Fear, loathing, and the erosion of civil liberties

Fear, loathing, and the erosion of civil liberties

The hysteria currently being concocted by Australia’s political leaders may be a smokescreen for the more serious threat facing us – an attack of the very freedoms and values our country has been built on. The Abbott government’s recent fear-mongering, antagonistic strategies are heading in a direction reminiscent of other historical governments, even if it is difficult for us to recognise this direction from within.

Does China have a terrorism problem?

Does China have a terrorism problem?

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is doubling down on their year-long assault on ‘violent terrorist activities’, but what does this really mean? Independent journalist Tim Robertson reports from Urumqi, the capital of the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

Harvard, Berghdal and the Politics of Terror

Harvard, Berghdal and the Politics of Terror

Much of the Bushspeak crafted by the neo-cons in the aftermath of 9/11 played a significant role in allowing the United States to shift the paradigm and reinvent the very idea of what constitutes war and, by extension, the enemy.