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Casualty rate 6 times higher than Australian govt admits

The 28 Australians who have been killed in the war in Afghanistan represent a small fraction of the massive trauma caused to Australian soldiers by the decade-old war in Afghanistan.  While the Defence Department admits 180 Australian soldiers have been injured or wounded, figures leaked from Veterans’ Affairs reveal the real figure to be in [...]

Transparency or collusion? Some reflections

Simon has written a clear-sighted, articulate and honest reflection on a strategic conundrum faced by the Convergence, published by Waging Nonviolence in New York: “… Our goal was total Gandhian transparency – we had nothing to hide. Plans and reflections were put up on our website. We had been liaising with police for weeks beforehand, [...]

Court support for Swan Island Peace Convergence Arrestees

“One of the most inspiring things I’ve seen in years!” “I never thought I’d get involved, but after seeing that I can’t help myself!” “Outstanding.  A real triumph!” No, these are not film reviews, but statements by those who have been to court to support nonviolent activists on previous occasions. Here’s your chance to support [...]

Lead story in the Geelong Advertiser

This morning’s events are the lead story on the Geelong Addy website today: ‘Swan Island Afghanistan War protests to continue‘, including a 2-min: video interview with Melbourne Baptist reverend Simon Moyle, 34.

Day 2: morning report

We got up extra early for prayers before the scheduled 6am blockade, only to find cars already entering the base.  That’s what happens when you let them know you’re coming. As we approached the gate to the bridge at about 5:50am, 4 mounted police stepped out of the darkness and followed us in close formation [...]

Anti-war activists arrested during peaceful blockade at Swan Island Military facility

Anti-war activists have geared up their protest by blocking access to the secretive Swan Island military base near Queenscliff at 6am today (Tuesday 5 July 2011). Two protesters have already been arrested this morning as about 40 local and visiting activists converged in the small town in protest against Australia’s continuing participation in the US-led [...]

July 4 Action

 

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.  [...]