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(en) Anarchist Age Weekly Review No. 616 25th to 31st October 2004

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IT GOES SOMETHING LIKE THIS
Mark Latham has learnt the most important lesson of his political career,
real power doesn't lie in parliament, it lies in the boardrooms of national
and transnational corporations. Faced with the prospect of wallowing in
opposition for years and eventually succumbing to attacks by the vultures on
his own backbench, he has done what any Opposition leader who wants to
become Prime Minister must do, he has recognised that the needs of the
corporate sector always take precedence over the needs of the community.
Like Prometheus he has learnt that it doesn't pay to be daring or inventive.
Any mere political figure who dares to siphon the corporate God's profits to
help meet the needs of the community, will be severely punished by the
corporate gods.

The elevation of Wayne Swan and Stephen Smith to the most important economic
portfolios in the Opposition Shadow Cabinet, is an admission that Mark
Latham has realised that in a world dominated by the needs of corporations
to make every increasing profits, its political suicide in a 'democratic',
society where all the economic cards lie in the hands of transnational and
national corporations to be seen to be challenging the economic orthodoxy of
the day.

Latham's admission that his 2004 election loss was due to the Labor Party's
lack of economic credibility with the big end of town and the ALP's
determination to promote economic policies during the next 3 years that meet
the needs of the corporate sector, highlights that as far as economic
policies are concerned the ALP has transformed itself into the Alternative
Liberal Party (ALP).

A CONSTITUTIONAL CONUNDRUM
The election of a government with a majority in both houses of Federal
parliament raises important questions about the role of the Australian
Constitution in the lives of Australians. The Australian Constitution, a
128-paragraph document, theoretically regulates the relationship between the
State, the government of the day and the Australian people. An examination
of the Constitution highlights that the document's major thrust revolves
around the rights and responsibilities of the States and the Federal
government in relationship to each other.

In the past decade, the High Court found that Australians had an 'implied'
right to 'freedom' of speech during an election campaign in relation to the
election of representatives to Federal parliament. This was an
extraordinary revelation for those Australians who believed they had
'in-alienable rights and liberties' as a direct consequence of their
citizenship.

Those people who believe that the Australian Constitution protects them from
the excesses of a government that has a majority in both houses of
parliament are clearly wrong. If the High Court has to find 'implied'
rights to freedom of speech during an electoral campaign, it's quite clear
that the Constitution does not address the question about what rights and
liberties people enjoy in Australia. This power is left in the hands of the
government of the day. 'The government giveth and the government taketh
away'.

Earlier this year the power that the government of the day has, to strip
away the hard fought rights and liberties people enjoy, under common law,
was clearly demonstrated when the coalition and the A.L.P. joined forces to
give one man the Attorney General, the power to unilaterally ban any
organisation and expose its members to the possibility of spending 25 years
in prison because he has received advice that organisations actions may
'prejudice' the 'interests' of the Commonwealth.

The lack of rights enjoyed by Australians in the Australian Constitution is
exacerbated by the fact that the only authority that has the power to put
questions to the Australian people to alter the Constitution, lies solely in
the hands of a government that is able to pass the necessary legislation to
call a referendum in both Houses of Federal parliament. The lack of
mechanisms within the Australian Constitution that gives the people the
power to directly raise questions about constitutional change in a
referendum has led to the highly unsatisfactory situation where the State
and the government of the day, not the people are the only legitimate source
of political power in Australia.

GO FOR IT JOHNNY!!
John Howard the lying rodent who has been transformed into King rodent by
his 'historic', 4th election victory, has intimated that he is the boy who's
going to bring a moribund compromised trade union movement back to life. I
normally don't take much notice of the silver bodgey, the former Labor Prime
Minister Bob Hawke, but his address to the Centenary Conference of the
Australian Industrial Relations Commission had a ring of truth to it. In
his speech he stated that if Howard went ahead with his proposed changes to
the industrial relations laws, that Australia would be taken 'down what can
only be a more confrontationist and in terms of social cohesion,
self-defeating road'

Bingo!! Bingo!! I think Hawkies got it right. Although only around 20% of
Australia's workforce belongs to unions, unionists hold important positions
within the total workforce. If Howard's changes give the A.C.T.U. no room
to manoeuvre, there is the distinct possibility that some of the more
powerful unions will challenge the Prime Minister in a struggle that will be
confrontational and which will cause major social dislocation.

