4 June 2004. Thought for the Week: "He who
marries the spirit of the age soon finds himself a widower."
it is certainly true that the neocons' foreign
policy fits well with a plausible version of Jewish interests,
but is arguably only tenuously related to the interests
of the U.S. Also, neocons oppose the isolationism of important
sections of traditional American conservatism. And neocon
attitudes on issues like race and immigration differ profoundly
from those of traditional mainstream conservatives - but
resemble closely the common attitudes of the wider American
Professor Kevin MacDonald in "Culture of Critique".
ITS OFFICAL - JOHN HOWARD A 'NEO-CON'
by Betty Luks:
John Howard spelt out the Grand Plan, we in Australia are
to follow, at a recent address to the Institute for Public
Affairs, "Iraq: The Importance of Seeing It Through"
It appears, from a number of articles which have appeared
analyzing the speech that some journalists are finally doing
their homework, rather than looking up their own slanted newspapers'
files. But while they have written that Howard's Grand Plan
is the same blueprint as that of the neo-Conservative camp
in control of the Bush regime - what they can't bring themselves
to report is that it is a Jewish (neo-Conservative) Plan for
the Middle East - and their 'regime change' is much grander
than mere changes in the Middle East.
The Grand Plan was spelt out
for them 50 years or more ago by such writers as Alfred L.
Lilienthal "What Price Israel?" "There
Goes the Middle East", and "The Zionist Connection".
Joshua Frydenberg, senior adviser to
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, announced
it was time for the next phase of the Plan at a Sydney Jewish
Community Appeal function in July 2002 - "'Moral division
of good vs evil' says Downer's adviser."
"Since September 11, there is now a moral division of
"good against evil", a battle of biblical proportions
Frydenberg also just happened to meet up with Clinton's former
national security adviser Sandy Berger in Sydney at the time
(Australian Jewish News 5/7/02).
Greg Sheridan, whilst finally appearing
to support Howard, wrote: "At last the truth is out -
John Howard is a fully paid-up neo-conservative. This is the
inescapable conclusion from Howard's speech (to the Institute
for Public Affairs) last night." The Australian
Brian Toohey in The West Australian,
24/5/04 wrote: "PM ponders regime change," "Mr.
Howard embraced the Bush administration's "neo-conservative"
rationale for the invasion (regime change to redraw the political
map of the Middle East) just as it is losing favour in the
U.S. The neo-conservative's goal was to bring a market-orientated
(read monopoly capitalism
ed) democracy (read Jewish-American
ed), to Iraq.
Brian Toohey reminded his readers: "in an address to
the National Press Club shortly before the invasion, Mr. Howard
explicitly ruled out regime change as a policy goal for the
It is reported because of the dismal polling showing the Coalition
are losing voter support, Howard is considering holding off
the federal elections till he has buttered us up some more.
JEWISH-AMERICAN 'DEMOCRATIC' IDEALS?
The other prisoners
We asked a U.K. friend to check the following report for accuracy,
concerned it could be another Daily Mirror 'scam'. It was
considered reliable, but, at the same time, our U.K. friend
asked: "What about the three, or more, highly reputable
Iraqi female doctors who had compiled detailed dossiers over
the years of the effects of depleted uranium." It seems
they also have 'disappeared'.
Readers will remember it was our 'highly moral' western leaders
who approved of depleted uranium bombs reigning down on the
Iraqi people. Read on
"The other prisoners", by Luke
Harding, The Guardian 20th May, 2004
Most of the coverage of abuse at Abu Ghraib has focused on
male detainees. But what of the five women held in the jail,
and the scores elsewhere in Iraq? Luke Harding reports:
"The scandal at Abu Ghraib prison was first exposed not
by a digital photograph but by a letter. In December 2003,
a woman prisoner inside the jail west of Baghdad managed to
smuggle out a note. Its contents were so shocking that, at
first, Amal Kadham Swadi and the other Iraqi
women lawyers who had been trying to gain access to the US
jail found them hard to believe.
