Archiv: Australia / Australien


25.09.2021 - 08:41 [ LawfareBlog.com ]

India, the Quad and AUKUS

Delhi has deep concerns about Chinese actions and intentions in the region. The ongoing border crisis and fatal military clash last year brought Sino-Indian relations to their worst point in decades. Given these circumstances, Delhi watches the U.S. and other countries’ stance on China very closely. And, notwithstanding the emphasis on competition with China from two consecutive U.S. administrations and the hardening of the U.S.’s attitudes on China, Delhi worries about the possibility of American commitment to the region waning or a reversion to a more accommodating position on China.

25.09.2021 - 08:28 [ NPR.org ]

Quad Countries Have 1st In-Person Summit At The White House

President Biden hosted the first face to face summit with leaders of Japan, Australia and India. The four countries are known as the Quad and see themselves as a democratic bulwark against China.

20.09.2021 - 23:32 [ Christiane Amanpour, @CNN Chief International Anchor / Twitter ]

Exclusive: @EU_Commission President @vonderleyen reacts to the AUKUS fallout. “One of our member states has been treated in a way that is not acceptable,” she tells me. “We want to know what happened and why.”

Full interview airs at 7pCET @CNNi
and tonight @PBS
(listings vary).

20.09.2021 - 23:27 [ ORF.at ]

U-Boot-Streit: Biden um Beschwichtigung bemüht

EU-Kommissionspräsidentin Ursula von der Leyen hat das Vorgehen der USA, Australiens und Großbritanniens gegenüber Frankreich im Streit um einen geplatzten U-Boot-Deal als „nicht akzeptabel“ bezeichnet. „Es gibt viele offene Fragen, die beantwortet werden müssen“, sagte von der Leyen in einem Interview mit dem US-Sender CNN, von dem heute Ausschnitte beim Onlinedienst Twitter veröffentlicht wurden.

20.09.2021 - 17:31 [ Institution of Engineering and Technology - theiet.org ]

View from Washington: Aukus looms over AI and quantum

Then, some of the more notable consequences may be for the global research infrastructure, one that had become increasingly freewheeling since the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Some familiar voices are already proclaiming Aukus as evidence of the ‘Brexit dividend’. Never mind the facts that technological collaboration between the three members is already taking place through the Five Eyes intelligence alliance (with New Zealand and Canada, both not part of this agreement);

20.09.2021 - 16:52 [ Economist.com ]

The strategic reverberations of the AUKUS deal will be big and lasting: A profound geopolitical shift is happening

After news of the AUKUS deal emerged, a German official called for “coherence and unity” among Western powers, which he said would require “a lot of effort” to bring about. France has concluded that it will struggle for fair treatment in the face of the reflexes of Anglophone allies to club together (the trilateral deal comes on top of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance that involves the same three countries plus Canada and New Zealand).

20.09.2021 - 16:28 [ theConversation.com ]

Undersea internet cables connect Pacific islands to the world. But geopolitical tension is tugging at the wires

The laying of undersea internet cables has become entwined with geopolitics.

20.09.2021 - 16:01 [ CNN ]

The global internet is powered by vast undersea cables. But they’re vulnerable.

(July 26, 2019)

Clatterbuck, the Seacom CEO, was skeptical about how much use tapping an undersea cable would be, pointing to the huge amounts of data passing through it every second, creating a huge hayfield in which to look for needles.
„If you wanted to spy on people would you put a giant microphone over the US and spy on everyone?“

19.09.2021 - 14:13 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

‘Deep and grave concerns’: French should have seen sub decision coming, PM says

Mr Dutton said the risk of the local power industry or internet banking being shut down by overseas actors was very real, arguing the agreement with Britain and America would boost Australia’s chances to retaliate.

19.09.2021 - 13:44 [ France 24 ]

PM Morrison rejects France’s accusation that Australia lied over cancelled submarine deal

„I think they would have had every reason to know that we had deep and grave concerns that the capability being delivered by the Attack Class submarine was not going to meet our strategic interests and we made very clear that we would be making a decision based on our strategic national interest,“ he told reporters in Sydney.

19.09.2021 - 13:25 [ Liz Truss / Telegraph.co.uk ]

Global Britain is planting its flag on the world stage

But freedoms need to be defended, so we are also building strong security ties around the world. That is why last week the Prime Minister announced, alongside our friends President Biden and Prime Minister Morrison, the creation of a new security partnership called AUKUS.

We will be working closer together to use a wide range of cutting-edge technologies, from nuclear-powered submarines at first and then looking at artificial intelligence and quantum computing.

19.09.2021 - 13:11 [ BBC ]

Aukus: French minister condemns US and Australia ‚lies‘ over security pact

The pact means Australia will become just the seventh nation in the world to operate nuclear-powered submarines. It will also see the allies share cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence and other undersea technologies.

18.09.2021 - 15:38 [ cde.new ]

Photo Story – Worldwide Rally for Freedom in Melbourne

Victoria Police clash with Protesters during ‘The Worldwide Rally for Freedom’ in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 18 September 2021. The Worldwide Rally for Freedom is a purported day of rallies for ‘freedom’ across many countries, which is also labelled ‘World Wide Demonstration 4.0’

18.09.2021 - 15:08 [ End_Share #silversqueeze / Twitter ]

Contrary to world opinion, Australia is not I repeat not a nation of sheep. This is Perth on World Freedom Day. Retweet because algorithms are blocking.

18.09.2021 - 15:08 [ The Canberra Times ]

Police arrest 235, 10 injured in Vic protest

The state government is planning to outline a full road map out of lockdown on Sunday, tied to double dose vaccination rates and based on Burnet Institute modelling.

16.09.2021 - 16:05 [ DailyMail ]

New Zealand will BAN Australia’s new nuclear-powered submarines from its waters, says Jacinda Ardern minutes after alliance with US and Britain is announced

The Kiwi prime minister reiterated her country’s strong anti-nuclear stance, but stressed ties with the three countries remained strong

16.09.2021 - 15:55 [ ORF ]

Neuer Sicherheitspakt als Signal an China

Die USA und Australien sind neben dem bilateralen Verhältnis auch über die Partnerschaft „Five Eyes“ (fünf Augen) der Geheimdienste verbunden. Zu dem Bündnis gehören Australien, Neuseeland, Kanada, Großbritannien und die USA.

16.09.2021 - 11:42 [ Tagesschau ]

Atom-U-Boote für Australien

Die USA, Großbritannien und Australien haben einen Sicherheitspakt für den strategisch wichtigen Indopazifik-Raum geschmiedet. US-Präsident Joe Biden, der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson und sein australischer Kollege Scott Morrison stellten die Partnerschaft in einer virtuellen Ankündigung vor,

15.09.2021 - 19:27 [ Portal amerika21.de ]

Geheimdienst von Australien half bei Destabilisierung der Allende-Regierung in Chile

Nach der Whitlam-Affäre kam es zu politischen Diskussionen, die 1986 in der australischen Unabhängigkeit von Großbritannien mündeten.

05.09.2021 - 20:39 [ Craig Kelly MP, Party Leader • United Australia Party / Twitter ]

• 30,000 members in 10 Days • The United Australia Party is well on way to being Australia’s biggest political party UNITED WE STAND as a major political force Freedom over Fear Liberty over Lockdowns Choice over Coercion Come & JOIN us

05.09.2021 - 18:36 [ Libs of Tik Tok / Twitter ]

Quarantine facilities in Australia:

05.09.2021 - 18:28 [ ABC.net.au ]

COVID-19 quarantine facilities bring Australians home faster proposed by federal government

(25 Jun 2021)

With thousands of Australians still stuck overseas and no firm end in sight to the international border closure, the federal government is kickstarting plans to build more specific COVID quarantine centres to try and speed up bringing people home.

In letters to three state premiers, the Prime Minister has suggested locations for two new facilities and locked in a site in Victoria for a third.

05.09.2021 - 18:25 [ 7news.com.au ]

Victorians who actively choose not to receive COVID vaccine to be ‘locked out’ of venues, events

“We’re going to move from a system where we’ve got everyone locked down to a situation where, to protect the health system, we’re going to lock out people who are not vaccinated and can be,” he said.

“This becomes absolutely a pandemic of the unvaccinated and, when we open everything up, it’s not going to be safe for people who are not vaccinated to be roaming around the place spreading the virus.”

05.09.2021 - 18:13 [ Gillian McKeith / Twitter ]

This is how the so called Police in Australia deal with their citizens.. Absolutely shameful. #AustraliaHasFallen

(31.08.2021)

#MedicalApartheid #mybodymychoice

05.09.2021 - 17:57 [ Red Walrus / Twitter ]

Australian woman asks us to share this ’stop‘ by the police. SHE’S UNDER ARREST FOR INCITEMENT simply for driving her car. SHARE!!!! SHARE!!!! Australia is out of control.

(01.09.2021)

05.09.2021 - 17:53 [ Jared Schumaier, Independent Singer-Songwriter / Twitter ]

What in the bloody hell is going on in Australia? Just watched a woman get arrested for incitement for traveling a block outside of her “5 kilometer zone” granted by the government #wtf

01.09.2021 - 13:16 [ theGuardian.com ]

Raab rejects US claims Britain indirectly to blame for Kabul attacks

(31.08.2021)

“We coordinated very closely with the US, in particular around the Isis-K threat, which we anticipated although tragically were not able to prevent, but it is certainly right to say we got our civilians out of the processing centre by Abbey gate, but it is just not true to suggest that other than securing our civilians inside the airport that we were pushing to leave the gate open.

“In fact, and let me just be clear about this, we were issuing changes to travel advice before the bomb attack took place and saying to people in the crowd, about which I was particularly concerned, that certainly UK nationals and anyone else should leave because of the risk.”

01.09.2021 - 13:06 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

US military ‚blames BRITAIN for making Kabul suicide attack death toll worse‘: Leaked Pentagon papers say airport gate had to be kept open for UK evacuees – as questions grow over how many were killed by panicked troops firing on civilians

(30.08.2021)

The British Ministry of Defence declined to respond to allegations they were to blame for keeping the gate open, but said in a statement: ‚Throughout Operation Pitting we have worked closely with the US to ensure the safe evacuation of thousands of people.

