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  • Australia to be NATO partner, 200 troops may return to Afghanistan

    09/01/2014 2:14:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 2nd September 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    AUSTRALIA will enter a historic partnership with NATO at the group’s summit in Wales this week, giving the Australian Defence Force greater access to the planning and decision-making of the world’s most powerful military alliance. US President Barack Obama will officially name Australia an enhanced partner of the organisation, recognising the nation’s contribution to NATO operations, particularly Afghanistan, over the past decade. The Australian can also reveal the Abbott government is considering increasing Australia’s long-term presence in Afghanistan with the potential deployment of 200 special forces troops amid worldwide concern about the collapse of security in Iraq after the withdrawal...
  • ISIS rebels shoot at RAAF C-130 Hercules with Australians on board

    09/01/2014 1:50:47 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies ^ | 1st September 2014
    AN AUSTRALIAN C-130 Hercules transport aircraft came under fire from Islamic militants during a humanitarian mission over Iraq. News Corp Australia can reveal the aircraft was lucky not to be hit when fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) attacked it — as it swooped in low to drop aid packages to civilians in the town of Amirli in northern Iraq — with heavy machine guns and small arms last weekend. The drop took place at night so the rebels would have been firing by noise rather than sight as the darkened planes flew below 300 metres...
  • Australia to fly guns and ammunition into Iraq

    08/31/2014 1:07:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies
    AP via Stars and Stripes ^ | August 31, 2014 | Rod McGuirk
    CANBERRA, Australia -- An Australian military aircraft will soon fly guns and ammunition to the northern Iraqi city of Irbil to help Kurds fight Islamic State militants as part of a U.S.-led multination mission, Australia's prime minister said on Sunday. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said his government would join the United States, Britain, Canada, France and Italy in delivering rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and assault rifle ammunition at the request of the U.S. and Iraqi governments. "While we understandably shrink from reaching out to these conflicts, the truth is that these conflicts reach out to us," Abbott told reporters. "None of...
  • U.S. planes strike militants near Iraq's Amerli, airdrop aid

    08/31/2014 12:41:01 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Aug 31, 2014 12:29pm IST | Raheem Salman and Matt Spetalnick
    (Reuters) - The United States carried out air strikes on Saturday against Islamic State fighters near the besieged Shi'ite town of Amerli in northern Iraq and airdropped humanitarian aid to civilians trapped there, the Pentagon said. President Barack Obama authorized the new military action, broadening U.S. operations in Iraq amid an international outcry over the threat to Amerli's mostly ethnic Turkmen population. U.S. aircraft delivered over a hundred bundles of emergency supplies and more aid was dropped from British, French and Australian planes, officials said, signaling headway in Obama’s efforts to draw allies into the fight against Islamic State. Iraqi...
  • SAS troops, Hornets in frame for Iraq mission (Australia)

    08/29/2014 8:37:07 PM PDT · by Dundee · 4 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 30, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is considering deploying SAS soldiers, F18 Super Hornet jet fighters and sophisticated airborne early- warning and control aircraft as part of a military contribution to US-led efforts in Iraq. In 2003... Australian SAS forces were among the first allied troops to go into Iraq. They were tasked with the role of suppressing Scud missile fire from Iraq into Israel. They did not discover any Scud missiles but captured the Al Asad air base in western Iraq and a trove of ­Soviet MiG aircraft. They also disrupted Saddam Hussein’s control and command apparatus. The SAS is regarded as...
  • Who Should Be Called To Account In Rotherham? ( Labour Party / Moslems in UK )

    08/29/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT · by george76 · 17 replies
    Sky News ^ | 29 August 2014
    Rotherham's council leader has stepped down but there are calls for other heads to roll over the devastating abuse scandal. Many people are asking why no-one in a position of responsibility has been held accountable in the wake of the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. A devastating report revealed at least 1,400 children were sexually exploited over 16 years - between 1997 and 2013 - with girls as young as 11 repeatedly raped by large numbers of men. The inquiry found Rotherham council knew as far back as 2005 of sexual exploitation on a wide scale - mostly by Asian men...
  • "My Muslim Religion Has Problems That Need Fixing"

    08/29/2014 12:08:54 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 38 replies ^ | August 29, 2014 | Breitbart London
    As the threat from Islamic State grows, one Australian Muslim has written that his religion has problems with extremism, which all Muslims need to confront.
  • Pentagon: Arms flow to Kurds increases; 7 nations join effort