The note claimed that US guards had been raping women detainees,
who were, and are, in a small minority at Abu Ghraib. Several
of the women were now pregnant, it added. The women had been
forced to strip naked in front of men, it said. The note urged
the Iraqi resistance to bomb the jail to spare the women further
Late last year, Swadi, one of seven female lawyers now representing
women detainees in Abu Ghraib, began to piece together a picture
of systemic abuse and torture perpetrated by US guards against
Iraqi women held in detention without charge. This was not
only true of Abu Ghraib, she discovered, but was, as she put
it, "happening all across Iraq".
In November last year, Swadi visited a woman detainee at a
US military base at al-Kharkh, a former police compound in
Baghdad. "She was the only woman who would talk about
her case. She was crying. She told us she had been raped,"
Swadi says. "Several American soldiers had raped her.
She had tried to fight them off and they had hurt her arm.
She showed us the stitches. She told us, 'We have daughters
and husbands. For God'' sake don't tell anyone about this.'"
The Targuba Inquiry
Astonishingly, the secret inquiry launched by the US military
in January, headed by Major General Antonio Taguba, has confirmed
that the letter smuggled out of Abu Ghraib by a woman known
only as "Noor" was entirely and devastatingly accurate.
While most of the focus since the scandal broke three weeks
ago has been on the abuse of men, and on their sexual humilation
in front of US women soldiers, there is now incontrovertible
proof that women detainees - who form a small but unknown
proportion of the 40,000 people in US custody since last year's
invasion - have also been abused. Nobody appears to know how
many. But among the 1,800 digital photographs taken by US
guards inside Abu Ghraib there are, according to Taguba's
report, images of a US military policeman "having sex"
with an Iraqi woman.
Taguba discovered that guards have also videotaped and photographed
naked female detainees. The Bush administration has refused
to release other photographs of Iraqi women forced at gunpoint
to bare their breasts (although it has shown them to Congress)
- ostensibly to prevent attacks on US soldiers in Iraq, but
in reality, one suspects, to prevent further domestic embarrassment
In Iraq, the existence of photographs
of women detainees being abused has provoked revulsion and
outrage, but little surprise. Some of the women involved may
since have disappeared, according to human rights activists.
Professor Huda Shaker al-Nuaimi, a political scientist at
Baghdad University who is researching the subject for Amnesty
International, says she thinks "Noor" is now dead.
"We believe she was raped and that she was pregnant by
a US guard. After her release from Abu Ghraib, I went to her
house. The neighbours said her family had moved away. I believe
she has been killed."
Honour killings are not unusual in Islamic society, where
rape is often equated with shame and where the stigma of being
raped by an American soldier would, according to one Islamic
cleric, be "unbearable". The prospects for rape
victims in Iraq are grave; it is hardly surprising that no
women have so far come forward to talk about their experiences
in US-run jails where abuse was rife until early January.
One of the most depressing aspects of the saga is that, unaccountably,
the US military continues to hold five women in solitary confinement
at Abu Ghraib, in cells 2.5m (8ft) long by 1.5m (5ft) wide
THE THINGS BUSH DIDN'T MENTION IN HIS
Are you taking notice Mr. Howard?
The re-writing of Iraqi history is now going on at supersonic
speed by Robert Fisk: 26/5/04 Taken from - http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/story.jsp?story=524859
Robert Fisk wrote: "I can't wait
to see Abu Ghraib prison reduced to rubble by the Americans
- at the request of the new Iraqi government, of course. It
will be turned to dust in order to destroy a symbol of Saddam's
brutality. That's what President Bush tells us. So the re-writing
of history still goes on.
Million dollar refurbishment for 'Iraqi' torture centre?
Last August, I was invited to Abu Ghraib - by my favourite
US General Janis Karpinski, no less - to see the million-dollar
US refurbishment of this vile place. Squeaky clean cells and
toothpaste tubes and fresh pairs of pants for the "terrorist"
inmates. But now, suddenly, the whole kit and caboodle is
no longer an American torture centre. It's still an Iraqi
torture centre, and thus worthy of demolition.
