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Aletho News - 2019-04-18 - Original post - cached version

RT | April 18, 2019 Australian electoral authorities have for the first time set up a cybersecurity task force, an official said on Thursday. They are also working with social media companies to tackle misinformation in the run up to general elections on May 18. Australian Electoral Commissioner...

Dissident Voice - 2019-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The modern UN Refugee Convention is now so flea-bitten it’s been put out to the garbage tip of history.  At least the enthusiastic fleas think so, given their conduct as political representatives across a range of parliaments keen on barbed wired borders and impenetrable defences.  Across Europe...

Consortium News - 2019-04-15 - Original post - cached version

The WikiLeaks publisher is in a maximum-security prison that has been called the UK’s Guantanamo Bay, Elizabeth Vos reports. By Elizabeth Vos Special to Consortium News While Julian Assange waits for what comes next — sentencing on skipping bail in England…

Consortium News - 2019-04-12 - Original post - cached version

Real journalism is being criminalized by thugs in plain sight, says John Pilger. Dissent has become an indulgence. And the British elite has abandoned its last imperial myth: that of fairness and justice. By John Pilger The glimpse of Julian…

Consortium News - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Unity4J held an online vigil from Friday and through Monday morning after two sources in the Ecuadorian government told WikiLeaks it can expect Julian Assange to be expelled from the London Embassy within “hours or days.”    Among the guests…

BSNEWS - 2019-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Today there is a real fear that a journalist and publisher is about to be extradited from an ostensibly democratic country to face a sealed grand jury indictment, the charges of which may include espionage which can carry a sentence of life imprisonment or even capital punishment.

The...

Consortium News - 2019-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Daniel Lazare reviews George Papadopoulos’s book about his misadventures with a nest of intelligence agents. By Daniel Lazare Special to Consortium News Now that Russian collusion is dead and buried thanks to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, the big question is…

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Aletho News - 2019-03-29 - Original post - cached version

By James O’Neill | American Herald Tribune | March 28, 2019 According to a report in the Sydney Morning Herald (25 March 2019) the coalition government, if re-elected, would spend $2.5 billion on an air defence system. The object of the expenditure is said to “bolster Australia’s capacity to...

The Duran - 2019-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Reuters reported on Thursday, March 21 that the Prime Minister of New Zealand enacted a sweeping change, banning weapons of the type that were used in the massacre of at least fifty Muslims, who were gunned down on livestream while in Friday prayer services in Christchurch last week. We...

Porkins Policy Review - 2019-03-20 - Original post - cached version

This week my sister Emma joined me to discuss Brady Corbet’s latest film Vox Lux, which tells the story of a young girl Celeste surviving a school shooting and becoming a pop star. We started by discussing the film itself and it’s interesting narrative structure. We also touched on some of the...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-03-18 - Original post - cached version

This is something I've alluded to for a while... NOT AN ALL OUT BATTLE- Rather measured actions. Carefully taken. Calculated.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019: Battle for Idlib: Turkey/Iran Cooperate? Russia/Syria Greenlight?
It's also been long stated here that...
Land Destroyer - 2019-03-17 - Original post - cached version
March 17, 2019 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse Jr. wasted no time at his new diplomatic post to begin strong-arming Canberra into adopting Washington's confrontational policy vis-à-vis Beijing.

A Reuters article published by the South China Morning Post...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse Jr. wasted no time at his new diplomatic post to begin strong-arming Canberra into adopting Washington’s confrontational policy vis-à-vis Beijing.

A Reuters article...

Penny for your thoughts - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

I really wanted to stay away from this one... but found the targeting of Turkey and Turkish people too compelling an aspect to pass over

*The “Islamaphobia” hand is being overplayed. This is media driven identity politics for the masses. Serves the elites, always.
*The usual call for...

Dissident Voice - 2019-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Five weapons were said to have been used, all inscribed with symbols, numbers and insignia.  The individual charged with the shootings at two Christchurch mosques that left 49 dead was an Australian with, it is alleged, a simple purpose: inflict death, and on specific communities in worship. ...

The BRICS Post - 2019-03-15 - Original post - cached version


A screen grab of the entrance to one of the mosques from the livestream’s first few seconds of the Christchurch, NZ massacre of Muslims

 
The mass murder of Muslims in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques today...

Aletho News - 2019-03-13 - Original post - cached version

By James O’Neill | OffGuardian | March 13, 2019 On 7th of April 2018 an alleged chemical attack took place in the city of Douma in the Syrian Arab Republic. Dramatic footage of the “victims” was widely broadcast throughout the western mainstream media. Particularly prominent were images of...

