Fatuous Defence: Australia’s Guided Missile Plans

8 April 2021 — Counter Currents

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Even in times of pandemic crises, some things never change.  While Australia gurgles and bumbles slowly with its COVID-19 vaccine rollout, there are other priorities at stake.  Threat inflators are receiving much interest in defence, and the media is feeding on it with a drunken enthusiasm.  We live in a dangerous environment, and think-tankers, parliamentarians and commentators are starting to get a sweet taste for imminent conflict.

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Cancelling Art: Australia’s “Dark Mofo” and the Offended Classes

30 March, 2021 — Global Research

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Last week, Australians found themselves delighting in another fit of cancel culture, this time in the art world.  Tasmania’s Dark Mofo art festival prides itself on being gritty but the mood was very much about removing any grit to begin with.  Interest centred on the project of Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, who had proposed soaking a Union Jack Flag “in the blood of its colonised territories”.  The blood would come by way of donations.  First Nation peoples “from countries claimed by the British Empire at some point in history, who reside in Australia” would furnish the liquid. 

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Coming to the Playing Field: Biden Puts Australia First. “Buttering Up” Allies against China

22 March 2021 — Global Research

By Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Featured image: Jake Sullivan (Source: Public Domain)

It has gotten tongues wagging in the diplomatic corps of Beijing, Washington and distant Canberra.  The opening session of the two-day summit between China and the United States in Anchorage, Alaska was ill-tempered.  “We do not seek conflict,” insisted White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan from the outset, “but we welcome stiff competition, and we will always stand up for our principles, for our people, and for our friends.”  There was little doubt that what followed was stiff.  

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The American Colony of Australia

1 March 2021 — The Most Revolutionary Act

Western media portrays Australia as a beautiful nation with independent people and a close ally of the United States. But the American Empire has no allies, only vassal states. Australia became a colony of the American empire in 1975 after an Anglo-American coup. Australians noticed nothing since Australia had been an British colony since its inception and dispatches military forces when ordered to fight empire wars.

The Real Crime Isn’t Australian War Crimes—but a Chinese Political Cartoon About Australian War Crimes

15 December 2020 — FAIR

Photorealistic cartoon by Wuheqilin depicting an Australian soldier holding a knife to a child's throat

Is information inherently less trustworthy and authoritative because the source is Chinese?  It’s a question Westerners must grapple with as the US government and corporate journalists intensify their online “psychological operations” against China to manipulate public opinion in support of another Cold War (FAIR.org, 5/15/20).

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Australia Sabotaged Its Own Interests in China Relations

8 December 2020 — Consortium News

By Tony Kevin

The destruction over the past five years of Australia’s mutually beneficial diplomatic and trade relationship with China was probably a successful “Five Eyes” information warfare operation,  writes Tony Kevin.

Hong Kong protester throws egg at President Xi Jinping’s portrait on China’s National Day, Oct. 1, 2019. (Studio Incendo, CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons)

By Tony Kevin
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Omnibus Collisions: Coronavirus Policing and Overreach in Victoria

9 October 2020 — The New Dark Age

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

In her September 17 speech to parliament, the Attorney General of the Australian state of Victoria, Jill Hennessy, explained various provisions of the COVID-19 Omnibus (Emergency Measures) and Other Acts Amendment Bill.  Of most interest was the proposal that would dramatically inflate the scope of public health power in ostensibly preventing a spread of COVID-19.  “The broader class of persons who may be appointed as authorised officers may include public sector employees from Victoria and other jurisdictions.  For example, health services staff, WorkSafe officers such as Inspectors, Victoria Police members and Protective Service Officers.”

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Australia Goes Full Fascist: State Issues First Ankle Tracker for Quarantine Violator

13 September 2020 — 21st Century Wire

This week, Australia took its burgeoning fascist police state to a new level, with officials in Western Australia now issuing electronic ankle bracelets and forced isolation in specially designated hotels to anyone it believes has violated the new raft of controversial new ‘COVID laws.’

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