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Kevin Rudd Gains Vote over Ballot. [Kevin Rudd 57, Julia Gillard
45, Wednesday 26th.] Anthony Albanese - Deputy Leader and
Leader of the House Penny Wong Leader of the Senate [Yahoo]. Julie
Gillard wrote to the Governor-General Quentin Bryce, asking her to
commission Kevin Rudd as Prime Minister.
Lateline - Discussions with ALP Foreign Minister Bob Carr and Former Queensland Labor Premier Peter Beattie
On Asylum Seekers, is it not correct that much of the rest of the world
is experiencing a GFC. When we speak of the Asylum Seekers, is it not
this aspect that has contributed to the distress on the streets of our
neighboring nations? Is it not correct that this "change" is part of
the change that Australia needs to discuss. I.E. Forced Migration is
not only about the use of arms in war.... as in persecution/threat to
life at gun point. We need a "whole" regional approach to work this out
with our regional leaders.
At a multi-national corporate level, the
fires in the retail industry, the conditions of mining for workers
overseas, [cheap labour] alone are examples of the dire problem before
we even face the policies of economic survival for the unemployed,
homeless.... all those we say we support and would like to "protect"
against people trafficking, and all the other forms of crime. Australia
needs to raise the level of discussion on these topics with a view to
strategies. We need some "manufactured consent" on these matters. Link
the real story to the national rhetoric. Especially after this election.
is a topic we have not even addressed in public. What does it mean when
we discuss the issue with UNCHR and others, concerned about those in
Africa, in Camps as well as those fleeing the conditions on the streets
in our own backyard.
stance on Refugee's
'If we cannot work it out
amongest ourselves [as a nation] then how the hell do we expect to work it out with
the Indian Pacific region'... [a true liberal view full of common sense.]
U.N. human rights office said it had documented 92,901 killings in Syria between March 2011 and the end of April 2013. The U.N. figures
released in Geneva trace the arc of violence, with the average monthly
number of documented killings rising from around 1,000 per month in
summer 2011 to an average of more than 5,000 per month since July 2012.
At its height from July to October 2012, the number of killings rose
above 6,000 per month. Among the victims were at least 6,561 children,
including 1,729 younger than 10, the U.N. said. more
At least 36 journalists reporting on human rights abuses in Syria have
been detained, disappeared, tortured and killed according to Amnesty
Chemical weapons have killed between at least 100-150 in the ongoing
conflict, according to White House estimates.
US president's decision to send small arms and ammunition to Syrian
rebels is a basic first step towards slowing Assad's advance and
Tehran's rise, says David Rohde is a columnist for Reuters who reminds us of the many players in this theatre from his perspective.
Situation unsustainable - Austria’s decision to withdraw its troops from the United Nations peacekeeping force in the Golan Heights. Austria is one of three countries –
along with India and the Philippines – that contribute military
personnel in Golan Heights, to the UN Disengagement Observer Force
(UNDOF), which monitors the 1974 disengagement accord between Syria and
Israel after their 1973 war. Austria reportedly cited a lack of freedom
of movement and an unacceptable level of danger to its soldiers in
deciding to withdraw. Since last November, UNDOF has had its
peacekeepers seized by armed groups, its observation posts attacked and
looted, and its freedom of movement curtailed.
Syria's Opposition just has to attend talks. [It is unthinkabe that they would NOT attend the talks].LateNight Live: Syria and the Responsibility to Protect
In the wake of the atrocities in Rwanda, Bosnia and Kosovo, the
doctrine of the Responsibility To Protect was meant to end atrocities
like these. So is it time to apply this in Syria? Australia's former
foreign minister Gareth Evans is the primary architect and leading authority on the R2P initiative. He discusses this with Dr George Joffe from the University of Cambridge.
Geo-political Implications of Syrian conflict - discussed with Rami Khouri of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
We have to help stop the suffering and work hard for a ceasefire in Syria, says Australian Minister Bob Carr.
