Sad reality

“Politicians who believe the media is their friend are fools. When the time comes, the same journalists who give you obsequious airtime to promote your achievements will dance on your grave. And history will probably be kind to them because they’ll write it.” Crikey’s Hugo Kelly reflects on the demise of NSW Liberal leader John…

Be proud

David Frum is a former speechwriter for George W. Bush. He coined the term, “Axis of Evil.” He co-wrote a book with Richard Perle called “An End to Evil“, “a how-to guide for winning the war on terror.” Their answer? “The United States is good, those who pose a threat, current or future, are evil…

What independence?

The Pentagon is organising a “Freedom March” in September. “This year the Department of Defence will initiate an America Supports Your Freedom Walk,” US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said. The march would remind people of “the sacrifices of this generation and of each previous generation”. Let’s make a wild guess that the Bush administration will…

News briefs

– “‘Documents From the US Espionage Den’ is a legendary series of Iranian books containing classified US documents that were found in the American Embassy in Tehran when it was taken over by revolutionaries.” The essential Memory Hole reports. – The Chicago Reader documents Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz’s desperate attempts to dump Norman Finkelstein…

And it continues

The saga over the publication of my forthcoming book on Israel/Palestine continues today. Federal Labor MP Michael Danby responds to Crikey. For background information on the controversy, read this, then this. Danby misses the point entirely in his letter. He claims he has “made no attempt to censor Mr Antony Loewenstein, or anyone else.” Er,…

Friends and enemies

Filip Dewinter is chairman of the far-right Vlaams Belang (The Flemish Interest) party in Antwerp, Belgium. He has articulated policies such as segregation at public swimming pools “to decrease the number of young Arabs who try to take over the pools. I say there is a problem and that most of the people at these…

This sounds very familiar

A group who believes in establishing a government based on religious principles. Individuals who want to “call back the country to a righteous standard.” Sounds like the kind of thing our leaders are trying to avoid. An Islamic state, you say? Er, no. Try a Christian state in America (and yes, the country is already…

Salman

One of the greatest novelists of our time, Salman Rushdie, is about to release his new work, Shalimar the Clown. He talks to the Guardian about terrorism, Kylie, Tony Blair and love.