too!
Wonderful News - Malala Yousafzai,
the Pakistani teenager who was shot in the head by the Taliban has been
reunited in Edinburgh with two friends who were injured in the attack.
Poverty in Australia - Dropping out: income tip of isolation slide
New ALP Line-Up.
Australian Labor Party names new shadow ministry team. Tanya Plibersek
will become the shadow minister for foreign affairs. Penny Wong takes
responsibility for trade and investment. Chris Bowen has been named
shadow treasurer, continuing in the portfolio he held in government.
Former communications minister Stephen Conroy has been named as the
Opposition's new spokesman for defense. Anthony Albanese retaining his
infrastructure portfolio and adding tourism. Andrew Leigh gets shadow
assistant treasurer and Gai Brodtmann also secured a shadow ministry
position becoming a parliamentary secretary for defence.
Tanya Plibersek Interview| Female frontbenchers: Labor 'on track' for record as Plibersek becomes deputy | Australia Labor party elects Bill Shorten as new leader:
"We need a Labor Party that is more unified, kind and inclusive. A
party that lives by the values of the broader community, not those of
backroom heavies who conduct factional business in Chinese
restaurants." [It will take much forgiveness from many of us "citizens"
over policies such as the one placed on "single mothers", which
shocked many during ALP's last term. To be frank many of "us" are
absolutely over Australian politics. Critical is the wastage of
Tax-payers money and social capital every time there is a change of
government on those progressive policies that are shelved or wound
back. It is my view that politicians are out of touch with the
experiences that are current at ground level and the declining social
capital which is impacting the cultural and political aspects of our
society. In fact I believe many politicians take citizens for granted.]
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
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.
We Are Watching!
|Real Stories of the Asian
Pacific that give us the opportunity to understand the conditions faced
by citizens who have less in every way possible including their basic
rights. Australia does no justice by ignoring the reality of peoples
living in other lands. At this time on earth, HUMAN RIGHTS are ever
more important if the institutions we are engaging with through trade
and aid are to matter in the urge to stamp out corruption and violence
including structural violence.
The following stories matter beyond the latest trade deals made at APEC
or the Asian Pacific Forums. Australia's value as a nation is in the
ways it responds to the injustice being experienced from the bottom up
not just the top down.
Religion and Ethics Report: Hearing a discusion on ABC meant I looked up the book "Profits of Doom".
Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than
the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by
political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and
outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land
in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the
corporate dollar. Author Antony Loewenstein
travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across
Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of
privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars
and militarised private security. Who is involved and why?
Alternatively lets question "Is vulture capitalism swallowing the most vulnerable?" Unlike the Rudd Government, these questions are appear to be the very last on the Liberal Coalition Abbott Governments mind.
Yorm Bopha, a person we have not heard about is a young woman who lead a campaign against the eviction of a community to make way for a Cambodian government-backed development, and was jailed on what human rights campaigners describe as trumped-up charges.
Armed police move West Papuans to PNG camp [14th Oct] | West Papuans were in hiding! Australia
reflects its own ignorance by ignoring the situation in West Papua.
Human rights lawyer, Jennifer Robinson, discusses why three West
Papuans scaled the fence to the Australian Consulate in Bali over the
weekend and where they are likely to be now. A shameful story. There is
much wrong with governments that neglect Human Rights, especially from
a perspective of citizens rights to speak, be supported constructively
in the dialogue that concerns their own future.
Russia finds 'first aid' drugs on Greenpeace ship and media makes senation of it:
"Any claim that something other than medical supplies was found should
be regarded with great suspicion," Greenpeace said, adding the ship was
searched with a sniffer dog in Norway. "Nothing was found because
nothing illegal was on the ship." The group added the vessel had stored
"certain medical supplies" in a safe to which only the captain and the
doctor had access. [Poppy straw is used to produce opium. Painkiller
morphine is subject to strict rules in Russia on how it must be stored
by medics.] Greenpeace crew members charged with piracy over a protest
against Arctic oil drilling are being kept in "inhuman conditions" and transported to and from Russian jails like "chickens at a bad poultry farm", a lawyer says. Netherlands launch legal action to free 30 Greenpeace activists charged in Russia with piracy.
Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans said Netherlands had applied to the
UN's Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, which resolves maritime disputes
between states. He said his country, the first nation to take legal
action in the case, viewed the ship's detention as unlawful. Citizens
of 17 other countries, reported to include Britain, France, Canada and
New Zealand [and Australia], were also among those arrested and
detained in the Russian city of Murmansk. "The group was seized during
a skirmish with armed Russian security officers after several activists
tried to board the Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia's first offshore oil
rig in the Arctic."
UN Security Council urges all sides in Syrian crisis to immediately provide access for humanitarian aid. “The magnitude of the humanitarian tragedy caused by the conflict in Syria requires immediate action to facilitate safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance”
across the entire country, the 15-member body said in a presidential
statement which also deplored the escalating violence that has already
killed more than 100,000 people and driven some 6.5 million others from
Australia agrees to take 500 Syrian refugees under UNHCR crisis plan: Australia
has joined 16 other countries in agreeing to take additional Syrian
refugees to help combat a displacement crisis in which 2 million
Syrians have fled its civil war. HOWEVER it is understood that these 500 places will be part of the country's annual refugee intake, which the Coalition has pledged to cut from 20,000 a year to 13,750.
