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A Flawed and Dangerous Presence: US Troops in Syria

December 13, 2023 - 11:14 -- Admin

Despite a focus on boxing China in the Indo-Pacific, US involvement in the Middle East continues to be widespread and problematic. While Israel is given its regular steroid diet of murderous arms, US military personnel find themselves scattered throughout a myriad of bases and countries. Recently, Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul decided that Syria should…

Oxfam welcomes Prime Minister Albanese’s call for a “sustainable ceasefire” and Australian vote for immediate ceasefire at UNGA

December 13, 2023 - 10:10 -- Admin

Oxfam Australia Media Release Oxfam Australia has welcomed a joint statement signed by Prime Minister Albanese and the Prime Ministers of New Zealand and Canada calling for “urgent international efforts towards a sustainable ceasefire”, as well as Australia’s vote in support of an immediate ceasefire at the UN General Assembly. The PMs’ statement calls for…

Migration Strategy Reckless in its Approach to the International Skills Training Sector

December 12, 2023 - 14:18 -- Admin

Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) Media Release The Australian Government’s approach to the international skills training sector set out in the new Migration Strategy is highly problematic, based on broad and often inaccurate generalisations about quality, and data from a broken visa processing system. That is the view of the Independent Tertiary Education Council…

East Africa’s floods decimate almost entire rainy season harvest leaving over four million people with no food or income

December 12, 2023 - 14:00 -- Admin

Oxfam Australia Media Release   As COP28 comes to a close, rich polluting nations must accelerate loss and damage compensation for countries hit hardest by climate change. Six months after a historic five-season drought, massive floods have inundated vast swaths of farmland across Kenya, Ethiopia and Somalia, right in the middle of the harvest season. Over…

Neoliberalism: A Threat to Social Welfare and Environmental Sustainability

December 12, 2023 - 13:35 -- Admin

By Denis Hay   Neoliberalism is the commodification of everyone and everything for profit regardless of the negative social or environmental costs. Neoliberalism, often characterized by its emphasis on free-market capitalism, deregulation, and minimal government intervention in the economy, has been a dominant economic and political ideology globally. However, its impact on society, the environment, and…

Censoring Israeli Violence: Western Media Outlets Capitulate

December 12, 2023 - 12:13 -- Admin

The cathedral of censorship is a vast, airy one. In its embrace, texts are abridged, images removed, ideas scrubbed. Historical inconveniences are filed and rendered inaccessible. The only sermons tolerated will be those satisfying and serving the dictates of power. The power Israel disproportionately wields here, notably across a number of Western democratic states, is…

Blending the school curriculum to create eco warriors

December 12, 2023 - 11:48 -- Admin

University of South Australia Media Release They’re among our youngest citizens, but when children learn about sustainability in their own backyard, they’re more likely to protect the environment, say University of South Australia researchers. In a citizen science project, UniSA researchers found that when students investigate local sustainability issues, they engage deeply with learning and…

Exposing the Underbelly of Australian Politics: The Fight Against Parasitic Elites

December 11, 2023 - 12:30 -- Admin

By Denis Hay   In the heart of Australian democracy, a subtle but grave threat has taken root. Hidden behind the facade of leadership and authority are the parasites of political elitism – individuals who manipulate the system for their benefit, undermining the values of fairness and equity that Australia prides itself on. Unmasking the Parasitic…

Resisting Christian Nationalism: Secularism Australia’s inaugural conference

December 11, 2023 - 10:24 -- Admin

Spiritual and cultural Christians – indeed such people of all faiths – need to consider allying together with those who identify as belonging to “no religion.” It is the fundamentalist authoritarians who would divide and constrain us all that need exposing as the small minority they truly are. We must make them as powerless as…