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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 581 9th February ­ 15th February 2004

From Phil McCrory <philmcc@melbpc.org.au>
Date Wed, 11 Feb 2004 15:19:42 +0100 (CET)


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WIN, WIN? The United States / Australia 'free Trade' agreement has been hailed as a
win-win deal by all the usual suspects. Manufacturers with dollar signs in
their eyes cream their pants, as they wax lyrical about increased profits.
Service industry representatives are positively orgasmic about the economic
nirvana coming their way. Agricultural spokespersons can't wipe the grin off
their faces as they begin to count their windfall profits.
The Prime Minister keen to get his face back in the public spotlight is agog
at the possibilities that the 'free trade' agreement has opened up with the
US. The only malcontents at the celebrations seem to be those pesky sugar
and beef farmers unhappy at not being cut into the deal. How could anyone
dare to rain on their parade? John Howard keeps telling Australians that the
deal will bring home Keating's illusory bacon. Who are we to deny him his
moment in the sun? Unfortunately, this is another of those situations where
the reality does not meet the rhetoric.

NO GLOBALISATION WITHOUT DIRECT DEMOCRACY ­ ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE
'WE SWEAR BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS TO STAND TRULY BY EACH OTHER AND FIGHT TO
DEFEND OUR RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES' ­ EUREKA REBELLION OATH 1854

Removing trade barriers between Australia and the US makes Australia a
captive market for the American corporate sector. Manufacturers, the
pharmaceutical industry and service industries will be hardest hit. Jobs
will disappear slowly initially, in a rush when US based corporations are
able to establish an economic beachhead in Australia. An endless supply of
illegal labour in the US provides a cheap labour source for US
manufacturers. It won't be long before the 'win-win' U.S. trade deal will
turn into a 'lose-lose' scenario for a significant number of Australian
business interests, workers and the community as a whole.

The current 'free trade' agreement is a recipe for the monopolisation of
agriculture, manufacturing and service industries by US based corporations.
The very government that wrung its hands when Telstra wanted to export a few
hundred jobs to India has pursued and negotiated an agreement with the US
that in the long run will lead to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs in
this country. This agreement will increase the profits of American owned and
dominated companies at the expense of a rapidly shrinking pool of Australian
owned companies.

'UNSUSTAINABLE'
Unsustainable seems to be the latest 'buzz' word doing the political rounds.
If I hear one more political commentator, quasi journalist, corporate guru,
bureaucrat or politician carry on about access to education and health care
for all is an unsustainable proposition, I'll scream. You really have to
wonder what planet we're on, when you hear what we have considered to be
basic human rights a decade ago, now being classed as unattainable goals.

What's the role of the State and society when the State can't even the
guarantee its citizens the right to a decent education, access to basic
health care and access to pharmaceuticals. 'Unsustainable', what a load of
garbage. Categorising access to basic services as an unsustainable goal is
directly related to the type of political and economic system that people
are living under. When power and wealth is concentrated in the hands of a
minority, access to basic services and rights becomes an unsustainable
aspiration.

What has changed in our society is not the ability of communities to provide
access to basic services to all its citizens. What has occurred is a
dramatic shift in power from the citizen to the State and the corporate
sector. This shift in power has made access to basic services for all an
unsustainable goal. When the government of the day owes its allegiance to
those who wield power and not the citizens who elect it into office. What
were once considered to be basic rights become unattainable privileges.

Unless citizens demand their rights and challenge the power exercised by
both the State and the corporate sector, 'unsustainable' will continue to be
the answer given when citizens raise questions about universal access to
services.

I CAN SMELL AN ELECTION
The Howard government has through its destructive social policies
accumulated an $18 billion surplus that it will use as its primary electoral
chip. For the first time in decades, there may be a difference in the
electoral policies of the two major parties. Howard will squander the $18
billion surplus on tax cuts that will put far more dollars in the pockets of
the rich in comparison to what other taxpayers will receive. The Howard
government hopes to buy votes by promising tax cuts.

