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Current Issue of The Guardian

November 19, 2014 - click here for index of articles.

G20 Summit Abbott govt – climate pariah

Abbott’s attempt to steer the agenda of the G20 Summit around the issue of climate change was undone in spectacular fashion by US President Barack Obama’s address to an enthusiastic audience at the University of Queensland. Commitments about post-2020 domestic climate targets and energy efficiency appear in the communiqué coming from the two-day meeting of leaders of the world’s biggest economies. Pressure is mounting on the Abbott government to stop being a “leaner” and to join the “lifters” in the still stumbling international effort to head off a climate catastrophe.  more ...

EditorialTerra nullius never went away

“As we look around this glorious city, as we see the extraordinary development, it’s hard to think that back in 1788 it was nothing but bush … Everything would have seemed so extraordinarily basic and raw …. ,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott told an international gathering in Sydney on November 14. He repeated the same words again at a post-APEC International Business breakfast on November 17. Terra nullius is back on the agenda, not that it ever really went away. Australia is open for business, for big business and this government is proudly clearing the way, in particular, for mining companies.  more ...

Save Victoria’s threatened Owl’s

Three species of owls are in danger of becoming extinct in Victoria because the Victorian government has failed to protect the forest habitat where these threatened owls, the Sooty, Masked and Powerful Owls live.  more ...

APEC pursuing integrated Asia-Pacific

While the Australian media were focused on the Prime Minister making a fool of himself, an important meeting was taking place in Beijing. It was the 22nd Leaders Summit of APEC (See box below). The original intent of APEC when proposed by Australia (on the US’s behalf) was an Asian Pacific regional group under US domination. The Summit was significant in a number of ways.  more ...

Little man drowning in big politics

The past week has not been a good one for Tony Abbott or his mate Joe Hockey. Abbott attempted to throw his weight around, using Australia’s position as host of the G20 leaders’ Summit to impose his own domestic agenda on world leaders. He appeared completely lacking in diplomatic skills, demonstrated little understanding of international relations and seemed to have lost his way on other occasions. He hardly did Australia or the Australian people any credit. The Australian media focused on Abbott and Putin rather than the real issues.  more ...

Israel bans renowned doctor for life from Gaza

Israel has banned Norwegian doctor and human rights activist Mads Gilbert from entering Gaza for life. Gilbert, a professor at the University Hospital of North Norway, where he has worked since 1976, earned international renown for his philanthropic work in late 2008, during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead, an attack that, according to Israeli human rights organisation B’Tselem, killed roughly 1,400 Gazans, including almost 800 civilians, 350 of whom were children.  more ...

Culture & Life – Fascism being revived

Fascism, accurately called “the last resort of capitalism in decline”, is being actively fostered in various countries around the world. Even more countries are putting in place laws that deny basic democratic rights while maintaining a façade of bourgeois democracy. This is usually done these days under the cloak of “combating a terrorist threat” (that the “threat” is invented is ignored by the capitalist media which are eager participants in the whole exercise).  more ...

Pete's Corner

Over 10 years worth of sharp humour from The Guardian's very own cartoonist Pete Andrew can be accessed from the main menu – or just click here.

Discover The Five

This is the story of the Cuban Five, five men in US prisons. The five who? Cuba? Let’s start at the beginning. You know Cuba is an island off the coast of Florida. The people there made a revolution in 1959 and the US government broke diplomatic relations. Not much has changed, the conflict continues.

16 years is too long – Free the Cuban Five

Published on Sep 16, 2014: Australia-Cuba Friendship Society members express solidarity with the campaign to free the Cuban Five on the 16th anniversary of their incarceration.

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