MintPress - 2019-03-02 - Original post - cached version

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA — On February 21, 2019, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) issued Julian Assange a new passport despite the fact that DFAT officials had reservations about doing so. According to the article, last year officials...

Dissident Voice - 2019-02-27 - Original post - cached version

The Paris Climate Agreement of 2015 was a big deal as 195 nations agreed to take steps to mitigate global temperatures to +2°C, but preferably +1.5°C, post-industrial or over the past 250 years. When temperatures exceed those levels, all hell breaks loose with our precious life-support...

Dissident Voice - 2019-02-26 - Original post - cached version

In March 2008, one Michael Horvath of the US Army Counterintelligence Center within the Cyber Intelligence Assessments Branch considered the risks posed by WikiLeaks in a 32 page document.  Created under the auspices of the Department of Defence’s Intelligence Analysis Program, the overview...

Dissident Voice - 2019-02-23 - Original post - cached version

Overly reliant economies are dangerously fragile things.  As it takes two parties, often more, to play the game, the absence of interest, or its withdrawal by one, can spell doom. The Australian economy has been talked up – by Australian economists and those more inclined to look at policy...

Dissident Voice - 2019-02-21 - Original post - cached version

Caught in the backwater of the world’s existence, Australia struggles for relevance in various ways. It might show itself a leader in creating a sovereign fund (too late for that now); it might demonstrate, in various ways, a singular approach to solar energy (impossible, we are told, on that...

Dissident Voice - 2019-02-17 - Original post - cached version

The passage of amendments to the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) by the Australian House of Representatives and the Senate this week was less a case of celebration than necessitous deliverance.  The mental wellbeing of asylum-seekers on Manus Island and Nauru, or lack thereof, has been documented...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-02-06 - Original post - cached version

If there were any lingering doubts that Australia actually followed its oft-repeated mantra of being a country that adheres to fundamental principles of law, they were surely dispelled this past week. The Foreign Minister Marise Payne released a statement on the attempted coup d’état in...

Consortium News - 2019-02-03 - Original post - cached version

Tony Kevin, a former Australian ambassador, defends Julian Assange & WikiLeaks & reveals a plan to get him safely from Ecuador’s London embassy back to Australia. He is interviewed by CN Editor Joe Lauria for Unity4J.

Dissident Voice - 2019-01-17 - Original post - cached version

In the recent autumn session of the United Nations General Assembly a number of resolutions involving the Syrian Golan Heights occupied by Israel came up for debate and voting. A familiar pattern emerged. The first of the votes to be noted was UNGA Resolution A/C.4/73/L.20. The wording of this...

Aletho News - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

By James ONeill – New Eastern Outlook – 11.01.2019 The next election in Australia is expected to be held on a date between March and May 2019. If two years of opinion polls are a reliable guide, the Opposition Labour party is expected to win comfortably. It should present an opportunity for a...

New Eastern Outlook - 2019-01-11 - Original post - cached version

The next election in Australia is expected to be held on a date between March and May 2019. If two years of opinion polls are a reliable guide, the Opposition Labour party is expected to win comfortably. It should present an opportunity for a fresh start in Australia’s foreign and...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-12-29 - Original post - cached version

The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria clearly caught Australian political, military and intelligence leaders by surprise. Despite claims of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia and the US were “joined at the hip” the link is clearly...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-20 - Original post - cached version

It has been an ordinary year for universities in Australia. While the National Tertiary Education Union pats itself on the back for supposedly advancing the rights and pay of academics, several face removal and castigation at the hands of university management.  Consumerism and pay are the sort...

Aletho News - 2018-12-20 - Original post - cached version

By Jeremy Salt | American Herald Tribune | December 17, 2018 Australia and Israel are white settler states, established violently over the heads of the indigenous people, without the benefit of any treaty arrangement. ‘A land without people for a people without land’ was the Zionist lie. ‘Terra...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-12-19 - Original post - cached version

How many times has the concept of rebranding been discussed here? More times then I can even recall. If you are at all unfamiliar with the concept of rebranding..

