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Relativism

As the debate rages over whether to fund Hamas, "a democratically elected terrorist organization", it's worth considering how the claim of the state of Israel and it's terrorist group, the Ergun, responsible for bombing British hotels in Palestine in 1946, were allowed to be legitimate.

Cruel and Degrading Treatment

The report in the New York Times of the force-feeding of detainees at Guantanamo Bay is harrowing. The use of restraints and force feeding is undeniably cruel and degrading treatment. While there is some partial acknowledgment that the inmates of Guantanamo bay were far from known militants:

Cruel and Degrading Treatment

The report in the New York Times of the force-feeding of detainees at Guantanamo Bay is harrowing. The use of restraints and force feeding is undeniably cruel and degrading treatment. While there is some partial acknowledgment that the inmates of Guantanamo bay were far from known militants:In a study released yesterday, two of those lawyers said Pentagon documents indicated that the military had determined that only 45 percent of the detainees had committed some hostile act against the United States or its allies and that only 8 percent were fighters for Al Qaeda.

Bobcasting

I've been following the press releases of Australian Greens Senator from Tasmania, Dr. Bob Brown for some time. I was delighted to find he is now podcasting, calling in on his mobile phone about his position on issues, called, appropriately enough, Bobcasting. You can find his links also on the iTunes podcast directory.

Bobcasting

I've been following the press releases of Australian Greens Senator from Tasmania, Dr. Bob Brown for some time. I was delighted to find he is now podcasting, calling in on his mobile phone about his position on issues, called, appropriately enough, Bobcasting. You can find his links also on the iTunes podcast directory.

The Thummer

A project on which I worked for much of 2005 was The Thummer, an innovative musical keyboard which I'm very pleased to see has now reached public release. In particular, their video news release is well worth viewing.

Cronulla: Blue Singlets Make Better Beachware Than Brown Shirts

The image of a mob of mostly young men in singlets (typically and traditionally blue) attacking a man possibly of Middle Eastern descent crystalises the character of the Cronulla race riot.

Letter sent to the Singaporean Prime Minister's office

I beg you to show clemency to Nguyen Tuong Van, who has rightly been found guilty of drug trafficking. A long period of inprisonment would maintain a strong deterrent against narcotics trafficking and yet produce a future citizen of worth. I understand the firm stand Singapore takes on drug trafficking and support firm but humane action. In this and in most cases the severest penalty is meted to the weak, the manipulated, the stupid, not those organised crime operations actively profitting from the trafficking.

Amsterdam

It's been a week since I relocated to Amsterdam, to take up a position at the Universiteit van Amsterdam. The position is for three years in this beautiful city. I was last here in 1999 and fell in love with the people and the city then. Things are of course pretty hectic as I go through the paperwork of relocation, together with tying up loose ends back in Australia (ahh, the joys of superannuation and taxation administration!), so these photos are very much some simple snaps, I hope to be posting a bit more frequently in the future.Apologies for the mess...Two views from my window

One day of questioning?

(Letter sent to the West Australian Newspaper)

With Prime Minister Howards proposed "anti-terror" legislation, if I point out the unfashionable truth that it is legal under the U.N. charter (which Australia signed) for Iraqi's to militarily resist the colonial occupation of their country by the U.S., Britain and Australia, that view is now "urging a person to assist the enemy"?

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