    08/26/2014 8:20:40 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 11 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | August 26, 2014 | Jon Harper
    WASHINGTON — The international effort to help Iraqis fight Islamic militants is heating up, with seven additional countries agreeing to provide arms to the Kurdish peshmerga forces. Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, France, Italy and the U.K. have committed to giving weapons and equipment to the embattled Kurds, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. The announcement comes about two weeks after Hagel set up a working group to find ways to accelerate arms deliveries to the Kurds. The Defense Department said the materiel is “urgently needed” as the Kurds take on the militant group known as the Islamic State, which has taken over...
  • Australia a ‘likely ally’ for broader US assault on Islamic State: report

    08/27/2014 2:44:28 AM PDT · by Dundee · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 27, 2014
    THE United States has begun to mobilise a broad coalition of allies behind potential American military action in Syria, with Australia likely to be enlisted, say US officials. The US is also moving towards expanded air strikes in northern Iraq, the New York Times reports, quoting administration officials. The officials said Barack Obama is broadening his campaign against militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria... ...countries likely to be enlisted included Australia, Britain, Jordan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates, officials said. The officials, who asked not to be named, told the New York...
  • Australia unveils measures to tackle rise of foreign fighters

    08/25/2014 6:12:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/25/2014 | Jane Wardell
    Australia unveiled counter-terrorism measures on Tuesday to prevent young people from becoming radicalized and going to fight in overseas conflicts such as Iraq and Syria, where scores of Australians have joined militant jihadist groups. Along with the United States, Australia is leading a push for the United Nations to adopt international standards to deal with growing numbers of foreign fighters in Middle East conflicts and the threat they could pose when they return to their home countries. Security analysts have put the number of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, traveling from scores of countries around the world, in the...
  • RAAF jets and Army SAS ready to wage war on ISIS in Iraq

    08/25/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies ^ | 26th August 2014
    RAAF fighter jets could be deployed in a possible operation against Islamic militants in northern Iraq. The plan is part of a wider set of contingency options being drawn up by the Defence Department’s militry planners in Canberra and inside American units in the US. News Corp Australia has been told that the contributions in support of a US-led mission could include; A SQUADRON of RAAF Super Hornet fighters SPECIAL-forces troops AN EXPANDED humanitarian mission
  • RAAF may join US air strikes on Islamic State

    08/24/2014 6:27:19 PM PDT · by Dundee · 10 replies
    The Australian ^ | AUGUST 25, 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    THE Abbott government is ­actively considering an extended military role for Australia in Iraq, and is encouraging the US to ­increase its military involvement there and possibly in Syria. Reports yesterday indicate the US is considering air strikes in Syria against Islamic State, and The Australian understands ­Australia could join the US in air strikes. ...these remarks make it clear that the government is ­encouraging the US to become more active militarily in Iraq and reassuring the Americans that we will be there beside them. The three main military ­options for Australian involvement are renewed humanitarian air drops, deployment of...
  • Australia’s Worrisome Fiscal Drift

    08/24/2014 6:53:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies ^ | August 24, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I’m in Australia for Consilium, an annual conference which is hosted by the Centre for Independent Studies.I spoke on fiscal policy and pontificated on the need for nations to restrain government spending.That’s an important message (at least in my humble option), but I thought it was more interesting to learn more about the tax and spending policies of Australia’s current government, which is led by the supposedly right-of-Center Liberal Party (Aussies still use “liberal” in the European sense of classical liberalism).Unfortunately, I learned that the Australian Liberals (like British Tories) need some remedial work on fiscal policy.Prime Minister Abbott and his...
  • Historic photos capture the biggest prisoner escape attempt during WWII...

    08/22/2014 6:14:01 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 43 replies
    Daily Mail (Australia/UK) ^ | 23rd August 2014 | Emily Crane
    In the dead of the night 70 years ago, more than 1,000 Japanese men stormed the barbed wire perimeter fences of Cowra prisoner of war camp in central NSW. Armed with improvised weapons including baseball bats and sharpened kitchen knives, hundreds of Japanese prisoners overcame machine gun posts in what would become the biggest POW escape of World War II. The mass breakout at the detention camp on August 5, 1944 resulted in a 10-day manhunt as Australian soldiers and police searched for hundreds of armed escapees roaming the Cowra countryside, 300km west of Sydney. A total of 359 Japanese...
  • Not just a story of bad white policeman shooting down innocent black man

