Sunday, October 31, 2004
Yes we have a voice, this article in the Sydney Morning Herald today said that bloggers (like me) are keeping check on the bias news coverage of the mainstream press. I agree bloggers have a voice, but really we are biased, there are so many pro-Bush blogs out there backing Bush up, but even bloggers on the civil rights/anti-bush side, we seem to be inherantly biased. Though I think the difference is, although we are biased, I speak the truth. My biased opinion is not wrong because it is biased, I have gained my opinion from the truth. Bush bloggers have an opinion, however racist, but it is based on lies. Bush lied to the world when he said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. He lied when he said he would do anything to capture Saddam Hussein. Bush bloggers are just puppets to the Fox new channel
Saturday, October 30, 2004
This is evidence of yet more 2004 'Floridas' and this is obviously aimed at removing potential democrat voters. This is because the majority of the African-American population vote Democrat. Other members of the Progressive Blogger Alliance have blogged this. Including, Progressive Blog Alliance HQ and In Search of Utopia.
Bin Laden has gone on television telling the people of America that in four years since September 11, he has failed to capture him. He was mocking the president and his diversion from the war on terror to Iraq.
He then told of his inspiration for the September 11 attacks saying "As I watched the destroyed towers in Lebanon, it occurred to me to punish the unjust the same way ... to destroy towers in America so that it can taste some of what we are tasting and to stop killing our children and women," He was referring to an Israeli attack on towers in Lebanon that the US was accused of supporting. Maybe people will realise terrorism is running both ways.
Excerpts from Bin Laden's message
An article in the L.A. daily news says that the pentagon know where Osama is but arn't going to get him because "There is an American presence in the area, but we can't just send in troops. If we did, we could have another Vietnam, and the United States cannot afford that right now."
Another Vietnam? Can't just send in troops? Excuse me Mr. 'I don't give a damn about a country's sovreignty' Bush, isn't that what you've done in Iraq.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
Like other refugee advocates I am appalled at the comments by Labors new shadow immigration minister, she claimed "they would have a more realistic view if they lived in areas where most refugees resided."
Ok I wont lecture people on the issue because I do it freqently on this blog, but he also said "a sizeable proportion" of asylum seekers had fraudulent cases and manipulated the legal system to stay in Australia.
Ok, these people are unable to obtain the correct papers, do you think countries such as Iran and China want to allow people to obtain refugee status. The fact is 93% of those detained for lengthy amounts of time are found to be refugees. The other 7% surely includes those that have given up on rejected claims, and gone back to their country to live the rest of their lives with a burden percecution, rather then the Australian government accepting their applications.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Please click the above link to sign the for the end of mandatory detention of Asylum seekers, including the detention of children, some who have been born there.
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
George Bush's latest ad and campaign angle is quite frightening, not that it reminds you of the real terror threat, but it plays with people's fears. People who don't really know, are sucked into the republican propaganda rather than an informed choice between the two parties policies. To say you would be better to throw your family to the wolves rather than vote for Kerry is absurd and unethical. George Bush did nothing before 9/11, and when 9/11 came he wasn't thinking of the tragedy of all the innocent Americans that got killed, he wasn't thinking of stopping Osama Bin Ladin. All George W. Bush cared about was taking out Saddam Hussein because he has lots of oil and George wasn't happy he beat his daddy a decade ago. Bush thinks about money, and that's it, not about freedom or doing things the humane. If he wanted to stop terrorism wouldn't the troops be better off looking for Bin Ladin in Afghanistan rather than killing people needlessly in Iraq.
Monday, October 25, 2004
This is a man’s account of Australasian Correctional Management (ACM) and immigration department (DIMA) staff’s attempt to forcibly deport him from Villawood detention centre.
I’d been informed by the DIMA for the first time on 11 October 1999 I am denied a visa. So I expressed my denial by hitting the desk before the DIMA officer ... To prison for one week [for] frightening the immigration agent ... And from there I’ve been taken to the airport without any previous informing on the 17th October 1999 [and] handcuffed again.
Two policemen took me [and] treated me exactly like an animal. The first policeman drew me by my throat which caused me congestion and difficulties in swallowing and eating for the consequent week. The other drew me by my hand fiercely ... by the handcuff chain, [which] has left [an] obvious scar till now. They’d put me on the airplane which the captain had refused to carry me on after I discussed the matter with him, so they got me back to the prison.
