Australia: turning for the worse

Saturday, 21 May 2022 — Michael Roberts Blog

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If you agree that there is an imperialist bloc of countries that dominates and controls the world, then Australia should be included.  It may be a new and smaller entrant to the bloc, and it may be just a satellite of US imperialism in the Asia-Pacific, but it still fits the bill as part of the bloc.

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Breaking News from the All-Powerful Oligarchs of Oz

Thursday, 11 March 2022 — New Eastern Outlook

Author: Phil Butler

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The crisis in Ukraine has spun the world backward on its axis. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s atypical military campaign, or denazification as some refer to it, has most western nations frantic for solutions. Unfortunately, the NATO and EU states don’t bother to ask the right questions, let alone propose the correct answers. Now, with Russia flexing to escape complete encirclement, borderlands like wealthy Azerbaijan are now being pulled into this orbit of conflict. The all-powerful geniuses from out west in Oz, have really made a mess this time.

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Australian Government Sanctions People For Sharing Unauthorized Thoughts

Tuesday, 8 March 2022 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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In the western world’s mad rush to ramp up censorship and dangerous cold war escalations against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, the Australian government has done what it always does and raised the bar of authoritarianism a click above everyone else in the room.

“The Australian Government is sanctioning 10 people of strategic interest to Russia for their role in encouraging hostility towards Ukraine and promoting pro-Kremlin propaganda to legitimise Russia’s invasion,” reads a new statement from Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. “This includes driving and disseminating false narratives about the ‘de-Nazification’ of Ukraine, making erroneous allegations of genocide against ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine, and promoting the recognition of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic as independent.”

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Nostalgia At The AUKMIN Talks: Britain’s Forces Eye Australia

Sunday, 23 January 2022 — South Front

By Dr Binoy Kampmark

Nostalgia At The AUKMIN Talks: Britain’s Forces Eye AustraliaAustralian Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Peter Dutton host the Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and Defence Secretary Ben Wallace at AUKMIN. Courtesy Ministry of Defence / Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office

Give the man credit where it’s due.  Few could possibly be congratulated for selling the sovereignty of a country in full view of its citizenry, but Peter Dutton, former Queensland copper turned sadistic Home Affairs minister turned Defence Minister, is very capable of it.  Australia promises to become a throbbing bordello for the strategic affairs of other states (to a large extent, it already is), awaiting submarine insertions, naval manoeuvres, and more troop rotations.

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ASPI – The Gov’t-Funded Conspiracist Think Tank Now Controlling Your Social Media Feed

Thursday, 20 January 2022 — MintPress News

ASPI Twitter Feature photo Think Tank-Social Media Axis

That ASPI is now partially in charge of Twitter’s moderation, influencing what hundreds of millions of people see daily, is a grave threat to the free flow of information, as well as to the chances for a peaceful 21st century.

In Australia, people vaccinated against Covid are 13 times more exposed to serious risk

Friday, 14 January 2022 — Voltaire Network

Statistics from New South Wales (Australia), released on 12 January 2022, indicate that people doubly vaccinated against Covid-19 are 6 times more likely than the non-vaccinated to be hospitalized and 13 times more likely to be placed in an intensive care unit [1].

Australia has based its entire health policy on the messenger RNA-based so-called vaccines. 93.7% of Australians over the age of 16 are currently doubly “vaccinated”.

It was known that mass inoculation with the mRNA vaccine, in lieu of a targeted use of it, did not protect against the transmission of the disease, but it does not protect against severe cases either, quite the contrary.

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[1NSW Health COVID-19 Critical Intelligence Unit : COVID-19 Monitor, 13 January 2022“, Agency for clinical innovation, January 12, 2021.

The Mauling of Novak Djokovic

Monday, 10 January 2022 — SouthFront

Written by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

[Breaking: Apparently, the Australian govt has released Djokovic from ‘detention’ to play the Australian Open, though the govt could still cancel his visa. B]

Rarely can the treatment of a grand sporting figure by officialdom have caused such consternation.  Novak Djokovic, the tennis World Number One, has always had a tendency to get under skin and constitution, creating a large following of admirers and detractors.  But his current treatment by Australian authorities, and his subsequent detention as an unlawful arrival despite being granted a visa to participate in the Australian Open, had the hallmarks of oppression and incompetent vulgarity.  In time, it may well also prove to have been another example of provincial opportunism and crass stupidity.

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New files expose Australian govt’s betrayal of Julian Assange and detail his prison torment

18 November 2021 — The Grayzone

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Documents provided exclusively to The Grayzone detail Canberra’s abandonment of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, and provide shocking details of his prison suffering

Was the government of Australia aware of the US Central Intelligence Agency plot to assassinate Julian Assange, an Australian citizen and journalist arrested and now imprisoned under unrelentingly bleak, harsh conditions in the UK?

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Australian War Propaganda Keeps Getting Crazier

16 November 2021 — Caitlin Johnson

by Caitlin Johnstone

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60 Minutes Australia has churned out yet another fearmongering war propaganda pieceon China, this one so ham-fisted in its call to beef up military spending that it goes so far as to run a brazen advertisement for an actual Australian weapons manufacturer disguised as news reporting.

