Monthly Archives: June 2011

Domestic opposition higher than during the Vietnam War

Greens Senator Bob Brown yesterday called for the early withdrawal of Australian troops from Afghanistan, in line with the plans of the United States and other allied nations: “President Obama plans to remove 10,000 troops by the end of this year, and a total of 33,000 by September next year. Australia should follow the lead [...]

US announces troop withdrawals

US President Obama has announced a withdrawal of 10,000 US troops from Afghanistan before the end of this year, followed by another 23,000 next year, which will leave around 65,000 American troops in the war-ravaged nation. He indicated withdrawal would continue, however, until “Afghans take over their own security by 2014.” Americans could “take comfort”, [...]

Can the US prosecute WikiLeaks for espionage?

This free public lecture by Kevin Heller, hosted by Australian moral philosopher Raimond Gaita (right), is at 6:30-8pm on Wednesday 29 June in Carlton: It seems likely that the United States will eventually pursue criminal charges against Julian Assange, including violations of the 1917 Espionage Act.  This lecture will address two questions concerning that possibility.  [...]

Australia supports permanent ban on mining Koongarra uranium

The Australian government is supporting a move to ensure 14,000 tonnes of uranium stays in the ground. The French government claims it owns the uranium deposit in the Northern Territory and is urging Australia not to back a move to expand the World-Heritage listed area near Kakadu to include Koongarra, a presently unlisted area containing [...]

Our thanks to Beryl Philips

We have received with humble gratitude a generous donation to the Convergence from the Victorian branch of Pax Christi, the international peace movement which has worked for over 60 years “in the fields of demilitarisation and security, human rights, ecology, development, economic justice and reconciliation.” The contribution is made in memory of the late Beryl [...]

Courage: the forgotten virtue

Our ‘call from arms’ for the Swan Island Peace Convergence is “Be brave — resist the war!”  Courage is something Melbourne writer Maria Turmarkin has given a lot of thought and she this to say about it: “I believe that courage (from Latin cor meaning heart) is the forgotten virtue in Australian public life.  Without [...]