Month: December 2016

US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds over election hacking

The United States has expelled 35 Russian diplomats and closed two Russian compounds in New York and Maryland in response to a campaign of harassment by Russia against American diplomats in Moscow, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday.

Source: US expels 35 Russian diplomats, closes two compounds over election hacking

Confessions of an Isis killer: British jihadis shunned frontline in favour of torture squads | The Independent

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“When I shot the rafidi it was easy. He was kneeling in front of me, sobbing. He was a big man: his body was shaking. I thought ‘why are you crying, you are a killer yourself, you are going to have a quick death’. I just pulled the trigger, and it was over. I didn’t feel any pity. I didn’t feel any pride. I was just doing my job.”

Source: Confessions of an Isis killer: British jihadis shunned frontline in favour of torture squads | The Independent

When Jews light the Hanukkah candles, they should remember their own history and stand up to Israel over illegal settlements | The Independent

 

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Christmas may be over, but for Jews celebrating the festival of Hanukkah festivities still are in full swing. Though the story of the Maccabees fighting their oppressors took place thousands of years ago, disputes over who should control swathes of land in Israel and Palestine are pressing and pertinent to this day.

Source: When Jews light the Hanukkah candles, they should remember their own history and stand up to Israel over illegal settlements | The Independent

We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others | The Independent

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We do not live in a “post-truth” world, neither in the Middle East nor in the West – nor in Russia, for that matter. We live in a world of lies. And we always have lived in a world of lies.

Source: We are not living in a ‘post-truth’ world, we are living the lies of others | The Independent

Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

Australia has broken ranks with the United States and New Zealand over Israel, indicating that it would most likely have opposed the UN Security Council resolution condemning its settlements on Palestinian land.

Source: Julie Bishop backs Israel rather than the US over UN resolution

‘Conservative Party could win up to 10%’: Tony Abbott hits out at Cory Bernardi over breakaway

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says Cory Bernardi could pick up 10 per cent of the vote and Senators in every state if he quits the Liberal party.

Source: ‘Conservative Party could win up to 10%’: Tony Abbott hits out at Cory Bernardi over breakaway

Israel warned New Zealand that UN resolution was ‘declaration of war’: report

Israeli leader personally phoned New Zealand’s foreign minister to warn him that Wellington’s co-sponsorship of a UN resolution was a “declaration of war”.

Source: Israel warned New Zealand that UN resolution was ‘declaration of war’: report

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 34) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 34) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

History suggests Australia could be left behind by next industrial revolution – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

There’s a new industrial revolution just around the corner, and deterioration within the key institutions of suffrage, education and land policy indicate that Australia may be one of the countries left behind this time.

Source: History suggests Australia could be left behind by next industrial revolution – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy – Truthdig

Instead of coming to the aid of George Ciccariello-Maher, who has received death threats, Drexel University issued a statement on Christmas condemning the associate professor’s tweet.

Source: Breitbart Leads Smear Campaign Against Professor Who Mocked White Supremacy – Truthdig

Misinformer Of The Year: The Ecosystem Of Fake News And The “Alt-Right”

An anti-intellectual alliance of misogynists and white nationalists is using cult tactics to harass and abuse Americans. They systematically attempt to discredit reputable sources. They replace logic with paranoia. They horrifically harass perceived political opponents. And this campaign, which has dangerous historical precedents, has been empo

Source: Misinformer Of The Year: The Ecosystem Of Fake News And The “Alt-Right”

Accusing your enemy of that which you are guilty – The CIA and the “fake news” conspiracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

“One of the saddest lessons of history is this: If we’ve been bamboozled long enough, we tend to reject any evidence of the bamboozle. We’re no longer interested in finding out the truth. The bamboozle has captured us. It’s simply too painful to acknowledge, even to ourselves, that we’ve been taken. Once you give a…

Source: Accusing your enemy of that which you are guilty – The CIA and the “fake news” conspiracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Yes, the Arctic’s freakishly warm winter is due to humans’ climate influence

The end of 2016 has brought balmy Arctic temperatures and record low ice extent for the time of year. It’s a freak event even by modern standards, and climate models point the finger firmly at humans.

