Category Archives: Opinion

Non-French War Deaths Matter by David Swanson

We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places. We are led to believe that U.S. wars are not tolerated and cheered because … Continue reading

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The price of oppressing your women – Naomi Wolf


The top and the bottom of the list of countries in Newsweek’s recent cover story, “The 2011 Global Women’s Progress Report”, evoke images of two different worlds.

At the top of the list – the “Best Places to be a Woman” – we see the usual suspects: Iceland and the Scandinavian countries, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Canada. On that planet, we see rankings in the upper 90s for the survey’s five categories: Justice, health, education, economics, and politics.

Women are out-earning men in college degrees (United States), domestic abusers are being banned from their homes and tracked with electronic monitors (Turkey), and female prime ministers are being elected (Denmark and Australia).
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Environmental enslavement for middle-class comforts – Brendan O’Neill

The real problem with the tax is that, like the politics of environmentalism more broadly, it will seek to assuage wealthy white people’s eco-guilt by implicitly encouraging brown people overseas to live comparatively simple, undemanding lives. Continue reading

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Osama bin Laden’s Second Death by Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

Osama Bin Laden
If today were April 1 and not May 2, we could dismiss as an April fool’s joke this morning’s headline that Osama bin Laden was killed in a firefight in Pakistan and quickly buried at sea. As it is, we must take it as more evidence that the US government has unlimited belief in the gullibility of Americans. Continue reading

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Why Tony Blair is the Most Useless Peace Envoy on the Planet – Tony and the Shah of Palestine By YVONNE RIDLEY

Tony Blair
Ever since a group of ordinary people from more than 40 different countries came together and set sail for Gaza have we seen various world leaders scramble to persuade Israel to lift the blockade on Gaza. Why? To honour the memory of those martyred by Israeli soldiers who shot nine unarmed peace activists at virtually point-blank range? Hell no!

They realize that people power has achieved more in that one heroic action, than any of them have achieved for the people of Palestine. And, despite that brutal episode, they know that more flotillas and convoys are being planned because people power is achieving more than anything else has over the past 60 years for the people of Palestine. Continue reading

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Getting away with murder – SMH – 12 Jan.09

YOU’VE got to hand it to the Israeli public relations flacks: only they could convince you that killing children was an act of self-defence. Continue reading

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Aussies, Sledging and Bad Umpiring

Because umpires are human there will always be mistakes. Mistakes are unfortunate. Many respond by saying that bad umpiring “happens both ways” and “you win some you lose some” and that “it all evens out in the long run”. These words may be true to some extent but one key point that is almost always ignored is that an incorrect umpiring decision almost always costs the underdog the most because the underdog has to work harder to take wickets, score runs and win matches. Continue reading

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A chance to rebuild, after a decade of moral erosion – Paul Keating

Former Prime Minister Paul Keating telling it like it is.. Continue reading

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“No American President Can Stand Up to Israel” – Paul Craig Roberts

These Bush supporters have morphed the Republican Party into the Brownshirt Party. They cannot wait to attack Iran, preferably with nuclear weapons. Impatient for Armageddon, some are so full of hubris and self-righteousness that they actually believe that their support for evil means they will be “wafted up to heaven.” Continue reading

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Islamic caliphate a dream, not reality-experts – Reuters – 13 Dec.06

Members of the last Caliphate government (Ottomans)

“The Ottoman empire fashioned itself as the inheritor of the first caliphates centered in Damascus, Baghdad and Cairo until Turkey’s
secular founder Mustafa Kemal Ataturk formally ended the office in 1924, in what Muslims have often viewed as a British imperial plot.” Continue reading

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