"Rebranding is the creation of a new look and feel for an established product or company"...
Aletho News - 2018-12-19 - Original post - cached version

By James ONeill – New Eastern Outlook – 18.12.2018 When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-12-18 - Original post - cached version

When the current Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison floated the idea that Australia might move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, it was widely suggested that this was an attempt to curry favour with the relatively large (12%) Jewish population in the electorate where...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-07 - Original post - cached version

Australia is being seen as a test case. How does a liberal democracy affirm the destruction of private, encrypted communications? In 2015, China demonstrated what could be done to technology companies, equipping other states with an inspiration: encryption keys, when required, could be...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-05 - Original post - cached version

The Carmichael mine being pursued in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland is a dinosaur before its creation.  On paper, it is hefty – to be some five times the size of Sydney harbour, the largest in Australia and one of the largest on the planet.  Six open cut and five underground mines...

Dissident Voice - 2018-12-01 - Original post - cached version

At the same time that John Pilger makes his keynote speech to open his The Power of Documentary Film Festival, you can read the text here.

Breaking the Silence

The Power of the Documentary is an unusual film festival, because its aim is to break a silence that extends across much...

New Eastern Outlook - 2018-11-30 - Original post - cached version

On a very relative scale, Australia can be grouped into the ‘second or third’ level players in terms of significance in the political game unfolding in the Indo-Pacific region. This group could also include Pakistan, Iran, and South Korea. And the main players are undoubtedly the United...

Aletho News - 2018-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Press TV – November 16, 2018 The US has, for the first time, endorsed the Israeli occupation of the Golan Heights by voting against an annual UN resolution that condemned the occupation and was unanimously approved along with several other resolutions against Tel Aviv. The resolution titled “The...

Dissident Voice - 2018-11-14 - Original post - cached version

President Donald J. Trump has been engaged with berating human caravans, a spectacle that might have been odd in another era.  At first instance, it all seems fundamentally anachronistic, a sort of history in reverse.  It was, after all, the caravan packed with invasive pioneers that gave the...

21 Century Wire - 2018-11-09 - Original post - cached version

In recent months, we have seen increased military provocations by the US on the edge of China’s territorial waters. More worrying however, if the fact the US are attempting to drag Japan into their geopolitical chess match. In addition to this, British Royal Naval ships have also being...

Dissident Voice - 2018-11-06 - Original post - cached version

The surgical dismembering of Jamal Khashoggi has sent the military establishments of several countries into a tizz.   Arms manufacturers are wondering whether this is an inconvenient blip, a ruffling moral reminder about what they are dealing with.  Autocratic regimes indifferent to the lives of...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Intelligence and the law ought to work together. Often they do synchronise. Sometimes they clash.   Indeed, it was with some levity that Justice Mason commented on this vexed relationship when ruling on the Australian Secret Intelligence Service’s (ASIS) botched training session at the Sheraton...

Penny for your thoughts - 2018-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Canada Moves to Buy a Sub Hunter..... Russia in Canada’s Crosshairs?
5 Eyes? Of course! It’s even mentioned in the article.
Is this a costly item? Of course it is!
And prone to cost over runs as well....

Defense News

A rendering of the Canadian Type 26, on track to...
Dissident Voice - 2018-10-28 - Original post - cached version

The origins of the Invictus Games (“For our Wounded Warriors,” goes the slogan) lies in war.  Wars that crippled and caused depression and despair. The games became a project of grand distraction and worth, a form of emotional bread for servicemen and women.  Do not let wounds, mental or...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Richard Horton’s note in an October 2015 issue of The Lancet was cautiously optimistic.  It described the launch of Doctors for Climate Change Action, led by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) in the lead-up to the UN Climate Change Conference COP21.  The initiative had arisen...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-23 - Original post - cached version

A sign of desperation before the firing squad is jitteriness and the desperate sense that history needs revision.  You were not the one responsible for the debacles and the cockups; everybody and everything else was.  You knew who was guilty, and needed to tell everybody about it.  You bluster,...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-20 - Original post - cached version

The establishment of a republic… means insurrectionary war, it means the desolation of a thousand households.  When the question shall arise, it will be determined… by balls from cannon and from musket, by grape and shrapnel, by bayonet and by the sword.

— Sir Alfred Stephen,...

Aletho News - 2018-10-19 - Original post - cached version

By James O’Neill | OffGuardian | October 18, 2018 According to recent media reports, the Liberal candidate in the Wentworth (Sydney) by-election, former diplomat David Sharma said he “was open” to the idea that Australia’s embassy in Israel could be shifted from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. In a...

Dissident Voice - 2018-10-15 - Original post - cached version

It is an organisation not without its problems. Conceived in the heat of idealism, and promoted as the vanguard of medical rescue and human rights advocacy, Médecins Sans Frontières has had its faults.  Its co-founder Bernard Kouchner went a bit awry when he turned such advocacy into full blown...

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