On the other hand, the Labor Party will most likely be pursuing policies
that will pour government revenue back into both the health and education
sector. They will point out that any financial gains made through tax cuts
are illusory because any increase in income through tax cuts will be eaten
away by the increased costs faced by the majority of Australians in
accessing privatised health and education services.

The Howard government's economic agenda is a recipe for increased personal
debt for a significant proportion of the community. All the gains that have
been made by working people over the past hundred years have evaporated. The
State has reverted back to its original function-control. The increased
powers that parliament has given the State to maintain security can and will
be used to try to contain extra parliamentary struggles to both defend and
extend what few gains working people still enjoy.

Over the next 6 to 8 months, the Howard government will attempt to cement
the gains that the State and the corporate sector have made by trying to
blind peoples ability to think rationally by waving a wad of cash at them.
Whether they succeed or not will be determined by people's ability to see
beyond the personal illusory individual gains they have been promised.
Historically, the major social and economic gains that were made during the
20th century were made through collective action. In order for what are
left of these gains to be maintained and extended, the ideological
battleground need to focus on collective activities that promote the
principles that underlie social innovations like Medicare.

Cross subsidisation of essential services by the State and the corporate
sector allows everyone to have access to essential services. Individual tax
cuts for rich and poor alike only allows those people with disposable
incomes to access these services. Whether the destructive policies that to
date have been promoted by both major parties continue, will to a large
degree depend on whether people embrace the idea of cross subsidisation.

THE HORROR, THE HORROR
The horror, the horror Janet Jackson's breast exposed coast to coast, her
nipple discretely covered by the silver star of Texas. One shocking second
wiped away the exuberant antics of the pumped up Superbowl muscle man. The
effort of the cream of a generation forgotten by a public scandalised by the
sight of mutant nippleless female flesh.

The 200,000 complaints have poured into television land. People are
outraged, sickened, bilious, attracted, concerned. They feel they have been
cornered, exploited, used, abused, ambushed. A nippleless breast at the
Superbowl, the sensitivities and honour of the nubile, strategically clad
cheer girls the pinnacle of American womanhood tarnished. People chocked on
their hot dogs, spilt their beer, fell into their fairy floss of the sight
of Janet's nippleless breast. The citizens of the God zone were appalled by
the brazen display of a single nippleless mammary gland. Armageddon and
Sodom rolled into one television lands round the clock relay of decomposing
bodies, freshly killed men, woman and children, limbless torsos, dehydrated
and living skeletons in the Iraqi invasion as entertainment series never
elicited such a response from the American public.

Liar's smiling as they mount a case for war that is so transparent that
anybody with one synapsing neurone would have trouble believing them, are
hailed as heroes. No complaints, just hearts filled with pride and joy
waving the star spangled banner.

200,000 complaints, you have to wonder about the citizens of the land of the
brave and the free when their concerns about Timberlake's and Jackson's
choreographed commercial exposure of female flesh overrides their concerns
about a President who lied to them about the need to go to war and a Senate
and a Congress that continue to give Bush standing ovations. If only half
as many people who lodged a complaint about Jackson's breast had raised
their voices in protest at the President's transparent television lies,
maybe thousands of people would be alive today. If only those that have
died had known that all they had to do to catch the attention of the
citizens of the United States of America was to expose a female breast,
maybe things would have turned out differently.

'BLOCK IT'
Anybody who had any illusions about the conservative agenda being pursued by
Mark Latham's new improved Labor Party, only has to look at his
parliamentary performance on Monday to realise that little has changed. The
peoples friend, carried on about superannuation payments made to
politicians, judges and the Governor-General while studiously ignoring the
so called 'free trade' agreement forced onto Australians by a spineless
Howard government.

The 'free trade' pact between Australia and the US has to be ratified by
both the Australian parliament and the US Congress. The issue of the day is
not the superannuation payments to a few thousand politicians and judges,
but the dramatic effect a 'free trade' agreement will have on Australia's
employment prospects, company profits and cultural and social changes to the
Australian community. 'Tangent Man' should have torn up his pre-prepared
script on superannuation and launched an attack on the final outcome of the
'free trade' negotiations between Australia and US.