    08/19/2014 2:17:25 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies ^ | 20th August 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    The shooting by police of an unarmed man is always serious. The exploitation of that shooting by race-baiters and the professionally aggrieved says something even more serious about racial divisions in the US. And the fact that dealing with the violence then requires the replacement of a white police chief by a black suggests the real grievance is not that there is racism but that the wrong “race” rules. The almost non-reported other side of the (alleged) story of the shooting in Ferguson of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson:
  • 70 years ago, the day Coke fell from the sky in Colonel Light Gardens (US 'bombs' Australia - WW2)

    08/19/2014 1:42:07 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies
    Mitcham and Hills Messenger ^ | 19th August 2014 | Duane Schultz
    MARLENE Cahill well remembers the day the war came to Colonel Light Gardens. The then-six-year-old was there when the US Air Force “bombed” her quiet street on August 22, 1944. Mrs Cahill was inside her grandfather’s 98 West Parkway house at 8am when she heard an almighty bang on the roof. So of course she poked her head out the window to check the commotion, as six year olds do. But instead of flames and rubble she was drenched in Coca-Cola. The street had just been accidentally carpet bombed with bottles of bourbon, eggs, clothes and blankets from a Liberator...
  • Islam in Australia: Living and dying for the flag of Allah

    08/18/2014 5:35:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (AU) ^ | 8/19/2014 | Geoff Chambers
    Wissam Haddad, the head of the al-Risalah Islamic Centre in Sydney’s southwest, yesterday told The Daily Telegraph he followed the “flag of Allah” rather than the flag of Australia. The flag, called the Shahada, is the same as the one used by Islamic State terrorists who have been spreading death and terror across the Middle East. “I’m not comfortable personally holding the (Australian) flag because this flag does not represent me as a Muslim. My flag is the flag of Allah. That’s my flag. “For me to have the Shahada flag, as it’s called, that’s a flag that I stand...
  • Last drinks in Lakemba: Tim Blair takes a look inside Sydney’s Muslim Land

    08/17/2014 1:57:41 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (Sydney) ^ | 18th August 2014 | Tim Blair
    THE Lakemba Hotel is one of the last Anglo holdouts in Sydney’s otherwise Middle-Eastern south-western suburb. Frankly, the old joint — it opened in 1928 — isn’t putting up much resistance. Most nights the bar is closed by 8.30pm or so, because by then what few customers it attracts are insufficient to cover running costs. ..... Lakemba may be only 30 minutes from the centre of Sydney, yet it is remarkably distinct from the rest of the city. You can walk the length of crowded Haldon St and not hear a single phrase in English. On this main shopping strip...
  • Australia won’t rule out sending troops to Iraq

    08/12/2014 11:41:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 13, 2014 2:26 AM EDT | Rod McGuirk
    Australia’s prime minister has held open the possibility of sending a combat force to Iraq in addition to military transport aircraft to airlift humanitarian aid to refugees trapped by insurgents in northern mountains, though the defense minister played down the prospect. Prime Minister Tony Abbott told reporters in London after meeting with British officials on the Iraq crisis on Tuesday that his government would not rule out taking military action in Iraq. […] The suggestion that Australian combat troops could return to Iraq was widely attacked by the government’s political opponents. Abbott was a minister in a previous conservative government...
  • New agreement for thousands of US troops to train in Australia

    08/11/2014 2:36:59 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 23 replies ^ | 12th August 2014 | Ian McPhedran
    AUSTRALIA and the United States will sign a landmark agreement in Sydney today to allow American forces greater access to Australian bases and facilities. The annual AUSMIN talks will include a signing ceremony for a new Force Posture Agreement that will see 2500 US Marines and dozens of US war planes and warships exercising and replenishing at Australian ranges and bases in the Northern Territory and at HMAS Stirling near Perth. The talks will also open the way for Australia to become part of America’s global ballistic missile shield and will focus on the rising tide of Islamic militancy in...
  • Navy patrol boat HMAS Bundaberg catches fire (Australia)

