Month: March 2016

Day to Day Politics: ‘Remembering Abbott’s Past’ – 51 Reasons why he should move on. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Wednesday March 30 2016. Leaders rarely go with good grace. Almost always they feel they have been hard done by. Tony Abbott has joined a long list who stubbornly cling to the past in the hope that they might reinvent a future. Abbott was never a popular leader. He fell into the Prime Minister’s job…

Source: Day to Day Politics: ‘Remembering Abbott’s Past’ – 51 Reasons why he should move on. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Why exposing the Hebron murder benefits Israelis | +972 Magazine

Both the Israeli Right and Left need ‘rotten apples’ like the Hebron shooter in order to justify their Orwellian worldview.  I waited and waited. Abed Fatah al-Sharif is his name. Not “the Palestinian” or “the…

Source: Why exposing the Hebron murder benefits Israelis | +972 Magazine

Hazara asylum seeker to be forcibly deported from Australia to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian

Site of suicide attack in Jalalabad, Afghanistan

 

Exclusive: Man’s last-minute plea to immigration minister Peter Dutton to consider Afghanistan’s worsening security situation has been rejected

Source: Hazara asylum seeker to be forcibly deported from Australia to Afghanistan | Australia news | The Guardian

Resurgent Taliban targets Afghan Hazara as Australia sends them back | Australia news | The Guardian

In Afghanistan, more and more Hazara are preparing to flee the Taliban, just as Australia has started returning Hazara asylum seekers for the first time since 2001

Source: Resurgent Taliban targets Afghan Hazara as Australia sends them back | Australia news | The Guardian

Waleed Aly questions why begging is illegal on The Project

‘Maybe the reason we are punishing the homeless for begging us to help isn’t because we object to taking some coins out of our pocket. Maybe our real objection is the guilt we are forced to carry away with us when their poverty is rubbed in our face.’

Source: Waleed Aly questions why begging is illegal on The Project

Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching at 95 per cent in northern section, aerial survey reveals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Aerial surveys show that 95 per cent of all northern reefs are suffering from severe coral bleaching.

Source: Great Barrier Reef coral bleaching at 95 per cent in northern section, aerial survey reveals – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Day to Day Politics: My after Easter catch up. Bolt looks to Sky. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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Tuesday 29 March. 1 After a short break it’s a bit difficult to know where to start, Oh well, let’s start with Bolt. After 5 years of poor ratings with ‘The Bolt Report’ on 10 it seems he is looking to the sky with a nightly program. Ten apparently refused to continue funding his ratings…

Source: Day to Day Politics: My after Easter catch up. Bolt looks to Sky. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Left-right culture fight: Our terrorism blind spot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Will we spend as much time analysing the terrorist attack in Pakistan as we have those in Europe? To even ask this seems to be viewed as a political act in a culture war that does nothing to make us safe.

Source: Left-right culture fight: Our terrorism blind spot – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Targets were Christians’: Taliban faction claims Pakistan park attack that killed over 60 — RT News

Taliban faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar has claimed responsibility for Sunday’s suicide blast outside a public park in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore that killed at least 65 people and injured more than 280. Most of the injured are women and children.

Source: ‘Targets were Christians’: Taliban faction claims Pakistan park attack that killed over 60 — RT News

‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’ — RT Op-Edge

Reports that Syrian government forces have retaken the city of Palmyra from ISIS forces prove that the terrorist group is incapable of withstanding a conventional assault, Gregory R Copley, strategic analyst and editor of Defense & Foreign Affairs told RT.