01.09.2021 - 12:56 [ theGuardian.com ]

Report reveals US decision to keep open Kabul airport gate before attack

(30.08.2021)

The Pentagon criticised the leaking of the call details reported in Politico, telling the news website: “This story is based on the unlawful disclosure of classified information and internal deliberations of a sensitive nature.

“As soon as we became aware of the material divulged to the reporter, we engaged Politico at the highest levels to prevent the publication of information that would put our troops and our operations at the airport at greater risk. We condemn the unlawful disclosure of classified information and oppose the publication of a story based on it while a dangerous operation is ongoing.”

01.09.2021 - 12:32 [ Politico.com ]

Exclusive: Pentagon prepared for ‘mass casualty’ attack at Kabul Airport hours before explosion

(30.08.2021)

Commanders calling in from Kabul relayed that the Abbey Gate, where American citizens had been told to gather in order to gain entrance to the airport, was “highest risk,” and detailed their plans to protect the airport.

“I don’t believe people get the incredible amount of risk on the ground,” Austin said, according to the classified notes.

On a separate call at 4 that afternoon, or 12:30 a.m. on Thursday in Kabul, the commanders detailed a plan to close Abbey Gate by Thursday afternoon Kabul time. But the Americans decided to keep the gate open longer than they wanted in order to allow their British allies, who had accelerated their withdrawal timeline, to continue evacuating their personnel, based at the nearby Baron Hotel.

29.08.2021 - 05:35 [ Yahoo News Australia ]

Boy, 13, dies in his sleep days after getting Pfizer vaccine

(6 July 2021)

His aunt wrote on Twitter preliminary autopsy results found the teen’s heart was enlarged when he died and there was fluid around the organ.

On June 23, a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advisory committee said there was a likely association between the risk of heart problems in young people and the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

27.08.2021 - 03:42 [ Gary Buckley / Twitter ]

Mr Dutton said the blasts occurred at the Baron Hotel and Abbey Gate airport entrance, where Australians were being brought through, but that Australian soldiers were safe.

27.08.2021 - 02:37 [ AL Jazeera ]

Afghanistan: US, allies warn of ‘terror threat’ at Kabul airport

(26 Aug 2021)

The US Embassy in Kabul issued an alert advising US citizens to avoid travelling to the airport and said those already at the gates should leave immediately. It cited unspecified “security threats”.

The British Foreign Office issued a similar advisory, telling people in the area of the airport to “move away to a safe location”, adding, “There is an ongoing and high threat of terrorist attack.”

Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade also urged Australians and Afghans with a visa for Australia to leave the area, warning of a “very high threat of a terrorist attack” at the airport.

24.08.2021 - 16:56 [ Dave DeCamp ]

Quad Countries to Hold Drills Off Guam Aimed at China

The drill will be the second time the navies of the US, Japan, Australia, and India participate in the Malabar Exercise

24.08.2021 - 16:49 [ Dave DeCamp / antikrieg.com ]

Quad-Länder halten vor Guam Übungen ab, die gegen China gerichtet sind

Die Förderung der Zusammenarbeit zwischen den Verbündeten in der Region ist ein wichtiger Aspekt der Anti-China-Politik der Biden-Administration, und Präsident Biden hat deutlich gemacht, dass er die Quad als entscheidend für diese Strategie ansieht. Im März hielt Biden ein virtuelles Treffen mit den Staats- und Regierungschefs Indiens, Japans und Australiens ab, das den allerersten Quad-Gipfel darstellte.

21.08.2021 - 17:14 [ France24 ]

Hundreds arrested in Australia protests as country posts worst Covid rise

Sydneysiders were plunged into lockdown in late June, and restrictions now reach across two states and the nation’s capital, affecting over 15 million people.

01.08.2021 - 20:53 [ France24 ]

YouTube suspends Sky News Australia channel

Sky News confirmed the temporary ban and a spokesperson said „we support broad discussion and debate on a wide range of topics and perspectives which is vital to any democracy“.

31.07.2021 - 19:44 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Australia uses helicopters and the ARMY to enforce its ‚Zero Covid‘ lockdown as thousands of police flood Sydney to enforce the rules and hand out $500 no-mask fines – with just 17% of adults vaccinated

Five million people under strict stay-at-home order because of a surge of nearly 3,000 infections since June

30.07.2021 - 22:24 [ Xinhuanet ]

Australian state authorities warn against protesters amid climbing daily COVID-19 cases

NSW Police Force Commissioner Mick Fuller told local media Channel 9 that police had to expect a protest this weekend. He warned that people protesting anywhere in Sydney over the weekend will be met by „up to 1,000 police“.
(…)
Meanwhile, Fuller confirmed on Thursday that he had made a formal request to the federal government for Australian Defence Force (ADF) assistance with the ongoing COVID-19 compliance operation, requesting for 300 ADF personnel to boost the operational capacity of NSW Police.

30.07.2021 - 21:00 [ 7NEWS Australia / Youtube ]

AUSTRALIAN COVID UPDATE | ‚Freedom‘ protest concern as the army is called in | 7NEWS

There is a COVID crackdown in Sydney. In scenes the city hasn’t seen before, Defence Force troops will be sent into the suburbs, to curb the runaway virus. They’ll be checking on households. As residents wake up to harsh new rules on masks and travel.

30.07.2021 - 20:39 [ NPR ]

Australian Troops Will Help Enforce A Coronavirus Lockdown In Sydney

Australian soldiers are joining local police in New South Wales to enforce a coronavirus lockdown in and around Sydney as authorities try to tamp down the latest outbreak of cases linked to the more infectious delta variant.

28.07.2021 - 17:00 [ Informationsstelle Militarisierung e.V. ]

Pitch Black: Deutsche Beteiligung

Ab 2022 wird die Luftwaffe begin­nen, Tank- und Kampfflugzeuge im Rah­men von Langstreckenverlegungen nach Australien zu entsenden.

25.07.2021 - 08:42 [ New York Times ]

Large Covid-related protests hit France, Italy and Australia.

Over 160,000 demonstrators took to the streets in France on Saturday to protest the government’s Covid-19 health pass policy, with brief clashes between largely unmasked protesters and police officers in Paris followed by wafts of tear gas that were reminiscent of the Yellow Vest turmoil of several years ago.

Similarly, in cities across Italy, thousands of people protested the government’s requirement that, as of Aug. 6, they show a so-called green pass, an extension of the European Union’s digital Covid certificate, to enter many venues.

25.07.2021 - 08:28 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia COVID LIVE updates: NSW Police open probe into lockdown protests; federal government to buy 85m Pfizer booster doses

NSW Police have received more than 5,000 tips off and identified more than 200 people who took part in Saturday’s anti-lockdown protest in Sydney.

“Police are currently following those people up to take appropriate action,” Deputy Commissioner Mal Lanyon said on Sunday.

24.07.2021 - 09:52 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia COVID LIVE updates: Lockdown protesters arrested as NSW and Victoria brace for more infections

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she is disgusted by the behaviour of thousands of anti-lockdown protesters who marched through Sydney’s CBD on Saturday.

24.07.2021 - 09:47 [ ORF ]

Wachsender Unmut in Australien

Derzeit befindet sich – ungeachtet der im Vegleich mit europäischen Ländern auf einem niederigen Niveau befindlichen Ansteckungszahlen – fast die Hälfte der rund 25 Millionen Einwohnerinnen und Einwohner im Lockdown. Das sorgt für steigenden Unmut innerhalb der Bevölkerung. Am Samstag kam es in Sydney bei Protesten zu Zusammenstößen mit der Polizei.

01.07.2021 - 17:39 [ Consortium News ]

Australian MPs To Biden: Free Julian Assange

The MPs and Senators have urged President Biden to take the “opportunity for urgent reconsideration,” following a U.K. court’s decision to deny the U.S. extradition request, rendered earlier this year.

30.06.2021 - 18:10 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

The world must learn from Australia that zero Covid is a disastrous dead end

Since the earliest of these dark days, that nation’s zero Covid approach has been widely hailed, certainly by lockdown fanatics, as the very pinnacle of success in winning the (spoiler alert: unwinnable) fight against this virus. But there are no medals to be won in this race until it’s over. The true test won’t be until Fort Knox Australia releases the shackles from its inhabitants and reopens to the rest of the world – still a far, far-off prospect.

It’s almost as if the Australian Government wants to revel in its isolation forever.

11.06.2021 - 11:25 [ Haaretz ]

Ex-Mossad Chief Cohen Calls Cash Gift From Australian Billionaire ‚Honest Mistake‘

Cohen was asked about his relationship with Packer following a Haaretz investigation, which revealed he had received a $20,000 gift for his daughter’s wedding, though the figure cited in ‚Uvda‘ was lower.

The recently retired Mossad chief, who is a close confidant of outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, also asserted that „everything was done in consultation and with the approval of the attorney general“ and that Packer wanted to give „much more.“

05.06.2021 - 11:41 [ Zeit.de ]

Europäischer Kolonialismus

(30. März 2012)

Die Herrschaft über Kolonien erlangten die Machthaber Europas, indem sie Militär in die Kolonien entsendeten und Zivilverwaltungen aufbauten. Dieses Vorgehen rechtfertigten sie damit, dass sie die Bevölkerung in den kolonialen Besitzungen für minderwertig erklärten. Die sogenannten Wilden betrachteten sie als rassisch unterlegen, als unzivilisiert und unfähig, sich selbst zu verwalten. Es galt daher als legitim, sie in den Kolonien zur Arbeit zu zwingen oder als Sklaven zu exportieren.

Kolonialmächte wollten Kolonien aber nicht nur beherrschen und ausbeuten, sondern ihnen auch ihre Kulturen und Religionen aufprägen.

05.06.2021 - 10:54 [ CBC.ca ]

The House: Is it past time Canada had an Indigenous governor general?

Last month, New Zealand appointed the first Indigenous woman to serve as governor general. Dame Cindy Kiro, a well-known children’s advocate, is the third Māori to hold the post. The first, Sir Paul Reeves, was appointed in 1985.