Mark Latham still has a chance to clean up his parliamentary copybook. The
Labor Party needs to tackle the big issues facing the community, not just
peripheral ones. The community unease that has been generated, by what is
obviously an agreement that favours the US much more that it favours
Australia, could be harnessed by a reinvigorated Labor Party.

It seems that Latham's Labor Party doesn't have the inclination or political
will or courage to oppose the 'free trade' agreement in parliament and block
the legislation in the Senate. Latham could show the community that the
Labor Party is back in town. Do Australians a favour and block this
dangerous agreement in the Senate.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. Will people be able to do whatever they like in an anarchist society?
A. One of the enduring myths about anarchism is that people can do whatever
they like in an anarchist community. The freedom to act on one's impulses
in an anarchist society is limited, more limited than most people realise.
In many ways it's more limited than the options people with disposable
incomes have in a capitalist society. Irrespective of the possibility of
State and community censure, almost any human desire can be satisfied by
those who have money., You can buy a kidney, have sex with an underage
child or pay someone to blow somebody's brains out in a capitalist society.
Everything has a price, everything is for sale, individual wills is
non-existent, and exploitation is the pathway to personal bliss and nirvana
in a capitalist society.
An anarchist's ability to satisfy every whim, every desire is limited by the
personal freedoms enjoyed by the people around them. An anarchist society
is a voluntary society where individuals have the power to say no and more
importantly have access to networks that ensure that exploitation is exposed
and stopped. Your freedoms are interrelated to my freedoms. If I attempt
to impose myself on you, networks, structures and organisations exist within
an anarchist community that make it extremely difficult for an individual or
group to exploit another individual or group.
Although many of the same safeguards are said to exist in a capitalist
society, they don't seem to work in the majority of cases. Only 1 out of
every 10 sexual attacks are reported, even fewer make their way to court.
Exploitation economic, sexual and personal is the currency of life in a
capitalist community. The freedom to exploit others to satisfy individual
wants or desires is not tolerated in an anarchist community. The freedom to
interact with others in an anarchist society is inter-woven with a respect
for their rights and freedoms.
Although individual exploitation will continue to exist in an anarchist
society, the institutional structures that perpetuate exploitation in a
capitalist society will disappear. Structures will be put in place in an
anarchist community that will make individual and group exploitation a relic
of the past.

ACTION BOX
DIVERSITY
Irrespective of how large or small the group you're involved in is, it's
important to become involved in a number of different campaigns and issues.
If we want to be taken as a serious challenger to both the State and the
corporate sector, we need to be able to tackle a wide number of questions
and issues. We must try to initiate campaigns as well as respond to issues
that are raised by the behaviour of the State and the corporate sector.
Currently the anarchist movement has been successfully pigeon holed more as
a nuisance than as a threat to the status. Considering how a cross section
of people who call themselves anarchists work politically, it's surprising
to see that the States security agencies have not put them on the payroll.
In many situations, people who call themselves anarchists reinforce the
public misconception that anarchism has everything to do with mindless
destruction and nothing to do with self management and self rule.
The struggle to create an anarchist society is a voluntary one. People need
to understand the principles this struggle is based on. People are not
going to participate in a movement that on the surface seems to have no
application to their day to day lives. They are not going to become
involved and face the personal risks involved unless they believe that what
they are struggling for will improve their lives and the lives of those
around them.
In order to demonstrate that anarchism is a serious and viable alternative
to the society people currently live in, anarchists need to become involved
in as many campaigns and issues as possible. We need to campaign
effectively in the places people work and live. Anarchists need too be able
to tackle the issues brought to the fore by mass culture and we need to
initiate campaigns that raise questions and doubts about the role that
culture plays in peoples every day lives. We must not allow the very people
and organisations that we are struggling against to publicly label us as
nuisances and extremists. Anarchists need to break out of the political
straight jacket they have successfully forced on us, by refusing to act in a
manner that promotes the negative stereotypes they have created for us.
If we don't successfully tackle this issue, anarchists will continue to
remain on the margins of political life, acting as spectators not
participants in the struggle to create viable alternatives to the State and
corporate capitalism.

AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 No. 4 'CELEBRATION'
MIDDAY WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY '04
OUTSIDE SUPREME COURT OF VICTORIA 210 WILLIAM ST MELBOURNE
JOINUS!!
The 25th February 2004 marks the 149th anniversary of a tumultuous week in
Victorian history. On the 22nd February 1853 the trial of John Joseph, the
first of the 13 miners tried for High Treason for their part in the Eureka
rebellion, began. There was more at stake in Melbourne's High Treason
trials than the lives of the 13 men charged. The Eureka revolt in 1854 had
enormous implications for the colony of Victoria and other Australian
colonies.
Governor Hotham was not concerned with causes, he was concerned with acts.
The legitimate authority of the Crown had been challenged by violence.
Officers of the Crown lay dead and wounded. People who took up arms against
the State had challenged the authority of the State. Somebody had to pay.
Unfortunately for Hotham and fortunately for the miners, citizens would
judge citizens. The citizens of Victoria were being asked to express their
opinions about what had happened at Eureka. The Chief Justice Sir William a
Beckett sat on the bench, the Attorney General William Stawell represented
the Crown, Butler Aspinall and Henry Chapman acted for Joseph.
On the 22nd February 1855, the scene was set for one of the most remarkable
trials in Victorian history. John Joseph a black man from New York who had
been abandoned by the same American Consul General who had negotiated the
release of other Americans arrested at Eureka, stood before a white
protestant jury charged with High Treason. Over the next few days,
government spies and soldiers swore on a stack of Bibles that Joseph was
responsible for the death of Captain Wise the Deputy Commander of the
government troops. The jury returned a 'not guilty' verdict in near record
time. Over a quarter of Melbourne's population, around 20,000 people had
gathered to hear the outcome of the trial. They greeted the news with loud
cheering, sat John Joseph on a chair and lifted him above their heads and
paraded him around the streets of Melbourne. John Manning was acquitted of
High Treason a few days later. The Attorney General livid at the verdicts
obtained a month stay of proceedings to set up a new list of jurymen.
The trials resumed on the 19th March 1855. Timothy Hayes a ringleader of
the Eureka movement, faced Redmond Barry (Ned Kelly's judge). He was also
acquitted and carried through the streets of Melbourne. Rafaello Carboni,
another ringleader, faced court on the 21st March 1855 and was also
acquitted, although 4 police constables and 4 soldiers testified that he was
in the stockade and that he had attacked them with a pike. The trials had
become a judicial farce. Jan Vannick from Holland was the next miner to be
acquitted. James Beattie and Michael Tuohey were also acquitted. Tuohey a
farmer who lived outside Ballarat had the last laugh attending the 50th
anniversary celebrations in Ballarat in 1904 as a guest of honour. He had
outlived most of the other participants. The last 6 prisoners, Thomas
Dignam, James Campbell, John Phelan, William Molloy, Jacob Sorensen and
Henry Reed were also acquitted.
Monuments around Victoria honour the names of those who instituted
proceedings against the 13 miners tried for and acquitted of High Treason.
Hotham, Barry, Stawell and the rest of the motley crew are remembered.
We will gather outside the Victorian Supreme Court on the 25th February to
reclaim the tumultuous events of that week, 149 years ago. We celebrate our
past and remember those who fought and suffered to win us those rights and
freedoms, that so many take for granted today. 149 years after those rights
and freedoms were won in a sea of blood, we are facing an unprecedented
attack by all levels of government local, State and Federal on the same
rights and freedoms the Eureka miners fought for. We need to remember the
lessons of the past, we need to remember their sacrifices. We need to
celebrate our victories and use those victories to understand the present
and change the future.
Join us in the struggle to maintain and extend those rights and freedoms.
Demand that their contribution is remembered and honoured. Demand that
their names
James Beattie
James Campbell
Rafaello Carboni
Thomas Dignam
Timothy Hayes
John Joseph
William Molloy
John Phelan
Henry Reed
Jacob Sorensen
Michael Tuohey
Jan Vannick
are inscribed on the walls of the Victorian Supreme Court in February 2005
to mark the 150th anniversary of their acquittal of the charge of High
Treason.

