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John Howard’s Dishonour

By Prof Stuart Rees: On the first Monday of the new year, on the front page of the Sydney Morning Herald, former Prime Minister John Howard was pictured below a heading which said that he had been 'honoured for Queen and

Vaclav Havel’s life in truth

"Former Czech President Vaclav Havel was exceptional for a simple reason: he was a decent, principled man". Prague, Czech Republic - Long before Czechoslovakia's communist regime collapsed in 1989, Václav Havel was one of the most remarkable figures in Czech history

Mr Rudd: Protect Assange! Open Letter and petition.

This is an open letter to Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd and Attorney-General Nicola Roxon. It calls on the Australian government to take steps to ensure Julian Assange's human rights are protected. It will be delivered on 19 December 2011, but

Whistling in the wind: is there anybody out there?

AS MOST Australians contemplate a traditional Christmas of over-indulgence and recuperation, we should spare a thought for one of our less fortunate compatriots. He lives in exile under house arrest, awaiting one last hopeful court appeal. He faces a perilous

Chomsky: “Without honour in his own land”

Months before Chomsky is due in Australia as guest of the Sydney Peace Foundation, the seats for his public lecture in the Sydney Town Hall had already sold out. Despite his near-invisibility in the US and Australian media, Chomsky is in

Unequal Partners Can’t Negotiate

By Paul Duffill Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, the University of Sydney Opponents of UN recognition of Palestine want the parties to sit down and talk it out. Will this be effective? Paul Duffill on the conditions necessary for real negotiation

American hypocrisy confirmed, Palestinians still pawns.

American hypocrisy is enormous: in alliance with Israel they have vetoed so many attempts to identify the real obstacles to peace, such as America enabling Israel to maintain massive armed forces, such as the continued building of settlements in defiance

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