The federal government is under enormous pressure right now to show some progress on Crown-Indigenous reconciliation — in the wake of this week’s reports on undocumented deaths at the Kamloops Indian Residential School and fresh calls for Ottawa to move faster on implementing the recommendations of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

04.05.2021 - 19:39 [ Haaretz ]

How a Drunk, Unstable Billionaire Became Netanyahu and Mossad Chief’s Confidant

(29.04.2021)

James Packer wasn’t just another billionaire who developed relationships with Israel’s elite. The Australian media and casino tycoon with the troubled psyche mingled with those in the most secret circles in the country. Benjamin Netanyahu exploited him to the hilt – and he wasn’t the only one who did so.

30.04.2021 - 23:44 [ Rick Rozoff / Antiwar.com ]

Australia To Spend $747 Million To Upgrade Bases Used by US Military, Expand Joint War Games

On April 28 Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that his government will apportion $747 million ($580 million American) to upgrade four military bases in the north of the country and to increase and expand war games with the U.S.

22.04.2021 - 07:43 [ Reuters ]

Australia says it cancelled state deals on China’s Belt and Road over ‘national interest’

Mahuta on Thursday repeated comments that New Zealand valued the Five Eyes security alliance – which also includes Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States – but questioned whether it was the right platform for New Zealand to speak out on human rights issues.

21.04.2021 - 11:05 [ Regierung des Vereinigten Königreichs - Gov.uk ]

UK, Australia and Germany issue statement on merger control

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and Germany’s Bundeskartellamt have signed up to the statement, which comes as countries build back following the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

With it, all 3 authorities are being clear that competition between businesses will remain important for consumers as well as other businesses who want to best serve their customers and grow.

06.04.2021 - 11:31 [ Dave deCamp ]

Indien schließt sich französisch geführten Militärübungen im Golf von Bengalen an

Indien und seine Quad-Partner halten gemeinsam mit Frankreich Marinemanöver in der Bucht von Bengalen

05.03.2021 - 08:22 [ ORF.at ]

Australien über Impfstofflieferstopp aus EU enttäuscht

„Wir haben bis zu 150 Millionen Dosen Impfstoff in Auftrag gegeben, davon 50 Millionen Dosen, die hier in Australien produziert werden sollen“, sagte er. Die Welt befinde sich derzeit in einem ziemlich unerforschtem Gebiet, da sei es wenig überraschend, „dass einige Länder das Regelbuch zerreißen werden“.

Italien hatte EU-Kreisen zufolge die Lieferung von 250.000 Dosen Impfstoff des britisch-schwedischen Herstellers AstraZeneca an Australien verhindert –

05.03.2021 - 08:19 [ Tagesschau.de ]

AstraZeneca-Lieferung: Erstmals Impfstoff-Export aus der EU gestoppt

Erstmals ist die Ausfuhr von Corona-Impfstoff aus der Europäischen Union in einen Drittstaat gestoppt worden. Italien verhinderte die Lieferung von 250.000 Dosen Impfstoff des britisch-schwedischen Herstellers AstraZeneca nach Australien, wie das Außenministerium in Rom mitteilte. Die Dosen stammen demnach aus einer Fabrik in Italien, die von AstraZeneca betrieben wird. Die EU habe der Anordnung aus Rom zugestimmt.

18.02.2021 - 14:52 [ NPR.org ]

Facebook Blocks News In Australia Over Government Plan To Force Payment To Publishers

The moves are a response to proposed legislation that would force social media platforms to pay Australian news organizations for links shared on its sites.

18.02.2021 - 14:50 [ New York Times ]

Google Is Suddenly Paying for News in Australia. What About Everywhere Else?

(17.02.2021)

Pathbreaking legislation showed that even a small nation can get the tech giant to bend.

18.02.2021 - 14:47 [ CBS News ]

Google threatens to shut down in Australia over proposed tech law

(22.01.2021)

Google has threatened to shut down its search engine in Australia if the government there passes a new law to force big tech companies to pay local news producers for use of their content. The proposed Australian legislation, known as the News Media Bargaining Code, is the first of its kind in the world, and it’s being seen as a test case of the power governments have to regulate big tech firms.

29.01.2021 - 03:57 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

“The Coming War On China”  –  Watch John Pilger’s Powerfully Relevant Documentary

(March 23 2020)

“The aim of this film is to break a silence: the United States and China may well be on the road to war, and nuclear war is no longer unthinkable,” Pilger says in his 2016 documentary The Coming War on China, which you can watch free on Youtube here or on Vimeo here.

“In a few years China has become the world’s second-biggest economic power,” Pilger’s introduction continues. “The United States is the world’s biggest military power, with bases and missiles and ships covering every continent and every ocean. China is a threat to this dominance, says Washington. But who is the threat? This film is about shifting power, and great danger.”

29.01.2021 - 03:39 [ The Times ]

Boris Johnson considers joining ‘Asian Nato’ to resist China

(27.01.2021)

Boris Johnson will raise the prospect of Britain joining the “Asian Nato” informal alliance when he visits India as part of a post-Brexit strategy.

President Biden is seeking to recruit more members to the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. The strategic forum to strengthen alliances to counter China, referred to as the Quad, consists of the United States, India, Japan and Australia.

25.01.2021 - 20:02 [ South China Morning Post ]

Coronavirus: EU locks horns with AstraZeneca on vaccine deliveries amid ‘supply shock’

n a sign of the EU’s frustration – after Pfizer also announced a temporary slowdown in vaccine supplies earlier in January – EU health commissioner Stella Kyriakides proposed forcing drug makers to register in advance their Covid-19 vaccine exports, so the bloc can keep track of what they are doing.

02.01.2021 - 14:59 [ news.com.au ]

Why no jab? Australia lags behind in race for vaccine

Despite assurances by Health Minister Greg Hunt that the progression of the vaccine was well under way, the Australian Government is unlikely to start immunising health workers and the elderly until at least March.

02.01.2021 - 14:56 [ SBS.com.au ]

AstraZeneca vaccine could get approval in Australia by late January

(31.12.2020)

The Australian government could grant final approval for the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine by late January, according to AstraZeneca Australia.

A spokesperson for the company told SBS World News that the federal government has indicated the vaccine could get final approval by January 31, with a roll out in March.

30.12.2020 - 11:06 [ ABC.net.au ]

Australia locks in coronavirus vaccine deal to produce Oxford University-AstraZeneca candidate if approved

(18 August 2020)

Amid rising pressure to lock in supply of a coronavirus vaccine, the Government has signed an agreement with UK-based drug company AstraZeneca to secure the potential COVID-19 vaccine developed by Oxford University, if its trials prove successful.

30.12.2020 - 11:00 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine approved in Britain

Australia has secured 53.8 million doses of the Oxford vaccine, most of which could be manufactured locally by CSL. The federal government has also ordered 10 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine, which will all have to be imported.

Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt said on Monday he expects Australia to be „fully vaccinated“ against coronavirus by October next year.

05.12.2020 - 15:10 [ theGuardian.com ]

Chinese official’s ‚repugnant‘ tweet of Australia soldier likely amplified by fake accounts, experts say

Cyabra, an Israeli cybersecurity firm, said it was highly probable that an orchestrated campaign had promoted Zhao’s tweet.

Cyabra said it had found 57.5% of accounts that engaged with Zhao’s tweet were fake, and “evidence of a largely orchestrated disinformation campaign” to amplify its message. The firm did not give any details about who was behind the campaign.

Cyabra said it analysed 1,344 profiles and found a large number were created in November and used once, to retweet Zhao’s tweet.

03.12.2020 - 17:16 [ theDiplomat.com ]

NATO Huddles With Asia-Pacific Democracies to Talk China

The incoming Biden administration has pledged to do even more to partner with allies on the China challenge.

In another step in that direction, on December 2, the foreign ministers of the NATO members, along with delegations from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, gathered virtually to discuss the rise of China and the implications for the global balance of power.

03.12.2020 - 16:57 [ ORF.at ]

Stoltenberg: Keine NATO-Öffnung nach Asien

Der wachsende militärische Einfluss Chinas wird nach Einschätzung von NATO-Generalsekretär Jens Stoltenberg nicht zu einer Öffnung des Verteidigungsbündnisses für asiatische Staaten wie Japan und Südkorea führen. „Wir sind ein regionales Bündnis und werden ein regionales Bündnis bleiben“, sagte der Norweger heute bei einer Diskussion der Denkfabrik Carnegie Europe.

01.12.2020 - 02:11 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia to begin testing hypersonic missiles within months

The new deal with the United States – known as the Southern Cross Integrated Flight Research Experiment (SCIFiRE) – is the culmination of 15 years of research between the two nations on hypersonic scramjets, rocket motors, sensors and advanced manufacturing materials.

30.11.2020 - 10:11 [ PrivacyIsNotACrime / Twitter ]

According to leaked documents from the @ORF , secret services from the so called „five eyes“ are initiators of the EU Resolution in the #encryptionban. For them this would be a very easy way to monitor all our messages and data, without the possibility to hide them.

19.11.2020 - 14:29 [ CNN ]

Elite Australian troops unlawfully killed 39 Afghan civilians amid a culture of ‚blood lust,‘ report alleges

The ADF is recommending that Australia’s Federal Police (AFP) investigate 19 individuals from the Australian Special Forces over 36 alleged war crimes, including murder and cruel treatment of non-combatants in Afghanistan between 2009 and 2013.
Campbell said he had accepted all of the inquiry’s 143 recommendations.

19.11.2020 - 14:20 [ ORF.at ]

Australiens Afghanistan-Einsatz: Bericht über schwere Kriegsverbrechen

Australische Soldaten haben einem Untersuchungsbericht zufolge bei ihrem Einsatz in Afghanistan Kriegsverbrechen begangen. 25 Mitglieder einer Sondereinheit hätten mindestens 39 Gefangene oder Zivilisten „unrechtmäßig“ getötet, sagte der Chef der australischen Verteidigungsstreitkräfte, Angus Campbell, am Mittwoch in Canberra bei der Veröffentlichung eines Berichts zum Verhalten der Soldaten in Afghanistan.

19.11.2020 - 01:55 [ news.com.au ]

‘Deeply disturbing’ war crimes report: 39 Afghanis allegedly killed by SAS

Exactly seven days ago, the Mr Morrison warned the nation to prepare for allegations of “serious and possibly criminal conduct” by Australia’s defence force in Afghanistan that could see soldiers prosecuted for unlawful killings.

A special investigator will be appointed to consider allegations of war crimes by Australia’s soldiers in the Middle East following the completion of a long-running defence investigation into the claims.

