US religious right paid $500,000 for high-profile plaintiff to change sides

Posted by in Activism, Feminism, Health, History, Politics

The woman plaintiff in the landmark 1973 ruling legalising abortion in the US admitted that her change of heart on the issue in 1995 was “all an act”. Norma McCorvey, known as Jane Roe in the US Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v Wade, shocked the country when she came out against abortion. What we couldn’t know was she was paid by antiabortion groups including Operation Rescue. The case had gone all the way to the highest court in the land where, by a vote of seven to two, the…read more


Corona virus expert: “You can’t expect anything else of capitalism”

Posted by in Culture, Economics, History, Politics

Australian immunologist Professor Peter Doherty, age 88, wrote “Pandemics: What Everyone Needs to Know.” In an interview this week with Radio New Zealand he said: “I’ve felt for a long time that our society is essentially unsustainable. But I would hope that after this is over – and it will be over, in about 18 months and if we get a vaccine, we’ll be looking at it much like the flu – I’d like to think we could rethink a lot of that, but I have no great confidence we…read more


Palestine Papers reveal Israel’s “peace talk” farce

Posted by in Activism, Development, History, Politics

“Earlier this year, Al Jazeera and the Guardian released 1,600 documents related to the mislabelled “peace process” negotiations between Palestine and Israel. Covering more than ten years of talks (1999-2010) between Israel and the PLO, these “Palestine Papers” illustrate the tragic consequences of a highly inequitable and destructive political process grounded on the assumption that the Palestinians could effectively negotiate their rights and achieve self-determination while enduring the hardship of the Israeli occupation. The “peace negotiations” were a deceptive farce, whereby biased terms were unilaterally imposed by Israel and systematically…read more


Speak out on Israel’s Apartheid

Posted by in Activism, Development, Economics, History, Politics

More public figures forced to resign for daring to criticise Israel: and and and US and Israel quit UNESCO because it spoke out on Israel: Israel the most militarised country in the world, according to Wikipedia: It’s hard to comprehend how a nation can move so quickly from the experience of Nazi death camps to creating apartheid. That’s the power of the military lobby, sadly.


Review: “War on Peace: The End of Diplomacy And The Decline of American Influence” Ronan Farrow

Posted by in Activism, History, Politics, Reading

“War On Peace” isn’t just a great title, it’s a great book – a very readable combination of telling smaller stories with excellent research and insightful interviews with experienced diplomats. It follows the undermining of diplomacy through successive governments from Bush to Obama to Trump, which by default has led the United States closer to total reliance on military intelligence and military solutions for international conflicts. Even the conservative New York Times praised the book, noting “when the Trump administration has called for gutting the State Department’s budget and filled…read more


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