The Howard government's new legislation is dependent on the State having the
power to both bankrupt and jail unionists for participating in workplace
actions. Whether Howard will be able to implement his new legislation will
be dependent on whether a significant section of the Australian population
is willing to accept the jailing of unionists for participating in what has
been considered to be legitimate workplace action.

The success or failure of the government's agenda relies on unionists,
non-union workers, the fourth estate and the Australian people allowing
rights and liberties they have won through struggle over the last century
being stripped away from them without a struggle. Howard's new conservative
ideological agenda can be both blunted and eventually defeated if enough
people are willing to challenge the government's legislation, both in the
workplace and the streets.

'MUSHROOMS'
It must be wonderful to be the Foreign Minister Alexander Downer. Every
time something happens that involves Australian troops or workers in Iraq,
its just unlucky they were in the wrong place at the wrong time. When
Islamic fundamentalists put a bomb outside a nightclub frequented by
Australians in Bali and 88 Australians are killed, wrong place at the wrong
time. When a bomb goes off outside the Australian Embassy in Jakarta 'were
they really targeting us?'

A bomb goes off beside an Australian convoy in Baghdad a few hundred meters
from the Australian Embassy, 'could have been anyone ­ lots of soldiers use
that street. Why would anyone want to target Australians? What have we
done? Why do they hate us?' We have just re-elected the government that
has banned more organisations than you can poke a stick at, we are a major
partner in the Coalition of the willing, John Howard is a strident defender
of the war in Iraq and continues to keep troops in Iraq. All the way with
L.B.J's successor, George W. Bush, is the country's mantra. Israel
continues to play its cat and mouse murderous games, Australia continues to
throw its support behind the Israeli government ignoring the Palestinians
plight and blocking United Nations intervention in the region.

I am with John Howard, Alexander Downer, Philip Ruddock and Amanda Vanstone,
why would anybody hate us? Why would anybody want to harm us? What have we
done? Just a series of unfortunate accidents, Australians have not been
signalled out for special attention, it's just one of those things. Anybody
who thinks otherwise must be one of those crazy loonies who wants to
withdraw 'Our' troops from Iraq. We're in for the long haul. We are not
going to cut and run. We are fighting for 'freedom and democracy', God's on
our side. How do I know? She must be, if she weren't considering what
'our' government has done on our behalf, we would definitely be a target.
Thank god we're not.

'THE WORLD'S
MOST LIVEABLE CITY'
In the world's most liveable city, just across the road from one of the
city's major newspapers, the homeless sleep and live in an asbestos filled
abandoned power plant. For years hundreds, possibly thousands, of homeless
men, women and children have breathed in asbestos fibres. The site, a
development site in a city hungry for skyscrapers, stood empty for years, a
refuge for the destitute, the desperate and the homeless.

The city went on with its life; the Melbourne City Council ignored the
derelict site, tens of thousands of people walked past unaware of the risk
the site posed to both its shadowy inhabitants and the honest citizens who
walked past it. Nothing happened until a 13-year-old ward of the State fell
down a shaft last week and died a few days later of the head injuries she
sustained as a result of the fall. Her unnecessary death was the human
sacrifice that was required to bring the issue to ahead.

The Melbourne Age, publicity acknowledged what had been going on under its
nose. The Melbourne City Council was surprised there was a problem. Nobody
had complained to them!! Out of sight, out of mind. Hundreds of squatters
in a disused power plant in the C.B.D. and nobody had complained. I wonder
what planet they have lived on for the past few years. Now everybody's
interested, the squatters have been moved on and the site has been made
secure. The city fathers are worried if a fire breaks out, the whole city
could be contaminated.

Now lets go back a sentence, 'the squatters have been moved on'. That's
right the homeless have been evicted, turfed out, thrown back into the city
to find another nook or cranny. State wards, some as young as 12, are
outsourced to private centres who do what they can to maximise their
profits.

In a few days time it will be business as usual, the homeless will continue
to live in nooks and crannies, State wards will continue to wander the
streets, many exposed to greater dangers than they were exposed to before
they became State wards, asbestos from the power plant will continue to pose
a health risk. It's all too hard, a few more days, the human sacrifice will
be forgotten and the homeless will filter back to the disused power plant
across the road from the Age, the most readable paper in the world's most
liveable city.

