Cruelty and xenophobia in the 'lucky country'

Submitted by Green Left Weekly on Sat, 27/01/2007 - 11:27

-by John Pilger

The Australian writer Donald Horne meant the title of his celebrated book, The Lucky Country, as irony. "Australia is a lucky country run by second-rate people who share its luck", he lamented in 1964, describing much of the Australian elite as unfailingly unoriginal, race-obsessed and in thrall to imperial power and its wars.
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36122

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Government policies killing Aborigines

On January 18, the Australian ran a story on a leaked report commissioned by the Peter Beattie Labor Queensland government on the shocking living conditions for Aborigines in Queensland (see accompanying article). Green Left Weekly asked Sam Watson, Murri leader and member of the Socialist Alliance, about this and the ongoing struggle for justice for Indigenous people in Australia.
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36112

Justice for Mulrunji campaign grows
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36131
Landmark stolen generations bill passed
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36133
Report on Indigenous disadvantage suppressed
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36113
TJ campaign continues http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36132

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Venezuela: Chavez calls for united socialist party
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36102

When supporters of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez rallied in the Teresa Carrena theatre in Caracas on December 15 to celebrate their presidential election victory, "there were cheers in the back half of the theatre", wrote Caracas-based Marxist writer Michael Lebowitz in Venezuelanalysis.com, "but few in the high-priced seats".

Visit revolutionary Venezuela for May Day!
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36135
Why the rich hate Hugo Chavez http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36104

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International News

# Guatemalan union leader brutally murdered
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36111
# Protest sackings in Panama http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36110
# Pro-democracy MP arrested in Tonga
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36107
# Sudanese communists discuss prospects for peace
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36095
# US warns Iraqi PM 'living on borrowed time'
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36099
# Bush's desperate war gamble http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36101
# Why the rich hate Hugo Chavez http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36104
# Venezuela: Chavez calls for united socialist party
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36102
# Right wing in Bolivia moves to destabilise indigenous power
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36105
# Bolivia: Cochabamba challenges governor
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36109
# Ecuador's Correa calls for socialist Latin America
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36103
# Haiti: Two years since the killing of Abdias Jean
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36106
# Indonesia: 'Withdraw mandate' campaign stirs elite concern
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36100
# Indonesian party defies intimidation by police and thugs
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36139
# Israeli defence chief resigns over Lebanon invasion
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36098
# China: Wrangle over law to legitimise looted state property
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36092

Comment & Analysis

# LETTERS http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36124
# Whose 'Aussie values' http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36138
# Uncovering the impact of Work Choices
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36121
# Understanding and fighting racism: CASE FOR SOCIALISM
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36125
# Somali leader: 'Bombing is US policy all over the world'
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36123
# Government policies killing Aborigines
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36112
# John Pilger: Cruelty and xenophobia shame and stir the 'lucky country'
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36122
# More, not less, rail services http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36137
# Jack Thomas hounded by 'anti-terror' laws
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36119
# Rail cuts opposed http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36140
# Tamworth revises racist refugee decision
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36117
# Unfair dismissal laws dead http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36114

More Australian news at
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Cultural Dissent

# An angry, funny expose of the arms trade -- As Used on the Famous
Mandela: Underground Adventures in the Arms and Torture Trade By Mark
Thomas Ebury Press, 2006 http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36093
# Terrorism and the grumpy old lawyer -- Rumpole and the reign of terror
By John Mortimer Penguin/Viking, 2006
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36094
# Mark Seymour: 'We must protect our democracy'
http://www.greenleft.org.au/2007/695/36096

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