Friday, 23. June 2006

A dangerous precedent

Australian man convicted of “preparing terrorism”: In a case that sets a number of disturbing precedents for the political use of Australian “counter-terrorism” laws, a Sydney Muslim man faces life imprisonment after being convicted on circumstantial evidence of preparing to commit an unspecified terrorist act.

From Information Clearing House

Rights group condemns Afghanistan press restrictions

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday demanded that Afghanistan revoke recent National Security Directorate rules that restrict the freedom of the press and effectively ban journalists from writing about Afghanistan's failing security situation.

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Karzai says 600 Afghan deaths 'not acceptable'

Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged the international community to reassess its approach to the war on terror Thursday, saying the deaths of hundreds of Afghans in fighting with U.S.-led forces was “not acceptable.”

Fury after Australians occupation forces shoot Iraqi bodyguard

The Iraqi Trade Minister threatened today to impose a national boycott on Australian wheat and other exports after Australian soldiers mistakenly shot dead one of his bodyguards.,,7374-2237847,00.html

From Information Clearing House

Australia builds its empire

By John Pilger

Arriving with a force of 2,000, an Australian brigadier flew by helicopter straight to the headquarters of the rebel leader, Major Alfredo Reinado - not to arrest him for attempting to overthrow a democratically elected prime minister but to greet him warmly. Like other rebels, Reinado had been trained in Canberra.

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