Archive for March, 2013


The desperate, human plight of refugees and asylum seekers.

Let’s reject the myths and embrace our empathy and compassion…

Join the conversation by adding#rethinkrefugees to your tweets…

a well founded fear…

“I was kept in detention for more than a month (in Sri Lanka). During this time, I was questioned and beaten up every day. They asked me about my activities with the LTTE in France. They brought pictures of my participating in antiwar protests in France and accused me of betraying the government. They asked me for the names of others who had organized the protests in France. I was locked in a dark room and my hands were tied in the position of a crucifix. I then was burned all over my arms in this position. I was beaten with hot metal rods on my back and thighs. I was sometimes poked with the end of a hot poker and they kicked my head with metal-toed boots. I was raped many times. Two men would come to my room and one would hold me down. They would take turns raping me.”

source: Human Rights Watch, “We will Teach You a Lesson” (Feb 2013)

TamilHRW

Human Rights Watch has released “We Will Teach You a Lesson”

(February, 2013)

Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces:

(London) – Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a report released February, 2013. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present...2013...
...Please click the image above to freely download the 144page report via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH... 

March 26, 2013 Richard Denniss @ www.tai.org.au

“A cabinet reshuffle provides the perfect opportunity for a prime minister to clarify the role of incoming ministers. Now that Gary Gray has been confirmed as the Minister for Resources and Energy, the big question is whether the former director of corporate affairs for Woodside Petroleum will be responsible for Australia’s natural resources or follow Martin Ferguson’s lead and act as minister for the companies that extract Australia’s resources.

There’s a big difference.”

TooMuch

Too Much is an innovative not for profit site “dedicated to the notion that our world would be considerably more caring, prosperous, and democratic if we narrowed the vast gap that divides our wealthy from everyone else.”

Here @ the interpretOr, we came upon TooMuch via AlterNet which recently flagged signing up for their inequality weekly.

Too Much | A project of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies.

About the IPS:
IPS is a community of public scholars and organizers linking peace, justice, and the environment in the U.S. and globally. We work with social movements to promote true democracy and challenge concentrated wealth, corporate influence, and military power.
As Washington’s first progressive multi-issue think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) has served as a policy and research resource for visionary social justice movements for over four decades — from the anti-war and civil rights movements in the 1960s to the peace and global justice movements of the last decade. Some of the greatest progressive minds of the 20th and 21st centuries have found a home at IPS, starting with the organization's founders, Richard Barnet and Marcus Raskin. IPS scholars have included such luminaries as Arthur Waskow, Gar Alperovitz, Saul Landau, Bob Moses, Rita Mae Brown, Barbara Ehrenreich, Roger Wilkins and Orlando Letelier.

bobby“We’re living in extreme times and if you listened to modern rock music you wouldn’t know that,” says Gillespie. “I just think it’s odd there’s no protest, resistance or critique of what’s going down. It’s like people are tranquilised. All the rights people had fought for – people like trade unionists, anarchists, artists – are being clawed back by extremists. These people [in charge] aren’t rational thinkers. Someone like Boris Johnson hides behind that bumbling public schoolboy image but he’s a sinister rightwing c**t trying to bring in anti-strike legislation … we’ve got to fight these fucking people!”

Bobby Gillespie’s primal scream: click here to go to the interview in full @ the guardian

What Free Speech ?

The teeth gnashing and squealing of Australias “free press” over the proposed media laws is a little like watching and listening to feeding time on a pig farm.

Acting as though they are the outraged agents of the God of Truth they line up to save the citizenry against the devils who would kill free speech.

And what is it the threat? The Government wants to upset the industries self regulation body by adding an independent overseer in the public interest. This, according to the Murdochracy puts us as a nation on par with Nazi Germany and Iran. Nothing brings out the baying dogs of the press more than a threat to their total supremacy in the market of ideas.