The re-writing of Iraqi history is
now going on at supersonic speed
Weapons of mass destruction? Forget it. Links between Saddam
and al-Qa'ida? Forget it. Liberating the Iraqis from Saddam's
Abu Ghraib life of torture? Forget it. Wedding party slaughtered?
Forget it. Clear the decks for both "full (sic) sovereignty"
and "chaotic events".
This is, at any rate, according to Mr Bush. When I heard his
hesitant pronunciation of Abu Ghraib as "Abu Grub"
on Monday night, I could only profoundly agree. But we're
in danger again of missing the detail.
Just as the unsupervised armed mercenaries being killed in
Iraq are being described by the occupation authorities as
"contractors" or, more mendaciously, "civilians"
- so the responsibility for the porno interrogations at Abu
Ghraib is being allowed to slide into the summer mists over
the Tigris river. So let's go back, for a moment, to the long
weeks in which the Department of Bad Apples allowed its jerks
to put leashes around Iraqi necks, forced prisoners to have
sex with each other and raped some Iraqi lasses in the jail.
'Interrogators' company's Israeli
links: attended Israeli 'anti-terror' training camp
And let's cast our eyes upon that little, all-important matter
of responsibility. The actual interrogators accused of encouraging
US troops to abuse Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib jail were
working for at least one company with extensive military and
commercial contacts with Israel. The head of an American company
whose personnel are implicated in the Iraqi tortures, it now
turns out, attended an "anti-terror" training camp
in Israel and, earlier this year, was presented with an award
by Shaul Mofaz, the right-wing Israeli defence minister.
According to Dr J P London's company, CACI International,
the visit of Dr London - sponsored by an Israeli lobby group
and including US congressmen and other defence contractors
- was "to promote opportunities for strategic partnerships
and joint ventures between US and Israeli defence and homeland
The Pentagon and the occupation powers
in Iraq insist that only US citizens have been allowed to
question prisoners in Abu Ghraib - but this takes no account
of Americans who may also hold double citizenship. The once
secret torture report by US General Antonio Taguba refers
to "third country nationals" involved in the mistreatment
of prisoners in Iraq.
General Taguba mentions Steven Staphanovic and John Israel
as involved in the abuses at Abu Ghraib.
Staphanovic, who worked for CACI - known
to the US military as "Khaki" - was said by Taguba
to have "allowed and/or instructed MPs (military police),
who were not trained in interrogation techniques, to facilitate
interrogations by 'setting conditions' ... he clearly knew
his instructions equated to physical abuse". One of Staphanovic's
co-workers, Joe Ryan - who was not named in the Taguba report
- now says that he underwent an "Israeli interrogation
course" before going to Iraq.
We know the Pentagon asked Israel for its "rules of engagement"
in the occupied West Bank and Gaza. Israeli officers have
briefed their US opposite numbers and, according to the Associated
Press, "in January and February of 2003, Israeli and
American troops trained together in southern Israel's Negev
desert ... Israel has also hosted senior law enforcement officials
from the United States for a seminar on counter-terrorism".
Interrogator may hold Australian citizenship
Staphanovic of CACI, who may also be Australian, was accused
by Taguba's army report of making "a false statement
to the investigation team regarding ... his knowledge of abuses".
Another outside interrogator, Adel Nakhla,who may be of Egyptian
origin, was a witness to the "stacking" of naked
prisoners in Abu Ghraib. John Israel "misled" investigators
by denying he had witnessed misconduct and did not have "security
clearance". Israel, according to Titan - two of whose
employees were mentioned in Taguba's report - works for one
of the company's "sub-contractors". Titan refused
to name the "sub-contractor". Why? Among the company's
former directors is ex-CIA director James Woolsey, one of
the architects of the US invasion of Iraq, a friend of Ahmed
Chalabi and a prominent pro-Israeli lobbyist in Washington.
Dr London says CACI "does not condone or tolerate or
endorse in any fashion (sic) any illegal, inappropriate behaviour
on the part of its employees in any circumstances at any time
But it is clear the torture trail at Abu Ghraib has to run
much further than a group of brutal US military cops, all
of whom claim "intelligence officers" told them
to "soften up" their prisoners for questioning.
Were they Israeli? Or South African? Or British? Are we going
to let the story go?"