Source: ‘For ISIS to survive, it needs support from allies: Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the US’ — RT Op-Edge

Just who are these radical Islamists, and what are they so upset about? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As the spectre of Islamist terror continues to dominate our news feeds, it seems that the western world is in the grip of a great paranoia. But as a wise person once said, just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean everybody isn’t out to get you. The current spate of reported terror attacks and suicide bombings…

Source: Just who are these radical Islamists, and what are they so upset about? – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Truth About Modern Jihad: It’s Not Really About Religion – New Matilda

For many young radicals, Jihad is a path to justice and becoming a ‘super hero’. Michael Brull explains. When it comes to the acts of individual jihadis recruited by ISIS to blow up people in the West, there is much that is beyond our understanding. Human beings are extremely complex. A common reaction to aMore

Source: The Truth About Modern Jihad: It’s Not Really About Religion – New Matilda

Brussels attacks: last gasp of Isis terror in Europe, or sign of growing threat? | World news | The Guardian

Last week began well for security forces. But then came the bombings. And then the realisation intelligence had failed to contain a group more durable than anyone expected

Source: Brussels attacks: last gasp of Isis terror in Europe, or sign of growing threat? | World news | The Guardian

US election: Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii contests – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Bernie Sanders secures a big victory in Hawaii’s Democratic nominating contest after winning in Alaska and Washington.

Source: US election: Bernie Sanders beats Hillary Clinton in Alaska, Washington, Hawaii contests – US election 2016 – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Eight Revelations From Tony Abbott’s Openly Pro-War Crimes Quadrant Essay – New Matilda

Even for Abbott, the piece includes some extraordinary comments, claims, and justifications, writes Max Chalmers. From the charmingly deluded to the obstinately anti-humane, there’s plenty of interest in Tony Abbott’s latest attempt to revive his already dead, buried, and cremated legacy. Coming in at over 3,700 words, Abbott has outlined his proudest achievements in aMore

Source: Eight Revelations From Tony Abbott’s Openly Pro-War Crimes Quadrant Essay – New Matilda

What’s really behind Tony Abbott’s Rebel Tour of 2016? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Is Tony Abbott safeguarding his legacy, defending conservative principle, or swinging a wrecking ball through the Turnbull government? Whatever the reason, the result might be the same.

Source: What’s really behind Tony Abbott’s Rebel Tour of 2016? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

‘Terrorist flow to Europe is Turkish policy’ & ‘SAS in Libya’ – Jordanian king’s US briefing leaked — RT News

The UK has covertly deployed special forces in Libya, Israel is turning a blind eye to Al-Nusra, and Turkey wants radical Islamists to prevail in the Middle East and go to Europe, are the shocking insights King Abdullah of Jordan confidentially shared with US lawmakers.

Source: ‘Terrorist flow to Europe is Turkish policy’ & ‘SAS in Libya’ – Jordanian king’s US briefing leaked — RT News

US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields AnonHQ

Jason Ditz at ANTIWAR   Even as Pentagon officials have sought to emphasize their claims of ISIS being “on the run,” ever more US ground troops are being deployed into Iraq to try to cope with ISIS offensives, with the battle of Makhmur leading to the introduction …

Source: US Marines Enter Ground Combat in Iraq to Defend Oil Fields AnonHQ

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Chomsky, Snowden, Greenwald on Privacy in the Age of Surveillance | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

What is privacy and what is an individual’s right to it?That is the question that renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald sought to answer on Friday evening as the three (virtually) shared a stage for a panel discussion at the University of Arizona in Tuscon.

Source: Chomsky, Snowden, Greenwald on Privacy in the Age of Surveillance | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Brussels attacks: The people behind Belgium’s worst terror attack – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Here’s what we know about the attackers behind the bomb attacks at Brussels Airport and the Malbeek metro station.

Source: Brussels attacks: The people behind Belgium’s worst terror attack – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Battle for Mosul: Iraq military launches long-term offensive to reclaim pivotal city from Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Iraq’s armed forces launch what is expected to be a long and difficult offensive to retake Mosul.

Source: Battle for Mosul: Iraq military launches long-term offensive to reclaim pivotal city from Islamic State – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

How the World’s Biggest Polluters are Two Trade Deals Away from Steamrolling Climate Protections | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

When TransCanada announced at the start of the year that it that it was demanding compensation under North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) rules for the Obama administration’s decision to reject the Keystone XL pipeline, many observers saw it as a sign of things to come.

Source: How the World’s Biggest Polluters are Two Trade Deals Away from Steamrolling Climate Protections | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community