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Friday 28th of April 2017 (UTC)

Feature Articles – Page 2

Rotten hypocrisy all around Mandela’s death

By Felicity Arbuthnot Accusing politicians or former politicians of “breathtaking hypocrisy” is not just over used, it is inadequacy of spectacular proportions. Sadly, searches in various thesaurus’ fail in meaningful improvement. The death of Nelson Mandela, however, provides tributes resembling duplicity on a mind altering substance. President Obama, whose litany of global assassinations by Drone, […]

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The Island Where People Forget To Die

By Dan Buettner   In 1943, a Greek war veteran named Stamatis Moraitis came to the United States for treatment of a combat-mangled arm. He’d survived a gunshot wound, escaped to Turkey and eventually talked his way onto the Queen Elizabeth, then serving as a troopship, to cross the Atlantic. Moraitis settled in Port Jefferson, […]

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What the Press Should Learn From the “Snowden Effect”

By Reed Richardson Everyone’s familiar with the old zen koan: If a tree falls in the forest but nobody is there to hear it, does it make a sound? In a way, the same existential question lies at the heart of our modern news profession: If a big story lands on the front page but […]

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Jeremy Hammond, American Political Prisoner sentenced to 10 Years

By Vivien Lesnik Weisman Jeremy Hammond, the Chicago activist and hacktivist (an activist who uses computer networks for political protests and other actions), was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison and three years of supervised release for hacking into the intelligence contractor Strategic Forcasting (or Stratfor) and other government, law enforcement and military […]

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Noel Pearson’s Gough Whitlam oration

by Noel Pearson November 13, 2013 – Whitlam Institute, University of Western Sydney – The reward for public life is public progress; an appreciation of the public life of the Hon. E.G. Whitlam AC QC – Prime Minister, 1972-75. In his 97th year, in this third oration in honour of Australia’s 21st prime minister, I […]

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The logic behind mass spying – cyber imperialism

by James Petras Revelations about the long-term global, intrusive spying by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and other allied intelligence apparatuses have provoked widespread protests and indignation and threatened ties between erstwhile imperial allies. Allied regimes have uniformly condemned NSA espionage as a violation of trust and sovereignty, a threat to their national and […]

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The U.S. Secret State & the Internet: “Dirty Secrets” & “Crypto Wars” from “Clipper Chip” and ECHELON to PRISM

Back in the 1990s, security researchers and privacy watchdogs were alarmed by government demands that hardware and software firms build “backdoors” into their products, the millions of personal computers and cell phones propelling communication flows along the now-quaint “information superhighway.” Never mind that the same factory-installed kit that allowed secret state agencies to troll through […]

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Illegal Embargoes and revisiting the Cold War

National Security Agency – The only part of the government that really listens to what you have to say. The New York Times (November 2) ran a long article based on NSA documents released by Edward Snowden. One of the lines that most caught my attention concerned “Sigint” – Signals intelligence, the term used for electronic intercepts. […]

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“False Doctrine” and the Stifling Of Indigenous Political Will

Abstract Hypothetically there is a correlation between the failure of Indigenous politics to achieve its goals and the sway of what Thomas Paine refers to as the false doctrine of Christian dogma. Unremitting evangelism and Christian hegemony has led to silencing or compromising authentic grassroots voices of too many Indigenous people. High conversion rates have […]

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Understanding Brian Butler & Lateral Love

By William Brian Butler, as told to Nicola Butler. William Brian Butler was born 13th September 1938 at the Bagot Detention Centre in Darwin, Northern Territory My mother Emily Anne was born Annie Lawrie and my grandmother Eliza Gordon was born Lady Wilson and are of the Aranda tribe and my grandfather Toby is of […]

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