19.11.2020 - 01:42 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australian special forces soldiers committed up to 39 murders: ADF report

The public summary of the inquiry, released on Thursday morning, based partly on evidence given by eyewitnesses interviewed under oath, also found that Australian soldiers summarily executed non-combatants and prisoners.

Justice Brereton wrote „when what the inquiry has found is taken collectively, the answer to the question, ‚Is there substance to rumours of war crimes by elements of the Special Operations Task group‘ must sadly be, ‚Yes, there is‘.“

19.11.2020 - 01:36 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australia apologises to Afghanistan for special forces misconduct

Defence Force Chief Angus Campbell is releasing a public summary of the four-year investigation by senior judge Paul Brereton for the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force.

17.11.2020 - 20:34 [ International Network of Civil Liberties Organizations ]

INCLO CALLS ON STATES TO DEFEND END-TO-END ENCRYPTION

Fourteen members of INCLO express grave concerns regarding recent moves by various groups to breakencryption. We note with alarm calls from the ​Council of the European Union​, the ​EuropeanCommission​, and the ​Department of Justice in the US​, with support from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, India, Japan and the UK, to allow police authorities intercept encrypted communications.

17.11.2020 - 20:29 [ europa.eu ]

Joint statement by the EU home affairs ministers on the recent terrorist attacks in Europe

(13.11.2020)

We will also examine with interest the Commission’s announced proposal to designate hate speech and hate crime and incitement as criminal offences that are provided for and regulated under European Union law.

In the same vein, the Council must consider the matter of data encryption so that digital evidence can be lawfully collected and used by the competent authorities while maintaining the trustworthiness of the products and services based on encryption technology.

13.11.2020 - 22:20 [ The Hill ]

Australia uses drones to ensure social distancing at the beach

Drones will begin flying at over 20 beaches and parks on Saturday and are expected until the end of February.

12.11.2020 - 04:33 [ Reuters ]

Australia to appoint special investigator to examine possible prosecution of military in Afghanistan

Morrison said the special investigator was needed as the probe into the actions of some of Australia’s military in Afghanistan was so complex that it would overwhelm and distract the country’s normal criminal prosecutor.

09.11.2020 - 18:27 [ timesnownews.com ]

Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine production begins in Australia

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that it will take CSL about 50 days to completely process the vaccine. According to the newspaper, the company has separate contracts with AstraZeneca and the Australian government for the production of the vaccine.

The AstraZeneca vaccine still needs to be approved by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). Phase three clinical trials of the vaccine are expected to wrap up by the end of this year.

09.11.2020 - 09:50 [ .euractiv.com ]

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

(12.10.2020)

The top justice officials of the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand said in a statement that the growth of end-to-end encrypted apps that make official oversight impossible – like Signal, Telegram, FaceBook Messenger and WhatsApp – “pose significant challenges to public safety.”

“There is increasing consensus across governments and international institutions that action must be taken,” they said.

09.11.2020 - 09:39 [ Geheimdienste-Allianz Five Eyes / US Justizministerium ]

International Statement: End-To-End Encryption and Public Safety

(11.10.2020)

We urge industry to address our serious concerns where encryption is applied in a way that wholly precludes any legal access to content. We call on technology companies to work with governments to take the following steps, focused on reasonable, technically feasible solutions:

– Embed the safety of the public in system designs, thereby enabling companies to act against illegal content and activity effectively with no reduction to safety, and facilitating the investigation and prosecution of offences and safeguarding the vulnerable;
– Enable law enforcement access to content in a readable and usable format where an authorisation is lawfully issued, is necessary and proportionate, and is subject to strong safeguards and oversight; and
– Engage in consultation with governments and other stakeholders to facilitate legal access in a way that is substantive and genuinely influences design decisions.

09.11.2020 - 09:30 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

Orders from the Top: The EU’s Timetable for Dismantling End-to-End Encryption

(06.10.2020)

The last few months have seen a steady stream of proposals, encouraged by the advocacy of the FBI and Department of Justice, to provide “lawful access” to end-to-end encrypted services in the United States. Now lobbying has moved from the U.S., where Congress has been largely paralyzed by the nation’s polarization problems, to the European Union—where advocates for anti-encryption laws hope to have a smoother ride. A series of leaked documents from the EU’s highest institutions show a blueprint for how they intend to make that happen, with the apparent intention of presenting anti-encryption law to the European Parliament within the next year.

09.11.2020 - 09:22 [ tech.newstatesman.com ]

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

(20.09.2020)

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

The note outlines the commission’s aim to “stimulate a discussion” among EU member states “on the issues posed by end-to-end encryption” for the purpose of tackling child abuse and other organised crime networks.

09.11.2020 - 09:16 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Five governments line up legal challenge to Facebook’s ‚dangerous‘ encryption of messages between terrorists, paedophiles and criminals

(15.05.2020)

The “Five Eyes” intelligence network of nations is preparing a legal challenge to Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption amid fears the platform will become a haven for terrorists and paedophiles.

Ministers from the UK, US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand are due to meet next week to consider legal measures to hold Facebook and other social media platforms liable for messages that could lead to serious criminality.

08.11.2020 - 19:43 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

The tube that could change the world: First vial of COVID-19 vaccine ’starting material‘ after Australian breakthrough – with millions to be made from tomorrow

Biotechnology giant CSL announced they would start producing the AstraZeneca AZD1222 coronavirus vaccine at its factory in Melbourne this week.

About 30million doses will be manufactured as part of a first-of-its-kind agreement with the Australian government, with the company hoping to release them in the first half of 2021 pending clinical trials and approval.

The jab, which was produced at the University of Oxford, is seen as the leading candidate across the globe and is in final-stage trials.

08.11.2020 - 14:26 [ Xinhuanet ]

Australian Defence Force chief handed „deeply troubling“ Afghanistan war crimes report

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, which has published eyewitness accounts of the alleged war crimes including mass shootings of Afghan civilians by SOTG troops, reported on Friday that the report recommends criminal prosecutions or military sanctions for 15 to 20 soldiers involved in 10 incidents.

05.11.2020 - 11:55 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Europäische Inlandsgeheimdienste sind weltweit vernetzt

(05.03.2020)

Das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz arbeitet im „Berner Club“ mit den Auslandsgeheimdiensten Mossad und CIA zusammen. Mit weiteren Behörden tauscht der deutsche Inlandsgeheimdienst Informationen zu „nicht-islamistischem Terrorismus“ sowie „Rechts- und Linksextremismus“. Wegen des „Staatswohls“ hielt die Bundesregierung diese Details bislang geheim.

03.11.2020 - 14:34 [ Evening Report ]

315 nuclear bombs and ongoing suffering: the shameful history of nuclear testing in Australia and the Pacific

We may never know the full impact of these explosions because in many cases, as the Royal Commission report on British Nuclear Tests in Australia found in 1985: “the resources allocated for Aboriginal welfare and safety were ludicrous, amounting to nothing more than a token gesture”. But we can listen to the survivors.

03.11.2020 - 13:48 [ Stars and Stripes ]

USS John S. McCain represents US at Malabar naval exercise with India, Japan and Australia

Warships from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia kicked off the Malabar 2020 naval exercise on Tuesday in the Bay of Bengal.

15.10.2020 - 14:50 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australia police drop probe into Afghan ‘war crimes’ reporting

In a statement, the federal police said prosecutors “considered a range of public interest factors, including the role of public interest journalism in Australia’s democracy” before deciding not to prosecute.

ABC’s managing director David Anderson welcomed the police decision on Oakes, but added the “matter should never had gone this far”.

05.10.2020 - 04:17 [ The Japan Times ]

Mike Pompeo shortens Asia trip as Trump falls ill, but will visit Japan

In Tokyo on Tuesday, Pompeo and Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi will have a meeting with the foreign ministers of Australia and India in a move that is seen as a counter to China’s growing assertiveness in the region.

22.09.2020 - 21:33 [ Global Research ]

Rio Tinto Mining and the Destruction of Aboriginal Juukan Cave Heritage. A Loss to Humanity

The Anglo-Australian multinational company Rio Tinto – the largest iron ore mining company in the world – demolished two 46,000-year-old Aboriginal rock shelters in May. What is particularly disturbing about this event is that Rio Tinto was apparently acting entirely within the law, which is to say that this kind of tragic and wanton destruction will continue to happen unless stricter regulations are enacted. The sites were located on the ancestral lands of the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura, or PKKP, people in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

21.09.2020 - 20:32 [ ORF ]

Rio-Tinto-Sprengung: Weitere 124 Aborigine-Stätten bedroht

Das britisch-australische Unternehmen hatte die Gräber in der Juukan-Schlucht zerstört, um den Eisenerzabbau in der Region zu erweitern. Nun wurde bei einem Hearing zu der Causa bekannt, dass durch das Projekt weitere 124 Aborigine-Stätten gefährdet sind

14.09.2020 - 00:36 [ Independent Australia ]

New nuclear legislation set to provide toxic dumping ground in South Australia

30 August 2020 – UNDER THE PRESSURE of The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), The Australian Government is in a hurry to get a new bill passed. It’s not really a new bill, it’s actually a new bit tacked on to an existing one. It’s called the National Radioactive Waste Management Amendment (Site Specification, Community Fund and Other Measures) Bill 2020.

The amendment does two important things: it selects a definite place in South Australia, a farmer’s property called Napandee, as a radioactive waste dump and it removes the possibility of a judicial review of that selection.

12.09.2020 - 19:32 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Raising dam wall risks Indigenous sites in ‚Sydney’s Juukan Gorge‘

Raising the Warragamba Dam wall will inundate thousands of Indigenous sites, including ancient rock art, creating an impact on heritage akin to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge, traditional owners say.

06.09.2020 - 09:58 [ ZDF ]

Corona-Demos in Australien – Proteste gegen Corona-Maßnahmen

Hunderte Menschen versammelten sich an verschiedenen Orten, um gegen die Corona-Maßnahmen zu protestieren. Dabei kam es zu teils heftigen Auseinandersetzungen mit der Polizei.

12.08.2020 - 04:34 [ The Australian Financial Review ]

Politicians given reprieve from ‚idiotic‘ border restrictions

Federal politicians were allowed to cross the NSW-Victoria border on their way to Canberra, while at least 100 Canberrans remained stranded in a double-standard labelled „idiotic“.

