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PRAYER AND “TERRORISM” February 3, 2014

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Internet Age, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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I found the story of the Ballarat mosque on Facebook. It was put up by the Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR). In its way it is an illustration of how in the era of developing modern communications, the local and global merge.
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AFGAHNISTAN APPRAISAL October 30, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in South West Asia, Terrorism Issues.
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Of course, this is something that is not going to happen at the government level because it leads to unfortunate conclusions. Now Tony Abbott is the man of the moment, with the now familiar spray of nonsense. This is an unfair judgment because it would be the lot and framing of any prime minister.
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QUESTIONS FOLLOWING LIBYAN PM’S RELEASE October 11, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Africa, Human Rights, Terrorism Issues.
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The detention and release of the Libyan Prime Minister seems to have elements of farce, which does not arise solely from the social disruption created by the externally sponsored overthrow of Gaddafi.
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FOILING TERRORISM? August 21, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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What is to be done about terrorism? The problem with terrorism is that mechanism, often in the minds of those who would claim not be terrorists, for generating fear. Could understanding (and restorative justice?) be the most effective response?
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NOT THE REAL DEAL? June 18, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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Naomi Wolf has proposed a conspiracy that Ed Snowden is the agent for the top-down fear engendering internet Surveillance System, following the script of George Orwell, not a whistleblower.
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NO DEFENCE? June 13, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Obviously, I don’t know much about law, but I thought everyone was entitled to present a defence, and regardless of circumstances there was to be a presumption of innocence. Furthermore, the accused’s ultimate fate was at the discretion of the jury. Apparently, none of this applies in the case of Edward Snowden, who supplied information on pervasive information collection by the US Government.
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DRONE ON, IGNORING THE MURDERERS May 23, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Terrorism Issues.
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The questions, moral and others, that surround the drone murder program in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere, are many.
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CONSPIRACY AND BLOWBACK April 27, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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The Boston Marathon bombing has given rise to inevitable conspiracy theories. Inevitable, because the internet provides greater opportunity to call into question the official story as it unfolds, and because there is an entrenched suspicion of government in general in the US, and in particular of the “leviathan security state”. However, the pressing issue is of motivation, and what it is that gives rise to barbaric and cruel behavior.
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DOTS AND THEIR CONNECTIONS? April 19, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Terrorism Issues.
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Three events have captured my attention this week. Firstly there was the bombing in Boston, then the “State” funeral for Margaret Thatcher, and the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas.
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OCCUPATION CRIMES IN IRAQ March 8, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Iraq Policy, Terrorism Issues.
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Bradley Manning faces a long term of imprisonment, possibly life without parole. Others comp licitly and directly involved in criminal wrong doing go free.
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REIGN OF TERROR February 8, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Modern History, Terrorism Issues.
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Endorsement of the “Counterterrorism Czar”, John Brennan, as the Director of the CIA is probably a foregone conclusion.
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MLK’s LEGACY January 22, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Human Rights, Terrorism Issues, US Politics.
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Yesterday the United States jointly commemorated Martin Luther King’s day and the inauguration of the President and Vice President. Obama will leave a historical footnote as the first African-American to be both elected and re-elected as President.
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MALI AND TERRORISM January 16, 2013

Posted by wmmbb in Africa, Peace, Terrorism Issues.
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So what is going on in Mali? The UN Security Council has authorized the French military intervention in its former colony.

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DRONE WARFARE January 14, 2013

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The killings by drone fired missiles controlled by pilots thousands of kilometers or miles from the scene of murder is perhaps justified by a “time of war, or public danger”. But who knows.

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GUNS AND RIGHTS December 24, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Nonviolence, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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Following the appalling massacre of school children and their teachers, who selflessly sought to protect them, in Connecticut, the  National Rifle Association has unilaterally declared a ban on “semi-automatic assault weapons” and ammunition must not be considered.
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CYBER-CIVILIZATION: PUNKS AND POLITY December 5, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Democracy, Social Environment, Terrorism Issues.
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Julian Assange, perhaps understandably, given his experience,  is wary and pessimistic about the future of a world embroiled with the internet. We have become the victims of pervasive surveillance and we should encode our communications to protect ourselves.
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ISRAEL: INTERNATIONAL OUTLAW December 3, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Israel-Palestine, Terrorism Issues.
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Seriously, is there anything that the Government of Israel will not again and again stoop to?
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LEAVING AFGHANISTAN November 1, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in CENTRAL ASIA, Terrorism Issues.
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The Prime Minister announced in parliament that Australian forces would be withdrawn from Afghanistan, while indicating the withdrawal would require additional personnel.
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A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP October 17, 2012

Posted by wmmbb in Australian Politics, Terrorism Issues.
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Australia’s close relationship with the United States predates the Second World War with, as examples, the adoption of telegraph and railways systems, but since  that time become of  close and often unquestioning support.
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ASSASSINATION ON THE SCHOOL BUS October 12, 2012

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A group of assassins boarded a school bus in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, terrifying the students on board before identifying and shooting 14 year old Malala Yousafzai and two other school girls.
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