One week later on 24th October 1999 and in the same unexplained procedure another correction officer attended my cell, handcuffed me and asked me to come ... to the reception where [I was] received by ACM officials, including a doctor and a nurse.
Soon the doctor entered the cell carrying an injection with four tablets asking me to choose either the injection or the tablets. I refused them both ... the doctor ordered the security officers to do their job and he and the officers laid me down on the floor and [both sat] on my back, took my pants down [so that the doctor could] inject me. So then I accepted to receive the tablets since I got an old medical problem with injections.
The doctor told me how those tablets are only tranquillisers. But they didn’t work. So they forced me to take a fifth tablet at the airport when they got me on the airplane with a wheelchair accompanied by a nurse, two companions and three other ACM officers. All that continued for about five to six hours with three types of handcuffs and ties of leather, plastic and steel around my hands and belly that gathered my arms to my trunk!
I stood screaming and asking for help from the passengers there. I immediately regretted that [because] those companion escort officers started to hit me and beat me fiercely and cruelly with kicks all over my body, especially my genitalia with their knees and feet which subsequently caused left testis congested lesions and pain. The testis swelling is still evident ...
The nurse on trying to inject in my leg missed my body [and] hit the plane seat where the needle got bent. but he didn’t change the needle and injected me again with the contaminated, bent needle in a completely odd side on my leg, immediately above my left knee where the scar and pigmentation still [can be] clearly seen.
I continued to scream and ask for help until a few passengers cried and [came] to relieve my oppression. But they [were] rejected ... So the officers got me to [Silverwater prison] for the third time where they put me in a special quarantine room for the addicts for five days because I became physically and medically sick.
On the 2nd December 1999 I’ve been moved from the prison to the detention centre again where I am now. Since then I haven’t consulted any medical personnel in detention since losing the trust in any of them who works for this ACM to deal with psychological trauma.
[Five years later, this man remains in Villawood detention centre. He resists any offers of help with his immigration case, which remains static to this day.]
From Green Left Weekly, October 20, 2004. Visit the Green Left Weekly home page.
I was watching 60 minutes tonight and I watched a touching story about a couple from Canberra who adopted two children from Ethiopia. It was a very moving story to see the conditions they were in and then to see the impact the adoption had on the children and the new parents, how this drastic move acheived so much. It gives you hope in humanity
Sunday, October 24, 2004
Ok, people such as shutuped and The Scribe have expressed there interest in this event and so I signed up. Basically everyone attempts to write 50,000 words in November, should be good, and it'll get me started writing my novel. Can't wait for November 1 now, when I start. Except for the fact that I have a drama exam in the afternoon, and a Modern History exam the next day.
Saturday, October 23, 2004
Ok, this is a special time, I'm am no.1 on Blogrank.net. So I took a screenshot so I can gloat.
Keep me there by clicking http://www.blogrank.net/cgi-bin/blogs/rankem.cgi?id=bsolah
I found this site via all my refugee activist friends, where you can sign a major online petition, so go and sign it if you live in Australia
also I'm going to the swearing in of our Federal Parliament, with ChilOut we're are picketing outside for a just refugee policy, so stay tuned I might be on the news.
Friday, October 22, 2004
A feature article in the Age today argued that the treatment of refugees in Australia was among the best arguments for a bill of rights in Australia. AndI agree. Howard said a bill of rights would "get in the way of how the Government does business"
Ok I wont say much but here's an article about the trauma a detainee suffered whilst in Woomera detention centre, this trauma prompted him to escape detention. Mercy please, a criminal record will do only harm.
So now I have a week off to study for my four exams that are left, next is Drama on Monday the 1st of November.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
I found this site, as many people have added a banner like the one above and the one now on my side bar. This is a great cause, and something everyone should follow, treating everyone equally and not judging them based on their race/culture/religion/sexual preference/etc please go to http://www.typical.net/crayon-box/ and get a code for a banner and add it to your site.
Ok, Downer today critised the comments made by the SBS journalist that gave a different perspective of the hostage situation. Downer can't critise. Was he there? No.
Mr Downer said today it was pretty much the most appalling thing any Australian had said about the Iraq war.
Well I'll leave that decision up to you
An article in the Herald today states that France is facing a surge is racist and anti-semitist attacks. France likes to call itself the 'cradle of human rights.' Then what do you call the ban on religious symbols. I look up to France for their stance on Iraq and their general stance in most area's but I think the surge in racism has something to do with the ban. Maybe, some of the people believe it is ok to show resent against other cultures/religions by what the President has ordered. What is this world coming to?