ANARCHIST QUESTION AND ANSWER
Q. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DELEGATE AND A REPRESENTATIVE?
A. People tend to talk about delegates and representatives as
interchangeable terms. Delegates and representatives are as interchangeable
as chalk and cheese. Although they may have some superficial similarities,
they don't taste the same when you sink your teeth into them. A good way to
understand the difference is by comparing the roles delegates and
representatives play with the role cheques play in commercial transactions.
Cheques? Yes, cheques.
The mandate given to a representative is similar to the role a blank cheque
plays in a commercial transaction. The representative has the power to
write whatever amount they like on a blank cheque. Their mandate is an
extensive one. They have the power to make decisions on behalf of the
people they represent irrespective of the wishes of the people who elected
them. They have been given the power to write whatever figure they like on
a signed blank cheque.
A delegate's mandate is much more limited than a representative's mandate.
The cheque that a delegate has been given has been signed and the amount has
been filled in by the people the delegate is working on behalf of. A
delegate does not have the authority to work on projects outside of the
specific mandate they have been given. Delegates coordinate decisions with
other delegates they don't make decisions on behalf of the people they are
acting for.
The difference between a representative and a delegate reflects the
difference between representative and direct democracy. Representatives are
given a signed blank cheque. They have the authority to fill in any amount
they want to fill in on the cheque. A delegate is given a signed blank
cheque with a specific figure written on the cheque. Representative
democracy is based on blind faith. Direct democracy is based on the idea of
giving people the authority to carry out specific decisions. Using the
analogy of a signed blank cheque and a signed cheque that has a specific
amount written on it is a good way of explaining to people the difference
between a representative and a delegate.

ACTION BOX
EUREKA - JOIN US ON
FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004
We encourage as many of our readers as possible to join us in a number of
activities that we have organized to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the
Eureka rebellion that falls on FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER. Join us at Eureka Park
(corner Stawell and Eureka St, Ballarat) at 4.00am.
The celebrations will begin at 4.00am at Eureka Park. Join us behind the
RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION banner. Following on the
tradition we have created over the past few years, we will call on people
who have joined us at Eureka Park to talk about why they have come and what
it means to them. Everyone who turns up will have a chance to publicly
articulate their reasons for joining the Reclaim The Radical Spirit Of The
Eureka Rebellion gathering. Once the darkness is transferred into light, we
will share a communal breakfast. We encourage you to bring food and drinks
so they can be shared amongst everyone there.
At 9.00am we will walk from Eureka Park to the Old Ballarat cemetery (about
5km) to pay our respects to the miners and soldiers who died in the battle
at Eureka 150 years ago. We encourage people who have vans or people movers
to bring them so we can transport those people who cannot participate in
such a long walk. After paying our respects, we will walk from the cemetery
through the streets of Ballarat to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath;
'We swear by the Southern Cross to stand truly by each other and fight to
defend our rights and liberties'. We will then walk back to Eureka Park for
a leisurely lunch and conversation. It's important that as many of us as
possible Radical Spirit Of The Eureka Rebellion and keep alive the central
elements of Eureka ­ DIRECT DEMOCRACY, DIRECT ACTION, INTERNATIONALISM and
SOLIDARITY ­ ideas that are as important in 2004 as they were in 1854.
If you can't make the celebrations, don't despair. Organise your own
celebrations where you work and live. If you live in Melbourne join us
outside the
Chief Police Commissioner's office
Victoria Police Centre
637 Flinders Street, Melbourne
MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER '04
And at
MIDDAY ON WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER 2004
To encourage the Chief Police Commissioner to apologise on behalf of the
Victoria Police for their actions 150 years ago. Actions that were
described by a Commission of Inquiry into the police's role in the massacre
at Eureka as causing 'a needless as well as a ruthless sacrifice of human
life indiscriminate of innocent or guilty, and after all resistance had
disappeared'.
The 150th anniversary of the Eureka massacre provides the perfect
opportunity for the Victorian Police, a police force that celebrate its
150th anniversary last year, to put an end to the anguish and sadness that
surrounds this pivotal moment in Australian history, by apologizing for the
behaviour of the Victoria Police in 1854.


