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.
As Australia follows the United States into another war in Iraq, independent journalist Tim Robertson asks, where is the United Nations while all this is going on?
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.
“There are known knowns; there are known unknowns; there are unknown unknowns; but there are also unknown knowns; that is to say, things that you think you know that it turns out you did not.” Donald Rumsfeld
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.