Source: Yes, the Arctic’s freakishly warm winter is due to humans’ climate influence

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 32) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 32) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 33) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The Iraq Inquiry Report (2009-2016) documents how Tony Blair committed Great Britain to war early in 2002, lying to the United Nations, to Parliament, and to the British people, in order to follow George Bush, who had planned an aggression on Iraq well before September 2001. Australian Prime Minister John Howard conspired with both reckless…

Source: Bush, Blair and Howard – Three reckless adventurers in Iraq (Part 33) – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Donald Trump to dissolve his charitable foundation after mounting complaints | US news | The Guardian

President-elect released statement saying he would dissolve Trump Foundation to avoid ‘even the appearance of any conflict with my role as President’

Source: Donald Trump to dissolve his charitable foundation after mounting complaints | US news | The Guardian

Thoughtful Christmas messages from prominent Australians, brought to you by First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Please enjoy these season’s greetings from Peter Dutton, Fiona the Unemployed Bettong, Ian the Climate Denialist Potato, Stiff Buttlint, Brenda the Civil Disobedience Penguin and rescue dogs, Roy and Beyonce

Source: Thoughtful Christmas messages from prominent Australians, brought to you by First Dog on the Moon | Opinion | The Guardian

Bjorn again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In December 2015, Australia made a commitment to the global goal “to hold average temperature increase to well below 2°C and pursue efforts to keep warming below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.” Then in March 2016, the Turnbull government signed an agreement to make a $640,000 grant to Bjørn Lomborg to write yet another climate contrarian…

Source: Bjorn again – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Fake News Is Not the Real Media Threat We’re Facing | The Nation

From all the recent hand-wringing about “fake news,” you would think that the hand-wringers had never stood in a supermarket checkout line, surrounded by 72-point headlines about alien abductions and miracle cures.

Source: Fake News Is Not the Real Media Threat We’re Facing | The Nation

Photographer captures images of uncontacted ancient Amazon tribe | The Independent

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Bird’s-eye view photographs of an entirely isolated Amazonian tribe have revealed a rare insight into a lost Neolithic way of life. Brazilian photographer Ricardo Stuckert captured these high-resolution images from a low-flying helicopter above members of the indigenous tribe in a jungle in Jordao, close to the Brazil-Peru border.

Source: Photographer captures images of uncontacted ancient Amazon tribe | The Independent

The predictable Muslim ‘good news stories’ have arrived | And it’s a Merry Xmas from Andrew Bolt’s and Rowan Dean’s London Speccie. The magazine that keeps on giving

Since my Tuesday piece on the Berlin attack – when, as the BBC is still saying, a lorry ‘went on a rampage’ in…

Source: The predictable Muslim ‘good news stories’ have arrived | Coffee House

Muslim-owned restaurant offers elderly and homeless free meals on Christmas Day so ‘no one eats alone’ | The Independent

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A Muslim-owned restaurant in London is offering a three-course meal to homeless and elderly people on Christmas Day so that “no one eats alone”. Shish Restaurant, in Sidcup, is asking local residents to spread the word of its offer and has put up posters saying “We are here to sit with you” on 25 December. The restaurant urged people to share its plan through social media – where the initiative was widely praised.

Source: Muslim-owned restaurant offers elderly and homeless free meals on Christmas Day so ‘no one eats alone’ | The Independent

This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson. | The Nation

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n late March, Donald Trump opened a rally in Wisconsin by mocking the state’s governor, Scott Walker, who had just endorsed his Republican opponent, Ted Cruz. “He came in on his Harley,” Trump said of Walker, “but he doesn’t look like a motorcycle guy.

Source: This Political Theorist Predicted the Rise of Trumpism. His Name Was Hunter S. Thompson. | The Nation

The emptiness of Tony Abbott | The Monthly

I’ve often wondered what it would be like to spend an hour or two inside Tony Abbott’s head. What’s going on up there? What does the world look like? What textures, meanings, memories and emotions flavour the broth of his experience? How did he feel when his daughter called him a “lame, gay churchy loser”? Why did he eat that onion?

Source: The emptiness of Tony Abbott | The Monthly