BOOK REVIEW
'DESERTS ­ A Miracle of Life'
by Jim Flegg, Blandford Books 1993
ISBN 0 7137 2280 0
The extent to which deserts occupy the Australian landmass was brought home
to me when I opened up a map of the world at the beginning of 'Deserts ­ A
Miracle of Life' and saw nearly 60% of the Australian landmass is desert.
The deserts of the Middle East are far smaller than the dry earth in
Australia.
This book is full of facts, figures, pictures and opinions about the world's
deserts. In just 160 pages, Flegg attempts to teach us about the 10% of the
Earth's landmass that is covered by desert. Cold deserts, hot deserts,
spinifex deserts, sandy deserts, the animals, the birds, the people, the
insects, the vegetation, all share space in this fascinating book. The one
thing that stands out about the world's deserts is how people who for 1000s
of years survived the harshest physical environments, have had their lives
destroyed by less than a century of colonisation and modernisation. The
history books are replete with stories of peoples who have been driven out
from some of the world's most inhospitable places by the lust for conquest.
Even birds, animals and vegetation have not been spared in the long march to
acquire colonies and wealth. It's ironic that in 2004, the Middle East
imports camels that were introduced to Australia a century ago because their
herds have disappeared. Flegg has been able to condense the story of desert
life around the world in just 160 pages. Numerous colour photographs give
the reader an idea of the harshness of the life experienced by those
animals, birds and insects, plants and inter-vertebrates that still manage
to live in the desert.
The most disturbing chapter, Chapter 8 ­ People of the Desert, looks at
human experience of desert life in the past, by examining what has happened
to the Bushmen of the Kalahari, the Tribesmen of the Sahara, the Turay and
the Bedouin, the Australian Aborigines, the American Indians and the peoples
of the Asian desert corridors.
Flegg strongly suggests that human beings have become optional extras in the
desert environment, victims of both colonisation and modernisation. As
climate change becomes a reality and the world's deserts expand, human
beings may once again be forced to survive in some of the planets most
inhospitable environments.
Try your local library or a second hand bookshop if you want to have a look
at this interesting and fascinating account about desert life.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Two hands 8 fingers, 2 thumbs, the dorsum of the right hand darker than
the left from too much driving. 10 distal phalanges, 10 proximal phalanges,
only 8 middle phalanges. The thumb has only 2 phalanges, a proximal and a
distal one, that's why there are only 8 middle phalanges. Distal phalanges
articulate with the metacarpals forming an evolutionary tool that gives the
human race the power to turn the fantasies running around their collective
cerebral sulci, a practical form.
Pity the whale, kilometres of cerebral sulci, an imagination that overrides
human possibilities, but no evolutionary tools to turn dreams into reality.
The whale, an evolutionary quadriplegic in comparison to its nubile,
flexible human cousin, hands the physical symbol of human evolutionary
superiority over the rest of the species that inhabit planet Earth.
Evolutionary weapons of mass destruction that allow the human race to grab
an infant by the heels and bash its brains against a brick wall, that gives
us the power to slowly choke the life out of someone who was once near and
dear to us. Wield a sword, throw a spear, pull a trigger, push a button,
release a payload of cluster bombs, fire a flame thrower, cut out a heart
and offer it to the Gods while it's still beating.
Give physical form top biological, chemical and nuclear weapons of mass
destruction, push a button, the end of planet Earth. The human race, an
evolutionary cul de sac in the four billion year history of a planet that
has flourished as a result of the rays of a dying sun. Evolution two steps
forward, three steps backwards. Ethics, morals, temporary artificial human
constraints on evolutionary certainties. Hands dead-end evolutionary tools.
Too late, if only nature had not embarked on this dangerous roller coaster
ride, the quadriplegic whale would rule planet Earth. If only I had won
tattslotto.

