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28 June 2002. Thought for the Week: "Those who believed
that gold was a hedge against the uncertainties of life
failed to understand that the pursuit of eternity is not
to be satisfied by gold, or by anything else we choose
to replace gold dollars, euros, whatever. Gold as an
end in itself is meaningless. Hoarding does not create
wealth. Gold and its surrogates make sense only as a means
to an end: to beautify, to adorn, to exchange for what
we really need and really want.
"If you will bear this simple but very important idea in
your mind you will rapidly get a much clearer idea of
the real nature of money, and I think that for ordinary
purposes the simplest and most satisfactory conception
of money is that it is simply a ticket which enables the
holder to obtain goods and services upon demand."
MUGABE AND SHARON BIRDS OF A FEATHER?
by Jeremy Lee
As we have shown in the June New Times Survey, the new settlements still being built are heavily subsidized and still gathering new settlers. What then is the new wall going to achieve? It appears to be Sharon's intention to sever any connection between Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories and those still resident in Israel with citizenship, even if second-class. Once the wall is built, the slightest resistance from the territories will be met with the 'scorched-earth' destruction seen in Jenin; the obliteration of the whole infrastructure, schools, hospitals, telephones, water, power, commerce, sewerage, garbage disposal, etc. essential for the most primitive type of existence. Without a roof over their heads it is expected that the population will be forced into Jordan, which Sharon and some of his cronies have always claimed, against all the evidence, is the only legitimate Palestine. Sharon is intent on reversing the very few steps that have been made towards the idea that the West Bank and Gaza should become a Palestinian State.
BUSH BACKING AWAY
ISRAELI AID TO ZIMBABWE
In Zimbabwe a megalomaniac in the form of Robert Mugabe is intent on reducing his own people to the level of the unfortunate Palestinians in Jenin. Forty percent of the population have AIDS. There is 60 percent unemployment. Compounded by drought, the destruction of white farming, the main provider of the staple diet in Zimbabwe, has been rendered impotent. With its cupboard bare, Zimbabwe is now entirely dependent on food imports. The people, with the knowledge that the recent election was rigged, show signs they have suffered enough. But Mugabe and his thugs don't intend to relinquish control.
The Zimbabwe Standard (12/5/02)
reported: "In its ongoing efforts to silence its opponents,
the government has acquired state-of-the-art military equipment
and anti-riot gear to help crush anti-government demonstrations.
Investigations by The Standard revealed that heavy
riot control equipment has been purchased from Israel, a country
traditionally denigrated by the ZANY PF government as a repressive
Zionist regime and 'puppet' of the United States. The equipment
has already arrived in Zimbabwe and includes customized anti-riot
tankers, gas-masks and microscopic 'laser-guns', similar to
those used by Israeli forces against the Palestinian protesters.
The tankers, called Riot Control Vehicle model RCU 4500I,
were supplied by the Beit Alfa Trailer Company and have been
undergoing tests at the Police Support Unit Headquarters in
When The Standard visited Harare's Support Unite base, police officers were being trained in the use of the lethal cannons, under the watchful eye of an Israeli expert .... The deal to buy the anti-riot equipment was mooted last year when police sought authority from treasury to make a $105 million down payment to Israel's Beit Alfa Trailer Company, for the purchase of the arms to the tune of $1 billion. BAT is one of the world's leading manufacturers of riot control vehicles. However, the deal almost collapsed when the police experienced difficulty securing foreign currency to pay for the equipment. Frantic efforts by the police, including a trip to Israel by police deputy commissioner, Godwin Matanga, just before the presidential election, resulted in the deal being resuscitated ...."
(Three senior Standard personnel, including the editor, Bornwell Chakaodza, were arrested and held for reporting that story. Our acknowledgement to The Aida Parker Newsletter, PO Box 91059, Auckland Park, 2006, South Africa, for this news item.)
THREATENING FREE CONSCIENCE
The Howard Government has come up with
the most bizarre response to the International Criminal Court
(ICC). It has designed a 'set of conditions' to be attached
to its ratification of the Treaty. Australia will decide,
it says, the conditions that will apply to Court action when
applied to Australian citizens. Furthermore, no Australian
serviceman fighting anywhere in the world will be liable for
charges by the Court. The Government MUST know, surely, that
such conditions will be illegal under international law. Do
we really imagine that we will be the only nation among the
scores that have ratified the Treaty that will be allowed
to make qualifications as to how it will affect us?
The most telling ploy by Howard in the growing dissent against a number of Bills, from the infamous "anti-terrorism" legislation to the excision of Australia's borders for refugee purposes has been the threat of a "double-dissolution". The threat is enough to quell the heart of any trouble-maker. Not only does each member have to face the possible shortening of his $100,000 a year salary (plus perks), he must consider the possible "missing out" or, at the very least, reduction of his life pension. He must remain in Parliament for 18 years to qualify for his full salary for life. His pension drops pro rata for every year he serves under this figure. The longer he can stay in Parliament with a clean nose, not rocking the boat, and doing what the Party Whip says, the better his chances of life-long benefits.
