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Issue #1679      April 1, 2015

Culture & Life

Gina, Tony and others of that ilk

My son Max wrote three of these items, for which I am grateful.

There was a photo of the Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs fawning over Gina Reinhardt. I’m not sure what his “out-of-shot” hand is doing, but Gina seems pleased. For those who’ve never heard the quote before, this is what Gina’s father, Lang Hancock, said about Indigenous Australians ...

Prime Minister for Aboriginal Affairs fawning over Gina Reinhardt.

“I would dope the water up so that they were sterile and would breed themselves out in the future, and that would solve the problem”.

Did you see where the report commissioned by Scott Morrison to exonerate his department of the allegations brought by the Australian Human Rights Commission – allegations of rapes, sexual assault, and that the Transfield guards routinely traded drugs for sexual favours in Australia’s detention centre on Nauru – has come down AGAINST HIM! Instead, the Moss report has exonerated Save The Children of the claims brought against them by Morrison! The Moss Report goes on to find its own evidence that sexual abuse of women and children by Transfield guards is indeed happening, and that Save the Children’s account of the miserable conditions on Nauru was correct.

So, next time Scott and Tony cry that the evidence against them is just politically motivated propaganda spread by their enemies to tarnish their reputation, let’s remember that that’s just what every don says when he’s in the dock.

Ever since the British Tories privatised the country’s railways, with disastrous effects on services and costs, people have been campaigning for their return to public ownership. One line, the East Coast Main Line was returned to public ownership but after five years of successful operation has now been privatised again. TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady slammed the decision as “a costly mistake”.

“The government has ignored the evidence, which shows that under public ownership East Coast returned increased profits, has record-high passenger satisfaction levels and has added £1 billion to Treasury coffers.” That’s a very tempting prize for the private rail operators. And after all, profits, not customer satisfaction is what they are interested in.

Britain is in strife over something else, too: the Iraqi army shot down two British planes in early March as they were carrying weapons for the ISIS terrorists in Al-Anbar province. “The Iraqi Parliament’s National Security and Defence Committee has access to the photos of both planes that are British and have crashed while they were carrying weapons for the ISIS,” said the head of the Committee, Hakem al-Zameli. The Iraqi parliament has asked London for an explanation.

Supplying weapons to ISIS terrorists is clearly a “false flag” operation, an almost routine venture for imperialist governments. I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for an honest answer from British Intelligence or the British government!

Changing the subject abruptly, homeopathy emerged in the 18th century, when advances in genuine science made people susceptible to the scientific-sounding claims of pseudo-science. The notion that diluting a medicine somehow strengthens it is of course ludicrous, but gullible people who have not been taught to think critically still fall for the claims of the “homeopaths”. However, we notice that the Australian Homeopathy Association has admitted they are “baffled by the concept of cordial”. According to the 18th century principles of homeopathy, adding water to cordial should make the entire mixture stronger, not more dilute. Homeopathic researchers admit they are baffled by this, as well as by their inability to turn water into wine, which should be a simple process of gradually adding a large amount of water to a small amount of wine until it all turns to purest wine. Which, for some reason, it hasn’t yet. I wonder why?

The capitalist media has made much of the murder of a prominent member of the right-wing opposition in Russia. Boris Nemtsov was gunned down as he walked across a bridge with his girlfriend, a 23-year-old Ukrainian model. The main opposition in Russia, which the capitalist media rarely mention, is the left-wing opposition, mainly the Communist Party of the Russian Federation (KPRF).

Nemtsov was a major player in the Yeltsin regime, but his pro-USA stance put him at loggerheads with the Putin leadership. He was a frequent visitor to the USA, where he would often meet with Senator John McCain, a leading member of the pro-war lobby in Washington. In recent months he had taken the lead in opposing Crimea’s return to the Russian Federation. He also opposed Russia’s support for the anti-Fascist resistance in Eastern Ukraine.

Western propaganda promptly blamed Putin for the murder, although Russian police are working on half a dozen different motives. KPRF leader Gennady Zyuganov pointed out that “No matter what versions of this murder one may discuss, it must be borne in mind that enemies of our country, all sorts of scoundrels, will use it to destabilise the situation in Russia”. Even Mikhail Gorbachev agreed: “The assassination of Boris Nemtsov is an attempt to complicate the situation in the country, even to destabilise it by ratcheting up tensions between the government and the opposition.”

Also being ratcheted up is the USA’s renewed Cold War, especially over the situation in Ukraine, where the fascist/oligarch regime in Kiev is persisting with so-far futile attempts to militarily crush the popular opposition in the east, which has Russian support. At the same time, US ally Japan upped its aggressive stance towards China, Japan has made a big issue of denying any involvement in acts of aggression during WW2. Former Russian ambassador to Tokyo Alexander Panov commented: “Official [Japanese] propaganda has been trying to persuade people to believe that their country was a victim rather that an aggressor.”

Curiously, this denial of Japanese aggression against Pearl Harbour and other US bases across the Pacific and against such British possessions as Hong Kong, Malaya and Singapore has drawn almost no critical comment from US or British imperialism. They are instead busy encouraging Japan to become even more aggressive towards their perceived main enemy, China.

In January, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet army, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that attempts to distort and rewrite history were unacceptable and immoral.

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