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An Australian horror story

1 November 2021 — Information Clearing House

By Jeremy Salt

The Premier of the Australian state of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has just tabled legislation in parliament which is possibly the most monstrous ever introduced into a country calling itself democratic. Basically it gives Andrews the power to do whatever he wants and whenever he wants it. He has been turning Victoria into a police state for the past year and a half but behind the bland face and earnest manner, the legislation openly stamps him as a totalitarian psychopath.

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Apartheid State: Australia to impose lockdown on ‘unvaccinated’ citizens

27 September 2021 — The Dossier

On October 11, an apartheid state will be born

If the images and videos coming out of the COVID Police State in Australia are not terrifying enough for you, wait until you hear about the latest going on within the ruling federal regimes Down Under.

On October 11, Australia’s most populous state will officially transform into an apartheid state, becoming the first known territory in the world to radically segregate “unvaccinated” citizens from greater society. Aussie authorities in the country’s most populous state have now set a plan in motion to strip citizens of their rights and subject them to mandatory home confinement as punishment for refusing to “voluntarily” take the COVID shots.

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Australian Government Attempts to Shut Internet Down as Melbourne Protestors Stand Their Ground

24 September, 2021 — Investment Watch

by Chris Black

Australia is a full-throttle pedal-to-the-metal dictatorship. The government shut down internet service at ISP level in order to prevent Australians from showing the world what’s going on.

Central Melbourne was declared a media no-fly zone.

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Quad is turning & turning in widening gyre

25 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

US President Joe Biden at Quad Summit, White House, Sept. 24, 2021. Seated clockwise Australian PM Scott Morrison, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga & Indian PM Narendra Modi

By coincidence, perhaps, on the same day that President Biden hosted the first Quad summit, he also cleared the way for a senior executive of Huawei Technologies to return to Beijing — “removing one major irritant between the two superpowers,” as the New York Times put it.

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Clear Away the AUKUS Hype: The US and Australia Signed a Nuclear Arms Deal

22 September 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Vijay Prashad

US President Joe Biden, UK PM Boris Johnson, and Australia’s high commissioner to the UK George Brandis, had met during the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June. The AUKUS which was announced on September 15, was deemed “a forever partnership” by Brandis. Photo: George Brandis/ Twitter

The AUKUS despite being coined a security partnership, is a nuclear arms deal aimed at increasing pressure against China and should be cause for concern

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The Fallout From The AUKUS Deal

20 September 2021 — Moon of Alabama

The AUKUS deal allowed Australia to cancel an order for diesel driven submarines from France by taking up a U.S. and British offer to eventually acquire nuclear driven submarines.

It is not clear at all that Australia will find the money to actually pay for nuclear submarines. These are 50-100% more expensive that conventional ones. Australia also wants to make sure that at least 60% of the price flows back to Australian manufacturing. But there are no companies in Australia who have experience with work on nuclear technology. It is also unlikely that the U.S. or UK would let Australia gain such capacity.

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Ruckus over AUKUS isn’t an edifying sight

20 September 2021 — Indian Punchline

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and US President Joe Biden enjoy a light moment at the G7, Cornwall, UK, June 12, 2021

The diplomatic fallout from the new security agreement between the Australia, United Kingdom and the United States [AUKUS] is just about beginning. The debris will take time to clean up. Might there be some lasting damage?

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Aukus Pact: An Alliance against China that Excludes Europe

17 September 2021 — Internationalist 360°

Yoselina Guevara

Exactly one month after the fall of Kabul and the disgraceful withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, the United States has come into the world limelight with the Aukus Pact, an alliance that takes the initials of the names of the three signatory countries (Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom), with which it intends to “contain” Chinese expansion. The confrontation with the Asian giant is a way for the United States to demonstrate that withdrawal from Afghanistan does not mean a retreat in international affairs. When Kabul fell into the hands of the Taliban, the whole world questioned Washington’s credibility and, above all, its ability to guarantee security.

The British-American coup that ended Australian independence

 23 October 2014 — The Guardian

In 1975 prime minister Gough Whitlam, who has died this week, dared to try to assert his country’s autonomy. The CIA and MI6 made sure he paid the price

Gough Whitlam and Bob Hawke in 1972Prime minister Gough Whitlam watches ACTU president Bob Hawke drink beer from a yard glass Melbourne, Australia, 1972. Photograph: News Ltd/Newspix/REX

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Across the media and political establishment in Australia, a silence has descended on the memory of the great, reforming prime minister Gough Whitlam. His achievements are recognised, if grudgingly, his mistakes noted in false sorrow. But a critical reason for his extraordinary political demise will, they hope, be buried with him.

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I Awakened Here When the Earth Was New: The Thirty-Fourth Newsletter (2021)

26 August 2021 — Tricontinental

ChangingAlisa Singer (USA), Changing, 2021. Source: IPCC.

Dear friends,

Greetings from the desk of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

In late March 2021, 120 traditional owners from 40 different First People’s groups spent five days at the National First People’s Gathering on Climate Change in Cairns (Australia). Speaking on the impact of the climate crisis on First People, Gavin Singleton from the Yirrganydji traditional owners explainedthat ‘From changing weather patterns to shifts in natural ecosystems, climate change is a clear and present threat to our people and our culture’.

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