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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)



Archive for 'Saudi Arabia'

The rivalries that are tearing the Middle East apart

Eric Ruder in Socialist Worker US untangles the crisscrossing web of antagonisms in the Middle East and argues that ‘the latest military escalations by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia threaten to further destabilize a Middle East in which open hostilities and humanitarian disasters have multiplied, from Libya to Yemen, and Syria to Iraq .’


Saudi Arabia bombing Yemen: Some deaths are more important than others – Part II

Australia’s SBS News led off with the Germanwings story for 15 minutes when it happened.

Nothing so far tonight on the same channel about US ally and repressive authoritarian dictatorship Saudi Arabia bombing a refugee camp in Yemen and killing 40 civilians and injuring 250. Oh hang on. Thirty minutes in there was a one minute report in which the Yemeni President blamed the Houthi rebels for hiding in the camp and brining the bombing on themselves.

Some deaths are more important than others. Why?

All praise King Abdullah

Why this exceptionalism from the West for the brutal regime in Saudi Arabia? Why this fawning over a bloodthirsty and medieval dictator? Oil. Oil prices. Arms sales. Petrodollars. And despite its support for terrorism the dictatorship in Saudi Arabia is one of the strongest supporters of the US. They have common enemies, like Iran. Saudi Arabia provides ‘stability’ in the region. In other words the dictatorship keeps or helps keep the pro-US status quo. That is why flags are flying at half mast around the world, including here in Australia, for this butcher.

What about Saudi Arabia?

No, there could never be a revolution in Saudi Arabia, could there?

Conflict in Yemen caused by imperialism

A vicious little war has broken out in the Middle East, along Saudi Arabia‚Äôs border with Yemen. It is rooted in a struggle for control over the strategically vital Arab country. In the latest incident, Saudi warplanes are accused of killing at least 70 people in a mass bombing raid on villages said to be […]