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Australians for Syria protest in Sydney against foreign intervention

This is a fascinating video of a huge protest in Sydney on 5 August 2012 and we have put up a video of it with a number of interesting interviews from marchers, with comments from what they think of the Bashar Assad Government to how they don't like the Australian Greens policy on this matter and believe that we are risking World War Three by backing intervention in Syria. There is also some background on how Syria has been the long-term host one of the largest refugee populations in the world, which makes you wonder why it doesn't receive more support from Greens and Refugee activists. It must seem ironic that some candobetter.net EcoMalthusians are more inclined to give Syria that recognition! Please let us know if you have views on the democratic status of the Syrian government; we find it hard to judge. All comments and greetings welcome.

Shameless defence of lying to achieve US/Israeli geo-political goals in Syria

Those who want to know the truth about the recent Houla massacre, blamed by the corporate newsmedia on the Syrian government, should consider these chilling words said in 2005 by Ziad Abdel Nour, a corporate-financier and founder of "Blackhawk Partners" as well as chairman of the Neo-Conservative run "United States Committee for a Free Lebanon" :

Syria -70% vote to end one-party state - why aren't we celebrating?

70 per cent of Syrians voted in referendum to end one party rule and to have elections but have been hit by EU sanctions anyway. Aljazeera reported that no-one would vote, but it seems that a lot did. Basically the world is dividing into an Eastern and Western bloc over this, with Russia and China supporting Syria's right to settle its own affairs and the US and other Anglophone western nations and the EU are looking for a pretext to intervene and threatening crippling sanctions. Further down we might expect EU imposition of a no-fly zone to give them an excuse to invade, as has already happened in Libya. Is the end-objective to isolate Iran for its oil reserves? What's up? Here are some views.

Chavez defends Libya and warns Venezuelans that it could happen there too

Fidel Castro, Muammar Gaddafi and Hugo Chavez are three men of different eras who have lived a similar desire to defend the rights of the nations they represent and to network with other struggling regions over international trade and political representation. The nations and regions they have championed all have suffered greatly at the hands of the United States. These leaders have confronted political realities that simply are not acknowledged in the mainstream western press. Chavez recently spoke again about Libya and of the danger of the predatory US taking advantage of his current illness, for which he is being treated in Cuba.

Even Gaddafi-hating Murdoch newsmedia shows Muammar Gaddafi to be a giant amongst world leaders

I have learned that, far from being a bloody despot or a fool, Muammar Gaddafi was, and is, a courageous and visionary leader of the Libyan people. I learned this, of all places, from a broadcast embedded in the pages of an article in Rupert Murdoch's Australian newspaper. Elsewhere, the Australian has been feeding the public the lies used by NATO to justify its criminal war against the people of Libya. Viewing this video has caused me to realise what a tragic loss for all humankind it would be if Muammar Gaddafi were to perish at the hands of NATO and its TNC puppets.

Humanitarian Neo-colonialism: Framing Libya and Reframing War - Creative Destruction Part III

"World opinion" has accepted an act of overt military aggression against Libya, a sovereign country guilty of no violation of the UN Charter, in an act of de facto neo-colonialism, a 'humanitarian' war in violation of basic precepts of the laws of nations. Much of the credit for so moulding international public opinion can be claimed by Gareth Evans the Minister for Foreign Affairs in the former Australian 'Labor' Governments of Paul Keating and Bob Hawke.

   by F. William Engdahl. Originally published on Global Research on 4 May 2011 See also: Libya: NATO Transitions To Terror Bombing Phase Of War of 3 May 11 by Rick Rozoff

Indigenous communities in Peru threatened with mining

Why is Australia helping to plunder Peru? The indigenous people in Peru are being dispossessed of their land by a corrupt government, and the mining companies with their "free trade" agreements are being supported by President Garcia!

See also: Peruvian forest laws overturned of 29 Aug 08 by Rick Kearns in Indian Country Today, Seizing Native land in Peru, one parcel at a time Peru of 4 Jul 08 by Rick Kearns in Indian Country Today

Oil Peak Europe: France "We need a Marshall Plan."

Nicolas Hulot: “France needs a Marshall Plan, at the level of France and Europe, to orientate massively our investments in our economies for this transition, and for mutual cooperation."

Australian politicians fiddle while Australian economy unravels

Australian politicians seem to be so far behind in comprehending the consequences of oil depletion that they need remedial schooling. And, with the corporate media in charge of informing the public, we are in deep political ****.

Good news! WTO negotiations may collapse as nations push for self-sufficiency.

I don’t know about you, but ‘global scare’ strikes me as a bit of a frivolous way to describe widespread starvation and food riots, whilst ensuring national self-sufficiency sounds to me like the right way to go.

French PM on oil depletion: "the French should not be told stories"

Primeminister Francois Fillon said that behaviour must change because nothing can compensate for the rising cost of petroleum.

Queensland Min for Sustainability - prepare for peak oil - demographic, travel, work and living

"I am now in the unique position, as the Minister for Sustainability, Climate Change and Innovation, of having to coordinate a whole-of-government response to my own report."

The Minister is Hon. AI McNamara (Hervey Bay - ALP). The Report is 'Queensland's Vulnerability to Rising Oil Prices'. It includes recommendations for "preparation for demographic and regional changes as Queenslanders change travel, work and living habits in response to rising fuel prices".

Wayburn contra Hanson

Both Jay Hanson and Tom Wayburn have submitted plans for political change to mitigate the worst effects of Peak Oil and save the world from Dieoff. Some time ago when they were friends, they both agreed to "die with their boots on" - as the saying goes. Since then, Jay has expelled Tom from some of his groups and Tom has resigned from the rest. This post deals with their differences and why Wayburn considers Hanson's plan infeasible as a permanent solution unless it evolves into Wayburn's plan.

This post can be viewed at http://dematerialism.net/hanson.htm where all references are hyperlinked in the text, and at http://candobetter.org/node/199, the Peak Oil Politics forum, under a slightly different title.

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