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Australia, Norway, and Germany: Three Setbacks for Socialism

In three recent elections, centre-left parties have either been defeated (Australia, Norway) or have failed to achieve government (Germany). In two of these cases, it's a major setback because for Norway and Australia, the social acquisition of public resource wealth is being taken away.

Syrian Gas Attack

Those who raise the issue of WMDs in Iraq (or the incubator babies of the first Gulf War, or the second Tonkin Gulf incident) need to have another look at the images. This is primae facie evidence. There was never WMDs in Iraq. There were no incubator babies in Kuwait. But it should be abundantly clear, from the images and the medical reports, that civilians have been killed from poison gas attacks.

Universal Secularism and Religious Particulars in Australia: An Irresolvable Problem?

Presentation to the 4D Conference, University of Western Sydney, July 2013

Abstract

Socialist Landslide in Albania

The Socialist Party of Albania has won a landslide in parliamentary elections held on June 23rd. As the lead party of the broad Alliance for a European Albania, their share of the vote increased from 40.85% to 57.7% and their seats from 65 to 84. The previous right-wing government led by the Democratic Party and their Alliance for Employment, Prosperity, and Integration, saw their votes fall from 40.18% to 39.4% and their seats from 68 to 56.

Evading responsibility in Syria

c.f., http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/4658190.html

For those who have researched this question carefully, they would know that the author's opinion is generally correct.

Governments have a responsibility to protect their citizens against mass atrocities, war crimes, genocide, etc. That is part of international law. Where governments cannot, or will not, satisfy this responsibility, the international community must protect the lives of human beings.

Hitler Hipster and Vodka

Dear authors of Hitler Hipster,

I refer to your cartoon broseph-stalin (http://hipsterhitler.com/comics/broseph-stalin/), which I believe was authored around October 2011, judging by the image file URL.

Letter to Daniel Andrews, Leader of the Victorian ALP

Sent to http://www.danielandrews.com.au/haveyoursay/

Dear Daniel,

I will keep in brief and summary form as an initial submission. Further elaboration will be provided as this project develops.

A critical objective for a jobs plan is to have a public finance system that encourages employment. There are some existing limitations in public finance that damage capital investment in productive activity.

The New Government Supports Religious Bigotry

The new Victorian Premier, Ted Ballieu, has recently announced intention to change the Victoria's Equal Opportunity Act 2010 which ensured that religious organisations could not discriminate in the field of non-religious employment.

Vive la différence! L'affaire du foulard

Much has been made of the fact that France, the has banned the burqa, l'affaire du voile, with the exception of places of worship. Earlier in the year a law was passed that scarves covering the face were banned in schools and hospitals, as well as on public transport. Women, who violate this requirement will be fined €150 Euros and given a course of lectures on the basics of the secular foundations of the French Republic. Men, who force women to wear burqa, will face up to a year in prison.

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