Woodside in the Kimberley; Exploitation Inc

My following investigation appears in today’s Crikey: When West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said recently that he welcomed the announcement of a permanent US military presence in northern Australia, his words were worth considering in a wider context. “We have a large open expanse in northern Australia, we are near one of the most troubled…

Top 25 stories corporate media (largely) ignored in 2011

Project Censored has released its annual list: Censored 2012: Stories of 2010-2011 1.… More US Soldiers Committed Suicide Than Died in Combat 2. US Military Manipulates the Social Media 3.… Obama Authorizes International Assassination Campaign 4.… Global Food Crisis Expands 5.… Private Prison Companies Fund Anti–Immigrant Legislation 6.… Google Spying? 7.… U.S. Army and Psychology’s Largest Experiment–Ever 8.… The Fairytale of Clean…

Disaster capitalism photo collection

I’ve spent the last 3 weeks in Western Australia and Christmas Island researching a book and other projects on disaster capitalism (overseas travels planned in 2012). I investigated the role of Serco in remote detention centres, Woodside attempting to develop a multi-billion dollar gas hub in the Kimberley and a tropical paradise being used for…

BDS has major bank victory in Israel?

Yes: The powers that be are furious at BNP Paribas for shuttering its operations in Israel, and suspect it is acting due to Arab and anti-Israeli pressure in France, the bank’s home base. Bank of Israel Governor Stanley Fischer, Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz, Banks Supervisor David Zaken and their top officials believe the bank’s board…