Tag Archives: Informed Comment

Head of U.S. Special Ops says that America’s government is in “unbelievable turmoil” – Salon.com

Army Gen. Raymond “Tony” Thomas didn’t offer specifics but said he wants the government as “stable as possible” Source: Head of U.S. Special Ops says that America’s government is in “unbelievable turmoil” – Salon.com

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John Pilger- Video Interview

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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 … Continue reading

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Syria’s civil war explained from the beginning | News | Al Jazeera

The Syrian civil war is the deadliest conflict the 21st century has witnessed thus far. Source: Syria’s civil war explained from the beginning | News | Al Jazeera

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Syria – View From Damascus

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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 … Continue reading

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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. Source: Who owns the world? Tracing half … Continue reading

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Trump intervenes in the Great Mideast Civil War in Syria | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The Syrian Civil War has a domestic, a regional and an … Source: Trump intervenes in the Great Mideast Civil War in Syria | Informed Comment

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Paul Keating says neo-liberalism is at ‘a dead end’ after Sally McManus speech

Former prime minister Paul Keating has launched a surprise critique of the liberal economic philosophy he once championed. Source: Paul Keating says neo-liberalism is at ‘a dead end’ after Sally McManus speech

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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 … Continue reading

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Amending the Racial Discrimination Act: Making bigotry great again!

The unpopular proposed changes to the Racial Discrimination Act are likely to fail, just like the Turnbull Government. Source: Amending the Racial Discrimination Act: Making bigotry great again!

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Daesh/ISIL encouraging Loner attacks to Mask its Death Spiral | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The terrorist organization known as Daesh in the Middle East and … Source: Daesh/ISIL encouraging Loner attacks to Mask its Death Spiral | Informed Comment

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Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

Any debate about free speech in our society is really about free speech for the ruling class. Source: Top class! Free speech is a fundamental right … but only for the ruling Right

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Top 4 Worst pieces of Climate News from WMO in Age of Trump | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – The World Meteorological Organization of the United Nations issued its annual … Source: Top 4 Worst pieces of Climate News from WMO in Age of Trump | Informed Comment

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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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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Why the UN branded Israel an Apartheid state | Informed Comment

By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – A shouting match has been provoked this week by the United … Source: Why the UN branded Israel an Apartheid state | Informed Comment

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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 … Continue reading

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Pauline Hanson’s Future

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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The Coming War on China: Pilger says US is real threat in the Pacific, not China

It is profits, not security, that is driving America’s military build-up in the Pacific – and we could all pay the price. Source: The Coming War on China: Pilger says US is real threat in the Pacific, not China

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Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

As Australian cartoonists step up support of colleagues in detention around the world, Bill Leak goes MIA. Source: Media Sauce: Where’s BLeak when it comes to #FreeSpeech for cartoonists?

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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. … Continue reading

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Media Sauce: How should the news media report Trump’s presidency?

Doc Martin reviews the advice being given to reporters facing Donald Trump’s shock doctrine tactics. Source: Media Sauce: How should the news media report Trump’s presidency?

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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

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John Pilger: The issue is not Trump, it’s us.

Anti-Trumpists need to reflect that until real politics return to people’s lives, the enemy is not Trump, it is ourselves. Source: John Pilger: The issue is not Trump, it’s us.

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Clueless, Reckless, Graceless, Mindless And Heartless: Our President-Elect | The Huffington Post

“This isn’t simply a matter of Republican versus Democratic.” Source: Clueless, Reckless, Graceless, Mindless And Heartless: Our President-Elect | The Huffington Post

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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

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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 – … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Robert Reich: 7 things Obama should do before handing over the White House keys – Salon.com

In reality, I think President Obama has been too cooperative with Donald Trump Source: Robert Reich: 7 things Obama should do before handing over the White House keys – Salon.com

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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