Lets get real there is no diversity of opinion in Australian media. The Murdoch empire dominates Australian media and the first edict of the Australian press theocracy is “ I am thy lord thy emporer and there shall be no other emporer beside me”.

When one media proprietor completely dominates the discussion there is no plurality of ideas being discussed. In Australia the lack of plurality is as evident as the dominance of Pravda in the old Soviet Union.

The Levenson inquiry in the United Kingdom showed that free speech looks more like corruption when fearful subservient politicians do the bidding of newspaper proprietors. It lead to an appalling lack of morality by British tabloids even criminal acts that trampled on the rights of privacy for many Britons. The Murdoch newspapers were the worst offenders.

In Australia the hegemonic powers of Murdoch,s Australian press is even greater. There is no doubt that it has been destabilising the Gillard Government with such fervour and lack of balance it competes with Fox news as the most dishonest media outlet in the Western world.

It is interesting that the media as one push for an independent body to examine the police saying that because of their power, in a proper democracy the police cannot and ought not judge themselves. How often have we seen headlines saying “Who should police the police?”.

In an industry that wields an even greater power, the power to create new truths and realities, the power to destroy governments, the media ardently believes they should be their own police.

The concept of free speech is largely derived from the ideas of influential philosopher John Stuart Mill who said:

…the sole end for which mankind are warranted, individually or collectively, in interfering with the liberty of action of any of their number is self-protection. … the only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not a sufficient warrant. (On Liberty ch.1 ¶9)[2

Mill never envisaged a mass media that would be dominated by few extremely powerful individuals and corporations,or that proprietors would happily destroy the good name of others for entertainment of their audience, or deliberately mislead their viewers about life and death issues like climate change.

Is it healthy for one individual to dominate political discourse to the extent that members of parliaments are so fearful of being politically destroyed that they bow to the will of that proprietor at the expense of their constituencies and good governance?

Despite the growth of online blogs there is not a healthy plurality of views being aired in Australia as the corporate monopolistic mass media drowns out alternative views and furthermore it has dependent governments hooked on its ability to give and take power.

At this moment a conga line of such politicians in the parliament are selling us out while bowing to their puppet master and clamouring for his anointment in the upcoming election. Even Craig Thompson has joined in the chanting of the penitential rites.

Priest (Abott): Have mercy on us, Lord Rupert
Congregation: For we have sinned against you.
Priest (Abott): Show us, O Lord, your mercy.
Congregation: And grant us your salvation.

Priest (Abott): May almighty Rupert have mercy on us, forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life (tenure).

Congregation Amen

Peta, I’ve just Googled ‘abbott fascist’ said Tony…

“I think it is important that people, especially women, hear the truth about Tony Abbott, and not just the myths,” said Peta…

 

“Tramtracks” Tony. “Tramtracks.”petaa

Look, Peta, I am recalcitrant. At the end of the day, easing off the throttle, errr, literally and metaphorically…has paid dividends. Dividends. There are even times when I think this “being nice” malarkey  is my tramtrack…

…the rails, Tony, rails by which team negative shall emerge from the shadows…’nd into the dazzling daylight of our great and efficient mining monarchy. An enhanced brand proposition of trustworthiness, family connection and dare I say, increasing cosmopolitanism…‘K Tony, Brian and I had a nanosecond to confer at the gym Sunday and quite frankly, your tweet leading into the weekend of late exyooodid tramtracks. Andrew concurs, too…d’ya’remember it…

Friday night at the movies then Kam Fook Chinese for dinner with ‪@TonyAbbottMHR ‪@abbott_frances and mum ‪#familytime ‪pic.twitter.com/gPsfBjgf1a Retweeted by Tony Abbott

No mesothelioma people…

Oh Tony. No. No mesothelioma people. No…mesotheleoma people.