Editor's note: Actionists please get
pen and paper or computer busy. Letters out revealing these
facts to as many newspapers, politicians and prominent persons
as possible. John Howard must not be allowed to get away with
this. Those weak Labor Grey Sisters should also be made to
take a stand against such barbarism and the high-jacking of
our nation's foreign policies.
MORAL VERSUS EVIL TORTURE?
Our thanks to Neil Baird's Email for
Here is the standard definition of torture featured in international
laws and conventions to which the United States is signatory:
"any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical
or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such
purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information
or a confession." (The definition comes from the 1984
Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading
Treatment or Punishment, and exists in more or less the same
wording in earlier customary law and in treaties, starting
with Article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions of 1949,
and in many recent international human rights covenants, such
as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
and the European, African and Inter-American Conventions on
The 1984 Convention specially declares:
"No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state
of war or a threat of war, internal political instability
or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification
And all covenants on torture specify that torture includes
treatment intended to humiliate the victim, like leaving prisoners
naked in cells and corridors. Whatever actions this administration
undertakes to limit the damage of the widening revelations
of the torture of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and elsewhere ---
trials, courts martial, dishonorable discharges, resignation
of senior military figures and responsible cabinet officials,
and substantial reparations to the victims --- it is likely
that the "torture" word will continue to be banned.
To acknowledge that Americans torture their prisoners would
contradict everything this administration has invited the
public to believe about the virtue of American intentions
and the universality of American values, which is the ultimate,
triumphalist justification of America's right to unilateral
action on the world stage in defense of its interests and
Even when the president was finally compelled, as the damage
to America's reputation everywhere in the world widened and
deepened, to use the "sorry" word, the focus of
regret still seemed the damage to America's claim to moral
superiority, to its hegemonic goal of bringing "freedom
and democracy" to the benighted Middle East.
ECONOMIC REALITY FACING WESTERN WORLD
The announcement Mitsubishi was closing
down part of its production plant in Adelaide, thus putting
700 workers out of a job, recently produced much wailing and
gnashing of teeth by political and business leaders in South
Australia. As we know, every politician's goal is More Jobs
and Full Employment for all - even the elderly in time to
come. Many a time Jeremy Lee has spelt out the true picture.
"Car production in the world now has a 30 percent over-capacity.
Every car-producing nation is staring down the barrel of stiffer
competition and stagnant markets
Both China and India
are now competing to become the biggest and fastest growing
economies in the world, swamping the industrial West with
low-cost consumer goods with which we have no hope of competing.
China this year will produce about 2.7 million vehicles, of
which 1.8 million will be sold on the Chinese domestic market.
This leaves 900,000 for export. What brands are sold in China?
They're familiar names, of which Volkswagen has the largest
share. General Motors is next. As world oversupply increases,
competition for markets will intensify
It was Australia, along with other industrialized
nations, that welcomed China into the world of free trade
via the World Trade Organization. We are going to reap the
whirlwind with a vengeance. The idea that small-capacity nations
like Australia, with highly taxed, highly paid labour forces,
will be able to compete with Chinese output that is rising
at an astounding rate, quite capable of flooding the world
market at prices no one can compete with, is an exercise in
Multinationals have poured $22 billion into 600 car manufacturing
ventures in China since the 1980s. Volkswagen has just committed
a further $A10 billion into further expansion over the next
five years. China's over-capacity in producing cars will continue
to grow. There will be no compunction in exporting the surplus
at a price which finally displaces our own car industry.
India's expansion is scarcely less dazzling.
Its predominance in communications technology is surpassing
the legendary Silicon Valley. Multinationals are pouring investments,
which once went into western economies, into India. Some estimate
that India may even outpace China within five years. India's
largest car manufacturer, Marun Udyog, is now turning out
600,000 units annually
Last death-rattles of 'full employment'
"If there is an advantage for Australia it is that we
sit on top of some of the best iron ore and coking coal deposits
in the world, and the infrastructure for exploiting these
is in place. But we dissipate this advantage in giving away
at rock-bottom prices huge quantities of these assets to nations
now manufacturing consumer goods which threaten our own industries
What should a country like Australia do, faced with such a
challenge? Firstly, we've got to re-think the "growth-and-exports"
merry-go-round, which is, traced back to basics, an attempt
to catch up with a debt-based financial system. Why don't
we aim to produce fewer cars, of a much higher quality? Why
don't we take a lead in developing pollution-free vehicles?
