Don’t trust our government to keep us safe from terrorism

Next step you hear something in the media about the Australian government being “tough on terror” (and the media cheer-leaders behind them), remember this: A Supreme Court judge has attacked the Australian Federal Police for bungling a two-year investigation into three men who sent funds to Sri Lankan Tamil Tiger separatists. The agents’ action included…

Jewish “leader” asks Australia to ignore Israeli crimes

So this is how the Zionist establishment wants to be known: defending extra-judicial murder. Well done, lads, you make us fellow Jews proud: The nation’s peak Jewish organisation has warned it would be an “extreme” reaction for the government to expel an Israeli diplomat as retaliation for the fake passport scandal. In its first public…

Please don’t drop our bombs on poor Palestinians

Perhaps, step by step, Western nations are realising Israel illegally uses their weapons against civilians: A group of British lawmakers are expected to call Tuesday for the reevaluation of arms deals with Israel after a recently published report claimed that British weapons were “almost certainly” used in Operation Cast Lead in December 2008, The Guardian…

Making Muslims dislike you even more

Yet another counter-productive and utterly clueless Western government program in the post 9/11 world: A key government policy on countering extremism in Britain has “stigmatised and alienated” Muslims and undermined community relations, a Commons report says today. Many Muslims told the cross-party committee of MPs that they believed the purpose of the Prevent programme was…

A mainstream reporter who wants to talk about occupation

Leading Australian journalist Paul McGeough answers some questions for newmatilda.com: What’s the headline you’d most like to see on the front page of a daily newspaper? World’s last arms manufacturer closes plant, joins former competitors aiding agriculture projects in… Africa. What question should we ask our next interviewee? Australia is occupied by a foreign power and…

Signs of life inside North Korea

After my book The Blogging Revolution was released, I was constantly asked why I hadn’t examined North Korea. I always said it was simply because the internet barely existed in the Communist nation. Now, via the New York Times, a glimpse: North Korea, one of the world’s most impenetrable nations, is facing a new threat:…

Google slaps down Australia

Is Australia trying to look foolish or do they truly want to look like a bumbling authoritarian state? The Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, has launched a stinging attack on Google and its credibility in response to the search giant’s campaign against the government’s internet filtering policy. In an interview on ABC Radio last night, Senator…

What us Jews should be thinking about this Passover

Happy Passover to all my (observant) Jewish readers. Akiva Eldar in Haaretz has a message for you all: One of the harshest of the 10 plagues has smitten the children of Israel this Passover, and they are stumbling about in pitch darkness, bumping blindly into anyone in their way as they head toward the edge…

Is Wikileaks the most important website in the world?

The latest Wikileaks drama: Whistleblower Web site WikiLeaks is planning to release a video that reveals what it’s calling a Pentagon “cover-up” of an incident in which numerous civilians and journalists were murdered in an airstrike, according to a recent media advisory. The video will be released on April 5 at the National Press Club,…