    08/11/2014 1:26:40 AM PDT · by Dundee · 13 replies ^ | AUGUST 11, 2014
    A MASSIVE fire has broken out in a shed in Brisbane where a Navy patrol boat was undergoing a refit. Defence officials confirmed the HMAS Bundaberg caught on fire just before noon. Smoke billowed from the shed and could be seen for miles. Fire crews were called to Barku Court in Hemmant around 11.45am... “The main difficulties we are facing is accessing the fire because its very hot in very, very confined spaces,"... “We’re fighting a fire in an aluminium vessel which is difficult to get into and ships, by their nature, are well sealed. Emergency crews were advised of...
  • Where the US goes in the Middle East, we will follow

    08/10/2014 1:53:40 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 15 replies
    The Australian ^ | 11th August 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    IF the US sends troops into Iraq — very unlikely at the moment but by no means inconceivable — Australian troops are overwhelmingly likely to go with them. If Barack Obama sustains airstrikes against the Islamic State extremists who are butchering and terrifying the population of northern Iraq, and decides he needs something like a coalition of the willing to share the burden and spread political ownership of the intervention, then Australian planes are overwhelmingly likely to fly as part of the action. ..... The Prime Minister virtually made this commitment when he saw Obama in the White House in...
  • We’ll fight radical Islam for 100 years, says ex-army head Peter Leahy

    08/09/2014 4:44:22 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 36 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9th August 2014
    AUSTRALIA needs to prepare for an increasingly savage, 100-year war against radical Islam that will be fought on home soil as well as foreign lands, the former head of the army, Peter Leahy, has warned. Professor Leahy, a leading defence and strategic analyst, told The Weekend Australian the country was ill-prepared for the high cost of fighting a war that would be paid in “blood and treasure” and would require pre-emptive as well as reactive action. “Australia is involved in the early stages of a war which is likely to last for the rest of the century,” he said. “We...
  • US ties nothing to sneeze at

    08/06/2014 3:01:29 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | 7th August 2014 | Greg Sheridan
    public overwhelmingly supports the alliance so there is no real problem. But the way we talk about it hasn’t changed in decades, although the context and much of the content have been transformed. This does not make it less relevant to our security. Quite the reverse. Except for the darkest days of World War II, there is no time in our history when the US alliance has been more relevant, or helpful, to Australia’s national interests and security than today. ..... With an air force, knowledge is power. We have unmatched over-the-horizon radar, AWAC tactical intelligence planes to guide our...
  • Australian Muslim Leaders Incite To Jihad To Expel Jews From Israel “And Jihad is a duty decreed...

    08/06/2014 10:02:19 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | 8-6-2014 | Pamela Geller
    Poisoning the West. And despite this Islamic annihilationist rhetoric, Islamic supremacists still dictate policy. Proposed changes to an Australian federal act restricting freedom of speech (defacto blasphemy laws) have just been shelved, due to pressure from Australia’s Muslim community. Seems a small minority now dictates the laws of the nation. Prime Minister Tony Abbott said he was dumping Senator Brandis’s draft laws, which would have removed key sections of the Racial Discrimination Act which the Attorney-General said made it illegal to “hurt the feelings of others”. The PM said he had made a “leadership call” to abandon the changes, because...
  • Australian commuters tip train cars to rescue man trapped in station gap

    08/06/2014 9:46:17 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 12 replies
    SYDNEY, Australia — Dozens of people helped rescue a fellow commuter in Australia by pushing against train carriages to free the man whose leg had slipped between the platform and the train. Closed-circuit footage released by the Western Australia State Public Transport Authority showed the man lost his footing while boarding the train at a station in the city of Perth on Wednesday. A passenger alerted railway staff who stopped the train from leaving, local media said. When railway workers realized the man was stuck, they called on other passengers to help. (Video at site)
  • Australia berates Israel over ‘shocking’ attacks (foreign minister—Liberal Party)

    08/04/2014 10:34:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 5, 2014 1:14 AM EDT
    Australia’s government has made its strongest criticism yet of its staunch ally Israel over the monthlong war in Gaza, with the Australian foreign minister calling the shelling of United Nations schools “indefensible.” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop welcomed the announcement of a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire to begin on Tuesday, and urged Israel to take all necessary steps to prevent civilian casualties. …
  • First WWI shot remembered a century on

    08/02/2014 10:13:28 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies ^ | 3rd August 2014
    THE first shot fired by the British Empire in World War I wasn't on the battlefields of Europe - it came from a windswept fort south of Melbourne, half a world away. THAT moment - 100 years ago on Tuesday - will be marked with a ceremony at the former military base where a 24-year-old Australian soldier fired on the German merchant ship, SS Pfalz, which was attempting to flee Melbourne less than four hours after hostilities began. The ceremony is one of a national series of events marking the centenary of World War I. John Purdue, a sergeant with...
  • Bill Clinton On 9/10/01: ‘I Could Have Killed’ Bin Laden

