ROUNDUP OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM DOWN UNDER

 Prepared by Antony Loewenstein
Palestine and faux outrage
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*September 11 and the terror war ever since

The tenth anniversary of 9/11 should have been a moment to reflect on the disastrous decade of war and trauma. Fear has become the default setting of many in the political and media elites. The victims of our crimes, in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Israel/Palestine and beyond, are often forgotten and America has been a nation that embraces disaster capitalism and outsourcing to the highest bidder.

Mature democracies would not excuse torture, extraordinary rendition and endless war, or simply ignore it. We have often been told since September 11 that, “they hate us for our freedoms”. As Noam Chomsky correctly argued this week, “it would be more accurate to say we hate their freedoms.”

In my news:

Interview with Radio Farda, Iranian Branch of Radio Free Europe, on reactions to the 9/11 anniversary.

Essay for ABC online on the destructive Israeli/American relationship post 9/11.

Appearance on ABCTV News24’s The Drum talking human rights, Murdoch thuggery, refugees and climate change.

Investigation in Australian magazine Crikey on the toxic role of private contractors in Afghanistan.

Review in Sydney’s Sun Herald on former Labor politician Lindsay Tanner’s book on the media and politics, a book by a think-tanker on Australia and the Asia-Pacific that ignores human rights and a book on Australia’s racist past and present.

Interview on Sydney radio about the role of aid to Palestine.

Response to attack in Murdoch’s Australian newspaper for defending Palestinian human rights.

Comments at the Australian Law Students Association national conference about online censorship and free speech.

Essay in Australian magazine New Matilda on the false equivalence between Nazi Germany and BDS [boycott, divestment and sanctions] against Israel by the Jewish community and political and media elites. A full archive of this ongoing story is on my website.

Interview on international channel news channel PressTV on BDS and Palestine.

– Interview with Green Left Weekly on BDS and attempts to criminalise pro-Palestinian activism (here and here).

Interview on Sydney radio explaining why BDS is legitimate tactic.

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5 Comments

  1. September 15, 2011 at 20:52

    […] ROUNDUP OF NEWS AND VIEWS FROM DOWN UNDER […]

  2. mick said,

    September 15, 2011 at 21:01

    Investigate 911 and recognise Palestine lets get this Century back on the rails …the Crime of the Century and the shame that has spanned two Centuries .
    1)Investigate with the power to subpoena witnesses and conduct it in public.
    2)UN Resolution 242 or apply sanctions .

  3. Bumblebye said,

    September 15, 2011 at 22:44

    Antony, I’d love to visit your site again, but since the recent makeover every time I do, my old banger seizes up! On the offchance that you’ll read this, what can I do (except for getting a new model – that aint in the budget)?

  4. Michael said,

    September 16, 2011 at 05:28

    Two points:

    Point 1: A couple of years ago, when asked to talk about who might have
    actually done 9/11, Noam Chomsky replied, “Who cares?” The video of
    this is on Youtube.

    Point 2: I believe there is a law in most countries that says something to the effect of, “Those who protect a criminal are complicit in the
    crime.”

  5. mick said,

    September 16, 2011 at 08:18

    1)Chomsky’s flippant comment “Who cares?” blew me away .I liked him so much but that just destroyed my opinion of him .
    2)America is enabling Israel to commit larger and more heinous crimes by it blind support of Israel.

    A level playing field is what the world owes the Palestinian people after 60 plus years of turning a blind eye to their appalling multi generational plight .


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