27.07.2020 - 12:01 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Europäische Kommission: Neuer Angriff auf Ende-zu-Ende-Verschlüsselung

Dieser Prozess könnte später in einer Verordnung oder Richtlinie münden, mit der die Firmen zur Mitarbeit gezwungen werden. In der Studie will die Kommission deshalb „die regulatorischen und operativen Herausforderungen“ zur Entschlüsselung betrachten. Dabei soll es aber nicht bleiben, denn die Frage der Anonymität und Verschlüsselung im Internet und Darknet wird in einer weiteren „umfassenden“ Studie betrachtet.

27.07.2020 - 11:11 [ ORF ]

EU-Regulation gegen sichere Verschlüsselung angekündigt

Das ist das mithin wichtigste technische Instrument zum Schutz vor staatlicher Willkür und Überwachung rund um die Welt, mittlerweile wird E2E auch für die Opposition in EU-Staaten wie Ungarn oder Polen dringend nötig. Diese Sichtweise führt direkt zu den Urhebern dieser globalen Kampagne gegen E2E, nicht wirklich überraschend ist das die von den USA und Großbritannien geführte, angelsächsische „Five Eyes“-Spionageallianz. Diese Kampagne gegen E2E-Verschlüsselung wurde in Australien gestartet und bereits zu einem Gesetz geführt, das Angebote zur E2E-Verschlüsselung de facto unmöglich macht. In Großbritannien Über die Briten, de Kerchove und Europol kam das Vorhaben dann in den EU-Ministerrat, der intern seit Jahren über „Lösungen des Problems“ E2E-Verschlüsselung diskutіert.

27.07.2020 - 11:00 [ iTWIRE ]

Internet Australia says flawed Encryption Bill weakens, not protects, Australian’s security

The Assistance and Access Bill was passed in late 2018 but despite its nickname „the encryption bill“ it promotes insecurity and a dangerous global precedent, says the Independent National Security Legislation Monitor. Expecting Parliament to commence a review of the bill today, Internet Australia calls for the INSLM recommendations to be accepted.

18.07.2020 - 04:22 [ NCA ]

Federal parliament sitting canned as Victoria and NSW battle coronavirus outbreaks

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the August 4 sitting would not go ahead following advice from the acting Commonwealth Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Professor Paul Kelly.

14.07.2020 - 14:10 [ BBC ]

Gough Whitlam: Queen not told in advance of Australia PM’s sacking, letters show

However, they also reveal Sir John – an Australian who was a judge before becoming governor-general – had discussed with Buckingham Palace whether he had the constitutional authority to dismiss Mr Whitlam.

Australia is a constitutional monarchy with the Queen as head of state. Before the dismissal, many Australians had little idea her representative had such power.

12.07.2020 - 22:59 [ SBS ]

Australia’s first Aboriginal-owned ground station could be vital for space research

The facility has now become part of a global network known as Real-Time Earth ground stations, tracking low orbit satellites and feeding back the data in real-time to the end-user.

12.07.2020 - 15:33 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Scientists from the Wuhan virus lab have ‚defected‘ to the West, reveals senior Trump ally Steve Bannon – as FBI gathers evidence that coronavirus pandemic was caused by an accidental leak

He said: ‘The thing was built with French help, so don’t think that there aren’t some monitoring devices in there. I think what you are going to find out is that these guys were doing experiments which they weren’t fully authorised [for] or knew what they were doing and that somehow, either through an inadvertent mistake, or on a lab technician, one of these things got out.

‘It’s not that hard for these viruses to get out. That is why these labs are so dangerous.

‘You essentially had a biological Chernobyl in Wuhan, but the centre of gravity, the Ground Zero, was round the Wuhan lab, in terms of the casualty rates. And like Chernobyl, you also had the cover-up – the state apparatus reports to itself and just protects itself.’

25.06.2020 - 09:00 [ ORF.at ]

Australien: Soldaten sollen Quarantäne überwachen

Die australische Regierung entsendet im Kampf gegen das Coronavirus rund tausend Soldaten in die Millionenmetropole Melbourne. Bis zu 850 von ihnen sollten kontrollieren, ob aus dem Ausland eingetroffene Reisende die vorgeschriebene 14-tägige Quarantäne einhalten, teilte Verteidigungsministerin Linda Reynolds heute mit.

20.06.2020 - 18:26 [ teleSUR ]

Aboriginals Sue Western Australia State For Cultural Losses

Two compensation claims filed on behalf of the Tjiwarl people address actions by miners, farmers, and others like the building of fences and roads that had restricted their access to sacred heritage sites and hunting and fishing grounds, impeding their ability to pass down cultural knowledge to young people.

19.06.2020 - 11:23 [ Radio Utopie ]

Geheimdienst-Dossier: Coronaviren in Labor „genetisch modifiziert“, Zusammenarbeit von China und Australien

(03.05.2020)

Man darf annehmen, dass nun versucht wird, die üblichen Überschriftenjunkies weiter zu blitzdingsen und die hochbrisante, bislang dezent verschwiegene Zusammenarbeit von Stellen in China und Australien, sowie in den USA (siehe Universität von North Carolina) irgendwie wieder unter den Teppich zu bekommen und stattdessen eine Konfrontation zwischen den Vereinigten Staaten und China insgesamt hinzubekommen. Das hätte für die Weltbevölkerung wieder einmal die üblichen Folgen und könnte stattdessen die Machtarchitektur der internationalen Nomenklatura (z.B der Kriegslobby) eher noch stärken.

Aber – ist der Virus SARS-CoV-2 oder schlicht SARS 2 nicht irgendwie zufällig genau jetzt aus dem Hut gesprungen, bei so sensiblen Wahlen und Wundern hi und da im Jahre 2020, hätte dies ernsthafte Konsequenzen.

Unter Anderem wäre die unendlich bräsige Selbstgefälligkeit so mancher Funktionäre und Pressevertreter erklärbar, die bereits jetzt vor einer „zweiten Welle“ vom Coronavirus und unverhohlen vor einer Aufhebung des Ausnahmezustands warnen. Ebenso, warum z.B. ein enger Vertrauter des Machthabers im Iran starb, um ein Haar auch der britische Premierminister Boris Johnson (der zunächst einen Ausnahmezustand verweigert hatte) und ausgerechnet der libertäre U.S.-Senator Rand Paul, der sich ebenfalls gegen einen Ausnahmezustand gestellt hatte, als einziges Mitglied des Kongresses insgesamt mit dem Virus infiziert wurde.

Es müsste in Betracht gezogen werden, dass eine beabsichtigte, gezielte Ausbreitung, ein Streuen des Virus erfolgte, ggf. kombiniert mit anderen biotechnologischen Komponten, durch Stellen bzw Hierarchien mit den entsprechenden Möglichkeiten.

Und natürlich wären Billionen von Profiten aus der internationalen Biotech- und Pharmalobby futsch, die nun allererst ihre bemerkenswerte Hellseherei im Zuge der Pandemie-Simulation Event 201 im Oktober 2019 zu erklären hätten.

Ebenso viel zu eklären, hätte die U.S.-Seuchenbehörde C.D.C., die eine unbekannte Anzahl von „Corona-Tests“ verschickte, die selbst mit dem Coronavirus kontaminiert waren. Diese gelangten übrigens auch nach Europa und wurden dort verwendet, was nur einem einzigen kommerziellen Konsortium auffiel, namentlich Eurofins in Luxemburg, welches die britischen Behörden erst über die kontaminierten Tests in Kenntnis setzen musste.

Von den Rechenkünstlern bei W.H.O., Johns-Hopkins-Universität und Robert-Koch-Institut ganz zu schweigen.

Daher unsere Übersetzung.

19.06.2020 - 11:17 [ Tagesschau ]

Australien meldet massiven Cyberangriff

Die Beziehungen beider Länder werden auch durch die Corona-Pandemie belastet. Die australische Regierung löste Zorn in Peking aus, indem sie China vorwarf, die Ursprünge der Pandemie zu verschleiern, und eine unabhängige internationale Untersuchung forderte. Die chinesische Regierung riet daraufhin von Reisen nach Australien ab.

19.06.2020 - 11:16 [ ABC.net.au ]

‚Cyber attacks‘ point to China’s spy agency, Ministry of State Security, as Huawei payback, say former Australian officials

In August 2018, the Australian Government banned Huawei and other companies from involvement in Australia’s 5G network.

The ABC spoke to two former Australian officials who confirmed that the Huawei ban sparked the malicious cyber campaign. Both spoke on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of the story.

19.06.2020 - 11:12 [ 9news.com.au ]

Coronavirus: Scott Morrison and Boris Johnson push for independent virus investigation

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has discussed the need for an independent investigation into the origins of the coronavirus outbreak with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, Downing Street said on Thursday.

„The leaders discussed the coronavirus pandemic and agreed on the need for an independent investigation through the World Health Organisation into the origins of the outbreak,“ a spokeswoman for Johnson’s office said in a statement.

19.06.2020 - 04:13 [ Stars and Stripes ]

Marines send RQ-21 Blackjack drones to Australia rotation for first time

The annual Marine Corps rotation to Darwin, Australia will, for the first time, incorporate unmanned surveillance drones this year, according to U.S. and Australian officials.

RQ-21 Blackjack drones will soon arrive in Australia to support Marine Rotational Force — Darwin, rotational force commander Col. David Banning said in a telephone interview Thursday.

19.06.2020 - 02:21 [ ABC News (Australia) ]

Bushfire royal commission told Aboriginal people routinely ignored in post-disaster commissions

Euahlayi man and ANU researcher Bhiamie Eckford-Williamson told the commission that the Black Summer bushfires created extraordinary public interest in Aboriginal people’s land management practices, especially burning.

19.06.2020 - 02:01 [ ABC News (Australia) ]

Facial surveillance is slowly being trialled around the country

„I heard about it from a news article saying it was about to be put in in a month,“ she said.
„The lack of consultation and comprehensive analysis and the discussion stages, you know, the answer, ‚we put it in some minutes in a meeting however many years ago‘, is just not acceptable.“
She is worried about the future being created for her children.
„I grew up not feeling as though there was someone watching over my shoulder,“ Ms Dry said.