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
So many times people have told me to look at the other side of the story, well that's all I ever here, The Telegraph in Australia is the most biased source of media aside from Fox News, of course their from the same company. Ok, so for all those Bush-lovers, and Howard lovers, and anyone else who loves their leader and he's a Bush ass-licker read this article. This guy got away because he didn't support the war. "They're not actually just killing people willy-nilly."
"They talk to you, they think about things."
"(From their perspective) there was a reason to kill (British hostage Ken) Bigley, there was a reason to kill the Americans; there was not a reason to kill me (and) luckily I managed to convince them of that."
I pose this question to all who are in favour of the war, what would you xenophobes do if someone invaded your country?
Note: In no way to I support the torture and cruel treatment of hostages by the kidnappers, but you have to look at their extremely desperate situation.
Yesterday it was the three year anniversary of the SIEV X, I was unaware of this until I searched for articles, it was in the Age so I had to find it online, but this opinion piece horrifies me even more than the sketchy details I have been given by others. For those who don't know what happened, the Australian authorities guarding the coast of Northern Australia would not let a boatload of Asylum seekers into Australian waters as to keep them out of Australia's responsibility, but they fail to realize even though the International 'Law of the Sea' is not binding it still matters in the caring hearts of those who have a humane conscience. The boat sunk, 353 people drowned, and the government covered it up.
It is still barely known today as the majority of Australians refuse to remember that in a supposedly multi-cultural society, our government does this sort of thing and even worse gets away with it. As soon as an Islamic country does something everyone jumps on the media bandwagon and criticizes, but as soon as Australia is guilty of something as horrendous as this, the media is silent, or too quiet for anyone to hear and take notice.
I will leave you with a quote because quotes are powerful things, this quote is from the Age's opinion article.
"On October 19, 2001, a woman gave birth on a sinking boat en route from
Indonesia to Christmas Island...Like many of our ancestors, she was in search of
that precious gift called freedom. She was last seen drifting with her baby
attached by the umbilical cord."
I hate this law, they say the ban is to protect them, but to do so would go against their religion. The french government is just giving in to the racist people of France, they should try to educate and promote tolerance, isn't this why assimilation in Australia was scrutinised, for denying the right to practise their own culture.
I will leave you with a quote from 'The Russians' by Sting, I used it one of my essays today because it was a related text. "We share the same biology, regardless of ideology"
I wrote about 6 pages for all of them and now my hand really hurts. Overall what I wrote was good, I just wanted to write more but my hand wouldn't go fast enough, I wish I could attach a V8 engine. Because after a while my hand started to ache and as I forced my hand to write my hand writing started to become really messy, but still readable, I hope.
Well next exam is Entertainment on Friday, which is really easy.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
I don't get people who do this sort of thing, why would they want to cause so much trouble and what do they get out of it?
I found this blog, wow, what a kool concept, it's a novel as a blog and each page is a post. I get the feeling it's kind of like 'Bridget Jone's diary' except a heap more tasteful. I've added it to my blogroll so have a look.
Monday, October 18, 2004
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Over all I did pretty well. I aced unseen texts, then I did my essay because someone on the Bored of Studies forum (yes I spelt bored right) said strong creative writers should leave it last. The essay went well, I wrote flat out, and managed to fill the whole eight page booklet. One of my related texts was a chapter called 'No room at the inn' from a book by Heather Tyler called 'Asylum - voices from behind the razor wire' So I could obviously cover that in depth as it's one of my favourite books.
Creative Writing went really well, I regurgitated the story I wrote in my half-yearlys and the trials. It's about a Russian sniper who kills a general of the german army, then he takes the general to Petrograd on a snowmobile. It worked really well, pity we don't get our papers back, just the marks. I would like to show it to you.
Well, my hand hurts now from writing so much. Next exam is English 2: modules, good luck all other HSC students for this paper, and it would be great to hear your comments on this paper.
Sunday, October 17, 2004
I was browsing something different to do a post on something else, when I came across this, I haven't read it all but I thought I should tell all you guys about it so you can laugh with me.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
"Obscenity warning is in full effect, so hide the kid’s eyes and get ready
for entertainment. Some of these are real and others are fake, but all are worth
This article in the Sydney Morning Herald tells of how the Chinese government brainwash followers of other political and religious sects. This is an example of how powerful countries such as China can bypass the scrutiny of the United Nations why Iraq has constantly been criticized.
