‘Preposterous Caricatures’: Why is the Australia Indonesia relationship so difficult ?

Presented by Professor Tim Lindsey, Malcolm Smith Professor of Asian Law and Director of the Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society at the Melbourne Law School When: Tuesday 19 May, 6:00-7:00pm (doors open at 5:30pm) Where: Cinema B, Gallery of Modern Art, Stanley Place, South Bank There may not be two neighbouring countries that … Continue reading ‘Preposterous Caricatures’: Why is the Australia Indonesia relationship so difficult ?

The war we didn’t notice

Another thoughtful article from Andy about war …

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Years ago, when I was involved in much less activism than I am today, I used to play footy with a number of guys who were in the Australian army. One of these guys missed a chunk of the season when he had to go to Afghanistan on service. When he got back, I asked him what it had been like over there. He told me he didn’t want to talk about it.

I instantly realised what a stupid question it was. Of course he didn’t want to talk about it! I was genuinely interested in what the situation was like in Afghanistan, but I had asked him as if he was getting back from a holiday, completely ignorant of the trauma and mental struggle that a soldier in a warzone has to deal with.

I still cringe when I recall that moment, but I also think that in that…

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Thousands in Gaza plan int’l protest: It’s impossible to live here

[Publisher's Note: The people of Gaza have lived under siege for 8 years. While government and corporations are glorifying the ANZAC myth, Israeli & Egyptian governments are waging a silent war against the people or Gaza. Australians fought near Gaza in World War II, the Palestinians were their allies yet we will hear nothing of … Continue reading Thousands in Gaza plan int’l protest: It’s impossible to live here