STOP PRESS
SETTING THE AGENDA
The last few weeks have acted as a wonderful example of how the media sets
the agenda about what is important and news worthy. Janet Jackson's breast
has had equal billing with those illusory weapons of mass destruction. The
war in Sudan still manages to elude the attention of the world, while what
is happening in Iraq is portrayed as a fight between good and evil. Mass
starvation, disease, death, destruction are ignored except for the
occasional piece that fails to prick a mass conscience that has been running
in neutral for decades.
A cult of celebrity based on mass exposure is exploited to highlight that
even tall poppies have feet of clay. People with mass exposure but minimal
power become the news. Their exploits including the consistency and colour
of their faeces are paraded before a public that's conditioned to think that
mass exposure is synonymous with power and wealth. Those who wield power
are conveniently forgotten, allowed to use their control of the mass media
and generous libel laws, to cloak their power and accumulate wealth without
being disturbed by the glare of publicity.
Janet Jackson's breast hold the attention of millions, the dried up breasts
of the starving and dehydrated are seen but not seen. Their agony pushed to
the margins, their lives dispensable. The power of the mass media doesn't
lay in its power to tell us what to do. Its power is much more subtle, much
more dangerous, it sets the boundaries about what is news, what can be
discussed, how problems can be approached and what are the options
communities can pursue.
The irony of 21st century mass communications is that the range of options
that are presented for debate and discussion become narrower and narrower as
the ownership of the mass media is concentrated in fewer and fewer hands.

Joseph TOSCANO / Libertarian Workers
For A Self-Managed Society.


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ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
Pharmaceutical companies are giving millions of dollars to supposedly
independent medical orgs & patient advocacy groups to expand their markets.
They're also using sponsorship & educational grants, to fund disease
awareness campaigns, raising fears of "disease mongering". Many groups have
become partly or completely reliant on pharamaceutical industry funding. A
nationwide awareness campaign run by the National Asthma Council used a
cartoon dragon, was also the registered trademark of a drug company & used
to promote asthma medication. A drug company set up a medical board to help
persuade people to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A & B. The company wasn't
interested in raising awareness about Hepatitis C, b/c it didn't sell a
vaccine for it. Treatment guidelines issued to Aussie doctors for some
diseases are modeled on those developed by overseas groups who are entirely
funded by drug companies, who sell drugs for the relevant conditions. Martyn
Goddard from the Australian Consumers Association said "drug companies find
it very easy to recruit consumer groups & they do it very cheaply...there's
almost no such thing as clean money for most consumer organisations". Even
some of the groups themselves admitted they're being used to indirectly
promote drug companies' products, but say they have no alternative. The most
recent figure available from the drug industry body Medicines Australia is
from 1999. In that year, drug companies spent between $20 & $25 million on
'philanthropic causes', which mostly covered payments to such groups. Some
groups are unable to reveal details of payments they have received b/c they
have signed confidentiality agreements. (The Age)
The New South Wales Coroner will investigate 19 patient deaths in 2 Sydney
hospitals following a report into poor standards of care, amid claims that
the State govt is engaging in a cover-up. A 13-month investigation into the
deaths, at Campbelltown & Camden hospitals, failed to bring anyone to
account. The head of the Health Care Complaints Commission, Amanda Adrian,
has been sacked. A fresh inquiry with royal commission powers has been set
up to review the complaints & any additional allegations about inadequate
care. The nurses who originally brought the info to light said many more
deaths were yet to be investigated. Peter Bentley, who lost his wife, Marie,
after what should've been a routine gall-bladder operation, said the
investigation should be wider "to include some politicians, b/c I believe
what they're trying to do is to a degree still cover a few things up".
Health Minister Morris Iemma apologised to the nurses who blew the whistle
but were then demoted & transferred. They might be eligible for
compensation. "It's been a systemic, deliberate cover-up," said one of the
nurses, Nola Fraser. The Independent Commission Against Corruption is
already investigating allegations that former NSW Health Minister Craig
Knowles bullied 2 nurses who went to him with claims of clinical malpractice
& patient deaths. The ICAC is also investigating separate allegations that
documents were shredded at the hospitals. The NSW Coroner will now
investigate 19 deaths stemming from 43 incidents between 1999 & this year.
Incidents at the hospital included cases where a woman had the wrong breast
removed, a patient fell off an operating theatre table & a suicidal patient
was discharged from hospital after attempting to hang himself in the
emergency dept. (The Australian)
US intelligence & military sources have confirmed that US Special Forces
have begun a new 'counter-insurgency' program in Iraq which incl
assassination squads, operating outside of Iraq in Syria, & what 1 source
called "making examples" of villages where large numbers of people oppose
the US govt. The US is being advised by 'urban warfare' specialists from the
Israeli Defence Force. Brig Gen Michael Vane, deputy chief of staff at the
army's training & doctrine command, said US officials had visited Israel "to
glean lessons learned from their counter-terrorist operations in urban
areas". The US military has already used tactics which are similar to those
used by the Israeli govt in Palestine, such as sealing off areas with razor
wire if they contain large numbers of people who are likely to be hostile to
the US govt & destroying buildings from which attacks have been launched. US
Special Forces have also begun operating in Syria as well as Iraq. Colonel
Ralph Peters, a ex army intelligence officer, said "I think what you're
seeing is a new realism. The American tendency is to try to win all the
hearts & minds. In Iraq, there're just some hearts & minds you can't win.
Within the bounds of human rights, if you do make an example of certain
villages it gets the attention of the others & attacks have gone down in the
area". One of the officials behind the new program is Lt Gen William "Jerry"
Boykin, who commented that he believed that the US was at war with Satan,
who "wants to destroy us as a Christian army". (The Guardian [UK])
Many large companies have secretly taken out life insurance policies on
their employees, naming themselves as beneficiaries. The practice is known
among executives as 'Dead Peasants Insurance'. One company, CM Holdings,
took out a policy on an administrative assistant who died of Lou Gehring's
Disease The company turned down a request from the woman's children, who
cared for her during her final illness, to help buy a US$5000 wheelchair.
When she died, the company collected US$180,000. ('Dude, Where's My
Country?' by Michael Moore)