Western Fears on Syria amphified - political failure.... arguments against role of the West in Syria. Very difficult perspectives flushed out. More on The World
Today [29th May]
||Counterpoint, all three stories. [Monday 27 May ].Most telling however is the role and support required for women in the Pacific. From the Jo Chandler interview, I am extremely concerned about the way the international community ignores the plight of women, especially when we have some international pledges and policy tools available
for the purpose of supporting women, under international laws, treaties
and policies. I suggest regarding 'corrupted' elections that we do a
little more than we have to date to show our support and concern toward
the need to ensure that elections - especially where known problems
present barriers to women's energy is better respected. That we as the
international community put more pressure on those nations that
sell-out on fair political voting opportunities. Else what is the point
of the international policies? Monitoring for example is essential when
the evidence is so very public, pointing to the issues directly.
||This is a Celebration. It's About Time!
An Australian era I had not experienced. Having
arrived in Australia after Gough's election, towards his end, I only
experienced the moaning and saddness of a lost era. Over the years I
have come to believe that Gough Whitlam was among Australia q's greatest
Prime Minister's ever, a most liberated man who led this nation... even
for such a short time. The other one was Paul Keating!
Whitlam: The Power and the Passion - *****
||Orbit Earth's Extraordinary Journey:
This would have to be the most useful, graphically clear and
scientifically liberating documentary made in this day and age on the
planet earth. The content diverery is original, magic and shows us how
and why we get wind, ice and rain. We learn how the earth revolves
around the sun, and that the cosmos has more to do with our daily lives
then other wise believed. I do hope ABC TV runs this documentary again.
From stunning space imagery to in-your-face storm chasing, this series
showcases the incredible power of our planets epic journey with
presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski and crew who capture the
Earth in a way it has never been seen or even reaised before.
It is also worth every cent if you were to buy this DVD, Orbit: Earth's Extraordinary Journey
One in six Australian children are now living at or below the poverty line: Salvation
Army says a new national survey of its clients paints a bleak picture
of everyday life for an increasing number of Australians, particularly
||How and Why normal human behaviour is too often miss-diagnosed as mental illness: Mental Health Drugs have long been linked as a profit driven bonanza for the pharmaceutical industry.On top of this over the past 60 years the number of mental illnesses for which there is now a diagnosis has more than tripled. Dr Allen Frances
who supervised the fourth edition of the American Diagnostic and
Statistical Manual of mental disorders (DSM 4), nineteen years ago,
discusses the latest edition which he says turns normal behaviour into
UPROOTED MINDS. I
have just read the first chapter that is available on the internet. I
advise citizens, politicians and service providers everywhere to read
this chapter if not the entire book. As one citizen, I am increasingly
concerned with the way we are producing a society of homelessness,
purposeless worlds. Where the majority globally ache for a 'sense of
security in a world of ever-changing goods, needs and, norms'. The
mirror here is not just on America but on each-one of ourselves, everywhere.
discussion on "Bystanders" and conceptualization of what role social
reality plays in unconscious life is something we could all better work
harder to share and understand. Nancy Hollander and Julian
Burnside will be among other speakers at the Brain Center in Melbourne.
Nancy Caro Hollander explores how social forces and ideology converge
with unconscious dynamics to frame our experience of living in a
traumatogenic globalized culture of
crisis. Julian will discuss a number of individual cases which go a
long way to explain the extraordinary psychological harm suffered by
boat people in Australia.
|Refugee's and Human Rights
|Amnesty International 2012 Human Rights Report - interview with Widney Brown
| Amnesty International has accused Australia of exploiting asylum
seekers for political point scoring, rather than simply protecting
people fleeing persecution and, Australia's migration zone - policy is harshly criticised by the UN's refugee agency, the UNHCR.
Commonwealth Ombudsman Colin Neave has called for asylum seeker applications to be processed within 90 days - that's the statutory requirement under the Migration Act.
Australia's Asylum policy risks breach of human rights laws, interview with David ManneExecutive Director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre
Saturday Extra: Interview with Helen Clark, UNDP on leadership and the meaning of Human Security.
Eye on the Ball across the World... Growth vs Equity? A Conversation with UNDP Helen Clark and the launch of the 2013 Human Development Report.