This will only change when a minority of voters rebel against such parliamentary subservience. When electors start voting honestly themselves, they will begin to receive honest voting in Parliament. When politicians know that dishonest self-serving is being watched, and will result in a drop in their vote at home, we will have a few more parliamentary heroes and statesmen. The Senate and minor parties are beginning to create the first cracks in major party blackmail.
The Democrats are still suffering from former leader Meg Lees' flirtation with 'major-party-politics' over the GST. She knew that millions of Australians were against it. But she sacheed onto the dance floor with the desire to be a power-broker instead of an independent representative. She was putty in the hands of Howard and Costello.
Whatever else is said about Green Senator Bob Brown, he looks at this stage a little more resistant to seduction by the major parties; as does Senator Len Harris. We don't seen to have heard much from Bob Katter and his two fellow independents in recent times. They could be doing much more to make a few waves. At the moment a cynical John Howard is playing all the blowfies with ease. His motto? "If you want to gather honey, don't kick over the beehive!"
"I HAVE A VISION!"
by Betty Luks
In the light of the above we thought
the following snippet would be of interest:
Who said that? When? The speaker was none other than old Fabius Maximus himself Fabian Socialist Gough Whitlam. When did he say it? He opened a symposium on outer suburban development at La Trobe University, November 30th, 1970. The League's On Target reported the event on December 4th, 1970!
The (contemptible) Liberals have now completed their turnaround. But try as I might, I can't quite picture little Johnny as the new Fabius Maximus maybe Fabius Minimus, or 'fabius minimouse'? However one pictures him, the fact is he has utterly rejected the original Liberal Party's stated beliefs of 1949 and should not claim to be a Liberal.
EMINENT RESEARCHER AND AUTHOR DEAD
He learnt there were high "unofficial" technological exchanges, and the Soviets had western technology that officially they "didn't have" and the fact that much of the Russian armaments used by the North Vietnamese against American soldiers in Vietnam, were built with help from the West. He kept following the trail. He wrote his explosive Wall Street series and then came the packet about Skull and Bones. He wrote a series of small books about Skull and Bones, he couldn't get them printed in America, so they were printed in Australia by Veritas Publishing Company: "An Introduction to the Order", "The Order", "How the Order Controls Education" and "How the Order Creates War & Revolution".
Sutton's real intention for writing such
Hegelianism glorifies the State, the vehicle for the dissemination of statist and materialist ideas and policies in education, science, politics and economics.
His American friends wrote on the passing of Antony Sutton: "As a tribute to Tony, please let us begin to understand the reality of our situation and the Hegelian ploys used to keep our republic in chains of ignorance, greed and imbalance. 'Tis a sad day, but we who live by our actions may change the world for our children and their children. Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of their country."
Vale Antony Sutton.
The following is a portion of a public statement signed by 69 prominent Americans including authors William Blum, Noam Chomsky, Edward Said and also the Rev. George Webber, President Emeritus, NY Theological Seminary. A shortened version of the statement appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, June 17th, 2002.
"In our name, the Government has brought down a pall of repression over society. The President's spokesperson warns people to 'watch what they say'. Dissident artists, intellectuals and professors find their views distorted, criticised and suppressed. The so-called 'Patriotic Act' gives police sweeping new powers of search and seizure, supervised, if at all, by secret proceedings before secret courts. Groups are declared 'terrorist' at the stroke of a presidential pen. There is a deadly trajectory to the events of the past months that must be seen for what it is and resisted. Too many times in history people have waited until it was too late to resist.
Bush has declared: 'You're either with
us or against us.' Here is our answer: We refuse to allow
you to speak for all the American people. We refuse to be
party to these wars, and we repudiate any inference that they
are being waged in our name or for our welfare. We extend
a hand to those around the world suffering from these policies;
we will show our solidarity in word and deed. We who sign
this statement call on all Americans to join together to rise
to this challenge. We applaud and support the questioning
and protest now going on, even as we recognize the need for
much, much more to stop this juggernaut. We draw inspiration
from the Israeli reservists who, at great personal risk, declare;
'there is a limit', and refuse to serve in the occupation
of the West Bank and Gaza. Let us not allow the watching world
to despair of our silence and our failure to act. Instead
let the world hear our pledge: we will resist the machinery
of war and repression and rally others to do everything possible
to stop it."
AND WATER : AMERICANS ARE FIGHTING BACK ARE WE?
Article taken from: American Free Press,
Washington DC, by Jack Ross
Unlike most other public works provided by the United States, the postal service is spelled out in the Constitution. Ceding it to foreign corporations would be tantamount to treason. This appeal by the EU comes with the renewal of a longstanding demand that the United States allow foreign-owned ships to ferry certain lucrative cargo between US ports. The law currently requires all such ships to be built, owned and operated by Americans, and the preservation of this law has always been achieved by a coalition of business and labor. The suggestion that the postal service sell itself to European business interests is certain to face even greater opposition. The postmaster general and the American Postal Workers Union are opposing the EU demands.
But most devastating is the attempt by
these same European business interests to claim supremacy
over the United States' water supply.
