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Australia, we gotta change the date.

Australia did not begin on January 26, 1788. It is a lie. Our First People lived here for 60,000 years before our colonization, and Australian civil society began millenia before the British arrived and massacred.

It's not so different from Israel-Palestine.

But the British believed the land belonged to them. They had no good intentions to assimilate into Aboriginal Australian society or, as we now say, 'don't like it, don't stay.'

All power to the Soviets

by Pyotr Malatesta

Turkish forces in Afrin

SYRIA UPDATE: Turkish ground forces have entered the Kurdish canton of Afrin, making minor headway in three locations in the north. There's also been heavy fighting in the south by Jandaris, but it sounds like they haven't made as much progress there. Turkish-aligned rebel groups are also attacking the canton from the east.

Dutton is Extremely Concerning

Dutton will never relent with his attacks on all perceived enemies. He will never respond to criticism with anything more than the pleasure and enthusiasm he derives from attracting it. He is a racist, a misogynist and a misanthrope for sure, but worse than that, he is a paranoid control freak, an obsessed hater, a would be dictator.

The Unholy Alliance: Saudi Arabia and Israel

The unholy alliance: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and the Jewish State of Israel

Israel has no official diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia, but someone who watches with a microscope will know that they have secretly traded weapons, intel, and strategy for years. [1][2]

[1] https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.822032
[2] https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.828759

How Should Palestinians Resist?

Everytime I see Israeli media talk about 'the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement' I roll my eyes. It has outed itself as fake news.

Solidarity with the Palestinian people is the movement. BDS is a tactic to get there.

It's a tactic endorsed and beginning with the Palestinians itself.

Palestinian resistance has always prided peaceful protest and civil disobedience over violent action. The human right to boycott is a basic choice we make when shopping every day.

Syria Update January 2018

SYRIA UPDATE: As we enter 2018, I thought I'd take a quick look back at the events of 2017, to refresh the memories of old friends and bring new ones up to speed. I usually post an update whenever something major happens, but it can be difficult to synthesize that information into a coherent view of the conflict.

Newstart Expenses

Stuff that cost more than the Newstart allowance:

In 2016 former prime minister John Howard claimed the equivalent of 21.5 years’ worth of Newstart allowance in expenses

Tony Abbott claimed more than 37 years’ worth

Peter Dutton claimed more than 55 years’ worth

Scott Morrison claimed more than 61 years’ worth

Malcolm Turnbull claimed more than 105 years’ worth

Julie Bishop claimed nearly 113 years’ worth

According to the Federal Budget, the cost of maintaining our 226 Federal MPs in 2015/16 was 36,120 years’ worth of Newstart allowance

Justified Resistance

Resistance is justified when Palestine is occupied.

This is the story of Ahed Tamimi, a 16 year old Palestinian girl, who kicked and punched an Israeli soldier who raided her home armed with bulletproof vests and assault rifles as tall as her.

Let me be clear for those who may misconstrue what I am saying: I do not believe in war against Israel. I believe in boycotts, divestments, and sanctions - and anything else that clogs the occupation's gears.

I believe in non-violent civil disobedience.

Outed as a puppet

Sam Dastyari has just resigned as an Aussie senator. He's been outed as a puppet for Chinese donors.

Meanwhile, Donald J. Trump's connection to Russia are being unpacked. Every day brings a worse headline.

But what about Israeli influence in our democracy?

When Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, victims in need of government aid had to sign a paper verifying "that the Applicant: (1) does not boycott Israel; and (2) will not boycott Israel during the term of this Agreement."

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