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Careful there voters! You can’t return the Boogieman like an unwanted Christmas present, you know! But Unca John can keep your economy safe…why won’t you trust me?

Now our Prime Minister is treating voters like heedless children who simply haven’t thought carefully enough about what change might mean. Mr Howard says there is always a risk with changing Government. And he warns voters flirting with the idea

Posted in environment, federal election '07, Howardia, indigenous, War

What would you do first?

In the SMH today there is an interesting interview with the Ruddster in which he outlines his top five priorities for his first three months in office, should he win that is (though I note that even the Shamaham now

Posted in elections, federal election '07, Howardia, politics, War

Two-state solution

A group of eight heavyweights in US foreign policy wrote to Bush and Rice in October calling for a last-ditch effort to achieve a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine situation. Immanuel Wallerstein considers their proposal in its historical context. It’s

Posted in Middle East, War

Hans Blix on peace

I went to hear Dr Hans Blix at Sydney Town Hall this evening. Dr Blix is in Australia to receive the Sydney Peace Prize (from Paul Keating) tomorrow night.

Posted in activism, War

Riverbend bids Baghdad farewell

Riverbend, the author of Baghdad Burning, whose blog has become well known around the world, is finally packing up and leaving Iraq. Two million Iraqis have already done so.

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Posted in culture, Iraq, War

The real moral challenge of our century

John Howard says that he won’t sacrifice Australia’s great economy on the altar of climate change. Our Dear Leader is shining a torch towards a future where we can all be at ease. But, but, has he considered the most

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Posted in Howardia, levity, War

Foundationalist myths

Military glory – that attractive rainbow, that rises in showers of blood – that serpent’s eye, that charms to destroy… ~Abraham Lincoln Jessica Lynch has been testifying to Congress. “The bottom line is the American people are capable of determining

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iraq, USA, War

Eliminating nuclear weapons??

According to Judge Christopher Weeramantry, launching a new “International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons”: The main reason we are held hostage by the most destructive technology on earth is simple: the complete lack of international resolve to ban nuclear weapons

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Posted in activism, Ethics, Foreign policy, Nuclear, politics, War

Dolly's balance

As is well known, the execrable Difference of Opinion is a direct response to the ABC balance police agenda. (Coming to a tiny audience tomorrow – are the kiddies connected or disconnected to phones and those intertubes and “what sort

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Posted in culture, Film, TV, Video etc, history, politics, War

The Straight Talk Song Express

John McCain has been taking questions from supporters. His campaign team should advise him not to.

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Posted in Film, TV, Video etc, Iran, politics, USA, War

Super Hornets can't drop our preferred weapons

Unlike some posters here (hi Nabs), I don’t get to go to the trade days at the Australian International Air Show. On the public days, the defence hardware makers all go hide themselves away, leaving the punters to gawp at

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Posted in government, politics, War

HSC History exam 2057

Friday, April 13, 2007, John Howard: “They know this surge, if it works, could represent a turning point”. At what point in the Iraq civil war did the then prime minister of Australia make his highly qualified statement? What would

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Posted in Howardia, Iraq, War

Vonnegut was from somewhere else: Tralfamadore, perhaps.

I liked this remark from Tim Sterne’s (non) obit post at Sarsaparilla so much I thought I’d lift it for this one. Hope you don’t mind, Tim! As already noted by commenters on Suz’ thread, Kurt Vonnegut has passed away.

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Posted in Books, Writers & Writing, culture, Disasters, Iraq, life, politics, War

Step up to the plate, Mr Howard!

The White House wants to appoint a high-powered czar to oversee the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with authority to issue directions to the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies, but it has had trouble finding anyone able and

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Posted in Howardia, Iraq, levity, War

Elect yourself another people

It’s always a very bad look for the right when they’re reduced, as they were when the American people failed to rally round impeachment of Clinton and were condemned by GOP pols and pundits as morally bankrupt, to suggesting that

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Posted in Iran, Iraq, politics, War
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