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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)



Bring Netanyahu to justice

Benjamin Netanyahu is the Israeli prime Minister. He is a murderer.

Interpol has issued arrest warrants for the 11 Israeli secret service agents who killed Hamas commander Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

It is also possible Fatah supporters from the Palestinian Authority helped the agency, Mossad.

According to The Australian newspaper Netanyahu ‘…authorised the mission, which was not seen as complicated or risky.’

Drawing on a report from the Sunday Times The Australian also says that the Israeli Prime Minister met with the assassins shortly before the hit.

Where I come from such action would lead to murder charges against Netanyahu.

Has Interpol issued a warrant for the arrest of the Israeli Prime Minister?

Of course not.  This murderer is allowed to roam free in occupied Palestine because he serves the interests of  US capitalism in the region.

Israel is America’s armed wing and helps control the most strategic oil region in the world and prevent China from getting any foothold there.

Remember the Goldstone report? The UN commissioned Goldstone and other eminent jurists to investigate possible war crimes by all sides during Israel’s invasion of Gaza just over a year ago.

The Goldstone Report is unequivocal. It concluded:

[T]here is evidence indicating serious violations of international human rights and humanitarian law were committed by Israel during the Gaza conflict, and that Israel committed actions amounting to war crimes, and possibly crimes against humanity.

The report goes on to detail the evidence that leads to that conclusion.  The blockade of Gaza is itself a possible war crime. The invasion is too.  As the UN Press Release on the report says:

[T]he Israeli military operation was directed at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall and continuing policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population. The destruction of food supply installations, water sanitation systems, concrete factories and residential houses was the result of a deliberate and systematic policy which has made the daily process of living, and dignified living, more difficult for the civilian population.

These are, in the measured tones of the report, possible war crimes or even crimes against humanity.

Nothing has happened about the report, other than that the US Congress has passed a motion condemning it and supporting Israel.

They did this, not because the US serves Israel’s interests, but because Israel serves America’s global interests.

Justice in international law is the’ justice’ of the powerful, of those who have won the battle of history and dominate the world.

Australia is no innocent in this. Our troops in Afghanistan assassinate villagers who may be sympathetic to the resistance against the invaders.  Operation Phoenix has risen from the ashes.

Netanyahu and Obama, Bush and Blair, Howard and Rudd deserve to be in leg irons at The International Court in The Hague.

Justice won’t happen unless and until workers across the globe democratically run society in the interests of humanity, not profit.



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