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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)



Out of the mouths of Israeli soldiers

“Stars of David and graffiti in Hebrew and English proclaiming ‘Arabs need 2 die’, ‘no Arabs in the state of Israel’, and ‘One down and 999,999 to go’ had been scrawled on the walls. A drawing of a gravestone bore the inscription ‘Arabs 1948 to 2009’.”

These are the Zionist truths Israeli soldiers scrawled on the walls of the Samouni family home after they occupied it in Gaza. Mousa Samouni lost his family when Israeli troops attacked his uncle’s warehouse. Another 21 were killed, all civilians, including a five month old ‘terrorist’.



Comment from Chris Ives
Time February 9, 2009 at 10:09 am

“I am going to put some graffiti from Israeli soldiers in Gaza on my blog in the next day or two which to me shows the essential racism of the Zionists.”

I had the misfortune of walking past a Socialist Alliance rally where quite a number of people had signs proclaiming “Support Hamas whilst you can”. Seeing one of Hamas’ stated aim is the destruction of the Israeli state (and I dare say Jews in general) then isn’t this a bit racist?

I think the above example shows the inherent racism of the Socialist Alliance and the contradictory nature of a group who criticise violence carried out by one group yet condone it by another.

Using one or two (unsupported) claims to support a broad generalisation about a whole movement is ridiculous.

Comment from John Passant
Time February 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Thanks Chris

I am a member of Socialist Alternative, not Socialist Alliance. I support the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland, a land the Zionists deliberately drove them off.

I support a strategy of Palestinian resistance fomenting and supporting revolution in other Arab states like Egypt. Hamas cannot defeat Israel.

I support the oppressed when they fight back against their oppressor. I argue that individual terrorism doesn’t work and hope that a strand within Palestinian politics sees the alternative to rockets (Hamas) or surrender (Fatah)-is the Arab masses and them taking control of their own societies and running them for their benefit.

The one million dead as a consequence of the US led invasion of Iraq comes from Lancet (600,000 in July 2006), an ORB polling group survey in 2007/2008 and other groups like Just Foreign Policy. The Lancet study is very rigorous.

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