    07/31/2014 12:34:29 PM PDT · by bkopto · 34 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/31/2014 | Tristyn Bloom
    Just hours before the planes crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, former president Bill Clinton was in Australia telling businessmen that he “could have killed” Osama Bin Laden during his presidency, but chose not to, MSNBC reports. “I nearly got him,” he says on newly-released recordings of the September 10 meeting. “And I could have killed him, but I would have to destroy a little town called Kandahar in Afghanistan and kill 300 innocent women and children, and then I would have been no better than him. And so I didn’t do it.” Michael Kroger, one...
  • Australian airline passengers told to flush drugs

    07/30/2014 1:00:10 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 9 replies
    AP via [Myrtle Beach] Sun-News ^ | July 29, 2014 | ROD McGUIRK
    CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian airline apologized on Wednesday for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport. -snip- "We have been told there are sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal," Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Wednesday quoted the attendant as telling passengers via the Airbus A320's public address system. "If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn't have, we suggest you flush it now," he added.
  • PM Tony Abbott deploys troops to eastern Ukraine to protect Australian Federal Police officers

    07/25/2014 12:36:45 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe ^ | July 16, 2014 | SIMON BENSON AND JACQUELIN MAGNAY
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has ­confirmed troops will be deployed to eastern Ukraine to protect Australian Federal Police officers working on the crash site investigation. The Saturday Telegraph understands they will be deployed through the ­United Arab Emirates, which was the operating base for Australian ­deployments to Afghanistan. Another 100 AFP officers are flying to Ukraine today to join 90 of their ­colleagues already deployed to Europe under a Dutch-led investigation. Mr Abbott said the AFP officers, some of whom would be armed, would be entering the crash site under the protection of Australian soldiers. A number of troops are...
  • Ukraine fighting rages as Australia ready for MH17 site deployment

    07/24/2014 3:08:09 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 2 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 24, 2014 | Dario THUBURN with Hui Min NEO in Kiev
    Fighting between Ukrainian troops and rebels raged Thursday near the crash site of Malaysian flight MH17, as countries which lost 298 citizens in the disaster moved to deploy their police to secure the impact zone. The Dutch team leading the crash probe was stuck in Kiev, unable to join a handful of international investigators at the rebel-controlled site.... And in eastern Kiev, investigators said human remains were still strewn amidst the debris of the wreck, where recovery work has been at a standstill since Tuesday. Dutch authorities said they can only be sure that 200 corpses have been recovered out...
  • Australian troops and police could be sent to secure MH17 crash site ....

    07/23/2014 9:15:32 AM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 15 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | July 23, 2014 | Emily Crane
    Prime Minister Tony Abbott may send up to 100 Australian Federal Police to help secure the MH17 crash site, with bodies still believed to be scattered in the area. Mr Abbott yesterday sought advice from his security, police and defence chiefs for options to help secure the crash site and the likely outcome is believed to be an AFP-led taskforce .... The AFP officers would likely be accompanied by a special team of Australian troops to assist a Dutch-led multinational taskforce, after Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte reportedly asked Mr Abbott if Australia would consider helping.... It is yet to...
  • First Kiwi lesbian “marriage” over already?

    07/21/2014 10:00:14 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 31 replies
    Conjugality ^ | 17 July, 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    New Zealand’s first same-sex “marriage” is shaping up to become the country’s first same-sex divorce. Less than a year since they became the poster girls for the country’s new legal definition of marriage (last August) the NZ Herald reports that Melissa Ray, a former Ferns football player, and Natasha Vitali, a sales rep, are “believed to have split”. The main source of the story appears to be Ms Vitali’s Facebook page on which the following poem appeared yesterday: Drink it down, laugh it off, Avoid the drama, take chances, And never have regrets Because at one point everything you did...
  • The West is to blame for creating monster of Vladimir Putin

    07/20/2014 4:03:05 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 13 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) ^ | 21st July 2014 | Andrew Bolt
    RUSSIAN president Vladimir Putin has the blood of Australians on his hands, and is now hiding the evidence of his crimes. But blame the West, too, for its fatal weakness. In fact, the Abbott Government hopes to use the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines MH17 to persuade the West to muscle up at last to Russia. It is Russia — under Putin’s policy of securing his borders — which helped pro-Russian militias seize parts of eastern Ukraine, making them near lawless. .... And if Putin needed any more encouragement, he had only to look to the Middle East, which has...
  • Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte warns Vladimir Putin of 'last chance' to help recover bodies

