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Supporters of Israel’s Occupation and Genocides Must Not Get Our Votes!

Elections are imminent. Please send me your thoughts and suggestions if you believe we can extend the BDS to the political arena and do something to:   * apply pressure on all political parties this federal election to reconsider their … Continue reading

Refugees on NAURU – LEST WE FORGET

Both MPs Pyne and Morrison are running a rehersed line on Nauru claiming that within 10 days of the Howard announcement of Nauru as a refugee dumping ground in 2001 that it was up and running.
Please note that this involved putting up timber skeletons and then stapling black plastic to the frames. Nauru is on the Equator, hot and humid- plastic wrapped shelters exacerbated extreme discomfort. water flush toilets were installed but there was no water to flush them Children became sick with diarrohea and skin conditions in the heat, flies and poor sanitary conditions.
Do not let the Liberals whitewash the appalling conditions in which they dumped human beings in 2001.

Nauru, bankrupt and corrupt with its population of less than 10,000 people was overweeningly compliant. They said that no violence was to be used in removing people from the boats to Nauru, They then joined Minister Ruddock in saying that everyone had disembarked voluntarily. This was despite media photographs illustrating that 10 men were physically dragged and carried off the boat.

Nauru complied with Australian government requests in stopping doctors, lawyers and church representatives from going to Nauru even when there was extreme distress among the asylum seekers. None went in unless the Australian government approved. Of course the LIBERAL PARTY would want to see Nauru reinstated.

Nauru cost ONE BILLION DOLLARS to incarcerate 1500 people for up to 4 years. Two men were left on Nauru because ASIO gave them an adverse security assessment. Then when one of these men became so ill that his life was in danger , he was transferred to Australia and ASIO reversed the security assessment. he lives peacefully in Australia today. The other man eventually found refuge in Sweden where unsurprisingly he too is living peacefully. This makes a mockery of ASIO adverse security assessments when used for political purposes.
This report by Oxfam ‘A Price Too High: The cost of Australia’s approach to Asylum Seekers, outlines the financial , moral and health costs of the Pacific Solution.
http://www.oxfam.org.au/media/releases/?oldID=386
http://crisishub.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/case-study-4-a-price-too-high.pdf

‘leftside’ Review by Don Wilson

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Book Review by Don Wilson

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by Jim Sharp – a prolie who writes poetry

Australian poetry tends to neglect if not deny its working-class voices. Literary journals rarely publish poetry that focuses on working-class life. Some educated people claim that there is no such thing as class in Australian society and that these ideas are outdated and belong to Europe. Others say it is propaganda. http://www.cpa.org.au/guardian/2010/1463/08-book-review.html

Refugee AFGHANISTAN civilian violence worse than ever

Afghanistan: civilian casualties ‘on the rise’

Page last updated at 11:46 GMT, Monday, 12 July 2010 12:46 UK

Civilians are suffering most in the conflict

More than 1,000 Afghan civilians were killed in armed violence and security incidents in the first six months of 2010, a new Afghan study says.

Afghanistan Rights Monitor says 1,074 civilians were killed between January and June – a slight increase compared with the same period in 2009.

However, the number of people killed in Nato air strikes in the same period has halved, the report says.

Changes to rules of engagement helped reduce that figure, the report says.

Former Nato commander Gen Stanley McChrystal issued instructions in 2009 severely limiting the circumstances in which troops could call in an air strike or fire into buildings.

The newly arrived coalition international forces commander, Gen David Petraeus, has vowed to carry on with the policy.

‘Deadly insurgency’

Violence in Afghanistan is now at its worst since the conflict began in 2001, the report says.

“The Afghan people have only witnessed and suffered an intensifying armed conflict over the past six months and insurgency has become more resilient, multi-structured and deadly,” it adds.

Violence has soared across Afghanistan in recent months, with 212 civilians killed during June alone, Afghanistan Rights Monitor says.

Most of the deaths documented by the report were caused by insurgents, the report notes, with the widespread use of roadside bombs particularly deadly, killing almost 300 civilians.

Suicide bombs were also a major cause of death, the organisation said.

It does acknowledge that Nato-led forces have been trying hard to reduce civilian casualties, partly in response to pressure from the Afghan government.

And the new counter-insurgency strategy introduced by Gen McChrystal does seem to have had some effect, the report says.

According to its data, 94 Afghans were killed in air strikes between January and June 2010 – compared to 207 for the previous year.

In all 210 civilians had died in the past six months as a result of Nato-led strikes, shootings and raids, the report said.

“Dozens of people, including women and children, were shot dead during violent and barbaric intrusions, raids into houses and other counter-insurgency operations by US-Nato forces,” the report’s authors say.

Whilst the deaths of foreign soldiers often make headlines, the widespread deaths of Afghan civilians receive much less attention.

The United Nations has also charted rising civilian deaths in Afghanistan – it says 2,400 people were killed in 2009, up from 2,118 in 2008.