Category: World

Team Australia – Abbott foments ‘racist caricatures of Muslims’


Link to source of illustration – column from The Sydney Morning Herald 23 August 2014.

Murdoch’s media monopoly miasma


Links to related articles:

The Aim Network 30 July 2014:

Media mogul Murdoch is buying a Conservative alternate universe

The Abbott Government is leading Australia down America’s path on a range of social and economic issues, and holding the reigns is Rupert Murdoch.

On Line Opinion 11 June 2014:

Democracy and diversity: media ownership in Australia

…… Rupert Murdoch, the founder and CEO of News Corp, used the media to sway” voters with headlines such as: “Australia needs Tony” and “Kick this Mob [Labor] Out”.

Vladimir ‘Stonewall’ Putin defiant on MH17


Link to related article from The Washington Post 30 July 2014:

The West must prepare for a wounded Putin to become even more aggressive

…… but his response to the [MH17] tragedy was to stonewall and deny responsibility even while escalating his weapons deliveries to the flailing insurgents.

The enigmatic Julie Bishop – United Nations chameleon extraordinaire




Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended the Abbott government’s asylum seeker policy after the United Nations said it was “profoundly concerned” by reports on the treatment of Tamil asylum seekers.


TRANSCRIPT – ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION 2166 – FLIGHT MH17. Explanation of Vote by HE The Honourable Julie Bishop, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.

“…… We must have justice. We owe it to the victims and their families to determine what happened and who was responsible……”

Morrison: No significant events at sea


Link to related article from The Age of 2 July 2014 by lawyer Julian Burnside:

Silence on missing asylum seeker boat a disgrace to the nation

“We are breaching our central obligation under the refugee convention” says lawyer Julian Burnside, after two boatloads of asylum seekers were allegedly screened and handed over to the Sri Lankan navy by Australia.

Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy [which is apparently for sale]


Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy

BBC article 17 April 2014 based on a recent study by Princeton University Professor Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Professor Benjamin I Page.

Rebekah Brooks has good hair day in court … not guilty!


Link to The Huffington Post United Kingdom reporting on Rebekah Brooks’ acquittal (24 June 2014) :

Rebekah Brooks Not Guilty Of Phone Hacking Charges, Andy Coulson Guilty

Rebekah Brooks was overcome by emotion on hearing she had been acquitted on all charges in the phone hacking trial, as her former lover Andy Coulson was convicted.

Tony Abbott the tough guy on boat people: Tow them back!

AbbottBathFixKEOGH1000x667 Link to related article from The Sydney Morning Herald 6 May 2014:

Tony Abbott’s policy a failure as boats keep coming, says Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

The turn-back of two groups of asylum seekers on Monday has put further strain on the Australia-Indonesia relationship after Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa launched another stinging criticism of the Abbott government’s boats policy. 

Of Morrison, Manus, murder, mandate and mandatory detention

Thousands of people around Australia have held candlelight vigils for slain asylum seeker Reza Berati, who died in violence at the Manus Island detention centre

Coverage by ABC News on 24 February 2014:

Candlelight vigils held for slain asylum seeker Reza Berati who died on Manus Island

[Contradicting an earlier statement] …  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison released a statement saying that new information suggests the fatal head injury sustained by Mr Berati, along with much of the violence that night, occurred inside the detention centre’s perimeter.

Hanson-Young – tears and fears for refugees


Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young writing in The Age on 19 December 2014:

Agony of children treated worse than animals

Genuine refugees suffer on Nauru as the government works to break their spirits.

Backtrack to June 2012 ~ ABC News video of an emotional Hanson-Young wiping away tears in the Senate as she recounts the story of a young asylum seeker.