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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



The rivalries that are tearing the Middle East apart

Eric Ruder in Socialist Worker US untangles the crisscrossing web of antagonisms in the Middle East. He begins by saying:

ON A single day in late March, the U.S. began a new bombing campaign in its air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), targeting ISIS positions in the Iraqi city of Tikrit–while 1,500 miles away, Saudi Arabia launched its first air strikes in Yemen in a bid to halt the advance of Houthi rebels.

The latest military escalations by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia threaten to further destabilize a Middle East in which open hostilities and humanitarian disasters have multiplied, from Libya to Yemen, and Syria to Iraq.

To read the whole very informative article click here.



Comment from philip s
Time April 4, 2015 at 1:14 pm

That is what America and its puppet supporting countries want if they breakup into smaller countries because of the sectarian conflicts they will then be easy targets for western corporations and militarily easier to dominate.

Comment from Kay
Time April 6, 2015 at 7:05 am

It is just laughable how Socialists continue to blame the US for all the troubles in the Middle East. Blind Freddy can see that the Sunni/Shia conflicts have been ongoing since 632AD – when Muhammad died (was poisoned). There have been far more Muslims killed by other Muslims than those killed by the US!

But then again, lack of factual support has never bothered Socialists. It has never bothered them that socialist/communist governments in the world have been abject failures. My recent visit to South America has amplified this view – very easy to see the effects of the failure of socialism in countries like Peru, Venezuela and Nicaragua just to name a few! The only real success of communism has been in China which has fully embraced capitalism and state capitalism, although it still operates under a communist political system, and has succeeded in lifting hundreds of millions of people out of poverty – although personal freedoms are still severely curtailed, and there have been horrific adverse impacts on its citizens during China’s slow march to prosperity since 1949.

Comment from John
Time April 6, 2015 at 7:36 am

How many died as a consequence of the invasion of Iraq? 1.5 million? How many died as a result of the US invasion of Vietnam? 4 million? Looks to me like the US is the purveyor of mass murder on a a scale religious sectarians can only dream about. And what unleashed this sectarian violence in the Middle East? The US invasions and the destabilising that is Israel. The failure of the Arab revolutions means that the alternatives seem to be one or other version of Islam. And of course the Stalinist dictatorships have nothing to do with socialism – they are its defeat. But I guess critical thinking, let alone presenting facts, is not part of your make up. The democratic populist regimes in Latin America are not socialist either. But that is OK. You stick to narrow unthinking stereotypes and that at least will get you through a narrow unthinking life without recognising what is going on and hence accepting the rotten status quo.

Comment from Kay
Time April 6, 2015 at 8:56 am

I won’t get into the argument about the number of deaths caused by the US in the Middle East, versus the number of deaths caused by sectarian violence in the Middle East, because it is so hard to get real and accurate figures over the decades. Your figures are very suspect, too. But, if you read the history books and watch TV, you see dozens, even hundreds, of deaths almost every day due to the centuries-old Sunni/Shia split. Mind you, the US is not the only country to invade the Middle East – remember Russia’s miserable outcome in Afghanistan? Just for starters, that is. Why do you feel the need to throw Vietnam into the discussion about the US and the Middle East? Maybe because you know your figures on the Middle East don’t really stand up?

As for South America – perhaps you should actually go there and talk to ordinary people about their experiences with socialist regimes, and see the abject poverty and very high levels of crime there. These regimes, like Chavez in Venezuela, and the Sandanistas in Nicaragua, call themselves socialist and implement socialist policies. But, because they have not produced the results you naively imagine a socialist regime would produce, you simply label them as not being socialist! What a cop out!! How nice to be able to simply dismiss all failed socialist regimes as not being socialist. Makes it easy for you to cling to your belief in some fictional, untried ideology. Meanwhile, back in the real world, there have been many socialist/communist regimes around the world, and most have collapsed in economic turmoil. Of course, these socialist regimes replaced other unacceptable regimes – dictatorships, military regimes, colonial regimes, powerful corrupt families etc, often propped up by the US and Europe – but regardless of the good reasons to establish these socialist regimes in the first place, the fact remains that they called themselves socialists and their regimes ultimately failed their citizens.

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