Also a telling interview on stolen Europa Art where only 5% of all
Artworks stolen have been either returned or settled. My own comment
points to the world as a whole on this matter. All the War Ceremonies
do not make-up for the blindness and dishonesty still rife between
sovereignties and those who fail to address the injustice of War, it
aftermath and the dislocation it causes as families experience the
additional pain of losing the heritage [anywhere] with reference to property/art or what is rightfully theirs.
does wonderful work and sometimes the topic just happens to be exactly
about the connective things that I want to discuss, more....What makes a life worth living? asks Hugh Mackay. What makes life living ['I or We?'].
|Help save the life of another mother. Every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications in childbirth
When a baby is born in Australia, there is a better way to celebrate
than sending flowers. For the cost of a bunch of flowers, you can help
save the life of another mother in the developing world.
Make a donation to life-saving maternal health programs in Papua New
Guinea, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands. New mothers will receive a
beautiful card with a message from you.
|Heard the interview with volunteers on ABC 666 today. Well Done. Inspiring energy, clear examples and good common sense.
|Article - Builder Barry Kirby's labour of love in PNG.
- Voices from North Korean defectors help take us inside the secretive
state. Integrated with graphic's and media of North Korea with insight
to how the defector's felt both inside North Korea and from afar.
SBS DATELINE - The Mexican Wave. A
million Mexicans a year try and cross the US border illegally, but more
and more are perishing in the desert heat, leaving relatives searching
Cambodia's Shame- Cambodia has one of
the highest rates of gang rape in Asia... many young men, feel peer
pressure to force women into group sex. So what can be done to change this disturbing behaviour?
|Difficult Topic. Excellent questions from Emma Alberici. Stephen Koukoulas and Judith Sloan debate the health of the ecomony.
While I lean on the views of Stephen Koukoulas, both guests were
stimulating in their argument. More to the point, this kind of data
discussed is possibly more useful then the same old "where's the
money", which is becoming the most boring aspect of the otherwise
shallow grabline too often seen as the only line capable of
being repeated through the general media. Content like this will help
us better understand the future and is a game changer for the voter who
wants a fair and honest election. Emma Alberici's experience can not be
underestimated here. This has been among the best Lateline interviews
this year for its level headed tone, integrity and content. We are
getting so tired of the cheap slinging match that has dominated recent
| Equity &
|Until Governments begin to work out how to merge Human Rights, through trade and the political World System
we will continue to repeat the band-aiding of atrocities we see, which
are getting worse... daily across the world. In a rare moment "Canada
has raised the possibility of boycotting the next Commonwealth Heads of
Government meeting, in Sri Lanka, because of controversy over the
country's human rights record." If only Australia had more spine and
understood that why it governs is to lead people and our place within
the world system. Our integrity is more important than anything else on
For what Price?
|Clothing companies blamed for Bangladesh factory deaths - The ethics of those driving the the so called ' bargain basement culture "
that dominates clothing retailers [and other industries] is to blame
for the much of the uneven development and desperation experienced at
the bottom end of globalisation, the curse being the tolerance of
uneven growth driven by unsustained forms of capitalism.
The deaths in a collapsed clothing factory in Bangladesh. Shelley Marshall says a race for the cheapest labour is costing lives.
|The true conversation we need to have loudly:
Why is there little or no underlying ethical frameworks to guide the
decision-making, and operations of, mining. It is a field little
explored, in an era when even university research is increasingly
sponsored by mining companies.
||Tom Holland discussion about his book "In The Shadow of the Sword" was
amazing. Very interesting. "Tom Holland questions whether these
triumphant Arabs were Muslims. Islam, he says, did not inspire this
mighty act of conquest. Islam came later. This claim calls into
question the Muslim view of where their religion came from. It severs
the bonds that link Muhammad to Mecca and to formulation of the Koran."
|‘Year of Quinoa’
- ‘International Year of Quinoa’ to raise awareness of the nutritional,
economic, environmental and cultural value of a food that has been
traditionally cultivated for thousands of years.
FOOD - FOOD SECURITY and AUSTRALIA'S FUTURE FOOD STRATEGY.
Affairs - 7AM Live Australia
Water expert warns: don't rush irrigation planning in the north
Fruit and veg at Melbourne's Queen Victoria markets
Seafood and aquaculture on the Gold Coast.