Live Interview: Dewi Fortuna Anwar, a senior adviser to the Indonesian Vice President discusses Tony Abbott's visit to Jakarta for talks with the President and Australia's relations with Indonesia.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, from New York to discuss her recent week-long fact-finding mission to Sri Lanka.
Australia's Foreign Minister Ms Bishop dodges the media in New York
|Abbott splitting hairs on the difference between towing and turning back the boats
For the second time in 24 hours, Australian authorities are attempting to return asylum seekers to Indonesia after rescuing them at sea.
are a 'passing irritant' to Indonesian and Australia's relations says
Australia's PM. (As are the homeless and other inconvenient truths that
define a nations values, by new Australian Government.)
ABBOTT'S HARD TALKING CHAOS - Sees More Deaths at Sea - Are we seeing Abbott's Tow Back Asylum Boats sink "Survivors
of capsized asylum boat say they were told Australian help was on its
way"? .... The beach is littered with broken pieces of the boat and the
bodies of about 21 people, including many children, have washed ashore.
-Survivors say they rang the Australian rescue authorities but nobody
came to help them.
Indonesia has repeatedly warned Australia against the policy,
which is part of Operation Sovereign Borders, the Coalition's regional
action plan against people smuggling. The statement from Indonesia it
says "unilateral measures taken by Australia would potentially risk the
close cooperation and trust between the countries". | Lateline
The shocking Australian response is from Australia's former foreign minister Alexander Downer
who said, "This is a breach of our sovereignty and the Indonesians need
to understand that instead of a lot of pious rhetoric about the
Australian Government breaching their sovereignty. He said, "Their
people, their boats, their crews are breaching our sovereignty and this
is something that needs to be worked out in a mature and constructive
way as it was during the Howard years. That "Indonesia has a heavy
responsibility to bear in helping Australia solve this problem, not
take the view that they can liberally attack the Australian Government
and continue to allow their boats with their crews bringing people to
our country ... breaking our laws in doing so."
|Good Communication Counts:
Early signs of a thaw in relations between the United States and Iran
have been given momentum by US president Barack Obama's and Iranian
President Hasan Rouhani speechs. 'Iran's genuine commitment to go down
a different path will be good for the region and the world and will
help the Iranian people meet their extraordinary potential in commerce
and culture and science and education' said Obama. Rouhani said Iran is
prepared to immediately engage in nuclear negotiations on condition
that the world acknowledge it has the right to enrich uranium. He said
all nations — and not just Iran — should publicly commit to building
nuclear programs for peaceful purposes only.
New Blood, A New Voice: Jacqui Lambie of the Palmer United Party has stormed home to win Tasmania's sixth and final Senate seat following a cliffhanger count decided by preferences. More on ABC PM [I
was impressed with Jacqui's interview on World Today and how she and
Clive Palmer will indeed look at the business enviornmental future of
Tasmania. A New History for Tasmania in the making]
As Bill Shorten and Anthony Albanese discuss ALP policies, and
specifically from it's previous term in Government that it now wishes
to overturn... it would be wise to explain "why" some of those polices
were imposed during that previous term. IE: The Single Mothers
employment policy. I was astounded by this policy among others and felt
betrayal from ALP on issues such as this one. Secondly, how do we know
ALP wouldn't try this again once in power.
|Transparency will be an on going issue with the Abbott Government.
I see nepotism creep. I predict the worst. We are to be commanded,
without any real say of what's to come. Anyone who is progressive or
sits outside mainstream will be demonised, no matter their
qualification, values or background.
Administrations will become increasingly vulnerable, bullied to filter
out political adversity... by party puppets. Hardly a count of
representation for "everyone" .... by this Liberal Coalition government.
Boats turned around likely to be kept secret. No benchmark viable. Like the SIV X, it will become harder to know truthfully what is going on.
Australia and Indonesia should "share the burden" of asylum seekers.
Tantowi Yahya from the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Commission discusses
the government's policy on turning back boats asylum seekers. Indonesia
finds the policy of "turning back the boats" offensive and won't accept
it. Mr Tantowi Yahya says 'the two countries need to co-operate and
work together in order to find a solution'.
Indonesian government MPs have spoken out against Australia's new Operation Sovereign Borders plan to
stop asylum seeker boats making the trip to Australia. They say there's
been a lack of consultation on the Coalition government's policy, and
one says the "turn back the boats" element of the plan is illegal.
In Europe: 'We are all bound by international law of the highest level on asylum seekers, and we take that into account'.
UN inquiry lead by Australian former High Court judge Michael Kirby, has delivered a damning report on systemic executions, torture and sexual abuses perpetrated by the North Korean regime.
A Palestinian boy, an Orthodox Jew and an organ transplant. Example to us all.
||"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 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.
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.
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]
PhillLate Night Live
|‘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
||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.
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