AUSTRALIAN RADICAL HISTORY
THE EUREKA SERIES 2004 - No.26
WHY AN APOLOGY?
The historical evidence is quite clear that the Victoria Police, especially
the mounted police, were responsible for the carnage that occurred after the
battle at Eureka ended. The Commission of Inquiry that was held into the
confrontation concluded that the mounted police made 'a needless as well as
a ruthless sacrifice of human life indiscriminate of innocent or guilty, and
after all resistance had disappeared'. Peter Lalor and many other
participants on both sides of the battle were disgusted by the police's
action. The Victorian government paid compensation to some victims of the
police violence. The Victoria Police celebrated the 150th anniversary of
its formation in 2003 by holding a number of public events around Victoria.
Through these celebrations they have publicly acknowledged their direct
links to the police force that was formed in 1853. The Chief Police
Commissioner had an excellent opportunity to apologise for the actions of
the Victoria Police in 1854 when she was invited to give the keynote address
at the Eureka lunch held in Ballarat last year at the Old Colonialist Club
to mark the 149th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion. No apology was
forthcoming at the lunch.
The 150th anniversary of the Eureka rebellion provides another opportunity
for the Victoria Police to acknowledge both the good and the bad parts of
the historical legacy. It's time the bitterness and disappointment that
continues to accompany the Eureka massacre is put to rest. It's time that
those who were directly responsible for the unnecessary loss of life at
Eureka in 1854 made a public apology. The 150th anniversary celebrations
provide the perfect opportunity for this matter to be resolved. The idea of
an apology should be one that should not put too much pressure on the
current police force.
No police were killed in the Eureka rebellion and only one constable
received relatively minor wounds as a result of his participation in the
rebellion. A police apology would not only go a long way towards helping to
deal with the residual community resentment and bitterness, it would also
allow the Victoria Police to put behind them what can only be described as
the darkest day in their 151 year history.

BOOK REVIEW
'THE FAILURE OF COMMUNISM'
By Rudolf ROCKER 1921, Translated by Jack Grancharoff 2004
When you read and review one book a week, what should be a joy can rapidly
become an onerous task. That's why I was pleased to receive in the mail
last week Jack Grancharoff's 2004 English edition of Rudolf Rocker's 'The
Failure of State Communism' initially published in 1921. Rocker wrote this
pamphlet after the Bolsheviks slaughtered the anarchist sailors involved in
the 1921 Kranstadt Commune like 'partridges'.
The translation of this seminal work from the French to the English has been
a labour of love. This book was initially published in German in 1921. A
French translation by Pierre Galissaire appeared in 1975. The English
translation by Jack was completed in 1980. Almost 25 years later, after a
series of setbacks, Jack has been able to publish what I believe is one of
the most important anarchist publications that has seen the light of day.
As the memories of the utter depravity of Bolshevik Russia recede from our
collective memory, many anarchists seen to have forgotten that we have
little if anything in common with political movements that want to win State
power to impose their vision on us. 'The Failure of State Communism' is a
salutatory reminder of the gulf that exists between radicals who want to
abolish the State and replace it with a federation of community and
workplace councils that are based on direct democratic principles and those
who want to capture State power.
It's important we don't forget the drive towards statism and centralism
destroys any possibilities that are raised by extra-parliamentary social
movements. It would be tragic if the struggle to create an egalitarian
community once again revolved around the creation of a vanguard party that
wanted to capture State power. Rocker's criticisms are as relevant today as
they were in 1921. Rocker's 'The Failure of State Communism' provides an
insight into how the Bolsheviks use the State apparatus to destroy all those
activists who through their courageous actions had created the conditions
that led to the collapse of feudal Russia. In 12 devastating chapters,
Rocker lays bare the lies; half-truths and manipulation that saw the
Bolsheviks destroy the social revolution in Russia.
If you are going to read one book this year, 'The Failure of State
Communism' should be at the top of your list. If you don't understand the
difference between anarchism and communism, this well written, easy to read
84-page pamphlet will answer most of the questions you may have had. Jack
has done the English speaking world a favour by not only translating this
important document from the French to the English but by writing a thought
provoking introduction to what I believe is one of the most important
anarchist documents that was written in the 20th century.
'The Failure of State Communism' by Rudolf Rocker, translated by Jack
Grancharoff is directly available from Jack Grancharoff. It costs $10
(Australia), $12 (overseas). Cash or money orders preferred. For a copy of
this important pamphlet send your orders to:
P.O. BOX 6012,
QUAAMA, 2550, NSW, AUSTRALIA.

