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Saturday 13th of August 2022 (UTC)

Feature Articles – Page 3

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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The burning issue of deaths in custody – Aboriginal people die 5 times the rate of Apartheid South Africa

Only a little over a century ago Roebourne Prison was filled with inmates for crimes like ‘absconding’ from ‘blackbirding’ – slavery. Those who resisted strongly were sent to Wadjemup (Rottnest Island) and Fremantle Prison – most never to return. The word they used for policeman was “Marndamarangga” and means “chainhand” and is still used today. […]

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People are not the property of people: The Northern Territory is a prison built brick by brick by the Commonwealth

“For most of these women, the notion of human rights is unheard of. They have lived all their lives believing that they have no rights atall,” said the founder of Sisters Inside, Debbie Kilroy – who counsels women while they are still in prison. As my PhD research progresses in studying Australian custodial systems and […]

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