19.06.2020 - 01:46 [ ABC News (Australia / Youtube ]

Concern over the increasing use of facial recognition in CCTV cameras

Your face is the new frontier in surveillance technology. Privacy experts are sounding the alarm over the increasing use of facial recognition in CCTV cameras

12.06.2020 - 00:12 [ John Pilger ]

THE CIA COUP AGAINST ‚THE MOST LOYAL ALLY‘ IS HISTORY’S WARNING IN 2020

Whitlam moved Australia towards the Non-Aligned Movement and called for a Zone of Peace in the Indian ocean, which the US and Britain opposed. He demanded France cease its nuclear testing in the Pacific. In the UN, Australia spoke up for the Palestinians. Refugees fleeing the CIA-engineered coup in Chile were welcomed into Australia: an irony I know that Whitlam later savoured.

05.06.2020 - 17:59 [ John Pilger ]

THE CIA COUP AGAINST ‚THE MOST LOYAL ALLY‘ IS HISTORY’S WARNING IN 2020

The Australian High Court has ruled that correspondence between the Queen and the Governor-General of Australia, her viceroy in the former British colony, is no longer „personal“ and the property of Buckingham Palace. Why does this matter?

25.05.2020 - 15:34 [ Malta Today ]

Suspected mercenaries were released from arrest after two days

A group of 20 men evacuated from Benghazi, Libya and suspected of having been contracted to lend support to General Khalifa Haftar’s forces, were held under arrest in Malta for two days before being released without charge. 

Multiple law enforcement sources speaking to this newspaper say the police are still investigating the incident, almost a year on since the arrival of the men on two RHIBs (rigid-hull inflatable boats) at the Valletta seaport in June 2019. 

25.05.2020 - 15:29 [ New York Times ]

By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. But the Plan Went South.

The abortive mercenary expedition last summer was organized and financed by a network of secretive companies in the United Arab Emirates, according to a confidential report submitted to the United Nations Security Council in February. The companies are controlled or part-owned by Christiaan Durrant, an Australian businessman and former fighter pilot who is a close associate of Erik Prince, America’s most famous mercenary entrepreneur.

25.05.2020 - 15:28 [ Tagesschau ]

Bericht zu Projekt „Opus“: UN enttarnen Geheimprojekt in Libyen

Im Bürgerkriegsland Libyen war offenbar eine Geheimmission privater Einsatzkräfte im Gange – gelenkt aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten. Das geht aus einem Bericht der Vereinten Nationen hervor, aus dem die Nachrichtenagenturen dpa und Bloomberg zitieren. Dubiose Sicherheitsfirmen wollten demnach den libyschen Warlord Chalifa Haftar unterstützen – und schmuggelten dazu Hubschrauber und planten Überfälle auf Schiffe im Mittelmeer.

25.05.2020 - 15:12 [ Bloomberg ]

Western Team Went to Help Moscow’s Man in Libya, UN Finds

Opus and Lancaster 6 financed and directed an operation to provide Haftar’s forces with helicopters, drones and cyber capabilities through a complex web of shell companies, according to two diplomats who briefed Bloomberg on the contents of the UN Panel of Experts report shared with the Security Council’s sanctions committee in February. The diplomats also shared excerpts of the report with Bloomberg.

23.05.2020 - 02:57 [ ABC ]

People in other countries have been told to wear masks to protect from coronavirus. Australia isn’t in the same boat

„I don’t think there’s any problem with people wanting to wear a mask. But there are some things we need to consider,“ Mr Mason says.

„The risks for the person who’s wearing them come from how they interact with that mask in terms of taking it on and off, maybe reusing it, or fiddling with it while they’re wearing it.

„While a mask can do that because it’s a physical barrier, what we do see is that people fiddle with the mask and are therefore putting your hands, which could be dirty, around your face.“

„Something we’re potentially likely to see here in Australia is people may put a mask on when they’re not feeling 100 per cent and go to work or school, which is what we don’t want people doing,“ he says.

09.05.2020 - 19:17 [ Avi Yemini / Twitter ]

#BREAKING: Mother ARRESTED and her child ripped from her arms in Sydney today. For breaching lockdown laws. That she was protesting.

05.05.2020 - 21:08 [ theAge.com.au ]

The Queen calls Scott Morrison to wish Australians well amid pandemic

„Was very kind to receive Her Majesty’s call this evening to check in and see how we’re all getting on in Australia. The Queen was very interested to hear about our progress in combatting COVID-19 and was so pleased we have managed to prevent the terrible impacts.“

05.05.2020 - 20:57 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

Australian intelligence knocks back US government’s Wuhan lab virus claim

Senior members of the Australian intelligence community told The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age a research document shared in political circles under the Five Eyes intelligence arrangement was mostly based on news reports and contained no material from intelligence gathering.

05.05.2020 - 20:38 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: US allies tread lightly around Trump lab claims

(today)

UK officials believe it is not possible to be absolutely sure about the origins but point to scientific opinion suggesting the most likely scenario is …

05.05.2020 - 20:30 [ theGuardian.com ]

Five Eyes network contradicts theory Covid-19 leaked from lab

(04.05.2020)

There is no current evidence to suggest that coronavirus leaked from a Chinese research laboratory, intelligence sources have told the Guardian, contradicting recent White House claims that there is growing proof this is how the pandemic began.

The sources also insisted that a “15-page dossier” highlighted by the Australian Daily Telegraph which accused China of a deadly cover up was not culled from intelligence from the Five Eyes network, an alliance between the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

05.05.2020 - 13:29 [ CNN ]

Intel shared among US allies indicates virus outbreak more likely came from market, not a Chinese lab

The third source said it is also possible the US is not sharing all of its intelligence. While the overwhelming majority is shared among the Five Eyes members, there are pockets of information that each country keeps to itself.

05.05.2020 - 13:22 [ Foreignpolicy.com ]

Key U.S. Allies Skeptical of Trump’s Coronavirus Lab Leak Claims

Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada have pointedly not backed up America’s apparent surety that the novel coronavirus was either deliberately or accidentally leaked from a Chinese lab. All three countries are members of the Five Eyes, the postwar espionage pact designed to share intelligence between like-minded governments, along with New Zealand.

03.05.2020 - 12:05 [ Radio Utopie ]

Geheimdienst-Dossier: Coronaviren in Labor „genetisch modifiziert“, Zusammenarbeit von China und Australien

Bezüglich des Ursprungs von SARS 2 (Coronavirus) zitierte gestern der australische „Daily Telegraph“ aus einem Dossier des Geheimdienstverbunds „Five Eyes“‚ (Geheimdienste aus den Vereinigten Staaten, Großbritannien, Kanada, Australien und Neuseeland).

Radio Utopie veröffentlicht nun eine Übersetzung des Artikels

03.05.2020 - 12:04 [ DailyTelegraph.com.au ]

Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program

It can also be revealed the Australian government trained and funded a team of Chinese scientists who belong to a laboratory which went on to genetically modify deadly coronaviruses that could be transmitted from bats to humans and had no cure, and is now the subject of a probe into the origins of COVID-19.

As intelligence agencies investigate whether the virus inadvertently leaked from a Wuhan laboratory, the team and its research led by scientist Shi Zhengli feature in the dossier prepared by Western governments that points to several studies they conducted as areas of concern.

30.04.2020 - 17:17 [ Indianexpress.com ]

1.5 million Israelis using voluntary coronavirus monitoring app

(01.04.2020)

Around 1.5 million Israelis have downloaded a mobile app in the past week that alerts users who have crossed paths with a coronavirus patient, according to the Health Ministry, helping to improve tracking of the pandemic.T he app “HaMagen” – Hebrew for The Shield – is sparking interest from abroad with approaches from Germany, Italy, Britain, Australia and Chile so far, ministry deputy director general Morris Dorfman said Wednesday.

18.03.2020 - 09:09 [ ABC.net.au ]

Large indoor gatherings banned, schools to stay open, Scott Morrison tells Australians not to leave the country in face of coronavirus pandemic

The Prime Minister announced measures in the following areas:

– Aged care: Residents of aged care homes will only be able to have one visit per day, of no more than two people
– Gatherings: Indoor gatherings of more than 100 people are banned, with exceptions
– Social distancing: A renewed call for Australians to stay 1.5 metres away from others
– Shopping: A plea to end „un-Australian“ panic buying
– Schools: To remain open, for now
– Travel: The Government recommends abandoning international travel

15.03.2020 - 20:50 [ Event201.com ]

Timetable For A Vaccine Against The New Coronavirus? Maybe This Fall: NPR

(12.02.2020)

CEPI is a global partnership of public, private and philanthropic organizations; it’s also supporting efforts at the biotech companies Moderna and CureVac.

(…)

Even in the rosiest of scenarios, Hatchett says, once the vaccine is in hand, it still needs to get to the people who need it, and that takes time — at least weeks to months, depending on the urgency.

14.03.2020 - 16:47 [ ABC.net.au ]

South Australia records three more coronavirus cases, taking Australian total to 200

The latest cases include a woman in her 30s who had travelled from the UK and a man in his 50s who had been in the US.

The third new case was a woman in her 80s who had both been overseas and in contact with another confirmed case.

05.03.2020 - 17:04 [ Netzpolitik.org ]

Europäische Inlandsgeheimdienste sind weltweit vernetzt

Das Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz arbeitet im „Berner Club“ mit den Auslandsgeheimdiensten Mossad und CIA zusammen. Mit weiteren Behörden tauscht der deutsche Inlandsgeheimdienst Informationen zu „nicht-islamistischem Terrorismus“ sowie „Rechts- und Linksextremismus“. Wegen des „Staatswohls“ hielt die Bundesregierung diese Details bislang geheim.

26.02.2020 - 01:48 [ Al Jazeera ]

Australian special forces probed for alleged Afghan war crimes

An annual report by the Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force said 55 separate incidents were being investigated as part of a years-long probe into allegations Australian soldiers committed war crimes while serving in Afghanistan.

24.02.2020 - 21:48 [ Global Research ]

Veteran Journalist Andrew Fowler Denounces Australian Government’s Refusal to Defend Assange

Last June, after Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC, Fowler penned a powerful comment for the Sydney Morning Herald warning that the raids were “a wake-up call to journalists who left Assange swinging” and calling on them to speak out in defence of the WikiLeaks founder. Fowler also initiated an open letter from ABC Alumni—an organisation of former ABC staff—demanding that the Australian government oppose the US extradition of Assange and repatriate him to Australia.

