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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)



Former Gaddafi apparatchiks dominate Libya’s National Transition Council

The provisional Chairman of the Libyan National Transition Council is Mahmoud Jibril, former head of Libya’s National Economic Development Council.

NTC’s executive committee is chaired by Mustafa Abdel-Jalil, former Libyan Justice Minister under the Gaddafi regime.

Vice Chairman of the NTC Executive Committee is Ali Al-Isawwi – Libya’s former Minister of Economy, Trade and Investment and envoy to India.

Notice a unifying theme here? All are former Gaddafi apparatchiks. We couldn’t have real revolutionaries in control could we? The co-opted revolution is in safe pro-imperialist hands, for now.

For a more detailed but fawning report see former US Ambassador Marc Ginsberg’s ‘A Field Guide to Libya’s New Interim Government’ in the Huffington Post.

For an antidote to the pro-war left’s championing of the victory of NATO and the co-option of the anti-Gaddafi forces see Ben Hillier’s article ‘Tyrant Gaddafi finally falls, but what now?‘ in Socialist Alternative.



Comment from Auntie Rhoberta
Time August 27, 2011 at 6:46 am

But John, surely not only ex-Gaddafi apparatchiks are not the only non-‘real revolutionaries’ in this negative equation?

Comment from Ross
Time August 27, 2011 at 11:22 am

Exactly the same happened in the USA when Obama took over from Bush.Obama kept the same onld cronies to expand the wars and wreck their economy.

I bet the Libyian people will not get much of the oil revenue or the 166 tonnes of gold.

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