ANARCHIST MEDIA INSTITUTE OBSCENITY OF THE WEEK
Has been awarded to those corporate giants (including our mate Frank from
the National Australia Bank) who pocketed extraordinary amounts of taxpayers
and shareholders money ­ win, draw or lose.
Nice work if you can get it (Apologies to Sting)

*** 6th DEFEND & EXTEND MEDICARE RALLY ***
SPEAKERS START AT 12.15PM
MIDDAY THURSDAY 1ST APRIL 2004
Forecourt THE STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA
Corner Swanston & Latrobe Streets, Melbourne.
P.O. BOX 5035, ALPHINGTON 3078, MELB, VIC. Tel: (03) 9766 8555.
Email: info@defendandextendmedicare.org
www.defendandextendmedicare.org
Access to health care a right, not a charity or a luxury.

CELEBRATION
Celebrate the 149th anniversary of the acquittal of John Joseph, the first
of the 13 Eureka miners to be acquitted of the crime of High Treason.
Join the Anarchist Media Institute at:
MIDDAY ­ WEDNESDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2004
OUTSIDE THE VICTORIAN SUPREME COURT
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Reclaim the past, understand the present and change the future.

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A DOLLAR A DAY
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190 MEMBERS ­ 360 TO GO
BEFORE WE CAN APPLY TO REGISTER AS A FEDERAL POLITICAL PARTY
Politically manipulated and scorned? Sick of being a peripheral player
every time a Federal election comes around, then join: VOTE INFORMAL
TODAY, DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW a "political party" that is putting the
boot into the Australian Parliamentary Process. Send a stamp self-addressed
envelope to
VOTE INFORMAL TODAY DIRECT DEMOCRACY TOMORROW
PO Box 20, Parkville. 3052. Melbourne. Australia Telephone (03) 9828 2856
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this unique 21st century Australian phenomena.
DON'T PUT IT OFF JOIN THE PUSH FOR CHANGE NOW.
Written and authorised by Joseph Toscano
(National Convenor 205 Nicholson St Footscray 3012 Melbourne Aust.)
Current membership 190. We need 550 members to apply for registration as a
political party, so that members can stand at the Federal election in 2004
and show Australian's that Parliamentary Democracy is nothing more than two
minutes of illusory power.


RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
4AM TO 4PM
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004
EUREKA STOCKADE SITE, BALLARAT, VICTORIA
Reclaim the past to understand the present and change the future

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