12.02.2020 - 00:53 [ German Foreign Policy ]

Im Osten des Indischen Ozeans

Im Jahr 2014 banden Washington und New Delhi Tokio erneut in ihre jährlich abgehaltene „Malabar“-Kriegsübung ein; seit 2015 wird die Manöverserie, die bereits in den 1990er Jahren als ein bilaterales indisch-US-amerikanisches Projekt begann, in aller Form als trilaterale Maßnahme unter Einschluss Japans durchgeführt. Im November 2017 traf auch der Quad erstmals wieder zusammen.

10.02.2020 - 16:22 [ Consortium News ]

Three Extraordinary Australian Journalists: Burchett, Pilger & Assange

Australia has produced extraordinary journalists across three generations: Wilfred Burchett (deceased in 1983), John Pilger (80 years old but still active) and Julian Assange (48 years old, currently in London’s Belmarsh prison).

Each of these journalists made unique contributions to our understanding of the world. Although Australia is part of the Western world, each of these journalists exposed and criticized Western foreign policy.

19.01.2020 - 19:41 [ GongSteve/ Youtube ]

8th Sydney Town Hall Gathering in support of Julian Assange, 2020-01-17

Supporters of Julian Assange spent another Friday evening informing the people with important information we are not getting from the establishment media.

15.01.2020 - 17:29 [ junge Welt ]

Fluch des Goldes

Aus einigen der einst kleinen Firmen, die in der Gegend Gold förderten, sind mittlerweile weltweit agierende Unternehmen geworden. Zwei Namen kennt jeder. In Perth prangen sie unübersehbar an den beiden größten Skyscrapern der Stadt: Rio Tinto und BHP.

06.01.2020 - 21:49 [ Tagesschau ]

„Du hast keine Ahnung, Mann!“

Die Buschbrände rauben den Menschen den Atem – und die Feuer wüten weiter. Die Regierung will mit Geld helfen, aber die Menschen sind sauer. Australiens Premier Morrison wird übel beschimpft.

02.01.2020 - 09:24 [ derStandard.at ]

Massenevakuierungen mit militärischer Hilfe bei Buschbränden in Australien

Die Behörden haben zehntausende Menschen aufgefordert, die betroffenen Küstenstädte zu verlassen. „Es ist unerlässlich, es ist überlebenswichtig, dass wir alle gehen“, sagte der Verkehrsminister des Bundesstaates New South Wales (NSW), Andrew Constance, im australischen Fernsehen ABC.

02.01.2020 - 09:18 [ abc.net.au ]

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian declares state of emergency, as thousands flee South Coast ahead of horror fire weekend

NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said Saturday is likely to bring conditions more dangerous than New Year’s Eve, when bushfires left seven dead and thousands in peril.

„There’ll be real challenges and very real risks associated with what’s being forecast and predicted for fire spread under the sorts of weather conditions we’re expecting as we head into Saturday,“ he said.

26.12.2019 - 13:33 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

US, UK & Aussie Capitalists Donate to Netanyahu and Sa’ar Campaigns

Far-right Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his challenger in today’s (December 26) internal Likud election for the party leadership, MK Gideon Sa’ar, each received hundreds of thousands of shekels in campaign contributions from American, British millionaires, the State Comptroller’s Office website revealed on Sunday, December 22.

The Knesset passed a law last year preventing Knesset candidates from raising money from private donations and instead providing public funds for primaries. However, the law does not apply to races for the leadership of a party.

26.12.2019 - 10:38 [ theTrumpet.com ]

The Persian Gulf Is About to Become Dangerously Crowded

(12.12.2019)

France and Qatar signed an agreement allowing France to deploy and station military forces within Qatar.

The Netherlands said on November 25 that it would join Denmark and France in the European naval mission, reported the NLTimes. The Netherlands said it would deploy a navy ship to the Persian Gulf for six months but said it would play an “observing” role. Belgium, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden are also expected to join the European coalition, the Tehran Times reported.

17.12.2019 - 04:05 [ Stuff New Zealand ]

Doctors sound warning on Julian Assange

The group has written an open letter to Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne calling for the 48-year-old to be returned to Australia.

„Should Mr Assange die in a British prison, people will want to know what you, minister, did to prevent his death,“ the letter says.

17.12.2019 - 03:59 [ Common Dreams ]

100+ Doctors Demand Julian Assange Receive Safe Passage to Australian Hospital ‚Before It Is Too Late‘

A group of over 100 doctors on Monday urged the Australian government to end its „refusal to act“ in the case of Julian Assange and insist the British government release the WikiLeaks founder from prison so he can be safely sent to an Australian hospital before „it is too late.“

17.12.2019 - 03:53 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Doctors ask government to evacuate Assange to an Australian hospital

A cross-party coalition of 11 federal MPs — which includes two Nationals MPs, two Labor MPs and members of the crossbench — recently formed to lobby the Morrison government to intervene on behalf of Assange.

In an addendum to their letter to Senator Payne, Morrison and Labor leader Anthony Albanese, the doctors from Europe, the US and Australia said that „contrary to popular misconception“, the injuries caused by psychological torture were extremely serious.

17.12.2019 - 03:34 [ Doctors for Assange / Global Research ]

Medical Doctors Issue Urgent Australian Appeal to Save Julian Assange

More than 100 medical doctors have issued an urgent appeal to the Australian government to protect the life of its citizen, imprisoned WikiLeaks journalist and publisher Julian Assange.

17.12.2019 - 03:20 [ Consortium News ]

Doctors Issue Urgent Australian Appeal to Save Julian Assange

In an open letter to the Australian minister for foreign affairs (dated Dec. 16), the doctors urge Marise Payne to negotiate Julian Assange’s safe passage from Belmarsh Prison to an appropriate hospital setting in Australia, “before it is too late.”

08.12.2019 - 13:18 [ apnews.com ]

Case against Netanyahu includes billionaire witnesses

(02.12.2019)

Mandelblit’s indictment listed 333 potential witnesses, including Milchan and Packer, as well as U.S. casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson, a longtime supporter of Netanyahu, and Oracle Corp. co-founder and chairman Larry Ellison. Cosmetics heir Ron Lauder, another longtime Netanyahu associate, and British-American billionaire Len Blavatnik, also appear on the list.

25.11.2019 - 00:27 [ ORF ]

Uluru-Effekt: Sperre weiterer Berge in Australien möglich

Ein Beispiel: 395.000 Menschen besuchten den Uluru in zwölf Monaten bis Juni 2019. 13 Prozent der Besucher – oder umgerechnet 51.350 Menschen – absolvierten die Klettertour auf den Felsen. „Die dadurch entstandene Verschmutzung und Erosion wird dabei noch nicht einmal berücksichtigt“, so CNN außerdem.

31.10.2019 - 17:12 [ Jacobin Magazin ]

“I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange, and I Have No Regrets”

We talk to Fidel Narvaez, the ousted Ecuadorian diplomat who handled Julian Assange’s case about why Lenín Moreno caved to international pressure, broke his promises, and gave Assange up to British authorities.

25.10.2019 - 23:28 [ Reuters ]

Australia’s Uluru closes to climbers for good after decades-long fight

“Happiness is the majority feeling, knowing that people are no longer going to be disrespecting the rock and the culture – and being safe.”

The Oct. 26 closure marks 34 years since the land was given back to the Anangu people, an important moment in the struggle by indigenous groups to retrieve their homelands.

21.10.2019 - 11:19 [ Tagesschau ]

Kampf für Pressefreiheit: Schwarze Titelseiten in Australien

Aus Protest gegen eine zunehmende Einschränkung der Pressefreiheit haben die großen Zeitungshäuser des Landes ihre Montagsausgaben teilweise geschwärzt. Die Aktion steht unter dem Motto „Your Right to Know“ („Ihr Recht, zu wissen“). Auf Blättern wie dem „Sydney Morning Herald“ oder dem „Australian“ verdeckten schwarze Balken Text und Fotos.

18.10.2019 - 16:15 [ junge Welt ]

Australische Abschottungspolitik „Regierung will sich nicht die Hände schmutzig machen“

Protest gegen Australiens Flüchtlingspolitik und die Zustände in Lagern auf Papua-Neuguinea. Ein Gespräch mit Helen L. Fox

Der ganze Bereich ist privatisiert, weil sich die Regierung nicht die Hände schmutzig machen will. Transport, Bewachung, Unterbringung, Versorgung – das ist alles privat, alles »Big Business«, mit großen Profiten für die Auftragnehmer.

04.10.2019 - 09:51 [ Shannon Vavra, Reporter @CyberScoopNews covering NSA, Cyber Command, cyberwarfare / Twitter ]

The US, UK, and Australia (3 Five Eyes) are asking @facebook to delay message encryption. They’re using child sex exploitation as a way to highlight concerns encrypted comms can hamper law enforcement.

Details on latest encryption battle w @CyberScoopNews

04.10.2019 - 09:39 [ ZDF ]

Brief an Mark Zuckerberg – US-Behörden gegen Facebook-Verschlüsselung

Allein 2018 meldete Facebook fast 17 Millionen Fälle möglichen Kindesmissbrauchs, mit der geplanten Ausweitung der Verschlüsselung wären schätzungsweise rund zwölf Millionen Fälle davon aber wohl nicht bemerkt worden, heißt es in dem Brief nach Angaben des US-Heimatschutzministeriums.

04.10.2019 - 09:18 [ BuzzFeed ]

Attorney General Bill Barr Will Ask Zuckerberg To Halt Plans For End-To-End Encryption Across Facebook’s Apps

Attorney General Bill Barr, along with officials from the United Kingdom and Australia, is set to publish an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking the company to delay plans for end-to-end encryption across its messaging services until it can guarantee the added privacy does not reduce public safety.

A draft of the letter, dated Oct. 4, is set to be released alongside the announcement of a new data-sharing agreement between law enforcement in the US and the UK; it was obtained by BuzzFeed News ahead of its publication.

04.10.2019 - 08:52 [ theGuardian.com ]

Calls for backdoor access to WhatsApp as Five Eyes nations meet

(30.09.2019)

British, American and other intelligence agencies from English-speaking countries have concluded a two-day meeting in London amid calls for spies and police officers to be given special, backdoor access to WhatsApp and other encrypted communications.