That’s all behind me now…

We’re moving forwards, with opportunity…with opportunity to win…

(…TBC…)

debt

“..In climate policy, the US lags behind other countries. Quotes a current scientific review: “109 countries have enacted some form of policy regarding renewable  power, and 118 countries have set targets for renewable energy. In contrast,  the United States has no adopted any consistent and stable set of policies at the  national level to foster the use of renewable energy” or adopted other means  that are being pursued by countries that do have national policies. Some things are being done in the US, but sporadically, and with no organized national  commitment. That’s no slight problem for us, and for the world, in the light of  the great predominance of American power – declining to be sure as power is  diversified internationally, but still unchallenged…”

(Noam Chomsky via AlterNet: March ’13 – click here for piece in full)

“The Human Zoo is a place to learn about the one subject that never fails to fascinate – ourselves. Are people led by the head or by the heart? How rational are we? How do we perceive the world and what lies behind the quirks of human behaviour?

Michael Blastland presents a curious blend of intriguing experiments to discover our biases and judgements, conversations, explorations and examples taken from what’s in the news to what we do in the kitchen – all driven by a large slice of curiosity.

Nick Chater, Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick University, is on hand as guide and experimenter in chief.”

BBC Radio 4: click here to enter ZOO…

PLUS…

An interpretOr was introduced to this incredible talk by Aboriginal psychologists working here in Western Australia. I’m still processing the magnitude of Prof McDaniel’s message and compassionate call to action, but in the interim, thought I’d share this extraordinary talk with you, our readers and visitors. Words that still resonate are reconciliation, collective responsibility, appreciation, belief and action…

biography:

Professor Michael McDaniel is an Aboriginal man who is a member of the Kalari Clan from the Wiradjuri nation of Central New South Wales. Michael's involvement in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander higher education spans more than two decades. 

Michael has previously been the Professor and Dean of Indigenous Education at the University of Western Sydney and the Director of Warawara Department of Indigenous Studies at Macquarie University. Michael also previously taught at UTS, where for some years he was Director of Indigenous Programs within theSchool of Adult Education. 

Michael has held part-time lectureships in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education at the Australian Catholic University and the University of Sydney. Michael is also a member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Higher Education Consortium (NATSIHEC). On a number of occasions Michael participated in the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues as part of the NATSIHEC delegation. For the period 2013-2015 is a Ministerial appointed member of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Council (ATSIHEAC).

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lemmarch13

March 2013

… Iraq ten years on, special report; Tunisia, Ben Ali all over again? France’s unspoken shift to the right; Colombia, who’s missing from the table? South Africa’s new apartheid; Slovenia’s crisis is political; the great shale gas swindle; Benedict’s Latin America message; 3D printers, return to a craft ethos?buy before you fly

…just click any story above to access…

 

Sydney residents were warned to stay clear of of an angry deluded Christian man who has been attacking people without any rational reason in Sydney’s Western suburbs.

The man who says he has been annointed by God, is displaying his psychotic state by his shouting extreme fascist slogans and claiming that he is Australia’s next immigration minister.

So far his verbally aggressive attacks have been focussed on people with good suntans and have not yet become physically violent. His attacks have forced residents with dark skin to take refuge inside their houses. Police fear he is incititing other mentally unstable members of the community to maim or kill innocent people.

There is great concern that he may find his way to to beach side suburbs like Bondi where many beach goers have dark naturally tanned skin and even more are sporting fake orange tans. These residents need to take a precautionary approach and under no circumstances should they approach this man who is extremely dangerous.

Abbott and Morrison are gutless, nasty and deeply foul conservative men who have craven form in demonising the defenceless for political gain – refugees, terminally ill former asbestos workers etc. What’s even more repulsive is that they press their buttons of fear and bigotry with the demented expectation that a majority of Australians support their views.

Well, come September, let us the people prove them WRONG.

(the interpretOr will also examine the timing of this latest burst of xenophobia, when our time permits. It may be no cooincidence that Morrison gushed his bile on 28th Feb, 2013…)

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