The torturing superpower

Here is some rare testimony of abuse by the Iraqi National Guard allegedly overseen by US soldiers. After all, we now know that the US government openly and shamelessly tortures people for “evidence” against terrorism. Furthermore, many conservatives and moral pygmies support it. I look forward to them shrieking the loudest when an ingenious “enemy”…

Edgar and Adams talk up a storm about TV

My following article appeared in yesterday’s Crikey newsletter: During Wednesday’s Sydney launch of Patricia Edgar’s book Bloodbath – a tale of her years in TV, including being founding director of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation – ABC broadcaster Phillip Adams remarked that “nothing prepares you for the savagery of TV” in both the commercial world…

Death matters

As the Iraq conflict worsens – and a majority of the American people now consider the war-torn country to be in civil war – the major US newspapers are providing less coverage of the carnage. The mainstream media is failing.

Australia and Timor, a tortured relationship

I’m an irregular contributor to the Washington Post’s Post Global site (my first piece, on the US/Australia alliance, is here). My second article is now published and it discusses “Australia’s meddling in East Timor“: During Indonesia’s brutal, 24-year occupation of East Timor, the Western world remained complicit in the oppression. Current President Xanana Gusmao handed…

Dead trees RIP

Michael Kinsley is the former op-ed editor at the LA Times. He therefore writes with some authority on the future of newspapers. He paints a grim picture, a position I happily share: It seems hopeless. How can the newspaper industry survive the Internet? On the one hand, newspapers are expected to supply their content free…

The painful pull-out

The Iraqi people have spoken: A new WPO poll of the Iraqi public finds that seven in ten Iraqis want US-led forces to commit to withdraw within a year. An overwhelming majority believes that the US military presence in Iraq is provoking more conflict than it is preventing and there is growing confidence in the…

The values debate we don’t have to have

My following article appears in today’s Crikey newsletter: We live in an age where political insecurity is projected through the “values” debate. When politicians want to instil calm in the electorate, they preach about shared ideas, Australian mateship, tolerance, a fair go, religious freedom and freedom of speech. These are all noble ideals in a…