The meeting of the “Five Eyes” nations – the UK, US, Australia, Canada and New Zealand – was hosted by new home secretary, Priti Patel, in an effort to coordinate efforts to combat terrorism and child abuse.

04.10.2019 - 08:42 [ theGuardian.com ]

William Barr discussed FBI Russia inquiry with UK intelligence

(01.10.2019)

The US attorney general met UK intelligence agencies in the summer to discuss Britain potentially cooperating with Donald Trump’s administration on an inquiry examining the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia, according to sources.

William Barr met British intelligence officials in London on 29 July at a meeting attended by intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes group.

21.09.2019 - 18:13 [ Craig Murray ]

The World’s Most Important Political Prisoner

We are now just one week away from the end of Julian Assange’s uniquely lengthy imprisonment for bail violation. He will receive parole from the rest of that sentence, but will continue to be imprisoned on remand awaiting his hearing on extradition to the USA – a process which could last several years.

At that point, all the excuses for Assange’s imprisonment which so-called leftists and liberals in the UK have hidden behind will evaporate. There are no charges and no active investigation in Sweden, where the “evidence” disintegrated at the first whiff of critical scrutiny. He is no longer imprisoned for “jumping bail”. The sole reason for his incarceration will be the publishing of the Afghan and Iraq war logs leaked by Chelsea Manning, with their evidence of wrongdoing and multiple war crimes.

21.09.2019 - 18:11 [ theGrayzone.com ]

UK worsens Julian Assange’s persecution as US seeks extradition

Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of Wikileaks, says that UK authorities are holding Julian Assange in worse conditions than accused terrorists and ‘making it impossible’ for him to fight US extradition.

23.08.2019 - 19:46 [ Taiwan News ]

Hong Kong millionaires eye Australia as haven amid unrest

A notable rise in applications for the Significant Investor Visa (SIV) program, which grants direct residency to applicants, has been filed with the New South Wales state migration department over the past months, reported Reuters. Interested individuals have to invest at least A$5 million (US$3.4 million) to be eligible for the program.

22.08.2019 - 04:21 [ Paul Barratt / The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Echoes of Iraq: why Australia shouldn’t be joining US action against Iran

Yet Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds have announced that Australia will contribute to the Trump-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz. Morrison says Australia will help ensure freedom of navigation in international waters and that we are acting in response to what he calls “destabilising behaviour” in the Gulf. Reynolds says our core concern is de-escalation.

Let’s be clear: the destabilising behaviour was in fact initiated by our ally, the US, and sending additional troops, planes and ships into an increasingly tense situation is not a move likely to de-escalate tensions.

22.08.2019 - 04:05 [ The Sydney Morning Herald ]

Shadow of Iraq war hangs over mission to the Persian Gulf

The history of the invasion of Iraq should weigh heavily on the minds of Australians as we once again send troops into harm’s way in the Middle East.

21.08.2019 - 16:16 [ theHill.com ]

Australia to join US-led mission in Strait of Hormuz

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the country would deploy a maritime surveillance aircraft to the region by the end of the year, an frigate in January for six months and military personnel to the International Maritime Security Construct headquarters in Bahrain.

10.08.2019 - 10:49 [ John Pilger / Twitter ]

Do not forget Julian #Assange. Or you will lose him. I saw him in Belmarsh prison and his health has deteriorated. Treated worse than a murderer, he is isolated, medicated and denied the tools to fight the bogus charges of a US extradition. I now fear for him. Do not forget him.

(07.08.2019)

10.08.2019 - 10:48 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Excellent rebuttal of CNN’s biased story on Assange’s time in the embassy from an Ecuadorian diplomat who worked at the embassy for 6 years of Assange’s stay (and knows what actually happened):

10.08.2019 - 10:44 [ Fidel Narváez / RutaKritica.org ]

CNN did not learn the lesson from the Manafort hoax 40 Rebuttals to CNN’s Bias on Assange

Having worked as a diplomat at the Ecuadorian embassy in London for six out of the seven years that Julian Assange lived there as a political refugee, unlike others, I am privy to what actually happened there. I am alarmed by CNN’s June 15th 2019 story, alleging Assange turned the Ecuadorian embassy in London into a command post for election meddling.

The story contains several substantive shortcomings and too many factual errors. I warned CNN about them when I was approached during their „investigation,“ but none of my points were included in the article.

03.08.2019 - 18:27 [ SBS News ]

Mike Pompeo arrives in Australia for bilateral talks

Mr Pompeo and newly appointed US Defense Secretary Mark Esper were greeted by US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse and US Consul General in Sydney Sharon Hudson-Dean at Sydney Airport on Saturday evening.

25.07.2019 - 08:18 [ ABC Australia ]

Fighting Yemen’s dirty war, an Arab military is buying a weapons system made in Canberra

Now, thanks to new photographic evidence, the secret’s out.

Photos sent to the ABC from an anonymous source show the weapons systems awaiting export at Sydney airport.

23.07.2019 - 09:53 [ Reuters ]

Australia to create new Pacific military unit in bid to woo the region

Australia, which has pledged A$3 billion ($2.11 billion) in cheap loans and grants in a bid to arrest its slide in influence, has pledged to work with the United States, Japan and New Zealand to provide electricity to 70% of the PNG population by 2030.

17.07.2019 - 21:59 [ WikiLeaks / Twitter ]

„Collective violence, such as torturing a publisher for journalism, requires more than persecuting authorities, mobbing states and media smear campaigns to survive… Atrocity does not take place without passive, complacent, compliant bystanders“

16.07.2019 - 03:37 [ ABC News ]

Adani demands names of CSIRO scientists reviewing groundwater plans

Adani demanded the names of all federal agency scientists reviewing its contentious groundwater plans so it could check if they were „anti-coal“ activists, emails obtained under freedom of information show.
Key points:

The revelation has alarmed CSIRO staff representatives, who said it indicated Adani had „a deliberate strategy“ to pressure scientists by searching for personal information it could use to try to „discredit their work“.

09.07.2019 - 05:07 [ WikiLeaks ‏/ Twitter ]

Noam Chomsky on the US attempt to extradite Assange: „But why should the United States have the power to control what others are doing elsewhere in the world? I mean, it’s an outlandish situation. It goes on all the time. We never even notice it.“

26.06.2019 - 15:09 [ ABC.net.au ]

Why the ABC is going to court over police raids

The police raid on the ABC was the first thing a group of visiting ASEAN journalists asked about when we met at Ultimo a few days ago.

The journalists — from Laos, Brunei, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and Indonesia — wanted me to explain what had happened, and why.

21.06.2019 - 02:51 [ WSWS ]

Professor Stuart Rees to speak at SEP rally to defend Julian Assange

A new public awareness must include politicians, journalists and members of different occupations, who have so far ducked for cover and stayed silent. I appeal to such Australians to find the courage to endorse universal human rights, support Julian personally and resist this US “Culture of Revenge,” which seeks to punish anyone who dares to defy them.

16.06.2019 - 10:58 [ ABC Australia ]

How our selectively implemented foreign influence laws have undermined democracy

Jail for five years is one possibility, so too an official demand to turn over documents. Or you could be forced to publicly out yourself as an agent of foreign influence.

Such are the sweeping powers the Government gave itself last year to stop escalating influence operations from foreign countries

14.06.2019 - 11:44 [ NDR ]

Wanted for espionage – the hunt for Wikileaks

Panorama decided to take one day in the long and complicated saga of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and to dissect it. It’s April 11, 2019, the day when he was removed from the Ecuadorian embassy and arrested by the UK police. What happened that day? How did the UK government respond? Why don’t we know there were other people connected to Wikileaks who found themselves in trouble with the law that day? And what does April 11, 2019 tell us about the Assange saga?

14.06.2019 - 11:39 [ NDR ]

Wikileaks: Rachefeldzug der US-Regierung?

„Es ist an der Zeit, Wikileaks als das zu benennen, was es wirklich ist: Ein nicht-staatlicher, feindlicher Geheimdienst“, sagte der heutige US-Außenminister Mike Pompeo über die Enthüllungs-Plattform bei einer Rede als CIA-Direktor 2017. Entsprechend behandeln die USA Assange nun nach seiner Festnahme in London. Sie werfen ihm vor, geheime Informationen erhalten und verbreitet zu haben. Und sie klagen ihn deshalb nach dem Spionage-Gesetz („Espionage Act“) an, das Strafen bis hin zur Todesstrafe vorsieht.

13.06.2019 - 14:42 [ Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture; Human Rights Chair, Geneva Academy / Twitter ]

How public humiliation works: On 11 April #JulianAssange was mocked for his beard throughout the world. During my visit, he explained to us that his shaving kit had been deliberately taken away three months earlier.

13.06.2019 - 14:38 [ ITV.com ]

Sajid Javid signs request for Assange to be extradited to US

Assange is serving a 50-week prison sentence after being dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy in April and jailed for a bail violation.

And an investigation has been reopened into an allegation of rape in Sweden, which Assange has always denied.

Mr Javid told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I am very pleased that the police were finally able to apprehend him and now he’s rightly behind bars because he broke UK law.

13.06.2019 - 14:32 [ Tagesschau.de ]

Entscheidung in Großbritannien: Regierung für Auslieferung Assanges

Er wolle „stets Gerechtigkeit“, und es liege ein „legitimes Auslieferungsgesuch“ vor, sagte der zuständige Innenminister Sajid Javid im BBC-Radio. Die Entscheidung liege jetzt bei Gericht, das sich am Freitag wieder mit dem Fall beschäftigen werde.

Grundsätzlich gilt in solchen Fällen, dass der Innenminister ein gültiges Auslieferungsgesuch unterzeichnen muss, wenn die entsprechenden Kriterien erfüllt sind.

12.06.2019 - 09:51 [ Sydney Morning Herald ]

ABC raids a wake-up call to journalists who left Assange swinging

It is easy, and for some convenient, to forget how much in journalism was changed by the arrival of WikiLeaks.

It’s perhaps one reason that he is rejected by so many journalists.

12.06.2019 - 09:42 [ Ruptly / Twitter ]

‚If Julian goes down, the rest of you do‘ – #Assange’s father and Weiwei visit #Belmarsh