Archive for February 2007
this pic from AP is a liiiittle freaky…….
In America, media like the Washington Post (think Daily Telegraph for rich people) is confidently writing about Iran’s nuclear weapons, which is a bit like talking about John Howard’s charisma – both spurious and misdirected. All Middle East analysis not born of comfortable disregard points out that President Ahmadinejad is not the real power in Iran. He’s more than a Minchin, but less than a Packer – figuratively speaking.
The real power is Ayatollah Khameini, who has declared a fatwa on nuclear weapons – a religious edict, a death sentence. What? You heard about the one against Salman Rushdie but nobody has mentioned this one? Well, would you believe that religious fundamentalists could be a nuclear threat if they’re fundamentally opposed to nuclear weapons? Read the rest of this entry »
In the latest initiative of its 18-month campaign to bring David Hicks home, political lobby and policy advocacy group GetUp! will be sending Bennelong residents postcards. More precisely, Postcards From Guantanamo.
Voters in the Prime Minister’s electorate will receive information packs in the mail.
“They’ll have an introduction and explanation from GetUp!, but then,” explained spokesperson, Lilian McCombs, “it will have a personal note from another Australian urging them to join Voices For Justice and help take action. It’s a bit like ‘pen pals’, but using 21st century technology.” At the time of writing, GetUp has 169,000 potential pen pals nationally to introduce to the PM’s electorate. Read the rest of this entry »