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Australians are lied to about extent of poverty & of levels of unemployment

A tragic indicator of increasing poverty and unemployment is the suicide toll. There are various contributing factors to suicide but almost without fail when there is a pronounced economic downturn, the economy in recession or in depression, life stressors accumulate and the suicide toll spikes. Despite the global financial crises Australians were told we’d get […]

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“What do these Blacks want?”

The veils and layers of racism are many. The White Australia Policy still thrives, veiled and layered. The racism I was born into manages a hefty say to this very day even if its ugliest forms are supposedly not as pronounced as they once were. Much of the overt racism that was the norm of […]

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The Tyranny of Experts – Challenges & Achievements in First Nations Education

Every child has a right to health and a good education. While this is a given, you say, clearly after more than two centuries the top-down, assimilationist policies inflicted by a long line of Australian Governments and technocrats have failed miserably to create even the opportunity for equity, let alone excellence, for so many of […]

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Women, gender and the evolving tactics of Boko Haram

by Jacob Zenn and Elizabeth Pearson ABSTRACT This article addresses an under-researched aspect of Boko Haram’s activities: gender-based violence (GBV) and its targeting of women. It argues that 2013 marked a significant evolution in Boko Haram’s tactics, with a series of kidnappings, in which one of the main features was the instrumental use of women. […]

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What if Gandhi, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X were all born in Australia?

By Dr Woolombi Waters (Last week in The National Indigenous Times) we mentioned how John Koowarta, Vincent Lingiari and many others who have contributed to the civil rights movement in Australia such as William Cooper should be house hold names. Should be … but they are not. John Koowarta, become the plaintiff in a legal […]

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But You Don’t Look Aboriginal

When you tell me ‘you don’t look Aboriginal’, you are denying that I am Aboriginal. To deny that I am Aboriginal is to deny that my grandmother was taken by welfare because she was Aboriginal, by the dictates of past government policies. To deny that she was taken because she was Aboriginal is to deny […]

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Digital rights are a lie

Abu Ghraib prison was a front for making public orchestrated American anger – it was a front to justify the so-called war on terror, an alias for securing a stronger middle Asia foothold in the bloody war for oil and gas – the energy wars have long begun. There will come the day when the […]

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US taxpayers paying the Pentagon to occupy the planet

by David Vine David Vine, a Tom Dispatch regular, is assistant professor of anthropology at American University, in Washington, DC. He is the author of ‘Island of Shame: The Secret History of the US Military Base on Diego Garcia’ (Princeton University Press, 2009). “Are you monitoring the construction?” asked the middle-aged man on a bike […]

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I’m not a racist but…!

That to me is one of the weakest statements of defence far too often proffered by people with racist views and tendencies. It is the qualifying word at the end of the statement that says “but” which then is usually followed by a statement which is clearly racist. For example, the statement could be followed […]

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WikiLeaks Party peace delegation to war torn Syria

By Ken Sievers “Lying and war are always associated. Listen closely when you hear a war-maker try to defend his current war: If he moves his lips he’s lying.” Father Philip Berrigan (1923 – 2002) INTRODUCTION The WikiLeaks Party concentrates on publishing stories ignored by the mainstream media. However the party has itself made the […]

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