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ET TU, TURNBULL? June 30, 2009

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Utegate did not go down well with the punters so the polls suggest. Lest we forget it was supposed to be the political demise of Wayne Swan.
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THE “FIELDING” REBUTTAL June 29, 2009

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Senator Stephen Fielding, Family First, has issued a paper setting out his (and his four experts) rebuttal to the answers provided by the Government to his three questions on global warming.
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HONDURAS COUP June 29, 2009

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There has been a coup in Hondouras. Do we thereby conclude that the President could not be corrupted, or was it that the local wealthy elite merely acted on their own?
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IRAN’S FUTURE June 28, 2009

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Has the protest movement in Iran, as is suggested for example by Kim Sengupta in The Indpendent, run out of stream?

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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – WALKING AND WATCHING June 27, 2009

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Sasha and Dexter don’t just go for a walk. They get a chance to stop and look around. Sometimes they have their own ideas about what is interesting.
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“ALARMISTS” VS “SKEPTICS” June 26, 2009

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David Evans, along with three other scientists, who accompanied Senator Steve Fielding meeting with Senator Penny Wong, argues that the “climate alarmists” will not debate the “skeptics”.
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A SPECK IN THE SKY June 24, 2009

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How you see things depends on from position they are seen. In my case I could not see it all. Take the view from Saturn, and a crescendo hardly seems appropriate.
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POST-COLONIALISM June 24, 2009

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In an editorial the writers of The New York Times identify errors made in Afghanistan which will be need to be fixed if the mission is to succeed.
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PEOPLE POWER LIMITS June 23, 2009

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John Quiggin’s notes that “people power” is not unproblematic. People power is not guaranteed success, but how does it work at all?
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ZEITGEIST June 22, 2009

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According to this video, Zeitgeist (Addendum), the money system based debt and interest is the fundamental problem of humanity.
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GREENLAND’S LIMITED SELF RULE June 21, 2009

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With the next step Greenland might become Australia 1901. Now the people of Greenland will control their natural resources and not Denmark, marking a further step towards independence. So the situation is perhaps closer to New South Wales 1855.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – RED SKY June 20, 2009

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The weather is a source of continual interest. Now we can read the weather forecast but in earlier times people looked to the nature’s signs.
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WHAT NOW FOR IRAN? June 19, 2009

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Given the experience of the rule of the Shah, elections are probably necessary in Iran, and on basis it better have them for the office of President than for real holders of power.
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COURAGE AND COMPLACENCY June 17, 2009

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Read the report at Juan Cole’s Informed Comment and marvel at the display of mass and nonviolent courage displayed by people in Tehran. One suspects that numbers help.
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PROTECTING HUMAN RIGHTS June 16, 2009

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Australia, it is said, is the only long established liberal democracy with no formal human rights protection at the Federal level and most States.
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DRONE TERRORISM June 15, 2009

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If the following account is accurate then the drone attacks in NW Pakistan are a form of terrorism.
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ISRAELI DEMOCRACY? June 14, 2009

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The claim that is made for Israel as the preeminent democracy in the Middle East.
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WAR WITHOUT BOUNDARIES June 13, 2009

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We almost seldom, should that be never, hear from the victims of the current wars who still live.
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FRIDAY NIGHT DOG BLOG – TAXING TIME June 13, 2009

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Admittedly it is a challenge to say new things about familiar scenes, but that is not an excuse not to try.
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CONTROL ORDERS THUMBS DOWN June 12, 2009

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Control Orders were enacted into British law by Parliament in 2005.  Now they are doubt after the Law Lords ruled that they breeched human rights leglisation and fundamental legal rights.
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