A Sandy Beach Almanac



You've landed at Sandy Beach, NSW, Australia: Lat. -30.15331, Long. 153.19960, UT +10:00 – local map & zoom Google map. I live in a cabin on this beach, 25 kilometres north of the traffic and shops of Coffs Harbour, 600 km north of Sydney. My intention is to post observations of Nature and life within 1 km (1,000 paces) of my South Pacific home.

 

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Monday, December 12, 2005

Cronulla: Only people can stop John Howard's mob

Now that racist violence has broken out in Cronulla (southern suburb of Sydney), Australia's reactionary Prime Minister John Winston Howard must be made accountable by the citizens.

We can not expect the media to do it because of the high concentration of media ownership among Howard-supporting conservative owners. (According to Reporters Without Borders in 2004, Australia is in 41st position on a list of countries ranked by Press Freedom.)

The first thing he must do is publicly condemn John Stone (former treasury secretary and National Party senator) for his article 'Some will not integrate' and Stone's statement: "I am thinking of founding the Queen Isabella Society" -- referring to Isabella of Castile, the notoriously cruel ruler of Spain who, with her equally horrendous husband Ferdinand, created the Spanish Inquisition, ordered 150,000 Jewish subjects to convert to Christianity or face expulsion, expelled Muslims, and so on ... Read on at the Blogmanac

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Donald Anderson said...

We indeed live in troubled times, as has been for most of history so it appears. If you have an editorial on social issues that would apply to our California, USA, we'd like to hear from you and perhaps post it on our news section. My arts resources site that involves community in arts and creative endeavors and philosophy, is http://www.rainflowers.org If you have a banner for the links page I could link to you there too! Take care, from Donald Anderson

3:09 PM  
Blogger Pip said...

Thanks, Donald, I'll check it out.

4:53 PM  

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