PERSONAL OBSERVATION
Trapped!! Fortunately I wasn't a prisoner of Zelda, but my fellow traveler
across the aisle was in for a torrid time. One hour and 50 minutes to be
exact. One hour and 50 minutes plus all those extra minutes that are added
on to a normal airplane journey. She was petite, mousy hair, clean skin; he
was tall, shaven head, spider web tattoos on his right elbow. She drank
tea, he drank beer. He was garrulous; she went along for the ride. Wedged
between the window and our garrulous friend, a sect between them, she was in
for a torrid time.
Sitting across the aisle, in an aisle seat, I was privy to the inane
conversation between the 2 members of Generation X. The conversation
started predictably enough about nothing in particular. Not that I was
interested in the one-way conversation, but garrulous and loud seem to go
hand in hand. He spoke, she listened. To call the one-way conversation
banal would be an exaggeration. It wasn't banal, it was tepid, superficial
and forgetful. If this was the best Generation X cold come up with, no
wonder Australia has reelected a congenital liar as Prime Minister.
For some reason only known to our friend, Seinfeld and friends played a big
role in his repertoire. Not that he was mean or stupid or unkind, just
banal. Peace and quiet for a minute as he strode down the aisle to the
toilet. At least people can't smoke on airlines anymore. Can you imagine
it, garrulous, beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other, blowing smoke
into every bodies face.
After an hour or so, the one-way conversation slowed down. He contemplated
his Crown Lager at a loss of words, slowly sucking out every drop from the
bottle. He turned around looking at 2, 3 and 4 year old clones that were
jumping up and down in the seat across the aisle from his. I wonder whether
he saw himself in them, I doubt it.
The journey's coming to an end, silence, the plane touches down, another
perfect landing. Our mate turns around to his verbal prisoner and jokingly
quips 'I hope we don't run into each other at the baggage carousel'. She
lifts her voice agreeing with him 'I hope we don't bump into each other
again'. The penny has dropped. He gets up when the plane comes to a halt
and dashes off, shoulders stooped, his ego shredded by her first forthright
comment.

STOP PRESS
ON AND ON AND ON
It's amazing how the media's tune has changed when Mr. 40% regained office.
Faced with the probability of new media ownership laws that will allow the
big end of town to increase their stranglehold on the media in Australia,
the lying rodent is now being courted as king of the pack by the media
hacks. 'Power with glory' shouts the headlines. Power with glory? Howard
may have the power, but the glory that's another matter. The election of a
liar as Prime Minister doesn't alter the fact that he is a liar.
What is extraordinary about the whole electoral process is how short
people's memories are. Nothing has really changed. The same problems that
existed with access to public education and health care still exist. The
same problems concerning the credibility of the government still exist. The
same problems concerning forestry, defence, refugees, corporate welfare and
the nursing home sector still exist.
The difference is that the electoral process has given legitimacy to a
political program that's designed to siphon funds from the public sector to
the private sector. People seem to have forgotten that for every action
there is a reaction. Corporate welfare has profound implications for those
Australians who through infirmity, age, youth or sickness need to rely on
the State. Although people are feeling the implications of the cultural
changes that have once again made it acceptable for those who exercise power
to divert resources that should be used for the common good into private
hands.
Howard's 4th term in office will have enormous implications for all those
people who continue to believe the propaganda churned out by the fourth
estate that the problems we face as individuals and a community can be
solved by giving free reign to market forces that are dominated by a
corporate sector that in order to survive must continue to increase
dividends paid to shareholders irrespective of the human, community and
social costs.

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

ASIO BILLS
REINTRODUCED TO THE SENATE
Attorney-General Phillip Ruddock has told the nation on the Channel 7
'Sunday Sunrise' that the Howard government will be reintroducing an ASIO
Bill to the Senate in the November session which would make it lawful to
search children as young as 12 years. He inferred that this nation will
benefit from these children being questioned (interrogated) and strip
searched. Will this Bill also make it lawful for the State to internally
search these children? Is this acceptable for our nation?
The transcript of the interview will be available on:
www.seven.com.au/sundaysunrise
- RHONDA JANKOVIC


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** RECLAIMING THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
** IT'S TIME FOR AN APOLOGY FROM THE VICTORIA POLICE FORCE FOR THEIR ROLE
IN THE EUREKA MASSACRE IN 1854.