The technology is available. Mexico City runs its buses and
taxis on compressed air engines. The use of hydrogen stations
running compressors, which give every motorist an interchangeable
compressed air tank instead of gasoline, would shock the world.
New, high-quality technology and innovation is what we're
Why don't we open up possibilities for the thriving, largely
self-sufficient towns and villages that once abounded in rural
Australia? And work out a way in which young Australians can
get into their own homes debt-free? Do we want young, happy
and enthusiastic Australians who raise families in an environment
of contentment? We could do it. Visions do not come on time-payment.
Perhaps they come when everyone has had enough of what Douglas
Reed called 'Insanity Fair.'"
Isn't it time the pundits turned to the
writings of C.H. Douglas, published eighty years ago, and
looked at what he had to say about 'The Delusion of Super-Production'
in "Economic Democracy" and "The
Breakdown of the Employment System"? They might just
catch a glimpse of the light at the end of the tunnel. They
might just see how the real world could serve us - not us
serving the world of financial figures.
In the over-production lie the seeds
of a different kind of world
Jeremy continued: "The Social Credit movement has been
pointing to this state of affairs for many years. But conventional
political movements from left to right have held the common
view that full employment is a "given absolute"
for every economy. Yet, in the tragic personal disasters of
'down-sized' workers across the world, staring at over-production
everywhere, lie the seeds of a different kind of world --
where it is not necessary for all to work in order to produce
everything that the world needs.
"Well, how are people going to get money to live?"
goes the conventional question.
Dr. Jim Cairns (former Labor minister in Whitlam government
was agreeable to the creation of debt-free money for the government
to devise ways of employing everyone. "Make-work schemes"
would be an essential part of government policy, however useless
and detrimental such work might be.
A National Dividend for all
The Social Credit proposal, on the other hand, is to supplement
earnings with a National Dividend, paid to every man, woman
and child, as part of the inheritance that the technological
era has given them. This would provide individuals with a
whole range of choices currently unavailable. The mad rush
of whole populations going through the rituals of morning
and evening rush hours would become unnecessary. Families,
communities and, above all, children, would become more important
than jobs. Despair and death would retreat before Life more
The situation was heralded in 1995 in the State-of-the-World
Forum, held in San Francisco under the chairmanship of former
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, in which it was agreed
by the many world figures attending that all the world's needs
in the coming century could be produced by no more than 20
per cent of the workforce.
That situation is upon us. Unless there are changes to the
way incomes are distributed, from an employment wage to a
national dividend, the promise of a creative world will be
dashed to pieces round our ears." (emphasis added)
HAVE WE FORGOTTEN WHAT THE DANES DID?
Whilst watching the recent Royal Wedding
I was reminded of the Dane's relatively recent laws restricting
the numbers of immigrants to their country. What TV glimpses
we had of the people lining the streets to celebrate the occasion,
showed a fairly homogenous population.
In 2002 the Sunday Telegraph reported on what was then happening
in Denmark: "Danish curbs to force down refugee influx"--
"Denmark's tough stance on immigration has already began
acting as a deterrent to asylum seekers, even before controversial
new laws aimed at preventing foreigners settling there come
into force on July 1.
The publicity that has greeted Denmark's
move to the Right is thought to have prompted a big fall in
number of asylum-seekers, which dropped from 3,033 in the
first three months of 2001 to 1,877 in the same period this
year. "The bottom line is that Danes want to keep the
minorities out of Denmark," said Bashy Quraishy, the
president of the European Network Against Racism and one of
20,000 Pakistanis in the country.
Even as the new laws passed through parliament asylum and
refugee centres were being searched for suitable doctors and
other professionals to plug gaps in Denmark's health sector.