THE ICC SODANO'S CHILD
from website Christian Order, United
Back in 1998 Fides news agency reported: "The nations of the world have agreed to set up an International Criminal Court to judge war crimes and crimes against humanity. After a Conference attended by representatives of 160 countries, including the Holy See, 120 states signed the agreement on Friday, July 17th." It was this agreement, the Rome Statute, that has since been ratified by more than 60 countries, giving rise to the ICC as a functioning reality.
Court will comprise 18 judges with a
These disagreements were well-founded,
because the ICC, like all bureaucracies, will inevitably seek
to expand its power and authority to try citizens of all nations
for an ever-expanding list of "crimes against humanity".
Martino works for Sodano, and the Pope's expression of support for the ICC was no doubt drafted by Sodano's apparatus. Notice that Martino says that the ICC statute was the best that 'we' can do meaning that the Vatican apparatus was directly involved in the creation of the monster, rather than opposing it. "Positive for Martino, is the exclusion of the death penalty among the sentences open to the Court, as requested by the Holy See. The Vatican had hoped that other crimes such as trafficking of drugs or arms would be included: this is still possible. "
Incredibly enough, "the Holy See" meaning Cardinal Sodano was seeking to add to the list of crimes subject to ICC jurisdiction even before the ICC got off the ground! What sort of madness is this?
The Fides report notes further
The real question is why the Vatican would lend its support to the creation of an international super-court from whose judgments there will be no appeal a court composed of judges who despise the Catholic Church and hate the West. What happened to the natural right to be judged by an impartial tribunal of one's peers, as opposed to one's religious and ideological enemies? How can the Vatican apparatus be so naïve as to think that this "international", non-Christian court will be anything but a threat to the rights of Catholics a supra-national version of the same godless judiciaries which have imposed a regime of abortion on demand and which persecute pro-life demonstrators as if they were criminals?
When the ICC court begins to encroach upon the rights of Catholics, when 'cases' calling for the indictment of the Pope and the bishops are lodged with this godless tribunal, remember one of the many Doctor Frankensteins who helped bring the monster to life: the Vatican's own Cardinal Angelo Sodano."
ACTION STATIONSAnti-Australian so-called Anti-Terrorist Bills
The Bills are again before the Senate with minor amendments. Please put in some more effort with the intention of having these bills rejected. It is encouraging to know we are part of an Australia-wide campaign. The four Labor politicians listed below need to be inundated with messages from Australians about these draconian Bills. Simon Crean (Leader of the Opposition) Tel: (02) 6277 4022 Fax: (02) 6277 8495 E-mail: S.Crean.MP@aph.gov.au Sen. John Faulkner Tel: (02) 6277 3233 Fax: (02) 6277 3415 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Darryl Melham Tel: (02) 6277 2054 Fax: (02) 6277 4476 E-mail: D.Melham.MP@aph.gov.au Sen. Nick Bolkus Tel: (02) 6277 3388 Fax: (02) 6277 3062 E-mail: email@example.com
ADELAIDE CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUB
The next meeting will be held on Monday, July 1st. Guest speaker will be Mr. Evan Trousse, of CIR for South Australia. Venue is the Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace (cnr. Carrington) Adelaide. Dinner from 6.30pm with the address following on at 7.30pm. All bookings must be made by Thursday, June 27th. Phone: 8395 9826.
Evan will discuss the "Peter Lewis Compact for Good Government", an agreement negotiated and ratified by Peter Lewis and the present Labor Government in South Australia. It is stated: The aim of this Compact is to provide for stable, open and accountable government, which works productively for the people of South Australia. Among the aims are the following: Improving the democratic operation of Parliament. The Government undertaking to, within six months of the commencement of the 50th Parliament; Facilitate Constitutional and Parliamentary reform by establishing a South Australian Constitutional Convention to conduct a review of the Constitution and Parliament and to report to Parliament by 30th June 2003 on the issues set out in the Annexure hereto including: Citizens Initiated Referenda Reducing the number of Parliamentarians Constituting the Legislative Council as a House of Review Ensuring the independence of certain public offices This Compact and the proposed Constitutional Convention should be of interest to all South Australians!
Make every effort to hear Evan outline what needs to be done so that South Australians have Citizens Initiated Referenda firmly embedded in their political and legal systems.
UKSA VOLUNTEERS WANTEDThe United Kingdom Settlers' Association are looking for volunteers to help set up a sub-committee charged with the task of investigating cases of apparent racial vilification directed against the British community in Australia. UKSA Newsletter June/July 2002. Hmmm...
UKSA's ANNUAL DINNER IN MELBOURNEThe second annual dinner of the United Kingdom Settlers' Association will be held at ESU House, 146 Toorak Road, South Yarra. Archibald prize winner, Sir William Dargie, CBE; patron of the Monarchist League, Victoria, will give an address at the Dinner. Sir William will be introduced by William (Bill) Fordyce, the last Australian survivor of WW2's "Great Escape". Date: Friday, August 16th, 2002. Time:7.00 for 7.30pm. Bookings essential. Phone: 9859 5901
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