    07/19/2014 12:31:29 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies ^ | July 19, 2014
    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte says Russia's president has "one last chance" to show he is serious about helping rescuers recover the bodies of the victims of crashed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. The attack on the plane has claimed the lives of 28 Australians and eight permanent Australian residents, who were among the 298 passengers and crew on board. Mr Rutte's comments come amid reports pro-Russian rebels have taken 38 bodies from the site. Minutes after what he described as a "very intense" conversation with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Mr Rutte said: "He has one last chance to show he...
  • ‘No provocation, no excuses’: PM lashes Russia over downing of Malaysia Airlines plane

    07/19/2014 2:00:58 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 29 replies ^ | July 19, 2014 | ELLEN WHINNETT
    PRIME Minister Tony Abbott has attacked Russia over the tragedy in Ukraine, stopping just short of accusing Moscow of involvement in the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. In comments which go further than those of other world leaders, an angry Mr Abbott said Russia should not be able to stand in the way of a full, independent investigation. “I want to stress that Australia takes a very dim view of countries which are facilitating the killing of Australian citizens,’’ he said. “I want to say to the Australian people that as far as I am concerned, when you...
  • Australia Still has Carbon Taxation

    07/19/2014 6:12:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 1 replies ^ | 7/19/2014 | Sierra Rayne
    As some conservatives celebrate the repeal of Australia's carbon tax, a dose of caution is warranted: Australia still has carbon taxation on its agenda. This repealed legislation is apparently going to be replaced by the multi-billion dollar "Direct Action" climate change policy that Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long been promoting. Thus, one form of carbon pricing gets replaced by another form of carbon pricing, neither of which is acceptable. Many critical thinkers about climate science got excited over Abbott's public statement that the "science behind climate change was 'crap'"? A little -- more accurately, a lot -- premature that...
  • MH17 crash: Russia furious at 'unacceptable' Tony Abbott comments

    07/18/2014 1:25:54 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 10 replies ^ | July 19, 2014 | Mark Kenny
    Moscow has voiced anger over being blamed by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott for the downing of a Malaysia passenger jet over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board, calling his comments "unacceptable". "Without bothering himself about evidence and operating only on speculation, Mr T. Abbott assigned guilt," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "Abbott's statements are unacceptable." On Friday, Australia issued a blunt ultimatum to Moscow and was reconsidering Vladimir Putin's attendance at the G20 in November as the world reeled from the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, killing 298 people - 28 of them...
  • Murder in the Sky

    07/18/2014 7:53:56 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 16 replies
    Herald Sun (Melbourne) | 19th July 2014
    The front page of tomorrow's (actually, it's nearly 1am, so I suppose it's todays) Melbourne Herald Sun: Bastards.
  • Malaysian airline crash... is second highest Australian death toll in an overseas disaster

    07/18/2014 12:41:29 AM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies ^ | 18th July 2014
    THE loss of 28 Australians on Malaysian airliner MH17 — believed shot down by a surface-to-air missile — is the second worst Australian death toll from a disaster overseas. ..... Only the October 2002 Bali bombing has claimed more Australian lives, with 88 killed when Jemaah Islamiah bombers targeted the Sari Club in Kuta.
  • MH17 Crash: Australian PM Points Finger at Russia

    07/17/2014 10:12:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Malaysia Star ^ | Friday July 18, 2014 | -
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott blamed Russia on Friday over the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines (MAS) flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine that killed all 298 people on board. Abbott appeared to go further than other Western leaders in apportioning blame over the crash, demanding that Moscow answer questions about the "Russian-backed rebels" that he said were behind the disaster. He also said the Russian ambassador to Australia has been officially summoned to discuss the issue.
  • Canadian on downed Malaysian airliner [Also Australian, British, German, Belgian and others.]