NT - beef industry, which is grappling with the rapid decline of the live export market
A true way forward - 'AMERICA'S 'MOST FAMOUS FARMER' ON FOOD SECURITY' - Joel Salatin
Farmer, author, Polyface Farms, Virginia ******
Informative is Ihsan Dileri's interview on LifeMatters with Wendy Harmer. Mr Dileri is Youth
settlement and project team leader at Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre
in Melbourneand who did a 9 month study on the situation of Opium in
Afghanstan, trying to look for alternative crops for farmers.
||Archive Four Corners: Opium Brides.Reporter Najibullah Quraishi journeys deep into the Afghan countryside to reveal the personal and social devastation the Government's counter-narcotics program is causing. This is a complex issue, and one Australia needs to be "equally" concerned about
Debunking Medical legalising argument: Need 'amnesty plan or transition program for farmers moving into alternative crops'
Not unlike the 'rear earth' story in the Congo.... this story about Opium and the international role of players is too a MESS! | More
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CLIMATE FINANCING FOR THE PACIFIC ISLANDS
|The Best Rave in Town!
MAGIC THAT WORKS - YES!
So creative Neil. this years speaker... is a true diamond!
Neil Turok Director of
Canada's Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, previously
professor of physics at Princeton and Chair of Mathematical Physics at
question - whose accounting for basic economic dilemmas? Is there a
'Tradegy of the Commons'? Positive: the herder receives all of the
proceeds from each additional animal. Negative: the pasture is slightly degraded by each additional animal?
Global Agenda 2013?
925 million hungry people in 2010
Australia not a true Global player. As it works now to cut it's Foreign Aid - to redirect funds to it's "failed" Asylum Seeker program,
it also spurts [a sicker then sick] nationalistic self justifying
[xenophobic] rhetorical spin... Poor show Simon Crean and Bob
Carr. Your math hits the bottom-of-the-barrel. | Also see 7 30 Report [18.12.12]
Study tests whether ants can take the heat
- Gobal biodiversity- Meat Ants.... "When the ground temperature, which
during the hottest part of the day can be 40°C hotter than air
temperature, reached 50°C the ants would reduce their activity. At 63°C
ground tempetures". | Marine Snails on the other hand show impact of more acidic ocean..."Ocean acidification, resulting from the addition of human-induced carbon dioxide, contributed to this dissolution." The sea snails are an important source of food for fish and birds as well as an indicator of marine ecosystem health.
Many Australian birds featured by ornithologist, John Gould, are now either extinct or endangered.
||Hanan Ashrawi speaks to ABC National Breakfast, Fran Kelly from Palestine
about the situation between Palestine and Israel. She said, "The
problem is Israels sense of impunity."That they appear to be buying
time -to prevent peace. When asked if the Palestinians will go to the
ICC about Israel's move on Jewish Settlements Hanan Ashrawi said, the
Palestinians are trying to give Israel time before going to the ICC.
When asked about the reaction of Australia's vote to 'abstain', she
said, Palestine was disappointed if Australia had been negative, that
at least with an 'abstain' vote they on the right track... mentioning
at the same time reference to Human Rights.
More about Hanan Ashrawi.
Tops Natasha Mitchell: Interview with Dr. Clifford Saron,
Associate Research Scientist, UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain and
the Shamatha project on the effects of meditation practice on the
brain. Specifically the discussion on Self Control - Purpose - and the
focus on Training your Attention. Gee Whiz.
Transcendental Meditation. Along the way we learn something about
Buddhist, Jewish and Sufi traditions, and the growing popularity of
secular mindfulness as a cure for all sorts of modern ills. Wonderful Work Folks. ZEN!
|Humanity has failed to view itself as an integral part of nature,
said Mr. Zukang, stressing the need for science and technology to forge
a stronger link to the well-being of society as a whole, and not just
to the 20 per cent of the world’s population in which wealth was
So Beautiful, So Beautiful so very Beautiful: Under Her Spell-
An Australian Story. Zelie Bullen is based on Queensland's Gold Coast
but she is recognised around the world as an animal trainer. Zelie
shines, in all ways that are truly important. What an amazing woman.
Well Done Australian Story. I have watched the last few episodes and all have been heartfelt human stories.... so valuable.
|Late Night Live