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Intelligence Spats: Australia, Britain and Huawei

by Dr. Binoy Kampmark

HuaweiA note of fraternal tension has been registered between the United Kingdom and Australia.  It began with Britain’s decision to permit China’s technology giant Huawei a role in the construction of the country’s 5G network.  While the decision is qualified to non-core functions, as UK officials term it, the irritations to the United States and, it follows, Australia, have been far from negligible.   

Members of the US Congress have been clear that letting Huawei into the stables of security risks future trade deals.  US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to the UK, has been equally insistent on the dangers

“When you allow the information of your citizens of the national security information of your citizens to transit a network that the Chinese Communist party has a legal mandate to obtain, it creates risk."

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Film Review: 1917 - A load of Codswallop

In January this year, Humphrey McQueen sent a Letter to the Editor for the Canberra Times who published his blistering criticism of the Film, 1917. It was published under the title, "A Silly Fable".
We republish it on the SoE website for our readers' consideration.

1917 PosterThe Editor

The Canberra Times

1917 is the greatest load of codswallop I can recall in a lifetime of movie-going. The script is improbable when it is not impossible.

Its premise is nicked from Gallipoli.

It would not be worth mentioning except that it won at the Golden Globes and in contention for the Oscars.

Not to waste more of everyone’s time than is necessary to expose this junk for what it is, I shall follow one thread.

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No war on Iran rally in Melbourne

 Gurpreet SinghWorker Student Alliance member Gurpreet Singh speaks out against the US imperialist war in Iran. He calls for workers all around the world to unite against oppression and the profit-driven violence of the military-industrial complex.

"It is basically clear to me, that for the US and their imperialist mates that keep on bombing middle east countries - for bosses and capitalists - killing brown people and damaging the earth for oil is a profitable business, alright? It’s like Wu-tang said, right: “cash rules everything around me”. They’re doing all this for money; its capital that’s the problem here."

Click on picture to view a video on the WSA Facebook


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Global Day of Action No War on Iran – 25 January, Melbourne

The following Speech was given by Shirley Winton, a member of IPAN (Independent and Peaceful Australia Network)

No war on Iran MelbWe acknowledge we’re on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people, Kulin nation.  Sovereignty was never ceded – always was always will be Aboriginal land.   We pay our respects to First People’s elders past, present and emerging.

Across the world, hundreds of peace, anti-war and anti-imperialist people’s organisations are gathering today holding rallies in cities and towns demanding no US war on the people of the Middle East.

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No war on Iran rally in Adelaide

Saturday 25 January, 1 pm, War Memorial, Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue

by Phil Davies (On behalf of Anti-Imperialists for Syria and the Stay Human Project – Adelaide)

Phil Davies No War on Iran RallyWho here has personally experienced bullying? Who of you have seen your friends, workmates, children, or vulnerable kids in the playground bullied? Bullying is totally unacceptable and we, as humane people, as civilised people, reject this behaviour in our communities without hesitation and put in place laws, protocols, procedures and education campaigns to prevent it.

Why then, when we witness bullying on a massive scale against whole nations – as is happening right now in Iran, in Syria, in Palestine and in Yemen – why then are the leaders and media in our so-called “civilised” society deathly silent?

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