With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) by Greg Maybury

Scott Ludlam visits Pine Gap

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
August 4, 2017

‘[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the “deputy sheriff” tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.’ — Source: Cavan Hogue — fmr. Ambassador and Dep. Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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John Pilger: There is Already Nuclear War Because the Threat of Nuclear War is Part of Warfare

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RayHenman on Mar 11, 2017

From the Riverside Theatre Parramatta, Sydney Australia 2017

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John Pilger: The Empire Feels Shocked and Threatened with Trump’s Victory, Parts 1 & 2

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teleSUR English on Dec 16, 2016

Tariq Ali talks to the award winning Journalist and Filmmaker John Pilger about the state of the world.

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John Pilger: Utopia (2013)

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This video may contain images depicting the reality and horror of war/violence and should only be viewed by a mature audience.

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Drawing on John Pilger’s long association with the first people of his homeland Australia, Utopia (2013) is both an epic portrayal of the oldest continuous human culture, and an investigation into a suppressed colonial past and rapacious present.

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Thought Crime: The Road To A Police State by Vashti Kenway

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by Vashti Kenway
Socialist Worker
May 26, 2016

The expansion of the Big Brother surveillance state in the U.S. has had greater scrutiny thanks to courageous whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning and journalists like Glenn Greenwald. But the increase in state repression and violations of basic civil liberties–often carried out in the name of the “war on terror”–has gone global. In this article published at the Australian newspaper Red Flag, Vashti Kenway explains how “thought crime,” a concept once confined to science fiction, has become sufficient grounds to arrest and detain–and considers the ramifications of a strengthened state apparatus in Australia and beyond.


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Overt Money Financing: Raining Money on Main Street by Ellen Brown

For All Debts...

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by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
September 22, 2015

Predictions are that we will soon be seeing the “nuclear option” — central bank-created money injected directly into the real economy. All other options having failed, governments will be reduced to issuing money outright to cover budget deficits. So warns a September 18 article on ZeroHedge titled “It Begins: Australia’s Largest Investment Bank Just Said ‘Helicopter Money’ Is 12-18 Months Away.”

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John Pilger: Countries Can Be Independent As Long As They Comply With The US, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

STOP THE WAR COALITION RALLY TRAFALGAR SQUARE.08.10.2011

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by Cindy Sheehan
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog
April 13, 2014

This week Cindy chats with journalist/filmmaker John Pilger about world events and his new film, Utopia.

Then young Angeleno revolutionary poet Matt Sedillo will perform one of his poems for us.

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Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion (must-see)

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Fracking Rally 2013

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‘Fractured Country: an Unconventional Invasion’ is a new film from Lock the Gate Alliance (Australia) about the risks to communities from invasive gasfields. This is the full version of the documentary.

To purchase a full copy of the film visit lockthegate.org.au/shop#!/~/product/category=6467277&id=27567957

To take the pledge visit lockthegate.org.au/pledge

To donate visit lockthegate.nationbuilder.com/donation
To register a screening visit lockthegate.org.au/screening_rego

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Juice Rap News 20: Australian Election: A Game of Polls, Featuring Julian Assange

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thejuicemedia on Aug 25, 2013

Rap News season finale: Episode 20 – A Game Of Polls. A messenger raven has arrived in the Juice Media studio bearing tidings from the land of Australios: Elections are Coming. The perpetually warring factions and severely inbred families from across the Australian political sphere are squaring up in a more than usually bloody campaign. It’s Right versus slightly more Right in the election to end all elections for a few years. Join Robert Foster as he meets the bloodthirsty players in this violent saga. Who will slay whom? Who will prevail and claim the Irony Throne in Canberra? Who is that mysterious platinum-haired challenger in exile overseas? All these questions and more will be ignored in this celebratory 20th episode of Rap News.

– Written & created by Giordano Nanni & Hugo Farrant in a suburban backyard home-studio in Melbourne, Australia – on Wurundjeri Land.

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Julian singing vocals by Chris Doheny; recorded by Jonathan Dreyfus and Craig Harnath @ Hothouse Audio St. Kilda

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Australia’s Election Campaign Is Driven By A Barbarism That Dares Not Speak Its Name by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
johnpilger.com
29 July 2013

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The election campaign in Australia is being fought with the lives of men, women and children. Some drown, others are banished without hope to malarial camps. Children are incarcerated behind razor wire in conditions described as “a huge generator of mental illness”. This barbarism is considered a vote-winner by both the Australian government and opposition. Reminiscent of the closing of borders to Jews in the 1930s, it is smashing the façade of a society advertised as benign and lucky.

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Hold the front page! We need free media, not an Order of Mates by John Pilger

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by John Pilger
http://johnpilger.com
9 May 2013

The other day, I stood outside the strangely silent building where I began life as a journalist. It is no longer the human warren that was Consolidated Press in Sydney, though ghosts still drink at the King’s Head pub nearby. As a cadet reporter, I might have walked on to the set of Lewis Milestone’s The Front Page. Men in red braces did shout, “Hold the front page”, and tilt back their felt hats and talk rapidly with a roll-your-own attached indefinitely to their lower lip. You could feel the presses rumbling beneath and smell the ink.

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Geoff Lawton: Permaculture

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Geoff Lawton is an internationally – renowned permaculture educator, consultant and practitioner. He emigrated from England to Australia and later studied permaculture with Bill Mollison in Tasmania. He established the Permaculture Research Institute at Tagari Farm in New South Wales, Australia, a 147 acre farmstead previously developed by Mollison. PRI was eventually moved to Zaytuna Farm, in The Channon, where it continues today.

Since 1985, Geoff has designed and implemented permaculture projects in 30 countries for private individuals and groups, communities, governments, aid organizations, & multinational corporations. He has taught the Permaculture Design Certificate course and designed permaculture projects in 30 countries. The Permaculture Research Institute supports the establishments of Permaculture Master Plan sites worldwide as demonstration sites and education centers that network their research

[…] This event was held in Ajman, UAE on 31st of March, 2012.

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New Zealand: NATO’s Newest Partnership by Rick Rozoff

by Rick Rozoff
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Stop NATO
June 5, 2012

Catholic Workers protest NATO at Obama HQ-0024

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On June 4 NATO’s Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen and New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key signed a partnership agreement at NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

As the Western military bloc reported, the Individual Partnership Cooperation Programme conferred on the South Pacific nation “formalised ties between the two sides after almost two decades of increased cooperation.”

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Permaculture Research Institute of Australia: Zaytuna Farm Tour

Yummy Juliet Tomatoes

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For much more info and pictures, go here:

http://permaculture.org.au

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John Pilger: Obama’s Greatest Achievement: To Seduce and Silence the Anti-war Movement

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John Pilger speaking at Marxism 2010, the annu...

John Pilger speaking at Marxism 2010, the annual conference hosted by Socialist Alternative. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Marxism 2012: Revolution in the air hosted radical journalist, writer and film-maker John Pilger. Back for his fourth year, Pilger says about the Marxism conference:

“Marxism in Melbourne is now Australia’s premier festival of debate and free speech on issues that are either excluded from or suppressed by the mass media: issues such as the government’s agenda for Indigenous Australians, Palestine and propaganda in its many disguises.”

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