Women stay home

So much for the Olympic dream: 10,000 athletes from 200 countries are about to gather in Beijing under the banner “One World, One Dream.” But for sportswomen from countries like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Iran, that dream remains unfulfilled. While the International Olympic Committee bans any gender discrimination, these Gulf countries invoke “cultural and…

A brave new world

Internet censorship is utterly normal in “repressive” regimes the world over. But welcome to the new reality in the “free” West: Internet service provider Embarq eavesdropped on the web surfing habits of 26,000 customers in Kansas without notifying them personally, as part of its test of new, controversial advertising technology that profiles users. What next?…

Tell us what you really think

David Kilcullen is an Australian who has spent the last years working with the Bush administration in its fights against “terror.” Rupert Murdoch’s Australian newspaper wrote this about him in late 2006: Meet David Kilcullen, a 40-year-old former Australian infantry commander who likes nothing more than getting dirt on his boots as he switches between…

Onward Zionist soldier

It’s good to see that online Zionists are spending their time so fruitfully: A group calling itself the Jewish Internet Defense Force (JIDF) hacked into a Facebook group called,… “Israel” is not a country!… … Delist it from Facebook as a country!” early Sunday morning, erasing thousands of members’ names from the site. The JIDF was…

How to starve the Arabs

The following letter appears in the July 26 edition of the Green Left Weekly: Three weeks after the Australian’s Richard Kerbaj whipped up a storm over humanitarian aid by a Sydney-based charity to the suffering people of Gaza, we find our own federal police jumping at this organisation in what seems to be a co-ordinated…