August 2004

Five years ago today, the people of East Timor, defying intense intimidation from the Indonesian security forces and their militia proxies, voted overwhelmingly for independence. We celebrated that historic vote. Outraged, we mobilized as Indonesia capped over two decades of murder and mayhem by systematically destroying the country. Today, the physical scars of that destruction remain visible and the cries of the East Timorese people for justice go largely unanswered. More than two years after independence, East Timor's freedom struggle remains far from complete.

(UK - Sp!ked) It's PC gone mainstream!

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 28/08/2004 - 21:16

Tory leader Michael Howard's criticism of the 'frivolous faddism' of the politically correct brigade' was an attack on straw men.

The major parties will seek to turn the coming election campaign into a tax-cut auction, The Greens warned today.

(Greens-Media) Greens fight fisheries death ship

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 28/08/2004 - 21:11

The Greens will fight any attempt to dispatch the MC Veronica supertrawler in waters off the NSW coast, including civil disobedience measures if necessary.

Navy in sea rescue

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 28/08/2004 - 21:01

HMAS ANZAC has been involved in a dramatic rescue overnight, saving 15 people from a sinking Indonesian vessel that was on fire 200NM south east of Singapore.

Feminist Legal Theory

Submitted by Editor on Sat, 28/08/2004 - 16:46

How Feminism messes with YOUR mind.

Replacing "the reasonable person" with the unreasonable feminist.

There are many people of good will who imagine that feminism is a benign movement concerned about equal rights for women and the removal of discriminatory practices. The dictionary definition of "feminism" is "a belief in equal rights for women" and in that sense all of us who believe in democracy could be described as "feminists". The prototype feminists were the suffragettes who argued for women's right to vote and the right to own property. However, contemporary feminism has gone far beyond lobbying for equal rights and is more concerned with how "equality" is to be achieved.Equality is defined not merely as a matter of rights, equal opportunity or equal access, but is measured in terms of equal outcomes, i.e. the outcomes in the lives of adult men and women must be the same.

STATEMENT ON AUSTRALIAN SPECIAL OPERATIONS in response to article by Brian Toohey on 28 august 2004 in THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW

Fathers for Justice Canada in the US political news

What started out as a simple story about a local Web site spun out into an international quest for a conspiratorially covered-up smoking gun behind Sept. 11.

Top Stories from AlterNet's Rights and Liberties Special Coverage Area for August 26, 2004 These stories and more can be found at:
--> In the Rights & Liberties News Log!
*The Pentagon feels the heat
*Edward Kennedy, Senator/Terrorist
*Will Hamdi go free?

An expanded Chief Information Officer Group will be formed in Defence to better manage the significant capability that comprises Defence's electronic information environment now and into the future, the Secretary of the Department of Defence, Mr Richard Smith, announced today.

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