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RECLAIM THE RADICAL SPIRIT OF THE EUREKA REBELLION
JOIN US
4.00AM FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER
EUREKA PARK (Cnr Stawell & Eureka St) BALLARAT
To celebrate the 150th ANNIVERSARY OF THE EUREKA REBELLION at the site and
time it occurred. Community breakfast after dawn gathering.
9.00am ­ Walk to the Old Ballarat Cemetery to pay our respect to the dead,
then we walk through Ballarat to Bakery Hill to reaffirm the Eureka oath,
then we will walk back to Eureka Park for a community lunch and
conversation.
Email: anarchistage@yahoo.com
Write: P.O. BOX 20, Parkville, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
For a poster, pass it on to your friends. Join us on the day.
Reclaim your history, change the future.
Join us at Ballarat at 4.00am on FRIDAY 3RD DECEMBER 2004

ALL THE NEWS THAT FITS
The James Hardie company has been accused of avoiding paying out
compensation to asbestos victims, while giving a severance package of nearly
$9 million to its disgraced ex CEO. JH has failed to pay any more money into
the Medical Research & Compensation Foundation, set up to give compensation
to ex employees & other asbestos disease sufferers. The foundation needs
$100 million to avoid going broke. JH had knowledge of the dangers of
asbestos from at least the 1930s but no warnings or directions were placed
on JH's fibro until 1978. The company paid $8.8million in a severance
package to its ex CEO Peter Macdonald, who was found by an inquiry to have
committed criminal offences in his role in the underfunding of the
foundation. McDonald falsely claimed enough money had been set aside to
cover future asbestos-related claims. Macdonald's golden handshake is worth
35 times the average payout to asbestos victims of $250,000. He continues to
earn money from JH as a consultant. (Source: The Australian)
The agency that investigates allegations of sexual abuse against teachers &
clergy in Catholic schools is creating "enormous risks for kids", according
to the NSW Ombudsman.He's called for the disbanding of the Catholic Commis
for Employment Relations (CCER) b/c of its failure properly to carry out its
job. It's meant to ensure that Catholic schools, childcare centres, foster
carers & other agencies that work with kids properly investigate abuse
allegations, train staff in child protection laws & notify the Ombudsman of
investigations. "We've been concerned for some time about the CCER's
capacity to meet their obligations," the Ombudsman said in his'03-04 annual
report tabled in Parl't yesterday. The report highlights the case of a
Catholic priest under police investigation for sexual assault. He's allowed
to continue to work in a primary school despite the police having expressed
serious concerns about the risks he posed to kids. (Source: Sydney Morning
Herald)
Australia has come 41st in a world ranking of freedom of the press. The
media watchdog Reporters Without Borders ranked Aust behind Hungary, the
Czech Republic & Poland. The report said the Aust govt "continued to prevent
journalists from covering the situation of refugees held in camps on Aust
territory or in neighbouring countries". It also criticised attempts by the
fed govt to 'free up' cross media ownership laws. (Source: The Age)
About half of the US$5 billion in Iraq reconstruction funds disbursed by the
US occupation authority in the first half of this year can't be accounted
for, according to an audit commissioned by the UN. Auditors said another
$1.4 billion was deposited into a local bank by Kurdish leaders in northern
Iraq & could be tracked no further. The auditors reported they were shown a
deposit slip but found no additional records to explain how the money was
used or to prove that it remains in the bank. The Center for Strategic &
Int'l Studies, a Washington-based think tank, estimates that of the funds
allocated for Iraqi reconstruction, less than 30% of the money spent has
reached Iraqis. Another 30% appears to have gone to 'private security
guards' or mercenaries, about 10% to US govt administrative overheads, 6% to
contractor profits & 12% on insurance & foreign, mostly US, workers'
salaries. The rest, perhaps 15%, appears to have been embezzled. (Source:
Green Left Weekly)
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there are opportunities to change things, that hope is possible, then hope
may be justified & a better world may be built. That's your choice." Noam
Chomsky. more quotes - http://www.apolitical.info/quotes
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