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9 July 2004. Thought for the Week: "It was inherent in Douglas's writings that he viewed society as something partaking of the nature of an organism which could have 'life and life abundant' to the extent it was God-centred and obedient to His Canon Within it (this organism) the sovereignty of 'God the Creator of all things visible and invisible' being absolute, there must be full recognition of the sanctity of human personality, and therefore, of the individual person as free to live his life, and within the body social, to enter into or contract out of such associations as, with the responsibility to his Creator, he may choose. And no person may deny another this relationship to God and his fellow man without committing sacrilege.
This concept, reflecting the ideal of Christendom as the integration of Church and Society which was the inspiration of European civilisation for centuries, involves adherence to a policy in every sphere of social life, economic, political and cultural. This is the policy Douglas termed "Social Credit"."
Eric D. Butler in "Releasing Reality"
'SCANDALOUS' TREATMENT -- UNDER WHAT 'LAW'?
In an ABC radio news broadcast 2/7/04
Saddam Hussein's defence lawyer expressed his outrage because
the newly appointed Iraqi regime had brought Hussein before
a court in Iraq without the benefit of legal counsel or representation.
The lawyer thought it was 'scandalous' that this should have
happened, insisting the man has the right to legal counsel
and legal representation before a court of law.
There has been some talk of closing down
the prison at Guantanamo Bay and the prisoners being transferred
to the U.S.A. Even if this does occur it should be born in
mind the authorities set themselves up as 'above the law';
a very serious violation of the principle that neither a king,
president nor a prime minister is above the law.
Ellen Ray: Why should American
citizens be concerned about Guantanamo and what is taking
First of all, the way we are treating the prisoners there is a scandal, an embarrassment to the people of this country and an outrage to the people of the world. That you can take someone and put him in a prison offshore with no legal rights whatsoever for two and a half years is simply inhumane.
Second, our treatment of these people,
who are primarily Muslims and of Arabic ethnic origin, should
be a cause of tremendous consternation because of the message
it sends to the Muslim world. Guantanamo has become iconic
in the Arab and Muslim world; it stands for the United States
doing wrong and abusing people. If we want to live in a safe
world, the message we should send is that we will treat people
not like animals but like human beings. Although we should
be trying to lessen the anger toward the United States within
the Muslim and Arab world, we are not doing that; we are,
in fact, doing the opposite.
Ellen Ray: But the Pentagon claims
it is treating the prisoners at Guantanamo well, that it is
a model institution, that it is respecting the prisoners'
religion, providing Muslims with prayer rugs, the Koran, and
"culturally appropriate meals."
Ellen Ray: What effect does the
administration's attitude toward torture have on the people
committing, allowing, condoning, or averting their eyes from
TERMS OF REFERENCE - REPUBLIC INQUIRYFor those actionists working on the 'republican' issue, the following information has come from one of our actionists.
Terms of Reference
(a) the most appropriate process for moving towards the establishment of an Australian republic with an Australian Head of State; and
(b) alternative models for an Australian republic, with specific reference to:
(i) the functions and powers of the Head of State
(ii) the method of selection and removal of the Head of State, and
(iii) the relationship of the Head of State with the executive, the parliament and the judiciary.
Phillip Bailey, Acting Secretary, Senate Legal & Constitutional Committee. (02) 6277 3494
TURKISH PM ON ISRAEL'S TREATMENT OF PALESTINIANS
by Hanoch Marmari https://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/434727.html
'What is the difference between terrorists
who kill Israeli civilians, and Israel, which also kills civilians?'
Turkey and Israel are
bound by strong and ongoing relations. In your view, has there
been a recent change in attitude on the Turkish side, or by
the Turkish government, with regard to Israel?
You have recently defined three kinds
of terrorist activities: Personal terrorism, institutional
terrorism and state terrorism. Do you think that Israel is
practicing a form of "state terrorism"?
Do you think that there is a fourth way of looking at terrorism - that there are countries that support institutions or individuals who are terrorists? "Of course I can."
You recently met with quite a few
Middle East heads of state, and several Arab leaders have
visited Ankara. Maintaining close relations
According to news reports we've heard
today, you are going on a first visit to Iran at the end of
the month. Are you considering a visit to
So are we going to be honored with
your visit sometime in the near future?
The special relations between Israel
and Turkey are unique in another sense - the close relations
between the Jewish state and one of the greatest Islamic states
are, and should be, a model for the way in which common ground
can bridge over differences and diversities. Do you think
that these relations will survive the actual crisis?
How, in your view, can a country protect
itself from terrorism?
HOLDING CORPORATIONS ACCOUNTABLEwww.corpwatch.org.
The airwaves and newspapers were full of news about the torture of Iraqis at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. CorpWatch helped expose a little reported fact: Two private military contractors, CACI International of Arlington, Virginia and Titan of San Diego, California supplied at least four of the interrogators and translators involved in the incidents. On May 14 the Op-Ed page of The New York Times called on the president to, among other things, "[b]an private contractors from American military prisons."