Government agencies have appealed to educated foreign workers
to move to Denmark to help to shore up its workforce.
Denmark, where immigrants account for
five per cent of the 5.3 million population -- a lower figure
than in most European countries -- traditionally has offered
refugees one of the most generous welcomes in the world. Now,
however, the reception for refugees is distinctly chillier.
Denmark is confronting a demographic time-bomb as its workforce
shrinks, the number of pensioners rises and its generous social
security system struggles to cope. (The Danish economists
need to study C.H. Douglas
Nevertheless, its decision to clamp down on refugees claiming
benefits has been fiercely criticised by the United Nations,
other European countries and human rights organisations who
claim that the legislation which has been under discussion
since a centre-Right government swept to power in last November's
general election - is racist.
The critics hope to embarrass Denmark
which takes over the revolving presidency of the European
Union in a month's time, into diluting the legislation. However,
the Danish government plans to encourage the EU to adopt a
uniform set of rules, to stop the influx of refugees.
With more than 60 per cent of Danes voicing support, the government
is standing firm on its election pledges.
"Foreigners represent a net burden on society,"
said Bertel Haarder, the minister of immigration. "They
cost more than they give back."
During the election, far-Right groups
successfully played on voter's fears about the September 11
attacks, and immigrants' failure to integrate into Danish
society. One poster contrasted a group of blonde Danish girls,
captioned "Denmark today", with a group of hooded,
blood-stained youths who were carrying weapons and appeared
to be Muslims, captioned "10 years from now". (This
is the imagery the 'Coalition of the Willing' are now promoting
- for their own purposes of course
The new laws severely restrict access to Denmark for asylum
seekers, the ability of Danes to many foreigners and the legal
rights of immigrants to bring in their immediate families.
For those who do manage to get into the country, conditions
have been made tougher. Welfare payments will be cut by between
35 and 50 per cent, depending on the size of the family. A
married couple with two children currently qualifies for payments
of about (UK)£1,500 a month." As the laws were
legislated at least two years ago, it would seem the Danes
have managed to cope quite well with protecting their own
We are really encouraged the way the figures
are steadily climbing. The total now stands at $34,777.00. Thank
you one and all. Please keep the contributions flowing in. Let
us reach the target as soon as can be.
VALE NOEL WILLIAM (Bill) CLARKE
by Philip Butler
Sadly, veteran actionist and social crediter Noel (Bill) Clarke
recently passed away. To his friends and in particular my father
Eric D Butler, "Bill" - was a Social Creditor in the
true meaning of the word - spiritually and by application. Bill
was one of a unique group, he went to school with my father, Eric
D. Butler and members of the Mongan family - again a long-time
Social Credit family - at Osborne Flats State School in Victoria.
My grandfather Charles Butler was the Headmaster.
Bill was responsible for much of what happened in the North-East
of Victoria: organising functions and activities for the ALR.
The yearly N-E Dinner was one to behold and to be at. So successful
was the last dinner that I attended in Beechworth,, we not only
had a huge group of Canadians present -- including the Canadian
League of Rights' National Director Ron Gostick -- but who should
attend, and cause the sensation of the evening? Both Mel Gibson
and his father Hatton.
Thank you Bill! What all ALR visiting speakers will never forget
was Bill's hospitality when they stayed at his home in Wangaratta
- breakfast in bed! A real loss for us all - however, I am sure
St Peter will receive breakfast in bed, personally cooked by Bill!
Condolences to Ruth and the rest of his family.
Early notice. Do make the effort to attend
the National Weekend. It will be held over the 8th,9th and 10th
of October, 2004 and we want to encourage as many as possible
to be there. It will be held in Albury, NSW at the same venue
as last year - The Hume Inn Motel, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury,
NSW 2640. Phone: 02 6021 2733 Fax: 02 6041 2239.
More time will be allocated for socialising with folk from other
regions and States. Mr. Wally Klinck of Canada will be one of
the guest speakers and a number of League projects will be 'launched'.
The theme will be based on celebrating the seventieth anniversary
of C.H. Douglas's visit to this great land of ours. Looking forward
to your company at the National Weekend in early October!
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