    07/17/2014 7:28:52 PM PDT · by familyop · 38 replies
    Reuters, Toronto Sun ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Anton Zverev
    One U.S. official said Washington strongly suspected the missile that downed the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur was fired by Ukrainian separatists backed by Moscow...The Netherlands declared a day of national mourning for its 154 dead. Twenty-eight passengers were Malaysian, 27 Australian, 11 Indonesian, six British, four German, four Belgian, three Filipino and one Canadian. All 15 crew were Malaysian. Nationalities of the others aboard were unclear.
  • Australia votes to repeal carbon tax

    07/17/2014 6:07:25 PM PDT · by kingattax · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 17 July 2014
    Australia's Senate has voted to repeal the carbon tax, a levy on the biggest polluters passed by the previous Labor government. Prime Minister Tony Abbott, whose Liberal-National coalition beat Labor in an election last year, had made the repeal a central aim of his government. Politicians have been locked in a fierce row about the tax for years. Labor says it helps to combat climate change, but the Liberals claim it penalises legitimate businesses. The Australian Senate voted by 39 to 32 votes to repeal the tax. Introduced in July 2012, it charges the 348 highest polluters A$23 (Ł13; $22.60)...
  • PM’s (Tony Abbott) vow met after five years, two polls (axed the carbon tax)

    07/17/2014 2:15:51 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 9 replies
    The Australian ^ | 18th July 2014 | Dennis Shanahan
    AT 11.14am yesterday, Tony Abbott was delivered a victory in the Senate after five years of hard political campaigning and two election mandates to repeal the carbon tax. At 2pm yesterday, the political momentum began to shift in the House of Representatives. The Prime Minister was able to point to the fulfilment of one of his biggest promises and at the same time start to deflect the pressure of an obstructed and unpopular budget back on to Bill Shorten and Labor ..... What’s more, Abbott has the opportunity to turn this legislative victory into a telling political victory.
  • Australia repeals controversial carbon tax

    07/17/2014 5:26:00 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 16, 2014 | KRISTEN GELINEAU
    SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's government repealed a much-maligned carbon tax on the nation's worst greenhouse gas polluters on Thursday, ending years of contention over a measure that became political poison for the lawmakers who imposed it. The Senate voted 39 to 32 to axe the 24.15 Australian dollar ($22.60) tax per metric ton of carbon dioxide that was introduced by the center-left Labor government in July 2012. Conservative lawmakers burst into applause as the final tally was announced. Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative coalition government rose to power last year on the promise of getting rid of the tax, assuring...
  • (Australian) Carbon tax repeal to clear the Senate (it's done... finally)

    07/16/2014 6:40:17 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies ^ | 17th July 2014
    TONY Abbott’s great big election promise to dump what he called the great big carbon tax was finally delivered this morning after a Government ordeal of frustration and embarrassment. Negotiations with the Palmer United Party and other crossbench senators finally paid off for the Prime Minister with Labor’s price on carbon emissions dismantled. The Senate voted 39-32 to scrap Labor’s carbon pricing scheme after securing the support of PUP senators and other crossbenchers.
  • Cultivating a Curious Mind

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    I recently returned home after two weeks of engagements in New Zealand and Australia focusing on empowerment through reading. The Kiwis and Aussies are not very different from Americans, even though they inhabit the opposite side of the globe. I was struck by the way many people perceived the political atmosphere in the United States. Although the well-educated individuals who have access to all of the American cable channels tend to be well informed on the issues, most people had only heard that America has finally repaired its broken medical system with the advent of Obamacare and now everyone, including...
  • World View: Australia Joins Japan, Vietnam, Philippines in Opposing China

    07/13/2014 12:32:13 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 11, 2014 | John J. Xenakis
    ---snip--- Japan, Vietnam and the Philippines have been forming an alliance against China, as China has been moving to annex other countries' territories in the South and East China Seas. Relations between Vietnam and China have become particularly hostile since China deployed an oil rig in Vietnam's exclusive economic zone (EEZ). (See "China's neighbors react to new South China Sea claims" from last week.) Now Australia is signaling that it is also joining this alliance. The change in policy was indicated in a statement by Australia's foreign minister, Julie Bishop, during a visit by Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe to...
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    07/11/2014 7:47:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/11/2014 | Tom Trinko
    Since humanity began, children have been raised by mothers and fathers.  Whether that is due to evolutionary pressures or God is irrelevant to the conclusion that children must benefit from having two parents of different genders.Recently the MSM has been trumpeting a study that supposedly says that children of gay couples are better off than children who have a father and a mother. To anyone who has been a parent, or a child in a family with two parents of different genders, that sounds like gays protesting too much.  Experience, and common sense, tells us that women and men bring...