Tag: Informed Comment

German Politicians think Trump is dangerously close to Neo-Nazis, and they Should know | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The nation of Germany gazed with helpless horror at Trump’s disastrous …

Source: German Politicians think Trump is dangerously close to Neo-Nazis, and they Should know | Informed Comment

The neoliberalism of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan has run its course

You can see it overseas in the electoral popularity of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, and the anti-establishment revolts in the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump.

Source: The neoliberalism of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan has run its course

Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving – New Matilda

Facing electoral annihilation and media pressure, the Howard Government launched an unprecedented assault on Aboriginal rights and communities. A decade on, Senator Rachel Siewert says the federal government is still hiding behind its failures. I’ll never forget the day the Government announced the Northern Territory Intervention. It was a decade ago and I had beenMore

Source: Cashless Cards And Rising Crime: An Intervention That Keeps On Giving – New Matilda

For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In 2012, former judge and anti-corruption campaigner, Tony Fitzgerald, wrote an article titled The body politic is rotten in which he espoused the view that “ethics, tolerance and civility are intrinsic elements of democratic society and that the politicians’ mutual contempt and aggressive, “end justifies the means” amorality erodes respect for authority and public institutions…

Source: For the sake of our children and our planet, we must demand better – » The Australian Independent Media Network

When shooting a teen in the back is a ‘professional error’ | +972 Magazine

An IDF brigade commander shot a Palestinian teen who threw a rock at his jeep, while the boy was running away, and then left him bleeding on the road. Initially, the colonel claimed his life was in danger. With each subsequent interrogation, the story changed. The military police determined the incident was a ‘professional error’ –  bad aim – and closed the case despite evidence that tells a very different story. By John Brown* and Noam Rotem On July 3, 2015, Col. Yisrael Shomer, then-commander of the IDF’s Binyamin Brigade, was driving towards the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank.…

Source: When shooting a teen in the back is a ‘professional error’ | +972 Magazine

Who owns the world? Tracing half the corporate giants’ shares to 30 owners

Today the world is dominated by 30 financial corporations that hold more than half the shareholdings of its corporate giants. And they follow the logic of finance capital – the logic of money.

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Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

By James Moylan The 3.6 million dollar study testing the sewage in our capital cities for illegal drugs is simply more disinformation and bullshit. Let’s revisit the results from this study and consider them rationally. The study indicates that in Australia the use of alcohol is equivalent to 1.2 drinks PER PERSON per day. Yet…

Source: Australian Drug Policy: ‘hypocrisy’ is not a strong enough word – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Liberal senator admits 18C changes are designed to win back PHON voters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In case you did not suspect that Malcolm Turnbull’s explosion of piss and wind on Section 18C yesterday was entirely self-serving, this morning on Radio National Breakfast news, Liberal Senator James Paterson confirmed that the exercise was part of a suite of measures designed to win back votes from Pauline Hanson’s One Nation. Oh look!…

Source: Liberal senator admits 18C changes are designed to win back PHON voters – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It – New Matilda

An airstrike in Saana, Yemen. (IMAGE: Ibrahem Qasim, Flickr)

Our silence as a nation is destroyed – and innocent men, women and children slaughtered – is deafening, writes Michael Brull. Yemen is being destroyed. Perhaps half a million children face severe malnutrition. Almost seven million people are on the brink of famine. This is happening with Western support. The Australian government quietly announced itsMore

Source: The War In Yemen Is Turning To Genocide, And Australia Is Quietly Supporting It – New Matilda

Free in name only – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The “free market” has nothing to do with keeping prices down through competition as our Liberal politicians would have us believe.  It has nothing to do with Friedman’s idealistic vision of benefit for all. It is about maximising profit for businesses.  Maximise income, minimise costs, and avoid taxation. If there was limitless supply then perhaps…

Source: Free in name only – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Breitbart’s click-hate echo chamber is a threat to Europe. Here’s why | Joe Mulhall | Opinion | The Guardian