THE STREET SPEAKS
Iraq's UN-Backed Government is Made Up
of CIA Pawns by Patrick Cockburn, Independent U.K.
Tariq Ali: Doubts about the return
of sovereignty to Iraq are expressed at every level.
PROTESTS PROMISED AGAINST NEW U.S. BASE IN OZ
Taken from Neil Baird's email: Australian
Anti-Bases Campaign Coalition (AABCC)
Senator Hill claims the new base will
"enhance mutual capability, ensure interoperability and
to assist a critically important ally". "This is
simply Government spin for the gradual fusion of the Australian
Defence Force into a de-facto arm of the United States military,"
Dr Middleton said.
Okinawa: "The Governor of
Okinawa has said the US bases on his island brought a major
increase in the crime rate. It has increased levels of prostitution,
drugs, alcoholism, rape, sexually transmitted diseases, abuse
of women and children and other social problems. The new base
will lock up huge areas of our territory and contaminate it
with unexploded ordnance. There are also major dangers of
pollution from repairs and maintenance programs and from weapons
firing," she continued.
"By signing up as a front line collaborator
with the US military, the Howard Government is putting all
Australians in danger.
BASIC FUNDThe Basic Fund figures are climbing thanks to our loyal supporters right across the nation. The figure has reached the total of $42,340.60. We are getting there! Thank you one and all.
QUEENSLANDERS NEAR MOOLOOLABA TAKE NOTEUnder the heading of "Community Events" the following notice appeared in the local Daily Mercury newspaper. 'Abolish State Governments Conference': 10-11th July, 2004. Abolition of State Governments & creation of regional & strong Local Governments discussed. Interested?
Phone Charles 5442 1589 or email email@example.com Just what the Fabians have been pushing for-for years. Could be worth checking it out. Let us know what happened.
SYDNEY CONSERVATIVE SPEAKERS' CLUBDates for your diary:
Thursday, July 29th - Dr. Edmund Dafesh, "Iraq Today".
Thursday, August 26th - Annual General Meeting & Roy Gustard's, "Books Worth Reading".
Books will be on display as usual by the Heritage Book Service. Should you want a certain book, it can be ordered through the Heritage Book Service, P.O. Box 6086, Lake Munmorah, 2259, or Phone: (02) 4358 3634.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA'S STATE WEEKENDDate for your diary: Don't forget the State Weekend to be held over 21-22nd August 2004. The venue for both days will be The Public Schools' Club, 207 East Terrace, Adelaide. Notices of speakers, etc., will soon be available. The messages will be taped by Mayo Tapes and available for sale. A wide selection of books, audios and videos will be available for sale. Come early and browse.
NATIONAL WEEKENDLeague supporters will be thrilled to know Jeremy Lee, along with social crediter Wally Klinck of Canada will be speakers for the New Times Dinner and Seminar at the National Weekend. We commence with the New Times Dinner on the Friday evening October 8th and go through to Sunday 10th October 2004 -- around lunchtime to allow folk to get away reasonably early for the trip back home. Come on now League supporters, let's make it one of the very best weekends - ever. Great speakers, good friends and wonderful fellowship. What more can we ask for? See you there!
Venue for all the functions will be The Hume Inn, 406 Wodonga Place, Albury, 2640.
For your accommodation reservations book in early by phoning: (02) 6021 2733.
BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS"TO PROTECT AND TO SERVE" by Tim Priest and Richard Basham:
Former policeman Tim Priest came to our attention through an article he wrote for Quadrant Jan.-Feb. 2004, "The Rise of Middle Eastern Crime in Australia". His wrote of his own experience 'on the beat' which confirmed that the rise of Middle Eastern organised crime in Sydney will have an impact on our society unlike anything yet seen. But the corruption and decay is much deeper than that and along with co-author Richard Basham he exposes the truth about the New South Wales Police Service in "To Protect and to Serve". The 'spin doctors' are not just working amongst politicians, they are in all institutions and systems, as this book helps to reveal. The authors claim that with crime spiralling out of control, plummeting morale among the rank and file, the police service in NSW is on the point of collapse. Truly a 'wake up call' for us all. Price: $40.00 posted.
"WHY OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING" by Kevin Donnelly. Mr. Donnelly's book is a good read, as long as the reader is aware he approaches the subject from a neo-'conservative' Left-Right position. There is the Left, there is the Right and then there is Truth. $25.00 posted.
"THE DISASTER ROAD" by Jean Wallis. Mrs Wallis exposed the deliberate and sustained assaults on the traditional values-system that was once at the core of Australian education. Copies of this little masterpiece are still available. (Read it along with Donnelly's book.) $18.00 posted.
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