Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been toppled by a coalition of opponents. Most of the world has welcomed the change. Netanyahu presided over a long list of human rights violations against Palestinians. The new government may not change this. The following (Days of Palestine 12 June 2021) is about 500 journalists in the United States, who have signed an open letter demanding American media reports on the realities of the Israeli occupation and its policies in Palestine.
By Joe Montero
Scott Morrison goes to London and the G7 summit in Cornwall. Australia is not a member of the group and there because of an invitation from the United Sates to be an observer. The Australian Prime Minister was going to shine at a private meeting with United States President Joe Biden. But the presence of British Prime Minister put an end to this. In diplomatic terms, this is a snub. Continue reading The G7 gathering re-affirms business as usual produces nothing of substance
By Joe Montero
The message coming out from early G7 connected talks between Australia and the United States, is that there will be an expansion of joint military activity. A new joint brigade made up of U.S. Marines and Australian Defence Forces (ADF) is to be based in Darwin. Although there is talk of rotating the command on the ground between the two nations, real control will remain in the hands of the United States. Continue reading Morrison government turning Australia into a U.S. military base and allowing more Marines into Darwin
by Jim Hayes
Scott Morrison and his government are carrying out another major attack on Medicare. This time via an overhaul to raise health costs and downgrade the quality of access to care at the same time. This is not the first cut. Medicare has been chipped away at for years, and unless it is stopped, the cutting will continue. Continue reading New Medicare cut is part of ambition to destroy Australia’s affordable public health system
Jessica Corbett covers the coming U.S. tour by Julian Assange’s father John Shipton and brother Gabriel Shipton (Common Dreams 28 May 2021). Starting on 6 June, the tour plans to meet up with activists, journalists and policy makers, to lift support o the call for Julian’s freedom and against attacks on a free press. Julian Assange is the founder of WikiLeaks and hunted by Washington for revealing inconvenient truths.
Australia’s is not a capitalist economy as they would have us believe. It is extremely monopolised, and the biggest corporations are closely linked to government. Many of them depend on generous welfare handouts to them and the ordinary taxpayer has to foot the bill. This is not the fabled free market.
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The following article by Joseph Camilleri (Pears and Irritations 5 May 2021) deals with the present hyping up of fear over China and war talk, as a case of déjà-vu, of the cold War hysteria that led us into a succession of disastrous and unjustified wars in the past. Examples are Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria. The difference this time, is that the consequences of a war are likely to be far more serious. Joseph Camilleri is managing director of Alexandria Agenda, Emeritus Professor at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences
By Joe Montero
The first notes for this article were penned last week, when the bombardment of Gaza and other atrocities against the Palestinian population showed no sign of slowing down, and the Australian government remained silent. The ceasefire was then brokered. The Australian government remains silent. Continue reading Israel forced to call ceasefire but Palestinians still under occupation
By Ben Wilson
The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) has released a Pre-Budget Brief that shows how women’s economic security has been undermined by government decisions. Continue reading By using women as cheap labour wages are kept down