Our analysis of 500 articles on Breitbart London shows its attempt to subvert the postwar liberal consensus – and with it the protections offered to minorities

Source: Breitbart’s click-hate echo chamber is a threat to Europe. Here’s why | Joe Mulhall | Opinion | The Guardian

Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

Source: Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened – Juan Cole – Truthdig

Cory to give PM the kiss-off | The Monthly

Last week was a tough one for Malcolm Trumble, President of Australia. But this week will be even worse, with the PM now facing three critical problems. On the right, Senator Cory Bernardi is about to quit the Liberal Party. On the left, moderate MPs are pushing for a parliamentary vote on same-sex marriage, forcing the PM to block a change that he himself supports. And hanging over his head are the government’s awful polling numbers from this morning’s first Newspoll of the year.

Source: Cory to give PM the kiss-off | The Monthly

Edward Snowden: ‘Faith in Elected Leaders’ Is a Mistake Americans Keep Making – Truthdig

Speaking via video conference from Russia, the NSA whistleblower explains how past U.S. covert actions have led to a lack of accountability today.

Source: Edward Snowden: ‘Faith in Elected Leaders’ Is a Mistake Americans Keep Making – Truthdig

It’s Time to Wade Into the Swamp of Right-Wing Media to Understand All the Twisted ‘Truths’ – Truthdig

Large numbers of Americans have come to accept this propaganda as a baseline for what they call reality.

Source: It’s Time to Wade Into the Swamp of Right-Wing Media to Understand All the Twisted ‘Truths’ – Truthdig

Dabiq and the Islamic State massacres | The Monthly

“First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin” – Leonard Cohen Fearsome terror attacks led or inspired by the Islamic State group have now become an occurrence almost every other day – in the past days, Berlin, Baghdad, Istanbul – and will almost certainly continue throughout 2017 and beyond. Ever since the establishment of the Caliphate in June 2014 they have also been a permanent reality among the people under the control of the Islamic State.

Source: Dabiq and the Islamic State massacres | The Monthly

Stop the waste and we can stop attacking the poor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As the government scrambles to claw back money from the old, the sick, the pregnant, and the unemployed, they put no such austerity on their own spending. In the 2014 budget from hell, Tony Abbott promised to cut off free flights for about 100 former politicians. But while legislation was passed by the House of…

Source: Stop the waste and we can stop attacking the poor – » The Australian Independent Media Network

What Journalists Can Do When The President Is A Liar

When Donald Trump is inaugurated later this month, the presidency will officially be held by an inveterate liar. And the way the press has covered Trump in the two months since his November election victory suggests that many journalists need to adjust their approach to address that reality before Trump takes office.On New Year’s Eve, Tru

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Ava DuVernay’s Documentary “13th” About Mass Incarceration Shortlisted for an Oscar | Democracy Now!

Ava DuVernay’s recent Netflix documentary, “13th,” just picked up three Critics’ Choice Awards and is on the Oscar shortlist for best documentary. The film chronicles how the U.S. criminal justice system has been driven by racism from the days of slavery to today’s era of mass incarceration. The film is named for the constitutional amendment that abolished slavery with the exception of punishment for crime. Ava DuVernay’s previous work includes the hit 2014 film “Selma,” which told the story of the campaign led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and others to draw the nation’s attention to the struggle for equal voting rights by marching from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1965. With “Selma,” DuVernay became the first African-American female director to have a film nominated for best picture at the Academy Awards.

Source: Ava DuVernay’s Documentary “13th” About Mass Incarceration Shortlisted for an Oscar | Democracy Now!

Manus Island asylum seekers bashed on New Year’s Eve, refugee advocates say – Bashed and denied medical attention. What do you think Peter Dutton’s response was? None of our business a truly Christian one at Xmas.

Two asylum seekers on Manus Island assaulted by PNG police and immigration officers on New Year’s Eve are yet to receive medical treatment, refugee advocates say.

Manus Island asylum seekers bashed on New Year’s Eve, refugee advocates say – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Manus Island asylum seekers ‘bashed by PNG police’ released from custody – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)