UPDATE: I had edit this post, sorry about the typos
Friday, October 15, 2004
Ok, this will be my first real attempt at writing a novel, I have attempted it several times as a kid with no chance at all. I may work up the motivation to type them up so you guys can have a bit of a laugh at my lame story lines, bad gramma and mediocre writing in general. Anyway, with this being my first attempt at writing a novel I thought you guys who have knowledge could help me out (eg. The Scribe if you are still reading after my continuous political ranting.) I need info on length, and how to keep the plot moving smoothly. I think the way I go about writing a novel would be different to that of one of my short stories. So I'm calling for any help. (click the comment thing just underneath this.)
Picture courtesy of Ben Harris, and can only be reproduced with his permission, so if you wan't to use the pic contact me, and I'll ask him.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Today Howard said that although many Australians had objections to the war in Iraq, Saturday's vote says that the Australian public wants to keep the troops there until the job is done. Am I the only one that thinks that his assumptions are a complete load of bullshit. Australia voted on the economy because that's all the election focused on, money was continually thrown here and there by both parties, with Issues like Iraq and refugees swept under their carpet. The public had forgotten to vote on values and real issues. And now we have three years to regret it.
Tuesday, October 12, 2004
Reports into today that interest rates could rise, just after John Howard has been re-eleced. The man that said he would keep interest rates low. I don't know about you, But I think we've been deceived again.
Today there came findings that ecstasy user's were also using drugs such as Viagra and anti-depressants to give them an extra high. This problem will increase the chance a fatality. The Green's drug policy has coped a lot of flak, most of it unjust. Well if people would look at the facts of the drug policy rather than what the Telegraph tells them, then the people of Australia would have had a much clearer picture of the real situation. The Greens concede that the drug problem isn't getting any better, and proposes that they discriminalise personal drug use, in order to make it easier for addicts to seek help. Heroin users would be slowly weaned of the drug, and the benefit of a clinic or hospital giving them it, rather than a guy of the street is that it won't contain other dangerous substances. This legalization of personal drug use, does not mean they are going to legalize other drug offences such as dealing and trafficking.
Maybe now with the Greens with a strong chance of getting a few more senate seats, the message can be put across.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Now that it is likely especially with the looming threat of a Family first member of the senate, that John Howard will control the senate and make way for painful and outright elitist reforms. 1. The privatisation of Telstra, looking after yuppie business interests instead of saving Telstra and seeing to the need of the Australian people. 2. Removing the power of the Union, the savour of the working Australian. This is outright ridiculous, the Unions have done so much for workers, don't you think the ones that have to work so hard need the more help then those that can start their own business, or those that already own large businesses. 3. Tax cuts for the rich! The rich are rich they don't need tax cuts, come on Australia hang your heads in shame you voted in a governent based on lies, and a party that neglected the real issues.
Sunday, October 10, 2004
Saturday, October 09, 2004
The dirty trick by some Liberal candidates, by handing out Greens how-to-vote cards with Liberal preferenced over Labour basically sums up the way the Liberals have dishonestly conducted a campaign that will see them with a good chance of another term in office for the 'lying rodent' If the Liberals have to lie and go to low they did today to win votes, it shows that they aren't good enough to govern the whole of Australia. If I had been given Greens how-to-vote cards such as these it wouldn't have counted for anything, I know that Greens preferenced Labour over Liberal, and when I voted this morning, I made sure I put Liberal last.
Friday, October 08, 2004
- I am ranked 2nd on Blogrank.net! To vote for me click this link - http://www.blogrank.net/cgi-bin/blogs/rankem.cgi?id=bsolah
- I found a blog, the number 1 blog on Blogrank, and added it to my blogroll. It's called Omniverse.
- My blog received alot of hits today. For the third time in the election campaing, Counterspin mentioned me.
Have a good night/day, and if you are voting, Vote Green!
Yesterday's High Court ruling stating that it is lawful to lock up children in detention centres was expected and doesn't count for anything. They ruled that the Migration act allowed for detention, may I remind you that the government was the one to set up the Migration act. Just because it is lawful doesn't mean it is morally right.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
This is a great opinion article in the age today, analyzing Minister for Racism and cruelty to children, Amanda Vanstone's approach to immigration since her succession from Ruddock.
