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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)



From Gaza to Aleppo – a guide to defending war crimes

This is from an article written in October this year but is even more relevant today as Aleppo and its people are destroyed and the Stalino-Assadists ramp up support for ‘their’ war criminals.

‘Many of the arguments used to defend the Syrian regime’s devastating attacks on rebel-held cities are eerily similar to those used by U.S. politicians, in their public statements and in a series of bipartisan Congressional resolutions, to defend Israel’s massive assaults on the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. By combining segments of these statements and resolutions supporting Israel’s “right to self-defense” with certain anti-imperialists’ writings on Syria, I was able to put together the ultimate guide to defending war crimes.’

So writes Stephen Zunes in In These Times. To read the whole article click here. From Gaza to Aleppo: A Handy Guide for Defending War Crimes



Comment from Ross
Time December 16, 2016 at 8:53 pm

The USA with the help of Israel created and funded Al Qaeda and ISIS.

Comment from Lycaon
Time December 16, 2016 at 10:48 pm

‘Moderate opposition’

For all the attempts by the US and its allies to paint the Aleppo armed opposition groups as ‘moderates’, we know that both Al Nusra and IS had their origins in al Qa’eda. But IS was financed and supported by the west and its allies until at least 2013.

Benjamin Hall, who was one of the few journalists who stayed in FSA camps, is the author of Inside Isis: the brutal rise of a terrorist army, in which he claims that Abu Omar al-Shishani, considered to be one of the leading IS strategists, was trained by the US, receiving military instruction as part of an elite Georgian army unit in 2006. He “enjoyed US backing and financial support as late as 2013, soon after entering Syria with fellow Chechen jihadists”. At that time he was by all accounts a hero of both Isis and Al Nusra fighters:

It took 10 months for the rebels to finally capture that base [in Syria], but it only fell when the FSA were joined by the Isis leader, Abu Omar al-Shishani, and his brutal gang of Chechens. When we had been there, it had been under the sole control of badly funded, badly armed rebels with little knowledge of tactical warfare – but, when Shishani arrived, he took control of the operation, and the base fell soon after.2

Hall also reveals that the Free Syrian Army’s Abdul Jabbar al-Oqaidi, the operational head of the Syrian ‘moderate opposition’, was paid a personal visit by the US ambassador to Syria, Robert Ford, just months prior to the final victory at Menagh.

Al-Oqaidi’s subsequent victory speech proves that, while he was on the US government’s Syria support payroll, he fought alongside and publicly praised IS fighters, calling them “heroes”, and presumably exercised some degree of operational command over them. In the summer of 2013 the IS and FSA fought as one, under a unified command structure, which just happened to have direct US backing. No wonder that in a recent poll conducted inside Syria by ORB International it was revealed that “82% of Syrians blame US for Isis”.3

As Robert Fisk writes,

… many of the ‘rebels’ whom we in the west have been supporting – and which our preposterous prime minister, Theresa May, indirectly blessed when she grovelled to the Gulf head-choppers last week – are among the cruellest and most ruthless of fighters in the Middle East. And, while we have been tut-tutting at the frightfulness of Isis during the siege of Mosul (an event all too similar to Aleppo, although you wouldn’t think so from reading our narrative of the story), we have been wilfully ignoring the behaviour of the rebels of Aleppo.4

Syria has been devastated, with whole towns destroyed, because the US and its allies, Saudi Arabia and Israel, thought that ‘regime change form above’ in Syria would weaken Iran’s Islamic Republic. However, far from doing that, the actions of the United States have ended up strengthening the Shia state in Tehran. Not only because its ally, the brutal Assad regime has survived, but – far more significantly – because 80 million Iranians, of whom at least 90% do not support the clerical regime, look at the disasters in Libya, Syria and Iraq and have come to the conclusion that living within the vast prison that is Iran is preferable to the hell created by US regime change from above, be it in Libya or Syria.

The so-called ‘socialists’ who support imperialist interventions for ‘humanitarian’ reasons should hang their head in shame. The only hope of defeating political Islam in the region is through a revolution from below – a prospect that every imperialist intervention over the last three decades has made more distant.

Comment from John
Time December 17, 2016 at 3:14 pm

Wonderful how you use the Assadist Robert Fisk in support of the mass murderer and counter revolutionary Assad. But not surprising. Sticking with the imperialism that is not US imperialism at the expense of supporting a democratic revolution has always been a major problem for what has now become the Stalino-Assadist ‘left’.

Comment from Lycaon
Time December 20, 2016 at 3:18 am


Sticking with the imperialism that is not American? Are you accusing me or Yassamine Mather of supporting British imperialism or Australian imperialism, or something else altogether? Please be specific and back up your assertions by providing concrete evidence as to where either I or Yassamine Mather, whom I quoted above, have supported intervention by any foreign or imperialist power in Syria or indeed anywhere else. Failing that, I hope you will have the decency to withdraw the foul and slanderous insinuations in your post.


Comment from Lycaon
Time December 20, 2016 at 4:21 am


I would also ask you to either provide evidence to substantiate your claim that either I or Mather have ever written anything in support of the Assad dictatorship. Failing that, you should do the decent thing and withdraw your slanderous allegation.


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