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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)



If there is any hope it lies in the popular democratic resistance in the Middle East

PKK fighters driving a tank into Shingal in Kurdish or Sinjar in Arabic.

I have read quite a few letters in newspapers recently drawing reactionary conclusions from the terrorist attack in France. These include one which said if there were a terrorist attack in Australia it would be the fault of all we bleeding hearts. Here is my response to this drivel.

This is the first  sentence of one letter.  ‘France’s weak acceptance of refugees from Muslim countries has now directly resulted in the worst terrorist atrocity in France since World War II.’  This is incorrect on so many levels.

Like most apologists for Western state barbarism,  the writer ignores history. The French State carried out the worst terrorist attack in Paris since World War II on 17 October 1961 when it killed hundreds of protesters among a 30,000 strong pro-Algerian Independence rally.

Second there is no link between the refugees in Europe and ISIS or other terrorists. Those millions of refugees are fleeing the terrorists, and also fleeing our bombs and those of the butcher Assad. We should welcome those escaping the barbarity the West has helped create in the Middle East.

The very recent French bombing of Raqqa continues France’s long and bloody history as an imperialist butcher. Rather than solve the problem it will only make it worse. It is a cynical and calculated political response in which the lives of innocent people in Raqqa mean nothing to the French state.

When we marched against the invasion of Iraq in 2003 we made the point that invading it would not create peace in the region. Killing millions, as the invasion did, is not a recipe for peace and stability. The same message is relevant today.

Is there a solution? As Noam Chomsky says to our leaders in the West, if you want to stop terrorism, stop engaging in it.

In their struggles for democracy and justice the peoples of the region can win peace. We got a glimpse of that potential in the Arab Spring revolutions against mainly Western backed dictators.

Kurdish, Arab and Christian forces have recently retaken a number of ISIS occupied villages and liberated the town of Sinjar. (As an aside I note the butcher who is the President of Turkey is currently bombing the Kurds.)

If there is any hope it lies in the popular democratic resistance in the region, not Western murderers and their allies and the knee jerk reactionaries sprouting their rubbish in the Parliaments and the media and the letters pages of the mainstream media.



Comment from Tom
Time November 17, 2015 at 12:18 pm

“Second there is no link between the refugees in Europe and ISIS or other terrorists.”

Actually there is. Some of the terrorists entered Europe posing as refugees.

Comment from John
Time November 17, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Do you have any proof for that lie?

Comment from Tom
Time November 17, 2015 at 7:14 pm

How can you be sure that it is a lie? Do you have any proof that there is no link?

You just don’t want to believe it because it doesn’t fit into your worldview.

We’ll have to wait to see the final outcome.

Comment from John
Time November 17, 2015 at 8:01 pm

So you make an assertion without proof and then I have to disprove you? Wow. Interesting approach. Meanwhile the lie inflames the passions of the racists. And I don’t care frankly if all 8 were from Syria (which they aren’t.) The agenda of the fascists and racists is to provoke fear and hatred of Muslims. Those who state unequivocally like you do that ‘Some of the terrorists entered Europe posing as refugees’ are part of that racist agenda setting. Bye Tom. Spread your hate elsewhere. Maybe the UPF site is a better one for you. 80 years ago it was Jews who were the target of racists and fascists. Today it is Muslims.

Comment from Lorikeet
Time November 19, 2015 at 3:33 am

The whole issue has made me very worried. In our own nation, people of various colours seem to hate one another. I cannot even go shopping without women from Middle Eastern nations glaring at me for no reason. I think global capitalists are behind it.

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