Yesterday 20 Iraqis on TPVs and a mass of protesters, protested in Brisbane against the issue of Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) and asked for permanent protection visas. When will the Liberal government learn that they will need ongoing protection because in fleeing their homeland, they have invited scrutiny from the country they are fleeing
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
It was interesting to find this article in the age today, saying Trish Worth, Liberal MP from Adelaide has signed a pledge to work for a just refugee program. And even stranger is the homophobic Family-First party signed the pledge too. If homophobes and members of your own party want fairer refugee treatment, doesn't that tell you something?
Today I found an article on the SMH website outlining the brutality and truth behind the forced deportation of asylum seekers. If you are skeptical about the people, like myself, that continually are trying to convince the public that you cannot lock up people who have been tortured and persecuted once they come here to seek our protection; and worse deporting them back to the country based on the governments blind hysteria of them being a security risk. So if you are skeptical, read this article and research into the truth rather than take the government's word for it.
It was expected that the US would veto the resolution to stop the Israeli offensives. Remember early last year when countries were threatening to veto the resolution on Iraq if it came to that, and well the US went ahead and invaded Iraq anyway, but the UN has done relatively nothing about it. It shows money comes before values and that is how the US has become a superpower, rather than being a role-model for freedom and equality to the rest of the world
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Today Antony Loewenstein posted on Counterspin, after I e-mailed him expressing my concern that the refugee issue hasn't featured in the election, and he has provided a link to my post. This is great in expressing my views and the view that some things are more important in this country than interest rates
It is great to see Mark Latham and Labour follow the lead of the Greens in taking a step to save the tasmanian forests, his policy is also clever in it asssists in re-training the tasmanian loggers. The loggers have complained but I think the tasmanian forests should be preserved, some parts have barely had human contact and this heritage far surpasses the need to sustain employment
Monday, October 04, 2004
Sunday, October 03, 2004
Resistance is a branch of Socialist Alliance, a party that stands what I stand for, humanity. When I first met the Socialist Alliance and Resistance at World Refugee day, I was hesitant in following them because I thought that they followed the traditional Socialist doctrine, as in Soviet Russia had. But once you get to speak to them and understand what they stand for, they are a very reasonable party and they may well get my vote in the Senate, behind the Greens. Although I like the Socialist Alliance I am well and truly a Greens supporter. But whoever you vote for on Saturday, vote for someone who is humane and caring, and remember some things are more important than interest rates.
Saturday, October 02, 2004
OK, for those who don't know me personally you won't know that I am a keen follower of Formula 1 and since the opening of my blog I haven't mentioned this. But tonight I was on Planet-f1.com and I read a story that said that the British GP has been axed from the 2005 calander. I was horrified, and guess what it's over, money. Yep you guessed it, Formula 1 supremo, Bernie Ecclestone has pulled the plug because the British Racing Driver's Club won't pay an extra 3 million on the contract.
The United Nations High Commisioner for Refugees says:
UNHCR is concerned about the situation in Australia's Woomera detention centre and we are in daily contact with the Australian government, trying to help in finding a solution. In general, UNHCR opposes detention of asylum seekers, particularly when it is prolonged and when it involves minors, which is the case in Australia.We do not condone any acts of violence, including acts of self-harm committed by asylum seekers at the Woomera detention centre. However, though deplorable, these acts are a gauge of the degree of desperation of the people who commit them.
And also here is a link to HREOC's reports on the detention centres.
Friday, October 01, 2004
Today Howard announced a $200 bonus for self-funded retirees, and only a $100 bonus for pensioners. I would have thought the pensioners needed it more. But that's the way the elitist goverment sees things, Isn't it?
The Road to surfdom pointed out to me this article in the age today giving evidence that Australia was involved in planning earlier than previously admitted. Another lie from the Howard regime, more reason to protest on Sumday, October 3 at the "end the lies" rally.
Well now Russia have signed the Kyoto protocol, and the only major powers left to sign are the US and Australia. This is a clear example of Howard's uncaring attitude to a growing problem. One of his minister's claimed that they are following the terms of the treaty without actually signing it. That is a clear and cut lie! Both Australia and the US are to number one producers and green house gases. Lets take a progressive step to improving the enviroment, whilst keeping jobs. We can put more effort into alternative means.