How to Make Refugees

20/02/2019

If the conditions within a country are so terrible as to force their civilian population to flee and seek refuge elsewhere, then we should be doing everything that we can to alleviate their suffering, and everything we can to deescalate whatever tensions sparked such conditions. One country in particular, where the conditions are incredibly abhorrent, receives relatively little coverage – Yemen. But instead of a humanitarian approach to such a devastating situation, the “West” has been directly and indirectly responsible for the suffering of millions since 2015. Australia, usually a bystander unless in coalition with US interests, is now about to actively participate in this suffering.

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Quick Quips: (Literally) Bloody Hell

16/02/2019

I have been slack and haven’t posted in a couple of days – I am still ahead on my goal to reach 365 posts this year, but I’ll admit I was having a bit much fun testing out my new laptop’s capabilities and didn’t get around to writing much. But while I’ve been quiet, the world sure has not been. Neither has our government here in Australia, despite the fact they are so inept they can’t even do their job.

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Calling Out AIPAC and Israel Is Not Anti-Semitic

12/02/2019

The notion that legitimate criticism of a lobbyist group and of Israel’s government is somehow anti-Semitic is absurd. Both the Democrats and the Republicans in the US, however, firmly believe this is the case, as does Israel. So much so that they have introduced laws in defence of Israel that actually restrict the actions of states to participate in any kind of boycott of Israel, laws that stifle freedoms in the land of the free.

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Disaster Survivors Speak Up

09/02/2019

Over the last few weeks we have had a number of environmental catastrophes, from countless fish dying, to floods in Townsville, to bushfires in Tasmania. Scott Morrison went on a trip to Townsville that brought ire for his lack of response. He was asked about the role of climate change in the increased number of extreme weather events around the world and, on a foray that was simply for public image leading into the election, said he didn’t want to bring politics into the issue. He no longer has the choice – the people are bringing it to him.

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McConnell (US) ‘Admits’ Voter Suppression, Should Be a Warning to Australia

04/02/2019

It is rare in US politics that the real reasons for policy are admitted openly, and the recent statement by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those occasions. He has accused the Democrats of a “power grab” by putting forward a bill that would ensure that Election Day in America would be a public holiday. God forbid the populace has the chance to actually vote.

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Disrespecting the PM

01/02/2019

In yesterday’s ‘quick quips’ piece, I mentioned the outrage against people (notably women, attacked by trash like the Murdoch press) who have, in one form or another, used profanity when referring to elected leaders. The results are what you would expect once all of this came tumbling out in the media.

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Australia Ranks High But Should Be Doing Better

18/01/2019

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) released the 2018 Democracy Index about a week ago, and Australia ranked 9/167 – an impressive feat. This week also saw the release of Human Rights Watch’s (HRW) 2019 World Report, covering all the events of 2018. While praising our human rights record, as the EIU ranking would suggest, there is much left to be desired that would greatly boost our image on the global stage.

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Death Penalty Has No Place in a Civilised World

25/11/2018

On October 2nd, Washington Post journalist and critic of the Saudi Arabian government and monarchy, Jamal Khashoggi, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Now, in an attempt to distance their connection to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, five suspects have been sentenced with the death penalty. The prosecutor held back from naming anyone directly connected to the Crown Prince, and obviously did not suggest the hit was ordered by him or his advisors. But is the death penalty really justice, or is it simply justified murder?

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