Editorial

US President George Bush used a January 10 “address to the nation” to declare that 2007 will be another year of war. His decision to send 21,500 more troops to Iraq — despite opposition from the overwhelming majority of people in the US, including sections of the military — indicates his government’s arrogance, and its unwillingness to learn any lessons from history.

As of November 2, 2825 US military personnel and 232 other allied foreign troops had died in Iraq since the country was invaded on March 20, 2003, by US, British and Australian forces.

Why did PM John Howard pre-empt his own inquiry, and a universal Australian corporate view that it makes no economic sense, to declare himself “very strongly” in favour of nuclear power last week?

On October 3, North Korea’s foreign ministry issued a statement announcing that US “threats of nuclear war, sanctions and pressure compel the DPRK [Democratic People’s Republic of Korea] to conduct a nuclear test, which is essential for bolstering its nuclear deterrent and as a corresponding measure for defence”. Western spy agencies estimate North Korea has enough plutonium to make up to 10 nuclear bombs.

On April 26, federal cabinet decided to proceed "in principle" with the introduction of a new "access card" to be used when accessing government-run health or welfare services.
Despite claims to the contrary, the introduction of the card lays the

As the US, British and Australian governments enter their third year of occupation in Iraq, opposition and resistance to the occupation by the Iraqi people continues to steadily grow. Last October, the London Sunday Telegraph revealed that a secret

Having taken control of the Senate on July 1 and then bullied and bribed recalcitrant Coalition MPs, particularly Queensland National Party senators, PM John Howard was all set to steamroll through parliament the legislation needed to sell off the

Headscarves worn by Muslim women should be banned in public schools, federal Liberal backbencher Bronwyn Bishop declared on August 28, because they are "a symbol of defiance" and "an iconic symbol of the clash of cultures".
Bishop told the ABC on

To grasp the real consequence Barnaby Joyce’s choice on the Telstra privatisation, we need to count in billions of dollars, unused to that as we ordinary folk are.
The August 25 Australian’s triumphant headlines about BHP Billiton’s record-breaking $8.6 billion annual profit (Australia's largest company profit) should make us look at the next biggest Australian-based corporate profit earner this year and last — Telstra.

"Media executives [have] to accept their responsibilities in time of war", argues Daniel Pipes, a rabidly pro-war US commentator. "On their initiative, they should exclude the enemy's apologists and advocates. Lively debate does not require such

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