Denial of Palestinian rights is the real roadblock to peace

The oppression of the Palestinian people, blockading of Gaza, and right wing militarist attitude of Israel’s government is so obviously a cause of regional instability, pain, suffering, death and denial of opportunity for anything approaching normal life for Palestinians. That Israel has descended into the aggressive and militaristic nation it has and that it persecutes the very people who were dispossessed of their homeland to make way for the creation…

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The Land Battle: 15 Organizations Defending Land Rights | FoodTank.com

One of the most perfidious attacks on our life choices, health and livelihood is the ability afforded large corporations to usurp the rights of land-owners and occupiers, often of many generations. The great perfidy of this process – whether protected by law, or not, is that in most cases it provides a direct attack on the culture, life-style, traditions and beliefs of traditional owners. The destruction of intervention with sacred…

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What about Nagasaki? The bombings were a tale of two cities

Every year I am saddened by the lack of remembrance for the horror that was the dropping of A-Bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. These crimes are excused on the grounds that they were necessary to prevent the loss of millions more lives had the Japanese continued to fight. That may or may not be the case but it is not a justification for this deed. In fact, it…

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70 years after Hiroshima: what explains our cultural amnesia?

There are remarkably few references in contemporary film and literature to the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. The works that do address it begin to show us the importance of reflection and giving voice to the unthinkable. Source: 70 years after Hiroshima: what explains our cultural amnesia? – The Drum (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Peak Indigenous Body Acknowledges Resistance To Recognise Campaign

The First Australians still own this land. They have never ceded their occupation and ownership of the Australian continent to anyone. The land was occupied by the British in 1788 and what ensued was the subjugation of the First Australians, their forced dispossession, often inhuman treatment and discrimination. That discrimination has continued to the present day, in spite of the Referendum giving them the franchise, they remain essentially disenfranchised and,…

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Tony Abbott – the only “Australia Day” I’ll celebrate is the one on which you’re removed from office.

As usual, Tony Abbott, today, sent out a message notable for its insincerity – my response to hims follows it. Dear G———-, Today, across Australia, at BBQs, citizenship ceremonies and community events, we will celebrate everything that is good about our country. Australia Day celebrates the ties that bind us, the values that sustain us and the nation that we have become. You can watch my Australia Day video message…

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