Australian police chief links media raids to US-led “Five Eyes” spy network By Mike Head

8 June 2019 — WSWS

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) called a news conference on Thursday to justify its raids targeting journalists at two media organisations this week.

Police spent seven hours ransacking a News Corp political reporter’s home in Canberra on Tuesday, and eight hours poring over and seizing files at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Sydney headquarters on Wednesday.

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Warring Against Sources: The Australian National Security State, Journalism and the Public Interest By Dr. Binoy Kampmark

5 June 2019 — Global Research

“What’s gone on this morning sends clear and dangerous signals to journalists and newsrooms across Australia.  This will chill public interest reporting.” — News Corp Australia spokesperson, The West Australian, June 4, 2019

These are dark times for journalists and publishers.  It did not seem coincidental that Annika Smethurst, a News Corp journalist and political affairs editor, would be a target of an Australian Federal Police warrant.  Chelsea Manning, courtesy of a ruling by Judge Anthony Trenga, remains in federal custody in the United States.  Julian Assange is facing decline in the maximum security abode that is Belmarsh prison in the United Kingdom.    

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Australian Federal Police raid journalists over exposures of government spying, war crimes By Oscar Grenfell

5 June 2019 — WSWS

Over the past 24 hours, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) have carried out two raids targeting separate media organisations, for their publication of articles exposing government spying plans and war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan.

Thousands of internal ABC emails being gone through by the AFP [source: Twitter @TheLyonsDen]

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The Christchurch Shooting and the Normalization of Anti-Muslim Terrorism

15 March 2019 — Mint Press

Divide and Conquer

The real forces responsible for the destruction of many Muslim-majority countries and the current chaos present in many Western countries are not generated by civilian populations or religions but instead by the global oligarchy that engineers and profits from this chaos.

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Trump’s Syrian Gambit Again Exposes Australian Foreign Policy Bankruptcy By James O’Neill

30 December 2018 — New Eastern Outlook

The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria clearly caught Australian political, military and intelligence leaders by surprise. Despite claims of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia and the US were “joined at the hip” the link is clearly metaphorical and does not extend to actual consultation.

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A World First In Citizen Surveillance By The State

6 December 2018 — True Publica

By TruePublica: Last month TruePublica reported that the British government were going full Orwellian and was now aiming to create a biometric database on top of its mass data bulk collection through surveillance systems that have been deemed illegal by the highest courts in the UK and EU. However, in Australia – a member of the Five-Eyes surveillance clan, the law is being changed to take us one step closer to the complete eradication of privacy.

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Photo essay: Australian students strike for climate action

2 December 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Save Our Future!

Thousands of Australian primary and high school students walked out of school on November 30 to demand real action on climate change. 

Protests took place in around 30 cities and regional towns, with Sydney and Melbourne drawing around 10,000 people each.

Here, courtesy of Green Left Weekly, is what some of the protests looked like.


Sydney 
Photos by  Zebedee Parkes

See the rest over at Climate & Capitalism

Aboriginal people have a right to protest the commonwealth games as stolen wealth By John Pilger

6 April 2018 — John Pilger

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Australia has always wanted to stake a claim on Aboriginal culture – but only when it benefits them. They remain ignorant when the legislative bullets are fired to weaken and destroy it, and do not seek to protect it when the right to culture and ceremony is in the way of profit and white prosperity.

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